How We Help

Schedule of Help Available in Poole

Monday 8:00-9:00am
1:30-2:30pm

8:30pm

Rough Sleeper Team at Salvation Army, New Orchard
R2R Afternoon drop-in at Skinner St URC
Poole Addicitons Community Team at Skinner St URC
Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
1:30-2:30pm R2R Afternoon drop-in at Skinner St URC Poole Addictions Community Team at Skinner St URC 8:30pm Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
Tuesday 8:00-9:00am
7:30-9:00pm
Rough Sleeper Team at St James Church Annex, Church St
R2R Evening drop-in at Skinner St URC
7:30-9:00pm R2R Evening drop-in at Skinner St URC
Wednesday 8:00-9:00am
8:30pm
Rough Sleeper Team at St James Church Annex, Church St
Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
8:30pm Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
Fourth Wednesday of the month 6:00-8:00pm Evening meal in St John’s Church, Ashley Road (opp. Waitrose)
Thursday 8:00-9:00am
1:30-2:30pm
8:30pm
Rough Sleeper Team at St James Church Annex, Church St
R2R Afternoon drop-in at Skinner St URC
Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
1:30-2:30pm R2R Afternoon drop-in at Skinner St URC 8:30pm Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
First Thursday of the month 1:30-2:30pm CAB Outreach at Skinner St URC (additional appointments as needed)
Friday 10:00-11:00am
10:00-11:15am
7:30-9:00pm
Rough Sleeper Team at Salvation Army, New Orchard
Breakfast and free showers at Salvation Army, New Orchard
R2R Evening drop-in at Skinner St URC
10:00-11:15am Breakfast and free showers at Salvation Army, New Orchard 7:30-9:00pm R2R Evening drop-in at Skinner St URC
Saturday 8:30pm Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd
Sunday 8:30pm Soup Run under the arch at Towngate Flyover, Vanguard Rd

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Drop Ins

Afternoon Drop-Ins

Day-time sessions provide an environment for creative projects, guidance, and support. Their aim is to help the participants move on from meeting their most basic needs into ‘normal’ society that would include housing and independent living. They are dedicated to practical matters with the involvement of other people and agencies, such as the drug and alcohol action teams, Poole CAB, mobile dentist, community nurse, hairdresser and someone to provide financial advice, and to wellbeing, involving such activities as art, photography, drama and guided walks. A sandwich lunch and hot and cold drinks are provided.

Evening Drop-Ins

These sessions are an important time for R2R volunteers to listen to those who attend, which allows everyone to build relationships with trust. A hot meal and hot and cold drinks are provided at each session. Clothing, sleeping bags, and move-in packs for those moving into accommodation are also provided, as needed. A volunteer chiropodist provides care on Fridays.

Housing

Thanks to the support of a national Christian social enterprise, Routes to Roots has been able to offer supported accommodation to three of Poole’s rough sleepers from December 2015. Green Pastures bought a maisonette for the charity, which then undertook repairs and refurbishment to bring the property up to the standards of a HMO.

Routes to Roots is responsible for the ongoing upkeep of the property.

The three clients each have their own bedroom and share bathroom, kitchen and living space. R2R will work closely to support them as they take this first step back into society. R2R is conscious that, in order to maintain their accommodation once housed, many people require significant support if they are not to fall back into homelessness because they are unable to cope alone with paying their rent and bills, making benefits claims and job applications or are still struggling with alcohol or drug addictions.

Revd. Pat Southgate, Routes to Roots Chairman, says: “For Routes to Roots this is, of course, pastures new and we go into it with our eyes open and well aware of the challenges ahead. Compared to the stone cold concrete of a town centre car park, where they are most likely to currently reside, this accommodation is a major step forward. We have been assured by Green Pastures that they intend that this property will be the first of many they are willing to obtain for us and we are grateful to them for their faith in us and commitment to the rough sleepers of Poole”.

Despite having nearly 700 bed spaces throughout the UK this is Green Pastures’ very first partnership in the region and one of only a handful on the South Coast where the need is so great. “Meeting the team at Routes to Roots was an amazing time”’ says Pastor Pete Cunningham, Director of Green Pastures. “Sitting round a table and discussing the needs of the homeless in the area with such an enthusiastic group, who were ready to launch out in the deep to meet the needs of those that are vulnerable. It was a truly inspiring afternoon. Now we have succeeded in purchasing the first of what I hope will be many homes to begin to end homelessness in Poole.”

Following a visit to talk with clients and volunteers at Routes to Roots on 26 November 2015, the day her appointment as Bishop of Sherborne was announced, Ven. Karen Gorham said: “It was great to see all that was going on and to hear individual stories of how the charity has impacted lives. Amos house is a great asset and my continued prayers are with those who settle in there. I look forward to getting to know you all better once I join the diocese.” Ven. Karen agreed to become a Patron that same day.

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