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FREE TRAINING FOR CHARITIES from Bournemouth University

BU’s fundraising team has launched a series of free masterclasses to help charities during and post Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on the experiences and expertise of our fundraising staff, the team has already hosted virtual training sessions on resilience and prospect research. Both have been well attended. Upcoming masterclasses will cover topics including data protection, trust fundraising and stewardship.

Data protection for fundraisers – an introduction: Friday 26 June 10am
Join us for a free, online introduction to data protection for fundraisers. This session will give an overview of data protection legislation, how this effects the world of fundraising, and what fundraisers can do to make sure they are protected and comply with the law.         

Introduction to stewardship: Friday 10 July  10am 
Join us for this free online masterclass which will provide a comprehensive introduction to donor stewardship. The session will cover why stewardship is important, stewardship methods and tools, what factors can influence stewardship and provide practical tips for starting your own stewardship strategy.        

Introduction to trust fundraising: Friday 24 July  10am

Join us for this free, online masterclass which will provide an introduction to charitable trusts and trust fundraising. The session will examine different kinds of charitable trust, what funding is available, researching and applying to trusts, and reporting back. We will also provide practical tips on how to maximise your chances of success.

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Cherry Tree Nursery – Plant Sale and Spring Fayre 21.3.20 Cancelled.

Cherry Tree Nursery are very sorry to announce they have had to take the decision to cancel their Plant Sale and Spring Fayre on 21st March 2020 in view of the current situation. 

This decision was not taken lightly as these events are very popular and vital in raising funds for the charity, but must protect all customers, supporters, beneficiaries and friends.

The beneficiaries already live with severe and enduring mental illness and must do all we can to reduce their anxieties so that we all work together through these difficult times.We are finding great solace in being outside, amongst nature and in the fresh air, which was of course the basis for the charity some thirty years ago. 

Our shop and nursery area will be open as usual, 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Fridays and 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information see

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30th Anniversary Spring Plant Sale 21st March 2020

We would like to invite you to our first major fundraising event in our special 30th Anniversary year, our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre on Saturday 21st March between 8 am and 3pm. There should be something for everyone!
Many plants in 2 litre pots will be on sale at a special price. Lots of other plants are available too – spring bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, herbs, climbers, Fruit bushes and trees and larger specimen plants. There is also a cash only Bargain Bench where most plants are just £2!

We have a raffle with fantastic prizes including a £100 cherry tree plant voucher, £40 Hall and Woodhouse vouchers, Knoll Gardens vouchers and admission tickets and much more. If you can’t make it on the day tickets are available in our shop now.
There is live music throughout the day. We welcome back Rod Bush, the Darwins and Flooded Lane.

We have many stalls, including for the first time stalls where you can purchase some homemade garden planters and an ‘Our Planet Zero Waste’ stall where you can do some plastic free shopping. We also have a fair trade Traidcraft stall and some returning stall favourites.

Our Volunteers have a shop produce stall with Cherry Tree Jams and Preserves, a Knitting stall, a book stall in the function room and plant tombola, where everyone is a winner.

Tea and coffee and delicious homemade cakes are in the tea room as well as Kara’s Supper Club with some Vegan Meze. Outside we will have Gary Onions with burgers and hot dogs.

We are delighted to welcome back community stalls, Dorset Children’s Foundation and Dorset Wildlife Trust.

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BCTC Board Member appointed Ambassador for Lewis Manning Hospice

Sarah Ali Choudhury, BCTC Executive Board Member, has been appointed as an Ambassador for Lewis Manning Hospice. Sarah, the face behind Insta Curry Queen, is an active member of the business and charity community in Bournemouth.

Sarah says, ” I am honoured and grateful to have been given this position for a charity that is helping so many people and their families.”

We wish Sarah all the best in this new role!

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MYTime Young Carers’ Charity celebrate Young Carers Awareness Day with an activity day for over 100 Dorset school children at RockReef climbing activity attraction on Bournemouth Pier

MYTime Young Carers’ Charity marked the national awareness day with an activity day for Dorset Young Carers at RockReef climbing activity attraction on Bournemouth Pier.

Young Carers Awareness Day raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and is an opportunity to offer these incredible young people the support, friendship and opportunities they deserve.

Executive Director at MYTime Young Carers’ Krista Cartlidge advised, “We are delighted to have had so much interest in this event with 8 local schools bringing over 100 young carers to enjoy a day of fun activities at RockReef. It’s been a wonderful day, watching the young carers having so much fun and getting the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities was really special”

“There are some extremely concerning statistics regarding the number of young carers registered in the UK.  The 2011 census indicated that there are 166,000 young carers aged 5 – 17 in the UK. However, research carried out by Nottingham University and the BBC estimate the actual number of young carers to be closer to 800,000. They highlight that up to 1 in 12 children having caring responsibilities. MYTime Young Carers are working hard to help identify and support these ‘invisible’ young carers.

“Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their education. On average, a young carer misses 48 school days a year because of their caring responsibility or because of their own poor health as a result of worry or tiredness. This accounts for nearly 25% of their education; which can lead to lower GCSE results, feeling isolated from their friends and less chance to be involved in extra-curricular activities.”  

“Today’s activity day has been financially supported by telecoms-company, 4Com who recently carried out a virtual cycling challenge from Paris to Bournemouth and beyond, raising much needed funds for our charity. We have been thrilled to involve some of the 4Com staff as volunteers today, in order that they can fully appreciate how their sterling fundraising efforts have impacted the charity.

