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volunteer improvement programme

Our 2011 Client Volunteer of the year Julia

Well, our Volunteer Improvement Programme funded by the Big Lottery has been running for a year now and what a busy year it’s been! The project has gone very well to date with 61 of our clients accessing some volunteering activities. It’s been very rewarding working so closely with them and being able to show the benefits volunteering can have on themselves and the centre. As our clients begin their journey in volunteering very quickly their thoughts turn to the impact they have on other service users at the centre. When they are in their volunteering role they do not see themselves as the ones needing help but as someone who can offer help and support to their peer group. This year we will be working towards achieving the ‘Investing in Volunteering’ quality mark. This is the

UK quality standard good practice in volunteer management and will be a great achievement for the centre. 2011 saw a great start to the project and I am really pleased to have been asked to provide a reference for 6 of our volunteers who have gone on to gain employment. Hopefully our volunteers, from whichever background, when they are ready leave the Hope Centre do so with some wonderful cherished memories of their time here. Volunteering changes lives and develops experiences and I am keen to continue to develop new experiences and motivate others as our project moves into its second year.

‘I feel very humbled that me, a client can be asked my opinion by another service user’ a client buddy

‘All my life I’ve been told I’m no good and always give in. I’ve been volunteering now for 8 months and I’m really proud of myself’ client volunteer


Full Time Fundraising Manager £25,000pa & Part Time Community Fundraisers 18 hours £9,360pa (£18,720 pro rata) a commitment to excellence... This is a very exciting time for The Hope Centre as we move into our new building in Northampton and deliver a significant expansion of the services we provide to clients. We are seeking talented individual Fundraiser to work together on achieving the fundraising plan agreed by the Trustees over the next three years. Applicants for these roles should be happy to work directly with out clients, bright and committed, with experience of fundraising. See for full details of our work and to download Job Descriptions and Person Profiles. All roles are subject to enhanced CRB checks. Please send CV to Richard Appleby, Northampton Hope Centre, PO Box 472, Northampton, NN1 3ZY. 01604 602456 e: - Deadline for applications is 9th March 2012. Reg Charity No. 1015743

Be part of our team... we need your help... For more information on our latest vacancies visit our volunteer page on our website. Sarah 01604 602456 or e mail

quarterlyquote... Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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marvelous richness of human experience would lose “ The something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. Northampton Hope Cenre PO Box 472,Northampton NN1 3ZY contact us on 01604 602456




Ivana is on placement at The Hope Centre from the University of Northampton. She is doing a foundation degree in Health and Social care. She is being mentored by our Training Co-ordinator, Helen, so as part of her role in the centre she has been getting involved with activities and workshops. She has organised a healthy eating discussion group and she has also facilitated a Slovakian cookery lesson. She has been a valuable addition to the Hope Centre team. Most recently Ivana has been responsible for organising a ‘Las Vegas themed day’.

This was followed by a free lunch courtesy of a team from Barclaycard. Only chocolate and cardboard poker chips exchanged hands!

Ivana encouraged client engagement with the preparations for the day, making decorations and such like. Over night the Hope Centre was transformed into Las Vegas. The day involved casino games such as black jack and roulette, a bingo game, a quiz and a human fruit machine.

Well done to Ivana for not only Las Vegas day but for all everything she has helped with whilst being on placement with us. She has been a friendly, supportive, motivated individual and we wish her every success in her future.

Everyone seemed to get into the spirit of things with costumes and face painting. We had Elvis music playing and a few people showed us their moves. It was a fun filled day. Ivana said “People really enjoyed the day, including me and there was lots of positive feedback. I’ve enjoyed my time here and feel part of the team. I would definitely be up for organising something similar in the future”.

Our patrons: The Rt Hon Earl Spencer, DL, Sally Keeble. The Right Reverend Peter Doyle Bishop of Northampton

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“a fun filled day”

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by Helen Harris

sleepout Our biggest Sleepout EVER was a roaring success on Friday 3rd February. Over 100 of our supporters from all over the County joined us to spend the night in St Giles Churchyard. As temperatures plummeted to -8c, the coldest night of the year at that point, we were also joined by John Griff from BBC Radio Northampton, Callum Jones from the Northampton Chronicle & Echo and even a reporter from BBC Look East! But when all the hard work was done when all the media had gone home to their beds....we couldn’t have run the Sleepout with the support of 7 amazing volunteers from St Giles Church who stayed up all night, keeping everyone supplied with hot drinks and snacks, patrolling the churchyard every 30 minutes to make sure everyone was ok and generally looking after everyone. Thank you so much to Annetta, Mal, David, Caroline, Cilla, Alison and James for all their hard work in making this Sleepout the best one ever!

