Making a difference in our community

The Hope Charity provides information, support and guidance to help parents, individuals and families. We also provide opportunities for people in the community to join our free online training courses to  learn a range of skills for life and gain practical advice on family issues.

We support the homeless in our area with food bank supplies and free donations of clothing, bedding and toiletries. Hope’s vision is to help change lives, relieve poverty and create a safer, better community.

Delivering hope, changing lives and building a brighter future.

We all have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic and have seen our country brought to a standstill over the past few months. Whilst many of our lives have been dramatically changed by the effects of the virus, there’s been an amazing sense of community spirit to help each other and in particular, those who are vulnerable or in need.

Hope has been closed since lockdown but we’re still trying to support families where it is safe to do so. We are offering telephone support if you feel isolated and need a listening ear, need help in accessing services, or if you are not able to leave your home and are short of food supplies, please contact us by email.

The team at Hope want to continue making a difference to the community, so please get in touch with us by email at  – we're here to help. Please stay safe and keep your families safe too.

Supporting our community during COVID-19

The Hope journey so far

In August 2015, the two founding members of Mums in Action, Andre Best and Barbara Lawrence, achieved their 12 year dream to set up Hope Charity with the aim of making a difference in their community.

Mums in Action has been supporting the community since 2003  when it was set up to provide opportunities to change the lives of parents and families in the local area. By helping to give young people a better start in life, supporting disadvantaged families and single parents, as a team we were determined to create a better community - and for over a decade, we've been doing just that.

The Hope team has evolved and grown and is now led by Barbara Lawrence and continues to work with local churches, children’s centres and family groups to plan, organise and deliver a range of specialist community projects. We offer Life Coaching, Mediation and Advocacy Services as well as FREE training programmes. We work tirelessly to ensure all of Hope’s services meet the needs of parents, individuals and families in the area, enhancing lives and helping to create a brighter future for everyone.

About Us

We are proud that Hope is an award winning charity and was recently honoured at the 2022 TEA Charity Awards as being Extraordinary Achievers within the community.


Hope receives
the Extraordinary Achievers Award

We are delighted to announce that our virtual training courses are now open for registration.

Focussing on employability and life skills, the aim of our part-time training courses is to provide an opportunity for adults in the Watford area to learn valuable skills to help change their lives and build a brighter future.

Our professional training coaches can adapt the courses to suit all needs and learning abilities and will cover a range of valuable skills including:

•   CV writing & job applications

•   Written & verbal communication skills

•   Team working

•   Problem solving

  Positive self talk

  Boosting confidence & self motivation

  Planning & organisational skills

Courses run weekly from 10am - 12pm Monday to Thursday and are FREE to everyone over 18 years of age, so download our registration form and sign up now.


FREE Online Training Courses now available

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Meet our Training Coaches...

Marcia Roberts is a professional, knowledgeable and conscientious adult education tutor, specialising in childcare, health & social care and employability skills. With nine years classroom experience, she has excellent communication, planning and organisational skills and has worked with students ranging in ability. Marcia understands that everyone learns differently, which puts her in a position to be able to tailor her tutoring style to each individual, going above and beyond to ensure her students excel. She is a firm believer in perseverance and knows that, with the right support, every student can achieve their learning goals. Marcia has recently been working with the Our Skills pilot to support parents and carers to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to enable them to support their child's literacy at school and at home.  

Elleni-Jaye Anderson-Grey is a Professional Counsellor, Personal Development Coach and Mediator. She has many years’ experience working with adults in the Public Sector and with young people in Education. Elleni-Jaye also loves to work as a member of a team or project and has supported Hope Charity behind the scenes on a variety of projects over the years. She currently works as a contractor within a local authority, on an Employee Assistance Programme as well as in private practice. Elleni-Jaye has a passion for supporting individuals to access their potential, excel against personal circumstances and achieve positive change.



Providing help and support when it's needed

Our Services

Coaching & Counselling

We partner with professional life coaches and counsellors who works with us to offer help and support, as well as providing valuable advice and guidance to people and families affected by homelessness.

Family Support & Food Bank

We work with the local family centres to provide whatever a family needs, from starter packs to food bank supplies, free of charge. We will continue to support families as much as we can with clothing, toiletries and household essentials.


Do you need an Advocate? Our professional Advocates can support you or members of your family and ensure that individuals are protected and their rights are met by providing an opportunity for views to be listened to and properly considered.


We are NOW offering mediation services to individuals and families who want to resolve disputes in a confidential and timely manner. We have a team of professional mediators who can help find acceptable resolutions for everybody involved.

Keeping the community spirit alive

Community Support

Over the last five years Hope has become a prominent part of our local community.  We’ve built strong relationships with other organisations, churches, educational establishments and businesses in our local area, raising awareness of who we are and the services we provide.

Together we’re starting to make a real difference to the lives of people in the Watford area and are working towards our goals of creating a better, brighter future for everyone.

We are proud to work in partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Elim Pentecostal Church and Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA), offering signposting for people in our community.  We provide them with food, clothing, basic household items and ongoing support, helping to change lives and give them a brighter future.

Building relationships that change lives

Our Partners

We are fortunate to be working with some wonderful local organisations  who help us to make a difference to our community. We are also delighted to support the local children's centres within Hertfordshire whenever the need arises.

Hertfordshire Youth Centre & Local Schools

Hope works closely with the local Youth Centre and Schools in our area offering young people an opportunity to get involved with their community either by supporting our fundraising activities or by volunteering .


Our Food Bank Partners

ASDA in Watford have been incredibly generous in helping us to provide food bank supplies for disadvantaged families and the homeless in our area. They have kindly donated food and toiletries ensuring we can support those in need.

Our Training Sponsor

We are proud to have been selected by John Lewis Partnership as one of their chosen charities in Watford. Through their generous donation, we have been able to fund our training courses and provide individuals in our community with the opportunity to retrain, learn new skills and improve their chances of gaining employment.

Get in touch or find out more...

Contact Us

Call:  07958 119742

For more information on how to get support, become a volunteer, or find out about any of our services, please  get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.  Simply complete the form opposite, call us on the number below or send us an email.

Hope (Watford)

Registered Charity Number: 1173830