Project information

Generation Hope

Generation Hope is a new youth branch of Hope UK. A membership organisation for young people, it aims to encourage positive peer influence by supporting drug and alcohol-free lifestyles, imparting life and social skills and helping young people to achieve their potential.

The project has started and is ongoing.

Charity information: Hope UK

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  • Need


    Some young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, fail to achieve their potential because they succumb to negative peer pressure and become involved in drinking, drugs, gangs and premature and unsafe sexual activity.


    Generation Hope offers mutual support for young people who want to make positive life choices, as well as guidance from mature adults. Activity weekends and social media are used to increase awareness of drugs, alcohol and sexual health as well a providing practical social and life skills that enable young people to become successful adults. These include things as basic as the importance of eye contact in social situations, to job interview skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Building a community of young people supporting each other and having fun together.


    » Developing social media networks for Generation Hope.
    » Organising activity weekends - some just for fun, with a little education; some to enhance the ability of young people to be positive peer mentors.

    A growing community of young people supporting each other and having fun together, their positive influence diffusing into their communities.

    Aim 2

    Encouraging young people to live positive lives without the use of drugs.


    » This will be achieved through Hope UK's 8-session Drugs, Sex and You course as well as the positive example of mature young and adult mentors.

    A growing community of young people who show by their example that a fulfilled life can be lived without the use of psychoactive substances.

    Aim 3

    Nurturing young people in their Christian faith.


    » Generation Hope membership is intended to encourage principles of Christian citizenship in young people, but involvement is open to non-Christians.

    A growing community of young people who know what it is to live Christianly and be positive influences on the young people in their orbit.

    Aim 4

    Enabling young people to gain knowledge and
    develop skills.


    » Activity weekends, the Drugs, Sex and You course and social media are all intended to increase knowledge and develop skills.

    A growing community of young people who have the knowledge and skills to help others avoid drug and alcohol-related harm and be positive peer mentors to other young people.

  • Impact


    The long-term change we hope for is a radical transformation of the lives and expectations of young people in the UK. Instead of being plagued by feelings of hopelessness and self-hate, we want to see them able to love themselves and others and live constructive, useful lives. We want to see a reduction in adults with drug and alcohol-related problems, family breakdown, crime and ill health. Improvement in the statistical measurement of these social problems would be an indication of success


    Risks are associated with activity weekends and general child protection issues. These are mitigated by ensuring that all eligible adults are DBS checked; parental permissions are secured for all events; and a risk assessment is carried out for each activity undertaken with young people.


    Donors can sign up to Hope UK's newsletter and can also request reports at specific intervals. Our website will also include information about Generation Hope.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,545

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      Amount Heading Description
      £48,000 Salaries Cost of employing 2 full-time youth workers to develop the project.
      £7,545 Activities/Training Training/activity weekends for young people

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    National United Temperance Council £23,000 Guaranteed
    Phillips Memorial Charity £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Generation Hope is a national project, but Hope UK's HQ is based in London.


    Young people throughout the UK aged 11-25 will benefit from this project. Although membership is restricted to Christians or those sympathetic to the Christian faith, involvement is open to any young person who can benefit from the Drugs, Sex and You course, participate in an activity weekend or get involved in detached drug education. The influence of Generation Hope should extend far beyond its members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hope UK has over 160 years' experience of working with children and young people to prevent alcohol and drug-related harm, but in reality, the charity's influence has extended to the general well-being of children and young people, developing leadership skills and encouraging responsible citizenship.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Brighton

    Sarah is Hope UK's CEO, an experienced youth worker who developed Hope UK's voluntary Drug Educator Training Programme over 20 years ago.

    Jamie Madden

    Jamie is an experienced youth worker responsible for developing Generation Hope and building up membership as well as organising activities.

    Hannah Luke

    Hannah is a youth worker sharing responsibility for developing Generation Hope and building up membership as well as organising activities.