Volunteers, staff and friends gathered at The Val Waterhouse Centre on 7th March to officially open the Hope Specialist Service in its new base.
Previously located at the Hope Street Clinic, this award-winning service moved to The Val Waterhouse Centre in January and continues to provide patient centred care and therapies for people with chronic respiratory diseases, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and older people at risk of falls.
The new facility has been purpose-designed by the Hope Specialist Service staff and volunteers to include a fully equipped gym, physio rooms, education room and clinics and also space to expand the service further.
Officially opening the Hope Specialist Service at The Val Waterhouse Centre, Cllr Jane Hyldon-King said:
“I’ve been involved with Hope Street for many years and have always been impressed with the services they provide. I’m pleased they are able to continue to work with more people and can’t praise the staff and volunteers highly enough for what they do.”
Jane Miller, Chief Executive of Care Plus Group said:
“This is a phenomenal development for Care Plus Group. We’re now able to provide the facilities for the Hope Specialist Service to expand their excellent services within our Headquarters building alongside many other services and it is a testament to the memory of the late Val Waterhouse, our founding chairman, that this investment has taken place. As an organisation and social enterprise Care Plus Group continues to invest in improving services for our local north east Lincolnshire community.
“I’d like to thank all the staff and volunteers who worked hard to make the move possible and without whom we couldn’t operate our brilliant service.”
Hope’s longest standing volunteer (of 13 years!!), Shirley Gage said:
“I couldn’t speak more highly of the service we provide here, it’s very caring. I’ve volunteered with the service for 13 years and they make you feel very valued and a real part of the service – to me it’s like a family and we always make the patients feel very welcome.
“We outgrew Hope Street so it’s nice to see these new facilities where we can offer the service to even more people.’
Pam Hancock, Respiratory Lead said:
“The move has enabled us to grow our services and continue to help a wide variety of people in our community. The new location has improved accessibility; we’re closer to main bus routes here. We’re glad to be able to expand our services with the help of the Hope Street Trust and are committed to not just making people physically better but to help them emotionally and socially by offering more groups and social activities. We hope to become a hub for information and advice, particularly around falls and respiratory conditions.
“We have to thank not just the staff for all their support but also our fabulous volunteers who enable us to continue to make people’s lives better.