Our Inspiration

Matthew 25:35-36

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”

Philippians 4:13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God had given us these two scriptures. I dwelt on these scriptures day and night, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of the words within me and make them come alive. I was also praying for my destiny helpers. What God had shown me was so big, I knew I could not do it on my own.

This name came out of Jeremiah 29:11. HHF is a registered charity in the UK that was set up to empower people and bring HOPE.

God showed me that when people are given the right opportunity, the necessary tools and with appropriate support, every individual can make a change.

They can be the best they can be and give something back to the community. And this became our mission, to extend a hand of hope like Peter did to the lame man in Acts 3.

Who We Are

Hands of Hope Foundation (HHF), is a registered charity organisation with a Christian ethos in the United Kingdom. The Foundation’s focus is on assisting and supporting vulnerable people including ex-offenders and former drug & alcohol dependants by facilitating means that will help them integrate into their communities.

The foundation will provide housing and educational support, information, advice and advocacy. HHF is also committed to assisting in any way possible, African Orphanage homes with resources to help keep their projects going through our ‘Poverty Alleviation Programme’. 

When we started, we focused on…

    Food Distribution

    Supporting low-income families and feeding the homeless

    Prison Ministry

    We visited inmates in prisons under the umbrella of Prison Outreach Network and minister the gospel to them.

    Supporting Ex-Offenders

    Supporting Ex-Offenders by helping them reintegrate back into the community

    Orphanage Project

    This was a project we started in Nigeria to support various orphanages

    Food Distribution

    Supporting low-income families and feeding the homeless

    Prison Ministry

    We visited inmates in prisons under the umbrella of Prison Outreach Network and minister the gospel to them.

    Supporting Ex-Offenders

    Supporting Ex-Offenders by helping them reintegrate back into the community

    Orphanage Project

    This was a project we started in Nigeria to support various orphanages

    This need in Medway evolved and we started providing more support and services. We are not in this alone; we have great partners like the Kent Community Helpers and the Nigerian Community in Kent & Medway. In this last year, we have been able to provide food to a lot of families in Medway who need our support for various reasons, including those who are shielding due to COVID- 19.

    Since 2015, we have grown from strength to strength. In 2020 we celebrated our 5th year anniversary, and it gave me a real opportunity to see how far we have come. In the last 5 years, we have done so much in the community, shifting our initial focus, and evolving to provide more service.

    We now also support the community with…

      Housing & Educational Support

      Signposting, Information and Advice

      Training, Advocacy and Work Empowerment

      Community Services such as filling forms and employment issues

      Housing & Educational Support

      Signposting, Information and Advice

      Training, Advocacy and Work Empowerment

      Community Services such as filling forms and employment issues

      As a charity, our goal is to provide the necessary support to all service beneficiaries regardless of their race, background and personal history or circumstances. We are a non-judgemental and inclusive organisation. Our aim is simply to love and to do what God has called us to do.

      Adeola Ogunade

      FOUNDER HANDS OF HOPE FOUNDATION

       

      Adeola Ogunade, Founder of Hands of Hope Foundation (HHF) based in the UK has a passion to motivate, inspire, support and empower adults that have low self-esteem due to their history. Adeola who is best known as Favour believes in the perspective of giving ex-offenders a ‘second chance’ and this will be delivered through the core functions of the foundation. She is a graduate of Criminology and Criminal Justice with the necessary experience gained when she worked as a Probation Housing Resettlement Officer with the London Probation Service offering the relevant support to newly released people from custody and the people serving their sentence in the community.

       

       

      She has a Social Work background, a qualified PTLSS trainer/teacher, A1 Assessor and she is also a Housing Practitioner, member of CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing). She currently works in Housing as an Environmental Health Professional, with extensive experience with ex-offenders in one of London’s Borough and is dedicated to the well-being of the foundation’s cause. Her expertise extends to working with people inside and outside prison, and with socially excluded vulnerable adults. She was actively involved in the development of one of the Housing Surgeries specially tailored to the needs of the Asian Community in the Belvedere area of Kent.

      Adeola Ogunade has a passion to motivate, inspire, support and empower people:

      • She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Housing Management, Criminology and Criminal Justice & Master’s degree in Environmental Health with over 17years experience in Housing.
      • She has Social Work background, qualified PTLSS trainer, qualified A1 Assessor and also a Housing Practitioner, member of CIH & CIEH (Chartered Institute of Housing plus Chartered Institute of Environment Health).
      • She currently works in Housing as an Environmental Health Professional and is dedicated to the well-being of the foundation’s cause.
      • She developed and leads a women’s only service established for Asian women in London.
      • Her expertise extends to working with people inside and outside of prison, and with socially excluded vulnerable adults.
      • She believes in the perspective of giving back to the community and giving people a ‘second chance’.

      Elizabeth Smith-Mensah

      TRUSTEE

      A qualified Food Scientist and Technologist with 27 years experience in Food manufacturing and drinks industry. A registered member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), a qualified trainer in Food Safety and Hygiene, HACCP and Allergen training. A Trustee of HHF, a self motivator, excellent communication, organisational, interpersonal skills and a problem solver.

       

      Alex Babudoh

      TRUSTEE

      Alex Babudoh is a UK based Criminal Justice practitioner/ motivational commentator on human rights, global economic, international relations and children/women issues.

      He currently works with the London Probation Trust UK, as a Senior Probation Practitioner and has over 10 years working experience in criminal justice casework, strategic planning, offender management and implementation of court procedures/processes including the application of sentencing guidelines for effective offenders’ rehabilitation/integration into mainstream society.

       

      Blessing Odebode

      TRUSTEE

      Qualied Social Worker with 18 years’ experience working within Adults Social Services and NHS. Specialist in Mental Health and Approved Mental Health Practitioner. Experienced in forensic social work. A registered member of Health & Care Professional Council.