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. Faith underlies all that we do, but we do not use our courses as a platform for evangelism. From an original focus on issues surrounding teenage pregnancy, we have expanded our courses to cover many more areas of life. Our educational programmes are designed to build self-esteem and resilience and facilitate emotional and spiritual literacy 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.
Because we employ three facilitators we have to meet our costs. We do this by asking schools to contribute and are grateful for the support of churches, individuals and trusts. Schools are hard up, trusts have many worthwhile competing bids for their funds and churches also have financial difficulties, but “Ebenezer”, as the Old Testament says, “Thus far the Lord has helped us”, or in other words, “So far, so good!”