Tag Archives: Lockdown

East Dorset & Ringwood Debt Centre Encourages People to Seek Free Debt Help Urgently

The East Dorset & Ringwood Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre based at the Bus Stop Club Charity and Hope Church has been delivering free debt help to people across the area for over seven years and throughout the pandemic.

With measures such as the furlough scheme due to come to an end on 30 September, it is expected that more people will need to know where to turn for help with problem finances.

Pam Ansell, East Dorset & Ringwood CAP Debt Centre Manager, said: “We really want to urge people who are struggling with debt to seek help as early as possible.

The furlough scheme has helped plug the gap for many people, but not everyone will be able to get back the same hours and income with their employers. 

At first, it might seem you’ll be able to manage by tightening your belts a bit, but low income and debt often go hand-in-hand. In fact, at CAP, low income is the most common reason for debt.  

Over half of people in debt wait over a year before seeking help.  The quicker people get in touch, the sooner they can get support and solutions in place.

Sadly, we’ve seen all too often that people are struggling to find enough money to cover essentials like rent and heating and then not having enough money left for food or to pay back arrears. It’s a juggling act which is impossible to manage without help.

CAP client, Lisa*, said: “The lockdown has been hard, but the team gives me a weekly phone call to check if I’ve got enough food and I’ve paid my rent. They’ll go the extra mile.”

If anyone reading this is worried about debts piling up that are causing anxiety and stress, then contact CAP on 0800 328 0006 as soon as possible to get free debt help.

*Name changed to protect CAP client’s anonymity.

Spring Into Craft!

Our Wednesday After School group had great fun this Spring with themed tasks for the season. Due to the lockdown, we delivered the craft kits to each home for the children to enjoy and look at the variety! See such talent! The lovely creative colours really bring their crafts to life. This collage was put together from pictures sent in by parents and has been put on display at the Turbary Resource Centre.

Covid-19 Food Relief

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!

Charity of the Month – Bus Stop Club in print!

In print again the Bus Stop Club response to the pandemic!

Good Friday goody bags

60 Christmas dinners cooked and delivered with goody bags

Heart-warming Christmas hampers

Good Friday Goody Bags!

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.

Some of our cheerful, amazing volunteers who tirelessly delivered groceries on Fridays during the three lockdowns!

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.

Movers and Shakers – Transport in Craft!

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…?

Can you make a creation out of this chaos?

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.

A terrific truck emerges from the heap!
Local movers and shakers!

It just goes to show what fantastic creations can be made out of seeming chaos!

Crafty Christmas treats!

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!