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Pro-bono support for local charity Routes to Roots

Saltwater Stone has announced its pro-bono support of Routes to Roots, a Poole-based charity that helps local rough sleepers and the vulnerably housed. Saltwater Stone, a regular champion of local initiatives and worthy causes, will assist the charity and its volunteers in raising awareness of how it helps those in need of shelter and support in the local community. Saltwater Stone will also assist in promoting the charity’s ‘A Place for Change’ campaign following its purchase of a dedicated outreach hub in the historic part of Old Town Poole.

‘A Place for Change’ is the long-term vision of Routes to Roots’ founder, the Reverend Pat Southgate, who has been supporting rough sleepers and vulnerably housed individuals in Poole for much of the last two decades through its drop-in sessions. The aim of the new outreach facility is to help those without permanent accommodation achieve lasting positive change in their lives. Facilities such as showers, toilets, laundry, hot food, clothing and sleeping bags will be provided in addition to crucial access to outreach workers for addiction and mental health support, nurses, chiropodists, housing and benefit advisors.

Saltwater Stone MD, Georgina Bartlett said: “For many years we have made a point in finding time to offer our services free of charge to causes close to our hearts and stories that inspire us. We have helped people inside and outside our industry including transatlantic rowing teams, solo sailors such as Pip Hare and local charities such as Birds of Poole Harbour and now Routes to Roots. I personally believe that society has a duty to give something back and what better way than to re-invest in our community.”

Routes_to_Roots_1“Routes to Roots is a wonderful charity that supports local people at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Not everyone has the same opportunities in life, not everyone has strong mental health to cope with life’s challenges and not everyone has a family network of support. When an individual’s world collapses it is vital that there is somewhere for them to go and Routes to Roots is an amazing charity run by incredible people who give freely of their time to support the vulnerable people of Poole. We are proud to be a part of it.”

It is hoped that the Routes to Roots new outreach building will be completed by the autumn, ahead of the colder winter months, when the vulnerably housed are most at risk. The charity has raised substantial funding for the extensive renovations of the new hub, much of which has been raised with the help of volunteer fundraising and generous grants from organisations such as church charities and rotary clubs.

Donations can be made via the Routes to Roots website or via their crowdfunding page.