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:
*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, 10am – 12pm
St Gabriel’s Church, Keysworth Rd, Hamworthy: Thurs, 9.30am -11.30am
Calvary Pentecostal Church, Cromwell Rd, Parkstone: closed until further notice due to COVID-19
Poole Waste Not, Want Not*: Mon, 1.30pm – 3pm, Tues – Fri, 11am – 3pm *Accessed by Hill Street (via rear of 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):
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
We have adapted the Recovery project during the pandemic to continue providing support while ensuring it is within COVID-19 government guidelines.
Online support: You can connect with our online recovery community on the Revive UK Facebook page here.
Walks: We run weekly socially-distanced walks in pairs!*
Recovery Days: New for 2021! We are pleased to announce the start of a Recovery Day every Thursday, 10am - 3pm at Winton Methodist Church. The days will include food, fellowship and a range of organised activities.*
For more information on the above, please contact Charlie on 07759 088560 or Emma on 07743 386915.
*In compliance with government COVID-19 guidelines
Recovery Course: The next Recovery Course will take place online from Tuesday 9 March - 15 June 2021. You can book your free place on Eventbrite here.
We are also still taking referrals for both those needing support who are in addiction/recovery and for those affected by someone else's addiction. Please do contact us and we will provide a telephone assessment - phone the office on 01202 429037.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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