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.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see (Mark Twain)
At a recent Trustees meeting one of the Trustees shared a useful tip, suggesting that we record anecdotal feedback of things that people, who attend Hope Trust events, say, write or email that might otherwise be forgotten. Thus a weekly diary note reminds us both ‘anything to add to anecdotal record book?’ What a joy! This simple piece of advice, designed to help organisations capture the value of what they do in a different way to hard data like the number of people attending an event has proved to be an enormous encouragement to us as we work with and for older people in and around Felixstowe.
Suddenly we realise just how often the people we, and our volunteers, work with say thank you; thank you for a home cooked meal, thank you for company instead of the same 4 walls staring back, thank you for helping our Mum as she faces a tough time, thank you for visiting the home, thank you for the service it’s a real highlight for me, thank you for this new game – it’s really made me use my brain! As each comment is recorded a warm glow develops, this glow is rekindled when the book is re-read after a difficult visit, a tough day or an abrupt change to someone’s health is disclosed. Reading these comments, recorded for just a couple of months now, is a real joy and motivator to keep on, keeping on. It is because of this experience that the Mark Twain quote really resonated with us when we read it; we would say that whatever language is used, we have evidence that it works!
Chatting with an elderly relative recently about what they had been watching on TV revealed that they were enthused about Wimbledon and much less enthusiastic about the Euro 16 football and not just because England didn’t do as well as hoped! Love it or loathe it, sport is everywhere this summer – with the Olympics just around the corner hotly followed 8 days later by the start of the new football season. Some of you will be blissfully happy about this sporting onslaught others will be reaching for a DVD box set so you don’t have to watch even a moment of it. Either way it’s happening and there is little we can do to stop it but a lot we can do to either engage or disengage with it.
For us here at Hope Trust we are going with the flow; that means showing a sporting themed film at our film event on August 26th (10am-12noon here at Maidstone Hall) – all welcome. We’ll also encourage as many people as we can to get moving and join in something, whether it’s the weekly exercise class that Activlives run at Walton Community Hall every Tuesday morning or something else. Our afternoon tea planned for 22nd August may be full of sandwiches and cake, but it will give people a chance to share how their summer of viewing is going, or not!
You see for Hope Trust, success is all about connecting with people where they are, talking about what matters to them, what’s going on in their lives at this moment and whether that is sport, or something way more serious like the meaning of life, we seek to be a listening ear, a place where they can find the right next step; to be hope bringers not joy stealers. Everything we do is open to any older person who may wish to join in and who knows, you might even enjoy it!