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“Connection is why we are here.”

The Institute of Hope was established to facilitate sustainable change for individuals, organisations and communities. Our enterprise is innovative and designed to help rebalance relationships with self and others. Our focus is on reigniting hope by fostering self worth and confidence through understanding the importance of self care.


We acknowledge that people already have many of the resources they need. Our approach is heart centred and our aim is simply to work with people where they are at and help them bridge their own personal and professional divides.


We believe that strengthening individual’s foundation is the key to success as it provides a fertile ground for the seeds of hope to flourish.


Our dream is one that centers on connections that ignite passions and dreams for a better future.



“When we have authentic conversations and take appropriate actions, this ensures genuine sustainable change.”

Janelle Nicole Sigley

Founding Director

The Institute of Hope


Our Purpose

The Institute of Hope intends to be a vehicle for change driven by a consortium of dedicated conscious consultants.  Passionate about facilitating opportunities for people to make empowering choices and realise their full potential, we are not afraid of making mistakes and learning from them.


Our motto is

 “Self care comes first”


Grounded in trust and mutual respect we hope the choices individuals make as a result of our work together, will improve not only their own wellbeing but our communities as a whole.



Our Vision

Our vision is a world in which people stand strengthened in their vulnerabilities and are inspired and supported to act on their hopes and aspirations.



Our Values

The Institute of Hope believes that self worth and self confidence are fundamental to people’s well being. Self worth and self confidence are the cornerstones to leading a productive, positive and fulfilling life. Therefore our values are all about recognising the intrinsic worth of every human being regardless of circumstance.



  • Accept and respect individual differences and needs; we meet people where they are at.

  • Acknowledge and work with people’s strengths

  • Strive for excellence in the delivery of our programs and services

  • Live by a transparent strength based code of ethics

  • Value truth, justice, and integrity


Our Guiding Principles

1. We collaborate with partners through a strengths based approach. Together we create innovative programs and projects that inform policy impacting positively on self worth and self-confidence.


2. We support people to move through limiting beliefs that prevent them from reaching their desired goals and aspirations.


3.  We assist people to reconnect with cultural, spiritual, environmental and economic beliefs that impact on their lives.


4. We co-create meaningful partnerships and relationships.


5. We are willing to operate from ‘just in time’ and side-by-side co-learning frameworks.


6. We maintain clarity and transparency about our motivations and intentions at all times.



Our Philosophy

Our holistic approach is grounded in the principles of gratitude and reciprocity. It has been proven that when gratitude is practiced it strengthens the immune system. It also increases levels of positive emotions including joy, optimism and happiness.  All of this helps reduce feeling lonely and isolated and ultimately drives generosity and compassion.


Through creating grateful thoughts and actions, the mind can shift from pessimistic to optimistic resulting in a deeper sense of satisfaction, fit and belonging. Acknowledging that our thoughts inform our behaviours, we are committed to focusing our energies on what we have and work towards what we want to achieve.

Our processes and programs are flexible and adaptable to meet the diverse needs of our clients. We strongly believe the “one size fits all” model simply doesn’t bring about sustainable individual change.


Our commitment

The Institute of Hope is committed to being socially inclusive by taking a grounded and innovative approach.


In our experience, immense resources are often invested in communities without the desired outcomes being reached. Our commitment is to provide a ‘back to basics’ approach in a way that contributes to building blocks for measurable success.


We value long term working relationships and believe they are necessary for sustainable change.


Participants in our processes and programs increase their self worth and confidence in a variety of ways. We know this by the evaluation tools we use. Mentoring and on-going support is also offered to ensure sustainability.  


All of our processes and programs are informed by an action learning action research approach to continually enhance and improve the quality of the outcomes. Successful piloting of projects will lead to program upgrades and contribute to policy making decisions.

We support The Uluru Statement Of The Heart


We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago. This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown. How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years? With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood. Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future. These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness. We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country. We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination. We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history. In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

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