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Project information

Core funding for michael house rebuilding lives.

To ensure financial viability to continue our good work with the 33 homeless and vulnerable men and women in our care following loss of council funding and to press on with plans to expand. In particular we would like to fulfil the need in our community for a dedicated hostel for women.


Charity information: Michael House

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  • Need


    Broken lives as a result of homelessness has been a major problem in Bournemouth area over the last twenty years.
    Need is demonstrated by the fact that we a constantly operate to full capacity. Local Rough Sleeper Street Counts are consistantly in double figures with a notable need for hostel / supported accommodation and homeless services. Soup kitchens, with which three of our directors have considerable experience, have been crowded throughout this period.


    By providing respect, care and support. for our residents.
    We aim to restore self esteem, assist with life skills, access further education where necessary, facilitate training for employment to enable them to return to play useful roles in the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Rebuild lives of homeless men and women.


    » Care and support by key working to restore self esteem, facilitation of education, training for employment and resettlement.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the numbers of residents who successfully return to employment and resettle in independent living.

  • Impact


    Many of our residents have had problems with alcohol and drugs in the past, some are ex-offenders. We have had considerable success with residents obtaining employment, coming off benefits and resettling in their own accommodation.


    We lost our council funding for care and support at the end of 2009 but have continued to meet the needs of the 33 men and women by bridging some of the considerable gap left in our finances by fund raising and grants received from charitable trusts albeit having to use some our reserves in the short term.


    We report to the "Friends of Michael House at AGM, Open days and by Easter, Summer and Christmas newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £213,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £130,000 staffing staff salaries,N I etc
      £18,000 catering residents board
      £14,000 rent rates insurance utilities
      £13,000 mortgage capital repayments, interest
      £13,000 building maintenence, depreciation.
      £12,000 energy heat, light.
      £13,000 admin transport,sundries & all other costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    housing benefit, rents £134,000 Conditional
    donations fund raising £16,000 Conditional
    investment of reserves £1,200 Conditional
  • Background


    Situated in West Boscombe ward of Bournemouth
    Previously described as one of the fifty most deprived wards in the country


    Any homeless and vulnerable men and women in need.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are an independent non-denominational charity enjoying a good local reputation.
    We have an established track record over 19 years. We pioneered the first ever Night Shelter and Day Centre for the homeless in Dorset which operated for a decade.
    We opened our present project at Michael House in 2000 and recently recorded our 500th resident.
    We have received many testimonials. Three of our Directors have received civil/papal awards for services to the community in recent years

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jim White

    Manager since 2002. Previous care experience in black townships in S Africa and street poor in Portugal. Established father figure with residents.

    John Coulston

    Director (finance) Founder Member, Chairman 1996/2011,wide experience homeless culture,20 years soup kitchens.drug and alcohol and recycling agencies

    Alan Blake

    Chairman. Founder committee member Night Shelter project.Career with Youth Service & Foster Parental experience.