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Mid life MOT

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A new Mid-Life MOT service, a ‘one stop shop’ online platform containing free services and tools for both individuals and employers, has been developed and published by The Humber LEP, in conjunction with local partners at the National Careers Public Health England and Active Humber.

The MOT tool invites individuals to look at not just their finances, but also their health, wellbeing, and skillset, while it encourages employers to support those aged 45-plus in areas such as flexible working, pension evaluation and ensuring they are an ‘age-inclusive’ employer.

The platform highlights and redirects both individuals and employers to existing tools and services which not only offer key advice but lead the way to activities and simple steps towards meaningful action and change.

Local users will be able to access tools such as HR advice and ways of supporting an older workforce. Likewise, employees and individuals will be able to access tools to assess their finances, any upskilling opportunities, career progression possibilities or any lateral moves into growing industries in the Humber.

You can find full information about the Mid-Life MOT here 

Rainbow Garden AGM

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The Rainbow Garden are holding their AGM on Tuesday 27th April from 7pm-8:30pm, via video conference.

They are having an exciting year, having just heard that they’ve been shortlisted for the Charity Governance Awards 2021  , so please do come along to the AGM if you’d like to hear what they’ve been up to, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for them.

Rainbow Garden are also inviting nominations for new trustees, so if you’re interested in becoming more involved, please get in touch with them

If you’d like to attend, please email hullrainbowgarden@outlook.com and you will be sent a link to join the virtual meeting.

The agenda and further details are available on the website

Introducing EHASH (Early Help and Safeguarding Hub)

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This online presentation will cover:

  • Purpose and function of the EHASH
  • Referral process into Children’s Social Care and Early Help
  • Your contribution to the referral process
  • What happens to your information?
  • Multi-agency decision making
  • Outcomes for children


  • To build confidence in the application of the Hull Threshold of Need Framework
  • To improve collaborative working to safeguard vulnerable children and respond to unmet need
  • To improve the quality of referrals and decision making


23rd April 2021 – 10am – 12 noon Via Teams
30th April 2021 – 1pm – 3pm Via Teams

To book a place on the EHASH presentation email cypfsmeetings@hullcc.gov.uk

Money Management Education from NatWest

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NatWest is delivering money management education for anyone interested in improving their foundational understanding of finance. The full package will be delivered over two workshops, which are between 90 minutes and 2 hours depending on group experience. The workshops are most suited to young adults new to the world of work. Participants must be from the same community group.

What will be covered?

The first workshop, Facts & Foundations, will cover the essentials such as, what can a bank offer, how to read a payslip, reflections on personal spending habits and things that can impact your income. The second, Changes & Choices, explores participants’ relationship with money and tackles the issue of debt – both avoidance and management.

Anyone who would like to join should be able to commit to both workshops as the second builds upon the first.

What can participants expect from the sessions?

The workshops have been designed for online delivery due to social distancing measures brought in to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 8 spaces per workshop and two Community Bankers will facilitate. Everyone should come ready to discuss money matters with other group members because the workshops are interactive. The workshops do not offer advice. They have been created to offer tips and to boost the confidence of those looking to learn more about managing money. Participants will need access to the internet and Zoom. Ideally, they will need to use a tablet, laptop or desktop for the best user experience. They should also have pen and paper for note taking.

If you would like to know more or would like to arrange a session, please contact Amanda (Community Banker, Retail Banking) Amanda.Smith@natwest.com

Calling all artists! Hull Jazz Festival launches new commissions

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Deadline 10th May

Calling all jazz musicians, bands, collectives, music creators, artists and creative producers!

Following a successful bid to the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund, Hull Jazz Festival announce a new commissioning opportunity.

The Kickstart Commissions are all about looking forward to more positive times and exploring stories that define a sense of place and embody the spirit of jazz and improvised music.

They want to support music creators, artists and producers to create new work, inspired by Hull and the North’s sense of place, that brings meaningful, joyful experiences to audiences.

If you’ve got an idea for a great new project that you’d like to bring to Hull Jazz Festival, they want to hear from you!

