My journey with Poached Creative

Pic: Tobias. Yousif Farrah outside the Poached Creative offices at Bootstrap.

Pic: Tobias. Yousif Farrah outside the Poached Creative offices at Bootstrap.

By Yousif Farrah

Poached Creative is a social enterprise communications agency, that puts creative jobs in reach for disadvantaged people. As their Volunteer Press Officer I can speak firsthand of how they make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Two years ago I was made homeless and had to drop out of University. It was at this time that I also experienced the loss of close relatives and life started to spin out of control. I ended up in prison and life seemed so bleak. I could not see any light at the end of the tunnel.

I genuinely believed that it was the end. Fortunately, upon my release from prison I began to receive support from homeless charity St Mungo’s Broadway and they told me about The Big Issue online journalism programme, which trains homeless and marginalised people in journalism and photography. Continue reading

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Boscombe’s Hidden Gem

Pic: William Butt

Pic: William Butt

By Bill Webb

Walk along Christchurch Road Boscombe and look for the statue of Charlie Chaplin inviting you to enter a small but quirky bar and restaurant. Don’t just stop here, as tempting as it may be to stand and watch the old Chaplin movie playing on the TV above the bar or to grab a board game and while away a few hours playing  Scrabble with friends, read a book from the pub library or just wander around looking at the art work that pops up everywhere. Grab a drink and walk through the pub to the garden.

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Jamie’s Art Works photo essay

hidden gem

The Art Works is a hidden gem

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Jurassic House

Hidden just out of sight..

Hidden just out of sight..

By Helen Hanbury

There is an event on at various places over Dorset coinciding with the release of Jurassic park , particularly at the Redhouse Museum in Christchurch. This event at the museum lasts till 27th June 2015.   Called Dinofest 2015,  you can get to visit various museums and galleries over Dorset over the course of the summer, you can get more info at http://dinofest2015.co.uk/ Continue reading

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Supply Shack

Des shows off an upright banner made by Supply Shack

Pic: Helen Hanbury. Des shows off an upright banner made by Supply Shack

By Dave C

Tucked away in a small business park at the back of Hurn Airport, Supply Shack sells business supplies, printed stationery, signs and banners, point-of-sale material and branded merchandise. What makes it different to any other printer and stationer is that part of the profits the business makes get re-distributed, at the end of the financial year, to democratically chosen good causes.

This year they are supporting Life Education Wessex, specialists in providing high quality health and drug prevention education to children in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset and helping to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to lead healthier and happier lives. Supply Shack’s previous charity partners are Diverse Abilities Plus, The Butterfly Foundation, Hannah House and Crumbs. Continue reading

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We Walk The Line, kickstarting employment opportunities

We Walk The Line supporters enjoying their ice cream and espresso delights!

We Walk The Line supporters, enjoying their ice cream and espresso delights, at Launch event.

We Walk the Line is a social enterprise that empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, by providing the skills they need to sell great tasting artisanal coffee as their own boss.

The social enterprise provides employment and training opportunities for young people who need a break, or disadvantaged individuals who need a second chance. Continue reading

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Poole Enterprise Library, the future of our libraries

Nell O'hara

Nell O’hara, Information Services Librarian, at Poole Library

By Tom Collier.

Poole Enterprise Library, established first in 1887 has gone on to become one of the main hubs for information in the Poole and Bournemouth area. It now includes a public meeting and information facility within the main library; including an IT suite with laptops and seminar room. The meeting and information area offers access to business books, magazines and journals – alongside free access to Wi-Fi and public computers. Meetings for businesses, training programmes and seminars are held regularly. The Enterprise Library will also be of huge benefit to people considering setting up their own businesses and new firms looking for some help and advice. Continue reading

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