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Partnership working with the VCS in Hull

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As you will recall from a previous update, over the next year the Council are planning to look at how it commissions and funds services and are committed to looking at options to make services more sustainable over a longer period.

In the long term there is a plan to look at how services from the voluntary and community sector can be commissioned in a more integrated way alongside NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and other partners.

One of the key points raised was the need to develop improved communication between Hull City Council and the wider sector, so that there could be a better understanding of what exists already and how the sector can be more involved in the future.

We invited you to express an interest in attending an event to share some ideas and look at how people can work together more effectively.

An event has now been set up.

This will take place on 5th March, from 8:30am to 11am on 5th March at the Jubilee Centre, King Edward St, Hull HU1 3SQ (map, opens in a new tab)

We will be providing breakfast and refreshments

In order to help us plan catering and seating, please can you confirm your attendance here (opens in a new tab)

New community walking scheme launching in Hull’s West Park

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Athletics club and charity, Fitmums & Friends, Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure, Leisure Services are delighted to announce the launch of Walk Hull – West Park: a new community walking scheme.

Walk Hull – West Park is a community walking initiative designed to encourage people to walk in Hull’s West Park. It combines signs in the park with an easy-to-use smartphone app which tells walkers exactly how far they have travelled.

Whether people want a gentle stroll or an active power walk, they can use their smartphones to track the distance they cover by scanning the Walk Hull QR codes located on the seven signs placed around the park. When they finish, the Walk Hull app will tell them how far they have walked that day, as well as the combined efforts of everyone that has used the Walk Hull scheme so far.

Walk Hull – West Park will be launched on Thursday 20th February when Fitmums & Friends Chief Officer Sam Barlow BEM will join with members of the Social Eyes Walking Group to take the first Walk Hull walk.

Sam explains: “Walking, particularly in green spaces like West Park, can have massive benefits for our physical and mental health. We are delighted to be launching this new walking scheme which we hope will encourage more people to come along to the park and enjoy a walk here”.

“The app is really easy to use and, as well as showing people how far they have walked on any one occasion, it also lets people know how far the whole community that has used the scheme at West Park has travelled. We hope this feature will encourage people who live around West Park to come out and enjoy all of the benefits of a lovely walk in the park.”

Funding for Walk Hull – West Park has been provided by the Public Health Department of Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure, Leisure Service to support sustainable physical activity.

For more information and to download the Walk Hull app, go to the Fitmums website (opens in a new tab)

Hull Fairtrade Fortnight

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Starts 24th February

Hull is proud to be a Fairtrade City, and Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 is almost here. The Hull Fairtrade Partnership Group would love you to get involved and show your support for Fairtrade.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 24th February to Sunday 8th March, and this year’s campaign focuses on all chocolate fans and fighters for fairness! In 2020 they will continue their mission to ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their produce and are able to earn a living income, starting with cocoa farmers in West Africa.

Fairtrade Fortnight is a chance for you or your organisation to show that Hull supports Fairtrade. You can do this by doing something as simple as making sure your tea and coffee is Fairtrade even if it is just for the fortnight, or by giving your meetings, team meetings, events, lunch clubs, for example, a Fairtrade theme. If you need ideas, have a look on the Fairtrade Foundation website which also has some free resources for you to use.

Find out more about what others are doing locally by visiting their Facebook page

If you are planning to do anything for Fairtrade Fortnight please post the details on the Facebook page or send details to Sharon.clay@hullcc.gov.uk  and if you use Twitter you can tweet using the #fairtradehull.

You are also invited to the Fairtrade celebration 2020 at the Guildhall on 26th February

The Love Staying Safe Campaign

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Young people from Hull have been awarded a CPS grant to work with Young Mayor Gabriela Surdyk to create The Love Staying Safe Campaign

They are looking for young people to get involved in this fantastic opportunity who are:

  • 12-18 years old.
  • Live in Hull.
  • Are able to travel to three meetings and a launch – be committed and reliable.
  • Want to support and promote The Love Staying Safe campaign.
  • Be willing to be photographed for media promotion – including social media.
  • Represent and respect all young people’s views.

