We’ve been a bit absent from the Hull Homeless Community Project blog these past few months, but that’s only because we’ve been really busy with our work across the area. It’s been a fantastic few months, as not only are we now celebrating Hull as the UK City of Culture 2017, but we’ve also been working on some powerful projects to help those affected by homelessness.

In With A Bang

The year literally started off with fireworks as over 25,000 people huddled around Hull Marina and Victoria Pier on Sunday 1 January. Excitingly, we were given lots of tickets to the event from the City of Culture team to give out to our service users.

Lots of them came along and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is especially important because a crucial part of our work here at HHCP is to help those who are affected by homelessness feel included. Previously, our service users may have avoided events like In With A Bang. It’s something that they may not have initially felt a part of, socially. Then there are practical issues, such as securing a ticket without an internet connection.

Those who came, including some of our volunteers, really enjoyed the evening. They had a great time absorbing the atmosphere and celebrating the New Year.

Run for us

We’re officially a Run for All Charity partner for 2017/2018. On Sunday 18 June, we’re putting together our first official HHCP race team for the Run for All 10K. Whether you’re the next Usain Bolt or prefer to be on the sidelines, we’d love your support.

Get in touch if you’d like to be a part of our running team or our 20-strong group of marshals on the day. Email us at hull10k2017@hullhomeless.co.uk. For more details about the event, please visit www.runforall.com.

Community Appeal

Through Facebook, we post regular Community Appeals that ask you to get involved and show your compassion to those who are affected or threatened by homelessness.

A young couple that had been sleeping rough for the last few years was in desperate need of a new home after falling pregnant. They were moved into suitable accommodation and we helped them to gather together some essentials prior to the birth.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated items. The family is now fully set up with crockery, furniture, linens and even a Moses basket. Their baby girl was a few weeks ago and they are now starting out their family life happy, brave and secure.

HHCP Street Photography Exhibition 2017

On Sunday 26 February, the exhibition of street and lifestyle photography by some of Hull’s homeless community was unveiled. The photos showcased their everyday lives, their interests and their creativity.

We aimed to promote inclusion and social confidence, whilst giving the artists the chance to tell their own story through an artistic medium. It was a chance for you to experience a different view of the city, through the eyes of the many men, women and children that are affected by homelessness.

Every image was taken with a disposable camera and printed onto A3 paper for viewing. The event took place at Bespoke Boutiques Retail and was a huge success, attracting many visitors. We’re hoping to have the photos feature in a few more galleries later in 2017, so watch this space.

We’re so excited for what the rest of 2017 brings. Remember, if you want to get involved with any of the work that we do, please contact us at info@hullhomeless.co.uk