Carriers of Hope started in May 2009 when it was noticed that there were a number of asylum seekers, refugees or recently arrived Eastern European migrants (primarily Roma people from Romania),living in the Coventry area, who were experiencing extreme poverty and lacking the most basic personal and household facilities.
We started by preparing and handing out carrier bags of ‘useful things’ and also encouraging friends and supporters, mainly from the local churches, to join in and help provide them. These carrier bags gave the name to Carriers of Hope.
The size of the problem quickly became apparent and we soon moved to having an open morning, on Tuesday mornings, in a church hall, where families could come and receive a welcome. At the same time they could be offered support, refreshments and also have opportunity to collect items of food, clothing and other essential items, donated by the general public.
In June 2012 we moved to our current venue, Hillfields Church, Waterloo Street CV1 5JS. We also have a warehouse 3 miles away as an equipment and furniture store.
Our average weekly attendance at our Tuesday Drop-In, Circle of Friends, has continued to increase, with new families coming every week. It now averages 130 per week. We don’t advertise our services, people hear about us by word of mouth and just come. At this point over 1500 families have registered with our service. Since Carriers of Hope was established we have worked with families from over 60 different countries.
We like to have visitors, so please feel free to drop in and see us. This is the best way to understand more about us.
Our latest financial report can be found here