June 2020: The Day Centre, which Hope has been running for over 40 years, is the hub for our work with homeless and disadvantaged people in Northampton.
However Covid-19 has meant it simply cannot operate as it did before.
Rough sleepers can still access the building for food and showers and clothes – and of course advice. But they can’t stay, they must take food away, and they must abide by social distancing. They can make appointments for extended meetings with day centre staff
It’s still the gateway to where services to help people leave homelessness and poverty are accessed, like casework, training and skills, and there is support with addiction or mental health problems. It’s also a place to join groups celebrating creativity, improving fitness, and opportunities for volunteering.
Everyone over 18 is welcome, regardless of where you come from; race, gender or culture.
Christmas at Hope: We always make a special effort at Christmas to give people a welcoming time. Listen to an interview with Tim service user and CEO Robin (MP3 format)
Anyone in need, including those who are street homeless, is welcome to visit the Day Centre whenever we’re open – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.00pm;
We are open on Saturdays 9.30 am-12.30pm only for those of no fixed abode (NFA), including those who are street homeless.
We are open all Bank Holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day 10-1, even if these fall on a Sunday.
- Free tea, snacks, coffee and soft drinks while we’re open
- Breakfast and lunch hot food services – £1.80 for a meal, 50p for a dessert
- Food carry-out bags – 3 tins, pasta or rice, bread, tea bags and other goodies when we have them – all for 70p
- Hot showers
- Internet café (90 mins per person free of charge)
- Clothing store (open 10am-11am) – free undies and socks each day, other items 30p each
- A programme of workshops and activities including art workshops, gardening, cookery, life skills, sport and health (eg chiropody)
- TV, books
- One to one sessions with a Hope Centre befriender
- Pool table
- Signposting to specialist services for drugs and mental health
- Advice and guidance, especially related to benefits and housing; we have drop-ins from specialists like Community Law
- Language and English learning opportunities
- Access to casework, training and skills – see our section on improving employability
- Big Issue distribution point (we act as the local wholesaler for sellers, supporting their move towards employment)
- Healthy nutritious and affordable meals provided daily – vegetarian choices and fresh fruit and veg always available.
- A safe and protected environment: we manage and control violence and aggression between our service users, and offer the highest level of safeguarding practice
- Targetted help for those 18-25
We welcome dogs too, and offer Dog MOTs in partnership with Wood Green Animal Centre