"Cheaper has a floor. Better has no ceiling."
Design That Matter
“You are responsible for the things you help put in the world. If you do not think something should exist in the world, do not participate in it.”
- Mike Monteiro
Nice to meet you.
We are Mountains of Hope
What mountains I hear you ask. Real big lumps of rock and mountains of other stuff that are getting in the way of kids and young adults achieving.
We want to create new mountaineers, people who climb up and over stuff. There are few things more satisfying than climbing a mountain – real or notional.
Mountains of Hope exists to help create new mountaineers – kids and young adults with the skills to go, do and be.
What is Mountains of Hope?
There are loads of great and worthy engaging projects that take kids and young adults into the “wilderness”, we are better than these. We involve the kids and young adults in planning the activity, identifying the real mountain, identifying their own mountain, and deciding what a good job looks like.
We are there to help, not lead. We are different.
The young adults have to scratch their heads, take a deep breath and then think of three small personal challenges to set themselves. Then just go and do them.
Then they work as a team on a fourth challenge seeking a little bit of sponsorship. Knocking on doors, telling people how awesome they are and pointing skywards to the top of their mountain.
The Mountains of Hope Team then abseil in to your school hall (possibly), and run workshops, activities and chaos to help the young adults choose their mountain, then plan their trip up it, then go and get it.
Go. Do. Be.
The aforementioned super duper Mountains of Hope abseiling all-stars will safeguard the group on the hill, tell jokes, point out birds, frogs and far off lands, do juggling, tell jokes, play games, run nettle eating races. We’ll just be awesome. Promise.
Don’t worry about money. In fact don’t worry about anything.
So what happens when you all get up that mountain ?
You’ve done quite a lot of hard work so you get a super cool surprise. That bit is top secret too.
Remember the bit about a physical and a personal mountain ? Well when we’ve walked down the other side of the, hill. told more jokes, learnt to jump in the air and click our heels, sewn our sides back up from splitting with laughter, what happens then ?
Mountains of Hope help you use technology to tell the whole world about what you achieved as individuals and as a team.
But wait there’s more.
We ain’t no one day sugar rush. This ain’t a day under a wet tent in Wales on a school trip that you’d rather forget.
That little fire of amazement you have built for yourselves, that warm glow of having planted a seed of brilliance and watch it grown in to a Mountain of Hope, we’ll help you keep watering it.
Resources. Signposts. Courses. Doing. Being. Achieving.
Knowing that under that school uniform every one of you wears a secret super hero cape with a picture of a mountain on it, and the words go, do and be.
We help you keep going, keep doing, keep being.
Ready for take-off ?
Ta very much.
Mountains of Hope
Schools and Youth Groups
Talk to us. Stop worrying about risk and cost and problems. They’re just mountains in the way. We go up and over them all the time.
Mountains of Hope work with those schools and youth groups that need us the most
However you found out about us, run as fast as you can and tell a teacher or a youth group leader.
Then pester them every day until you see us abseil in to your school assembly. Or something like that.
We always need super nice volunteers, parents, teachers, and friends around the schools and youth groups that we work with. Come up the hill with us. Bring some cakes. Bring some stories. Tell some jokes. Do a back flip.
Do some good for nothing. Get in touch please.
Our telepathy receiver is broken.
However you can get in touch via:
Twitter - @mtnsofhope
Facebook - MountainsOfHope
One of the problems that MofH has had to wrestle with in the last few months is what we call “doing good for mutual benefit”
It costs between £1000 and £2500 to run a MofH Day for a school depending on where they are in the UK, which mountain they have set their hearts on climbing, and how much sponsorship the children have been able to raise (see point 4 on the post below).
Mountains of Hope works with the most socially disadvantaged schools in the UK. So those schools are not going to be able to cough up a big pile of cash to do MofH (because if they had that cash they probably wouldn’t need MofH in the first place).
So MofH are on the look out for a lead sponsor. A company (or individual) with a big heart, a social conscience, and a love of the outdoors. That company will get one sleeve of the MofH t-shirt to do with as they please. Make it cool for kids.
Several companies have approached MofH offering to support us for ”mutual benefit”. We get a piece of them, they get a piece of us.
We only help the children.
Apart from a bit of sunburn (hopefully), muddy boots and maybe a bit of egg mayo sandwich down our jacket, we do this good for nothing.
Which brings me on to http://www.goodfornothing.com (see how i did that …).
GFN is, to be honest, how good should be done. For nowt. Without expectation of reward or recompense.
Except GFN add nitro-glycerine to their Good, and do it in various places around the UK in manic 48 hour bursts of tinkering, hacking, coding, doing, creating and helping.
Good For Nothing have been tremendously kind in offering MofH a slot at the GFN gig in Manchester 5-7 Oct.
We will hop there if we have to.
We have sent them our sort of Jim’ll Fix It list (please could we have a really really cool website and please could you help us find an awesome lead sponsor and perhaps another that will help us get the 500ish t-shirts a year printed).
We will take cake and smiles and crayons. And listen to brains whirr.
We will also help in anyway we can with Carbon Coop and Signposts, the other two recipients of a GFN bear hug that weekend.
On another little note about good for nothing, Mountains of Hope is ran by a chap who looks very like me and runs www.thepathlesstravelled.co.uk. The other me, and my friend, built a traverse wall (a horizontal climbing wall) for a school in Lincolnshire over the Summer hols. Today the postman brought me 25 thankyou letters from the school. They all really love the wall and are using it to learn many parts of the curriculum as well as after school clubs. One letter was from an autistic boy. It was the first letter he had written whilst at the school. He was the first boy at the school to get all the way across the wall.
The wall is the thing in his little life that has pulled back the curtains and let the sun in. It has allowed him to Go. Do and Be.
The Path Less Travelled made a little bit of profit making that wall. They gave it all to Mountains of Hope.
Good For Nothing.
Enjoy your weekend.
"Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night."
“Everything you don’t understand is magic … When you understand things, there’s no more magic.”
- Tim Berners-Lee
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