The Charity Routes To Roots

Who Are We?

Routes to Roots is founded on Christian principles and seeks to help all homeless, newly homed and vulnerably housed adults in Poole regardless of their faith.

We provide basic necessities, such as hot food, clothing and sleeping bags. At drop-ins; we organise indoor and outdoor motivational activities; and we assist those who are placed in accommodation to remain in their tenancy.

We aim to achieve long-term outcomes for our clients through participation in motivational and well-being projects which boost self-confidence and self-worth, expand and develop skills, promote a sense of belonging and encourage integration into the local community.

From November 2015 we have provided supported accommodation to three of Poole’s homeless. We were first registered as a charity in 2002 and became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2014. In July 2015 the Bishop of Sherborne, Karen Gorham agreed to become our Patron.

What Do We Do?

Over the years, as our financial support and volunteer network have grown, we have been able to extend our activities and we hope to do even more to develop long-term outcomes for the total wellbeing of our clients through enabling them to access vocational qualifications and offering other support for them to become more rooted in the local community.

Outreach: R2R delivers outreach at our Drop-ins. We help direct rough sleepers to the appropriate agencies that can provide them with assistance in resolving the problems that are keeping them on the streets, for example introducing those with alcohol or drug addictions to the Poole Addictions Team at afternoon drop-in. We also inform rough sleepers about services and help provided by R2R.

Providing Basic Necessities of Life: R2R provides a hot meal four times a week, breakfast for rough sleepers during the cold weather months, clothing, sleeping bags, and practical assistance for those moving into accommodation, as needed. We also signposts rough sleepers to other support such as the Council early morning outreach, Salvation Army shower facility and breakfast provision and local Soup runs.

Prevention and Social Inclusion: R2R works with those who are currently housed, including those in our own supported accommodation, to help minimise the risk of repeated homelessness. We give support to those who are in danger of losing their tenancies through whatever means, such as non-payment of top-up fees, etc. Additionally, we encourage and work with clients who are struggling with addictions.

Life Skills and Wellbeing: R2R provides projects to develop self esteem, self-awareness, social skills, and employment skills through participation in team working, volunteering, and training and also provided creative activities including art workshops, drama workshops, cooking, etc.

Engaging the Local Community: R2R offers opportunities to groups, businesses and individuals to volunteer, support and fundraise. To inform, inspire and raise awareness in local businesses, schools, community groups, and churches, R2R volunteers give presentations and talks about the charity’s vision and mission.

Advocacy: R2R monitors the current situation for homeless and vulnerably housed people in Poole and acts as an advocate for them with police, local government and services.

Other Services For The Homeless In Poole

Early Morning Outreach Provided by St Mungo’s: From April 2017 St Mungo’s, under contract to Poole Borough Council and Bournemouth Borough Council, provides early morning outreach to rough sleepers in Poole and Bournemouth and is responsible for Severe Weather Emergency Provision. St Mungo’s delivers rough sleeping outreach services in London, Bristol, Reading, Oxford, Brighton and South Essex.

Soup Runs Provided by Local Churches: Five nights a week local churches supply hot food and snacks under the Arch near Poole Train Station. Many of the churches meeting this need have been involved with the soup runs for many years and see this undertaking as a privilege. Some of the churchs involved in the Soup Runs are Poole Vineyard Church (from 1998), St Mary’s Longfleet Church, Beacon Church on Canford Heath, Poole Christian Fellowship, St Michael’s Church of England in Hamworthy and its sister church St Gabriel’s in Turlin Moor and Water’s Edge Church.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army in Poole offers the homeless free showers between 10 and 11.30am on Friday mornings at their premises in New Orchard.

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