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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

Putting on the Ritz!

On Saturday the 5th April, Hope for Belper took over the Ritz Cinema for the afternoon.Over the previous few weeks the Head Teachers of the five Primary Schools in the town assisted us by distributing 100 free tickets to pupils and their families, for a matinee showing of ‘Evan Almighty’.

These tickets were a gift from the Christians in the town and were part of the celebration of Easter.

On the day the auditorium was alive with happy chatter and smiles as folks turned up to enjoy the screening. Free drinks and cakes were provided by members of the Hope team and as they say ‘a good time was had by all’.

Our thanks go to Amanda the Ritz’s owner for arranging things with the distributors and being so accommodating to the team on the day.  Also thanks to the Head Teachers for helping us distribute the tickets.