Thanks to funding from Dorset Community Foundation National Emergencies Trust, CAF, Talbot Village Trust and the Arms Trust, Footprints is able to continue helping some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

However, we have changed our current support to comply with the government guidance on social distancing. The changes are outlined below:

Mentoring in the community, support for Life Works and OOCD Participants

Footprints has moved to phone and video based support for all our current beneficiaries. 

We can still take referrals for beneficiaries and new volunteers.

We can support clients with:

  •  Emotional support and telephone mentoring
  •  Help with applying for benefits and financial resilience (e.g. applying for grants, budgeting etc)
  •  Help with how to bid for council housing
  •  Preparing CVs and Job searching
  • Signposting to free online training courses

We have limited funds to provide the following support:

  •  Emergency food support - including delivery of food parcels for people who are elderly, vulnerable or struggling to access food
  •  Emergency financial support - including phone top-ups, access to IT equipment 
  •  Mental Health/prison distraction packs including support for families.

Prison support

We have had to postpone our collections to protect both staff and beneficiaries, however can provide day one support by phone and advance planning

  •  We can still take referrals for people being released to Dorset and Hampshire
  •  We can assess and plan for their release via phone and email a prisoner
  •  We can match them to support in the community and with a volunteer mentor
  •  We can help them access emergency and financial support (as above).

We are thankful for all our partners, key workers in prison and supporters during this time