From November '17 to February '18, TAP ran A pilot EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME

The first of its kind, seven individuals experiencing homelessness were hired to work as vendors, testing contactless technology on the streets of London, whilst improving the lives of participants through meaningful work. They raised over £1,000 for New Horizon Youth Centre, whilst earning London Living Wage for themselves. Find out more about the scheme below.   

Working for TAP London made me feel like a human again.
— One of our wonderful vendors

how it worked

Members of the public purchased a £3 artcard via contactless. Published weekly, these featured a piece of art which commented on that week's news. 

£2 went to supporting a living wage for our vendors experiencing homelessness; helping them to take a step away from the streets. 

 £1 of every TAP went to charities tackling homelessness in the area area. Meaning donations went to help fund vital local services. 

As contactless replaces the cash in people’s pockets, innovative ideas from organisations like TAP are essential to sustaining public donations towards our work.
— New Horizon Youth Centre

In their words

The success of our vendor programme was a product of the personality, banter and hard work of its vendors. So it's only right that we heard from them too. This was a chance for them to write whatever they liked - be it about the people they met that day, their hopes for the future, or just what they had for breakfast.