Hope for young people

overcoming challenges, making positive life choices and fulfilling potential

About Us

 

Hope’s Place is a Christian-based charity established in 2004 to encourage emotional wholeness and healing in young people through group work, mentoring and conflict transformation. Our courses are designed to build self-esteem and resilience and facilitate emotional and spiritual wellbeing in young men and women. We measure our impact statistically, using before and after questionnaires and results (see under Impact) have shown convincing signs of improvement, while teachers have commented on tangible improvements in the youngsters who have been in our groups.

Hope’s Place works with young people, aged 10-18 years, who are struggling with the challenges that many young people face.  These students, who attend voluntarily, are initially identified by their school as those failing to reach their potential due to low confidence, emotional problems, social withdrawal, relationship difficulties and/or challenging behaviour.  The failure arises from a mix of adverse circumstances such as family disruption/looked after children, abuse and/or neglect, ill health, parental ill health or substance misuse and bullying.  Academic potential is not fulfilled along with a lack of hope, of aspiration and of the confidence to make the most of opportunities available to them. 

Hope’s Place works with these young people to raise their self-esteem and encourage resilience i.e. the capacity to overcome adversity and cope with challenges without manifesting mental health or behavioural problems

Funding for our courses is always a challenge. We are supported by trusts and individuals, although both face many competing bids for their funds, so we do ask schools to contribute to the cost of our courses. As the Old Testament says, “Thus far the Lord has helped us”, or in other words, “So far, so good!” 

 

There has been real evidence of change within the girls. I know some of them very well and have seen them grow in confidence, especially when speaking and being able to support others Teacher

A Secondary School, Bristol

Hope’s Place has been the most consistent, long established support agency working with young people in our school.  We really value the unique service they provide. Senior Teacher

A Secondary School, Bristol

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