Adapting Our Services, Staying Connected

Still Working Alongside

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, are vulnerably housed, or just need a little encouragement during this stressful time. People can ring us on 07842 174241 between 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Buddies Telephone Service

Many of us have felt the strain of isolation during the pandemic and can sympathise with rough sleepers who are coming off the streets into a room of their own, sometimes with no family or friends to talk to.  continue to help people. Our Buddies teams offer a person-centred approach of support, encouragement and friendship. Small groups of buddy teams stay in contact with the people we help through telephone calls and texts and a listening ear.

The Storehouse

Our Storehouse project has seen the most significant adjustment to its purposes during Covid-19. Staff have been busy liasing with multiple organisations… local community meal providers, churches, BCP council and many more in the wider community to receive donations and packed lunches for those who have been recently housed. The Storehouse project has centralised provision of lunches and 3, 5 or 7-day meal packs as well as clothing and ad-hoc laundry services.

Purpose and Training

We continue to look at creative ways to support people with online training and are currently looking at how we can make our Carpenters’ Workshop and Training Kitchen Covid-secure.