The Hope Foundation
The Hope Foundation was set up, in 1995, to demonstrate Christ’s love in the community and restore hope and purpose in people’s lives as a response to Jeremiah 29 v 11.
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Our main office is in central Middlesbrough Hope House, 1 Grange Road, from which we run a range of services and activities for the Middlesbrough community. We work with a diverse community from all sorts of backgrounds, ethnicities, and social groups. This includes people who are working, the long term unemployed, ex-offenders, drug addicts, people with mental health issues, people with learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, and people who want to improve their skills or meet others socially.
We also work with people who may be lonely or isolated and target the over 50’s for activities. We work to tackle digital exclusion and the fact some parts of the community do not have access to devices, connectivity or the skills to be connected.
The Hope Foundation aims to help reduce isolation, increase skills, employability, and integration while helping support people to get their lives on track.
The services and activities we provide change to meet the community needs
· We upskill people through courses delivered in the classroom and online. The teaching and learning includes qualifications in maths, English, and IT from entry levels to level 2
· We support people into learning and work by providing information advice and guidance services. These are delivered through the National Careers Service offering a job club, CV workshops and into work support to help people find and stay in work through Hope 2 Work.
· Our community café is the hub of the work we do. This is a social space delivering low-cost meals and a place to meet and make friends in a supportive and safe environment.
· We support individual development through volunteering and work experience placements. These include administration, reception, café support staff, tutor support, and work club volunteers.
· The café has drop-in computers for the public to use when they want to.
· Through Ageing Better Middlesbrough we have a telephone helpline to promote health and well-being. Through our digital team, we are able to support people to get online and engage with the digital world. We also facilitate activities to engage and support people including history walks, drawing, art, and coffee mornings to encourage participation.
· We work with a wide range of partners and we currently let a weekly soup kitchen (Link) use our car park to support over 40 people a week. Teesside Socialist Clothing bank also gives out clothes from a free container they use in our car park.
· We have developed a digital library for people to be able to borrow devices and try them out for themselves or borrow them for a specific piece of work.
· Furbdit is our new website platform that collects devices from businesses and individuals to be refurbished and re-distributed to those people who need them. www.hope-foundation.org.uk. Whether you want to be a donor a drop-off point or a distributor you can make a real difference.
You can support us in lots of different ways. First of all, you can Volunteer with the Hope Foundation, we have lots of different opportunities to get involved. We have lots of opportunities to support us financially, please see below for details.
You can help us by using easyfundraising when you do your online shopping
Or you can use virgin money giving or you could sponsor something from our wish list
Or turn your clutter into support through Ziffit
To find out more about the Hope Foundation, to get involved, or to donate monies then please visit our website www.hope-foundation.org.uk, or simply call in and have a look.