The Clean Machine, a mobile laundry service based In Bournemouth, visited our Wednesday afternoon drop-in during March to allow the guys to get their clothing and sleeping bags washed and dried.
At our AGM on Sunday 7 April 2019 at Skinner Street URC, Poole, reports were given for the years 2017-18 and 2018-19. Andrew Teale, service manager for rough sleeper team St Mungo’s, and Katie Bathy, CMHT nurse, spoke of how important R2R’s drop-ins have become to them as an engaging tool with their clients. Regular attendance there enables them to talk to clients in an informal and relaxed atmosphere and work closely with other healthcare providers to ensure better outcomes. Our patron, The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, was in attendance and spoke of how pleased she was to see how the charity is extending its ability to help and moving forward with more drop-ins and extended opening hours.
Poole Council granted gold status for housing to our three tenants, which is the highest priority rating. Following this, the original three tenants have now moved out into independent accommodation in August, September and December 2018. Their replacements, rough sleepers, have moved in and one has been able to take on full time employment. We are grateful to Poole Council Housing team for all their support and look forward to continued progress with getting further rough sleepers into Amos House and then on to their own homes.