Hundreds of young people celebrate NCS graduation

Around 350 young people and their families filled the Citygate Centre in Bournemouth for two nights of NCS (National Citizen Service) graduations, led by BCHA. The 15-17 year olds all successfully completed the government’s youth empowerment programme this summer, coming together to try new things, meet new people and challenge themselves to make a difference to their community – and … Read More

Young citizens roll up their sleeves to help others

Enterprising young members of BCHA’s National Citizen Service (NCS) have ploughed their energy into transforming an ugly area of waste ground into a vibrant place to be. The 14 teenagers spent a week working at BCHA’s The Factory social enterprise hub in Alder Hills, Poole. The group was part of the latest cohort to take part in the national NCS … Read More

Best foot forward for NCS young people

Young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) completed a sponsored walk from Boscombe Pier to Hengistbury Head on the hottest day of the year. The young people, raising money for social action projects they are undertaking as part of their courses this summer, needed plenty of water and sunscreen on the four-mile walk. The walk took place … Read More

Company funds new equipment for BCHA allotment

A £1000 donation from J.P. Morgan has enabled BCHA to buy new gardening equipment for its New Leaf allotment project. Not for profit registered Housing Association BCHA was founded 50 years ago and helps over 10,000 people each year off the streets, out of abuse, over skill barriers and onto independent living. Its New Leaf allotment in Throop, near Bournemouth, provides horticulture qualifications and … Read More

BCHA skills programme highlighted nationally

Bournemouth-based BCHA highlighted its ground-breaking skills programme New Directions during national Employability Day. The fourth annual UK Employability Day adopted the theme: Closing the Gaps and around 7000 organisations staged events to showcase how they are closing employment gaps by supporting disadvantaged people to enter, sustain or progress in work. BCHA has spent over 50 years helping thousands of vulnerable … Read More

Pupils Sleep Out to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people

Year 8 pupils from Castle Court School have held their 10th annual, sponsored Sleep Out to support the not for profit registered Housing Association BCHA. Every year for the past decade pupils from the independent school near Wimborne have bedded down in cardboard boxes in their school grounds to raise money and awareness for the work of Bournemouth-based BCHA. The … Read More

Bournemouth School pupils support homeless and vulnerable people

Year 13 boys from Bournemouth School have raised over £915 for the not for profit registered Housing Association BCHA. The boys from the school’s Scott house were challenged to support a good cause under the theme: ‘physical and mental wellbeing’.   Bournemouth-headquartered BCHA was founded 50 years ago and helps over 10,000 people each year off the streets, out of abuse, over skill barriers and onto independent living.   The organisation – which is currently … Read More

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