Bournemouth and Poole CVS
Supporting Voluntary and Community action in Bournemouth and Poole

Health and Wellbeing Case Studies

Learning from others

In 2017 Poole CVs worked with 7 local organisations to describe how their work made a difference to the health and wellbeing of their users. We used the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to help describe the benefits (see Factsheet 3a) i.e.

  1. Connect with others, e.g. groupwork, social gatherings, befriending, reducing isolation
  2. Be active e.g. sport, play, exercise, walking, anything that will make people more active
  3. Take notice e.g. offering new and different experiences, helping people to think about how they are feeling
  4. Keep learning e.g. classes and groups learning new skills
  5. Give e.g. using volunteers, joining in, befriending, opportunities to donate 

Case Studies

1. Chestnut Nursery. This Poole based project uses horticulture in its work with 60-70 adults a year with severe and enduring mental illness. Users are involved in seed sowing, potting plants, serving customers in the shop, carpentry, construction and office work. Surveys show positive results around each of the five ways and 98% reported an improvement in their confidence and how in control they felt.

2. Christchurch Angels. A project of Christchurch Community Partnership which reaches out to those who live alone that are referred by medical practices and provides short term support (e.g. weekly contact during bereavement and small household tasks), information and advice about other services in the local area. To date it has benefitted 197 clients.

3. Diealog. A grassroots project focusing on people supporting each other during the last stages of life. It runs pop up ‘Death Cafes’ and workshops, and facilitates visits.

4. Faithworks Wessex (a Christian based charity) aims to inspire and equip people on their journey out of isolation and poverty. They work to bring hope: Relational Hope to older people, carers, lone parents and people with dementia; Financial Hope to help people gain control of budgeting their finances; Physical Hope for those in need by working with local foodbanks and those who help the homeless; They also give Spiritual Hope by supporting and equipping the local Church to make a difference.

5. Flourish at Holton Lee. Livability Holton Lee is a wellbeing discovery centre set in 350 acres of Dorset countryside. With a particular understanding of disabilities and mental ill-health, they run a diverse programme, Flourish, designed to benefit the whole person – promoting physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing. The focus of this is on a volunteering project of approximately 6 months where participants will join a team for one day a week and gain practical hands-on experience, skills and knowledge in conservation and horticulture. In addition, there is a programme of activities aimed at improving individual’s wellbeing.

6. The Lantern Trust. The Lantern is a charity set up to help vulnerable and marginalized people in the Weymouth & Portland area. The ethos is one of social inclusion and Lantern aims to break cycles of disadvantage and dependency. Central to all that Lantern does are their Coffee Bar sessions that run Monday to Friday 10am-2pm. These sessions are open drop-ins and act as a hub to the rest of their services. Lantern provides hot meals each day and feeds on average over 80 people per week as well as providing a safe space for people to begin to rebuild their lives.

7. Poole Sailability. A charity that is entirely managed and operated by volunteers whose mission is to ensure “Disability is not a barrier to experiencing the joy of sailing”. Participants are encouraged to take an active part in the sailing of the boats, and informal training is offered for those who are inexperienced. In 2016 the membership was about 65 made up of Disabled Sailors and Volunteer Helpers who enjoyed 40 sailing sessions and delivered over 450 individual sailing places for disabled members of the local community.