About Focus 4 Hope
Focus4Hope is a non-profit providing support for the homeless, elderly, and isolated in West Yorkshire.
We were founded in 2016 as a community-based group of friends, seeking ways of collectively making a difference in the region. From these small beginnings, our organisation has gone on to become an incredibly active participant in the local charitable community. We have had the great pleasure of helping thousands of vulnerable people in our area, as well as refugees in France. Here in our local region we predominantly work with the elderly, the homeless, and isolated/lonely individuals in need of support.
We are proud to be a part of Town Hall Group, a coalition of companies and nonprofits working together to make a positive impact.
Currently, we are working towards gaining charity status, which will help us reach even more people and raise further funds to put back into the community.
We regularly host events in which we bring people together for food, fun, and more. As an example, we previously hosted a three course Christmas meal and party at St John’s Divine Church, Rastrick. We served 85 elderly and isolated people from the Calderdale and Kirklees area. It was a wonderful event that included live music entertainment, dancing and bingo games. The guests were also able to make new friends to help combat loneliness. We find that events like these foster a sense of community, and nurture relationships between like-minded people in need a bit of connection. We provided all the food, refreshments and entertainment, and it was a true success.
We also feed the homeless every fortnight in Leeds. We provide hot and hearty home cooked meals, drinks, and cakes to 80-100 homeless individuals during each event. We also give out food parcels, clothing items, and hygiene packs. These kinds of items help us extend the impact of our support far beyond the few hours we are able to interact with them face-to face.
We are proud to have been part of writing the Leeds Homelessness Charter. The charter contains foundational core missions and action steps to fight homlessness in the area. The group of participating charities and organisations use the charter as a core influence for their work, and it ensures that there is constant available support for the homeless in Leeds.
Another project that is deeply important to us is aiding refugees. We collect donations to help those who have settled here in the UK, and send donations to places abroad where there is a growing need. Additionally, we volunteer two to three times a year with Care4Calais in Calais, France, where we deliver a van full of donations. Once there, we assist in preparing food for 2500 refugees, and also support our partner Town Hall Dental in their work to provide much-needed dental care to the refugee camp.
Our team at Focus4Hope are dedicated to helping the vulnerable and isolated in West Yorkshire and beyond. We feel very lucky to be able to work with a group of incredible volunteers, who help us support the members of our community who need it most.
In this gallery we’ve brought together some photos of our previous community efforts. They each give a little insight into the kind of work we do, and the people who help us accomplish it. Volunteers, see if you can spot yourself!