There’s been a lot of coverage in the media about warm spaces. We believe the solution is to provide as much choice as possible, across as many venues as possible.
We’re identifying and publicising existing clubs, groups and social venues, which can provide you with a warm welcome. From parent-toddler groups to craft circles, from churches to cafés, we’re trying to cover everything within the parish.
We’re also actively supporting the creation of new groups, so that residents have choices throughout the week. You can find more information on these on our Venues & Activities page.
The financial burden of this crisis is weighing down on many local families. If this sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 30% of homes in Highcliffe & Walkford are below the UK’s median income threshold, and over 15% of Highcliffe schoolkids qualify for Free School Meals.
We’re in discussions with a range of groups, to provide assistance to local families, particularly in the run-up to Christmas. This could range from sports shoe & trainer trades to Christmas gift events.
Discussions are ongoing, and we will update with more information soon.
The Christchurch region has a very busy and hard-working food bank at St Joseph’s in Purewell. Many of our own residents already use this and other facilities (see our Useful Links page).
We’re currently exploring the potential for a dedicated food support service in Highcliffe. This could be a satellite food bank or a local mobile service. This would take a little longer to set up, but we aim to provide starter services where we can.
In all of these projects, we’re aware that we can’t solve every problem that a household might have. But if together we can help to reduce some of these challenges, it might give residents the space to focus on the others.