"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
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.
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.