Hope support services achievements 2017 supporting young people family member life-threatening terminal illness

Hope Highlights 2017

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to wrap up another unforgettable year at Hope Support Services. Thanks to your support, here are some of the things we’ve managed to achieve over the past twelve months!

2017 has been an incredibly exciting year of expansion and development for Hope.


Over the past 12 months we:

Launched two new bespoke online support groups for 14-16s and 16-18s.

Preparing for GCSEs or college exams can be an extremely stressful time. Going through this whilst a close family member is suffering from a life-threatening illness can become incredibly overwhelming. Our groups allow young people in these situations to provide peer support to one another and develop coping strategies with the help of Hope’s Online Support Facilitator.

Recruited a brand new online Y-Team!

The online Y-Team will be working alongside Hope staff to develop and promote our online support service.

Received a Mayors Award

Cheltenham Mayor, Councillor Klara Sudbury kindly chose the Gloucestershire Y-Team to donate the £700 Mayor’s Fund Award to this year!

We (almost) conquered the UK!

We are now supporting young people from 27 different areas across the UK.

Became experts in Blacksmithing!

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we started Hope Goes Blacksmithing, an exciting project exploring Herefordshire’s social history through blacksmithing. Our young people have learnt a multitude of skills such as interviewing, research, archiving, film making and blacksmithing.

Did what we do best!

Over the past year we have provided 229 one-to-ones sessions, 126 youth sessions, 46 bespoke online support group chats and 46 Hope on the Road trips.

Began working at St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford to provide its Children and Young People’s Support Service.

This was a really exciting development for us as it has enabled us to support more young people across Herefordshire in addition to being able to support under 11s who have a family member at the hospice.

Were on national television!

Our BBC Lifeline appeal raised a whopping £8986.11! Huge thanks to everyone who tuned in and donated. If you missed it you can still catch it here!

Secured a Hope base in Gloucester.

Our new hub in Gloucester is a safe and accessible venue where we can deliver youth sessions and individual support as well as Y-Team meetings, training events, activities, workshops and meetings with external organisations to develop our partnerships within the area.

Were nominated for a Sunshine Award.

Herefordshire Y-Team were nominated for the Sunshine Radio Pride Awards and attended a fantastic evening of glitz and glam!

Established our face-to-face service in Cheltenham.

The Gloucestershire Y-Team hosted a Cheltenham Has Hope launch event during which they introduced Hope’s services to a range of professionals including educational staff, medical teams and the Cheltenham Mayor.

Gave a little HoHoHope!

Our festive campaign is all about you helping us to give our young people hope this Christmas. From making a donation instead of sending cards to hosting a Christmas jumper day, we are grateful for any fundraising support! You can still get involved in the campaign here.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Hope this year.


We look forward to sharing more fantastic news with you next year! Until then, we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!


From all of us at Hope Support Services.
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