Targeted work to support rough sleepers in the town has been given a boost with almost £400,000 awarded to the Council.
A total of £387,500 has been awarded following a successful bid for a share of government’s national £30M pot that was identified for 2018/19 to help Councils further support vulnerable rough sleepers. This funding aims to support actions and interventions expected to have the greatest and the quickest impact on rough sleeping numbers.
Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, Councillor John Beesley, said: ‘’We are delighted to receive confirmation that our bid has been awarded in full by central government to fund additional rough sleeper services. The funds are to be mobilised as soon as possible, with the aim of reducing rough sleeper numbers ideally before this winter and for services up until the end of March 2019.“
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We will use the money to build on what we already have in place to prevent rough sleeping in Bournemouth. The funds will provide valuable additional capacity for our established rough sleeper team delivered by St Mungos, increase our Housing First project which sources self-contained accommodation with intense support for the most complex rough sleepers (also delivered by St Mungos), recruiting an additional psychological specialist to work with individuals, and increase resources and packages of support to help rough sleepers into the private rented sector.
“The challenge is significant but we are committed to making prompt and effective use of this additional fund and we know that it will make a very real and positive difference to many people’s lives.”
The Council has also submitted a bid for additional funds for 2019/20 and awaits the outcome.
Free hearing and ear health screenings at The Triangle, Bournemouth. Hearing screenings are available to all on Tuesday 14 November 2017 from 10am-2pm.
The hearing screenings will take place ahead of the British Academy of Audiology’s annual conference at Bournemouth International Centre, Thursday 16-Friday 17 November 2017.
A member of staff from a Women’s Refuge in Bournemouth collected a cheque for £1,000 from AFC Bournemouth Cherries Community Fund to support children who are impacted by domestic abuse.
The refuge, which is run by local housing and support provider BCHA, plans to use the donation to convert a garage, which is damp and used for storage, into a computer room for the children to use. Currently the refuge has no computer access for the women and children and the building also has no wi-fi service.
Naomi James, BCHA’s Project Leader for Domestic Abuse Services in Bournemouth, said, “We are very grateful for the generosity of AFC Bournemouth Cherries Community Fund. Our ambition is to have a computer hub with 3 work stations that would give children the opportunity to learn, complete school or college homework tasks and projects and also have fun in a safe environment.
However, the refuge still requires an additional £6,000 of funding to complete the project, so will need to find the remainder via donations, fundraising and grants.
Naomi, added, “While the AFC Bournemouth donation won’t pay for the whole project, it will be an enormous step forward in helping to kick start the refurbishment. If there are local people or businesses out there that could possible donate time, resources or materials to help us complete the conversion, we would really love to hear from them.
When women get into the refuge their priority is their children, so we desperately want to provide a computer room that would benefit both women and children and help promote digital inclusion.”
If you would like to help with the refuge’s refurbishment project, please call Naomi James at BCHA on 01202 410500.
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. http://dcmsblog.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/LocalCharitiesDay2016.pdf
An evening with Sir Geoff Hurst at The Village Hotel on Saturday 22nd October 2016 A night to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of England winning the world cup!
Event Includes: 3 Course Dinner
Bar opens at 7:00pm
Dinner served at 8:00 pm
Bar Closes at 1:00am