Winter; where the temperature drops below freezing, strong winds and heavy rain. But when you’re braving the weather in a warm coat or wrapped up inside, have you ever stopped to think about how these venerable homeless people cope over these tough few months.
There are lots of local organisations and charities based in Dorset around the Bournemouth and Poole area accepting help during the busy Christmas period and you can give back and help. Some organisations are flexible and allow you to help for a few hours, half a day or longer. So you can do it when’s best for you.
Local charities need your help, here is where you can help out and support your local charities and homeless;
Bournemouth Churches HA – St Pauls Hostel
Contact Number: 01202 587160
Bournemouth Housing Churches Association – St Swithins House
Contact Number: 01202 410500
Hope for Food
A local soup kitchen is running a community Christmas meal on 24th December at 5.30pm.
Julie Connery who volunteers for Hope for Food said: “Hope for Food is a local charity run entirely by volunteers. It was set up by Claire Matthews after hearing how a friend had to choose between heating her house or feeding her family. The charity aims to help those who are either homeless or suffer great financial hardship. We provide three soup kitchens a week where volunteers prepare and cook meals and serve them to homeless people. We rely entirely on volunteers and their donations of items and time.
“The issue of homelessness and hardship is not straightforward and the problem needs to be tackled at a grass roots level. We have to ask why in modern Britain are there so many people living below the poverty line as well as rough sleepers. Education to help people understand the true causes and funding to assist those in great need is required!”
You may wish to visit their Facebook page to find out more information: www.facebook.com/HopeForFood