A message from Northampton's Hope Centre:
Dear Friend of Hope
As I’m sure you are now aware, the Hope Centre was, on 15th October, given just 12 months’ notice to vacate the day centre facility in Oasis House. The Day Centre, as you and anyone who has ever had experience of Hope knows, is a place where the homeless and vulnerable of Northampton have come to know and trust. Individuals who use the service receive a fantastic service, and being asked to leave is already having a negative impact on many of those people we seek to support.
Change and uncertainty always impacts badly on the most vulnerable and we want to ensure that we keep their feelings at the forefront of our thoughts and actions. It is with that in mind that we ask you, our supporters to help us.
We have been told that the space we now occupy will be converted into a relocated council night shelter: the decision to evict us was clearly made between two organisations, but without wider consultation. We are hoping that we can get Northampton Borough Council to change their decision, made in conjunction with Midland Heart, to evict us and ask them to find an alternative venue for the night shelter, rather than unnecessarily renovating a building which is already in use and supporting the homeless and others in need very effectively.
Right now there are four vitally important steps we ask you to take
- If you haven’t already done so, please sign the petition set up by our patron Sally Keeble at https://www.change.org/p/midlands-heart-save-the-hope-centre
- Send letters to the CEO of Northampton Borough Council, George Candler; Chief Executive of Midland Heart, Glenn Harris; and Chair of the Board of Midland Heart, John Edwards. We attach a letter template should you wish to use this. We also attach arguments and facts which may be of use in writing a letter explaining why this decision is a disaster for homeless and vulnerable people in our town.
- Should you wish to know more or be kept informed of changes please do get in touch with Hope using firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0121 666 5319.
- Share with anyone you know
Thank You for your support, together we can keep Hope alive in Northampton.
Northampton Hope Centre and Hope Enterprises
Oasis House, 35- 37 Campbell Street, Northampton, NN1 3DS
Tel: 01604 214300
Please visit the petition and see what is being said about The Hope Centre
Northampton's Hope Centre has been threatened with eviction from its purpose built home. They are now asking those who made this decision to have a rethink: to consult, to review the impact, and rescind the eviction notice.
Please visit the petition and read the comments being said, see the love and respect our centre has built up within the community of Northampton.