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You are all invited to join us at 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. We will again be joined by the Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne and Patron of Routes to Roots. Please come along to share in our service, learn more of our work and enjoy some refreshments afterwards.

Sunday 4 February 2018, 4.00pm

Skinner Street United Reformed Church, Poole BH15 1RQ

Download our flyer: 2018 Homeless Sunday

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On the last Friday evening of 2017 Jenny Donovan, our long-term volunteer chiropodist, arrived at the drop-in and sat herself in a quiet corner to wash and tend to feet and fit new shoes. Jenny, a self-employed Chiropodist, has since 2009 been treating R2R clients at our evening drop-ins on the last Friday in every month. Sore feet are inevitable in our clients’ way of life and treatment a luxury that none could ever contemplate before Jenny joined our team of volunteers. Most have very damp or wet feet because their shoes are on all the time, and often they walk all day. In 2017 Jenny started to buy shoes herself to ensure that those sleeping rough had something waterproof and suitable for a hard day, and night, on the streets. Thanks to a grant from the Haddon Trust, R2R is now able to support Jenny financially with her purchases.

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A lovely thing happened at the drop-in on the last Friday of 2017. 28 guys and girls came in from the freezing cold and were able to enjoy hot chicken curry and jasmine rice courtesy of Koh Thai. The ladies from Koh Thai laid the tables and served the food, offering our clients a complete dining experience which they felt was easily equal to that enjoyed by the clientele in this boutique tapas restaurant in Lilliput High Street Poole. Crackers were pulled and jokes were shared: it was a really happy party atmosphere.