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Christmas Hampers of Goodies

Families linked to our various projects at the Turbary Resource Centre each received a hamper full of Christmas treats, groceries and a small gift this Christmas. This includes individuals on our MOAT courses for anxiety and trauma management coaching, CAP Debt clients, those in crisis locally and others referred for 1-2-1 support. In addition to this, households with children enjoyed their own age-appropriate craft bag. (See related article.)

Susan Sutherland, manager of the Turbary Resource Centre, would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the local stores, churches and individuals who donated food and items as well as the lovely volunteers who helped assemble these. Thank you!

Christmas Craft Bags

This Christmas, school age children who previously attended Craft Club, along with CAP Debt families and others referred by our Health Visitors all received Christmas Craft Bags to enjoy over the holidays. These were presented in charming bags lovingly hand-made and donated by Ruth Farthing the previous CAP Centre Debt Coach. Not only were the children delighted with their craft bags, the parents were too! Each household also received a hamper heaped with Christmas treats, goodies and groceries all donated by local stores, churches and individuals.

Susan Sutherland, Turbary Resource Centre Manager, extends her heartfelt thanks to all who helped make it possible for the children and families linked to our various projects to enjoy these treats.

CAP’s Heaped Christmas Hampers!

At Christmas our East Dorset CAP Debt Centre was supplied with generous donations of groceries, Christmas items, treats and finance for purchasing personalised gifts. It is all thanks to local stores, churches and individuals that Christmas was made that much more special for those we support. This enabled us to supply both a Christmas hamper plus a groceries hamper to each of our client’s who are working their way through their respective journeys out of debt.

Executing such a great project would not have been possible without our small band of amazing volunteers giving their time and petrol. Not only did they help sort and assemble all these hampers, but helped Pam, the local Centre Manager for Christians Against Poverty, to deliver these to each household in the run up to Christmas.

A big thank you goes to Stone Family Butchers in Ferndown who donated 24 chickens, which we delivered to our clients on Christmas Eve! We are sincerely grateful to Sainsbury’s for a grant with which we purchased a slow cooker for each family to support their budgets and help reduce cooking fuel bills.

Here’s what some families said:

The presents and food was amazing, it saved Christmas! Thank you!

The chicken is great as we don’t like the taste of turkey, thank you very much!

We were overwhelmed with the gifts!… Thank you all very much and we wish you all a lovely Christmas.

From the staff and team at CAP East Dorset, Bearwood and Ringwood – thank you to all who made this initiative possible!

70 Christmas Meals Cooked and Delivered!

Between the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of December, we cooked and delivered 70 Christmas meals including puddings to clients from our various projects. Thanks to funding from Sainsburys and the help of our wonderful volunteers we were able to bring Christmas cheer with a smile at the doors! See below what some grateful recipients said.

The food was amazing, thank you.’

‘We’re overwhelmed… The meal smelt delicious. Thank you all very much and we wish you all a lovely Christmas.’

Christmas News and Thank You!

Dear friends and supporters of the Bus Stop Club

We have come through another year of change – and thanks to our trustees,
management board, staff, volunteers and supporters we have been able to adapt and
respond to the changing needs of our local community.

Highlights of the year:

More CAP debt clients have received support this year in various practical ways, with
many becoming debt free. What an achievement!

We have offered 1:1 mental health coaching sessions for those seeking to manage and reduce levels of anxiety and recover from the historic effects of unresolved trauma. This programme continues into 2022.

• Our Food Store Cupboard has been open to the public 9 – 11am every morning. Thanks to donations of food and household items from local stores, churches and individuals, our Store Cupboard has been open to the public 9 – 11am Monday to Friday during term time.

Individuals and families with complex needs have been supported by the staff and
volunteers.

• Christmas hampers, groceries, treats and craft bags have gone out to CAP and other clients over the Christmas period.

Your help this year has made such a difference – THANK YOU so very much for your support.

Susan and the team

Bus Stop Club
TRC Ferndown

Donations keep us helping those in need

Susan was delighted to receive a number of donations during the Covid pandemic. This financial support ensured that local families and individuals had access to essential food supplies during this time. 

Here is a photo of Bus Stop Club project manager, Susan Sutherland, standing in front of some of our regular Store Cupboard food displaying a cheque for £2000 as one of these generous donations.

We were also able to cook and deliver Christmas meals to those most in need in our local area.

The Bus Stop Club Committee is grateful for all the donations that help us to keep our doors open.