4 July 2023

Members of the Homelessness Partnership BCP have appeared in a special film to mark the launch of Homewards – a transformative new programme from The Royal Foundation that aims to make homelessness rare, brief and unrepeated.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole was selected as one of six flagship areas to take part in Homewards, a five-year project launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in June.

It commits to demonstrating that it’s possible to end homelessness, with a locally led action plan to be delivered, shaped by the area’s unique needs and circumstances.

Filmed at locations across the BCP area, members of the Homelessness Partnership explain the underlying causes of homelessness in the region and outline work being carried out to prevent people from losing their homes, as well as supporting people who are experiencing homelessness.

The film features interviews with BCP Council’s Head of Strategic Housing and Partnerships, Ben Tomlin; CEO of south west-based charitable housing association BCHA, Lorraine Mealings; specialist service providers and local residents.

The Royal Foundation aims to mobilise leaders, businesses and communities so they can work together to address society’s greatest challenges.

Homewards is the Foundation’s latest initiative, which saw Prince William visit Faithworks’ Carpentry Workshop in Bournemouth on 26 June to launch the programme in the area.

HRH The Prince of Wales said: “Homewards aims to give people across the UK hope that homelessness can be prevented by showing them the progress we can make when we collaborate.

“It’s a big task, but I firmly believe that by working together it is possible to make homelessness rare, brief and unrepeated, and I am very much looking forward to working with our six locations to make our ambition a reality.”