Poole Communities Trust is celebrating the exciting news that their application to the National Lottery Community Fund for £431,000 over 5 years has been successful.

The funding enables a project that aims to support local residents to:

  • Learn new skills
  • Meet each other and building friendships
  • Be more active
  • Increase awareness of their local community
  • Access key services on their doorstep

Poole Communities Trust team will be monitoring how these offers can lead to reduced loneliness and isolation, improvements in confidence and well-being and people accessing a wider range of quality social activities.

Trustee Debbie Dixon reacted to the news: “The Board of Trustees and I are absolutely thrilled our application has been successful. Enormous thanks to the National Lottery, who continue to show such great support to Poole Communities Trust, and to players of the National Lottery who make this possible. This grant will enable us to offer support and activities to so many more of our local residents in Bourne. Branksome and Turlin Moor.”

This new grant will enable an expansion of the services to support young people, develop community cafes which will offer a warm and friendly place to meet, as well as signposting people to further support services. The grant will also enable continued work with the communities of Bourne and Turlin Moor. The Community Development staff working closely with local people will be focusing on creating a Skatepark for Turlin Moor and expanding the range of activities on offer at the beautiful newly opened Bourne Community Hub.

Four jobs including two brand new positions will be created adding employment opportunities for people in local areas. These posts will provide focus and support for young people through a Senior Youth Worker, benefit local residents through a Welcome and Volunteer support post working across Bourne and Branksome, and will build on the charity’s existing work through Community Development staff in Turlin Moor and Bourne.

The funded posts will begin from January 2023 and the community will be able to be involved in shaping the activities and offers that aim to benefit 900 people in the local areas in the first year.