Stephen Hopcroft introduces Stour Connect

Stour Connect – Community Resource Centre

Stephen Hopcraft  one of the managers of Stour Connect introduces  Tricuro the team responsible for providing adult social care to Sturminster residents mainly from their Bath Road Stour Connect Offices but read on and you will see just how comprehensive their offer is.

Who are we?

Stour Connect in Sturminster Newton is part of Tricuro, an innovative company, owned by Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council which is entrusted to provide high quality care and support to adults, their carers and families across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

The Services we provide includes Carers as well

As well as day services, like the ones you come across at Stour Connect, we also provide care at home and reablement services and operate a number of care homes. Stour Connect offers a diverse range of meaningful and stimulating activities which their staff ensure are accessible to everyone, irrespective of their needs. Short term support includes respite to give carers a break, knowing their loved ones are in a safe and supported environment. Staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience and provide a good balance between giving care and support and the encouragement individuals need to enable them to make the most of their skills, abilities and independence.

The Community Café

Stour Connect forms part of a community support link, with the Community Café at the Bath Road premises. We are open Monday- Thursday 8.30-12.30. Importantly we are run by volunteers from Dorset Volunteer Centre who do this work on behalf of Friends of Stour Connect.  Needless to say we have a great reputation for a carefree informal and fun loving atmosphere where everyone is welcome. I’m told they make exceedingly good cakes too!

The Friends of Stour Connect

The ‘Friends of Stour Connect’ is a registered charity. Their aim is to support our work in every way they can including raising much needed funds. To that end they opened a new charity shop, next to the café on 3rd December. You are most welcome to visit, meet with our volunteers, have a coffee and browse the shop. We really do want the centre to be open to all so please support us in this small way. The charity is active in a number of ways and have jointly funded the redevelopment of an old phone box with help from the Men in Sheds and the local school, this will house a defibrillator for public use.

The local school hold a classroom at the centre, giving children the chance to help within a community café environment, developing valuable life skills. ‘Friends’ also operate a hot meal home delivery service.  The centre’s commercial kitchen can meet all dietary requirements and supplies meals for ‘Alberts’ lunch club fortnightly at the centre as well as other external luncheon clubs.

Men In Sheds

Men in Sheds Stour supports local craftsmen or anyone from the community who may no longer be able to work but wishes to belong to a group with a common interest.  In July 2019, they moved their workshop across the road into an old disused Dorset Council transport garage block which greatly improved the facilities.  They have recently been commissioned to make props for our local theatre.

Our sports hall

The centre has a sports hall which can accommodate up to one hundred and fifty people and there are regular trainer led activities.  All the activities held within the centre are open to anyone to take part in, at a reasonable cost. The centre’s splash pool reopened in the spring of 2019, having been completely refurbished and is open daily. The pool is run by Neptune Aquatics.

What else?

We produce a regular What’s on leaflet. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact us

Our range of services is always being added to but there are already some regulars;

  • Connect ‘Club Nights’ are held once a month from 6pm-9pm, with varied activities and entertainment.  Intended for anyone and everyone, just come along get a great welcome and join in the fun.
  • A ‘My Time’ Carers Coffee morning for carers is held every second Wednesday of the month and is supported jointly by Tricuro, Dorset Council and the NHS.
  • A Dementia Memory Café is run by a trained nurse every Tuesday from 10.00am, specialising in meaningful memory-based activities.

Age Concern’s office is also based within the centre.

Various community groups use the centre and its rooms, including a sensory room, are available to hire at very competitive costs.

Contact details

For further details on any of our groups, clubs, events or activities, please telephone  01258 472957 or just pop in and say hello.

Stour Connect, Stourview Close, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1JF

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