The Hope Centre needs YOUR help to help local people in need

 

 

What do we do?

The Hope Centre is a local charity supporting local people at their point of need. This may be giving people food, feeding the homeless, providing bedding, furniture, household goods and much needed clothing. We also provide a housing support drop-in service, one to one reading and writing support, job search, form filling, computers, IT support, advocacy, befriending, a daily drop in and friendship. We serve everyone, all ages, all backgrounds, all lifestyles no age limit everyone is welcome at The Hope Centre.

How can YOU help?

We are self-funded and our charity shop serves to fund our work. Currently we are in need of good quality new and nearly new clothing, good quality furniture, food and volunteers to join our team.

Donate an item

Please when you are thinking of clearing out your wardrobe… think local! Our shop supports locally and all money goes towards the running of the centre and the services we provide. Please think local. The Hope Centre really can’t work without YOUR support. When you donate an item to support us, please be assured everything you donate goes towards supporting your local community and the people who live in it.

Give your time and make a difference?

Do you have the time to give a few hours in our shop/centre? We need your support and all our services are volunteer/community led, we do not have any paid workers.

Our shop is our lifeline – come and support our super shop in the Cornbow Centre

We are looking for volunteers to help in the shop including on a Saturday. Why don’t you come along and meet new friends whilst supporting your community. You would be sorting and steaming stock, and serving customers, so why not do something you are passionate about, develop new skills and gain great experience. We look forward to meeting you!!!

Do you enjoy helping people?

We urgently need volunteers to help in a variety of roles at our centre in Halesowen.  Whatever your skills or time commitments, you will certainly have something to offer to our volunteer team.

Are you up for some heavy lifting?

We are in urgent need of male volunteers to do heavy lifting, picking up items of furniture etc. in the van and delivering items.

Are you perfect with a paintbrush or raring to go with a roller? 

We have a few families who cannot decorate their homes, so they need people to help them decorate to help make their homes somewhere nice to live rather than bare walls.

We need YOUR support

Please get in touch

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/hopecentrehalesowen/

Email:            hopecentre@hotmail.com

OPP OF THE DAY – Are you perfect with a paintbrush or raring to go with a roller? 

Are you perfect with a paintbrush or raring to go with a roller? 

We have a few families who cannot decorate their homes, so they need people to help them decorate to help make their homes somewhere nice to live rather than bare walls.

What do we do?

The Hope Centre is a local charity supporting local people at their point of need. This may be giving people food, feeding the homeless, providing bedding, furniture, household goods and much needed clothing. We also provide a housing support drop-in service, one to one reading and writing support, job search, form filling, computers, IT support, advocacy, befriending, a daily drop in and friendship. We serve everyone, all ages, all backgrounds, all lifestyles no age limit everyone is welcome at The Hope Centre.

Please get in touch

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/hopecentrehalesowen/

Email:            hopecentre@hotmail.com

OPP OF THE DAY – Are you up for some heavy lifting?

Are you up for some heavy lifting?

We are in urgent need of male volunteers to do heavy lifting, picking up items of furniture etc. in the van and delivering items.

What do we do?

The Hope Centre is a local charity supporting local people at their point of need. This may be giving people food, feeding the homeless, providing bedding, furniture, household goods and much needed clothing. We also provide a housing support drop-in service, one to one reading and writing support, job search, form filling, computers, IT support, advocacy, befriending, a daily drop in and friendship. We serve everyone, all ages, all backgrounds, all lifestyles no age limit everyone is welcome at The Hope Centre.

Please get in touch

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/hopecentrehalesowen/

Email:            hopecentre@hotmail.com

OPP OF THE DAY – Do you enjoy helping people?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hope Centre in Halesowen urgently need volunteers to help in a variety of roles at our centre in Halesowen.  Whatever your skills or time commitments, you will certainly have something to offer to our volunteer team.

What do we do?

The Hope Centre is a local charity supporting local people at their point of need. This may be giving people food, feeding the homeless, providing bedding, furniture, household goods and much needed clothing. We also provide a housing support drop-in service, one to one reading and writing support, job search, form filling, computers, IT support, advocacy, befriending, a daily drop in and friendship. We serve everyone, all ages, all backgrounds, all lifestyles no age limit everyone is welcome at The Hope Centre.

Please get in touch

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/hopecentrehalesowen/

Email:            hopecentre@hotmail.com

Come along and join in the fun at our annual Family Fun Day

A family fun day will be held on Saturday 6th July to celebrate Volunteers and Carers Week.

The free event, organised by Dudley CVS, will take place at DY1 venue on Stafford Street, Dudley. Families can enjoy a fun filled day and take part in activities including arts and crafts and sports.

