Last week we took full advantage of the Spring sunshine and worked with individual local families and those newly arrived from Ukraine. The focus was on crafts, which we interspersed with other activities. It was a lovely time spent together relaxing and being creative.
On the Monday, a nourishing cooked lunch was enjoyed by all. We also resourced several families with fresh food and items from our store cupboard.
Below are more pictures of the craft that was enjoyed by both adults and children.
We will continue to offer practical support to individual families over the rest of this term with financial support from Cash 4 Kids. As requests come in, we are filling welcome boxes with toys and food for Ukrainian families in our area. Boxes are either delivered to homes or collected from our Centre along with a craft bags for school age children stuffed with all sorts of creative activities.
We have already have had some lovely feedback from hosts and guests, thanking us for the food and craft. It is just a small way of saying ‘you are so welcome’.
East Dorset CAP Centre Manager and Debt Coach, Pam Ansell, spoke to Pastor Adam Skirton at Poulner Baptist Chapel in Ringwood on Sunday 13 March. He asked her how Christians Against Poverty are helping people who are battling with anxiety over their debt issues…
Pam explains how CAP’s free service supports a family or individual from the start, right through to the end of their journey out of debt. She often observes a physical change in people from the first home visit, when their anxiety significantly reduces, knowing they are no longer alone with someone fighting their corner. The East Dorset CAP Centre is also helping people in the Ringwood and Bearwood areas and has helped 32 households to become debt free!
To view the interview in full please click on the link below and go to 1:14mins in the video.
If you or someone you know is ready to call for help with debt, please dial 0800 328 0006 and a friendly, caring person at CAP head office will speak to you in the first instance.
We are boxing up a selection of our donations of toys, food and clothes to help Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in our area. These are arranged through ‘Dorset for Ukraine’ on social media where posts and requests are made and then processed locally.
We aim to be doing a welcome box for each family as they are made known to us. Our very best wishes and warmest welcome goes out to these families in greatest distress. Thank you to all who have made donations.
We are thankful for the donations of nearly 200 ring pull tins, which we have taken to a collection point for transport to places near Ukraine. This will provide emergency food aid where its most needed for those fleeing the conflict. Our prayers are very much with all those caught up in this crisis.
Another of our clients have completed their respective route out of debt. This brings our total to 32 households who have achieved Debt Free status with our free and holistic support since we opened seven years ago as East Dorset Christians Against Poverty (CAP) debt centre.
With their multiple award-wining free service, CAP Head Office negotiate with creditors to set up payment plans and budgets in line with government guidelines. Our local Debt Coach, Pam Ansell and volunteers, provide a variety of practical and befriending support tailored to the client’s preferences throughout their journey out of debt. People are helped irrespective of their age, gender, faith or background.
It all starts with a free call to 0800 328 0006 where you will speak to a friendly person who will book your first 1-2-1 appointment with Pam. Or for more information please contact Pam Ansell on 07458 395740.