Jobs drive at charitable housing association

Charitable housing association BCHA is launching a recruitment drive to fill a variety of roles within the organisation. The charity, based at St Swithuns House in Bournemouth and employing more than 300 people, has a range of vacancies in a number of departments right across the south west. The jobs drive is being led by BCHA’s in-house human resources and recruitment … Read More

Igniting the future

An initiative aimed at giving people the self-belief and skills to get back to work has now supported more than two thousand people. Ignite, part of charitable housing association BCHA, has run free courses based at the organisation’s HQ at St Swithuns House in Bournemouth since 2010. The six-week programme, focusing on self-development and well-being, is available to anyone over … Read More

New Directions graduates find work

Charitable housing association BCHA is celebrating the success of its second cohort of 23 graduates following the completion of the 12-week New Directions programme designed to identify routes into employment or further education. A graduation ceremony, also attended by employers and trainers, was held at The Factory, BCHA’s premises in Alder Hills, Poole, where the course was predominantly delivered. Already, … Read More

New board appointment for BCHA

A wealth of experience in NHS management is now benefiting charitable housing association BCHA with the appointment of Mike Wood as Chair of the Board. Mike has been a manager at every level of the NHS nationally and regionally including 12 years as a chief executive. Having moved to the town centre three years ago, he wanted a new challenge … Read More

Former homeless duo appeal to “those who want to make a difference”

Two people whose lives were turned upside down by mental illness and domestic abuse told how Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) gave them a roof over their heads this Christmas. Now Bill and Melissa are appealing for people to support the not-for-profit organisation in 2019 and help more displaced people like them into homes and work. Bill lived rough and … Read More

Affordable homes plan for Weymouth

Much-needed new affordable homes are set to be built in Weymouth. Charitable housing association BCHA is intending to develop a mix of 31 houses and flats off Radipole Lane at Southill. A planning application for the £4.5 million scheme was being submitted to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council this week. The site is currently occupied by the 25-unit Marchesi House … Read More

New bid to help homeless

A major new multi-agency initiative aiming at reducing rough sleeping and homelessness in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch has been launched. Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Street Support is backed by up to 30 different organisations, including charities, churches and local authorities. These include charitable housing association BCHA whose social enterprise offshoot the New Leaf Company’s multi-use premises The Factory in Alder … Read More

Green shoots of recovery

A new initiative aimed at improving the well-being of vulnerable or disadvantaged people is being launched in the Bournemouth area. BCHA’s Growth Project will use horticultural activities to help participants overcome a range of difficulties such as unemployment, mental health, substance abuse and social isolation. Based primarily at BCHA’s New Leaf Company allotment in Throop, the six-week training project is … Read More

‘Empowered’ youngsters graduate from citizen programme

Around 400 young people and their guests packed the Citygate Church in Bournemouth for the latest NCS (National Citizen Service) graduation event led by BCHA. The 15-17 year olds all successfully completed the government’s youth empowerment programme, during which they improved their communication skills, boosted their confidence and volunteered hours to social action projects estimated to be worth £93,000. Bournemouth-based … Read More