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Happy 11th Birthday to the Turbary Resource Centre!

On the 13th of November we marked our 11th Anniversary since opening our Centre. We are so thankful to have been able to serve local families and individuals through having our own dedicated building located behind Hope Church.  This has only been possible due to generous donations, grants, fundraising and the many volunteering hours of wonderful helpers who have touched lives for the better.

Support for parents and adult educational courses have been a key feature providing life skills, mental health and trauma support. CAP Money Budgeting course, Job seeking clubs, IT and Nutrition are just samples, through to the SOS trauma recovery and Mental Health First Aid, to the current MOAT course which offers 1 to 1 coaching in the Management of Anxiety and Trauma.

Our primary project for much of this time is our East Dorset Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre. We provide a face to face free service in partnership with Hope Church and CAP Head Office in Bradford. While we do not pay the debt of our clients, we negotiate with creditors and put together an individualised budget.  Holistic support is offered throughout their journey out of debt. Thus far we have supported 29 families and individuals in becoming debt free and starting afresh. A further 14 families have gone on to clearing their debt independently as a result of our support. Alongside this we offer the CAP Money Management course which is open to all to help people to budget and gain control over their finances.

Our after school and craft clubs have been enjoyed by many a family, as have our many years of running Friday night café until Covid sadly resulted in lockdown for all of us.  Café was an opportune time for clients from all our projects to relax and enjoy wholesome low cost meals with friendly company. Hope Church Ferndown sponsored the meals for our CAP Debt service clients.

We continue to enjoy close links with Jean Read, who opened our Centre as part of her Mayoral duties 11 years ago.  She often pops in to the Centre, and has been spied helping in the background during Christmas meals for our clients and volunteers. Our local police and police support officers have been involved over the years, often popping in to engage with staff and families when in the local area.

It’s been a privilege to have been chosen to receive various Dorset County Befriending Awards for volunteers. This has been a wonderful accolade to the calibre of volunteers who support our clients and ‘go the extra mile’.

As ever, our essentials Store Cupboard continues to be a major part of our support for local residents. This is stocked by donations from local stores and churches, providing practical support in increasingly challenging times. In addition we cooked and delivered hot meals and groceries to clients during various lockdowns in the Covid Pandemic and at Christmas.

Looking back it’s phenomenal to see what has grown from something that started with offering school parents a cuppa and a chat while they waited for the bus!

Our warmest thanks to all who’ve made this possible over these 11 years!

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.

Has the Covid Pandemic damaged your finances?

Our free debt service in The New Stour and Avon Magazine again!

The New Stour and Avon Magazine, April ’21, pages 44-45

“If you or someone you know is feeling weighed down by crushing debt, then we can help for free. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear and provide a solution to your debts.

Please call free 0800 3280006 to book an appointment. Our friendly debt coach Pam Ansell and a volunteer from our East Dorset CAP Centre will arrange a visit to help you begin your journey out of debt.

Christians Against Poverty or CAP is an award winning national debt counselling charity that has been serving people for free for 25 years. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt, open to people of all lifestyles, faiths and none. Our service is unique, in depth and absolutely free. We will offer you a variety of support as you work with us from the start to the end of your journey out of debt.

Our CAP East Dorset, Ringwood and Bearwood Centre is a joint project of the Bus Stop Club charity and Hope Church Ferndown. We have just celebrated our 26th individual or family in our area becoming debt free!

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!! Call free on 0800 3280006″

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

In print again! The Bus Stop Club’s response to the pandemic

Featured in ‘Dorset In The Pandemic: Covid Impact Report’

by the Dorset Community Foundation

Click here to view our feature on page 11 and see this inspiring report!

We are so thankful for the grant from the Dorset Community Foundation that enabled us to reach out in such a key way to those in our local area. The hot meals and groceries were greatly appreciated by our clients and others made known to us. A big thank you to all who made this possible!

Click here to view our other news items featuring our meal and grocery deliveries with photos of our cheerful, superb volunteers!