“He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” - Luke 4 : 18
It is so exciting what God is doing in and for our community. He has set a fresh vision for us as a church and we are more expectant than ever to see people impacted as we look to launch and relaunch our Community Projects. Some of our Community Programmes include:
BefriendingThis service is about building trust and friendship into the everyday, remembering we all need someone who will go the extra mile. We support people who may feel lonely or isolated through telephone calls and we also help those who may just need extra support with the day-to-day.
Hope Hampers FoodbankWe are partnering with Network Church to set up a foodbank, which will be based in the building and run alongside our Community Grocery. This is a means tested service which aims to help those in need across our city.
Polka Dots PlaygroupOur playgroups are there to provide a space for children and the families of our local community to come together to feel happy, confident and secure. We will be running groups that are filled with arts and crafts, story and song time and a huge range of toys and games for everyone to get involved with.
Jigsaw CaféThis is our coffee afternoon for over 55s. It’s about coming together, doing activities, encouraging new skills, building relationships and to help you know that you are loved and valued. This is all done within a cafe community space over a cup of tea and slice of cake!
Alpha CaféThis will run alongside our Alpha evenings. The Alpha Cafe will meet in the day and be a space for people to meet in a group and ask those big questions of life over a cuppa and a treat.
MeganurserySince opening in 2003, Sheffield based childcare provider Meganursery has been at the heart of the city – providing high quality early years education and childcare for children aged 12 weeks to 5 years.
The Community Grocery
An initiative created by The Message Trust in September 2020 as a long-term response to tackling food poverty, a devastating issue that has become a national conversation thanks to campaigning from high profile people like Marcus Rashford.
We know that many households in our local community have been feeling the financial impact of Covid-19 and so The Message Trust is partnering with the foundation to bring the Community Grocery to Sheffield! It will be located here in The Hope Centre so that local residents on either low or no income can come and get the shopping they need for themselves and their family at a fraction of the cost they would pay elsewhere (only £3 per shop which could get you up to £50 worth of food). Using surplus items from supermarkets as well as donations from businesses we are also helping to reduce food waste. Not only this, but all our members will have access to a range of free support services such as job clubs, debt relief support, counselling, Alpha and much more.
The initiative has been hugely successful so far with 1,300 households becoming members in the first few months at our first location in Manchester with 360 people registering for debt relief courses and 350 for mental health support. We’ve also had an impact in protecting our environment by saving over 120 tonnes of surplus food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
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And we are also partnering with The Message Trust to open and run a Community Grocery which will be available throughout the week. If you would like to find out more about accessing these projects or how you can get involved as a volunteer, then please get in touch.