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Wesley Operation Hope

Welcome to Wesley Operation Hope

Welcome to Wesley Operation Hope


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.

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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.

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.

Fast facts

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In 2014/15, Wesley Operation Hope supported 77 young people and facilitated 583 service days, up from 319 service days in the previous year.

Find out more in the 2015 Annual Report: Strength. Spirit. Hope.

Commitment to care

Wesley Mission has reached out to families and children since 1893 when we opened our first home for abandoned children, Waverley House, in Woolloomooloo.

Since then we have pioneered a broad range of services for children and families to help them in whatever circumstances they are in.

Wesley Mission is committed to:

  • offering struggling families support through counselling, mediation, financial and legal support and crisis accommodation
  • building strong and resilient families by teaching parenting skills, providing child development programs and out of school hours care and offering early intervention work
  • helping vulnerable children and young people thrive and reach their potential through foster care, mentoring and holiday camps
  • connecting with teenagers through a range of support services in the areas of substance abuse, employment, life issues and accommodation.

Wesley Mission is dedicated to strengthening families and putting an end to the perpetual cycle of disadvantage that children and families may experience.

The Wesley Mission story

Wesley Mission has been working with the most marginalised people in Sydney for more than 200 years. Find out how it all began. 

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