Our first session back in 2022 and the coffee morning was full of smiles with everyone glad to be back in Network! We're glad to be getting back into the swing of it all and can't wait to show you what we're going to be up to this year.
We were busy bees on the 22/12/21 making our Christmas hampers (16) and food parcels (24) before delivering all of them to our service users! Everyone was so grateful, we're happy we were able to help even in just this small way. In our Christmas Hampers we were able to put in a turkey crown, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, yule log, mince pies, biscuit tins, fresh veg, pigs in blankets, a pack of crackers, stuffing, cheese crackers, gravy and selection boxes.
Alongside our hampers and food parcels, we've been able to give out Christmas eve packs to all of our younger families! These included hot chocolate, whip cream, marshmallows, Christmas colouring books, crayons, healthy activities for kids, candy canes, 'reindeer food', board games, mince pies and reading books!
We also were able to give out little packs to our volunteers with a mug, a candle, and a hot chocolate set inside and bath bomb gift sets to our one to ones!
We're so glad we were able to throw a huge party for our young parents group thanks to the funding from Healthy Lifestyles Hull! The food and pack up boxes were spectacular and they loved the Christmas Eve boxes we were able to give out, as well as the messy activities we planned!
The tombola was a great hit in our final joint community session. The community and the families were happy to donate to the charity chosen - Doorstep - and we were able to raise a massive £78! We had a few people comment that they would be able to use what they'd won as last minute gifts too.
The carol singing really got the community and their parents in the festive mood and they were super impressed with the effort that had been put into the songs. They were especially impressed by the sign language they'd practiced for one of the songs.
The young people had an absolute blast at their Christmas parties! A big thank you to Healthy Lifestyles Hull for giving us the funding to provide an amazing spread and some delicious fruit mocktails for everyone to enjoy through out the week. The young people were full of energy and loved the team games supplied by Healthy Holidays as well as the other Christmas games we'd planned ourselves!
The Community had a fabulous time in both of their Christmas parties before we broke off. We were able to cook delicious turkey stuffing sandwiches for them, supply them with some Christmas crafts to use as any last minute gifts or cards, and have a jolly dance with the staff.
Our final Play Ranger boxes of the year! Over 20 activities inside with almost everything the Children's Homes will need for them during the Christmas holidays (not pictured is the huge pile of fluffy stuffing we had to cram into the boxes too).
We had a really fantastic 2 course roast dinner with all of our volunteers. We're so glad we were able to take them out for a treat after all their hard work over the year!
We planned 8 weeks worth of cooking activities for the young people to do in their sessions; the meals that they cooked were chosen and voted on by them the week before. We put the meals in an order so that the young people would learn more and more each week and be able to use their new learnt skills as they go along.
The young people really enjoyed learning how to cook from scratch, making carbonara, their very own salsa and gauc to go with nachos, making vegetarian dishes like halloumi kebabs, an so much more. We had multiple young people come back saying that their families loved their food and that they can't wait to try the next meal.
Being able to help the young people develop their basic skills and help teach them to cook was great as they might not get the information from school or at home. By helping them see cooking healthy food can be a fun activity instead of a chore, it sets them up to want to help out at home and to prefer healthy meals instead of fast food. We also made sure that the meals we cooked with them were done cheaply and simply - but still tasty! - so that the young people would be able to recreate it no matter their situation at home.
Staff and our service users had the best time on Saturday at the Freedom Centre watching Mother Goose. It was a great performance and the ice creams we got after were pretty tasty too! Everyone told us that they'd had a fab time and were very appreciative that they could come.
Hessle Road Network is a company limited by guarantee (No 04360117) registered in England and Wales and a registered charity (No 1097519). Registered Office : Network Young People’s Centre, 1 Massey Street, Hull HU3 3LA.