Grant presentation: Northampton Hope Centre's eco dream

Grant presentation: Northampton Hope Centre's eco dream

The Northampton Hope Centre was one of 17 homeless charities across the world to receive funding from The Fine & Country Foundation’s first grant scheme in spring 2018, which gave more than £60,000 to homeless projects.

Jonathan Lloyd-Ham, Partner in Fine & Country Northampton and Charlotte Schofield, Foundation Coordinator, visited the Hope Centre in June to learn more about the ‘Gardening for Hope’ project. It received a £3,000 grant.

The Hope Centre was gifted a large allotment site which they have completely transformed in just a few months. The grant funded two sheds in the project.


The two sheds funded by The Fine & Country Foundation spring 2018 grant

The site is a recreational area of service users and a place for them to learn about horticulture from the professional gardener. They can learn and develop new skills as well as gain qualifications to help them obtain work placements and full-time employment. Additionally, they will learn about healthy eating, provide food for the centre and have a safe and peaceful space. 

The psychological benefits of gardening and having a private outdoor area are significant. Many service users at the Hope Centre, and within all homeless charities, suffer from varied forms of mental illness. The calming and quiet environment help service users improve a number of issues, including: anger management, anxiety and substance abuse.


The allotment featuring: potatoes, tomatoes and the two sheds funded by the Fine & Country Foundation grant

Jonathan and Charlotte toured the centre and heard about the wide range of activities provided. The centre’s hub holds breakfast and lunch five days a week and has recently opened on Saturdays, too. Service users can clean or replace clothing, play pool and watch films here.

There are also a number of smaller rooms that host counselling sessions, art classes and many more activities. They recently held an art exhibition, featuring the service users’ artwork, much of which was sold on the day. 

Jonathan Lloyd-Ham from Fine & Country Northampton said: “One of the first things that struck me when Charlotte and I entered the Hope Centre with our giant cheque was how happy the service users were. They were all making jokes, getting excited about why we were there and asking for photos.”

Charlotte Schofield, Fine & Country Foundation Coordinator said: “I have seen a number of homeless charities and the Hope Centre was the most uplifting charity I have visited. The gardening project is a huge success and we cannot wait to see the first juicy tomatoes this summer.”


Fresh tomatoes

We will continue to update you on the progress of each of the charities, who received grants in our spring programme. For more information about the successful charities, click here.

Our next grant scheme is open 1st – 31st October 2018. Registered homeless charities are invited to apply for up to £15,000 of funding. Find out more here.


10th Jun 2018

More from Fine & Country

Grant update: St Basils, Birmingham
St Basils, youth homeless charity in the West Midlands, is one of the 17 organisations funded by The Fine & Country Foundation’s first g...
Read more >>
13th Aug 2018
Geneva to Trieste: Raid Dolomite
Nine days, three countries and one bike.See Deborah's daily updates here.Deborah Heath, owner of Design by Deborah, member of Fine & Cou...
Read more >>
3rd Aug 2018
12 Marathon Challenge hits heatwave: Race four, Stoke-on-Trent
Support their mission by donating here.Temperatures reached a sweltering 28 degrees Celsius for Emma Preston, Regional Manager for GPEA and...
Read more >>
17th Jul 2018

FINE & COUNTRY LIFESTYLE

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT FINE & COUNTRY

TURN YOUR HOME 
INTO A BESTSELLER


Your home is an unfolding story. This is why at Fine & Country, we use a lifestyle approach to marketing to help people see your home as you see it. We do more than sell houses, we turn your home into a bestseller. Find out how we can help »

SELLING YOUR PROPERTY


Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. Find out how we can help »

forsaleweb
office_window

INDEPENDENT EXPERTISE


Every Fine & Country agent is a highly proficient and professional independent estate agent, operating to strict codes of conduct and dedicated to you. They will assist, advise and inform you through each stage of the property transaction.

GLOBAL EXPOSURE


With offices in over 300 locations worldwide we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with national marketing campaigns and local expertise and knowledge of carefully selected independent property professionals.

staff
magazine

UNIQUE MARKETING APPROACH


People buy as much into lifestyle of a property and its location as they do the bricks and mortar. We utilize sophisticated, intelligent and creative marketing that provides the type of information buyers would never normally see with other agents.

PARK LANE OFFICE


Access the lucrative London and international investor market from our prestigious Park Lane showrooms at 121 Park Lane, Mayfair. Our showrooms in London are amongst the very best placed in Europe, attracting clients from all over the world.

park_lane_office
98

TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT


An overwhelming majority of those who had used Fine & Country would recommend our services to a family member or friend, according to our most recent survey taken by members of the public.

To achieve 98.96% positive feedback is a privilege and we will endeavour to maintain this result, as we are dedicated to offering the best possible services to every customer, whether buyer or seller, from beginning to end.

MULTI-AWARD WINNING


Our consistent efforts to offer innovative marketing combined with a high level of service have been recognised by the industry for an astounding fifth year in a row, winning Best International Real Estate Agency Marketing at the International Residential Property Awards.

awards_stone
Independent customer reviews



Fine & Country

4.87 out of 5 - based on 966 customer reviews



Estate Agent and Letting Agent Reviews

OVER 300 LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE

Our International Network


Connecting offices on over 300 locations worldwide, our referral system combines local knowledge and expertise with an international network to find the right buyer for you wherever they are, at the same time as finding you your ideal next move

Our International Websites

United KingdomRussiaFranceHungaryCyprusGermanySpainPortugalEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesRomaniaMauritiusMoroccoNamibiaWest AfricaSouth AfricaAustraliaFloridaZimbabwe

SOCIAL MEDIA

We interact with customers on the main social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+, giving each property maximum online exposure.

 

FINE & COUNTRY SERVICES

FINE & COUNTRY
INTERIOR DESIGN


Access Fine & Country Interior Design to put your property ahead and make it stand out. With expert advice from some of London’s best stylists and designers we will make sure it makes a statement. Or if you’re purchasing with us, let F&C ID help make your new house feel like home by helping you find the very best specialists and designers for property refurbishment. Find out more »

development_image1
ifx_3s

FINE & COUNTRY
FOREIGN EXCHANGE


We have partnered with Rational FX, one of the world’s leading foreign exchange specialists to provide private and tailored currency services for all of our clients buying and selling luxury property around the world. Find out how we can help »

MEDIA CENTRE


Our internal Media Centre is a team of experienced press relations managers and copy writers dedicated to liaising with newspapers, magazines and other media outlets to gain extensive coverage for our properties in national and local media.

media_thumb_crop
tileevent

FINE & COUNTRY EVENTS


We organise and attend a series of events throughout the year. If you are interested in attending or if you would like to promote your properties at any of these events, do not hesitate to contact us.View our list of events »

FINE & COUNTRY PUBLICATIONS

foundation_large

THE FINE & COUNTRY FOUNDATION


The Fine & Country Foundation is dedicated to supporting and funding homeless causes in the UK and overseas. Fine & Country offices organise a range of fundraising events for you to get involved in and/ or support. Find out more about our work here. Read more »

*Please, note: for security reasons, the maps on this website do not provide the exact location of the property and they are provided solely as an indication of area.