We would like to say a big thank you to the Lord Mayor for coming along to the project to present the team with a Lord Mayor's Certificate to commemorate the work we've done in our community over the last year. We were happy to show her around the project, including the charity shop, and had a great chat with her.
We were very grateful to be able to open the charity shop again, not only so people can come back in and use the shop, but also so that we could have our volunteers back and working! They couldn't wait for the opportunity and were excited to be back in with us.
We would like to say a big thank you to Healthy Holidays for providing us with enough Creativity Packs and Sports Bags for our young people and the Young Parents Group. They were really appreciated and made for some really fun and exciting sessions!
After supplying young people with sports packs during previous half terms, we decided to try asking them what specific sports equipment they may like to take away with them.
We bought footballs, velcro catch, frisbees, badminton sets, ping pong sets, rounders sets, blow up balls and chalks to give out to young people we saw on the parks as we walked around. This way the young people were able to play with the sports equipment that they wanted on the park immediately.
We're very grateful to be able to offer in-person sessions again to all of our young people and community! Sticking to bubble groups, masks and distancing, we're hoping that the sessions will be just as fun as last time we were able to re-open.
The young people thoroughly enjoyed participating in Youth Parliament; discussing Domestic Abuse, going through the training with Corner House and getting to ask and answer questions at the end.
*Please note the above video is from Youth Parliament dated 12/04/2020 pre-lock down as we were not allowed to take screen shots in the zoom Youth Parliament. The same group of young people attended both with us. The video is of one of our young people asking a question about climate change.
Youth and community workers have been hard at work for the last week or so getting the science packs ready to give out. We have made over 60 food based experiment boxes for the young people, over 20 garden packs for the community - 8 of which were for the young parents group and had extra experiments included for the babies and toddlers.
Staff managed to raise £80 during February for the Charlie Waller Memorial trust. We hoped to inspire those from our community to get out once a day and try to have a walk around their area to try and help their physical and mental health.
Although we weren't able to provide any sessions on the park this half term, we still made 30 Play Rangers packs perfect for families staying indoors during the lockdown. Jam packed with over 20 activities and challenges great for teams, pairs and young people playing on their own.
We included Fair Trade activities and board games because we knew that the half term would lead into Fairtrade Fortnight and we'd be unable to celebrate Hull being a Fairtrade City with the young people in the building. We also added Black History Month fact sorting cards that the youth workers made, as well as bird watching sheets and everything they'd need to complete the challenges.
The youth workers also filmed themselves doing the challenges and posted them during the half term so that the young people could feel like they were doing them at Network still.
For Children's Mental Health Week the young people have been working extremely hard for the last few weeks practicing their singing, dancing and other talents in order to show how they express themselves!
The theme this year was Express Yourself and we think they've done a fantastic job! We've loved watching them have fun and grow in confidence as they showed off their rhythm and artistic talents. From clay cats to self portraits to powerful duets, we're super proud to share the video of all their hard work.
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.