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

Since 2000 Routes to Roots has supported rough sleepers, vulnerably housed (sofa surfers or in B&Bs) and newly housed (formerly homeless) adults in Poole.

At five drop-ins we provide basic necessities, such as showers, hot food, clothing and sleeping bags, and offer outreach access to the Poole addictions team, mental health workers, Poole rough sleeper outreach team and housing advisers.

We also offer supported housing for three rough sleepers, working with the local authorities to move them on into independent accommodation.

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Genesis Centre Opens

Poole’s first building solely dedicated to helping the town’s homeless and vulnerably housed opens its doors on 21 March 2022. Genesis Centre ...



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Salary: £16,000Hours: 20 hours per weekContract: Permanent Location: Genesis Centre, Hill Street, PooleAre you looking for an opportunity where your skills will make ...


Bishop Stephen Lake

New Bishop Visits Genesis Centre

We were delighted to have a very special visitor in January at Genesis Centre. Routes to Roots was privileged to be one ...


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We will now be providing breakfast for the homeless on a Monday and Friday at The Genesis Centre from 10am. ☕️

If you know of anyone sleeping rough in the local area, please do encourage them to attend. 😊

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Our Annual General Meeting last night saw the end of an era as the Reverend Pat Southgate stepped down and Kate Mellor became the new Chair of Routes to Roots.

A huge thank you to Pat for all you have done, we're delighted that you will continue as a trustee. 😊

We're excited to continue to develop the future plans for Routes to Roots with Kate as chair and we wish her well in her new role.

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