Written by: Ayisja Smith
Before the Christmas period, we began delivering sessions with young people to raise awareness around homelessness -this included reasons people may become homeless, the stereotypes and barriers that they face, and the impacts of this.
From these sessions, we decided to begin fundraising through selling buns and cakes which were baked in the sessions by the young people which took place over a couple of months. These were sold in different community events such as our community coffee morning, our remembrance day event, our multi-agency wellbeing day, and our annual Christmas production. In January, we looked at different provisions for the homeless with the young people, and decided we would like to donate the money we have raised to Humbercare.
We then arranged a visit in the February half term so that the young people who had raised the money could hand over the cheque. During our visit, we met the staff members and some residents at Humbercare who were really grateful for our donation and said that they would put this towards an activity of the resident’s choice in due course - Watch this space!
Things are hotting up in our Thursday Community Drop In.
We have lots of new activities planned for the coming year in the Drop In, such as:
Movement to Music
Gentle Tai Chi
Community craft events
Math's and English L1 and L2
The old favorites are still going on, such as Bingo, Quiz, Raffles, Dominoes,
These are not limited, the Drop in activities change as and when service users suggest new experiences. We are very responsive to what you want!
McCain Foods, Freightliner Rd, and in particular their HR manager Tracey Hemming Taylor are involved with Hessle Road Network in many helpful ways. Tracey, who is a not only an extremely experience HR manager but also a life coach, is now offering support and advice to members of our community.
Tracey has kindly committed to 4, 30 minutes appointments on the following dates:
If you, or anyone you know could benefit from this very valuable experience, please contact us to book one of these limited slots.
The West Hull Walkers had a great time on last week walk. We went to Barton's Waters Edge nature reserve, and enjoyed looking at our fair city from a very different perspective.
On our return to Hessle Road Network we made some delicious carbonara for lunch.
What a great time we had at the Community Drop In making our edible hanging baskets.
The baskets had tomatoes and several different herbs in them, it was great fun we all had a good laugh whilst making them and will love to reap the harvest from our work.
Groundworks Viv and Louise came in to deliver the class, they where very pleased with how enthusiastic we all were. It would be great to do something like this again. Molly said "I don't have a garden and really miss it so this is perfect"
Our Playrangers from Hessle Road Network, Max Life and St Mikes will be out in force across Hull's parks and community spaces this May half term.
We have been delivering free Playranger sessions since last October on behalf of HeadStart Hull which is a Big Lottery funded project aiming to build emotional health and resilience in young people aged 10-16. Although the Park sessions are open to all ages including families.
The events are proving to be increasingly popular as word of what we are doing is spreading across the city. Activities have included, making stress ball, painting rocks, all kinds of sport, circus skills, fishing, cycling and so much more.
As you can see from this months timetable we have pretty much all areas of Hull covered, making is accessible to all.
So please, get your self down to an event near you and join in all the fun.
The Young Parent Playgroup is gaining momentum and developing into a friendly and fun session, ideal to make new friends, chat and support each other.
We had a 3rd birthday party for George last week, as you can see he was pleased as punch with his cake!
We have a fun packed timetable this month, including making taste safe finger paints, messy play with pasta and jelly! making our own play dough and so much more.
New members are always welcome, so if you fancy coming along it's on a Tuesday 12:30-2:30pm
Our young people have been busy at being creative this week with lots of Easter arts and crafts. During the evening sessions we will be having Easter egg hunts with lots of yummy chocolate.
We are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
A group of our young people from the Monday night session are going to be baking and making food to be given out to the homeless in the city centre. Ian Bolton, one of our Youth and Community Worker's has teamed up with a local homeless charity called Raise the Roof, Ian said "It's great to see our young people engaging in this project, it's a fantastic way for them to develop knowledge and empathy for others"