So what do we actually do?
Our projects tackle two key areas where people need practical support
Social isolation and loneliness: whether for carers, lone parents or those escaping domestic abuse
Financial and material crisis: whether that means not having enough to eat, debts to pay, or no home to go to.
And this is how we approach all our work…
Here are the details of all the projects…
Financial Hope – Money Matters
Debt is a heavy burden to bear - it affects everything. So, we not only work with people to make sense of their finances, and help them build a debt repayment plan, but we also give them ways that they can get control and prevent future crisis
Hope in crisis – Foodbank Plus
We run 5 Foodbanks in Dorset in partnership with local churches. Not only do we give out food but also run Cooking on a Budget courses, Debt Advice, special packs for those in B&B. Our goal is to help you get out of crisis, get back on your feet and stay out of crisis.
Hope for Rough Sleepers – BCARS
BCARS is the name we have given to a partnership of the churches in Bournemouth working to reduce rough sleeping.
Hope for Carers
At the 2011 census, over 30,000 people in Bournemouth and Poole identified themselves as unpaid carers looking after loved ones – we couldn’t do without them, but sometimes carers need a bit of help themselves...
Hope living with Dementia
There are at least 14,000 people living with Dementia in Dorset. But we believe that even in the most difficult situations, there is always hope.
Hope for Lone Parent Families
SMILE Connect is a Community Group and support network which seeks to help Lone Parent Families “Live life to the full”. We’ve expanded: now not only in Poole town centre but also in West Howe & Kinson.
Hope out of Domestic Abuse
Treasure was developed out of a recognised need following a domestic abuse course run by BCHA. The Pattern Changing course focuses on why women repeatedly enter into abusive relationships and then provides support with changing these behaviour patterns.
The Poole Faith Audit and “Poole Conversation”
It's not often you have the Assistant Chief Constable, Mayor, Hospital Chief Executive, Leader of the Council, Principal of the College and other movers and shakers in one room with reps from churches, voluntary groups, business and statutory sectors for a Big conversation on together making Poole even better.