Hope House Project
We provide school assembly, playground mentoring, mental health well being, intervention and diversionary activity through Schools and community centre for kids and young people in a highly deprived neighbourhood that's classed in the lowest 5% on the National Scale of deprivation in the whole United Kingdom.
The area of Skelmersdale is classed in the lowest 5% nationwide for multiple deprivations
including housing, employment, income etc. It is also reported that 27% of children in this area
are living in poverty and 22% are claiming free school meals. There is a lack of infrastructure and
lack of access to some of the most basic services, including schools and community recreational
facilities where children can go and play.
There are higher than average levels of domestic abuse in this area, and many children in
Skelmersdale are raised in broken homes. Single parents, usually mothers, often have to juggle
many jobs in order to make ends meet, which means children are neglected by default. Boredom
is also a great problem in this town, especially for young people.
The need of the young people is clear (1) nowhere to go and (2) nothing to do.
Many teenagers experience psychological effects due to poverty and a broken home and many
drop out of school, meaning they are highly likely to be on the street, be lured into delinquent
behaviour, drugs, as well as boredom and a sense of hopelessness from having no constructive
ways to spend their time.