Back in 2021 VIVID committed to raising £10k to go towards the Hope Street Southampton project, created to provide a purpose-built residential network where women, who are in contact with the justice system, can meet the requirements of their community sentence in a safe and nurturing environment, where they can receive the any help and support but above all their children can live safely with them.
This Hub will provide more than just a home for the women and children of Hope Street, but the Hope Rooms will offer access to Healing Trauma programmes, and a space focused on supporting recovery from the trauma the women have endured.
The build of Hope Street Hub has faced many challenges but has made amazing progress and the 24 bedrooms, across 8 shared flats is almost complete, with kitchens and bathrooms being installed.
Hope House, their first supported living house for women opened in May and its residents are all actively participating in their personal programmes and many of the courses and activities on offer have been funded by the donations made from the VIVID team.
Jane Smith, Community Director from Hope Street commented: "We remain extremely grateful for the continuing support we receive from everyone at VIVID, and I look forward to sharing further updates with you as we approach completion.”
We are proud to continue to support One Small Thing and Hope Street and look forward to seeing the finished site this December. Mark Perry, Chief Executive from VIVID commented, “The team here at VIVID did a variety of staff fundraising to raise money for One Small Thing, it is fantastic to see this effort and hard work support Hope Street”.
Jane Smith, Community Director from Hope Street commented, “It has been so rewarding to see how much pride the women are taking in their new home at Hope House, and how far they have progressed already, considering the issues they were facing prior to moving in, including homelessness and domestic abuse.