Welcome to the work of hope trust. We are a local Christian charity serving Felixstowe and the surrounding area, working with people aged 50+, however our Christian heritage should not be seen as a barrier; we work with people who need us, regardless of faith or ethnicity. Currently our major focus is on the relief of loneliness and our aim is to encourage people to come out of their homes, into a welcoming and relaxed setting, where they can meet up and chat with others; finding new communities and groups of people to connect with.
To find out more visit the About Us page.
You are what you do, not what you say you'll do. CG Jung
It’s easy to stand at the front of a group and say ‘we will do this’ and ‘we will do that’ but when you look at the detail, the nuts and bolts of how, where, when and who, the challenge really starts! So for us as a local charity we have said we have an ambition to ‘Explore potential links between younger / older people’ an ambition that seems huge! Yet, taking time to reflect and discuss about this ambition has prompted us to consider linking up something we know will work for older people, who need more company at the weekend, with this new ambition. That’s why we will explore whether we can get young people to volunteer to greet, seat, serve and chat with older people at our monthly Sunday lunch, while we cook and serve the meal from the kitchen. We know older people can feel alone more keenly at the weekend, we have been told it is a time when it can seem as if everyone else is with someone, walking down the high street, sitting in a coffee shop or chatting over lunch in a restaurant, which is why our new monthly lunch hascome into being. Being invited to lunch, to meet up and chat with other people who are also alone seems like a good thing to do so we will let you know if this idea works, but for now, we are taking words from a planning document and, hopefully, turning them into a reality that suits the needs of the people we serve.