The Hope Top Ten
(no Elton, Ed or sausages in sight)
A word I love, and a word that we frequently hear in this season. “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight…”. “A thrill of hope… a weary world rejoices…”.
What does it mean for us to bring hope to others?
Hope is to want, long for and have expectation for a better outcome to a situation, and here at sidekick HQ, we want to bring hope to our clients – hope for a better understanding of ourselves, our colleagues, for better working relationships, for stronger outcomes, for personal fulfilments, for meaningful careers.
But we don’t think it stops there. We think our mandate to bring hope goes a little further than just what makes a difference to those that we have a relationship with. Our company is built upon foundational value that brave generosity to others, in order to make the world that little bit fairer, is part of our hope-filled responsibility. We invest 10% of all sales (not profits) into supporting organisations that focus on one or more of these three United Nation goals: reduced inequalities, no poverty, and decent work and economic growth.
By the time you read this, we will know the Christmas number 1 single – will Elton get the top spot? As I write, it’s anyone’s guess but we thought we would share our own top 10 — the Hope Top Ten. This top ten is to spotlight the work of a few of the fantastic organisations that we have partnered with this year. Unlike other charts, all ten are number one in our eyes 😊.
The Hope Report: 2021
Samaritans are available to support those struggling and in desperate need of someone to talk to, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
2. Mercy Ships
The vision of Mercy Ships is to see some of the poorest countries in the world access essential, free healthcare and medical support to people who desperately need it. This is primarily through offering medical care and life-saving surgery to local people, educating local healthcare workers and increasing the quality of medical infrastructure.
3. Asia Link
Asia Link’s Afghanistan Crisis Response was aimed at working with those who had fled Afghanistan, supporting those arriving in the UK with nothing.
4. Kids Club Kampala
Kids Club Kampala supports over 4000 vulnerable children in Uganda through feeding, skilling, protecting and educating them. Their vision is to see children’s lives transformed, communities empowered and poverty reduced throughout Kampala’s slums.
5. Urban Devotion Birmingham
UDB is a charity that seeks to remove the obstacles that can prevent the potential of a individual from being realised, through fostering relationships with children, youth and families in Erdington. They provide mentoring, therapeutic support, school’s work, Kids and youth groups, drop-in sessions and more.
6. Open Doors
Open Doors supports Christians in high-risk countries through providing emergency relief, distributing resources, training leaders, speaking out in advocacy, protecting children and upholding victims of disaster.
7. Snowdrop Project
The Snowdrop Project, based in South Yorkshire, aims to provide long-term support to survivors of human trafficking, through befriending and casework, counselling, creative activities, house renovations, training and consultancy in order to help survivors rebuild their futures.
8. Kujuwa Initiative
The Kujuwa Initiative trains communities in sexual reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene management in Kenya. Through producing reusable sanitary products from their SOKO factory, where women are trained and employed, women and girls are enabled to manage their periods safely, respect their bodies, right for inequalities and aspire to bright futures.
9. Mercy UK
Mercy UK provides a six month programme for women with life controlling issues at no cost, allowing them to be supported, educated and equipped to make good changes in their lives.The Charity’s christian values mean that women who live in a Mercy house receive biblical teaching and support from their local church too.
10. International Justice Mission
IJM seeks to end slavery, trafficking and violence through bringing traffickers and offenders to justice, strengthening justice systems through training and support to community leaders, and bringing people to safety with trauma-informed care and protection.
We hope this lifts your spirits and gives you joy so that so many people in these incredible organisations are working to bring fairness, opportunity and change to the darkest of situations.
Hope is being able to see that there is a LIGHT despite all of the darkness.
Final words from us. If you have worked with us this year, we are so grateful for that opportunity. We hope we can continue to partner with you in 2022. And by doing so, you have made all this happen. Doesn’t that feel good?
With hope at Christmastime,
Hannah, Laura, James and Rachel x