Hope Corner

By Daniel Jones | 8 April 2011 | Comments (2)

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Edit - take a look at the latest update from Hope Corner here. Their building is well under way and Stewardship is very pleased to have been able to help bring it to fruition!


 

One of the most exciting things about working for Stewardship is uncovering the stories of churches, Christian communities and workers swimming against the economic and social tide. While the news feeds us a daily diet of gloom, depression and economic downturn, hope and generosity are still making a difference in towns all over Britain.

Hope is a commodity which has been in fairly short supply in the Borough of Halton (Runcorn and Widnes) of late. The area has been beset by rising unemployment and job loss, crime and disaffection. With an above-average percentage of young people living in long term poverty and vulnerable situations, and school exclusions rising, the outlook looks bleak.

Enter Hope Corner Community Church which has a heart and passion for disaffected and vulnerable young people. Their volunteers work in a number of areas, offering an award-winning drugs awareness programme, running local charity Kids First (recipient of the Halton Community Partner Award in 2008), an Alternative to Violence project and a dedicated youth bar in town, Café Chill. As if all this wasn’t enough, they are also the only Christian community centre in Halton and surrounding districts running The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme independently.

For several years, Hope Corner has also been working with three local senior schools at the invitation of the local education authority. Senior Minister Mark Finch explains: “We are part of a specialist group of providers who now form the Gateway School. Each provider is a department of the school, with Hope Corner providing care and education for those in greatest need.”

The church’s Progressive Social Inclusion programme aims to get excluded young people access to education. “We work with the most vulnerable young people who are on the point of going to prison, truanting regularly, or experiencing a chaotic home life,” says Mark. “We’re also an examination centre, working to try to change negative attitudes to life, education and even Christianity!”

With high unemployment, drugs easily available and lots of young people on the streets with nothing to do, trouble can often erupt. Hope Corner’s youth arm, Xcel, offers teenagers the chance to try out new activities in a safe and welcoming environment. Many learn a musical instrument or take part in drama and dance. Xcel Academy also gives them the chance to find out more about Christianity.

Café Chill is Halton’s only youth bar, a hub of activity on Friday and Saturday nights. Teenagers can chill out, play Xbox, have a coffee or watch sport on the giant screens.

Still swimming against the tide, the church is building a new community centre up the road in Runcorn. While businesses go bust all around and a church closes down every two years, Hope Corner is looking to the future with a 140 seater main room, café, teaching and youth space. The church hopes that the centre, which will be open some time in 2013, will provide hope and a future to the vulnerable and disaffected young people in their community.

To find out more, visit Hope Corner’s website at: www.hopecorner.co.uk.

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Daniel Jones
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Daniel is Stewardship’s Chief Generosity Officer and is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to encourage and inspire Christians in their giving, and helping those who receive to do so with excellence. Daniel advises denominations on stewardship and giving, and is a serial trustee of small community organisations. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @dmjonesoir

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Buluma Robert

November 24, 2019 4:43 PM
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Buluma Robert

November 24, 2019 4:49 PM
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