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Adam’s Story

Adam is one of two gardeners for New Leaf, looking after the grounds at BCHA’s housing properties. “Ten years ago I was working in Bournemouth as a sales manager and my partner Andy (now my husband) and I decided on a complete lifestyle change – we moved to mid-Wales to give smallholding a go. “We […]

The Festival of Wellbeing’s Story

Boscombe Chine Gardens was abuzz with music and good vibes for the seventh annual Festival of Wellbeing which highlighted the excellent work done by Ignite and New Directions and BCHA’s many partner organisations. The Festival of Wellbeing is held annually by BCHA and raises awareness of organisations offering all manner of support across the conurbation. […]

Kari’s story

Kari has found her way to her ideal job by taking opportunities with BCHA – starting out with volunteering. Volunteers and mentors are vital to BCHA’s work and in Kari’s case this led to a full-time career. “I completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology and wanted to find work opportunities within probation. “As […]

Esther’s Story

Esther was referred to BCHA’s New Deal project in November 2009 after gaining accommodation and later independent living through the organisation. She did not know it then, but that referral would steer Esther towards a rewarding career and financial independence. “I was sent to the new deal placement by the job centre a part of […]

Elaine’s story

Elaine was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder as an adult five years ago, and it provided an understanding of some of the difficulties she’d faced in social situations growing up. She had a creative background and a degree in photography but was finding it hard to see opportunities for work. Now, after taking part in […]

Chantelle’s Story

Chantelle is a previous National Citizen Service (NCS) participant, who joined the programme through BCHA. Her fantastic and rewarding experience urged her to re-join the scheme as a team leader years later. NCS  is a four-phase programme specifically aiming to provide young people with invaluable  experiences to facilitate self-development. The scheme is designed to help […]

Jane’s story

After Jane’s husband committed suicide in front of her, she turned to drugs in order to cope. As her habit spiralled, Jane ended up prostituting herself on the streets of Surrey to feed her addiction. Her mental and physical health deteriorated so much that she was taken into hospital – where she ended up in […]

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