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Cafe news as it happens week to week

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!

Friday Evening Cafe in 2020

All are welcome

Friday evening cafe is back in action on the second Friday of each month during term time from 4:30-6:00pm where people can come and enjoy a nutritional meal comprising a savoury and sweet course for £3.00 in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of conversation.

Christmas Meal courtesy of Tesco Bags for Help

We were selected as one of three local charities by Tesco in part of their Tesco Bags for Help drive in November 2017.

A big thank you to Tesco and all who placed their blue tokens in the Bus Stop Club slot.

This meant that we were able to have a wonderful Christmas meal on the last day of term for our CAP clients and Bus Stop Club families and single people,as well as provide food and goodies towards the many Christmas hampers given out locally.

We received EDDC Chairman’s Best Community Group Award this year

We were delighted to welcome the Chairman of EDDC, Cllr David Shortell and his wife Liz when they visited our Friday evening Community Caff being held at our centre – locally known as the Turbary Resource Centre here on the Heatherlands estate in Ferndown.

The Caff provides wholesome, healthy, value-for-money meals for anyone who would like to attend but especially for our CAP* debt clients and their volunteer befrienders.  The relaxed atmosphere enables everyone to chat, socialise and to share their experiences.

Cllr David had recently presented our CAP Befriender Team with his EDDC Chairman’s Best Community Group of the Year Award and it was great that he could meet some of the members of the team “on the ground”.

CAP – Christians Against Poverty is an international organisation offering free help and advice to anyone struggling with crippling debt issues.  The East Dorset (and Ringwood) CAP Centre can be contacted via the CAP Head Office on 01274 760720.

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.


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!