Easter’s celebration of new life was a great time to conclude our weekly grocery deliveries with a bang – in the sunshine! This was to coincide with the national loosening of restrictions, which is gradually giving us all a ‘new life’ of sorts. We added a flourish of special Easter treats and freshly baked choc munchies cooked by Susan in the centre’s kitchen.
This Bus Stop Club initiative was set up to support the most vulnerable clients from our various projects including the CAP debt release work as well as any others we were made aware of during the three Lockdowns since March 2020 until April 2021. Brownies, freshly baked scones or other treats appeared most weeks inside the Friday grocery bags – delicious!
It goes without saying that the warm smiles on the doorsteps each Friday will be sorely missed. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all our kind team of volunteers and all who donated the food items which made this possible.
Wow watch them go! Each week Lucie delivers the latest craft kit challenges to the After School families complete with a sheet of parenting tips for support in these challenging times, plus occasional yummy treats!
What would you come up with if you were tasked with producing any item of transport out of this jumbled heap of items…?
Well, below are just some of the ‘sterling’ constructions sent in to us from families in picture form via our social media page. Impressive stuff! ‘Go gadget go!’
We are so thankful to funding from Cash 4 Kids, which helps us keep this weekly group running, albeit from home for now.
It just goes to show what fantastic creations can be made out of seeming chaos!
Our Wednesday After School Club enjoyed Crafty Christmas bags delivered to their doors! We are so thankful for all the generous donations of food and goodies to be able to treat our local families at this special time. Although we have not been able to meet each week to enjoy our craft times, this was a great way to stay creative, connected and celebrate Christmas despite Lockdown!
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
M.O.A.T. 1-2-1 Coaching
This new 1-2-1 coaching course has been running since September at the Turbary Resource Centre, and is open to anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing. Susan Sutherland is a mental health practitioner and has been studying Trauma Based Care, which has enabled her to write and present these informative and practical courses. The course is split into 2 sections: anxiety management and trauma recovery. Participants have found that they make much personal progress in coping with anxiety and experiences of trauma. This helps them to have better health and well being.
Key physiological information is conveyed in a way that is easy to understand. This, in turn, empowers participants to put into practice the various practical steps to wellbeing. Each attendee follows along in their own visually well-presented folder and are welcome to ask questions. Due to the psychoeducational nature of the course it is a permitted activity during lock down restrictions and adheres to social distancing and hygiene measures.
A registration fee of £20 is payable to attend weekly coaching sessions of 50 minutes, covering both parts of the course. Those who attend can opt to do either just Part 1, or both Part 1 and 2.
The availability of individual coaching is proving to be a timely resource. benefitting one and all especially at this season of pandemic. It is open to anyone over 16 from the wider area of Dorset.
Please feel free to pass this information on to a friend or contact who may find it helpful.