Following a presentation about the origins and history of the Centre, the management team spoke about their services and provision to the Bromyard community and its members. Jan Pearce-Higgins, Jeanie Falconer and Sarah Eardley then gave their visitors a tour of all the departments and activities and ended their visit with coffee and cakes at Oscar’s café.
Everyone felt very honoured to receive such a distinguished visitor to the Centre and were delighted with the High Sheriff’s comments after her visit:
“It was a privilege to visit the HOPE Centre recently. I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of Sarah Eardley, the CEO, and her staff, and by the range of support services which the Centre provides. The theme of my Shrieval Year is tackling loneliness and isolation, and several aspects of the Centre’s work resonate powerfully with this, whether in early years education, developing a sense of self and confidence in the very young, adult learning, or the excellent work of the Contact Centre, which provides a neutral and welcoming space where children can spend time with non-resident family members — for example following separation or divorce. The HOPE Centre is indeed a beacon of hope for many, and I wish it every success.”