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HOPE gives a huge thank you
HOPE is Bassetlaw’s charity for those who are homeless. Based in Worksop since 1996, when it opened a soup kitchen, it has developed a range of services including; Nottinghamshire’s only 24 hour direct access Emergency Accommodation Hostel for those who have nowhere else, various move-on properties, and support for those who are at risk of losing their home.
HOPE receives no central funding from the government and has to generate every penny it spends. In today’s economic climate this is tough and the only certainty is that it is likely to become even harder as time goes on. We do receive income for each resident who stays with us, however, as a social landlord our rents are capped to below the commercial level, so that they are affordable. Our operation is overseen by the Charities Commission, to whom we are accountable.
Like many other charities, we have a shop offering High Street branded clothes – Essential Designs in Worksop, and an on-line store that is proving increasingly popular. This income is extremely helpful and allows us to offer the services we do to those without a home but, that is only part of the picture.
We receive hundreds of donations from individual members of the public and businesses. It can be; a monthly standing order from Mr Smith, a cheque from a sponsored school event, a charity night at the local pub, students bag-packing at a supermarket, clothing given when a wardrobe is purged, surplus food donated from a national supermarket, toiletries by a Scout group, or sanitary products from a faith group…… The variety is growing as is the level of ingenuity, fantastic!
Businesses do often get bad press, which is not our experience locally. Marks & Spencer and Gregg’s regularly give us food; cakes, biscuits, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and veg, bread and more. Local churches, schools and convenience stores donate regularly. Retford Rotary and B&Q have been long-standing supporters. All of which help us to feed our people, who may have nothing when they arrive at our door – last year we distributed over 4,000 meals.
We provide intensive 1:1 support and advice to all our service users, often over many months. In 2017 we had over 80 people stay in our hostel, a figure which we expect to rise further in 2018, as council’s struggle with diminishing resources and growing demands for services. Welfare cuts and changes to benefits, such as Universal Credit have left growing numbers of people struggling to keep a roof over their head, whether they have a job or not. We help those who are in danger of being evicted by their Landlord.
Finally, we would like to thank those who have contributed their time to HOPE – our Volunteers. Without their commitment and patience, we wouldn’t be able operate as we do. Our clothing shop alone has 11 such individuals, all of whom are dedicated and hardworking, and who give of their time freely.
On behalf of HOPE, I would like to thank everyone for their unbelievable help and support. The people who are able to benefit from our services are truly grateful to each and every one of you.
Donate Easter Eggs to HOPE Homeless charity Hope Community Services are appealing for donations of Easter Eggs, which will then be given to their service users. Last year HOPE received fantastic donations for their Easter campaign by the general public and local shops such as, Morrison’s. Development Worker Emma said “In 2017 we received soContinue Reading
HOPE Community Services is seeking to employ a Warden for our Emergency Accommodation Hostel. The post is to provide a supportive role to clients and ensure the security, health and safety of the accommodation. Candidates must have strong inter-personal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of vulnerable clients from diverse communitiesContinue Reading
Worksop Sainsbury’s Prospect donates food to HOPE this Christmas We would like to say a massive thank you to Worksop Sainsbury’s Prospect for donating food to us this Christmas for our service users. Things such as, mince pies, biscuits, chocolates and fresh fruit and veg have been donated. Further to this, they are alsoContinue Reading
Retford Rotary makes donation to homeless charity HOPE… 2017 sees Retford Rotary once again helping Bassetlaw charity HOPE, support homeless people across the District. Retford Rotary Club have donated £3,000 to help HOPE renovate their utility room located in their 14 bed homeless hostel. HOPE’s utility room is used by those who they support, asContinue Reading
Imosphere donates to HOPE this Christmas Hope Community Services would like to say a massive thank you to Ismosphere Ltd in Nottingham for their very generous donations. Imosphere have donated coats, scarves, gloves, hats and clothing. Imosphere Limited is an organisation based in Nottingham. They have worked in the health and social care sectors forContinue Reading
HOPE’s homeless client bake off this Christmas On Monday the 4th of December service users in HOPE’s homeless clients in their hostel undertook a Christmas themed bake off. There were two groups led by our Support Workers, who were given the task of baking Christmas mince pies and decorative themed cup cakes. A lot ofContinue Reading
Wilko donates food items to homeless charity HOPE HOPE Community Services would like to thank Sandra Jackson at Wilko head office and her team for collecting essential food items and toiletries for HOPE. Items donated included; tinned soup, pasta, chocolate, body wash/shower gel, beans, biscuits and much much more. The food that has been donatedContinue Reading
HOPE’s Worksop Furniture Project have taken the decision to close its Furniture Warehouse in Worksop. Alan Diggles, Hope’s CEO said; “In today’s competitive environment more and more people are choosing to utilise social media to dispose of their own used furniture. It has meant that our operation is no longer cost effective to run.Continue Reading
HOPE’S Christmas Reverse Advent Calendar This November why not put an item a day into a Christmas advent box. Items could include; tinned food, socks, puzzles, chocolates etc…At the end of November the advent box can then be donated to someone homeless, where they can then take out an item each day in December. ThisContinue Reading