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Hang phone cable from window to help the homeless

People in towns and cities with windows facing the street have been asked to leave a plug extension lead dangling from a window – ground or first floor only – to help homeless people recharge their mobiles.

The Free Plugs initiative

The Free Plugs initiative by the Fondation de l’Armée du Salut was started because shop and cafe/bar closures due to Covid-19 made it harder for homeless people to find places to recharge the phones they rely on to access services, keep in touch with loved ones, or call for help. Although full confinement rules have been eased, the Free Plugs initiative is continuing for as long as the crisis is affecting daily life, a spokesman said.

It is suggested that you leave a plug dangling, attaching to it a printed A4 sheet explaining that it is there for those in need to recharge their phones. Click here to download the sheet and for more advice on what to do.

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