The Hope Tree


Upcoming Event!

October half term
27-29th October Autumn programme
December programme: dates to follow.

Summer 2021

The Hope Tree ran a six-day programme during July and August 2021 with a team of volunteers
Over the six days we had a variety of events which were well attended

37 children and 19 parents took part in our activities this year!

Here is what we got up to!

  • Pottery Sessions
  • Environment workshop by Jenny Bailey on the importance of bees in saving our planet.
  • A trip to the beach
  • Catered Barbecue
  • Arts and Crafts

Below is some of the feedback we've gathered from parents about the event!

  • We had a lovely time, both made new friends. It was great to spend time together as Mum and daughter but also good to have a little break whilst she played with friends.
  • Amazing what you all do for families thank you.
  • Very happy children and people, please next time the same
  • Very happy with the day children have had a wonderful time.

And we can't forget about the children too!

  • Exciting!
  • Very fun
  • Awesome
  • Very good, amazing

Counselling 2021

Our counselling support continues, and we have seen an increase in requests for support for children with increased anxieties due to the pandemic. Supporting children and young people online and in seven schools during the school term September 2020- July 2021. The Hope tree is looking to expand this service with a new counsellor coming onboard soon.

News 2021

Maureen Gordon the Director of the Hope Tree was a recent finalist in the International Wintrade Global award event for Women entrepreneurs under the category for the United Nation sustainable developmental goals. This highlights the work with supporting families in the community and in different countries over the years. Although she did not win the main prize, she received a certificate to recognise her achievement

Summer 2020

Funding from Collyer Fergusson, Ashford Borough Council and Kent Community Foundation (KCF) enabled us to continue supporting families during the pandemic. We were able to run a three-day Activity programme in August 2020 (photos on website) Followed by online sessions from October half term, where we provided the resources, all well received from families who were running out of ideas of what to do with their children during the months of lockdown

2020 Summer Update

We continued to provide a counselling support service to the local schools and to families until March 2020. However, support continued online after this.

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December Online Activity Day 2020

For the holiday season hosted more Online Activity Days!

These days took place on the 5th, 12th, 19th, 21st & 22nd of December.

October Online Activity Day Pilot 2020

In these unusual times, we've had to move our activity days online for the first time.

Over three days we've had guided baking, arts & crafts, and exercise! Thank you for all of your photos you have sent us of everything you have made and your kind words. The pictures will be up soon as we update the website!

"I was so impressed by the fun and games you organised for R I have had a look at the hope tree website. It's such a fantastic service."

AM - Parent

"Thank you for these past few days of activities and story telling. We have really enjoyed them and it’s been great having the supplies and ingredients pre prepared for each day which takes stress out of organising family activities."

MG - Parent, and SG - Child

"I would 100% recommend you to a friend and I already have spoken about the Services to several family members and how amazed I am by what you have done for us all."

GR - Parent

We hope to see you again in December!

August Activity Days!

The Hope Tree was able to run our Parent & Child Activity Days sessions during August on the 20th, 21st, and 24th! This year we were at Singleton Village Hall with plenty of activities, workshops, and a wonderful performance from Miki who taught us some circus skills and wowed us with some magic!

A fantastic event! I look forward to hearing about more 100% recommend.

CB - Parent

We had so much fun, and we learnt sign language for the 1st time today. We would come again.

EE - Parent

C - I enjoyed the hula hooping and spinning plates. B - Great place and I liked juggling and hula hooping

CB & BB - Siblings

Thank you to everyone who came to our Activity Days, and we hope to see you again soon for the next one!

Official Launch

On Saturday the 4th of April 2015 The Hope Tree was officially launched at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford Kent. The event had over 100 people in attendance including children. Various activities were laid on for the children including an Easter egg hunt. There was entertainment from a live band, dance performances and a soloist sax player.

The Hope Tree director, Maureen Gordon, outlined the vision of the Hope Tree and its future goals and aspirations for the community of Ashford and beyond. We also had feedback from some parents who reported, the positive impact that attending some of the Hope Tree parenting forum had already had on their families.