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BCARS is the name we have given to a partnership of churches in
Bournemouth working to reduce rough sleeping


20 March 2018: Please be aware that SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol), for rough sleepers, has now been deactivated.

BCARS Light Night

BCARS volunteers’ thank you event

27 March 2018

Book your place by 11 March by clicking on the image below (using the password: bcarslightnight)

Any questions call Ruth at Faithworks’ office on 01202 429037

BCARS Light Night invite


Sleepsafe 2017/18

Guest forms

For Guest Sleepsafe Applications go to the Sleepsafe page

Volunteer Application

If you would like to get involved in this year’s Sleepsafe project please complete and return the Sleepsafe application form.

If you have volunteered for Sleepsafe in the past, all you need to do is write your name, select your availability for shifts and write ‘no change’ on the form.

Sleepsafe Volunteers Training

All volunteers must have completed Safeguarding and Drugs & Alcohol Awareness training within the last 12 months.  Each Sleepsafe shift also requires a First Aid appointed person.

If you have any questions you can contact the Sleepsafe Coordinator on 07743 386910

47 rough sleepers got into more secure accommodation through Sleepsafe 2016-17:
Following a serious car accident, one man had been hospitalised for several months and therefore lost tenancy and home; he came into Sleepsafe to get stability while he got ID and re-established contact with family; it was a stepping stone to now having his own flat, volunteering with BCARS and now having a paid job

If you come across someone sleeping rough in Bournemouth or Poole

  1. Call the Rough Sleeper team on 01202 315962 and they will seek to make contact with them

  2. St Mungo’s run a Drop-In  on:

    Monday, 11.30am – 2pm, Citygate Church (Probation Drop In), Citygate Centre, 138A Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8AS

    Wednesday & Thursday, 9am – 10am, St Stephen’s Church Hall, St Stephen’s Ways, Bournemouth, BH2 6JZ

    Friday, 9am – 10am, St Paul’s Hostel, 10 St Paul’s Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8AJ