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To try to explain how cold it actually was that night is very difficult, but to say that we usually wake up to a frost but this year there was a hard frost before 10pm shows how brave everyone was. As we walked around the churchyard before 10pm there was layer of frost all over the empty sleeping bags – really not the best way to get a good night’s sleep! So it was the biggest and the coldest Sleepout so far and we handed out an entire van load of extra clothing and bedding trying to help people to keep warm.....only 4 out of around 110 people had to leave due to the extreme cold, so we have to say a huge thank you and well done to everyone who managed to see the night out.....there were some very very cold feet by 6am on Saturday morning! The sponsor money is still coming in but it looks as if we will beat our target and raise around £20,000. Thank you so much to everyone involved for making it another great event. We are looking forward to an even bigger (hopefully slightly warmer!) night next year.

art exhibition...

We have a weekly art group here at the Hope Centre. They meet every Tuesday morning. The group is facilitated by volunteers, artist Lee Burrows, Helene Kluger-Langer and Maureen Andrew. Participants are given the opportunity to complete art projects guided by the facilitators in relation to art techniques and guidance or they can use the session to simply express themselves using a variety of art materials. Throughout January the art group have been exhibiting their work at the Circle Café, at the Northampton Jesus Centre. Thank you to the Jesus Centre for allowing us to everyone who supported this exhibition. The exhibition saw lots of visitors and 10 paintings were sold. We also held a VIP evening, with many of the artist present to share their inspiration. We all enjoyed a tasty buffet, provided by Hope Enterprises. Hope enterprises, a partnership social enterprise, offers a variety of affordable menus through their catering arm. For more information visit: Having an event like this is great for all those involved. It gives the client artists a sense of achievement and pride in the artwork they have produced. We hope to do another one later in the year.

christmas 2011 Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Christmas Appeal this year. We were over whelmed by the generosity of so many people from the local community who supported our appeal in so many ways.....all over the town you got involved in carol singing, school mufti-days, pub collections, nativity plays, church services, concerts, wearing fancy dress to work, cake sales and many more. The total raised by all your hard work and generous giving was an amazing £28,900! In addition to covering the cost of Christmas here at the Hope Centre, this also represents around 6 weeks running costs so will ensure that we are here for our clients throughout the coldest time of the year. At a time when everyone is having to tighten their belts and many charities are struggling, once again, we give thanks for the wonderful support we continue to receive from the people, schools, churches and businesses of Northampton.

strictly come dancing... Things got extremely glamorous in Syresham in December when Katie Tyler and her dance partner Matt Haddy took part in the Astwell Benefice Strictly Come Dancing competition. Katie and Matt danced the Jive, Waltz and a freestyle dance in front of a live audience and a panel of judges in the competition that ran over two nights. They raised over £1,000 for the Hope Centre and we would just like to say a big thank you to both Katie and Matt for their support and very well done on their performances. I don’t think we have ever seen such a wonderfully glamorous fundraiser! Thanks also to Katie’s mum, Terry, who is one of our brilliant volunteers.

spring 2012


by Debbie Galton

text donations We are now able to accept text donations, making it even quicker and easier to donate or to collect sponsorship if you are fundraising for us.

Just text NNHC11 plus the amount you want to donate to 70070. Itʼs free to text and we receive the money directly through our Just Giving account.


support hour Thursday’s 1pm till 2pm is support hour. Support hour is a drop-in service operating from our computer suite. A staff member and volunteers are at hand to support people with computer, internet and job related enquiries. Support hour kicked off at the start of February. In just three sessions we’ve so far helped four people set up an email account, two people write a CV, two people sign up for online courses and two people apply for jobs. We hope this is just the very start at that more people will access Support hour in the future.

You can now donate money to us or set up a sponsorship page for an event using the Justgiving website:

Oasis Spring 2012  

Northampton Hope Centre newsletter

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