Author: Solidarity1948

COVID-19 activities

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged all of us to use technology in different ways. We have continued to learn, live, and stay connected through our screens. We are making sure our people within our community get the support they need , promoting health and well-being of our community during this pandemic, especially for those with underline health conditions.

Family support services:

It is clear that some of our local area community do not know how to use the Zoom but we are contacting them via WhatsApp group and phone calls when giving awareness about Covid19 in different languages. Because most people in our community speak Swahili language , we are creating a series film , though this film we are raising awareness about Covid19 in Swahili. This is because most of our community speaks Swahili , and educating ourselves about Covid19 and the importance of taking test although the vaccination.

We are making phone calls for booking hospital appointments , Repeating prescriptions, Helping with housing repairs, Supporting with shopping and food deliveries for cooked and fresh foods although contacting city council and other local authorities depending on the emergency of their needs. While delivering the food, we also handed out free washable masks. This was very important because it will safeguard our community and protect them from Covid19 and reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our local area.

Online cooking session vie zoom:

We are doing weekly online cooking sessions with families to fight isolation and to engage people to cook nutrition food and eating Healthy during this difficult moment of pandemic. Therefore, we provide monthly free cooked meal and deliver to people’s house for health eating in our local community area.

Popular education vie online zoom.

  • About people’s mental health during Covid 19
  • Gender equality Weekly training about
  • Participatory Action Research hosted by Javi Sanchez from (Ann Matthews Trust CIC organisation).

Online children’s art and crafts session:

While some of venues, cultural organisations and some School buildings may be closed, engaging in the visual arts is more important for children and their families now than ever. Solidarityhull CIC invited children and families to participate on our online art activity. The children’s art activities is a fantastic opportunity to encourage families and their children to take part in fun, creative activities that will help the children not to feel isolated during this pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work.

Solidarity Hull CIC exploring the worlds we used to describe COVID-19 , asking people how they feel about this pandemic. During this time, many people respond including children to feel low, worried, anxiety, angry, financial worries, poverty lack of food, job security and fear associated with returning to the outside world. The fears for their own physical health and wellbeing, including those with health problems from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. These are all common reactions to the difficult situation we face in our community due to Covid-19. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave.

Food poverty increasing about the impact of rising poverty on wellbeing of children and families. Many families reported that are on low income and struggling to put food on table because of pandemic. Many families surveyed continue to struggle financially.

We must rethink the future of our environment. Only then can we protect the health, livelihoods, food Justice and nutrition of all people, and ensure that our new normal is a better one.

Solidarity Hull is committed to reducing the spread of COVID19 by following the government guidelines and recommendations, risk assessing all our planned activities.

Solidarity Hull CIC, use food to make difference in our community.

During to this pandemic many people and families in our community struggling with many challenging, such as a reduction in their government benefits, unemployment or in low income. Solidarity Hull CIC, has provided people with food parcel or hot meal. Some of our volunteers help to deliver food for people who are self-isolating, older people or people who are staying at home because of health risks. Food Justice project help us to reduce loneliness and wellbeing of people in our community, also we aim to fight isolation and anxiety by engaging people to eat health and nutrition food at home.

Food Justice for everyone!

All meals are for free , Due to this pandemic all meals are for takeaway only.

This pandemic has stopped us from working on the ground but that won’t stop us from supporting our community. We are working from home and all our sessions and workshops still ruining online platform. Also we created a WhatsApp group or you can follow our facebook page to keep in touch, support and keep people informed during this period.

The COVID‐19 pandemic has meant that Solidarity Hull has been unable to meet and carry out activities with our community. We are unable to maintain our office/workshop space and unable to fundraise as our team had been in lockdown and many of us do not have personal computers or internet at home.

Help control the virus.

The World Health Organization has said that people aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s are spreading the virus without having the symptoms.

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space – stay at least 2 metres away from people not in your household.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Growing Solidarity

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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.

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Welcome people, we are Solidarity Hull CIC

Solidarity is a growing community of young people in Hull, 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 Hull a place where young people and young adult 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, share our skills, our stories and support our families in Hull (and the UK).

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.
  • Support our families to settle in Hull (and the UK).

If you want to join us please follow links in Contact us page of this website.

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