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BCHA Announce A New Project For 2021/22 – The Way Forward

The COVID19 Pandemic has been really tough and a lot of people out there need a little help getting back on their feet.   A brief overview: A unique Employability and Skills coaching programme to support people over the age of 18 whose lives have been affected financially during the pandemic, whilst also helping to […]

Hope Into Action (Partnering With Faithworks Wessex) Purchase Their First House!

Hope into Action (HIA) is a national charity that enables investors to buy houses for the homeless. The key to this model is that every house is supported by a local church who provide support and friendship to the tenants such as assistance with paperwork and budgeting skills, eating meals or watching a film together. Faithworks in Partnership with HIA now […]

Brighton & Hove becomes the first city in the UK to adopt the Homeless Bill of Rights.

At a meeting of full council on 25th March 2021 Brighton and Hove City Council voted to adopt the Homeless Bill of Rights. The bid to get the local authority to adopt the Homeless Bill of Rights in the City was launched by Brighton & Hove Housing Coalition, FEANTSA* and the human rights organization, Just […]

Social Media Students work – The Journey

Two student groups worked with Street Support Action Southampton to produce two different videos as part of their final year studies at Solent University which are now available to see. The two groups took different approaches, one created a short animated film called The Journey, which aims to spread awareness of homelessness and encourage charitable […]

Behind the scenes of Emma’s story

Solent University have been founding partners for Street Support in Southampton. They have hosted several conferences on homelessness and provided work placements to help the work of Street Support. This year, Solent University offered us the chance to pitch to their final year Social Media students. The ask was for a group of students to […]

Vaccination day for homeless in Bournemouth

What a day! A huge effort to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness resulted in around 200 receiving the vaccine at a special pop-up clinic at the Bournemouth YMCA today. Everyone vaccinated is homeless, rough sleeping or has been temporarily housed by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council due to the COVID pandemic. […]

Churches Winter Beds Scheme 2021 ends in Southampton

This year’s winter bed scheme for people sleeping rough in Southampton comes to an end on Monday 1st March. Paul Woodman from Street Support Southampton helped organise the offer following the success of last winter’s beds across seven local churches. He said: “Working with the council and its partners, including public health, we were able […]

Doorstop Shop sells wooden goods from former rough sleepers

A NEW shop is selling hand-made wooden items crafted by former rough sleepers. The Doorstop Shop is a new charity business, based at St John’s Church in Surrey Road, near Coy Pond, and also selling online via an eBay store. Its hand-made and upcycled stock includes wooden items such as hedgehog houses, planters and phone […]

Staysafe – Purpose, Activity and Friendship During the Day

Staysafe is a new and innovative project offering daytime support for people who have gotten off the streets and are in emergency or temporary accommodation.  The BCARS team (a partnership between Faithworks and local churches) are there to provide individuals with “purpose, activity, and friendship” at a church venue throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  We […]