Transforming the atmosphere of this city
In May 2011 we opened The Hope Centre, located in Curzon Street just opposite our Church.
To tackle poverty experienced by individuals, young people, single parents & families in our local community, helping to restore personal dignity.
To support the most vulnerable within our communities, through 1-2-1 support, directing to other agencies and challenging wrong decisions.
To provide a safe & welcoming environment for individuals to grow and face the daily challenge of difficult situations.
Our services support people in crisis including young people, the elderly, low-income families, children, single parents, refugees and asylum seekers of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds living in poverty. These services currently include our Food Bank, Hope Store, Lunch Club for over 50’s, Jumping Jacks (under 4’s) & a Weekly Drop-in for individuals in need of tailored 1-2-1 support, Job Club and Debt Advice Service
Conveniently situated at the heart of Derby City Centre, the Hope Centre offers a variety of recently refurbished and modern rooms to hire. Whether you require a spacious room for a conference or are looking for a small and discreet meeting room, it is the perfect environment in which to engage, collaborate and do business. All rooms have wheelchair access.
Our food bank seeks to provide a three day food parcel for those who are in need. We gave away 3130 food parcels between September and May 2015. That’s and average of 63 food parcels a week. This figure is just over 600 food parcels more than 2014.
When we analyse the numbers for people listed on the vouchers we can see that the 3130 food parcels were given away to 1378 different people presenting at the door with a voucher. Our vouchers often represent a number of people present within one family. This means that over the last nine months 6000 different mouths have been fed for the 3 day period that a food parcel lasts for. The statistic that continues to concern us is that one third of those being fed are under the age of 16.
Our weekly Drop-in on a Friday, which we run alongside the food bank is providing between 40-50 lunches a week and supporting individuals with various needs that they request assistance with.
We receive our food from different places around Derby – individuals, schools, businesses, churches and other charities all contribute to helping people in crisis. We are thankful for any donation, whether it be food (long shelf life and in date) or money – the more we receive, the better we can ensure we can fill the food parcels all year round. If you are a company, why not partner with us and have one of our food bank boxes in your office? For a list of the food we need click here or for more information just get in touch.
People in need of food can pick up a food voucher from a number of agencies within Derby. We operate on a voucher system only. The food bank is open on Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm and Fridays from 10:30am-1pm each week.
Our Hope Store seeks to provide good quality donated clothing, toiletries, and kitchen equipment to those assessed as being in need of this service. People in need of items can book an appointment and pick up a Hope Store voucher from a number of agencies within Derby. The Hope Store is open weekly on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm. Access to this service is on a quarterly basis. We operate on a voucher and appointment system only.
The Hope Store supports the vulnerable within out communities, through 1-2-1 support, directing to other agencies and challenging. We provide essential household and clothing items to a wide range of people in crisis including young people, the elderly, low-income families, children, single parents, refugees and asylum seekers of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds living in poverty and those fleeing domestic violence.
Currently we are serving from 10-20 customers a week and as you can imagine, as quickly as items come in they go out again. We would just like to say a big thank you to all of you who have donated to us over the past year.
Our aim at the Hope Store is to restore dignity to those who are in a crisis situa on and we try and achieve this through all that we do – from how we talk with people to what we give. This means we only give new and nearly new items with no stains or holes or anything that is dirty. This is a really important aspect of what we do as we believe that everyone should feel loved and respected and this is just one way of doing this.
Your donations are very much appreciated. Please click this link to see a list of items we are currently in need of.
Drop In service – Our 10-1pm Friday session is for those in need of basic support in addressing issues surrounding their need to access the Food Bank or Hope Store. Free Drink and a listening ear available.
Happy Days – Our Thursduay lunch clb for the over 50′s. It’s a great place to meet up with friends and spend a few leisurely hours in good company. Tea and coffee is served from 10am with time for table games and an opportunity to chat. At 12 noon we sit down for a short life message and enjoy a meal together costing £3.50 per person. In the afternoon we have a guest to entertain or inform the group and finish around 2:00pm.
Jumping Jacks – A Parent and Toddler group which meets every Tuesday during term time from 10am-12pm. Jumping Jacks is a great place for meeting up with friends and making new ones. It gives opportunity for parents and carers to spend time with their children in a warm and friendly environment. Kids can enjoy story time, songs and fun activities.
Talk it Over – A pregnancy options and loss support, offer free pregnancy testing, confidential support and information regarding pregnancy options and post-abortion support. Talk it over is affiliated to CareConfidential and all services are free of charge. If you would like to get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Club – information coming soon
Debt Advice – The Hope Centre is an official Debt Advice Centre. We are a registered with Community Money Advice, who support and work alongside us. This means we can support individuals who access the Food Banks and Hope store to address their debt related issues.