Speaker Meeting 5th September 2016

Paul Brookhouse - The Hope Centre, Derby

On Monday 5th September the members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed to their speaker meeting at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook Paul Brookhouse from the Hope Centre Derby.

Before the meeting, President Simon Beal had the privilege of presenting a cheque for £800 to Simon Bentley of the Breaston Youth Cafe. This was following Church Wilne Rotary's fund raising efforts along with a matching grant from Rotary District 1220. The money is being utilised to provide equipment for the Youth Cafe.

President Simon Beal with Simon Bentley and the cheque.

President Simon Beal with Paul Brookhouse from the Hope Centre, Derby

Paul was born in North Yorkshire and has been in Derby since the 90s when he began training in Allenton to become a Bank Manager. It was during that time he realised that many people in the City needed some support and he joined the Derby City Church.

In May 2011 the Hope Centre was opened by the Derby City Church in response to a growing need of support for the vulnerable and homeless community in Derby. They opened in premises opposite the church that had been derelict for several years. The centre supports people in crisis including deprived young people, the elderly, low income families, children, single parents, refugees and asylum seekers.

One of the growing services provided by the Hope Centre is the Food Bank. This service runs twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, providing food parcels to individuals directed to them by over 40 support agencies throughout Derby. These agencies hand out vouchers to those assessed to be in desperate need of support which can then be exchanged for food parcels. The Centre receives non perishable items from many sources including Greggs, the Co-op, local farmers and local groups.

When the Food Bank was opened in 2011 they gave out around 400 parcels, last year it was 3,100 and so far this year they have given out 2,700. Paul said that if everyone in Derby donated just one tin there would be enough for all.

An example of what is collected by the food bank

Parcels ready for distribution

Paul covered the many situations that families find themselves in need of support and they also offer a listening head to the many with traumatic and emotional needs.

They rely on donations from the community to run the Food Bank and cannot express how much this support means to them and those in need.

In conclusion Paul said "We offer self esteem, dignity in hope".

The club's vote of thanks was given by John Gregory who thanked Paul for his impressive talk and said that society is pretty good but can't cope for everyone and look after the very needy and concluded by saying it was a very sterling talk and can perhaps be summed up by "Those who have – to those in need".

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


15th August 2016

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