Solidarity Hull is committed to reducing the spread of COVID19 by following the government guidelines and recommendations, risk assessing all our planned activities.
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.This pandemic has stopped us from working on the ground but we created a WhatsApp group or you can follow our face book page to keep in touch, support and keep people informed during this period.
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
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!!
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.
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.