New flooring

A huge thank you to Martin at  Mayfield Insurance Brokers  for the kind donation that paid for the fabulous flooring in our Careers area. It opened in June 2021.

After hearing our plans to create an open reception and work club area and that we hadn’t quite raised enough to finance the whole project, Martin kindly stepped in and paid for all the fabulous flooring. We’re really pleased with the finished result and huge thanks to Martin for his kind donation that meant the work was finished in style!

Virgin Volunteers

On 13th  September, fourteen Virgin media staff came and spent the day at Hope, on loan from Virgin, to volunteer for us!

They made a huge difference inside and outside of the Hope building! They car park wall and fence which had seen better days has been completely repainted. They tidied, weeded and washed outside of the building. They power washed the steps front and back. They also demonstrated their joinery skills in the demolition of furniture and cupboards that were no longer needed as well as completing other tasks in the centre and outside. The centre looks like new!

Thank you, Virgin media for your support and thank you so much to the Virgin staff who really mucked in and did some great work. We’re really grateful and are really looking forward to seeing you again and again!

Photography competition

We had many brilliant entries this year that really captured the heart of Teesside, it was an almost impossible job for our judges, Jo (ABM) and Neil Bankhurst (Neil Bankhurst Photography) to pick the winners!

The presentation was held in the Courtroom at Middlesbrough Town Hall and David, from Hope’s Digital Team, joined the 2 judges to present the prizes. We had some great entries from some budding photographers from The Linx Project Hemlington Photography Group. They did so well we invited them to the presentation to recognise the amazing work they have been doing over the summer and to congratulate Lily, winner of the ‘Most Talented Newcomer’ category.

The True Teesside category winner, John, very kindly donated his 5hrs Photography Training to the Linx Project Photography group which was a wonderful gesture.

The winners are:

True Teesside: John Dilworth’;s Trip to the Seaside – winning 5hrs training with Neil Bankhurst Photography

My Middlesbrough – Janette Ruddock’s ‘Iconic Structures’; – winning a printed canvas of her photo

Most Talented Newcomer – Lily from The Linx Project’s Coatham Beach Redcar – winning 2hrs training with Neil Bankhurst Photography and a printed canvas of her photo

This summer’s awards

The Hope Foundation has had a busy summer! We had no less then four nominations for two different awards ceremonies!

First up was the Tees Tech Awards. We were finalists in the Tech for Good category for our work
setting up furbdit,  a partnership working to reduce digital poverty. Furbdit collects unwanted devices and IT equipment, refurbishes it and breathes new life into it to give out in the community. We collect laptops, tablets, phones, PCs – anything that can still be used and have already worked with the South Tees Paediatric Diabetes Team, Step Forward Tees Valley and are looking forward to doing even more with your donation.

Next up was the Tees Valley Civic Awards. The Hope Foundation won the business award for Helping People Learn, for our work during covid. We loaned devices and data to many of our learners so we could continue delivering courses and people could continue learning and gain qualifications, even when they couldn’t get into centre. For some, these devices were also a lifeline for keeping in touch with friends and family and being able to look after their own health online.

Our careers advisor, Kim, was also finalist in two categories: Helping People Learn and Improving Job Opportunities.

After such a difficult year it was amazing to be invited to both events and see we’re a part of great things going on in Middlesbrough