What we did on our holidays: the Dreamscheme reviewed

The Dreamscheme was set up a number of years ago, with the objective of giving young people a greater sense of purpose within their community.  With this in mind the first Belper Dreamscheme was launched on the 11th August when 15 young people arrived at the Whitemoor Centre, the base for the week, to be greeted by a number of volunteers.  The Whitemoor Centre is used as a day facility for adults with learning difficulties. The week began in a positive way with a few icebreakers before getting down to the business of the week and how it was going to be run.

The young people were split into two groups working from 1 until 7pm each day, rotating between the two main activities. The indoor group worked alongside regular users of the centre for the first session, interacting and building relationships.  In the second session they prepared for an afternoon tea on the Thursday, creating invitations for local residents from the local housing association houses, planning shopping and baking.

The outdoor group worked on a community development project with help from Groundworks and a number of volunteers. They worked tremendously hard, repairing steps, replacing fencing and clearing overgrown hedgerow in a conservation area next to the Whitemoor estate. The end product they achieved was amazing, the young people really stepped up to the mark, and exceeded our expectations for the week and came back tired but with a great look of satisfaction on their faces.

Young people can do wonderful things. This group proved that and so on the Friday with the points they had earned over the week, the young people had a well deserved day out with a number of volunteers to Alton Towers, the trip they had been working towards all week.

The Dreamscheme has given members of Hope for Belper an opening to work with other member of the community such as the housing associations of the area, police, council, and the young people and general public, what an opportunity to build relationships within Belper. To show that Christians in Belper want to come together to show kindness and a deep care for our town!

Andy and Paula Paisley

The Dream Scheme comes to Belper

This summer “Hope For Belper” is running a Dreamscheme on the Whitemoor Estate in Belper during the week commencing 11th August 2008.
 
Dreamscheme is a community youth project for young people aged 11 – 14 years old.  It is based on a simple concept of WORK, POINTS and TRIPS.  Young people carry out community based work for which they earn POINTS. These can be exchanged for a TRIP of their choice!  It’s all free!
 
The Dreamscheme is running for one week from 11th to 15th August 2008, based in and around the Whitemoor Centre on John O’Gaunts Way, Belper. 

A booking form has been delivered to all homes in the area.  Young people must complete and return the forms by 18th July.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  So hurry, don’t be disappointed!
 
“Dreamscheme is an exciting thing,” says Gareth Greenwood, one of the founders of Hope For Belper.  “The main idea behind Dreamscheme is that young people can do wonderful things!  Too often we hear the opposite. 

“Dreamscheme gives young people an opportuntiy to have fun together in a safe and supervised context doing things that benefit the community. They learn new skills, achieve news goals and build their confidence and self esteem.”
 
Hope For Belper is working with the Police, The Groundwork Tust, Amber Valley Borough Council and the local housing associations, Spirita, Derwent Living and Amber Valley Housing Ltd to deliver the Dream Scheme project.
 
“Hope For Belper is a not for profit organisation seeking to bless the community,” says Andrew Race, treasurer. “We are funded through private donations from individuals and local businesses, and grant awards.  The kids don’t have to pay a thing – it’s all free!  How good is that?”
 
Dreamscheme is run by trained volunteers who have all been CRB checked. 

More details about the Dreamscheme can be found HERE. For more information or a booking form, phone Gareth and Helen Greenwood on 01773 823418 or e-mail them via ggandhg@aol.com.

Food@Hope Cafe

There will hopefully be some more stuff appearing on this site over the next week or so about our plans for the summer holidays and specifically the “Dream Scheme” (see previous post) but in the meantime, I’d like to give another brief plug for Hope Cafe which resumes this Sunday (July 13) and now features snacks as well as great music! 

I am looking to put together a team of people to keep the food side of this going on a regular basis, so if there’s anyone out there with some basic culinary skills who would like to lend a hand – we’re talking pizzas, sausage cobs and cheese scones rather than looking for the next Gordon Ramsay – please let me know on nottinghamroad@hotmail.co.uk

James Brown has also put together a MySpace site for Hope Cafe where you can hear some of the music that has been played there over recent weeks and also hear about what is coming up. It can be seen here.

Paul Linford

Hope at Eastertide

Easter is first and foremost a time of hope, and we want to be able to spread some of that sense of hope abroad in our town over the coming days and weeks.

On Good Friday morning, the Hope 08 Belper team will be out and about, taking part in the annual Walk of Witness through the town organised by local churches and handing out Easter Eggs to passers-by, another small “act of kindness” which we hope will be appreciated!

Afterwards there will be the chance to see the Manchester Passion, which tells the story of Jesus’s cruxifixion to the music of the Stone Roses, the Smiths, New Order and other leading Manchester bands.  It will be shown at the Salvation Army Hall on Market Place from 11am.

Food will be available during the showing and as an added bonus, Belper recording artist James Christie Brown will be playing live outside the Hall both beforehand and afterwards.

These Good Friday activities are the start of a series of Hope 08 events over the course of Easter and the school holidays next month.

On Saturday 5 April, around 100 young people are being given the chance to see the film Evan Almighty at the Ritz Cinema. Free tickets for this are being distributed by the town’s five junior schools.

Before that, on Sunday 30 March, Hope Cafe is launching in the Salvation Army Hall .   Hope 08 is pleased to be able to support this initiative by the local Salvation Army which aims to provide a chance for young people to meet friends and discuss issues of concern in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

It will take place from 7-9pm each Sunday evening and the typical “menu” will include live music, a quiz, a discussion – and really great coffee!  Look out for more news about this on the site next week.

Litter pickers have got it in the bag

Around 30 young people gathered on Belper’s Three Cornered Rec on a blustery Saturday morning to take part in the latest Hope 08 project – a litter pick.

It’s a simple idea – but that’s what Hope o8 Belper is all about – small, practical acts of service to our community.

The day started ay 10am with a game of rounders on the Rec before everyone split into two teams which were each assigned an area of the town to cover.

Among the areas tackled was the Three Cornered Rec itself and the area around the Tesco Express store on Gregory’s Way.  In all, 20 black bin bags were filled.

One of those who took part was Pottery school pupil Jack Greenwood, aged eight.

Said Jack:  “I hope the people who play in the Three Cornered Rec will notice the big difference. On the first of March we did a big litter pick there. 

“Altogether we we filled 20 black bags full of rubbish. I was surprised how much rubbish there was when you looked carefully. It was really fun and eco-friendly!!!”

Some pictures of the litterpick will be published on the site soon.