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Hope does not just provide services to people in need. We are a hub to expand, gather and promote learning and knowledge, for our service users and others.

In our work with those who use our services we do much more than giving food and clothes: we change lives through learning and skills, including offering accredited and other courses to get people into work, into such areas as catering and horticulture. We help people become advocates for themselves, through learning how to campaign. Through our training for our service users, we also provide them will skills and knowledge, confidence and communication skills. We help service users to have confidence and assertiveness in asking for what they are entitled to and to stand up to the injustice they experience – learning is embedded in work with our customers!

Our service delivery is informed by evidence and is the product of regular, ongoing scanning of research and evidence-based practice.

Hope teaches in schools about homelessness and poverty, and to all ages. This can include talks during harvest festival, but also as part of courses. Contact us if you want us to work with your students. All staff are DBS screened.

Students in higher education

Hope offers placement experience to vocational  students who will work in settings like ours, including the disciplines of social work, youth work, social care and occupational therapy. We offer a learning environment that offers exposure to the theory as well as the practice that underpins our work, with available literature and resources to guide students to understand the context in which our work occurs. This includes both an on-site hard copy library, access to web-based resources and prepared, digested reading lists.

We advise and support students in other disciplines too, such as marketing, business studies, social enterprise, journalism, and many more, offering opportunities for learning practice, supporting the student and Hope’s work. We work with creative arts students on projects involving theatre, creative writing, photography, graphic design, music and other disciplines to create work addressing these issues.

Students should look out for opportunities through their course organisers, or just ask to come to Hope. Contact us to discuss placements or projects or to see if Hope will be right for you.


Simmi’s Story

Read about her work placement at Hope here

Courses for all

We run occasional courses open to anyone looking to grow their skills in community work, poverty and homelessness.

This included a Community Organising course in  October 2018

We teach on academic and vocational courses at the University of Northampton and welcome invitations to teach.


Hope is also the locus for research. Hope has acted as a research site for studies in a wide range of disciplines, and from a range of Universities, including the University of Northampton, South Bank and the Open University. Every study is carefully reviewed for its ethical aspects and purpose, and the learning has informed practice in our field of work. If you are interested in discussing research ideas involving our service users and practice, please contact Hope.

Reading lists and references for researchers about  on homelessness, poverty and social enterprise

Reading list on  social housing


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