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Routes to Roots

Routes to Roots

Founded on Christian principles, Routes to Roots seeks to help all homeless and vulnerably housed people in Poole regardless of their faith.

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To provide security and warmth, where there is immediate social and spiritual support as well as the basic necessities: food, clothing, a place to wash and a place to rest.

Amos House provides supported housing for three men, and we are working towards another property for female clients.

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We provide support needs on an individual basis. Often this includes developing self esteem, social skills, community engagement and employment skills.

We also act as an advocate dealing with other agencies, such as landlords, mental health & addiction teams, council officers & police.

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We are committed to ending the recycling of homelessness.

Once accommodated, we continue to ensure access to help and assistance needed for maintaining that accommodation, enabling people to become rooted in their community.

Supporting Homelessness in Poole since 2000...

Routes to Roots

Founded on Christian principles, Routes to Roots seeks to help all homeless and vulnerably housed people in Poole regardless of their faith.

At four drop-ins R2R provides basic necessities, such as hot food, clothing and sleeping bags, and offers indoor & outdoor motivational activities, which aim to boost self-confidence and develop skills.

In addition, internet and telephone facilities, 'care of address' and one-to-one support, guidance & information are provided. From November 2015 Routes to Roots has provided supported accommodation to three of Poole's homeless.

Latest Updates
Cold Winter

Shelter Offered as Weather Worsens

Poole's SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Provision) was triggered on the night of Sunday 4 February as temperatures plummeted. Workers from St Mungo’s, ...



Poole's PSPO An Outrage

At Poole's annual Homeless Sunday Service on Sunday, 4 February, the Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne and Patron of Routes ...



New Shoes for the New Year

On the last Friday evening of 2017 Jenny Donovan, our long-term volunteer chiropodist, arrived at the drop-in and sat herself in a ...


Our Story...

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On 1 February, despite opposition from all those involved in helping the homeless, Poole’s Public Spaces Protection Order came into effect. Poole Council refused to publish the results of the consultation before enacting the order and the policy has been implemented following a decision by a delegated officer, without being discussed at committee!

Tomorrow afternoon, Sunday 4th February at 4pm, Routes to Roots has again organised a service to celebrate the work done in Poole to tackle homelessness, to challenge the causes of homelessness and to show our concern for homeless people.

Please join us to show your support for the homeless of Poole!
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Our Chair Revd Pat Southgate is appalled that the recent PSPO order was changed to prevent our homeless friends from bedding down before midnight! We urge Poole council to change this cruel and heartless decision which will make vulnerable rough sleepers even more vulnerable.

We believe this is contrary the wishes of the people of Poole who took part in the consultation.

Please share this message if you care about those who are homeless.
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