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Northampton Hope Centre is a vibrant local charity with deep roots in the community of Northampton.

  • We provide practical services such as food and clothing to people in extreme poverty and with complex disadvantage, including problems of homelessness, drugs and alcohol and mental health problems
  • We help our service users become employable through skills and training
  • We campaign for their fair treatment and against poverty

In 2014 we celebrated our 40th anniversary. In 1974 Michael Mulligan decided to help the local street homeless by providing free food from the back door of the Bishop's House in Marriott Street, Northampton. The Soup Kitchen, as it was known then, was born!

We've grown and developed over those 40 years into the Northampton Hope Centre but still uphold the basic principles of compassion and care for people experiencing extreme disadvantage, that Michael and his friends operated by.

Whilst we still provide essential help with food, clothing and washing to over 100 people every day in our day centre at Oasis House, our work helps people to move on in their lives, grow and develop skills, confidence, motivation and practical opportunities to participate more in society and become self-sufficient - giving people a hand-up as well as a hand-out.

We believe that tackling poverty means raising awareness of the reality of poverty and its effect on people's lives, and championing the rights of our service users, including campaigning against hate directed towards them.

We are entirely reliant upon the support and generosity of our local community - individuals, schools, churches / faith groups, sports and social clubs and local businesses to keep our range of services available to those who really need them.

We are governed by a group of trustees who represent the local community, elected members, business, volunteers and ex-clients and chaired by Adrian Pryce from the University of Northampton.

We have a social enterprise, Hope Enterprises, which helps people out of poverty through giving them training and jobs in a supported work environment. They provide a range of work. For information about Hope Enterprise, click here. For their catering work, click here