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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.


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.


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!

Grant from the Cooperative Community Fund

The Co-Operative Community Fund

The Cooperative Community Fund

Hope Housing, Training and Support was awarded £2,000 as a contribution to help us fund our ‘Hope Academy’ – Back to Work Accredited Training Project.

Each course holds a class of 10 of our residents. The 10 will be identified according to their needs assessment and support planning. The course will be developed and accredited by The National Open College Network (NOCN). The clients that complete the course will receive 189 guided learning hours over a 12 week period including vocational placements. Their progress will be assessed and they will be awarded 21 credits for successful completion of all the modules. Our clients will be completing Level One or Level Two Training, dependant of their ability. These levels are comparable to:

  • – (Level 1) NVQ Level 1, GCSEs D-G and Foundation Diploma
  • – (Level 2) NVQ Level 2, GCSEs A* to C and Higher Diploma

The qualification is accepted and recognised by all colleges across the UK. These credits are transferable between training centres and contribute towards further qualifications. The National Open College Network (NOCN) is a leading UK awarding organisation, offering high quality, flexible, credit-based qualifications and is accredited by the Regulatory Authorities through the UK.

Course Modules

The course comprises 6 modules. Each module has learning outcomes and assessment criteria which our clients will complete earning a NOCN certificate worth 21 credits.  Examples of the modules content include:

1. Developing Personal Development Skills

Identify personal strengths and weaknesses – Acknowledge and assess their current life situation and relationships – Identify and record personal short term goals & produce an action plan for achieving these goals

2. Introduction to Team Work

Know and demonstrate what it is meant by a team – Confirm personal action points for ways to improve working with others in a future shared activity

3. Making Choices in Pursuit of Personal Goals

Show awareness of the practical implications of pursuing personal goals – Compile a detailed checklist of actions to action personal goals, including a timetable for completion

4. Assertive Living

Understand the need for time management and be able to implement – Know what stress is and demonstrate strategies for reducing it – Identify his/her self esteem needs and indicate how they can be met

5. Vocational Tasters

In order to pass the course clients will have to complete vocational placements of their choice which we will arrange – Clients will refresh practical working experiences within a workplace – this is great for the CV’s

6. Job Seeking

Outline skills necessary for job searching and composing a CV – Identify sources of information for job vacancies – Identify the essential details that should be included when applying for a job and how to sell themselves

Project Outcomes

Having learnt and passed the course we are confident of the following client outcomes:

– 10/10 clients will pass having gained a NOCN certificate level 1 or Level 2

– 10/10 clients will  progress to either college, volunteer work placements, apprenticeships or paid work

– Change to having positive attitudes, self belief & heightened sense of achievement

Hope Housing, Training and Support Open Day!

We are holding an open day on the 6th of September. If you would like to come, please feel free.

Open Day Poster

Please click to view the full size poster.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Naturesave Trust Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Nature Save Trust have awarded us a grant to afford a new Green House.

For all our vulnerable residents, in each of our properties we aim to encourage them to eat healthily. As a means to achieving this, we will grow fresh fruit and vegetables by growing and maintaining allotment plots for each garden.


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