About The Hope Centre
Our vision is to help our clients, at whatever stage they come to us, to recover and live their lives to their full potential through appropriate support and advice, but most of all by offering Christian hospitality, friendship and hope.
The Hope Centre was started in November 2007 by Sally Maclean and Geraldine Clark, members of Minehead Baptist Church. Sally and Geraldine began by engaging with a group who frequently used to spend their days in a local park, and over a period of time building up a rapport with them through offering hot meals and drinks and listening to their needs and concerns.
From this The Hope Centre was born. The Hope Centre now uses the Baptist Church hall each week. Volunteers give their time, offering hot meals, drinks, showering and clothes washing facilities. We provide practical assistance to clients to help them rebuild their lives and get them back on track. Through this work, a number of clients have realised the negative effects of their past behaviour and have taken steps forward.
Every day is a gift, that is why we call it the present.
A wide range of support is offered, such as making doctors’ appointments, speaking to housing officers or others on behalf of clients, accompanying clients to appointments and sourcing clothing, furniture and household effects for those who have made a fresh start in accommodation of their own. Some clients have been introduced to projects or courses designed to lift them out of their present situation and give them self-respect and purpose in life.
In addition, we also offer constructive activities, crafts, games or trips out and can give advice and support.
In the years of operation, we have been able to form relationships of trust and respect with our clients. We have noticed changes in their behaviour and self esteem. Some who just sat, now socialise and use the craft and games facilities. We have actively encouraged those who are looking for accommodation and jobs. Also some have made very positive changes in their lives and are reaping the benefits.