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CAN welcomes Emma Lee

In September Community Action Network (CAN) welcomed their new Partnerships Manager, Emma Lee, to the team. Emma is extremely passionate about the work and impact the voluntary and community sector (VCS) has both on the communities it works with directly and the wider impact it can have by ensuring peoples voices are heard.

Emma is really keen to champion and promote the great work that the VCS does in Dorset as well as encourage and work with businesses to look at how they can support and champion the sector too.

CAN is a charity that provides professional and practical support to organisations working within the VCS in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We want to see these communities healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing and our mission is to empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and involve communities. We believe that together, we CAN make a difference.

We do this by providing professional expertise, practical services and a platform for promoting and sharing volunteering opportunities. We help groups set up, speak up on their behalf to ensure they have a say in the local community, support them to network, and give them the tools and knowledge they need to grow and thrive.

As a business and an individual there are lots of great ways you can get involved with the VCS in Dorset and help have a huge impact on the community you live and work within, such as:

· sharing your knowledge and expertise by sitting on a trustee board supporting an organisation with their strategic aims and priorities

· providing specific expert advice in a particular area such as communications, HR or IT. Charities are often seeking help with specific projects or need advice but are unable to afford to pay for it – this could be done as a one off or as a specific project

· providing grants to enable much needed community action to take place within communities

· fundraising for charities and projects

· donation of items

There are lots of charities operating in both the BCP area and the shire of Dorset, micro charities that are volunteer only and have an income of under £10,000, small charities that are a mix of volunteer and employees and have an income of under £100,000 and then the well-known larger charities. All are seeking help and support from people and businesses like you whether it is to share expertise or help by getting your teams to fundraise for them.

Through our membership we have relationships with many of these and can help you to link up with a charity who you connect with and feel you could really make a difference to. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Emma, emma.lee@can100.org, if you would like to talk further about how you or your business can get involved.

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Help for employees with mental health problems particularly those on long-term sickness?

Cherry Tree Nursery in Northbourne and Chestnut Nursery in Poole are part of the registered charity Sheltered Work Opportunities Project.  Established in 1990, our aims and objectives are to provide support, community and rehabilitation to adults experiencing mental illness through the use of therapeutic horticulture in a safe and non-pressured environment.

 

There is no charge for our beneficiaries, who come from all walks of life, nor are there minimum or maximum limits on how long they remain with us. Referrals come from Community Mental Health Teams, GP’s, counsellors and we also accept self-referrals in recognition of how difficult it can be to access help from the oversubscribed mental health services.

 

We are always keen to extend the help and support we offer beyond the traditional referral pathways.

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Many adults struggle to stay in employment when suffering mental illness, often resulting in long-term sickness, and it can be difficult for them to return to employment after an absence.  Loss of self-esteem, confidence and motivation can be major factors in rehabilitation and recovery; it is vital that people retain structure, routine and purpose in their lives during these times.

 

We would like to reach out to local employers, large or small, and make their HR departments aware of us and what we can offer. Employees on sick leave would benefit enormously from coming to Cherry Tree or Chestnut Nurseries as part of their recovery and eventual return to work. It is important to mention again that we do not charge beneficiaries who attend our project, our income comes from the sale of garden plants and fundraising initiatives. We would hope that employees spending time with us during their recovery, and employers signposting their staff, would naturally promote our cause and we would raise our profile within the community.

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Please feel free to contact me for more information or for to discuss a referral.

 

Tish Borrowman

Nursery Manager, Cherry Tree Nursery

01202 593537

contactus@cherrytreenursery.org.uk

 

Cherry Tree Nursery is a project of SWOP (Sheltered Work Opportunities Project) which is a registered charity. The project provides meaningful work in a supportive and pressure-free environment, for adults with severe and enduring mental illness.

The Sheltered Work Opportunities Project is a registered charity (No 900325) and a company limited by guarantee (No 2449757).

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Christmas Gift Appeal: Let’s spread a little cheer!

Pivotal Housing (Registered Charity no. 1121914) provides homes and support to vulnerable adults across Dorset, helping them get their lives back on track. They are now seeking small donations such as toiletries; books, games and puzzles; hats, gloves and scarves, and chocolates and sweets, to ensure that all their residents have a gift to open on Christmas Day. Last year, thanks to generous donations from local businesses, over 150 Pivotal residents received a Christmas gift.

Head of Charity Clare Sutton said, “Many of our residents are former homeless and do not have family or friends locally to spend Christmas with. It’s so important to give and receive at this time of year, and we hope some of the Chamber’s members might be able to help out with remaindered stock or a small donation. Every little helps!”

If you or your company have any items you would like to donate, or would like to support the appeal in any other way, please contact Clare on clare.sutton@pivotalhousing.co.uk or visit their Facebook page at PivotalHomesGroup