Information on new Hope 37 partnership:
We are just completing a year of running the Hope 37 café following the relaunch in 2014. There have been some considerable successes principally in finding the young volunteers places in permanent work and training opportunities. However, ongoing funding has been an issue especially following the unsuccessful application for Diocesan funding.
In addition, it has become more apparent that running a café in addition to supporting the young people in various placements has been conflictual.
As Care & Repair (North East Wales) has been planning to open a community hub in Holywell including a café/bistro and employing a Manager to run the centre, a partnership arrangement has been proposed.
It will mean that the Hope 37 Youth Worker will be solely concentrating on young volunteer development and because of Care & Repair’s contacts the trust will have more opportunity both for placements and developmental opportunities.
In addition, because the café will be run by the partner agency the costs will be considerably reduced. This places the trust in a much more robust position within the voluntary sector forum but also gives additional opportunities for funding because of the partnership arrangement.
Care & Repair have just negotiated with the landlord of the Youth Information Centre on the corner of the High Street and have submitted a change of use application to the Council. It is intended to open the new centre after Christmas which will have additional office space for the Youth Worker.
The decision to relaunch Hope 37 after both founders had left was taken by the then Board but with the understanding that it would be an experimental year. As there has been some amazing successes for the young people involved, a concentration on finding a sustainable way to continue the valued work of the trust has been the subject of considerable work and this partnership arrangement would appear to give the opportunity for a viable and successful future.
Hope37 is a charity that works with young people in Holywell, North Wales.
Hope37 Youth Trust, Holywell, Flintshire,
Registered Charity Number 1121792