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

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

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.

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.