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New mental health information drop-in for Goole

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Do you need information, advice or support? Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, your local mental health charity won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

Come along to their new Information Drop-in at Goole Library and Museum between 10am and 2pm starting on Wednesday 7th August 2019.

No appointment needed! Just turn up on the first Wednesday of the month between 10am and 2pm.

Other support services will also be available on the day at the first drop in.

For more information about HEY Mind go to their website

Life and Loom: Your Pathway to Employment

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For adults with disabilities and health conditions

Your Pathway is a programme designed to help unemployed people aged 18 years and over with a disability or health condition get the skills and work experience they need to progress towards employment.

Life and Loom work with the belief that shaping natural materials such as wool by hand into artisan products through a variety of traditional methods – for example; carding, spinning, dyeing, knitting, felting, sewing and weaving – can have a profound impact on the development of a person as a whole.

By being part of a social enterprise and engaging in handcraft, people learn more than purely academic and functional skills: they learn transferable work and life skills, and most importantly they learn to value themselves.

Our approach incorporates one day per week for 24 weeks in our safe and nurturing textile studio and is fully funded through the European Social Fund.

For more information go to their website, email studio@lifeandloom.co.uk  or ring 07825221642

Life and Loom are based at 38-58 Selby Street, Hull, HU3 3PT

3 Hull projects secure support from Government’s Controlling Migration Fund

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The three projects to secure funding in this round are:

Hull Together – Creating a Social Inclusion Strategy for Hull: (£267,333)

The Hull Together programme will enable the Council, and its partners, to develop a comprehensive Social Inclusion Strategy, that makes use of an up to date picture of our communities, the challenges that they face in integration and ensure that service and strategic planning are responsive and forward looking

Targeted Improvement of Environmental Standards and living conditions in flats above shops: (£119,479) 

The aim of this project is to improve housing and environmental standards in and around flats above shops on arterial routes throughout the city.  People are commonly housed in flats above shops in unacceptable conditions which contribute to an increase in waste related issues impacting on those residing in the community. The project aims to improve the environment for all residents living in affected areas.

Families and Communities Together (FACT): (£15,000) 

Creating a Family Community Hub within the Beverley Road and Myton areas for migrant women and their families begins with understanding our communities.  The funding will support focus groups to better understand migration impacts in the Beverley Corridor area we will be able to further assess the effects of migration across Hull using the voice of the local community and allowing them to directly influence the outcomes of the survey. The project will develop focus groups across the Beverly Road and Myton area. The outcomes of the project will help in developing a stronger community with self-sufficient, connected and pro-active citizens thus reducing the challenges and social inequalities migrant women and families face.

For more information about the fund go to the Government website

Tai Chi Taster Course starts 5th September

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Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is an ancient form of exercise which originates from China incorporating mindfulness, breathing, and movement.  There are many health benefits that be gained through regular practice of Tai Chi including stress reduction, helping to improve balance and flexibility of the joints.

The aim of this five weeks course is to give people a basic introduction to the study and practice of Tai Chi (Sun Style) focusing on a short Tai Chi Form.

The five weeks course starts on Thursday September 5th 2019


The Avenues Centre, Park Avenue, Hull

The cost for this course will be £25.00, full payment will be required to be paid in advance to secure a place (limited places available).

This will lead to a regular class starting in October/November

To book a place for this course, please contact Shaun 07854 306762 or by email shaun-sun@hotmail.co.uk for a booking form, and for more information about Tai Chi & Qigong please visit websites: www.hulldeyintaiji.co.uk or www.deyin-taiji.co.uk

Local Healthwatch Engagement Report published

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Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership leaders have welcomed the publication of a Healthwatch public engagement report ‘What would you do?’.

In January 2019, the NHS published a long term plan which covers certain priorities that the NHS will focus on over the next 10 years.

The “What would you do?” campaign was run jointly by local Healthwatch covering York, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and Hull. Two surveys and 12 focus groups were run to find out what people thought worked well, what could be better, and how the public can become more involved. The campaign captured over 2,000 responses on what local people want to see delivered locally across the region.

Feedback from the public has allowed Healthwatch to identify trends that are important to the people who live in our area. Some of the key themes include:

  • Knowledge and Access: 67% of respondents thought easy access to information that will help them make decisions about their future was very important
  • Choice and control: 71% of respondents felt it either important or very important to be able to have a say in how the NHS spends money if they have a long term condition
  • Independence: 80% of respondents believe it is very important to be able to stay in their own home for longer
  • Interacting with your NHS: 70% of people who responded believe it is very important to have personal data well managed and kept secure

The findings of this report build on the engagement work already taking place locally as well as that supporting Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership’s priorities, which include cancer, mental health, maternity services, and improving care for people with learning disabilities.

Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership recognise and value the significance of having peoples’ voices at the very heart of all they do and remain fully committed to actively listening whilst taking into consideration these views wherever possible.

You can read the press release here

You can read the report as an online pdf here

For more information about Humber Coast and Vale go to their website

Advice and support for the arts in Hull

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If you have an idea for an arts project in Hull , the city council has experienced arts development officers who can help.  Part of their role is also to help develop local artists.

They can:

  • keep you informed of commission opportunities
  • help you develop your ideas
  • advise on pricing, effective budgeting and preparing funding bids such as Arts Council grant funding applications.

For more information go to the Council website or email cityartsenquiries@hullcc.gov.uk

Charity Shop Donations wanted

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The Hessle Road Network Attic needs new stock.

If you have any clothes, bric-a-brac, toys, household items, small furniture etc, they would be welcome!

Please drop off Monday to Friday between 9 to 3 at 1 Massey Street HU3 3LA

For more information ring 01482 606077

Basic Counselling Skills for Non counsellors

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Relate Hull and East Yorkshire are offering a Free Basic Counselling Skills Course  (no qualifications required)

The dates are yet to be confirmed but will be late September early October and will run over 3 days ( 1 day a week for 3 weeks)

For Further details please contact Relate Hull and East Yorkshire 01482 329621

Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

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From Humberside Police

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’. Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN.

These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card. Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.
  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them. 

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040