Thank you!

“Thank you for the hampers I received. They have made a huge difference to me and my children’s Christmas. My cupboards are full for the first time in months. You are angels in disguise… You probably don’t know what you’ve done for me.”

Real Life Stories and Testimonials

Many of the people who come through the doors of the Hope Centre are having a very difficult time and often have little hope that their situation will change. Through the work of Hampers of Hope we are able to support people in turning their lives around and giving them hope. Below, three people who feel their lives have been transformed by Hampers of Hope share their stories.

*Names have been changed.

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Terry* was referred to the Hope Centre by Job Centre Plus to help him secure employment. As a young adult, he confessed to feeling quite nervous about coming into a new situation with people a lot older than him but describes being made welcome and quickly making friends. He made the most of the opportunities the Hope Centre offered him and was very diligent in his search for work. Our job coaches helped him to update his CV “to make it more professional” and he soon found agency work as a trolley operative at Tesco.

Terry now has a permanent full time position with Tesco and is enjoying the outdoor life and meeting new people. His friendly and helpful disposition make him ideally suited to working with the general public. By doing the Money Management Course Terry is also better equipped to manage his new earnings. He feels he has “made a start in life” and his advice to others who are struggling is “don’t be nervous” (about coming to the Hope Centre) they really can help you and you will go far” – as we all believe Terry will.

Helen* is a young lady with Asperger’s Syndrome, who was brought to a Hope Centre by her mother as she was unhappy and feeling rejected having not fitted in at the job where she was working and her mother thought it would help her to regain her confidence if she could ‘help out’ in an accepting atmosphere. After a few months of attending Hope Centre Helen’s mother told us that Helen is a changed person and the atmosphere at home has improved immensely. Helen has now found a part time job which she is enjoying.

The letter to the left was written by Helen prior to moving from the area into a supported living scheme.

Trevor* a man in his 60s first attended a Hope Centre on 21st January 2017, having been given a flyer and encouraged to come by staff at Job Centre Plus. His genuine attempts to find work were hampered by his complete lack of IT skills. One of our volunteers (who was previously a service user who went on to train as an ‘IT Champion’ on a course run by Cheshire East) helped him to complete job applications. He has since gone on to complete a computer training course.

Our employment advisor from the charity ‘Careers Direct’ helped him to produce a CV and his job application and subsequent interview with Co-op Foods in Wilmslow was successful and he began work there at the beginning of May. This was especially pleasing as the Co-op has been so supportive of our Food Bank and a grant from their Community Fund is helping to pay for the 400+ hampers we expect to deliver at Christmas. We knew they would have an excellent employee in Trevor.

Trevor has been able to maintain contact with the friends he made at the Hope Centre as his very early shift allows him to attend and continue to give us the tremendous practical support he brought to the Hope Centre from the first day he arrived. He even came straight from work to spend the afternoon washing up at a recent fundraising event. Trevor’s score on the Warwick-Edinburgh Well-being scale increased by 36 points out of 70 since first attending Hope Centre. It is stories such as this that confirm that we need to keep doing what we are doing and never give up, even in the most unpromising situations.

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Canned vegetables, fruit, meat, soups, tinned pies, pasta, rice, dried fruit, nuts, instant snacks, jars of sauces, jams & spreads, tea, coffee, UHT milk, sugar, long life juices, cereals & Christmas food stuffs.

No alcohol

Hampers of Hope Relieving Poverty, restoring dignity & reviving hope

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Real Life Stories