Hive Hope is a charity created to provide hope to the residents of Northfleet and surrounding areas. This area has been identified as one of the neediest in terms of unemployment, low income and social deprivation.
There are approximately 7,600 residents in Northfleet North, 4.3% are unemployed which compares with an average of 2.9% in Gravesham.
Our primary aim is to provide food for local people in crisis. We also want to create a place where local people can help each other when times are tough and strengthen community ties.
The need for an organization like Hive Hope is growing. In five years we have fed over 1,200 different people on average seven times. Hive Hope works with other organizations to signpost clients to a whole range of support services including advice on benefits, debt and housing and help with budgeting.
Rotary has supported Foodbank financially for several years now which has helped us to cover our overheads and provide extras like our Christmas party for local children.
Last year we started offering “Make Lunch” as part of the TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) franchise. In school holidays we provide free lunches, craft and games to children and their families. So far this year (August 2019) we have run 13 sessions and served meals to 256 eligible children and 118 eligible parents (eligibility refers to entitlement to free school meals). This has only been possible due to the sterling efforts of 28 volunteers. 12 of these have been Rotarians or their wives or children. We could not have served anywhere near this number without the support of Rotary.
Rotary’s support Hive Hope has had a real impact on improving the lives of local people. Thank you for all that you do.
Deborah Keys (Hive Hope)
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