Welcome to Pay it Forward Gift Vouchers

A voucher created to support people in need without giving them money.

  • Vouchers can either be brought either online from those businesses offering online sales via www.pifgiftvouchers.org/shop or over the counter
  • Currently only available in Cambridge but looking to expand to other villages, towns and cities with the right support.
  • Vouchers are given free to the business (Printing of vouchers for Cambridge is funded by Cambridge City Council)
  • Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or alcohol
  • Vouchers are given to people in need (homeless, vulnerably housed, struggling financially, via supporting organisations or from a kind hearted person

Please note:  Due to the Corona virus of all the shops/cafes stocking the vouchers, only Al Amin Grocery Shop (on Mill Road near the bridge) is currently open.  

Please click here to find out how out which shops/cafes would sell them if it wasn’t for the lockdown.

For now if the voucher is brought online then it will get passed on to Wintercomfort to help them create food parcels and meals for the homeless.

 

logo of cam cit co

​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.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?

Type 1

When the project first started the business had to pay for their own…

Type 2

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… 

Type 3

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.

Type 4

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…  

Thank you to family run business ‘Performance Ticket Printers‘  for all their support and the printing of them.

https://www.ticketprinters.co.uk/index.php

 

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…