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 has become a traditional family favourite in the town’s calendar and an opportunity for the community to get together.

BCHA Ignite Development Coach Kate Coughlan has said “There is very much something for everyone – entertaining and educational activities for adults and children, locals and holidaymakers – so we hope you reserve the date in your diary”.

BCHA’s Ignite programme works to support people in getting back in to work and helps individuals to live life to the full.

The festival is being staged to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, as well as the vital work carried out in the community by BCHA, which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for more than 50 years.

SUMMER SPECTACULAR: BCHA’s Irwin Edgehill manning the Ignite stall at a previous Festival of Wellbeing

Open to everyone, with up to 30 stalls from various BCHA partner groups and organisations – such as Cherry Tree Nursery, Faithworks, Skills and Learning, Dorset Mind, Healthwatch, the Salvation Army and Vita Nova – the festival offers a wide variety of activities for all ages.

There will be experts on hand to help anyone with concerns about housing issues, caring support services, mental health, addiction and domestic violence – and the chance to find out what local support and wellbeing services are available.

Local band Hightown Crows, known for their high-energy folk rock music performances guarantee to get people on their feet, will be playing live at the bandstand at the Christchurch Road end of the gardens.



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    21 Christchurch Road
    BH1 3NS
    01202 410 500

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BCHA is a charity which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for 50 years.
It has helped more than 10,000 people each year off the streets, out of abuse, over skills barriers, and on to independence

It offers people who need support in finding ‘a way forward’.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association was founded in 1968 by a number of local churches, to try to make a practical contribution to local housing problems.

Since then, BCHA has grown from strength to strength.

It is a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support and learning services for socially excluded people. Although based in Bournemouth, it currently delivers services across the south.

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association Limited is a charitable registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority No. 18497R and with the Homes and Communities Agency No. LH0155.