A Year of Hope: 2019
December 18, 2019
We have so much to shout about – here are our highlights as we look back on 2019!
We started regular visits to Bromyard, attending Bromyard Youth Club once a month – adding to our existing sessions in Hereford, Ross and Leominster.
The National Lottery Community Fund awarded us a grant of over £275,000 over four years and filmed a phenomenal video of our work while we were at the Back To The Wild Project, Hellens Manor. The grant will part fund our ‘Hope in Herefordshire’ service.
We began a big project with Hospice UK and started work in hospices including Great Oaks, where we used creative activities to help dispel the myths around death and dying.
Our amazing Advisory Group was set up and took part in talks with the National Institute of Health Research as well as playing a huge part in developing the new app which will hold Hope’s digital service, working very closely with Superbeing Labs.
We had loads of really successful small group activities and trips, including four ‘Hope On The Roads’, a four-day sailing trip around the Cornish coast and two summer residentials.
The lovely ladies from the Personnel team at Herefordshire and Ludlow College made blankets for a few of our families who have lost a loved one, incorporating the clothes of the person into the design.
Our Hike for Hope 2019 took on the Malverns end to end, raising a whopping £913.43 for Hope. Keep an eye out on our social media channels for news about our 2020 Hike!
Some staff and Y-Teamers were invited to breakfast with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
After receiving lots of enquiries, we responded to the demand and expanded our service in Herefordshire to include supporting 5-11 year olds.
We took on some brand new Y-Teamers and had an amazing day team-building with them, where they got to know each other and planned for exciting things ahead! Watch this space in the New Year for a blog with a new Y-Team member…
We were lucky enough to be presented to HRH The Prince of Wales when he came to Ross-on-Wye, and were also invited to discussions at YSS about collaboration in the charity sector, with HRH The Princess Royal.
We rounded the year off in style, with an incredible performance of Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ by some of our young people at the St. Michael’s Hospice Christmas ‘Light Up A Life’ event at Hereford Cathedral.
We feel so proud of how many things we’ve accomplished this year. Just a quick reminder that we can only do this vital work because of donations and grants, so if this blog gave you a bit of a warm, fuzzy feeling, then why not consider donating anything you can spare to help us carry on supporting young people in 2020?