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BCHA provides a range of housing, health, learning and work support for a range of people living across the South.

BCP Council

BCP Council provides a range of support for people living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Dorset County Council

Dorset County Council provides information for people in the Dorset area.

Dorset Nightstop

Young single homeless people aged 16-25. Accept people with dogs (if host agrees). Must
have a local connection to Dorset. Minimum stay 1 night – maximum stay 3 nights.

If you need somewhere to stay tonight then please call 01202 525 643 between 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday.


Housing LIN

The leading ‘knowledge hub’ for a growing network of housing, health and social care
professionals in England involved in planning, commissioning, designing, funding,
building and managing housing with care for older people.


Through advice, support and legal services Shelter supports people struggling with bad housing and homelessness.

Shelter Bournemouth Housing Aid Centre

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. If you are in the Bournemouth and Poole area you can contact the Shelter Housing Aid Centre on the number below for advice and guidance.

Tel: 03301 755 121

9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday

If you need legal guidance you can make an appointment at 0344 515 1777 between the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that this number is for new legal appointments only.

Guide to UK Benefits

There is also a really handy UK Benefits Guide, which you can see here.  It lists the most significant benefits you could be entitled to.  If you meet the detailed criteria, you should certainly state your claim and receive the support you deserve.

If you are unsure of any details or have a question, your local Citizens Advice would be able to help you.

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