Cashless Shopping Systems
Particularly useful for those who are using a volunteer shopping service like the CVS, here are the details of cashless shopping systems available for various supermarkets.
Purchased online but physical vouchers can be posted out. Available in denominations of £5 and £10 with free postage.
Can be re-loaded with cash by the user. Can be printed and sent to volunteer.
Lincolnshire Co-op (all Newark branches except the one on Beacon Hill)
Physical vouchers of only one amount (£20) which can be bought by phoning 01522 544632. These are posted out to the recipient the same day.
Marks and Spencer
Ecard that is available from £10 to £500
Regular cards but a physical card can be sent to the volunteer.
Purchased online and emailed out. Available in amounts up to £250.
Regular gift cards up to £250. Emailed to recipient.
Available in multiples of £10 to £200. Can be emailed directly to the volunteer. Also printed by the purchaser.
This system is available in all branches.
Payout Now – this sends a voucher by text or email to the customer who shares it with a trusted person to enable them to withdraw a specified amount money from any post office. The customer’s financial institution has to be signed up for the service and at the moment only Santander is the only bank that has.
NatWest, Ulster and RBS are all offering ‘carers’ cards – a second bank card that can be topped up with £100 every 5 days. You can activate this by phone so this is an option for those people without internet access. The card is initially sent to the customer.
Morrisons Doorstep Deliveries
This service is specifically for the extremely clinically vulnerable and people over 70 years. The service is available by phoning 0345 611 611 and selecting option 5.
There is a list of 45 items from which to choose.
Payment is made on delivery by mobile card reader.