Routes to Roots

Art4Action's chosen charity for our next auction - Routes to Roots

We’re so happy to be trying to raise funds for ROUTES TO ROOTS homeless charity in Poole, one that works with some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Because what’s more important at Christmas than having a roof over your head?

"Rough sleepers are just a part of the homeless problem..."

The Patron of Routes to Roots is the Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherbourne. Its objectives are to support rough sleepers, the vulnerably housed (sofa surfers or in B&Bs) and the newly housed (formerly homeless) adults in Poole, Dorset. They say that:

“We know that rough sleepers are just a part of the homeless problem. There are as many hidden homeless, who have nowhere permanent to live but who sofa surf between friends and family. And, a similar number are vulnerably housed and need on-going help and support to maintain their accommodation and not recycle 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, drug or gambling addictions.”

At five drop-ins (three lunchtime and two evening) they 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 and benefit advisers.

“Our aim is to create a Place of Change in Poole. We plan to establish a one-stop centre, ‘All Under One Roof’, for both the homeless and vulnerably / newly housed through partnership with all relevant local agencies. In order to achieve this aim, we need our own premises. We are renovating 104 Hill Street, a former Baptist Church, a Poole town centre building which we purchased outright in February 2020. The building is large enough to accommodate our drop-ins and a winter shelter but is in need of substantial refurbishment.”

Routes to Roots receives no fixed funding but relies on grants and donations from local churches, businesses and individuals. They anticipate requiring a further £30,000 to complete phase 1 of the new one stop centre, and another £75,000 for phase 2. So, it will be for this that we aim to dedicate some of the funds that we hopefully raise through the Arts4Action auction.

For more details go to their website.

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