Wesley Operation Hope began in 1992 as a brave initiative to give disadvantaged children a break from their everyday life and offer them a week of encouragement, support and care.
The sponsored, one week camp began with children who were already involved in Wesley Mission’s services, particularly those in foster care, and grew to encompass children who were referred via a range of community services.
Wesley Operation Hope camps are run in conjunction with Wesley Vision Valley, a recreation centre in Sydney’s north west. Wesley Operation Hope works with a group of young people aged 12–18 over a minimum of a 12 week period, using an adventure therapy model to foster change amongst these young people. The program is facilitated in different urban and wilderness environments as well as at Wesley Vision Valley utilising the adventure activities onsite. Each group entering the Wesley Operation Hope program consists of 15 young people, and works on personal goals as well as leadership development, self-awareness and self-actualisation.
In addition to the adventure Wesley Operation Hope also offers an arts program which includes performing arts therapy consisting of either dance, music or drama for a full term.
Run over 12 weeks with fortnightly Saturday workshops, an intensives arts camp and a final showcase, the arts program is designed to give young people the chance to use their passion and interest in performing arts as a way of expressing themselves and building the confidence and self-esteem they need by performing in front of a supportive crowd.
Over the years Wesley Operation Hope has transformed the lives of hundreds of children who have flourished through the experience of spending a week away in a positive, supportive environment. The program has now evolved to work alongside these young people for an extended period of time to provide support and direction, allowing them to be more successful in their teenage and early adulthood years.