Start date:  Nov 2019

You can read more in this document Safety Campaign – Background information

If you are interested in creating a personal safety campaign:

Young people need to fill in the Young Mayors Safety Campaign Expression of interest  and their parents/carers need to fill in the Parental Consent Form – Safety Campaign and return these to Lisa Wedgner, Kingston Youth Centre, 48 a Beverley Road, HULL, HU3 1YE or email lisa.wedgner@hullcc.gov.uk no later than Wednesday 13th November.

Vacancy for a Wellbeing Co-ordinator (Social Prescribing)

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Deadline 5pm 6th November

Interviews will be held on 13th November

Salary: £20,867 pa, full time, 37 hours per week

Forum is recruiting a full time Wellbeing Co-ordinator to join the Connect Well Hull social prescribing service.

Based in GP practices and other community locations across the city, the service provides residents with a variety of advice and support, and links to other sources of help. For more information about Connect Well go to the website

For more information about the role please contact Phil Wray on 07504 006 326 or e-mail phil.wray@connectwellhull.org.uk

Please e-mail Ali@nbforum.org.uk for an application pack, which includes a job description, person specification and information about the service.

Previous applicants need not apply

Interviews will be held on 13th November

Start date: ASAP

Forum AGM – book your place now!

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The Forum AGM and network event will be held on Thursday 14th November at the Thornton Village Hall, Walker Street, Hull

As well as a review of the work of the Forum over the past year, and an opportunity to network with colleagues, this year’s AGM and network event will play host to the 4th meeting of the Voice and Influence Partnership, ‘Valuing the Sector’.

You can see presentations from the previous meeting of the Partnership here

The draft agenda for the day is:

9:30    Registration and coffee

10:00  Welcome

10:15  We are Forum – Not Just Hull!

10:30  Sector Support North East Lincolnshire Impact Report

11:00  Sector Support Calderdale – Working together

11:30  What’s new?

12:00  AGM

  • Chair’s welcome
  • Introducing the new trustees
  • Minutes of the last meeting – for approval
  • Annual Accounts – for approval
  • Accountants – for approval
  • AOB

12:30  Lunch and networking

1:30    Voice and Influence Partnership (Hull) – Valuing the Sector

(You can find more information about this part of the agenda here)

2:30    Break

3:00    Valuing the Sector continued

4:00    Close

You can book your place here


Link workers – Social Prescribing (Hull)

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Deadline 5pm 4th October

Interviews will be held on 14th October

Salary: £20,867 pa, full time, 37 hours per week

Forum is recruiting for 2 x FTE Link Workers to work across GP practices in Hull, on behalf of two of the city’s Primary Care Networks. The successful candidates will be employed by Forum to offer ‘social prescribing’ support to patients in Hull, referring them into a wide range of voluntary and community services and activities.

Further details are available in the Job Description and Person Specification; you can request an application pack by email to ali@nbforum.org.uk

For an informal discussion on the role, please contact Pippa Robson, Deputy Chief Officer, 01482 499032 pippa@nbforum.org.uk.

Promote your organisation through Hull Kingston Radio

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Wolfy O’Hare, a presenter at Hull Kingston Radio, broadcasts the LIVELINE programme 10-12 noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays and is keen to provide a guest platform for voluntary sector organisations to promote their activities. Various organisations and individuals have already been involved and found it a useful platform for promoting their work to the public.

The programme reaches a wide audience across the city and surrounding areas – and the format on the ‘LIVELINE with Wolfy’ days is essentially two hours of entertainment with information layered in such a way as to make it engaging and accessible.

Guests have an opportunity to promote and explain their service or organisation, give examples of their work or involve service users in the guest appearance to reinforce the benefits of the work.

If you are interested, please contact Wolfy by email wolfyohare@gmail.com

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