Canford Heath Baptist Church

Love in the community

Social Action

We are a church concerned with Social Justice.

We aim to support current issues involving persecuted Christians, human rights, Fairtrade, poverty, natural disasters and war-torn countries.

We regularly support in prayer, action and financially BMS,  Compassion, Tearfund and our local homeless charity Routes to Roots.

We are a FairTrade Church and actively support ‘Created’ (Tearcraft’s produce) and Tradecraft.


Routes to roots logo


Who are we?
Routes To Roots is a charity founded on Christian principles that seeks to inspire, encourage and equip the community of Poole to respond to the needs of homeless people with compassion. R2R aims to help homeless people find practical and pastoral help; help with basic facilities such as food, clothing, bedding, toiletries; help with completing housing forms etc and obtaining a new home;  help with building self esteem with motivational workshops.

Why is there a need?
About 20 people attend the Afternoon Drop In which takes place on Mondays and Thursdays – here we have snacks available and a chance to meet with volunteers to chat, play table tennis, do art work, photography, learn basic cooking.  
R2R also provides a hot meal on two evenings a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, and on these occasions there can be up to 30 people coming through the doors.

R2R employs two full time workers – one who concentrates on supporting the clients who are homeless and on the streets, the other who works with those recently housed to help them settle in and adjust to “normal life”.

R2R has a large group of volunteers assisting in all sorts of ways, but is always open to welcoming anyone who would like to give some time to these very vulnerable people.  The charity website is and this gives more details of the work.


Christmas Day at the Drop In



Pottery workshop