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Hope Open/Thank you Day

Wednesday 10 September was Hope’s Open Day. We wanted to also make the occasion a chance for us to give thanks to all the people and organisations we work with that make the work we do possible. A big ‘Thank You’ went out to all the agencies we use to signpost our residents as well as the local businesses and charitable trusts that donate to our cause.

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Some of the highlights included 2 residents undertaking the huge task of cooking and serving delicious lentil curry and apple and sultana cakes for desert – which everyone really enjoyed. We had DJ Bizzy on the decks providing musical entertainment, a bike give away and of course an obligatory raffle – top prize was £100 worth of vouchers for Brittany Ferries! We also had one of our residents give a public speech to all our guests. It was very touching to hear his story.

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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!!

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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!

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.

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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.

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope grown by the children of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School ,the project helping grow plants from seeds for the Hope garden .Some of the pupils have been growing seeds and planting them so residents at the hostel can grow their own food.
Julie Berti,at Hope, said :”Not only is it a form of exercise for the children and it gets them out in the fresh air ,but there also a strong sense of achievement because they can see something grow.”