Dreamscheme aims to help both young and old

More details can now be unveiled about HopeforBelper’s latest Dreamscheme project for 2010.

Most of the project will be based at Green Lane Playgroup. The team is hoping to transform a small dingy yard at the back of the building, and possibly provide a much larger play area for the children who use the facility.

As part of the Dreamscheme we are also hoping to work with the residents and staff at Ada Belfield old people’s home on nearby Field Lane.

We are hoping that the young people will be able to make some improvements to the outside garden as well as spend time with the residents.

If you have thought about volunteering this year please would contact Gareth and Helen Greenwood.

A reminder that the dates are Mon Aug 16th – Fri Aug 20th. Time approx 1pm till 7pm. Please pray that God will provide the workers.

HopeforBelper will be going into Belper School this month to do three assemblies and to invite students to come on Dreamscheme.

God has been clearly leading us through the project this year, we need to continue to bring it to him and ask that he will help us to see it through.

Volunteers wanted!

For the third year in a row, Hope for Belper will be running a Dreamscheme project this summer, with the 16-20 August confirmed as the dates for the initiative.

Details of the project are still being finalised, but once again it will provide an opportunity for young people to do marvellous things for our community.

If you are available that week and are interested in volunteering, please contact Gareth at ggandhg@aol.com.

To find out more about the Dreamscheme, click here.

Volunteers are also needed to join a small Hope for Belper team who will be out and about in the town centre on Good Friday handing out hot cross buns and other goodies.

If you would like to help, please contact Paul on nottinghamroad@hotmail.co.uk.

Celebrating Hope

This Wednesday (24 February) at the Queen’s Head, Chesterfield Road, Belper, Hope for Belper will be holding a meeting with partner organisations to scope possible ideas for the 2010 Dreamscheme.

This will be followed, at about 8.15pm, by a presentation reminding us what the group has been up to over the last two years, some reflections on the impact on the town, and finally by some of Belper’s church leaders praying for the partners both present on the night and others not able to attend

Please join together with us in the ‘Upper Room’ to celebrate what God has done through Hope for Belper if you can – get yourself a drink from the bar on your way in and there will be a few nibbles upstairs

It would be really great to see you!!

Gareth & Helen – Hope for Belper Coordinators

Young People did a wonderful thing this summer!

The dust has settled, the BBQs have been put away, and life for the young people who made the Dreamscheme the great success it was have settled back into more familiar rhythms.

I hope their memories of that week will be fond and proud as they certainly showed what can be achieved if you put your hearts and backs into a project.

The weather was kind to us over the Dreamscheme week and all the outdoor tasks were completed. Staff at the Belper Children’s Centre are now the happy recipients of a new back garden complete with large shed, seating area, bird feeders and newly painted buggy store.

But the young people’s achievements did not stop there. During the week they produced bat boxes for the local park, carried out an estate clear-up day collecting a large amount of rubbish from local residents homes and, on the concluding day, planned and delivered a community BBQ for well over 100 adults and children.

The young people hand made and delivered invites to local residents, baked cakes, cooked over 200 items on the BBQs, supervised a bouncy castle, helped the Children’s Centre staff with face painting and showed people around the new garden.

It was clear through comments from passing residents that the young people’s hard work was very much appreciated and the positive message of the Dreamscheme, that ‘young people can do wonderful things’ had come across loud and clear.

Our thanks go to all the adult volunteers who supervised and encouraged the young people over the week (and for the intrepid few that chaperoned them on the trip to Alton Towers!). Also thanks to the long suffering residents of Alder Way who put up with noise, skips and mess, the Children’s Centre staff who were so accommodating and enthusiastic, the Fire Service for attending with a big shiny fire engine, and local businesses Amberol for supplying the planters and Galafield Home and Garden for their expertise and design work.

This project would not have been possible without the generous financial support of many private donors along with grant support from Derbyshire Community Foundation, Amber Valley Housing Community Chest Fund, and Derbyshire Constabulary.

There will be a full report produced over the next few weeks and we will make copies available as far as we are able.

Gareth Greenwood – Coordinator, Hope for Belper