Groundbreaking skills and employment project has funding renewed

A programme which gives unemployed people the self-belief and skills to get back to work has had its funding renewed for another year. Ignite is a free, six-week programme focusing on self-development and wellbeing which has been operated by charitable housing association BCHA at its HQ at St Swithuns House in Bournemouth, since 2010. In 2018 alone, Ignite learners achieved … Read More

Eco Coffee time at business centre

Business people in Poole’s Alder Hills area are being invited to taste the Eco Coffee™ and help boost a charitable housing association. A new café area has been set up at The Factory, the workspace, business development and social enterprise centre administered by Bournemouth-based housing association BCHA. And, given the dearth of nearby coffee shops, The Factory hopes to attract … Read More

Make a date for BCHA Festival of Wellbeing

A Festival of Wellbeing is back for its seventh annual event in Boscombe Gardens on Friday, July 26 from 1pm to 4pm. It will be a free and fun packed afternoon, featuring activities for all the family including face painting, live music and a free raffle that will be drawn for top prizes. Organised by Bournemouth-based charitable housing association BCHA’s Ignite programme, it … Read More

Partnership boost for The Factory social enterprise hub

Charitable housing association BCHA is celebrating the successful completion of a partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has seen The Factory, its multi-use facility in Poole, acquired, refurbished and operational during the past three years. Through its Growing Places Fund scheme, Dorset LEP provided a low interest five-year loan of £775,000 which enabled BCHA to purchase the former … Read More

Homeless football team makes it all the way to the Cup Final

A football team for the homeless achieved its biggest victory to date when it made it through to its league cup final. The Bournemouth Churches Housing Association team – known as BCHA FC – includes players who have experienced homelessness or battled with addictions to alcohol or drugs. BCHA is a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support … Read More

New strategy needed for older offenders

Urgent action and greater understanding is needed to cope with the fast-growing elderly prison population, says a leading support organisation. Pioneering charity RECOOP (Resettlement and Care of Older ex-Offenders and Prisoners) is campaigning for changes in national policy. Older prisoners make up 17 per cent of the prison population – this is projected to grow by 10.6 per cent by … Read More

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