HFTF Summer BBQ Fundraiser

Just as we approached the final few days of summer, Jo and Greg, Hope for the Future’s Director and her husband, organised a BBQ to raise money for the charity. It was an afternoon to remember with brilliant food and company, an entertaining auction and the chance to learn more about the work of the charity.

“Seeing Hope for the Future grow from a small cluster of Yorkshire churches to a national organisation training over a thousand people each year has been an amazing experience. We held the BBQ in our allotment on the edge of the Peak District to provide a space where people could enjoy the natural environment whilst doing something to benefit it. There is still a very low awareness about climate change in Parliament and beyond, so we were so grateful to everyone who turned out to raise £400 for the work. Hope for the Future's work to equip NGOs, local groups and individuals around the UK to more effectively communicate climate change with politicians is something our friends, family and local community were really glad to support” 

- Our Director Jo and her husband Greg reflect on the fundraiser

None of the brilliant work that Hope for the Future does could be done without the generosity of those that have supported us over the last five years. As Hope for the Future continues to grow we need to grow to maintain our capacity to support constituents and offer training to all those who will benefit from it.  

We’re really pleased to welcome Sarah Buck as our new fundraiser. Sarah would like to encourage anyone who has been feeling inspired and would like to fundraise for Hope for the Future, to get in touch at: sarahbuck.hopeftf@gmail.com.

Sarah is originally from a small town called Oswaldtwistle (home of the world's largest pear drop!) but Sheffield is currently home. She has been a fundraiser for a number of organisations, from big ones like Christian Aid, to small ones like the Genesis Trust and Clifton Park Museum. She currently works part time for a brilliant international development charity and is really excited to be joining Hope for the Future as their new fundraiser for one day a week. When Sarah is not busy fundraising, she loves to walk, camp, bake and craft.

Hope for the Future Looks Back - And Thinks Ahead

Hope for the Future Looks Back - And Thinks Ahead

Five years ago, a small group of friends who attended the same church, decided that something must be done about climate change – and that that something must be influencing politicians to take action.  From this initial conviction came the idea of helping others to challenge our elected representatives on what is surely the most urgent problem facing the world.  After four years of hard, voluntary work, testing out our ideas on how that might be done, we finally became a registered charity in the summer of 2017.  Since then, our small team of paid staff and our much larger group of volunteers have become recognised as leaders in the field of training citizens to petition their MPs and councillors about the dangers of global warming. 

Meet your MP about Community Energy this Community Energy Fortnight

Meet your MP about Community Energy this Community Energy Fortnight

With Community Energy Fortnight approaching, why not choose community energy as one specific issue to approach your MP about? Community energy involves small-scale renewable energy projects, where citizens come together, take control and reap benefits from their energy.  The many benefits of community energy can make it easier to find common ground with your MP over an area of shared interest. For example, if your MP’s main concern is lowering energy prices for their constituents, you can highlight how community energy can help with this. 

Talking Zero Carbon

Talking Zero Carbon

In April 2018, Claire Perry MP, the Minister for Clean Growth and Energy announced that the government will call on the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to lay out a route for tighter carbon controls, in a move towards a net zero emissions target. Net zero refers to the balancing of emissions produced and emissions sequestered or offset, so that overall zero emissions are emitted. A zero emissions target would be a positive step towards meeting the 1.5 degree target, as well as showing ambition from the government.

Volunteer, Jack, Inspires Young Asian Communities to Have Their Say

Jo and I ran a workshop for a group of schoolgirls on a residential trip at Whirlow Hall Farm with the Sheffield Environmental Movement. The Sheffield Environmental Movement is a charity that aims to promote health and well-being by working to provide Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) communities in Sheffield access to the natural environment. This was my first opportunity to run a workshop so it was really exciting, but also slightly nerve wracking sitting in silence with a group of 11-14 year olds before we got started.

“Keep it Local, Personal and Funny.” Good climate lobbying according to Bernard Jenkin MP.

Talking about the Government’s recent move on single use plastics Mr Jenkin remarked that ‘the establishment is playing catch up’ with public concern for greater environmental protection, listing as an example the range of eco-friendly lifestyle choices he has made over the years. The issue of climate change specifically, however, is one that has evolved for Mr Jenkin, not least due to the work of one of his constituents, Jill of the Women’s Institute.