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Help the community this winter

There are many ways you can support your community this Christmas, whether donating gifts, food or your time.  

Volunteering 

There are many benefits to volunteering. By giving your time as a volunteer you can help others in your local community and give something back, make a difference to the lives of others, improve your health and wellbeing and so much more.  

The Community Action Network has information and advice on volunteering in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

Support a community food project near you 

Through the Access to Food Partnership and Forum we have built up a map of the community food landscape in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We have used this map to train hundreds of front-line professionals who support those in crisis and those who need extra food support.  

Use the map to find out about community food projects near you and how you can get involved.  

Supporting those who are homelessness   

The Homelessness Partnership work closely with those who are homeless or roughsleeping to help people into stable accommodation. The partnership value support in the following ways: 

  1. Donations of  toiletries, new underwear and socks (for men and women), can be dropped off at either:
    • Hope Housing, 10 St Swithuns Road, BH1 3RQ
    • SSAFA shop, 23 Church Rd, Parkstone, Poole BH14 8UF.
  2. If you want to give money, then the Homelessness Partnership have set up Change for Good with Dorset Community Foundation. Local charities can apply for funds here to help individuals make the journey away from the street. 
  3. If you see someone who is rough sleeping, you can contact our street outreach service by email at bcpsos@mungos.org, or by calling the national Streetlink team on 0300 500 0914.

I know someone who needs help  

If you, or someone you know, needs support then connect to Together We Can.

Together We Can is an initiative led by us, working in close partnership with many other public, private and voluntary sector organisations. We're joined by community groups and residents who have offered to help and support the vulnerable people in our Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole communities to get through the coronavirus crisis. 

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