A partnership of charities, including Dorset Community Foundation, businesses, and public sector organisations, formed the BCP Council Homelessness Action fund to help rough sleepers in Dorset find and keep a home.
The Homelessness Partnership, supported by BCP Council and Bournemouth BID, has awarded more than £10,000 since 2019 to grassroots groups in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole who are supporting rough sleepers in accommodation.
Among the recipients was Bournemouth Christians Alongside Rough Sleepers, who were given four grants worth more than £1,500 for a variety of measures to help people on the streets and moving into housing.
Safe and Sound Dorset also received a £1,000 grant, from the Change for Good Fund, to help women who have been through traumatic experiences and have now been rehoused by giving them an outlet for their creativity through gardening. The grant paid for their tools, plants, soil, vegetables boxes and seeds.