About Us

What is a Community Interest Company?

We are a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC). A CIC is a legal structure designed for social enterprises who want to use their profits and assets for the benefit of the public and community. There are special features in place to ensure that this happens. Hopeful Futures CIC has an articles of association in line with The Companies Act 2006.

Our Mission:

To create opportunities for autistic people, those with learning disabilities and their families, to thrive within local communities.

Our Values

We are a values based organisation which means that our values guide and underpin all of our decision making and everything that we do. We are also a disability positive organisation which means that we value the strengths of neurodiverse people, and we do not believe that difference equals deficit. 

We want Hopeful Futures CIC to be a place of safety, rest, refuge, healing and growth. We want to practically live out our service values of LIGHT:

Love: Motivated by our Christian faith and Jesus’s example, all people need and deserve to be loved, we want to demonstrate Christ’s love for others through our words and actions

Integrity: Upholding the importance of transparency, honesty, authenticity and openness in all of our communications

Gentleness: People who come to us are likely to have had a number of traumatic life experiences. We want to be good listeners, understanding, empathetic and kind at all times

High Expectations: We want to provide high quality services, based on best practice and evidence-based approaches. We believe all people are made in the image of God, gifted with unique abilities and talents. We believe all people can thrive and achieve their goals with the right kind of environment and support

Time: In our fast-paced modern world, people need quality time more than ever, we want to slow down and give people the time they need

Meet The Team

Alice Amponsah

Managing Director

Alison Orphan

Co-Founder & Chair of Board of Directors

Keith Dixon

Keith Dixon

Finance & Operations Manager

Sophia Ramsey

Programme Lead 

Carys Orphan

Community Arts Facilitator

Sonia Tuttiet


Keith Dixon

Ayomide Sotubo


Simon Orphan

Co-Founder and Director

Jeremy Acott


Anne Dixon

Project Engagement Worker

Keith Dixon

Shehara Perera

Content Creator

Support Workers

Our Story

Here is a statement from co-founder Alison Orphan:

“The name Hopeful Futures is intentional. Very often in the UK people with learning disabilities and autism end up with much smaller lives than the general population, with those around them having very low expectations about what they could achieve. I wanted Hopeful Futures to be entirely different.” 

“I wanted to create a space where people with learning disabilities and autism could not only thrive and enjoy life but fly; do the things they are put on this earth to do; find purpose, meaning and fulfillment. To not be just an accepted and vaguely tolerated part of the local community but valued because of the unique things they bring which make our community better for everyone.”

“I wanted our organisation to be grounded in realism. I understand only too well, particularly at the moment, the immense struggles that everyone is having just to get by. So, I wanted us to be clear-eyed about the challenges and barriers that lay ahead for people with learning disabilities and autism to have a good life, but with a commitment to find creative and imaginative ways to make that happen anyway”.

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