Jessie Douglas- Founder
Elizabeth Henderson- Founder
The Duchess of Argyll
Richmond’s Hope was founded in April 2003 in Niddrie by Richmond Craigmillar Church of Scotland. The minister of the church and its Project Worker identified the need for such a service because of their involvement with bereaved families within the community. There followed a huge effort by the people of the church and with lots of help from others Richmond's Hope began. An unused gallery in the church was converted into a playroom. (the architect being Grant Bulloch) Staff were employed and trained and we began work with children. It goes without saying that we have learnt a huge amount in the last ten years. Much of our learning has come from the young people who have shared their experiences with our staff. We have continued to strive for excellence in our work and are grateful to all who continue to support us on that journey.
Our Board of Directors has nine members who have a wide range of skills including financial expertise, and experience gained from working within education, local government, management and personnel. They meet once every six weeks. Members of the Board are also regularly involved in fundraising and undergo training for their role. The office bearers comprise of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
I visited Richmond’s Hope last year for the first time and was overwhelmed by the wonderful work and amazing atmosphere of the centre. The children I met were a delight with their positive, cheerful and well-adjusted attitude. Having a place where they could share, cope and learn to live with bereavement, whilst being surrounded by the best in care, help and support was inspiring and I am honoured to be The Patron of Richmond’s Hope. Her Grace, The Duchess of Argyll
Richmond's Hope maintains the vision of Richmond Craigmillar Church and works with every family in a way that both honours and respects their beliefs about both life and death.