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. It is based on the following verse from the Bible:
‘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.’ Jeremiah 29:11
The charity works out of Hope House in Grange Road, Middlesbrough which is the base for a range of services and activities for the Middlesbrough community. This is a diverse community with people from all sorts of backgrounds, ethnicities and social groups. Its services are accessed by a range of people including those that 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.
The Hope Foundation aims to help reduce isolation, increase skills, employability and integration while facilitating the needs of some to get their lives back on track.
The services and activities offered include (this is not an exhaustive list)
- Teaching and Learning - through a range of online and workshop activities
- Information Advice and Guidance Services - delivered through the national careers service
- A Community café - Delivering low cost meals, themed evenings and catering for outside functions
- Hope2Work - A support service helping people into work.
- Volunteering and work experience placements - including administration and reception, café staff, tutor support and supporting Hope2Work.
- A Cyber café - with 7 computers dedicated for drop-in community use when the centre is open
- Ageing Better Middlesbrough - facilitating a range of activities to engage and support over 50’s including history walks, drawing, art and digital technologies as well as helping to support and set up local groups.
- Letting and sharing space with other organisations - including a weekly soup kitchen in the car park and a monthly games evening hosted by Jubilee Church Teesside.
To find out more about the Hope Foundation or to ask about volunteering opportunities, please visit www.hope-foundation.org.uk, or simply drop into the cafe and have a drink and a bite to eat!