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App for Homeless Rough Sleepers

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Raised by 71 people in 9 months
Your donation will go towards developing an app which will make a real difference to homeless rough sleepers, helping to alleviate their suffering, giving you the opportunity to help where before you may not have had the cash or inclination to give cash; giving the rough sleeper contact with homeless charities who provide the services. My vision is that this contact will provide more help and support to the homeless person than they would get if they were just given a sandwich or a cup of coffee, and start their journey off the streets.

The growing number of rough sleepers and homeless people in the UK has risen by 169% since 2010.  As a commuter I see rough sleepers who usually have signs asking for a meal or money to get accommodation in a shelter. If I have the time I go and get a meal for the person, however giving money is something I’m not comfortable with for several reasons.

The idea for the Pocket Angel app occurred to me when I walked pass a homeless man outside Vauxhall station in the summer of 2016. I wanted to give the man a meal but was aware that there were no nearby restaurants and to tell the truth, I needed to catch my train. Giving the man cash was not an option as this is not recommended as some homeless have drug addictions and may use the money to purchase drugs. What if I could give the man a voucher to get himself a meal or accommodation for the night? This was the lightbulb moment!

The Pocket Angel app provides a cash alternative in the form of a voucher which you buy in the app, print and put in your pocket ready to give to a homeless person. The voucher will be redeemable at vetted food outlets and homeless shelters. Providers of services will be able to sign up to the app using the Pocket Angel charity app. Vouchers have a secure code and are redeemed by the charity via the Pocket Angel charity app with the automatic transfer of funds from Pocket Angel to the relevant charity account.

As winter is coming I would like to have the app ready for November 1st. Please help me make Pocket Angel a reality by donating and spreading the word. Together we can help alleviate the suffering of homeless rough sleepers.

So far I have developed a working prototype which is available for demo. Please feel free to get in touch. The funding I am seeking is to complete the work and have it ready for use by the general public.

Thank you!
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Hi everyone,

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! As you are probably aware, we are just two days away from our long anticipated Partner Sign-up event. The amazing BYT's from Brighton University have done a brilliant job in getting interested businesses to sign-up. The event planning is complete and the team is primed and ready to welcome our attendees.

It has taken a lot of talented people giving generously of their time and skills to get us to this point and it just reinforces my belief in the power of people coming together and working in an encouraging, nurturing and supportive way.

The event is on Tuesday, 21st May at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton and there will be local TV coverage so look for us on Latest TV. I will of course continue to keep you updated here.

Here's our event promo video:
https://www.facebook.com/pocketangelhome/videos/635836546884986/?t=0

Have a great week!

Peace & Light,
Alcia xx
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Good morning everyone,
It has been busy this past two weeks as our BYT marketeers from Brighton University have whipped up media interest in the app. Last week Pocket Angel was featured in The Argus, on The Brighton Chamber of Commerce blog, on Brighton University's website and I did an interview which will be on Latest TV, The Vote. Virgin Media channel 159, channel 7 on Freeview or online. I will let you know the airing date as soon as I hear from them.

The BYT team and I attended the Good Business Club launch event in Brighton on April 23rd and were amazed at the number of Social Enterprises, CICs and Profit Sharing business in the room. hisBe (How It Should Be) founders Ruth and Sara did a brilliant job of sharing their vision, and I felt very encouraged. It was a sold out event to 120 participants!

Pocket Angel was well received and off the back of attending we have a number of businesses coming to our soft launch. Exciting times!

Please continue liking and sharing our posts on social media.
Website: www.pocketangelhome.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pocketangelhome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PocketAngelHome

As always, I'll keep you updated and wish you all a good week ahead!

Peace & Love,
Alcia x
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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a good weekend! I have some really positive news to share on the progress towards getting businesses in Brighton to accept the Pocket Angel voucher. As you know the BYT University of Brighton marketing students are focused on promoting the app. They have planned a soft launch event hosted by the very kind and generous Hilton Brighton Metropole on Tuesday, 21st May from 10 am - 12 pm. RSVP to events@pocketangelhome.co.uk.

The BYT team have had very positive feedback and responses from businesses and welcome any interested business to register to attend the event. It would be great if you could share this with your network. Also, look out for our press release in The Argus and BN1 as well as other local media outlets. I've uploaded the event poster but am not sure you will get to see the full poster as my preview is truncated. Fingers crossed it uploads with no issues.
** The poster is truncated so I have added the RSVP to the event info above. Spaces are limited so you will need to register to attend.

Please like and share our posts on our social media channels:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pocketangelhome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PocketAngelHome
Twitter handle: @pocketangelhome

Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

Thanks,
Alcia xx
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Hi everyone,

I hope you're having a productive 2019. A lot is happening behind the scenes with Pocket Angel and I thought I'd give you all an update. I am pleased to announce that I now have a team of 5 trustees for the soon to be formed Pocket Angel CIO. I will await the completion of the application before formally introducing them to you all.

We also now have a team of Marketers from the University of Brighton working towards getting business and charity partners signed up to accept the Pocket Angel vouchers. In addition to this we have the support of experienced Marketing executives from HPE who will help us further. This is exactly the sort of help we need at this time!

The plan is to have businesses attend an information event to learn more about the app and sign up to redeem the vouchers. A prominent hotel in Brighton has donated the venue and we hope to give you more details of a date as soon as we have the event details and invitees finalized.

I will of course keep you updated, till then here's a touching and emotive video which two of the young people who attended the Roughin It sleep out event shared with me recently.

If you aren't already doing so:

Follow and like Pocket Angel on Social Media:
Twitter: @pocketangelhome
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pocketangelhome

Have a great rest of your week!

Peace & Love,
Alcia
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