As a young person, HYPE Chief Executive Matthew Houghton found that there was a lack of activities on offer for children to enjoy during the school holidays and it became his dream to change that when he grew up.
Back in 2007 that dream became a reality when HYPE was founded, which stands for ‘Helping Young People Everywhere’ – the principle which lies at the very heart of what we do.
With the initial concept of delivering workshops for teenagers in deprived areas during school holidays (when anti-social behaviour is statistically at its highest), HYPE has continually grown ever since that first year.
HYPE’s debut workshops were supported by Expanding Horizons (Erasmus partners) and they made such a big impact on the wider community and the young people who attended them, that it rapidly became our goal to change as many young lives as possible.
From that point onward, HYPE continued to provide holiday workshops as well as activities which utilised community centres, empty shops, and in primary and secondary schools.