“We’ve also been delighted to have the support of Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants who generously sponsored some MYTime t-shirts, worn by the volunteers supporting today’s young carers.”

An eleven year old carer who attended the event said, “Being a young carer sometimes makes me feel frustrated because everything is on me. It makes me quick to get angry. I thinks that’s why days like today help me to relax.”

Steve Ross, a school based social worker at the Grange School commented, “Today has allowed the children to understand that they are not on their own as carers.  They’ve got to see who else in the school is in a similar situation and know that they can have someone to lean on.  So much fun has been enjoyed today.”

Sarah Hunter, Marketing Manager at RockReef said, “It’s been a real pleasure to host MYTime and the young carers today and we are delighted that it has been such a success.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about MYTime Young Carers’ Charity is urged to contact Krista and her team on E:

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Supporters Awards Launched by Cherries

AFC Bournemouth are working in partnership with principal partner, Vitality, to celebrate special Cherries supporters who make a difference in their communities.

The club want to reward fans who make outstanding contributions in the community – and fellow supporters will be able to nominate their peers who are going above and beyond for others in their local area.

There will be four awards until the end of the season in which fans can nominate deserving people who make a difference.

The winners will receive an award to recognise the difference they make to others as well as being rewarded with exclusive mystery prizes.

AFC Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn said: “Our supporters are the lifeblood of the club and we would be nowhere without them. “Many of them also do fantastic and unsung work for their community and we want to shine a big spotlight on their efforts. “I urge all Cherries fans who know of someone who fits the bill to nominate them today so we can celebrate their achievements.”

Nominations are now being accepted by the Premier League club and Vitality for four monthly awards. A panel of judges will decide the most deserving cases.


This award is for an individual or group under the age of 16 who have overcome significant obstacles to improve the community around them. This could include being a great advocate for their school or community group, the area they live in and helping and improving the lives of others. Closing date: Wednesday 22nd January.


A family who have endured a tough year but remain positive in all they do. Despite circumstances they continue to put others first and are an inspiration to those around them. The winning family will have shown strength and bravery as a family unit in the face of adversity. Closing date: Wednesday 19th February.


The recipient of this award must have dedicated many years to their cause. They may have raised money, campaigned for a worthy cause or committed themselves to helping within their community. The number of years that they have been involved and the frequency of their involvement will be considered when judging. Closing date: Wednesday 18th March.


The club are looking for individuals that are going above and beyond their duties and are making a significant impact on people’s lives and wellbeing in Dorset and Hampshire. Closing date: Wednesday 22nd April.

To nominate a supporter visit

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Smartcards just the ticket for homeless initiative

A joint initiative between Yellow Buses and the Sleepsafe project is helping to get rough sleepers off Bournemouth’s streets and into accommodation and work.

The Bournemouth-based, locally-owned bus company is providing and helping to fund Smartcards to enable people to travel to Sleepsafe venues, appointments or even job interviews.

Sleepsafe is a seasonal, October to March area-wide project involving many different organisations and administered by Winton-based Faithworks Wessex.

This year Sleepsafe, which costs £70,000 a year to run, has already helped 16 people off the street into more secure accommodation in two months – following success with 48 guests during the 2018 project.

The organisation has more than 300 volunteers on the project this year, with 16 churches across town opening their doors for a week at a time, serving a hot meal, giving space to wash, putting up 12 beds and providing a decent breakfast.

Alistair Doxat-Purser, Chief Executive of Faithworks Wessex, said: “The travel passes that Yellow Buses provide and help to fund make a massive difference to helping Sleepsafe guests to move on away from the streets.

“The travel passes are a key aspect of enabling guests to make that transition off the street – they can now leave their bags at the Sleepsafe site and then get out to appointments at the Jobcentre Plus to sort their benefits, or at the doctors, or to other much needed support.

“The guests are so grateful and it means that another barrier is removed and they can start to believe in a better future.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with partners like Yellow Buses is restoring hope for those in crisis.”

Fiona Harwood, Marketing and Sales Manager of Yellow Buses, said: “We are a locally-owned bus company at the heart of the community and we wanted to give something back to the community we serve.

“We were really keen to get involved with the Sleepsafe initiative and would encourage any individuals or businesses looking for an extremely worthwhile cause to support in this season of goodwill to consider lending a hand.”

To find out more about Sleepsafe visit the website or call 01202 429037.  You can donate at  All the support for rough sleepers is now listed in one place at

One Sleepsafe client said: “Before Sleepsafe I slept in a bin liner under a hedge – Sleepsafe saved my life and turned my life around.”

Yellow Buses was acquired by its management team – David Squire, Managing Director; Simon Newport, Commercial Director and Phil Pannell, Service Delivery Director – from RATP Dev in a management buyout in July 2019 for an undisclosed sum.

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BCTC Forum – Bringing Businesses and Charities Together

Local businesses are invited to this Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce Forum in conjunction with Bournemouth and Poole CVS on June 27th.

Taking place at St Francis of Assisi Church, this is a chance for Businesses and Charities to meet to discuss how they can work together.

By you answering the registration questions on the Eventbrite booking form we will endeavour to ‘match’ your Business with a not for profit group in attendance so you can have a meaningful and productive conversation at the event.

Please complete the questions in as much detail as possible to help us organise this event.

To book your place please visit:

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Putting small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight.

Local Charities Day

Local Charities Day will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas.

To find out more please click this link to an online PDF that will tell you more about it.

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