A History of Hope

2006

Sue Trevethan was diagnosed with cancer. She set out to find if there were any services available for her three children - who were 13, 16 and 19 at the time. She soon found that no such service existed.

2009

Sue decided something had to be done to help the thousands of young people every year who experience the trauma and uncertainty of a family health crisis. With her background as a therapist with young people, she set about starting Hope Support Services from a coffee shop.

2009

The first ever Y-Team (Youth Management Team) was established; a group of young people who had been through a family health crisis themselves and wanted to use their past experiences to help others today.

2010

Sue and her small team of volunteers raised the funds needed for Hope to gain charity status.

2010

Hope started providing free training for professionals working 'frontline' with young people, giving important insight into a family health crisis and how to refer to Hope .

2010

Hope established Youth Sessions in a youth centre in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

2010

The first ever Hope on the Road Trip, paid for by the Y-Team, took Hope's young people ice skating, away from a stressful situation at home.

2011

Hope moved into its first functioning office. Before this, Sue and her small team worked from her home in Herefordshire.

2011

The Y-Team established community partnerships such as the first ever Hope sausage with a local butcher to raise funds and the profile of Hope.

2011

The Y-Team organised, funded and delivered its first major events; a Youth Conference, bringing local youth organisations together to celebrate all Hope had achieved so far, and the first Jump for Hope skydive.

2012

Hope established an exciting partnership with Macmillan.

2012

Hope's service delivery came to parts of Gloucestershire, working with local services and organisations in the county to support the young people who need us.

2012

Hope's Herefordshire Y-Team were awarded their first Diana Award - recognising young people who inspire the lives of others.

2013

The first Gloucestershire Youth Session took place in a youth centre in the Forest of Dean.

2013

Members of our Herefordshire Y-Team received Young Good Citizen Awards for their outstanding contribution to their community.

2013

Hope's young people recorded and released their own song with the help of BBC's The Voice contestant Vince Freeman. The song, 'We Are Hope', was played on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and the Y-Teams were interviewed on radio stations across the two counties.

2014

The first ever Gloucestershire Y-Team was established, with young people from different areas of the county with a passion to reach other young people going through a family health crisis.

2014

The Gloucestershire Y-Team and new Herefordshire Y-Team members received Diana Awards for their work supporting other young people through Hope.

2014

Hope reached 1,000 followers on Twitter.

2014

After the success of our Frontline Professional Training in Herefordshire in 2010, we delivered the sessions in Gloucestershire, developing partnerships with more local organisations.

2015

Hope hosted a presentation evening in the House of Commons, London. 30 guests attended the event, including CEO of Childline Peter Liver, and the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP.

2015

After two years of working with Sue and the Hope team, Clare Thomas stepped up to become the CEO of Hope Support Services.

2015

Hope reached 1000 Likes on Facebook.

2015

We were blown away to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

2015

Following a successful pilot, Children in Need supported us to launch Hope Online nationally.

2016

Hope celebrated working with 200 young people since we started.

2016

Hope received a Weston Charity Award celebrating and supporting outstanding charities working with youth, welfare and community.

2016

We were presented with a Macmillan Excellence Award for Service Improvement! It rewards services that greatly improve the experiences of people affected by cancer.

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