Government Minister sees community and voluntary organisations in action during Poole visit
A government Minister visited Poole to see how community and voluntary organisations are making a difference to people's lives.
Nick Hurd, Minister for the Civil Society spent time at Cafe 34 at Poole High Street to see first hand how the community initiative supports local people. Representatives of Routes to Roots, which is a project run by local churches also met with Mr Hurd.
The group works with the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, providing activities and opportunities for rough sleepers and those recently housed with the aim of helping them secure employment.
The Minster met residents at Delphis Court, an Extra Care housing scheme managed by Synergy Housing. Mr Hurd heard how funding from the Poole Town Communities First programme has allowed them to hold an annual 'Big lunch'.
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Mr Hurd said: "Through Community First we are encouraging residents to work together and support projects that matter to them.
"I was really pleased by the positive response in Poole and delighted that great grass-roots projects like Smile and Delphis Court residents now have the chance to do more."
The Minister also discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the local voluntary sector with local representatives.
Mr Hurd also helped launch the Poole Communities Fund Corporate Giving Scheme along with local businesses and discussed how corporate giving can help the local community.
Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of Poole Borough Council said: "The Corporate Community Giving Scheme will play a vital role in allowing our local businesses to support and invest in local charities and organisations, in a tax efficient way, through the Dorset Community Foundation.
"This fund provides a unique opportunity to benefit communities on our doorstep and play a part in building a legacy for future generations. I would encourage local businesses who want to make a real difference to people's lives here in Poole to investigate this scheme with all donations matched by 50 per cent from the government."