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About Voices of Hope

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 Clay
Sarah Clay

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 recipient of the Mayor of Kingston's Community Award 2020.

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.

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Operations Team

Pippa Coupland

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 Dawson

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 Dawson

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 Reeve

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 Stephens

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.

Anna Edwards

Anna graduated from Richmond upon Thames College in 2020 and has been working for Voices of Hope since January 2021 as our wonderful Community Chef. Before that she was volunteering with us, providing much needed support to the kitchen team. In her spare time she likes to read and cook, even though it’s her day job - she loves it!

Rhiannon Bone

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 Gawthrop

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.

VoH Tutors

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.

Patrons

Margaret & Richard Thompson

Nigel Cooper

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Board of Trustees

Behind the scenes VoH has a Board of Trustees who support Sarah and her team to fulfil the VoH mission.

Keith Calder (Chair)

Jeevan Mahesan (Treasurer)

Elizabeth Batha

Nicki Watt

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Key Documents

You can download a copy of key VoH documents here:

VoH Constitution

VoH GDPR Policy

VoH Safeguarding Policy


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© 2021 Voices of Hope

UK Charity Commission Registration 1187454

161A Clarence Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 1QT

info@voh.org.uk