On Friday 13th December Bob and Bea visited the HOPE Family Centre in Bromyard. They were met by the Head of the Centre Aisling Hurney who took them on a tour of the Centre where they saw the wonderful work being carried out by staff and volunteers. They met staff, volunteers and users of the Centre during a fascinating and very enjoyable afternoon.
HOPE is a small, independent charity which started in a disused, graffiti walled magistrates court in February 1999 with just two families and a volunteer. 14 years later it has raised in excess of £2 million and operates from the Bromyard purpose built Family Centre. HOPE provides care, support, education and training for children, young people, adults and their families through nursery, family support, adult training courses and student placements.
As well as this, a number of local classes, clubs and groups meet at HOPE which include Weightwatchers, Lighter Life, Patchwork, Extend your Health, Camera Club, Yoga, Pilates, to name but a few. Their workshop facilities are home to several small local enterprises, including furniture upcycling, a hairdresser and a dressmaker. The HOPE Centre also provide office space for anyone wanting to hot desk as well as a meeting room / conference room with full facilities.
Local services such as the Midwife, Health Trainers and Health visitors hold regular clinics at the Centre.