Adapting Our Services, Staying Connected

Still Working Alongside

UPDATED 20th May 2021

We have all been affected by the Corona virus pandemic, not least of all rough sleepers and the vulnerably housed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The Team at BCARS have viewed this time as an opportunity to adapt our services and be creative in how we provide continuing support to some of the most vulnerable in our community. Working together with local churches, charities and BCP Council, we have made the following changes.

Helpline

We are now running a telephone helpline offering support to those who may be on the street and vulnerably housed. We can help people access support and services available locally. We also offer a powerbank library service for mobile phones. People can ring us on 07842 174241 between 10 am and 12, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Doorstop Shop

Our online charity shop is now open every Saturday from 9 am til 12 noon, offering the local community an opportunity to purchase quality, upscaled and newly crafted wooden items made by our trainees as well as selected wooden furniture, jewellery and other useful products of a high standard. All the profits go into helping ex-rough sleepers start a new life. More information is available on the Doorstop Shop Facebook page.

Essentials

(Providing essential services continues such as Emergency Packs, Furniture, and Laundry Service) Our provision of food, toiletries and furniture to those in emergency and move-on accommodation continues.

Emergency Food Packs

Through our partnership working with BCP council we receive referrals for ex-homeless and vulnerable households and deliver foodpacks to those who need them. We can also provide emergency food parcels if required.

Furniture Service

We can deliver a basic furniture pack on receipt of a completed referral form. The requests are bespoke but can include items such as a bed, bedding, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and household items.

Laundry Service

We continue to offer a laundry service at Half-time, Westover Road, BH1 2BZ, Monday to Friday, 10 am til 12. The facility is Covid-secure.

Toiletries

We provide toiletries for those who need them.

Training Programme

Our training programme provides opportunities for the people we support to find purpose and obtain certificates, qualifications and access education. Trainees will be offered placements in areas they are interested in, either externally or within our training projects.