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November 2017

Mumvember marked our month to recognize the isolation early parenthood can bring and invited all to join us in soft play centers across the city.

What's it like on tour?

6th March 2018

I've been asked several times by people interested in becoming involved with Positive Hull CIC "What's it like 'on tour'?" 

And so here it is. I feel I must point out that this will only be my perspective, and EVERYONE is different.

After dropping the kids off at school at 9am (ish) I drive to pick up 'The Mighty' Paul Weatherill and usually another volunteer or someone needing a lift in to access the service. We drive to the venue and set up. This is very simple and involves putting up a roller banner and sitting down next to it with a cup of tea. 

We usually try and find a space with several chairs so that others can join us and we arrange the directory folders on the table and voila. All ready. 

I must confess to having to escape at this point more often than not recently. But tomorrow for example I am in Homefarm in Hessle all day 10-2pm so....

The area has a children's soft play and a coffee machine for bottomless costa! 

So we speak to mums and dads and grandparents in this venue mostly and we have been warmly received in the past. 

Usually when I'm on tour I'm guilty of always looking a bit on edge because I know that there are people in the venues we visit, who  didn't quite make it to talking with either of us. I know this because I have received several messages afterwards tell me such. It seems its easier to make first contact in a text sometimes and I applaud those who make it out on tour, for some reason don't engage and then find the strength to make contact, later that night through a simple message.  It's  doing it twice. Doubly brave.

I understand social anxiety and both sides of the coin. I will sit and chat with Paul about anything really. Sometimes people approach us  and sit down but more often than not I will go for a walk about, introducing myself to anyone who has the time to listen to my introduction. That usually sparks a response about that persons views or experiences of mental health. and/or emotional well being and that might  not be a lot but that's okay. Even if you haven't suffered you will almost certainly know someone who has. And so it's a gentle conversation. I give people a chance to speak about mental health  and whether it's their own experience or  experience of someone else ,  I can usually signpost a service in Hull or the East Riding that would benefit that person and so I bring over the folder containing the directory.

I find the leaflet for the service and hand it over and explain it's our only one  so can you please take a photo on your phone of the leaflet if it is of interest to you.

I will ask them if they would like to be added to our email list for our newsletters and say good bye. 

I think being on tour is about creating a feeling of community inside the venue where ever that is, with who ever is in there. 

And there is almost always the opportunity to eat together too. 

You are all welcome at our table. 


Jenny Purdue - Founder of Positive Hull CIC


Quick update 

14th August 2018


Positive Hull CIC aims to create…

• A positive community atmosphere – To include EVERYONE in an asset-based approach to autonomous self-care.

• Positive supportive relationships – To include group facilitation and peer support, backed up by restorative practices.

• Positive community links – To include cooperation with other positive organisations to back projects in a positive direction.

How?

We have several projects that satisfy our aims.

1. Basecamp

A drop-in service usually run between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday for anyone experiencing loneliness. Staffed by a group facilitator and a second. Mental health first aiders. Emphasis on community and freedom to express. Opportunities for craft, yoga and pampering.

2. Hopwood street party

This year will be the second party we have arranged to bring the community of spring bank together and meet the neighbours in an attempt to reduce antisocial behaviour in the area. It’s also a great opportunity for organisations to donate their services and club together to be part of the local community too.

3. The Platform

A weekly opportunity within Basecamp to meet someone who might change your life. We invite positively successful people from Hull to come and sit on the couch with who ever is there and share their stories. Storytelling is a powerful way to empower people and it’s often a therapeutic experience for the guest too. It is a personal experience and not a sales platform although contacts may be made afterwards.

4. ‘On tour’

A monthly drop in held within Community centres and public spaces across Hull. An interim outreach that could easily be expanded to include permanent residency within many of the establishments.

Signposting service and befriending event.

5. Armed Forces Day

We address issues that prevent ex forces from re-integrating back into civilian life. This year we created a film called ‘Nostalgia’ made from interviews with Hull’s veterans and invited everyone to watch. It asked them about their views on mental health and some shared stories of PTSD and the care that they received.

And we have many more ideas for projects that have been shelved due to lack of funding and volunteers.


Loneliness can be defined as the feeling that results in a discrepancy between your desired social connections and the social connections you have.

To predict our clientele would involve holding an opinion about why somebody may be lonely, and we try to remain impartial for the benefit of the person and so we do not have an entry criterion. Everyone is welcome at a Positive Hull drop-ins. We just prepare for every eventuality and we have found that knowledge of mental health first aid has been invaluable when dealing with crisis. We use Jen at Jen’s Pick Me up for suicide intervention.


“In order to improve mental health, other non-medical approaches might be necessary such as talking therapies, helping solve practical problems that are causing stress and anxiety such as housing problems and debt, and improving social networks and support through community involvement, for example, befriending.”

Hull City council public health. (2)


We try to create a timetable of events through out the week for the following week that incorporates ideas from those attending at that time so that the service is user led. This gives something to look forward to that they feel they have played a part in creating. These ideas usually follow similar wellbeing threads of craft, exercise or pampering. And once a week we have a special guest visit and share their story of how they got to be where they are, on the platform.

So our drop ins can be used in a variety of ways but the overall arching aim is to improve wellbeing. We can signpost to many other organisations within the city and we always promote these 5 simple ways to get back in control of your future.

1. Get active - Do some light exercise, whether it’s tending your garden, using the stairs more regularly or joining a walking club.

2. Get involved - Take steps to become more engaged in your local community by visiting a lunch club or volunteering at a local scheme.

3. Stay connected - Talking to people is one of the best ways to feel good and avoid loneliness. See friends and family regularly, or if you can't get out but would like some company try using the internet to keep in touch with people wherever they are. If you don’t have a computer at home most libraries have computers you can use free of charge, or for a small fee. Contact Royal Voluntary Service about its activities and transport services so you have the practical support you need.

4. Eat well - A healthy and balanced diet will help you feel your best. It’s important to stay hydrated too.

5. Sleep well - You may find that your sleep patterns change as you get older and you need less sleep than you used to. It might make you feel lethargic and down. You can improve your sleep by reducing day-time naps, going to bed at the same time each night and reducing the amount of caffeine you drink.

Some people are so disconnected from themselves that it is difficult to get them to see the benefit of adopting any of these self-care strategies. When this situation arises within the service we involve Jen at Jen’s Pick me up who acts as advocate to navigate services on behalf of the person. Jen picks up the duty of care and liaises with relevant services.


Positive Hull CIC presents Hopwood street party

Freedom on the streets

1st September 2018

This years party definitely had more of a friendly feel. We have worked hard this year to include the residents in decisions and activities like the food share we introduced this year which allowed residents to showcase their regional dish. The fire and rescue guys showed up with a fire engine that all the kids loved and got to sit inside. As well as the usual bouncy castle, this year we invested in providing live acts throughout the day. All of the artists donated their time and we are very grateful as it added another dimension to the day. I loved watching neighbours talking to each other in the sun, sat on straw bales and eating hot dogs from our friends at Project hot dog. And the kids and grown ups enjoyed the yoga under the trees. 

We will be starting plans for Hopwood 2019 very soon. 

If you'd like to become involved in the street party crew just get in touch x x x