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Youngsters highlight how Basic Idea project is making a difference

A group of Belper youngsters has helped make a short film highlighting the work of Hope’s Basic Idea food bank project.

Children from local churches went to find out why and how provisions donated by the community can make such a difference to local people in desperate need.

The children did all the filming and asked the questions they wanted to ask.

The resulting film has now been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed here.

September 20, 2012 at 8:03 am 1 comment

Street Angels project takes big step forward

Plans to set up a Street Angels project in Belper have taken several steps forward over the past fortnight following a successful open meeting to discuss the idea.

More than 30 members of the public attended the meeting at the Queen’s Head pub on Chesterfield Road, including representatives of Belper Town Council, Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire police.

A management committee to oversee the project has also now been formed and we are close to reaching our initial target of 16 volunteers.

All being well, it is envisaged that the first group of Angels will be taking to the streets in early June, with a public launch planned for later that month.

For those who are new to the idea, Street Angels is a network of local organisations across the country whose common purpose is to make a difference by helping to improve our night-time culture.

Working alongside the police, they are trained to be a visible presence amongst the nightlife that congregates on the streets and estates of any town on a weekend evening

The idea is that teams of two or three would walk agreed areas in Belper’s estates and town centre between 8pm and 12pm every Friday night, with a focus on the needs of young people in particular.

We hope they will become an increasing presence at some of the town’s events and throughout the year, particularly as evenings become busier over the course of the summer with the many attractions Belper offers.

Further information about the project can be found on this powerpoint presentation which was given to Belper churches during March.

There has also been coverage of the project on local website Belper People, while project co-ordinator the Rev Rachel Marszalek will be writing about it in the June edition of local magazine All Things Local.

Anyone over the age of 18 who has a heart for their community can become a Street Angel, and training in areas such as first aid, safeguarding and drug and alcohol awareness will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Luke Norman on

April 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Open meeting to explore ‘Street Angels’ project

Hope for Belper is to explore the idea of launching a Street Angels initiative in the town.  

Street Angels is a network of local organisations across the country whose common purpose is to make a difference by helping to improve our night-time culture.

Working alongside the police, it aims to be a visible presence in the community that provides care and practical support to people in need, helps people access support, and listens to people who are in distress or at risk of physical harm.

The idea is that teams of two or three would walk agreed areas in Belper’s estates between 8pm and 12pm every Friday night, with a focus on the needs of young people in particular.

While Belper does not face some of the regular late night issues that larger towns and cities face, our research and consultations suggest that there may be a role for Street Angels to get alongside young people in particular out and about in our estates.

Our aims are to provide a listening ear, to sign post where there is need and ultimately to build cross-generational community cohesion, one of the founding principles of Hope for Belper.

We need a minimum of 16 adult volunteers who can commit to one Friday night a month to launch and with this in mind we are holding an open meeting to explore the idea further.

It will take place on Monday 16th April at 8pm in the back bar of the Queen’s Head pub on Chesterfield Road, Belper.

The meeting will be an opportunity to explain in a bit more detail what Street Angels could be here in Belper, and for volunteers to find out more about the roles that need to be filled.

More information can be found by clicking on the following link: Hope for Belper – Street Angels powerpoint

March 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Hope walking club

Part of the original vision of “Hope for Belper” when it was first launched last year was to organise things which people can invite their friends and neighbours along to and so build bridges within the community.

With this in mind we are launching a walking club this month under the Hope umbrella which we hope will be one small way in which we can do this.

We will aim to do five or six walks a year which will be a mixture of difficult, moderate and easy walking – a couple of hard slogs in the Peak District, some family-friendly rambles around Belper, and one or two like in between.

We know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who like this sort of thing we reckon it will be a great way to build friendships.

The first walk will be on Saturday 9 May and will start from the junction of the A6 and A610 at Ambergate at 10,30am. It will follow a route up Crich Chase to the war memorial, back to Whatstandwell, across to Alderwasley and finally back to Ambergate via Shining Cliff Woods.

The route is eight miles long in all so including a break for lunch we would expect the walk to take 4-5 hours.

If that sounds like too much effort, the half-way point is the Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell, so you are welcome to join us (or leave us!) at that point.

If you would like to come along, please email Paul at And remember to invite a friend!

May 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

And The Basic Idea is….

Hope for Belper’s first project of 2009 has been designed with the credit crunch in mind.

Called The Basic Idea, the basic idea is to provide basic food and toiletry items to familes in financial crisis.

Boxes for collection of items are being put in local churches with the intention that those who would like to and are able to do so will purchase one extra item to put in them every time they go shopping.

We are also looking for volunteers to pack and deliver boxes as families are referred. We anticipate that this will not be a big commitment, especially in the first few months.

If this is something you may be able to help with, but would like more details, please contact  or

There are some projects that just seem so timely and demonstrate God’s uncanny knack of spurring people in to action.

‘The Basic Idea’ appears to be one of those and it has got off the ground with a tremendous groundswell of support from congregations around Belper.

See the projects Page for updates on the progress of this project and contact details for finding out more and how you might be involved now or in the future.

March 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

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Hope for Belper – Demonstrating God’s love for our Town

Welcome to the Hope for Belper website. Here you will be able to read about everything that’s happening locally running on from the national Hope initiative to demonstrate God’s love for our towns, villages and communities by providing practical help for those around us.

Hope for Belper is currently running three main projects - The Basic Idea food bank, Belper Street Angels and Christians Against Poverty.

Hope for Belper is now a Registered Charity, Reg No 1146148.



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