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Ukrainian families join Easter activity week!

Fun painting together in the sun

Last week we took full advantage of the Spring sunshine and worked with individual local families and those newly arrived from Ukraine. The focus was on crafts, which we interspersed with other activities. It was a lovely time spent together relaxing and being creative.

On the Monday, a nourishing cooked lunch was enjoyed by all. We also resourced several families with fresh food and items from our store cupboard.

A group making a collage

Below are more pictures of the craft that was enjoyed by both adults and children.

We will continue to offer practical support to individual families over the rest of this term with financial support from Cash 4 Kids. As requests come in, we are filling welcome boxes with toys and food for Ukrainian families in our area.  Boxes are either delivered to homes or collected from our Centre along with a craft bags for school age children stuffed with all sorts of creative activities. 

We have already have had some lovely feedback from hosts and guests, thanking us for the food and craft.  It is just a small way of saying ‘you are so welcome’.

Annual Easter Fayre

Sunshine and smiles at our tables!

Spring sunshine abounded as friends and visitors came to browse and make a donation for any items. The aim of the fayre was to clear out various donated stock from the centre. We are grateful for all the items donated which went towards raising funds for our work supporting those in great need locally.

Any items that we had left over we donated to Pramacare. We are thankful to volunteers who came to help set up or provide a friendly smile.

Watch Pam’s Interview at PBC

CAP debt help reduces anxiety levels

East Dorset CAP Centre Manager and Debt Coach, Pam Ansell, spoke to Pastor Adam Skirton at Poulner Baptist Chapel in Ringwood on Sunday 13 March. He asked her how Christians Against Poverty are helping people who are battling with anxiety over their debt issues…

Pam explains how CAP’s free service supports a family or individual from the start, right through to the end of their journey out of debt. She often observes a physical change in people from the first home visit, when their anxiety significantly reduces, knowing they are no longer alone with someone fighting their corner. The East Dorset CAP Centre is also helping people in the Ringwood and Bearwood areas and has helped 32 households to become debt free!

To view the interview in full please click on the link below and go to 1:14mins in the video.

If you or someone you know is ready to call for help with debt, please dial 0800 328 0006 and a friendly, caring person at CAP head office will speak to you in the first instance.

Welcome Boxes for Ukrainian Families

We are boxing up a selection of our donations of toys, food and clothes to help Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in our area. These are arranged through ‘Dorset for Ukraine’ on social media where posts and requests are made and then processed locally.

We aim to be doing a welcome box for each family as they are made known to us. Our very best wishes and warmest welcome goes out to these families in greatest distress. Thank you to all who have made donations.

Nearly 200 Tins of Food for Ukraine

Donated tins going to help Ukrainian refugees

We are thankful for the donations of nearly 200 ring pull tins, which we have taken to a collection point for transport to places near Ukraine. This will provide emergency food aid where its most needed for those fleeing the conflict. Our prayers are very much with all those caught up in this crisis.