Initially established as an unregistered charity in 2019, we became fully registered with the UK Charity Commission in January 2020. We are passionate about seeing hope restored to people who are facing the harshest of life's battles that steal their hope away. It may be recovering from violence and abuse, dealing with long-term mental and physical health challenges, finding a home and being re-established into community or breaking the destructive cycle of isolation and social anxiety. In all of these things, we believe that hope is the seed of change.
Our mission is founded upon the running of choirs, but when the pandemic arrived we had to put those on pause and think about how we could continue serving the local community. Through partnership with Kingston Council and other local charities, an opportunity arose for us to help to feed the isolated and vulnerable of Kingston borough, so we took it and the rest, as they say, is history. You can find out more about how we transformed ourselves on this website, and how you could become part of the story.
Sarah is the founder and CEO of Voices of Hope. She has an MA in Music and Education from Cambridge University and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music. With many years of music teaching and conducting experience, she brings a high level of musical competence and experience to the task of leading VoH. Her innate passion and compassion produce a compelling desire to see people thriving within community, filled with hope, and into their own journey of healing, restoration and empowerment. She loves to see people believing in themselves, growing in confidence and taking steps towards fulfilling their potential. The projects undertaken by VoH under Sarah's leadership express these characteristics powerfully.
Sarah is a 2022 recipient of the British Empire Medal for services to the community in the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames during Covid-19.
Behind the scenes VoH has a Board of Trustees and an Executive Team who bring a wide variety of skills and experience, supporting Sarah to fulfil the VoH mission.
Pippa has been with Voices of Hope since April 2020, volunteering at first and then stepping into the role of Volunteer and Office Manager. Along with bringing her extensive experience in the charity sector, she loves a good spreadsheet and sorting out processes. In her spare time she loves to go on walks and charity shop bargain hunting.
Nick is Voices of Hope's incredible Operations & Development Manager, running both the BRITE Box project and The Good Food Co-Op with great skill and passion. These are some of our biggest and rapidly growing projects, reaching lots of local people and encouraging them to cook some fun and healthy meals. Nick came on staff in July 2020 and in his spare time (which isn’t much!), he loves to listen to music and paddleboard, though not at the same time...
Ruth joined us as a volunteer particularly focused on the BRITE Box project, and since Jan 2021 joined us on staff as a Project and Development Manager. Ruth is full of creative ideas and skill, huge amounts of compassion and has an unrivalled knowledge of everything local.
Emma has been a life-line to our rapidly growing work. As Youth Engagement and Finance Manager, Emma has jumped in the deep end to manage financial procedures and has come alongside to run and grow our various youth volunteering offers and projects. She is a published author and loves her mischievous puppy, Bertie and her equally mischievous three boys and husband.
Tracy is our Domestic Violence Support Manager and has an amazing passion to come alongside women who have experienced Domestic Violence. Having walked an incredibly brave and courageous journey herself, we are honoured to have Tracy on staff running a vital Domestic Violence peer mentor service to women in our community. She loves to sing and is a keen Sisterhood Choir member as well as mum to two gorgeous kids.
Heni has come on board in 2022 to be our new Choir and ABC Manager which we're very excited about! She is a super-reliable, hardworking and caring person as well as a passionate musician spanning various genres including classical, jazz and contemporary. She has a BA Diploma in Music and 20 years of experience as a chorister, orchestra conductor and piano teacher.
Rhiannon is Voices of Hope's amazing Creative Arts Coordinator, who has been with us since September 2020. She is heavily involved in Sisterhood Sanctuary, The ABC, and our choir work. In her spare time she spends time with Claudie her cat, who sadly hates music :-(
Steve is our Accountant and absolute gold - requiring great grace, he keeps us all on the straight and narrow path and fully compliant with all things financial. Given the multiple projects that we run and the need to account for different restricted streams of funding, Voices of Hope would not be functioning without him. Steve is a keen singer and Gospel Choir member as well as a wonderful husband and father.
We have a great team of choir tutors who travel all across Kingston, Richmond and Elmbridge to run our choirs in homes and centres as well as ABC on zoom. Currently these tutors have come through our own training (from people who have joined our Sisterhood / Gospel Choirs) and Kingston university postgraduate students.
Margaret & Richard Thompson
Behind the scenes VoH has a Board of Trustees who support Sarah and her team to fulfil the VoH mission.
Soon Lee (Chair)
Jeevan Mahesan (Treasurer)
Alison Henri (Secretary)
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UK Charity Commission Registration 1187454
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