Monday - Thursday mornings 9.30am - 10am our Health & Fitness Officer Patricia is holding 'Wake Up' exercise classes for Over 50s - circuits, kettle bells, core exercises and more! Contact Patricia on 028 25632726 to book or get further info.
May 10th 2017 The Hope Centre hosted a Carers’ Conference in the Adair Arms Hotel led by Ben Delija, Project Coordinator, as part of the Let’s Get Together project funded by 'Big Lottery: Reaching Out Connecting Older People'. The event was attended by 20 community agencies and included an education session with a 'non pub' quiz led by the NDACT team to help carers reduce older peoples’ substance intake by learning of the effects of overuse of drugs and alcohol. Caroline Bustard, Pharmacist with Boots Chemist also held an information session to help carers become better informed of the dangers of hoarding medication, mixing medication with alcohol and the misuse of over- the- counter medication. All of those who attended had a great day with lots of interactive activities. It was also a great opportunity to network and share information.
Hope Centre staff, Board Members and clients attended the 18th Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope in Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin on 1st February. This spiritual, multi-denominational service is held annually by the National Family Support Network in remembrance of loved ones lost to substance misuse and related causes and to publicly support and offer hope to families living with the devastation that substance misuse causes.
Multicoloured quilts hung from the walls with each one representing a geographical area, and the individual squares a young man or woman who has died due to drug use. The Hope Centre was proud to have its own quilt, created by service users, displayed.
The service was opened by Sadie Grace, CEO of the National Family Support Network. There was then a reflection on grief from Fr Myles O’Reilly, a message from Pope Francis read by Supt Anthony Howard of the Garda Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, an address by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and uplifting music from the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. Also in attendance were Bishop Eamon Walsh, Catherine Byrne TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Kieran Carey Aide-de-Camp to the Taoiseach, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and various other political representatives. There followed a minute’s silence, and at one point a representative of each group held a candle. There were also some moving testimonies from service users.
The Hope Centre would like to thank Mid & East Antrim Borough Council for its support, which enabled us to attend this inspiring service.
On the 10th September Hope Centre staff, service users and MLAs all took part in an adventurous fundraising event, abseiling from the 51metres high Europa Hotel, Belfast! Danielle, Ben, Karen, Heather, Cllr Timothy Gaston and Cllr Philip Logan all bravely scaled the building, with Centre manager Anne, Chair May, staff and volunteeers giving their support (safely from the ground!). The aim of the event was to raise awareness about addiction and the work the Centre carries out while raising some all important funds.
A massive thank you to the participants and the public for their support and generous sponsorship!
Our 2017 Let's Get Together Conference 'Aiding Recovery', held at Tullyglass House Hotel on 8th February, was a great success with almost 100 people in attendance! Ben Delija, Project co-ordinator, opened by warmly welcoming all. Deputy Mayor Cllr Alderman William McNeilly then spoke of the work of the Hope Centre in the community and the Council's continued support for it. Next Dr Michael Williams, Director of Staurus, gave a talk on the effect of alcohol on the individual and families. Geoffrey Watt, social worker at Carrick 1, Holywell Hospital then talked about their addiction services and interaction with organisations in the borough. Ben gave a presentation on the work of the Lottery funded 'Let's Get Together - Reaching Out Connecting Older People' programme, accompanied by moving video footage of three Hope Centre service users discussing their recovery journeys and what the Hope Centre means to them. Sherlyn Logue, Regional Service User Network Co-ordinator then talked about the input of service users in the borough. Jenny Wylie, Hope Centre volunteer, talked about her positive experiences volunteering with the Centre. May Anderson, Hope Centre Chairperson, concluded with a talk about the Board's role in the Centre and a thank-you to all for attending and Ben, staff and volunteers, who worked to ensure the event ran smoothly. Hope Recovery Choir sang as everyone took the opportunity to network, visit the 12 stalls in place and have lunch.
We are so proud of our 'Let's Get Together' group who have formed the Hope Recovery Choir!
The group has sung at events which included North Antrim Community Network AGM at Tullyglass Hotel and CRUN's opening night Coleraine.
Hope Recovery Choir is going strong and has performed at Christmas events this year, including the 'Let's Get Together' graduation ceremony and Hope Centre Christmas party 16th December and First Ballymena Church 19th December.
Hope Recovery Choir sing at Christmas party and graduation
Hope Recovery Choir at First Ballymena Church
Hope Centre 'Let's Get Together' Annual Conference @Tullyglass House Hotel 8th Feb 2017
The impact that volunteers have on our work in the Hope Centre is invaluable. Volunteers provide support in counselling, complementary therapies, befriending and the day to day running of the Centre. Many of the people who use our services see the Hope Centre as a lifeline and we rely heavily on our volunteers - without them we would struggle to provide the high quality service the organisation has become renowned for.
It really matters to our clients that volunteers want to help; they are here because they want to be. We welcome volunteers because their support shows that the community really wants this organisation to succeed. Volunteers add an extra range of skills, experience and fresh ideas that would not exist without their involvement.
As a volunteer we don’t require you to have any formal qualifications; all we ask is that you can demonstrate enthusiasm, open mindedness, flexibility and commitment. We will provide you with all relevant training required, and on-going support from our dedicated team.
There are many benefits to volunteering at The Hope Centre. You will get the chance to meet a diverse range of people, make new friends, develop new skills, enhance your CV, and boost your confidence, all while helping others!
If you would like to volunteer at the Hope Centre please contact us on 02825 632726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hope Centre was 'Highly Commended' at the Justice in the Community Awards, held at Stormont November 5th 2014, for its work in providing support to individuals with addictions.
Justice in the Community Awards recognise individuals and teams, voluntary workers and staff working within community and statutory organisations across Northern Ireland to promote and support the delivery of justice to make Northern Ireland a better and safer place.