The Parents and Toddlers group decided that instead of going to the beach this year, they wanted Family Day organising for them at Network with sand play, painting and play dough.
After having our outreach group in every week for the last 5 years, we were happy to be able to take them all on an overnight trip as a treat before they get ready to go off to university after the Summer! The group had a blast playing a variety of sports and taking part in crafts they'd not gotten to do before, as well as leading staff on a walk through the nearby forest.
Staff enjoyed getting to celebrate the young people's recent hard work in sessions paying off by treating them to an overnight camp at Raywell Park - the group had often spoken about loving camping in their own time and had asked before about camping with Network.
We were all impressed with the cooking skills of the group as well as their creativity through out the crafts and their willingness to participate in the sports we brought with us. The young people even helped staff with their tent!
A big thank you to all that dropped by to our Community Summer BBQ. We had a lovely time with some delicious food prepared by our staff and volunteers and some great company. Without our funders, supporters and volunteers, none of this would have been possible!
The young people had an amazing time at East Park after a last minute swap for their Summer trip instead of going to Fraisthorpe (curse you sea pollution!) and the weather was perfect all day. We slapped on some sun screen and let them run riot in the park until they were all tuckered out and ready for lunch and ice creams before heading off again in the water area and animal education centre.
As always, we loved being able to take them out for a day during their school holidays, giving them a free day to relax and hang out with friends at a place they might not have had access to otherwise. After the boisterous day was done, staff had a well deserved nap when they got back to the building before running the evening sessions as usual!
We were thankful to have volunteers from Marsh Commercial come in and give us a fantastic start to repainting and livening up our youth room!
We've been looking into LGBTQ+ history this month to see how the treatment of LGBTQ+ people has changed through the years and the struggles the community has gone through, noting any similarities between now and decades prior to see how far we've come in supporting LGBTQ+ people and what we can do to improve.
Our young people completed a '50 Years of Activism' timeline and learnt about important events and people involved over the years in advancing the treatment and rights of LGBTQ+ people.
Our campaign group had an amazing session discussing Food Poverty and video promotion with Darren from The Hull Food Partnership. He gave some them some fantastic support throughout as they learnt new skills to help promote and advance their campaign. The young people can't wait to get stuck into making their own video around universal free school meals and are chomping at the bit for next week's session.
As always, we're ever grateful for the hardworking volunteers we have helping out at Network; whether it's spending time in the charity shop, giving a helping hand in the garden, or being up for a chat and making a few cuppa's in the sessions, they're always smiling and helping out more than they realise.
We're happy to provide a space where they can build up their confidence, gain extra skills, and make new friends. Its always great to witness they progress from when they first start to when they've really gotten into the groove of things.
It was a pleasure to throw them an Afternoon Tea party to celebrate their hard work and dedication this Volunteer's Week.
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