Category Archives: After School

After school homework, craft and fun.

60 Christmas dinners cooked and delivered with goody bags!

What a wonderful way to spread some good Christmas Cheer!

Smiling Susan Cooking 60 Christmas Dinners
Smiling Susan Cooking 60 Christmas Dinners

The Bus Stop Club broke its record this Christmas by cooking and delivering a total of 60 Christmas dinners to individuals and families we support! This was in place of having a sit down meal together at the Centre with clients and volunteers from our various projects including After School Craft, CAP Debt Centre, MOAT Courses (1:2:1 Management of Anxiety and Trauma Recovery), Food Store Cupboard and many others who receive our support.

Each dinner was delivered to the door by one of our super volunteers with a smile and a large goody bag full of generously donated groceries and treats. We say a big thank you again to all involved from those donating and collecting food supplies to assembling meals and goody bags to driving and delivering them. Thank you! Clients have said what a difference this made at this time, with some texting or sending us a Christmas card saying thank you!

A Christmas Thank You and News!

A sincere thanks to all our supporters and friends at Christmas!

A sincere thanks to all our supporters and friends at Christmas!

A sincere thanks to all our supporters and friends at Christmas!

Dear friends and supporters of the Bus Stop Club,

Well, what an extraordinary year we have all had! We are thankful that due to several pots of COVID funding and the commitment of staff and volunteers, we were able to turn the Centre into a Meal Production Hub during our first lockdown. We cooked and delivered around 890 meals and bags of groceries to our most vulnerable clients.

We also saw some more Debt clients go debt free during this time – in all, 26 clients are now debt free thanks to the support of our local CAP team and the CAP Head Office team in Bradford.

At the Centre, the summer was spent cleaning, archiving, repairing, and learning on-line.

So when we opened the Centre again in September, we were ready to work with individuals under our 1:1 M.O.A.T. coaching programme, which is running well, and which we plan to continue over the next 2 years. Regular donations of food, both fresh and store cupboard are available for the local community at the Centre every morning.

Instead of our local families coming to the Centre on Wednesdays for After School Club, we now go to them, with our delivery of Craft Packs and groceries every Wednesday!

Currently we are planning for a different Christmas season, with Christmas bags of goodies and presents for our CAP clients, goody bags for others, and a full Christmas roast dinner, cooked in the Centre and delivered during Christmas week by our lovely band of volunteers. This would simply not have been possible without your donations of treats, money and practical help. Thank you.

Whatever Christmas looks like for you this year, may you know that you have made a difference through supporting our work here in Ferndown and East Dorset.

THANK YOU!

Susan and the team.

Bus Stop Club
TRC Ferndown

Colourful craft bags delivered weekly containing fun activities for boys and girls

Lockdown Craft Packs

Our Wednesday After School Club had to think outside the box…  well… er… into a bag in fact! Although we have been unable to meet during Covid-19, it has not stopped us personally delivering our weekly Craft Sessions to the door. That’s twelve doors to be exact with a total of twenty children. Each week our families receive their variety of fun craft activities in colourful bags. Some weeks we include a few yummy treats! Below is some lovely feedback from one of our families.

Colourful craft bags delivered weekly containing fun activities for boys and girls

Colourful craft bags delivered weekly -containing fun activities for boys and girls!

“Thank you for my son’s craft pack every week! Not only does my son enjoy them, I enjoy the one to one time I spend helping him. I was worried in the current situation about having things to do after school so these deliveries are just perfect.”

– Mum of boy aged 10.

Update on community activities

We were recently sitting and reflecting on all the activities that have taken place at the The Bus Stop Club since we opened the building 4 years ago and felt it was a good time to bring you up-to-date with community activities we have organised.

AND…

there have been so many activities people in the community have participated in.

From the Job Club and the I.T workshops which have been running for three years – we have helped over 100 people improve their computing skills with many people go on to find jobs after attending the Job Club as well.

Our Friday night cafe which operates during term time is popular throughout the year and very much so in the winter months. Its just completed its second year of operation and provides nutritious, generous and tasty meals for a very, VERY reasonable price. Its a great time for families to come together eat, chat and relax before heading home or elsewhere.

The Make Lunch Sessions have been well attended and provided a ‘fun time’ for families during the school holidays.

The After School Club open on Wednesdays has proved very popular with families – giving kids access to computers for homework and game time, the craft activities running along side allow parents and kids to access materials they might not have at home – a creative space and time exploring different themes.

We also run Money Management Courses using CAP material which is a completely FREE and confidential money management and debt counselling service. It is available to everyone who has an income of wages and/or benefits and helps people learn to manage money and expenditure more effectively.

Last year the East Dorset CAP Centre opened at the Turbary Resource Centre and we have helped over 16 families tackle their debt situation with 2 families becoming debt free just after one year. This service is aimed at anyone who has a debt they feel they need help with. A couple of questions you can ask yourself – are you struggling to pay your bills, are you falling further into debt? If so, then the team at the centre can help you.

The Parenting and Cooking Courses have given parents and families the encouragement to build better relationships and whilst cooking to enjoy the meals and take the ideas home to try out.

We are continuing to run activities to benefit the community and we will bring you news on those in a further update!