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Future of HOPS

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Extraordinary general meeting – future of HOPS

 Held at The Cedars hotel Stowmarket at 7:30 pm on the 12th March 2019.

The purpose of the meeting was to inform parents and carers that HOPS has been unable to secure an alternative setting and given time and available resources Trustees have decided that the scheme will close when our lease runs out in September 2019.

This is not a decision taken lightly and as a team we are very upset that this is now our only course of action. The linked reports highlight the efforts we have made and the broad range of challenges that are affecting the scheme and our staff and explains why we have had to make this decision.

It was very disappointing that only 16 people attended the meeting this week, only six of these were parents and whilst we can understand that it may be difficult to attend, the turnout did not reflect the level of concern we expected.

HOPS has run on the efforts of a few dedicated staff, volunteers and only 5 voluntary trustees. We need to consider the well-being of our staff and remove the uncertainty that has affected us all over the last 12 months.

If a Charity offering a similar service is to be founded, time and resources mean it would need to be a new CIO with a new set of appropriately skilled trustees at a new setting.

In the meantime we intend for the HOPS scheme to run as normal for the children this summer and we will celebrate its success and support our loyal staff and volunteers going forward.

EGM Summary
List of Building
Architects drawing Stowmarket
Architects drawing Mendlesham
MP letter Dan Poulter
MP letter Jack Abbott
MP letter Jo Churchill
MP Letter Matt Handcock
MP Letter Sandy Martin