There is not enough space to publically thank everyone who has, and continues to support BCHA, or to let you know all the things we have done with these donations. However without the support of everyone, individuals, organisations and businesses, BCHA wouldn’t be able to offer the level of support to our clients that we know makes such a difference.
From large donations that allow us to run a service or provide more homes, to smaller donations that provide hot meals or the equipment to allow someone to access a college course - every pound donated helps to change a life for the better.
Here are some examples of what has been donated and the projects your money has supported:
- Since the inception of our SleepSafe campaign in 2012 which launched with the strap-line “Can you spare £1 to help someone sleep safe tonight” over £53,000 has been donated by the community in Bournemouth to provide shelter, food and support for homeless people in the town. These donations have saved the lives of many vulnerable people, and helped them to turn their lives around.
- A team of 20 BT employees from Bournemouth Telephone Exchange, gave up their time during one of their Give and Gain Days to transform a garden for local vulnerable young people. BCHA’s Felix House, located in Bournemouth, provides supported accommodation for young people who have faced homelessness. In May, a team of volunteers from BT arrived at Felix House loaded with plants, paint, garden furniture and a lot of determination, to transform the garden in to a positive place to be.
- The Big Lottery Fund provided BCHA with a £290,024 grant to provide a new service called Breakthru, supporting women experiencing domestic abuse. There are two elements to Breakthru, the first is a Pattern Changing Programme – a 13 week course enabling women to have the opportunity to change their learnt behaviour and look at the impact domestic abuse has on the whole family. The second element of the programme enables women to address their feelings and thoughts, and build confidence by talking to others in a safe environment, helping them to realise that they are not in isolation. The service is on track to support 900 adults and 1700 children over a four year period.
- Money raised from recycling clothes paid for a craft day for our customers and their children in the summer of 2014. This free event enabled our customers to learn new skills, meet new people and entertain their children during the summer holidays.
- Each year we raise £1,500 to provide up to 15 move-on packs, containing essential items to support the most vulnerable of our customers who are moving on to independent accommodation. These packs can help them to stay independent and can alleviate the mental health problems that can be suffered when people have to sleep and sit on the floor, and in some cases don’t even have a kettle to make a cup of tea.
- The people of Salisbury including, Charitable Trusts, Salisbury City Council, Salisbury Rotary Club, Salisbury Quakers and Stratford-Sub-Castle Community Group donated £250,000, and the Homes and Communities Agency provided £260,000 towards the renovation of the derelict St Paul’s Homes. This enabled BCHA to provide suitable and sustainable housing for people in Salisbury who had experienced homelessness and are ready to move on to independent living. Support was also received by CRASH, the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people, who not only supported the appeal through a cash grant, but also by providing free and discounted building materials.
- For more than 18 years, students at one Bournemouth school have brought festive cheer to the homeless. Every year since 1996 students from Harewood College have set themselves a Christmas challenge of collecting as much food as possible, which they then donate to the residents of St Paul’s in time for Christmas Day.
- J.P.Morgan donated £750 to create a multi-use room at Fortuna House one of our schemes supporting 16 - 21 year olds. The room can now accommodate positive activities, indoor fitness, games and a learning zone. This space is now proving to be a great place for our young people to feel comfortable and begin to engage in positive activities to learn new skills.
- The purchase of basic tools and equipment for customers attending college and university courses. Small amounts of money to help someone purchase the items needed to attend a college course can mean the difference between them moving towards a new career, or staying on benefits.
- Our football team is made of up players who are homeless, or have been homeless, and provides a focus to bring socially excluded people back into society. Donations have helped to pay for pitch hire, referee costs and fuel to attend matches and tournaments for BCHA FC. Being part of the team and gaining qualifications can help people regain some of the self esteem that being street homeless takes away, and allows them to give back to the community by coaching others and refereeing matches.
- Bright Horizons donated £11,500 to completely make over the family room at Bournemouth Refuge. This Bright Space refurbishment was provided in the memory of Emily Barrett of Talbot Woods Nursery in Bournemouth, who sadly died aged 30 from Leukaemia. Nursery staff, children, parents, and Emily’s family and fiancé joined together to raise the valuable funds needed for the project and worked so hard to transform the room in to a much loved space for residents.
- Staff at J.P. Morgan regularly hold collections to support BCHA clients. Collections have included work clothes, art and craft supplies and kitchen equipment. This support from J.P. Morgan follows a generous donation of £92,000 in March 2011 to the Ignite programme, as part of J.P. Morgan’s philanthropic investment in the local community. This money provided vital funding needed to help Ignite grow strategically and address a key need in the local area.