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

Heartfelt business idea wins national award

Bournemouth students following in the path of Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones have shown their heartfelt business plan is no flash in the pan. The four young entrepreneurs from the Avonbourne Peter Jones Enterprise Academy have won a national ‘Flash’ Challenge as part of their Peter Jones Foundation Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course. Students across the country were challenged to come … Read More

School is where the art is

A Bournemouth education trust held a celebration event to recognise the achievement of students in creative subjects. As many schools up and down the country are downsizing the arts in their curriculum, at Avonbourne Trust art and creative subjects are given high prominence. And its celebration event was an opportunity to not only showcase the arts but also embrace creative … Read More

Avonbourne Trust remembers

A Bournemouth school worker paid a special mark of remembrance at the First World War cemeteries in France. Harewood College’s Annabel Major accompanied her husband, Nigel who works in the Fire Service, on a special Armistice visit to France. While she was there she laid five wreaths on behalf of Harewood College at Thiepval Cemetery, Ulster Memorial Tower, Welsh Division … 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

100 years of helping the blind

Dorset Blind Association (DBA) is celebrating 100 years of supporting blind and partially sighted people in the county with a centenary ball. The black tie event takes place at Bournemouth’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday, October 13 and includes a three-course dinner and dancing to a big band, plus a raffle, auction and casino. DBA, a registered charity founded in 1918 … Read More

Riders on the Digital Storm

A digital agency in Dorset which has helped more than 350 businesses and organisations grow their brands has got its 15th anniversary off to a flying start. Digital Storm – founded by three people working from home in 2003 – has been awarded 20 projects across the county and the wider region as it celebrates the trading milestone.