Hope House

20th March 2017

Hope House - Now taking referrals, just the finishing touches to go!

We are getting tantalisingly close now to opening Hope House. Thanks to our amazing volunteers who have mended, painted, scrubbed and weeded their way through the house and gardens, it is all looking very ship-shape! Our dedicated Hope House Leader, Linda, plus therapist and cook are on board and volunteers are going through the necessary final checks. With furniture, carpets, and a multitude of items for the kitchen all on order, we hope to be announcing shortly when Hope House will receive its first guest (this is what we call people who attend).

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that we are taking referrals for potential guests from today, Monday 20th March. People can refer themselves to us (self-referral) or referrals can be made by health and social care professionals, a carer or family member. Hope House differs from our three Support Cafés in that attendance is only for those with a life limiting illness and by referral.

Please contact us by phone on 01530 222 079 and Linda, will guide you through our simple referral process. We’ll ask you a series of brief and simple questions to gather some information about your situation or that of the person you are calling about.

Once a referral is taken, Linda will arrange a home visit where a full and confidential assessment will be completed, accompanied by one of our volunteer registered nurses. This meeting is important as it provides the opportunity to hear directly about the services we offer at Hope House and a chance to discuss any issues or concerns.

Further information about Hope House can be found in the following document: Hope House FAQ Leaflet

If you have any queries that are not covered in the FAQ leaflet, please don’t hesitate to ring Linda on 01530 222 079 or drop an email to: hopehouse@hospicehope.org.uk


10th January 2017

Hope House, Griffydam - Update

As we stand at the start of a new year, it looks like being one of the most exciting and demanding that Hospice Hope has faced, as Hope House is well on its way to opening its doors to its first guests.

The building, electrical and car park work is now all complete and we hope to see our team of decorators wielding their paint brushes very shortly.

We have a Leader in place, Linda Mould, plus new volunteers and volunteer drivers who are going through the process of form filling and checking that must be done for this kind of voluntary work.

The support we have witnessed recently has been remarkable with so many groups and organisations donating time and money to the Charity through the Christmas period. 

We hope to be able to give all of our volunteers and supporters the opportunity to visit Hope House, but this will need to be staggered over a few months, because of the traffic limitations to and from the venue.

We still need more help in terms of people and fundraising – this is a huge task and the need for pastoral care for those with life limiting illnesses in North West Leicestershire is growing every day.  If you can help in anyway, please do drop us an email at: info@hospicehope.org.uk

Thank you

Stewart Shepherd
Chair of Hospice Hope


7th November 2016

Hope House, Griffydam - A place for people with life limiting illnesses

We are now into November and there has been much happening behind the scenes as Hope House takes shape.

Work on the necessary adaptions has now started.  Internally, there is work being carried out to ensure Hope House meets disabled access regulations and requirements, provides a secure upstairs area for the owners belongings and a new ‘quiet room’ is being developed, to enable guests to either speak in confidence on a 1-1 basis or enjoy time to themselves.  The electrics have been upgraded and once the building work has finished (and the dust settled!) there will be an extensive cleaning and decorating programme put in place. Following this there will be a great deal of items to source from comfortable chairs to crockery, games and saucepans etc; details of how you could help will be posted online soon.  Early 2017, we anticipate being in a position to turn Hope House from a project into a place which will opens its arms with a warm, friendly and comfortable welcome to around 8 to 10 people with life limiting illnesses each day it is open.

Outside, Ashby Castle Rotary Club have made a sterling start on the garden, which needed some very ‘keen’ pruning at the back of the house to open up the garden so that guests will be able to enjoy the splendid views to the countryside beyond Hope House.  The Rotary team of willing volunteers have chopped, pruned and cleared a significant area in ‘phase 1’ and will be back to continue once the work on the car park has been completed.  The existing car parking area at the front of the house has been significantly extended, not just to provide parking spaces for an increased number of vehicles, but also to provide a safe and spacious turning area, so to ensure that the shared driveway with our neighbours is not compromised in any way.

As with all plans, once these become a reality and start to be implemented, there are inevitable re-adjustments that have been necessary to ensure the success of Hope House.  Firstly, the charity has decided to advertise for a paid fundraiser, and many of you may have spotted our advertisements online and in the local press.  This is most definitely a long-term strategic move, to secure the income for the charity as it expands within the area.  Fundraising is a specific skill and involves a great deal of time, relationship building and communication, and therefore the trustees felt that the only feasible option was to employ an experienced person specifically to do this. 

This review of our income stream has also meant that we have updated how Hope House should be managed and it will now operate on a pastoral basis, under the management of one of our Trustees, who will fulfil the significant administrative role.  Our Treasurer, Linda Mould, has generously offered to do this on a voluntary basis, and with her business and administrative background, we have accepted this offer wholeheartedly.  This review has also led to confirming that the nursing expertise and input into Hope House will be provided by one of our Support Café leaders, which means that the considerable expense of employing a nurse has been mitigated, allows us to focus our funds on providing much-needed support services for our guests.

