Our Summer

This summer has been dead busy for us at Solidarity Hull. Some of us participated in the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) conference in Cartagena , Colombia, with our colleagues from Nation of Migration Awakening the Diaspora (NOMAD) and  the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of  Coventry University.   We spent a week in Cartagena learning about the colonial history of the city as well as actively participating in the conference where we delivered a workshop on the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire.  We also took a trip to south Colombia to visit a Campesino community where we learnt about their way of life and shared ours.


Solidarity Hull also took part in Refugee week, in preparation we run a session where we discussed what it means to be a person of refugee or migrant background living in the UK, as a result we made a placard that expressed this and exhibited it at Queen’s Garden, where we had a picnic and took the opportunity to outreach by handing out flyers with all our weekly activities.


In August we travelled to London to be part of our sister organisation NOMAD’s launch event where we experienced an amazing event full of music, art and important discussions. We also enjoyed some sightseeing in London.  At the end of August, as part of our Yes2Youth project, Nomad and Solidarity Hull met for our joint residential at Braich Goch, our centre in Wales. There we reflected upon the journey of this project using different participatory techniques to evaluate our progress; what we learnt, the challenges we encountered and our plans for the future.


We also took part in Leeds West Indian Carnival as we were invited by our other sister organisation Leeds Dynamics. It was a wonderful event full of colour, music and dance where we mingled with hundreds of other carnivaliers.


Right now we are preparing for Mad Pride carnival. For the past few weeks we have been having masks and costumes making workshops as well as dance and theatre workshops in preparation for the parade.   We are all very excited!!


Growing Solidarity


Solidarity Hull spent a wonderful residential weekend at Braich Goch.  During the weekend we explored Solidarity Hull as an organisation, how we might grow and develop in the future using creative tools. We started out on Thursday each creating a unique six part story, developing a character to represent Solidarity and the process of setting up as an organisation. We asked ourselves what might help and hinder us in this process and what do we envisage Solidarity Hull to be like in the future.  The following day we came together using body mapping to explore Solidarity Hull further as a collective, to discuss the roots of Solidarity, the skills we all bring, both individually and as a collective, our vision for Solidarity Hull, our dreams and our desires,  our responsibilities and our emotions. The body map is a work in progress and we would not be complete without the creative contributions of all Solidarity members.

In true Solidarity spirit we also took the time to be together, to play, laugh, walk, dance, cook and eat wonderful food and share with each other whilst exploring our the majestic surroundings, in Corris and Machynlleth.





Update: Leaving Creator College

The last few months have been a difficult time for Solidarity Hull. To be honest, that is putting it mildly. In early February we moved to our new home at Creator College. Excited for the future we began to settle in to this new space. As a collective, we all pitched in, cleaning, decorating and organising workshops.  We turned a blank canvas into a space where people felt a sense of belonging, a space we could call our own and, most importantly, which felt like home.

To celebrate, Solidarity Hull began organising an event to showcase all of the wonderful work we have been doing over the last few months and to bring more people to join Solidarity. The event centred on theatre, music, dance and art. We invited friends from all over Hull, from up and down the country to share this experience with us.  We had also invited a participatory video film maker to help us document this journey.

All geared up for the event, we were working hard to put the final touches on performances and prepare the space to welcome everyone to Solidarity Hull’s new home. We arrived at Creator College early in the morning the day before the event and found one of the landlords in the office. We were essentially told due to the collapse of the organisation, from whom we had been letting a space we needed to move out of by the end of the day. With no notice, we were homeless. We had no choice but to pack up all of our belongings and contact everyone invited to cancel the event and leave.

The community railed around us and we were offered a space to house our belongings at the Annex and a local art space, Ground, offered us a space to host our event.  In spite of everything that happened that day, we came together to share in each other’s company, we decided to lift our spirits by enjoying food and having a much needed party!!

We learnt an awful lot from this experience and we are still in between homes and we are actively looking for space where to house ourselves. It is sad to see how this has affected the momentum, with people being dispersed and effectively the group being left homeless.  We are hopeful that we will find a space here in Hull that we can call our own, where we are not called refugees, migrants, asylum seekers or clients but people. Where we won’t be kicked out and where we can continue to grow as a family, our projects and our visions for the future.

We are temporarily based at Centre 88, Saner Street, Hull HU3 2TR.

Love and Hugs, Solidarity Hull xx

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


Currently, we are developing our safeguarding and child protection policy through a series of participatory workshops. We are learning the importance of keeping people safe in our Solidarity Hull Family environment. In the same manner, we developed our constitutions, we decided that it was not enough to just adopt an already existing format. Instead, we are taking ourselves through a  collective research process finding out what these policies are and why they are important. We want to properly be informed and understand the implications and responsibilities of caring for one another in a safe and welcoming environment.


Welcome people, we are Solidarity Hull!!

Solidarity is a growing community of young people in Hull, mainly aged under 30yrs, who come from many different countries of the world. We dream of becoming a rich mix of people with talents and skills, learning together to live good lives here in Hull (and the UK). We want to make Solidarity a place where young people from all over the world work together to make a second home in an atmosphere of equality and belonging; a space where we are free to make mistakes and learn from them, where we build the confidence to dream our dreams, discover our talents, and share our skills.

We aim to:

  • make spaces where we treat each other as we want others to treat us
  • learn to work together to bring about change for all people of all nations through the use of popular education and creative arts.
  • learn to use our imaginations, share our skills and talents, and show others in Hull, in the UK and in the world, who we really are.

Come and join us, we are located at in the second floor of Creator College at Queen Victoria Square located in the city centre of Hull. See contact page for details.