Meet the Staff & Trustees

The team currently has eleven paid staff with the support of 70 volunteers who give of their time across the project.

Our team is led by our Project Director and the Board of Trustees, who bring a wealth of their own expertise and life experience to the Charity.

“Lovely staff, very caring and compassionate and always welcoming and will go that extra mile.” 

Our Partners

We would like to give praise to all of our partners, whom together we work with to help to achieve our mission of helping the local community.

Our Project Director – Angela Metcalfe

In 2001 …’I had a Dream…’ To Provide an Environment with Opportunities for the People who needed ‘more help and support’ to reach their full potential. The Hope Centre was ‘born’ in 2004, building on 25 years of experience community development and engagement. I was inspired by the story of a little boy and his starfish.

A man saw a boy throwing starfish into the ocean.
He asked the boy why he was doing this and the boy said,
“The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
The man looked at the miles and miles of beach and saw starfish everywhere.
“You just saved one starfish. You can never save all of them. What difference will it make?”
The boy smiled and said,
“It made a difference to that one.”

(Loren Eiseley)

Since opening, the Hope Centre has encouraged, supported and ‘helped to move on in their lives’ over 7000 people.

Bringing Life & Hope to our Community

"I'd lost everything.  I didn't care if I lived or died and tried to kill myself a couple of times.  I was on the streets, with nothing.  One morning I went to The Hope Centre freezing and hungry.  They Immediately made me feel welcome.  Unlike other people, the Hope Centre never gave up on me.  They always found time for me when I needed someone to talk to."

Michelle - one of our clients

Early Years

We grew out of a church initiative to support people challenged by unemployment, skills shortages and social deprivation and have provided courses, advice and guidance to hundreds of people in the borough. We were a major recipient of ESF funding which enabled us to provide training, advice and support to the unemployed.

Expanding our services

Around 2006 we were asked by the local authority to take on the running of the homeless centre in the town and have transformed that from a basic soup kitchen to a fully functioning drop in centre, providing meals, showers, clothing, laundry and a place of safety to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the borough. Now called 'Hope House', the homeless centre also offers a multi-faceted service providing advocacy, advice, guidance and support to those who need it and are often the first point of reference and signpost for people to engage with other agencies, treatment services and other community support in the borough.

Recent History

The last few years have seen our training services develop beyond training focussed on vocational skills, employment and work to encompass wellbeing and life-skill training, social care services, support and mentoring and we now play a vital role in responding to the growing needs of the community in identifying, preventing and managing mild to moderate mental health conditions.

The Team