Talking Hope considers how thinking and talking about hope promotes better futures for young people who are identified as being at high risk. To do this, it explores the factors identified as important by young people, and the staff who support them, in achieving hope.
This project is led by the University of Strathclyde and was funded in Phase I by the European Social Innovation Fund in partnership with the Scottish Government, in Phase II by the Scottish Government and the Good Shepherd Centre, and in Phase III by Scottish Government and Includem.
In 2019, a report was published by CYCJ focusing on Phases 1 and 2 of the project, which involved the University of Strathclyde, the Good Shepherd Centre, East Ayrshire Health and Care Partnership and Ayrshire and Arran CAMHS. Key additional partners in Phase 3 are Includem, Rossie and St. Mary’s Kenmure secure care centres, and Foxgrove, which will be the new National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service.
Talking Hope launched its website in November 2022. This is intended as a ‘hope reservoir’, an idea which came from practitioners who wanted a space to hold onto hope for times when hope is running low.