There will be music, refreshments and the opportunity to meet a marketplace of local groups and emergency response services that givetheir time to support local communities.

Family Fun Day will run from 11am to 2pm, the new Mayor of Dudley, will visit the event between 11am and 12pm.

At the marketplace people will have the opportunity to visit local groups and emergency response services including, Dudley Carers Network, Dudley CVS, West Midlands Fire Service and many more! Please come along and join in the fun!

This day of fun celebrates Volunteers and Carers Week, annual campaigns raising awareness of the contribution volunteers and carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. This event will mark the start of nominations for the Dudley Volunteer Awards 2018, celebrating the big-hearted volunteers who make Dudley borough a more vibrant place to live.

Join Dudley CVS for a day of fun on Saturday 6th July 11am – 2pm at DY1, Stafford Street,Dudley, DY1 1RT. For more information please contact Eileen Fielding at admin@dudleycvs.org.uk

We are fully booked for stalls, but if you would like to go on the waitlist please contact Eileen.

A volunteer’s eye view of … selection and interviews #tuneintuesdays

Things are going great, they’ve called me in for an interview!

You are so excited and have obviously passed the initial stage of the selection process as you’ve just been invited to call in for an interview.  What do you wear? How long will it take to get there? I need to make sure I’m not late and make a really good impression.  Wait a minute though, I wonder if there are stairs, how am I going to manage them with my walking stick?  They want a presentation about how I can help to improve their services! Wow this must be a really important role and it’s probably going to lead to paid work.

There’s no-one here to meet me …

So how do I get in the building? I’ve been pushing the intercom for ages and I’m going to be late at this rate.  Hang on someone is coming that’s a relief.  Wish me luck.

I’ve been sitting in this waiting area for ages and my interview time was half an hour ago. I hope they know I’m here.  The person on the desk wasn’t very friendly so I don’t want to ask if they have told them I’m here.  Maybe they are just busy, that will be it.  Hang on someone is coming they look important, here goes.

Wow there is a panel of 3 people I wasn’t expecting this. It feels like a job interview and the questions they are asking are very challenging, they just asked me about my first job and what skills I’ve got.  There have been two interruptions already, with people coming in and asking Mrs Williams questions, she must be the boss. Hang on she’s just left the room, that’s a bit odd.  Mr Taylor has just got up and said he has to go now, that’s strange. Have they lost interest in me, I feel really awkward.  They were running through the role and my expected commitment, then they left.  The person who’s left is looking at their phone, that’s really rude!

They think it’s all over …

Mrs Williams they have just thanked me for coming and I’m being escorted out, apparently they will write and let me know if I’ve been successful.  Maybe this is a paid role, it all seems really formal.  I would really have liked to ask them some questions about what exactly the role involves, although they were talking about a completely different role from the one I applied for and I don’t really have the skills they are asking for, I haven’t got a degree. Also I wanted to ask if there was any training involved and if I would get expenses reimbursed, I can’t really justify spending £4.50 a day as the role is 5 days a week and I’m on benefits.

Wow that receptionist is a bit stroppy they just shouted at me for not signing out.  Not sure if this is somewhere I want to come back too, it all seems like work to me, not volunteering.

I’ve got a letter … hope it’s good news

Oh dear that was short and to the point.

“We found you to be unsuitable for the role following your interview and your motivations for volunteering do not meet our mission statement”

That’s that then isn’t it?

Hang on, they didn’t ask me about why I wanted to volunteer, I had an answer prepared and everything, but no-one asked.  It must be my fault and it would have been nice to have some feedback and explain why I’m unsuitable.  Maybe I’m not good enough for them and just not cut out to volunteer 😦

 

Please don’t forget if you need any help or support I’m happy to help and that’s what I’m here for 🙂  Just contact me on eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk

OPP OF THE DAY – Our shop is our lifeline – come and support our super shop in the Cornbow Centre

The Hope Centre in Halesowen is looking for volunteers to help in the shop including on a Saturday. Why don’t you come along and meet new friends whilst supporting your community. You would be sorting and steaming stock, and serving customers, so why not do something you are passionate about, develop new skills and gain great experience. We look forward to meeting you!!!

What do we do?

The Hope Centre is a local charity supporting local people at their point of need. This may be giving people food, feeding the homeless, providing bedding, furniture, household goods and much needed clothing. We also provide a housing support drop-in service, one to one reading and writing support, job search, form filling, computers, IT support, advocacy, befriending, a daily drop in and friendship. We serve everyone, all ages, all backgrounds, all lifestyles no age limit everyone is welcome at The Hope Centre.

Please get in touch

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/hopecentrehalesowen/

Email:            hopecentre@hotmail.com