Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe Project for Elders (HOPE) is a long established and successful community-based organisation working since 1994. We work on behalf of people aged 60+, and carers in Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe and Sutton Park (Selby Road) Leeds, West Yorkshire, and are proud to be one of the Leeds Neighbourhood Network Schemes.
We support and enable all people aged 60+ and carers to live as independently for as long as possible in their own homes and community, and arrange, weekly activities, day trips and group holidays! As well as form filling/letter writing, advocacy, benefit advice, and activities to develop skills and reduce isolation, we work in partnership with local schools to provide intergenerational sessions. Since opening our doors in 1994, we have continued to develop our services in line with service user’s consultation and need.
On the 22nd October 2012, we were honoured to be awarded The Duke of York's Community Initiative Award for excellent work in the communities of Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe and the Sutton Park areas of Leeds. And, were delighted to be awarded the prestigious regional community award for a second time this year! We were also lucky to attend the Mentor/Practice Educator Awards at the University of Bradford, where the Overall Winner Award was given to Georgie Spedding, the Manager of HOPE, for her dedication to the practice educator role!
We’re also proud to be members of the following networks:
- Leeds Older People's Forum - Stroke Association - Alzheimer's Society
- Dementia Action Alliance - Carers Leeds
- Voluntary Action Leeds - AGE UK
At the start of 1994, Leeds Social Services made Community Care Grants available for Voluntary Organisations to employ a Project Worker for older people. The purpose of the schemes was to set up services such as gardening, decorating, support to carers and to relieve social isolation. HOPE was established in September 1994, and on the 1st April 2003, we became a registered charity, charity number 1096626.
Our mission statement
To enable older people in Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe and Sutton Park to keep their independence by providing practical help, advice and support.
To recognise the effect that isolation, poverty, fear of crime and poor health has on older people, and to work with the community to attempt to deal with these issues.
- To research the needs of older people who live within the project boundaries, and to develop appropriate services to respond to these needs.
- To initiate practical, locally based schemes, and to provide information and advice for older people where necessary.
- In addition to working with groups, to recognise the needs of the individual in the community.
- To work with both the statutory sector and other voluntary agencies to meet the needs of older people in the area.
- To campaign on issues relevant to older people’s lives.
- To constantly monitor and evaluate our work so that we provide a quality service.
- To actively involve older people in decision making processes of the project.
- To keep in close contact with the community and recognise the value of our service user’s experiences.
- To provide appropriate opportunities for volunteers/students through the work of the project.
- To ensure that all volunteers/students have access to appropriate support, training and encouragement for their development.
HOPE is governed by a Board of local trustees, elected at the Annual General Meeting. Trustees are responsible for the overall direction of the organisation and are unpaid volunteers.
A Message to Our LGBT+ Community
HOPE is an all-inclusive organisation, and openly welcomes individuals from the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. HOPE recognises that LGBT+ individuals may experience stress, stigma, and discrimination related to sexual and gender identities, and that this can adversely impact on health and the use of health and community services.
HOPE provides a supportive environment where all members of the community are treated equally and with respect.
The PLUS (+) means that we will always be inclusive of all identities to make our community feel welcomed, and that nobody is left out.
If you would like more information, please give us a call. We can discuss our services and put you in touch with the many local and national organisations that support the LGBT+ Communities.