Conor is determined to do all that he can to ease the plight of the homeless and has made this one of his major priorities as a Member of Parliament. He will do all he can to bring the many charities together to maximise all the important work they do and to avoid duplication and to encourage the local council to engage and work with the effective work that the charities do. 

“I went to a private school run by Christian brothers and we were very much encouraged to consider that the privilege we had was one side of the coin; the other side was responsibility,” explained Conor. “When I was in my sixth form, I coordinated a project to improve conditions for patients in our local mental health facility. Sadly, when I returned years later, the hospital had closed and some of those patients were the people now living in the street. “Behind every person on the street there is a tragedy and I feel the obligation that we should do all we can. I’m not convinced that we’re getting it right here in Bournemouth or embracing the range of charity organisations, professional organisations and churches that wish to help. It’s in the town’s economic as well as moral interest to help people get off the street.”

During the pandemic the Government have given BCP a total of £7.4 million to help tackle rough sleeping.

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Conor meets with YMCA CEO to discuss helping those with addictions

Conor recently met with the Chief Executive Officer of Bournemouth YMCA, Dr Gareth Sherwood, to discuss the difficulties of treating some addictions as mental health issues in order to get the best help possible for addicts and assisting those trying to help them.

Conor attends meeting on tackling homelessness

Conor recently met with a number of local people at St Peter’s Church to discuss homelessness in the town.  This forms part of a PhD that the rector the Rev Dr Ian Terry is undertaking.

Conor backs St Mungos' Everyone Deserves a Home for Good campaign

Conor attended the St Mungos’ Everyone Deserves a Home for Good event in Parliament recently.  St Mungos’ outreach teams go out each night to meet people who are homeless and to help them off the streets. The charity is one of the largest providers of outreach services in the country.

Conor launches Street Support

Conor has been working with Ian Jones from Bournemouth University and Alistair Alistair Doxat-Purser to develop Street Support, a website to make it easier for anyone experiencing homelessness to get the help they need in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Conor supports Salvation Army feed vulnerable

Supported the Salvation Army by preparing and feeding the most vulnerable in Bournemouth. Conor was invited to help provide food to those in need within his constituency over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 

Conor holds meeting with charity Faithworks

Conor planned a Homelessness Conference with Faithworks & Bournemouth University. Conor met with Alistair Doxat-Purser, Chief Executive of Faithworks and Ian Jones, Head of Regional Community Partnerships at Bournemouth University to discuss how charities, companies and the local authority ca

Conor visits Shelter

Following a meeting with Lord Bird, Founder of the Big Issue, Conor has been meeting with a number of homelessness stakeholders in Bournemouth. One of the first was Shelter, the national charity on bad housing and homelessness.

Housing the nation

Conservatives in government are investing £44 billion to deliver an average of 300,000 new homes a year. We’re investing £44 billion to reach an average 300,000 new homes per year and, at the Autumn Budget 2017, we announced a comprehensive package which will raise housing supply by the end of th