Welcome to Pay it Forward Gift Vouchers
A voucher created to support people in need through businesses without giving them money.
Currently only available in Cambridge but looking to expand to other towns and cities with the right support.
* Vouchers are given free to the business.*
* Please click here to find out how to buy a voucher.
* The voucher gets passed on to a person in need (could be homeless/vulnerably housed/struggling with money (either directly or via Jimmy's, Cyrenians or Wintercomfort or a person in need at Romsey Mill Family Centre)*
* Vouchers are non transferable and can not be exchanged for money or alcohol*
Street Aid (part of Cambridge City Council) https://www.cambscf.org.uk/cambridge-street-aid.html
With financial backing from the team behind Street Aid, I was able to get the vouchers printed at no cost to the business as well as communicate a source of help to people in need by adding the details to the back about Street Aid.
Why are there 4 different types of vouchers?
When the project first started the business had to pay for their own...
Then the team behind Street Aid sponsored the printing of them and in return I agreed to put wording on the back with advice on helping people in need...
I then had a rethink of the design and felt that the heart logo should there be on the front and a QR code put on the back next to the Streeaid grant details box; and so the 3rd design was born.
After seeing the system in action I realised the vouchers need to be made trackable and a friend suggested having emergency contact details put on the back. I also arranged for one of my volunteers to design a new logo for the scheme and so style 4 was born...
It was suggest that I have a logo created. So I put out an appeal to my team and one of them, Sasha (a university student) stepped forward. It now sits proudly at the top of this page and will soon be on the latest (and hopefully) last design of vouchers.
Thank you to family run business 'Performance Ticket Printers' for all their support with helping me to design the voucher and the printing of them.
about the project
My name is Theresa Feetenby. A Birmingham lass at heart but lived in Cambridge for about 20 years.
I started Pay it Forward gift vouchers in July 2018 after seeing homeless people on the streets of Cambridge, not wanting to give them money or buy them a sandwich in case they had a food intolerance, were vegetarian or some other dietary restriction.
I approached the Black Cat Cafe on Mill Road and they were interested in the idea. But I didn't know how would I do it.
Azad, the owner came up with the idea of a gift voucher and the project was born...