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Visit to the HOPE Family Centre in Bromyard

This week I was invited to have a look around the HOPE Family Centre in Bromyard by Centre Worker, Jo Evans.  Although a local I did not know that such a fantastic community facility existed.

Jo told me that the centre started out as the brainchild of Sheenagh Davis with a vision to assist families in need.  From a church hall mother and toddler group it has now developed into a centre providing support, education and training for families, enabling access to information on housing, debt, breast feeding support, difficult childhood behaviour issues or just someone to talk to at a difficult time.  As well as providing access to the wider community for group activities and training.

The HOPE Child Contact Centre provides a neutral place for separated and divorced families to meet in a warm and relaxed setting. It is also a certified supervised contract centre.

The family room is designed for informal groups to meet such as the Baby Days Group, a drop in group for parents and carers of babies from birth to walking.

The multi-sensory room provides an environment for babies and children to explore their senses or simply relax with your child in a gentle sensory stimulating environment.  I would have happily stayed in there all day.

In addition, there is a great café open to the public and the coffee is really good!

The H.O.P.E. Centre describes itself as coming from the community for the community and it certainly is.  From what I could see it offers something for children, young people, adults and their families from the local community
 
As a small independent charity it is of course reliant on donations. Lanyon Bowdler were delighted to make a donation to the Centre towards their money raising efforts for a soft play area for their early years group and I look forward to seeing it in action. However, they still have some way to go to raise the funds.

 If you would like to make a donation or find out more about the Centre email JEvans@hopefamilycentre.co.uk or visit their website at www.hopefamilycentre.org

If anyone has a new shed going spare it would be greatly appreciated!

L-R Jo Evans, HOPE Centre Worker with Lucy Small