Communities of Hope


Children and Families Worker Vacancy- August 2021

Are you passionate about working with families and children; about justice, about the Kingdom of God transforming lives, about sharing God’s love in word and deed? If so, could this role be the one you have been praying for?

Community Children and Families Worker

£19,000 - £21,500 plus pension pro rata

This a 3 year post, with an option to extend as funding becomes available.

Hours: 25-37 hours per week, with some flexibility. Five weeks annual leave plus bank holidays. Will include weekend and evening work. A job share is possible.

Project background:

Hartlepool Communities of Hope is a project that has been running for one year, challenging poverty and working with Children and Families. The remit is broad, and the need is great, but by using prayer, creativity, community involvement, strong partnerships and discerning what the Holy Spirit is up to, we seek to increase Hope in this amazing town. The Project will work alongside, and with, existing congregations in the ‘The Central Hartlepool Group of Churches’ (All Saints Stranton, St Aidan and Columba, and St Luke’s).

This project is part of a wider project in the Diocese of Durham which in a partnership with the National Church (Strategic Development Fund) seeks to invest in low-income communities in ways that bring hope and transformation, both spiritually and physically.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Christian to work as part of a team and to encourage others in developing and leading the Communities of Hope project, in Jesus’ name.

The Community Children and Families Worker will build on the work of the last year continuing to develop, lead and coordinate the children’s work within the church and local community (including schools), through a programme of new and established activities (eg Forest Church, Fun Days, Open the Book and Prayer Spaces).

Please contact: Rev Canon Norman Shave 07985148034 for an informal discussion about this role.

Job description and application form are available for download at or

by emailing:

Closing date : 30th August 2021

Interview date : Tuesday 7th September 2021

We are an equal opportunities employer with commitment to inclusion.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holders are committed Christian.

Meet the Team


Emma Cain

Project Leader and Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, my name is Emma Cain and I am the newly appointed Team Leader for the Communities of Hope, here in Hartlepool.

My husband and I came to Hartlepool, following God’s lead, what feels like a whole lifetime ago; though, when I counted, it turned out to be 19 years ago.   I suppose we were only young then, and childless, which probably explains it.   We loved it here and settled down; our three children were all born in Hartlepool – our youngest one on the very last day the maternity ward was still open in Hartlepool Hospital.

Three years ago, I heard God tell me that the time for patience was over and that it was now time to start doing His work. Since then, life has been one long rollercoaster, which has seen me being recommended for training towards ordination as an incumbent as well as being appointed to this post.

I would like my ministry to be about bringing love and hope to my brothers and sisters and am really excited about the work that lies ahead of us all, as we come together to be the living presence of Christ in Hartlepool, bringing hope and healing to this town and its people: our community.

I can’t wait to get going and hope to meet you soon, if we have not already done so.



Children and Families Worker


Jo Leslie

Community Worker/Evangelist

Hi,  I'm Jo and have moved from Leicester, where I have been working amongst the homeless community and women involved in street prostitution. I am now the  Evangelist and Community worker with the Communities of Hope. I have worked and ministered to those on the margins for over 10 years. I am passionate about social justice and giving a voice to the voiceless. I am excited to join in God's mission here in Hartlepool and see Isaiah 61 lived out amongst those who feel forgotten and unloved.