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.
Susan and the team.
Bus Stop Club
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.
“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.
We had lots of fun last week making sock animals at our Wednesday after school session.