Everyone involved in Hospice Hope and Hope House is thrilled that soon we will be able to offer further support in North West Leicestershire to people with life limiting illnesses, and alongside our Support Cafés, which will continue to operate on a weekly, drop-in basis, we have taken another step towards our Charity’s mission i.e. to fill the void of support that currently exists and that the NHS shows no sign of rectifying.

20th October 2016

This statement is with regard to the proposed salaried nurse positions as outlined previously. 

As a part of the continuing stewardship of the Charity, the Trustees have had to decide that the cost of employment of a Nurse Manger is a step too far at this stage.

Although Hospice Hope will soon be advertising for a paid fundraiser to increase our income stream, this is a long-term strategic move and is unlikely to generate sufficient short-term funds on a consistent basis to enable us to confidently advertise a Nurse Manager position. 

We will continue with the development of Hope House by way of a very generous offer from one of our Trustees to fulfil the administrative role on a voluntary basis and with the support of our current Support Café leaders, Hope House will operate on a pastoral basis.

Hope House will be a place for the people of North West Leicestershire with life limiting illnesses, where we can offer a warm welcome, emotional support, complementary therapies, activities and a nutritious lunch.  It will offer this support initially 2 days a week from 10.30am to 3.30pm and guests will be invited to attend on one of the two days. 

Essential building work is currently taking place at Hope House, once this has been completed we will be able to start on the internal decorations.


9th September 2016

Planning Permission Granted

We are delighted to announce to all our supporters the fantastic news that North West Leicestershire District Council granted the Charity planning permission on 7th September to change the purpose of the downstairs of a large house in Griffydam from domestic usage into our proposed Day Hospice.

This rural location in the heart of our area is ideally suited for our Day Hospice.  The property will be known as ‘Hope House’ and finally we can start to provide much-needed day hospice services that the area has been lacking since the closure of Staunton Harold many, many years ago. Our aim is to offer a homely atmosphere, a place to find support, benefit from complementary therapies, enjoy creative activities, a nutritious meal and very importantly guests will have the opportunity to discuss their needs and concerns with an experienced nurse.

Now that planning permission has been granted, the Charity can start to put its plans into action.  There is a lot to do, but we hope to be in a position to launch Hope House in January 2017. 

If you feel that you can volunteer in any way at Hope House, don’t wait, send us an email or phone now!

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further announcements.


10th August 2016

Hospice Hope is pleased to inform all our supporters that our planning application for ‘Hope House’ in Griffydam has been validated (i.e. accepted) by North West Leicestershire District Council and is now available to view online.

The all-important planning application number is 16/00760/FUL and relates to the change of use of a dwelling to a D1 (non-residential institution) day hospice.

Our planning application can be viewed by following the link below:


The important dates are:

Thursday 25th August 2016

This is when the standard consultation period finishes.  During this period, anyone can show their support for our plans by making a favourable comment against our application.  This is a simple process and the following document can help you to do this:

How to support our planning application

Wednesday 7th September 2016

This is the ‘determination deadline’ day – this means Hospice Hope should have heard that our planning application has been approved by this day.


22nd June 2016

Hospice Hope’s long term aim has always been to open a Day Hospice to give greater support to people with life limiting illnesses in North West Leicestershire, in addition to the support offered at our three existing Support Cafés.   

Over the years, the charity has been seeking a property in which we would fulfil this aim.  We have looked into many properties, which for one reason or another were not suitable.   

As confirmed in our statement dated 19th April, the charity has been offered the ground floor of an ideal property, located in a quiet and rural part of the District, with a delightful aspect, and sufficient space both inside and outside to accommodate the requirements of a Day Hospice.  The full support of neighbouring houses was offered to the current owner before the charity was made aware of the proposal. 

We are delighted to announce that our planning application to North West Leicestershire District Council was submitted on 15th June, to make the necessary change of purpose from domestic dwelling to social use at the property. 

We are now waiting for the application to be validated by the District Council and for the details to be uploaded to the planning area of their website.  There follows a consultation period, when we will inform you of the way in which you can support our application, to move the Charity one step further forward to providing North West Leicestershire with the Day Hospice it so desperately needs. 

We are hoping to receive confirmation of the outcome of our application following the Council’s August or September planning meeting.


19th April 2016

Hospice Hope runs three weekly Support Cafés in Coalville/Whitwick, Ibstock and Ashby de la Zouch, providing valuable and regular support for a significant number of local people with life limiting illnesses.

Our main focus is now to open a Day Hospice for North West Leicestershire in addition to our Support Cafés, which will initially open for two days a week, developing up to four days.  Over the past few years the charity has looked into many properties, which for one reason or another were not suitable.  We have now found an ideal property and are presently in negotiations with the local district council and highways department.  

Please keep an eye on this section of our website for announcements regarding the Day Hospice, which we hope will soon benefit even more local people.