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Lloyds Bank Foundation provide HOPE….


Lloyds Bank Foundation provide HOPE….

HOPE Community Services is a registered charity based in Worksop, the organisation’s aim is to promote social inclusion, tackle disadvantage, homelessness and its causes, by providing help, advice and support for those in need.  Services are available to all regardless of history or circumstances. Since it was formed in 1996, HOPE has provided over 50,000 beds for more than 10,000 people, and served 70,000 meals to those in crisis.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales an independent charity and community grant maker funded by Lloyds Banking Group have supported HOPE Community Services through their “Enhance” Programme and Mentoring Scheme, where senior staff of the Group utilise their expertise and knowledge to assist charities.

HOPE Community Services would like to thank Sally Gascoigne from Worksop’s Halifax Branch, who worked alongside staff and volunteers at the charities Social Enterprise in Retford – Essential Designs, at Buttermarket House on Exchange Street, near Retford Town Hall, has been revamped with new signage, lighting and a fresh internal layout.

HOPE is extremely grateful to Lloyds Bank Foundation and Sally for their support of the charity, as well as helping to transform the shop to make it more appealing for customers.  Further support includes working with us to identify those who are sleeping rough in rural Bassetlaw – a hidden problem that often goes under the radar.

CEO of HOPE Alan Diggles said: “Banks are often criticised for their approach, but this help from Lloyds, through their Mentoring Programme and funding for a pilot project to investigate rural homelessness, demonstrates their commitment to local communities.  I firmly believe that they are supporting those in greatest need, something crucial to helping stimulate the local economy, and specifically supporting northern Nottinghamshire in these troubled times ensures charities can be more sustainable”.


Hope also received £10,750 from the Foundation, an Enable grant, to assist their work in Bassetlaw with a particular emphasis on rural homelessness. This is helping to inform the further development of HOPE Community Services and their local strategy.

Lloyds Bank Foundation invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promotes practical approaches to lasting change.

For further information about Lloyds Bank Foundation funding for small and medium sized charities including Enable Grants which are specifically targeted at organisational development to strengthen the effectiveness of charities please see website:

Local B&Q donates old stock to HOPE….

Local B&Q donates old stock to HOPE…. Hope Community Services would like to thank the B&Q Distribution Centre in Worksop, for their very generous donation of old stock, including items such as; Christmas lights & baubles, Christmas Trees, lamps & shades. HOPE is extremely grateful to B&Q/Wincanton for their support of the charity, as wellContinue Reading

Bassetlaw for tragic winter deaths

Bassetlaw found to be one of the “worst areas” in Notts for tragic winter deaths “Sophie Wills’ recent article highlighted that Bassetlaw is one of the worst places to live in the county, with higher winter deaths and more fuel poverty, than anywhere else.  The County’s Health & Wellbeing Board is right to advise people toContinue Reading

St Anne’s Church make a donation to HOPE’s new project

Hope Community Services would like to say a massive thank you to Reverend Simon Cash & Luiz Lima of St Anne’s Church, who formally made a donation of £2,000 towards what will be Worksop’s new move-on accommodation for those in crisis. The facility on Queen Street, right in the centre of town will be aContinue Reading

Harvest Festival season commences…

Well, it is that time of year again. Harvest Festival season! A time where local schools and churches grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables, or collect tinned and packet foods such as beans, porridge, pasta etc…. Harvest Festival is a time to donate food to the poor, to those in poverty, to those whoContinue Reading

#HelpHope this Christmas with EasyFundraising

Why not #HelpHope this Christmas! When doing your Christmas shopping online, why not use EasyFundraising? It’s easy, and more importantly, it costs you NOTHING. Whenever you shop online with major retailers such as Argos, Newlook, Amazon and many more, through the Easy Fundraising website, a small donation is made to the RETAILERS! It isContinue Reading

HOPE receives Harvest Festival donations

HOPE receives donations HOPE has recently received very generous Harvest Festival donations from local churches and nurseries/schools. Food items such as fresh vegetables and fruits have been donated, as well as tinned and packaged foods. HOPE is always grateful for any donations, whether they be large or small. A Harvest Festival period is where localContinue Reading