Archive for June, 2012

Corporate Volunteer Day – Lloyds TSB

Bournemouth Echo:

COMMUNITY-minded volunteers left their offices to spend a day sprucing up the garden of a supported housing charity.

Lloyds TSB workers spent a day at Hope Housing Training and Support in St Swithun’s Road South, Bournemouth.

They mowed the lawn, sowed vegetables, picked up litter and planted shrubs to maximise the potential of the garden, used by vulnerable homeless people.

Many of the charity’s clients suffer from drug or alcohol-related or mental health problems and the garden is a fantastic place for them to learn new skills.

Sam Roubaiey, fundraising manager, said: “We’re really happy with everything they’ve done, it’s all looking great.”

“This is a great initiative. It’s a great team-building opportunity for them and a great opportunity for us to show people what we do here.”

Lloyds Banking Group is the biggest investor in UK communities, investing £85m during 2011 and committed to doing so again this year.

“The Team!”

Everyone at Hope would like to thank Lloyds TSB for lending us some of their employees for the day. The work they have carried out is fantastic, as well as maintaining the garden, it has increased the appeareance of the garden for our residents.

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Donation from the Clothworkers Foundation

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We have been donated funds from the Clothworkers Foundation in May 2012 to purchase a mini bus for our residents!

We have decided to name the mini bus the ‘Moving Classroom’ as it is our vision the bus will extend our current volunteer and vocational training further afield. It will also increase client engagement in worth-while activities such as; museums, nature walks (including the Dorset Jurassic Coast) and team building exercise centres etc.

With greater access to our local community there is more scope for our clients to learn additional skills, develop a sense of camaraderie with fellow clients – reducing their isolation and learning many positive experiences enabling a greater chance of independent living.


Having a minibus will provide greater access for our clients to enjoy and benefit from the local community. Below you will find the details of the many benefits we expect to see:

  • Team Building Exercises – We will transport our clients to local centers i.e. rock climbing and explorer courses, that will help them to develop team building skills such as communication, problem solving and multi tasking.
  • Vocational/Volunteer Placements – With transportation we will be able to provide our clients with opportunities to go to vocational and volunteer placements such as building sites and care homes in order for them to build on their employment skills.
  • Broadening Horizons – We wish to encourage our clients into new experiences through visits to museums, national parks, and animal centres. We are eager to show them there is more to life than they have experienced (which is usually extremely limited and un-stimulating).
  • Enterprising – With the ‘Moving Classroom’ we aim to provide more opportunity for our clients to engage in enterprising activities. We will organise activities such as car washing and activities that will benefit the local community, with other local organisations that will help our clients to realise they have valuable and lucrative skills.
  • Improved Fitness – It is the charity’s intention to promote exercise for clients. With the mini bus we will be able to organise out-door sports events such as rounders and football at local recreational parks.

We would once again like to thank the Clothworkers Foundation for their generous donation.