Our History

        Helping homeless, badly-housed and  hungry people of Rugby 

A Brief History in Time

History of Hope4
A focus group, Rugby & District Churches Focus Group on Homelessness, was started in 2005 by members of local churches who were concerned about the homelessness problem in Rugby.
This group was also known as Hope4U. As it developed it became registered as a charity and the name became shortened to Hope4.

The charity members started working with the Rugby Borough Council and national charities for the homeless to improve the situation in Rugby. They also started fund-raising for a Day Centre for homeless and badly-housed people.

Hope4U started in 2005
At the same time, people involved in Hope4 decided to open a venue providing free hot food and drink for homeless people, called Hope4U, for a short period over Christmas in 2005 in the Rugby Crackerteria cafe. This was so clearly needed that they decided to keep running three times a week in the Rugby town centre and moved to St. Andrew's church. Hope4U is currently suspended pending a review on safety & staffing grounds.


Our first centre  The Hope Centre opened in 2010
In autumn 2009 a possible site for a Day Centre was found and Hope4 started renting the building and converting it. The new Day Centre opened in February 2010 for three sessions a week, with a part-time support worker. Since then the opening hours have been extended to every day, and a second support worker appointed. 


Rugby Winter Shelter opened in December 2011
The Rugby Winter Shelter (RWS), overseen by Hope4, opened for the first time in partnership with seven local church who provided overnight venues and volunteers. Now in its seventh year the RWS helps, on average, over 50 different guests each winter, over a four month period.



Rugby Foodbank van  Rugby Foodbank opened in March 2012
Rugby Foodbank is now 6 years old. Over the last 6 years we have given out over 20,000 emergency 3 day packages to people in crisis living in the local area. We have given out an incredible 250 tonnes of food!


New Hope Centre on Newbold Road opened in March 2015
Numbers of guests were rising, so the decision was made to purchase a permanent larger property to provide Hope4's work. The Hope Centre at 8 Newbold Road was bought, partly by donated money and partly by a mortgage, at the end of 2014 and formally opened in March 2015. In April 2015 Hope 4U moved its ministry there, however Hope4U is currently suspended pending a review on safety & staffing grounds.


   Our Services

   Hope Centre 
   Winter Shelter

  Our Address

8 Newbold Road
CV21 2LJ


   Contact us

    Administrator - Hope4
     01788 572456
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    Administrator - Foodbank
     07557 680019
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    Hope4 Centre

Covid-19 and its impact on the Hope Centre,
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   The Day Centre 01788 572456, is currently closed,
however any messages left on the answerphone
will be accessed daily.

 England and Wales charity no. 1126487

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