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Celebrating 28 Families Debt Free!

We are thrilled to announce:

Paid stamp for Monies Owed

Two more of our clients have completed their respective routes out of debt becoming DEBT FREE! Woohoo! This brings our total to 28 families or individuals who have achieved Debt Free status with our free and holistic support since we opened seven years ago as East Dorset Christians Against Poverty (CAP) debt centre.

Christians Against Poverty - There is always hope

With their multiple award-wining free service, CAP Head Office negotiate with creditors to set up payment plans and budgets in line with government guidelines. Our local Debt Coach, Pam Ansell and volunteers, provide a variety of practical and befriending support tailored to the client’s preferences throughout their journey out of debt. People are helped irrespective of their age, gender, faith or background.

It all starts with a free call to 0800 328 0006 where you will speak to a friendly person who will book your first 1-2-1 appointment with Pam. Or for more information please contact Pam Ansell on 07458 395740.

There is always hope.

See news ‘Do you need help with Debt?’

OUR 27th client is DEBT FREE!

Christians Against Poverty - There is always hope
Christians Against Poverty

We are thrilled to announce:

Our 27th client has completed their respective route out of debt becoming DEBT FREE! Woohoo! This brings our total to 27 families or individuals who have achieved Debt Free status with our free and holistic support since we opened seven years ago as East Dorset Christians Against Poverty (CAP) debt centre.

With their multiple award-wining free service, CAP Head Office negotiate with creditors to set up payment plans and budgets in line with government guidelines. Our local Debt Coach, Pam Ansell and volunteers, provide a variety of practical and befriending support tailored to the client’s preferences throughout their journey out of debt. People are helped irrespective of their age, gender, faith or background.

Weighed down by debt?

If you or someone you know is feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help for free. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope

It all starts with a free call to 0800 328 0006 where you will speak to a friendly person who will book your first 1-2-1 appointment with Pam. Or for more information please contact Pam Ansell on 07458 395740.

There is always hope.

See news ‘Do you need help with Debt?’

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.

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!

Charity of the Month – Bus Stop Club in print!

The Blackmore Vale Online Community Magazine

We were delighted to be featured as charity of the month! See the detailed information below.

Click here to see our in depth article on page 56 and view the publication.

Charity of the Month, The Blackmore Vale, Page 56, March ’21

“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.

Contact details:

www.thebusstopclub.co.uk ssutherland@hotmail.co.uk

Mobile: 07866 692528.”