"I have always enjoyed singing but never thought that I would ever get into a recording studio to produce a song...It was an uplifting experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and cannot wait to do it again" - Stan Johnson (aged 96)
"It made me feel inspiring...I have never been able to do this kind of thing...I would really like to continue with the singing group" - Amanda Conway
"It was brilliant going to the recording studio to do the song" - Michelle Neal
Hospitality and Hope is a local charity working at grassroots level in South Shields. Founded in 2002 by a group of volunteers who identified a need to support homeless and vulnerable people in the area, they walked the streets, offering hot drinks and sandwiches to those in need. A local organisation offered the use of their car park (for a trial period of six months) where hot food was given from the back of a van. Following the successful trial, they offered the use of their hall. Links with other organisations were developed, support extended to four soup kitchens and premises offering space for various core services. Our volunteers have now delivered these services for more than 16 years.
"It got us out of the house...and got us doing some singing! - Michael Scott
" It was a really friendly atmosphere which helped me with self confidence...It was enjoyable and supportive and helped with team building too" - Keith
Wider support includes offering free activities and training courses to help improve communication skills and develop social bonds. It was during our free Vocal Coaching and Performance Sessions that the idea for a charity single was given birth. Clients were taught how to read/write simple rhythmical patterns; how to sing and connect as a choir; to harmonise with each other; to recognise how music can be used to express feelings of love, loss and hope, and to bring people closer together.
"I thought it was marvellous...never ever thought that we would be able to produce a record..." - Mark Turnbull
"It was great to learn how to write a song and then record it...I wish we could have done more songs..." - Mark Easom
Hospitality and Hope currently support over 2,000 vulnerable individuals and families living on the margins of society, many forced to sleep rough and suffering alcoholism, drug addiction, repeated spells in prison and mental health issues. Clients are living in a cycle of deprivation, poor health (often with multiple issues) and living on the fringes of society (further compounded by the introduction of Universal Credit).
Last year we supported 1,614 adults and 1,163 children. Demand is increasing yearly and the rollout of Universal Credit has generated significant increases in demand, particularly during school holidays.
Our full services include a soup kitchen, offering hot meals two days per week for up to 63 individuals (estimated 3,150 meals each year); a food bank distributing on average, 25 food parcels issued weekly, giving an annual total of 1,300; a clothing store, offering a range of clothes and small household items; shower and laundry facilities; a newly established Supported Accommodation Unit (housing for five homeless men); and our community café, which provides on the job training as well as employment for local people.