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Strategy for Adult Carers 2018-2023 Consultation (East Riding)

Deadline 15th December

The East Riding of Yorkshire Strategy for Carers 2018-23 is a 5-year plan that strives to improve the support to carers, enabling them to find and maintain the right balance between their caring responsibilities and their own healthy life balance.  It focuses on the work undertaken by unpaid carers: someone who helps and supports another person, usually a relative or friend in their day-to-day life.

For more information go to the Council website

Learning Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2022 Consultation (East Riding)

Deadline 4th January

The aim of this strategic plan is to focus on what matters most to people with a learning disability in the East Riding. Our aspiration for this group of people and their carers, is for them to enjoy a good quality of life, and this consultation will help give an indication as to what matters most to those people with a learning disability, in order for them to lead as fulfilling a life as possible.

For more information and to take part go to the Council’s website


East Riding Local Plan Review Options consultation and ‘call for sites’

Deadline 21st December

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is publishing the East Riding Local Plan Review Options Document for consultation from Friday 9 November to Friday 21 December 2018.

The Options Document is the first stage in reviewing the Local Plan that was adopted in 2016. Responses to the options and questions will help, alongside ongoing evidence updates and sustainability appraisal, to shape a revised Draft Local Plan.

The Council is also undertaking a ‘call for sites’ for the duration of the consultation period. This is to help identify potential sites that should be considered through the review for inclusion in the updated Local Plan.

A revised Draft Site Assessment Methodology has been published for consultation. This document sets out the process the Council will follow to assess and compare the suitability of potential development sites that are submitted in response to the call for sites.

All consultation responses and site submissions should be received on or before Friday 21 December 2018.

The above consultation documents, including a Sustainability Appraisal Report and response form, are available to view on the Council’s website

You’re Only Here for the Culture

You are invited to join Art Link for the preview of their upcoming exhibition by photographer, Kevin Crooks on Friday, 30 November from 6-8 PM.

The exhibition will run from 1st December to 1st March 2019

Through photography, film, and audio, artist Kevin Crooks has been documenting a number of individuals and community groups situated in the port cities of Hull and Liverpool since 2017.

Throughout the production of ‘You’re Only Here for the Culture’ Kevin has captured personal accounts from people who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the legacy of both European Capital of Culture in Liverpool and UK City of Culture in Hull, ten years apart. Kevin wanted to explore how in the short and long-term future these significant cultural events may alter and affect communities in these cities.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit their website here

Let them know you are planning to attend by visiting their Facebook event here

Kevin Crooks will present an Artist’s Talk on 19 January from 1-3 PM. For more information or to book a place for this FREE event, please click here


Trustees wanted for Men in Sheds

Are you interested in supporting a crucial local charity to grow and prosper?

Men in Sheds Hull was established in 2014 to support socially isolated individuals, predominately men to get together and undertake practical activities.  The majority of the members are retired and over the age of 65. The Shed provides the tools and resources the men need to work on projects of their choosing, at their own pace, in a safe and inclusive environment. The charity also organises social events such as trips to museums, factories and days out. Talks on health and well-being are held at the Shed for members to attend, as well as external health events at other organisations.

The charity recruited its first member of staff this year to provide continual support to the members and trustees.

Overall, Men in Sheds Hull gives a vulnerable demographic an opportunity to socialise, make friends and exchange skills all while improving their health and well-being in a unique space within their community.

Their vision is to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive space where members can meet, have fun, engage in projects and take part in activities ensuring that Men in Sheds Hull develops into a valuable facility supported by a thriving and active membership.

The currently have a number of vacancies for new trustees and are looking for individuals with skills in any of the following areas that can help develop the charity further:

  • Governance
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Fundraising
  • Health & Wellbeing

The board of trustees meets on a monthly basis for approximately 2 hours outside of normal office hours.  Men in Sheds currently need a treasurer who would be willing to spare an extra hour or so each month.

If you would like to know more or would like to express an interest please email info@meninshedshull.org or for an informal chat call Donna Jackson on 07428 731912.

Local charity wins national award

Local sight loss charity Sight Support Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY)  is celebrating picking up a national award at the recent Visionary Conference in Birmingham.

Visionary is a national infrastructure organisation for all local sight support charities in the UK. The conference offers local societies the chance to share information and knowledge, network and make new contacts as well as listen to key note speakers from within the sight loss field.

