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HOPEFrome in 2010

posted 11 Jan 2010, 13:52 by Anna Brindle   [ updated 11 Jan 2010, 14:05 ]

It was unanimously decided at our last meeting of 2009 that HOPEFrome would definitely continue for another year. Recognising what has worked well, and the areas of the community we have been most helpful to, we will continue our regular commitments, working to build numbers and expertise for these. We felt our contributions to the World Food Feast, Frome Carnival and the bi-annual litter picks were worth repeating - we are unique in the town in having such a scope for finding willing volunteers to help out at these events. The HOPE van project continues to grow, and is recognised and welcomed by Frome's late night pub and club clients.
Anna Brindle will carry on as co-ordinator for another 6 months from the February handover, as it was felt that changing after a year was too soon.
The achievements of HOPE08/ HOPEFrome will be celebrated and volunteers thanked at a HOPEFrome party on Friday 5th Feb - anyone who has been a part of anything HOPE is invited to join us!

HOPEFrome looks forward to 2010

posted 7 Nov 2009, 14:04 by Anna Brindle   [ updated 7 Nov 2009, 14:29 ]

Mon 9th Nov 7.45pm.
HOPEFrome planning meeting.
What were the successes of this year's activities? What wouldn't we do again? Do we want to continue, and how? We agreed a year ago that we would make the decision every year whether we wanted to carry on HOPEFrome - it was always the intention to start projects that were sustainable and we could properly commit to, but we don't want to get jaded...
Plus, how are we going to celebrate our great volunteers at our HOPEFrome party in January?
Answers soon...

Day of Action Oct '09 - Report

posted 28 Sep 2009, 11:04 by Andy Platt   [ updated 27 Feb 2010, 13:00 by Anna Brindle ]

Our last day of action for 2009 on Saturday 10th Oct was a great success. Here's the report Frome Times published:

Groups work together in Autumn clean-up


A bright Saturday morning last week saw over 70 Frome residents out in force tackling built-up litter in areas across town. Co-operation was the key as young and old from 4 community groups worked together, cleaning 12 sites across Frome, including the Mount, Stonebridge, Ellworthy estate and the Frome River.



The hard-working teams included members of HOPEFrome, Friends of the River Frome, 10th Frome Scouts and the Canoe Club, all of whom met up in the town centre afterwards to eat lunch and share stories. All commented on how much they enjoyed the task, including the Scouts, who were working towards their ‘Community Challenge’ badge by tidying the old Cheese Show Field. Young litter-pickers Joseph (7) and Bo (5) were proud of their haul in the Adderwell region – a bike frame and wooden armchair, as well as numerous drink bottles. Simon Povey, 21, a member of one of the many churches that work together under the HOPEFrome name, also tackled the area around the Mount. He said ‘Our street cleaner does a good job of keeping the streets clear, but it’s so satisfying to get rid of the built-up piles of things that have been dumped in ditches and corners – I’ve been inspired to come out and do this more often, as it really makes a difference to the look and safety of an area.’



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