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P&G Harvest Festival Donation!

As part of this years harvest collection, P&G donated to us a great deal of long lasting food items: including rice, tinned fruit and vegetables, pasta and biscuits. Not only were the P&G staff kind enough to donate such a huge quantity but the P&G management matched all items given by buying an extra item for each food supply donated. In total we have received food items well worth up to £400! We will keep these items and save them for new residents that arrive without anything to eat.



We have many clients that come to us directly upon completing their custodial sentences. They leave the prison gate and move directly into our provision of accommodation. These clients usually do not have any local families or friends who can help them; this is why they seek help and accommodation from us. In this situation they have few resources and finite time to help them acquire all the basic items they need to sustain their tenancies outside of the prison.

A food starter pack would make all the difference to someone in a similar position. It usually takes a few weeks before new clients can settle and start to manage independently.

Thank you P&G.


Bike Give Away

We were recently donated £200 from Abbey Life Assurance Company. This sum of money was used to buy two bikes for two of our residents. We wanted to acknowledge the great achievements some of our residents have recently demonstrated. After much deliberation we decided on two which we felt deserved the bikes the most – but it was very tough on deciding since there were so many deserving candidates. We would love to be able to give away more prizes to many deserving residents!!


We were thrilled to give away the bikes at our Open Day on September 10. It was a great way to formally congratulate the two residents who were so grateful and proud of themselves. The bikes were presented to the residents by a LOCAL REALITY TV star, Carl Owen, who was in the BBC show ‘Invasion of the Job Snatchers’. Carl then took the two lucky winners for a bike ride from Bournemouth Pier all the way to Poole and back! For full details on the press coverage please click here.

Finally we would like to thank ‘On Yer Bike‘ Charminster for donating the bikes, and Ian Govier our Chair Trustee for donating two bicycle repairs kits, should our residents have any mishaps!

Summer BBQ

P&G have kindly paid for the food at our resident’s summer BBQ in August. We held the BBQ in the garden of St John’s Lodge and invited all residents from all our properties to come. About 30 residents turned up and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere – not to mention the food too!

It really means a lot to us to be able to take the time to enjoy such occasions. It’s nice to enjoy the company of our residents outside the office aside from the usual ‘formal’ advice and guidance service.

Tucking in!

Tucking in!

Thank you once again P&G for making this happen, you have really been a tremendous help to our cause this year!

Procter & Gamble Makeover!

We would like to thank P&G for our newly decorated living room. On Thursday 15th May, four staff members from P&G (Emma Portnall, Helen Watts, Gail Sheppard and Chris Rylands) came to Hope Housing volunteering to revamp our living within St Johns Lodge, which is our main hostel for the homeless.

P&G Volunteers

We couldn’t have been more pleased and thankful for the work they achieved. With great skill they managed to decorate a feature wall with a forest theme as well as painting the remaining three walls in a light green colour which really compliments and adds to the effect of the feature wall. They also managed to repaint the ceiling and skirting boards. Furthermore they are now in the process of ordering some new furniture from IKEA.

Both our staff and residents are thrilled with what they have achieved for us.

Abbey Life Food Bank Appeal

We recently held a food bank appeal at the Abbey Life building in Bournemouth. We are so thankful to all the staff that were kind enough to bring food items from their homes to give to our vulnerable client group. Our clients have very little disposable income and many have to  severely ration their food expenses in order to get by. Having a stock of food can make the all the difference for new arrivals that seek our supported accommodation, especially for those that are far more vulnerable than others and can often turn up without any possessions at all. Both all of Hope’s staff and clients wish to thank Abbey Life again for their generosity.  

The Christmas Wind Down!

We are delighted to announce that both Proctor and Gamble (P&G) and Marks and Spencer (Poole Branch) launched a shoe box campaign over the Christmas period. As a result we received massive amounts of presents full of useful items for our vulnerable residents such as tooth brushes and tooth paste, shower gel, deodorant and shampoo. Both companies really went above and beyond and we thank their staff for taking the time for making this happen.

The Gang!

Santa and her helpers!

Successful Bid To The Contract Readiness Fund

We are pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded a significant donation from the SIB group to help us become more contract ready. The donation will be spent on organisational training focusing on the following elements:

• Strengthening governance and leadership
• Supporting the development of a management structure and systems
• Developing Hope’s existing ability to evaluate outcomes
• Training for staff and Trustees on understanding the commissioning and procurement agenda

After four years since our inception, Hope has grown into a robust organisation helping many people address their deep rooted issues and needs. Due to our experiences we feel we are now in a position to expand by taking on contracts with external suppliers and this fund will certainly help our chances in achieving this.

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