Now in their ninth year, the Visionary Awards aim to recognise and celebrate how local sight loss charities have delivered impactful services through partnership and how this has improved the positive difference made to visually impaired people. Highlighting local charities’ achievements helps to influence good practice throughout the sector and draws attention to the talent and expertise we have within the local sight loss sector across the UK.

Sight Support HEY picked up the “Collaboration” award in recognition of the charity’s work on the ‘A Sight to Behold’ project which formed part of the 2017 City of Culture celebrations.

The project, funded by the National Lottery through the Creative Communities programme, involved a partnership of organisations, communities, groups and visually impaired individuals from across a variety of sight support charities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, who worked together to develop the multi-sensory sculpture that is now on display in the Hull Eye Hospital and is accessible to the thousands of visitors who pass through the hospital doors each week.

You can find out more about Sight Support and its work here

Immingham Forging Forward – update

5th November 2018

Dear Committee Member,

We have put in the planning application for the proposed public sculpture on Pelham Way – see artists’ impression above.  The money for the sculpture is part of the Kennedy Way development and cannot be used for any other purpose.

We have, as much as is possible, designed the sculpture to minimise potential for vandalism, and we feel that it will be an icon for the town, especially when Immingham in Bloom have put their floral arrangements in the planters.

Our consultation has given several ideas for the panels on the sculpture.  There is a small display in the Civic Centre which shows some of the ideas, and where people can say which they prefer by putting ‘spots’ on their favourites.  This display will be there for the next few weeks and then we need to design the panels accordingly, so get your voice heard by placing your spots!

An important part of the project is to involve local people, and we will be holding workshops in the near future where you can come and make your mark on the design – dates are 26,27,28 November, then 14,15,16,17 January.  We’d like to join in with existing clubs and activities and people can come and help as much as they like.  Please get in touch to book your place (morning, afternoon or evening).

But meanwhile, if you feel you support this project, you can let the NELC know by writing or emailing them and letting them know – do this as soon as possible

The Planning Application Reference is: DM/0879/18/FUL – you need to quote this in your correspondence.  Email the planning Department at planning@nelincs.gov.uk

or write to:-

North East Lincolnshire Planning,

New Oxford House,

2 George Street, Grimsby,

N E Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

We look forward to meeting you at one of the making workshops

Best wishes

Alex and Pete

Of Xceptional designs



Hull Active Citizens Programme

Hull has been awarded funding for the Active Citizens UK Programme Cycle 2018-19.

Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community led-social development. Through the programme, people with different beliefs and perspectives are brought together to learn from and share with each other. It has reached more than 210,000 people worldwide through its training and International Study Visits.

Sharron and Mike from the Hull City Council Area Teams will be delivering the programme in Hull to a variety of community representatives from a number of communities in Hull, particular neighbourhoods will be prioritised including Central and Avenue wards. Participants will receive the tools and support they need to set up or adapt the way they run their own social action projects to tackle a social issue within their community which they have identified.

The Active Citizens programme has been designed to develop our understanding of working with culturally diverse communities in our city, and to support communities to take a lead in shaping their future, leading to greater community cohesion.

As part of the scheme the council are trying to recruit and train 30 people in Hull for the project.

For more information contact Sharron Sharron.hutchinson@hullcc.gov.uk .or Mike Mike.Tindall@hullcc.gov.uk

Mike and Sharron will be hosting a drop- in session at the Guildhall on Wednesday 21st November from 2pm – 4pm in Room C1. This will provide a bit more information about the Active Citizen Course and also to sign people up to the scheme.

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Deadline 7th December 2018

Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen your local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in your local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional Community Board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities. And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

This fund is open to registered UK charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives.

For further information please visit the Nationwide Community website here.

Remploy – Experts by Experience would like to talk to you

Remploy is a deliverer of the Experts by Experience Programme run by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC is the Independent Regulator of Health and Social Care Services throughout England which includes GP’s, Hospitals, Dentists and Care Homes.  Experts by Experience are people who have personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses health, mental health and/or social care services that they regulate.

Remploy’s Insight and Engagement Partner, Felix Fenlon, works with organisations to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for service users to give much needed feedback on their Health and Social Care experiences to ultimately improve services.

The CQC are particularly interested to receive feedback from homeless, BAEM refugees and street workers, as they are underrepresented in feedback received.

If you work with any of these groups, Felix would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how you might work together to give your service users a voice.

You can contact Felix on 07832763796