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The journey you take to get off the streets is ours too

The journey you take to get off the streets is ours too

BCARS   Support  Response   Helpline  07842 174241  

Mon – Fri   9 am til 1 pm   (Excludes Bank Holidays)

**Update regarding our services during Coronavirus**:

Click here to find out what to do if you are currently rough sleeping and are experiencing a new fever or continuous cough.

We have seen this time as an opportunity to adapt our services and in some ways look at very creative ways of continuing our support. We have made the following changes : 
 
Helpline: We now run a new helpline, Monday to Friday from 9 am til 1 pm excluding bank holidays, offering support to those who may be on the street, vulnerably housed or just need a little encouragement during this stressful time.
Buddies Telephone service
 We can can help people through regular telephone calls and texts by just being  a friend on a phone. We hope this will help build a healthy, proper friendship for now and the future. 
 
Emergency Storehouse 
 We are now liaising with local Churches and Charities and the wider community to help make donations especially food and other important supplies for those who are vulnerably housed at this time. This is a great way of centralising supplies to then go out to some of the most vulnerable people at this time. 
 
We continue to look at creative ways to support people and are also looking at ways of providing online support and training. 
 

Welcome to our website.

 

How do I help a Rough Sleeper?

We are all on a journey in this life and we want to help those who are going through a tough time on their journey who are sleeping on our streets.

It’s our journey too because if you just took 5 minutes to STOP and READ this, you could save a life.  It could happen to anyone of us.

We are often asked “How do I help a rough sleeper?”

  • To help someone in the best way is to give them accurate information.
  • So much depends on the individual and also the time of day and what day of the week it is as services and support in any town will vary.
  • It is unlikely (not impossible) in reality to get someone off the street straight away.
  • Usually the best thing to do is understand what is available and give the right advice in the first place.

So in 5 minutes please read what help is out there and help someone get the help they need NOW.

“If we give the right advice today there’s the hope of getting them off the street tomorrow, it literally could be life saving. Remember someone’s journey off the street is ours too.”

David Chidwick
Homelessness Project Manager
rough sleeper in Bournemouth

Our aim:

Be alongside rough sleepers at every stage on their journey

– on and off the streets

The BCARS Journey

Here at BCARS we recognise that the journey from the street to realistically not returning to the streets can take about 2 years. For some this is less, for some they may need support for even longer.

We have set up 2 projects to help people get off the streets and 3 projects to help people stay off the streets.

These 5 projects help people on their journey to have a new and purposeful life and real hope for their future.

A safe place to be heard
Half-time
A safe place to be heard
Temporary sleepsafe shelter within a church in Bournemouth
A safe place to sleep
Sleepsafe
A safe place to sleep
Carpentry workshop for ex-rough sleepers
A safe place to learn
2nd Half: Purpose & Training
A safe place to learn
BCARS buddies on beach visit
A safe way for friends
2nd Half: Buddies
A safe way for friends
wooden christmas trees made at BCARS Carpentry Workshop
A safe place to share
2nd Half: The Storehouse
A safe place to share

Find out more:

About BCARS

We are part of Faithworks Wessex, aiming to provide hope for rough sleepers. Find out more about the impact we have.

About Us

Our Projects

In partnership with local churches and volunteers we run projects to help people get off and stay off the streets

What we do

Join Us

We are always looking for folk who can spare their time or skills to get alongside rough sleepers and help

Get involved