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Karen's world Cup win supports the Hope Centre

Karen's story...

"Upon coming to volunteer at the HOPE Centre I was made instantly welcome..

Not long after coming I was invited to join the staff and volunteer  World Cup Sweepstake.. I pulled out France and Argentina.. To my pleasant surprise I won ...

I am not in desperate need but I still have to be massively careful with what I spend money on but seeing the clients coming in and out of the centre makes you realise how diverse the individuals are with a variety of needs,  some way more complex than others..

New CEO Blog

Our CEO reflects on the rescue of the Thai Wild Boars Football team on his blog page

Green fingers: Fine & Country Foundation donates £3,000

Last week we received a fantastic donation of £3,000 from Fine & Country Foundation’s first grant scheme.

We were one of 17 homeless charities across the world to receive funding from the scheme, which gave more than £60,000 to homeless projects.

The £3,000 donation will be used to buy two sheds for the allotment plot which we were gifted last year.

The allotment is a place for service users to learn about horticulture from a professional gardener. Service users can learn and develop new skills and gain qualifications to help them obtain work placements and full-time employment. Additionally, they will learn about healthy eating, provide food for the centre and have a safe and peaceful space to spend time in.

Charlotte Schofield, Fine & Country Foundation Coordinator said: “I have seen a number of homeless charities and the Hope Centre was the most uplifting charity I have visited. The gardening project is a huge success and we cannot wait to see the first tomatoes this summer.”

The psychological benefits of gardening and having a private outdoor space are significant. Many service users at the Hope Centre, and within all homeless charities, suffer from variety of mental illnesses. The calming and quiet environment helps service users improve on a number of issues, including: anger management, anxiety and substance abuse.

The Fine & Country Foundation’s next grant scheme is open from 1st – 31st October 2018. Registered homeless charities are invited to apply for up to £15,000 of funding. Find out more by visiting

Jobs at Hope

Hope is advertising for staff and volunteers, including for a 3 days a week volunteer co-ordinator and gardening staff. Check them out HERE

Opus Energy team aim for the dizzy heights of the Three Peaks

A team of five from Opus Energy in Northampton are aiming to conquer the Three Peaks challenge later this year in aid of the Hope Centre.

The team; Nigel, Mark, Phil, Gary and Martin continued their training at the end of last month by taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks - Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), all within 12 hours.

Despite the bad weather setting in on them for the weekend, all five made it up the first two peaks.

However, before setting off up the third Peak, two of the team made the tough decision to retire from the challenge.

Even though the wind picked up and the team faced a torrential downpour, the remaining three made it to the summit over an hour ahead of schedule.

One of the team members, Nigel Garner, said: “It was a very good day out in the mountains, talking to the other challengers, hearing their stories, the charities that they were raising money for, and everybody determined to finish. The weather and the conditions took its toll though.”

The Northampton team is back for more practice in the Peak District in July, before they tackle the National Three Peaks Challenge in September.

If you would like to take on a similar challenge to raise funds for the Hope Centre, contact Tanya on 0845 519 9371 or email

Hope Chairman steps down

As we have previously indicated, our outgoing chairman, Adrian Pryce, has stepped down now from all work with Hope. Hope staff and trustees would like to thank Adrian for his hard work and dedication to Hope over the years he has been on the board and we wish him well for the future.

Gardeners needed

Have you got an interest in gardening?

We have a range of roles available as volunteers supporting our gardening projects:

- Someone to co-ordinate the project, working with our CEO and gardener to take a role keeping the project on track, thinking ahead and making sure it works

- Practical gardening volunteers. People to do the work - watering, weeding, hoeing and planting

Gimme Hope is Ready for Action

‘Gimme Hope’, our Soapbox Derby entry is set and ready for action at tomorrow’s (30th) event at Welton.

The team running the project is made up of service users who have all used the facilites and have been helped by the Hope Centre.

The project to build their soapbox was instigated by Client Volunteer Coordinator, Tina Tanner, who wanted to pull together the skills of those involved.

Tina said: “We have artists who have helped design the paintwork, we have people with an engineering mind who have helped design and build the machine and we have volunteers who have been brilliant at working with local businesses to source the materials needed free of charge; it’s been a real team effort”

Case Manager, Leon Williams added:  “This project allows The Hope Centre to engage with local businesses and organisations which support the continued efforts of our casework team. It has enabled a closer working partnership with our enterprise division of Hope Tools, which has also been influential in volunteering time, tools , expertise and initially launching the project. Auto Solutions which is based across the road from our training centre had also demonstrated their willingness to encourage our team to reach this stage of the build and will continue to advise and guide us until completion.”

Leon added: “I believe that from its inception this idea to rebuild and reuse waste or surplus products reflected what Hope is all about; nothing being discarded and nothing being overlooked as garbage. Tina’s idea has allowed us to engage with service users who may never had taken the opportunity to use hand tools, welding machines or even visit the workshop. It has motivated clients to engage with and learn more about the processes involved in getting this project to the stage it is at presently. By virtue of its design, this project has been all about Hope and I am confident that with the relationships built with organisations such as the local Territorial Army Barracks, AHA Steel, Hope Enterprises and Auto Solutions, these volunteers will have a feeling of accomplishment that they may be able to demonstrate to potential employers when the time comes.

Linda, one of the team and a regular visitor to the Hope Centre, has sourced much of the materials free of charge from local businesses said: “I love to have a project I can get my teeth into. It’s been great having this project to focus on; I just hope we do well.”

Follow our team’s progress at Welton Soapbox Derby either by going along to the event or on our Facebook page:

New video about Hope's work

You can watch a new video about Hope's work here

This has been produced by University of Northampton students

Car finance team take on Iceland Midnight Sun Run for Hope

A huge good luck from everyone at Hope to the 55 employees from Billing Finance who are taking on the “Iceland Midnight Sun Run” to raise funds for three local charities including us!

The trip (which begins on Thursday) is part of the family-run car finance business’s 35-year-anniversary celebrations, and among those flying to Iceland is James Mackaness, who founded the company in 1983.

James, 73, won’t be running but is going to support those running either the 5km, 10km or a half marathon.

One member of Team Billing is 53-year-old Janice O’Dell (pictured), a credit controller from Irchester, who applied for her first ever passport so she could take part.

“I’ve brought up a family and spent my whole life looking after other people and pets. I’ve never been further than Glasgow so thought it was about time I did something for myself,” she says.

Managing director of Billing Finance, Oliver Mackaness, says: “Team building, wellbeing and personal development, as well as helping local charities, is very important to us.

“I am really proud of the staff at Billing for taking on these challenges and grateful to our wonderful trainer and mentor Ali Cooper, who will be coming with us to Iceland.

“Taking part in these events isn’t compulsory but I can really see the difference it makes to those who do. For some of our employees, getting fit and taking on the challenge of a charity run is life changing.”

To make a donation to the team, please visit