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’.
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!
Since September 2020 our Store Cupboard has remained open daily Monday to Friday 9 -11am for essential groceries, although since the first lockdown we have had to change some of our activities. We continued to have donations of fresh food available on Tuesday mornings.
We regularly promote this support to those known to us including our CAP clients, MOAT course clients and the Wednesday After School families. This continues to provide some relief for those in greatest need during the ongoing pandemic.
We are very grateful…
… for food donations from customers, which we collect weekly from our local Sainsbury’s store. We are also part of the FareShare (Tesco) and Neighbourly (Lidl) food donations schemes. In addition to this we delivered groceries on Fridays to a number of individuals and families in need as well as meals.
The Centre is closing for most of the summer break to enable deep cleaning and maintenance to be carried out. Anyone in food poverty from the local area will still be able to access support from Wimborne food bank during the school holidays.
Please see our variety of news items and photos of food provision during the pandemic – including some of our wonderful volunteers!
“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.