Are you able to donate essential items such as toiletries to help individuals who are experiencing homelessness this Christmas? Donations of new toiletries, socks and underwear (small/medium, for men and women), can be dropped off at: • Half-time, Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BZ (Mon / Wed / Fri mornings) • Routes to Roots, c/o […]
How you can help this winter in BCP?
Tap and donate to make a real difference to people sleeping rough this festive period
A scheme which makes it easy for people to donate money to support local people experiencing homelessness, is being expanded in the run up to Christmas. The ‘Change for Good’ initiative, which enables people to give £3 just by tapping their bank cards at specially installed ‘giving points’, is expanding out to Poole and Christchurch. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
(UK) COVID 19 FUNDING SUPPORT (CHARITIES/ORGANISATIONS)
Please find links to covid-19 funding support for charities. This is a live document. Please let us know if you hear of any other funding/support sources we can add to this list. Apologies in advance for any duplication. NATIONAL Crisis Fund (UK): https://www.crisis.org.uk/about-us/the-crisis-blog/in-this-together-launching-our-emergency-grants-fund/ A grants programme which supports local homelessness organisations across the UK Charities […]
Homeless Hostel resident blooms with award-winning wildlife garden
Peter, resident of Michael House, has transformed his life through gardening. Michael House, a 25-bed hostel for homeless people in Bournemouth, started their in-house Garden Project in 2014. CEO, Mark Horsford has said that since it began the ‘project has been grown from nothing, with little to no budget’ due to the hard work and […]
Do we need to rethink addiction?
We wanted to share two videos on addiction. The first we found so simple and clear. The second, simple again, yet moving. Addiction specialist and author Gabor Maté says dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction. He says: “Addiction is not a choice anybody makes, it’s a response to emotional pain.” […]