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.
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!