Ageing Better Festival

On Wednesday 29 th September at the Town Hall Crypt, Middlesbrough, Ageing Better Middlesbrough launched the start of month-long Festival of Ageing Better.

During the month there are a variety of face to face events on offer to give people the opportunity to get out and about in the community again after lockdown restrictions eased.  This first event was a brilliant success with 90 members in attendance, a variety of local stalls from different local groups and organisations showcasing their activities.

The Hope Foundation’s Digital Device Library and furbdit were both there, alongside many other great organisations and projects such as Men’s TOFF Club, RNIB, Play list for Life and the Unicorn Centre.

The event was presented by Brian Rowcroft, from Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough, who introduced various Keynote Speakers from Public Health, Age Friendly Middlesbrough and ABMAG, also the Donette’s provided great entertainment throughout the day.

The members were invited to join in a fun chair-based exercise activity and we were thrilled to see all members participated, even the stall holders and staff joined in, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A fabulous day with a great lunch and good company.

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

We’re recruiting for cafe staff…

Hope has been here for people in Middlesbrough since 1995, providing opportunities for learning, access to technology, careers advice, volunteering opportunities and support.

Our aim is to reduce disadvantage, loneliness and isolation and help people recognise their potential – because they matter. With Hope’s help many local people have gained skills and qualifications, become volunteers, found employment and made friends.

You can also call us on 01642 232220 or email on info@hope-foundation.org.uk and we can email you an application pack or print one out.

We’re recruiting for Maths, English and ICT tutors…

Hope has been here for people in Middlesbrough since 1995, providing opportunities for learning, access to technology, careers advice, volunteering opportunities and support.

Our aim is to reduce disadvantage, loneliness and isolation and help people recognise their potential – because they matter. With Hope’s help many local people have gained skills and qualifications, become volunteers, found employment and made friends.

Bereavement Notification and Advice Service…

The Hope Foundation’s Ageing Better Wellbeing Team is working with Co-op Legal Services and Newcastle Building Society to offer support for bereaved family members.

Co-op bereavement services

2021 Photo Competition…

The competition

  • is free to enter
  • is open to Teesside residents only
  • is for the general public and amateur photographers only – no professionals please!
  • closes at midnight on Sunday 5th September

Entries

  • Must be made through https://form.jotform.com/212153368309353
  • Images cannot be more than 10MB
  • Must be your own photographs
  • Will be judged by Neil Bankhurst (Neil Bankhurst Photography) and Jo Booth (ABM), not Hope Foundation staff
  • May be used by the Hope Foundation for marketing or promotional purposes.

By entering the competition, you agree to The Hope Foundation using your photograph and your name and likeness for promotion and publicity.

There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.

Winners will be announced on Monday 13th September

Themes

True Teesside: prize 5hrs photography training from Neil Bankhurst Photography (equivalent £200)

My Middlesbroughprize a printed canvas donated by ABM

Free fundraising: Turn your clutter into donations for Hope…

Fundraising just got easier! Thanks to a little thinking outside the box, you can now donate your unwanted books, games, CDs and DVDs to support our work through Virgin Money Giving.

Download the Ziffit app to #DeclutterAndDonate and choose to donate to The Hope Foundation Limited at the checkout. Or you can simply drop your items off at our reception.

If you have items you’d like to donate but can’t get them to us, please give Jeanette a call on 01642 232220.

Hope 2 Work is back on Tuesdays and Thursdays…

We’re back with an all new Careers area.

 Drop in to find out about hot jobs and our Careers Advisors and volunteers will help you with your applications.
There’s free internet access too….
 We were busy during the lockdown and have a new space and IT equipment ready for you…

A huge thank you to Martin at Mayfield Insurance Brokers for the kind donation that paid for our fabulous flooring!

Free level 2 courses…

The Hope Foundation has teamed up with the Skills Network to offer free, accredited level 2 courses in:

  • childcare
  • business
  • health and social care
  • retail
  • health and wellbeing
  • and personal development.

Gain access to exciting and flexible distance learning content and learn when and where you like.
Our courses are interactive and engaging, and will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel.

Visit the website to find out more…

Jet Aire Services donate 15 computers

Jet Aire Services is helping to provide digital connectivity for Teesside households in need following a donation of fifteen computers to the Hope Foundation charity.

Working in partnership with Middlesbrough Collective, the Hope Foundation has launched a new initiative to source, collect and refurbish unwanted laptop and desktop devices from businesses and other organisations throughout the region. The Middlesbrough-based charity is distributing the computers to families and individuals who are suffering from a lack of access to digital resources at home. Jet Aire is supporting the programme with the purchase of a batch of brand-new Chromebook laptops to donate to the cause.
Jet Aire Services Managing Director, Darren Pavan, said:

“The pandemic has made us all appreciate the importance of digital connectivity as a basic need in our lives, providing a vital source of information and enabling us to maintain social relationships. Covid has brought society’s digital inequalities into sharp relief, particularly in education where many children and parents are unable to manage home schooling due to a lack of technology and online resources.

“With schools not expected to re-open until mid-March at the earliest, we approached Tees Valley Combined Authority to offer a donation. That’s how we got involved with the project being organised by the Hope Foundation, which is doing some excellent work to bridge the digital gap. We welcomed the opportunity to work with the charity and play our part in supporting their efforts in making a difference to our local community.”

Sue Kearney, CEO of the Hope Foundation, said:

“With links to schools and community groups in the region, the Hope Foundation is identifying people most in need. Middlesbrough Collective and Tees Valley Combined Authority have also helped us to connect with local businesses. We are extremely grateful to Jet Aire for stepping forward for their local community and providing these brand-new laptops at a time when digital resources are needed more than ever.”

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