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THESE ARE CHALLENGING TIMES, THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND HELP:

BCP Council helpline for vital support: 0300 123 7052, Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm

Benefits, debt & housing helpline: 01202 985104

Church services online & Christian support: https://churchbcp.org.uk/response/

Domestic abuse helpline: 01202 710777

Mental health support line: 0300 123 5440

Prama friendship line: 01202 022987

Homelessness: If you, or someone you are concerned about, is sleeping rough please phone: 01202 315962 or out of hours 01202 451467


WE HAVE ADAPTED OUR PROJECTS TO ENSURE THEY ARE COVID SAFE:

Food Banks

*If you need emergency food and have no money, please speak to your usual referrer.  If this is your first time using a Food Bank please phone BCP Council on 0300 123 7052 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm).

For more information on where our Food Banks are and contact information, see here.

Poole Food Bank

Tues - Thurs, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Fri, 9.30am – 12pm

Poole Food Bank Satellites

St Clement’s Church Hall: Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 12pm

St Gabriel’s Church, Keysworth Rd, Hamworthy: Thurs, 9.30am -11.30am

Calvary Pentecostal Church, Cromwell Rd, Parkstone: Weds, 12pm – 2pm

Poole Waste Not, Want Not*: Mon, 1.30pm – 3pm, Tues – Fri, 11am – 3pm *Accessed by Hill Street (via 70 High Street)

Christchurch Food Bank

Tues, 10am - 12pm

Thurs, 11am - 1pm

Fri, 2pm – 4pm

Donations only: Mon, 10am - 12pm

Wimborne Food Bank

We continue to run our service at our usual times (see below) however you will be asked to wait outside to enable us to serve one person at a time. 

Weds, 10am – 12pm

Fri, 2pm – 4pm

Donations only: Fri, 12pm - 2pm

*If you would like your donation collected from your car, please phone 07766 395944 and the team will come to you in the car park

Blandford Food Bank 

We continue to run our service at our usual times (see below) however at this time will be delivering food parcels only.  Please phone our number below to arrange delivery of a food parcel.

Tues & Thurs, 10am – 12pm

There are also Food Banks at (click on links below):

Bournemouth

Kinson

Southbourne

Debt + Budget Support

The CMA team are continuing to provide support for those facing significant debt at this time. We are not able to run face-to-face sessions but want to offer advice over the phone or video-conference through our Food Banks and central office.

If you need help, please call our office on: 01202 429037

Citizens Advice are also offering financial support on: 03444 111 444

Addiction + Recovery

We have had to stop many Recovery activities for the moment. However, anyone seeking support around recovery is invited to join the Revive UK Facebook page, see here: each day there are videos and online support activities mainly at 7pm including regular courses such as The Recovery Course and encouragements.

We do run weekly socially-distanced walks in pairs*!  For more information contact Charlie on 07759 088560.
*in compliance with government COVID-19 guidelines

We are also still taking referrals for both those needing support who are in addiction/recovery and for those affected by addiction so please do contact us and we will provide a telephone assessment. Please phone our office on 01202 429037.

Lone Parent Families

We have had to stop our SMILE activities for the moment.  However, support is available online with SMILE's private Facebook group.  If you are a lone parent in Poole, you can request to join the Facebook group here.

Alternatively you can text Rachael on 07954 377295 or Lucy on 07944 171432 and they will get back to you as soon as they can!*

*Please be aware that Rachael and Lucy work part-time.

Homelessness

Anyone who is rough sleeping, or concerned about a rough-sleeper, can contact the St. Mungo's Rough Sleeper Team directly on 01202 315962.

If you are worried about someone becoming homeless during the lockdown period, the Council’s Housing Options team are available to provide advice, support and guidance. The best way to contact the team direct is to email: bcphousingadvice@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Our BCARS Helpline is available Monday - Friday, 9 am - 1 pm (excluding bank holidays).  We help rough sleepers and those who are temporarily housed to access support and services available locally. Call us on 07842 174241.

For more information on how to help rough sleepers, please have a look at the Find Help page on the BCARS website here.

Volunteering

We are supporting the BCP wide Together We Can project. So, if you would like to volunteer at this time, please register your availability at: https://www.can100.org