Mayor of Bournemouth helps launch BCHA's 50 years campaign

Mayor of Bournemouth helps launch BCHA’s 50 years campaign
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BCHA has launched its 50th anniversary ‘Bchangemakers’ campaign, which will tell 50 stories of remarkable change to highlight just some of the positive outcomes experienced by its customers and encourage donations to help continue its work. The event took place in St. Peter’s Church – one of the Bournemouth Council of Churches that founded the organisation in 1968 - and was introduced by Reverend Ian Terry, who spoke of their dedication to tackling the local housing crisis.

The Mayor of Bournemouth introduced the ‘Bchangemakers’ launch film, which was followed by BCHA’s CEO Martin Hancock, who highlighted the main objectives and challenges of the campaign, showing two customer Case Study videos as examples of how BCHA has helped transform lives.

Martin Hancock, said, “We want the campaign to inform and engage more people in understanding the importance of investing in people and housing solutions to make a positive difference for our communities and the health and wellbeing of everyone.  We have some ambitious targets to achieve if we are to continue to build more homes, end rough sleeping and to help people realise their potential, just as so many lives have been changed during the past 50 years.”

Paul Kinvig, COO of Bournemouth Town Centre BID, then hosted a panel discussion with two former Chairs of the Board and two customers who have either helped change or whose lives have been positively changed through help from BCHA, focussing on what being a changemaker means to them.

The evening concluded with a musical performance from 16-year-old Nicole McNally, who performed ‘Annabelle’, a song about domestic abuse that she wrote and released as single last year to help raise money for BCHA’s Women’s Refuge.

Nicole, commented, “I was very happy that they wanted me to be involved in the 50th campaign - it made me feel quite special that they picked me to come and perform. I'm glad I've supported BCHA because they're local and I can see exactly where every penny is going."

The campaign will run throughout the year, and tell 50 stories of remarkable change. These will highlight just some of the positive outcomes experienced by its customers and encourage donations to help continue its work. There will be a special BChangemakers awards ceremony to celebrate the people and organisations who have helped make a difference.

Despite BCHA’s past accomplishments in helping to transform lives, the focus is very much on the future, as Martin explains, “While we acknowledge and celebrate all the great achievements of the past 50 years, there remains so much more to be done. There is still a housing crisis and homelessness is rising significantly.”

“Therefore, we hope that by telling 50 stories about “changemakers” across our communities that highlight the fantastic work of our people and partners, we can encourage more people to make a difference through fundraising, donations, sponsorship or volunteering and help BCHA equip more people to find a way forward.”
However, as Martin makes clear this cannot be achieved without working in partnership, concluding, “We want to work together to raise investment of time and money and to highlight the important issues that we all care about within our community and that we see increasingly in the headlines. We believe everyone can play a crucial role in making Bchangemakers a success and hope that our local communities will join us this year in helping us transform thousands more lives.”

From homelessness, mental health and wellbeing, to domestic abuse, unemployment and providing more affordable housing, BCHA has and continues to help transform lives. They now want to hear from future changemakers to help them continue this work.

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