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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Sector Trends in the North 2019

The Community Foundation would like you to take part in this 10 year study of the voluntary and community sector which is now running right across the North of England.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – they need to hear from you. Using the findings, Durham University will build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in future.

The research helps to inform national and local government, health organisations and charitable foundations so that they make good decisions on how to invest in the activity of the third sector. The research also helps the third sector itself to show the extent and value of the work it does.

Please support the survey: The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete and you shouldn’t need to check up any facts and figures to fill it in. You can complete the survey online here

The project has generously been supported by Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Power to Change.

Headline findings will be published in December 2019 and the full results will be freely available from spring 2020.

Recent reports from the study so far can be found here

If you have any questions about the research and/or the questionnaire, please contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, DURHAM DH1 3RH, or by email: tony.chapman@durham.ac.uk

Stay informed about Policing in Hull

Humberside Police have received the results from a national police social media survey – which involved local social media users – and the results identified that the public across the force area wanted to see a clearer approach by the police on Twitter.

They have taken this on-board and there is now one team account for all pillars of policing (Community, Response and investigation) in Hull rather than several separate accounts.

The Twitter account you should now follow is @HumberbeatHull

The force have also enhanced the Community Policing Ward Pages with more up to date information on local community Safety Priorities, meetings and news. Click here and click on your ward area to find the details of your local policing team or put your postcode into the search function.

Finally, you can also stay abreast of policing in your area by signing up to My Community Alert. This is a free messaging system operated by Humberside Police and Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, giving you live information about incidents happening in your area. Choose how you receive messages, by either phone or email, how often you want to hear from police and fire and about the issues that matter to you. Once signed up your local officer will send you the details you are interested in, whether that’s notice of a road closure due to a collision or a burglar who has been caught in a nearby garden. You can subscribe to My Community Alert here.

New rooms at ScrapStore

Hull ScrapStore now has a suite of three rooms available for hire – part of its long-term plan to develop a creative hub of affordable spaces suitable for performers and visual artists, community groups, educators and anyone seeking a space for a meeting or for training.

There are three spaces – a large hall, a medium sized room with tiered seating and space in front, and a smaller room. All are available at a flat price of £10 an hour or £50 a day.

Please contact ScrapStore for a viewing, or to make enquiries, on 01482 328 750 or info@hullscrapstore.org.uk