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50 Years of Hope

2024 is our 50th Anniversary! During this momentous year we will be reflecting on the journey we’ve undertaken and the milestones we’ve achieved along the way. It’s an occasion that fills us with immense pride, and we’re excited to share this special year with all of you. Our theme for this significant milestone is “The Changing Face of Homelessness.” Over the past half-century, we have witnessed remarkable transformations in our society, but the issue of homelessness and hardship continues to persist. While we’ve made slow but positive strides in understanding the underlying social causes of homelessness, there’s still much work to be done to eradicate the stigma that often accompanies it, further burdening those already facing hardships and homelessness.


50 Year’s of Hope
50 Year’s of Hope

The Changing Face of Homelessness

One of the most important aspects of our anniversary celebration is the opportunity to challenge preconceived notions about homelessness and hardship. Our theme is ‘The Changing Face of Homelessness’. We will be spending time illustrating the complexity and diversity of the causes of homelessness. If you take the time to look into the lives of people affected by homelessness you begin to realise that the many preconceived ideas just don’t ring true. Homelessness is not long term, and its not ultimately about individual issues such as mental health problems or substance misuse.

The rising cost of private rents for example has meant there has been a shift towards professions such as nursing and their families, becoming affected. There is growing number of refugees fleeing conflict and the new problem of on-line gambling is increasing numbers of people rough sleeping or sofa-surfing as debts spiral. Within the UK there has been a decline in the availability of social housing and the lack of affordable housing means there are not enough to keep up with increasing populations. In the UK, almost one in 10 of the workforce are in unreliable work and the huge increases in inflation has further increased high housing costs, these social circumstances means secure housing and financial security is not a reality for groups of people in our society.


A New Place for Hope – Permanent Night Shelter

During the warm summer months, turning people out on the street when we close at the end of service is not too challenging. We know people will be safe and will return in the morning for support. In the winter months though, it is is a different story. It is not unusual for us to find blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats for the most vulnerable people, give them a final hot drink and send them out onto the street at 3pm in the cold and rain, knowing they will have to find somewhere outside all night to sleep, not knowing if they will be safe or survive the night. Many simply walk continuously all night to keep warm, trying not to fall asleep for fear of being attacked, and in the morning when we open our doors, they are exhausted and freezing.

Providing a safe overnight shelter for our homeless community is one of our goals for our anniversary year. The rising numbers of individuals facing homelessness over the last 12 months has meant a lack of emergency accommodation in the district, during severe weather, a permanent shelter would help us better support the most vulnerable in our community to get back on their feet.


Our Anniversary Commitment:

During 2024 we will delve deep into the lives of those facing homelessness and struggling with hardship. By sharing their unique stories, we aim to provide a window into what homelessness and hardship looks like in 2024 and how it has evolved over the past five decades – both the positive and negative changes. Our goal is to showcase what processes and support systems have proven effective and work to build on our history and legacy to improve services and support provision in the district.


What to expect:

Over the next 12 months, this page will evolve as we take you on our 50-year journey. We will regularly update it with information on upcoming events, links to new stories, and most importantly, ways in which you can get involved in our incredible milestone. By participating in our anniversary celebrations, you can make a real impact on the lives of those who find themselves in heartbreaking situations, struggling with homelessness and hardship.


Take Part:

50 for 50 – January fitness challenge!

50 Year’s of Hope

We are launching our anniversary year with a fitness challenge. You can choose your move and run, dance or jog into 2024. The only rule is that you move 50 miles 50 days. Every step you take will raise money for our permanent night shelter.

It’s not too late to sign up. Contact tanya@northamptonhopecentre to sign up.

Download your sponsorship form HERE.


THE BIG SLEEP OUT 50!

When: Saturday 3rd February, 7.30pm – 7.30 am. Lower Mounts.

This year is set to be the biggest year yet and are using this year’s event to ask participants to consider the differences between the ‘Sleep Out’ event and the real and ‘extreme challenge’ of sleeping on the streets. We have been asking our service users, what it is really like for them  and we are challenging you to reflect on their stories and experience (just for a short while).. what that might feel like. We will of course have extra blankets and essentials to keep you safe. We hope this sheds a light on the actual experiences of some of the people we work with, and the story behind their period of homelessness.

You can sign up by clicking the link below:

50 Year’s of Hope

Keep In Touch:

Keep in touch! Keep an eye on our social media channels and our website as we approach our 50th anniversary. We invite you to join us in reflecting on the changing face of homelessness. Together, we can work towards a future where homelessness is eradicated, and individuals facing hardships receive the support and understanding they deserve. We look forward to the year ahead, filled with exciting events and opportunities for all of us to make a lasting difference in the lives of those affected by homelessness and hardship. Thank you for being part of our journey, and here’s to the next 50 years of progress, compassion, and change.

Donate to support people facing homelessness and hardship this year.

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