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Happy 11th Birthday to the Turbary Resource Centre!

On the 13th of November we marked our 11th Anniversary since opening our Centre. We are so thankful to have been able to serve local families and individuals through having our own dedicated building located behind Hope Church.  This has only been possible due to generous donations, grants, fundraising and the many volunteering hours of wonderful helpers who have touched lives for the better.

Support for parents and adult educational courses have been a key feature providing life skills, mental health and trauma support. CAP Money Budgeting course, Job seeking clubs, IT and Nutrition are just samples, through to the SOS trauma recovery and Mental Health First Aid, to the current MOAT course which offers 1 to 1 coaching in the Management of Anxiety and Trauma.

Our primary project for much of this time is our East Dorset Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre. We provide a face to face free service in partnership with Hope Church and CAP Head Office in Bradford. While we do not pay the debt of our clients, we negotiate with creditors and put together an individualised budget.  Holistic support is offered throughout their journey out of debt. Thus far we have supported 29 families and individuals in becoming debt free and starting afresh. A further 14 families have gone on to clearing their debt independently as a result of our support. Alongside this we offer the CAP Money Management course which is open to all to help people to budget and gain control over their finances.

Our after school and craft clubs have been enjoyed by many a family, as have our many years of running Friday night café until Covid sadly resulted in lockdown for all of us.  Café was an opportune time for clients from all our projects to relax and enjoy wholesome low cost meals with friendly company. Hope Church Ferndown sponsored the meals for our CAP Debt service clients.

We continue to enjoy close links with Jean Read, who opened our Centre as part of her Mayoral duties 11 years ago.  She often pops in to the Centre, and has been spied helping in the background during Christmas meals for our clients and volunteers. Our local police and police support officers have been involved over the years, often popping in to engage with staff and families when in the local area.

It’s been a privilege to have been chosen to receive various Dorset County Befriending Awards for volunteers. This has been a wonderful accolade to the calibre of volunteers who support our clients and ‘go the extra mile’.

As ever, our essentials Store Cupboard continues to be a major part of our support for local residents. This is stocked by donations from local stores and churches, providing practical support in increasingly challenging times. In addition we cooked and delivered hot meals and groceries to clients during various lockdowns in the Covid Pandemic and at Christmas.

Looking back it’s phenomenal to see what has grown from something that started with offering school parents a cuppa and a chat while they waited for the bus!

Our warmest thanks to all who’ve made this possible over these 11 years!

Charity of the Month – Bus Stop Club in print!

The Blackmore Vale Online Community Magazine

We were delighted to be featured as charity of the month! See the detailed information below.

Click here to see our in depth article on page 56 and view the publication.

Charity of the Month, The Blackmore Vale, Page 56, March ’21

“The Bus Stop Club is a local charity located in the Turbary Resource Centre, at the edge of Ferndown. We are a befriending charity, seeking to support parents and families from the East Dorset area and beyond. Our small core staff team are very blessed to have a number of loyal volunteers who work alongside us.

Food: Since the first lockdown last year we have had to change some of our activities, but our Centre remains open every day Mon to Fri 9-11am for essential groceries – we also have donations of fresh food available on Tuesday mornings. We are very grateful for food donations from customers that we collect weekly from our local Sainsbury’s store. We are also part of the Fare Share (Tesco) and Neighbourly (Lidl) food donation schemes. Currently we are delivering groceries on Fridays to a number of individuals and families in need. We are currently delivering craft packs on Wednesdays to local families with younger school children, thanks to financial support from Cash 4 Kids.

We are supported financially by local trusts, foundations, community chest grants, churches and individuals – we are very thankful for all the support we have received, particularly during periods of lockdown since March 2020.

Our main project is the East Dorset CAP Debt Centre, also covering Ringwood and Bearwood. CAP stands for Christians Against Poverty, a national charity based in Bradford with hundreds of Centres all over the UK. Their services are free to those in unmanageable debt. Since starting our East Dorset CAP Centre we have seen 26 individuals go debt free. We currently have vacancies for new clients, so if you or someone you know needs support, just phone the CAP freephone number: 0800 328 0006. CAP Head Office will be glad to speak to you and explain how CAP can start you on your journey out of debt. There are also local CAP Centres in Poole and Bournemouth.

MOAT Coaching: Since September 2020 we have been offering individual coaching sessions to those who want to manage their anxiety better, and to learn some strategies for processing historical trauma. MOAT Coaching is available to adults at a cost of £20 registration fee. We currently have spaces, so if you are interested please drop me an email. Those who have completed the programme have all found it very helpful. Susan Sutherland, Project Manager.

Contact details:

www.thebusstopclub.co.uk ssutherland@hotmail.co.uk

Mobile: 07866 692528.”

Do you need help with debt?

Call free 0800 328 0006

Weighed down by debt?
Weighed down by debt?

If you or someone you know is feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help for free. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. This service is for anyone who is willing to pick up the phone and talk to a friendly person who can help you with your debt problems.

Please call free 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment. Our friendly debt coach Pam Ansell from our East Dorset CAP Centre will then call you to confirm your appointment to begin your journey out of debt.

Christians Against Poverty or CAP is an award winning national debt counselling charity that has been serving people for free for 25 years. CAP offers hope and a solution to most people in debt, open to people of all lifestyles, faiths and none. Our service is unique, in depth and absolutely free. We will offer you a variety of support as you work with us from the start to the end of your journey out of debt.

For more information, please contact Pam Ansell on 07458 395740. Our CAP East Dorset, Ringwood and Bearwood Centre is a joint project of the Bus Stop Club and Hope Church Ferndown. We have just celebrated our 29th individual/family in our area becoming debt free!

Please note: As the COVID-19 pandemic situation changes, we also will change to stay in line with government guidelines. Currently, we are offering a mixture of face-to-face and/or phone-based appointments as part of our debt counselling service. Despite all the changes we are facing, we continue to provide a holistic, personal service for every client.

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There is always hope.