What can they offer?

Hull Jazz Festival can contribute between £700 and £4,000, depending on project needs, as well as mentoring, practical support and guidance and a premiere performance at an official HJF event.

The successful commissions and residencies will be ready for performance between July 2021 through until July 2023.

If you’re interested in applying, please read the application guidelines on the website, to make sure this opportunity is right for you.

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 10th May.

Young Change Makers

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This is a great opportunity for anyone aged between 18 and 25

  • Do you live in the North East, the North West or Yorkshire and the Humber?
  • Are you passionate about growing your idea and developing your skills as a change maker?

Tell the Virgin Money Foundation about the issue in your community you want to change and what you’ve done so far to start that journey.

If you’re accepted onto the Programme, you will:

  • Get a grant of up to £10,000, paid monthly over a period of six months. This will give you the time to develop and launch your idea.
  • Get a travel bursary to cover the cost of up to four weeks travel to research other community driven projects like yours. This can be in the UK or abroad.
  • Access a supportive peer group of exceptional young people committed to creating change.
  • Have a mentor to help you develop as a leader.
  • Meet social entrepreneurs who’ve created successful initiatives that drive change.
  • Be introduced to other organisations who can help you after you’ve completed this programme.

For more information, click here

Census 2021 Hull – update

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There is still time for people to complete their questionnaire and the household team are now in operation across Hull knocking on doors reminding and supporting people to complete their questionnaire.

The household team are now in operation, they will be wearing a high vis vest and carrying an official Census 2021 ID badge. They will be following Covid19 guidance and will wear face coverings and socially distance from the door. They will NEVER ask to enter the property or for payment. If this occurs please report it to the Police.

There are 3 Census Support Centres in Hull offering support with completing the questionnaire, you can find the nearest to you here

The local libraries are also open for appointments to come in and use their PCs to complete online

You can also attend online completion events which can be joined here

Community Wellbeing Service

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The Hull City Council and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are looking at ways to improve current Home Care and Extra Care services within the city. Healthwatch Hull have been invited to work alongside of them to understand what matters most to you.

They would like to gather your views and ideas on how your care could be improved. This information will help your Local Authority and the CCG to redesign and develop care and support in a Community Wellbeing Service that will work better for you, and others who use the service in the future.

You don’t have to be receiving care currently, they would also like to know your views of future care

You can give your feedback here


Welcome to English offers bespoke English courses

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  • Individuals or small groups
  • All levels
  • Adults (and under 18s where possible)


They will try to cater for your needs. They can offer

  • General ESOL
  • Conversation
  • Specialised courses (eg English for Driving, Life in the UK, English for Working in a Warehouse or Learn to Read and Write for complete beginners, Basic IT)


  • Remote learning (eg by Zoom)
  • Face-to-face at Marvell House (Cranbourne St, HU3 1PP), or at a location of your choice
  • Outdoors (eg Walk and Talk)


  • At times of your choice (subject to availability)

How much does it cost?

Please contact Karen van Diesen: 07791 530039 / karenvandiesen@outlook.com

You can find out more about Welcome to English here


Tackling Inequalities Funding Phase 3: webinar

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Active Humber will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 20th April, 0930 to 1030 regarding the next phase of Tackling Inequalities Funding.

Phases 1 and 2 have helped lots of community and sports organisations working with the following priority groups to help stay, and get, physically active during the current Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Lower socio economic groups
  • People with disabilities
  • Those with a long term limiting illness
  • Those from diverse ethnic communities

The aim of the Tackling Inequalities Funding is to help get people from the above groups back into the activities they organise and help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Groups may apply for grants up to £10,000.

The funding comes from Sport England, and for the Humber the funding is distributed by Active Humber on behalf of Sport England.

If you want to know more about the next phase of funding then please sign up to attend Active Humber’s webinar by registering here

The webinar will cover:

  • What has been funded so far
  • What the priorities are for phase 3
  • How to apply
  • An interactive question and answer session with Active Humber staff

The webinar is open to all and if you are aware of groups that might be interested then please do pass this information on to them.


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