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New drop-in service will help BME mums

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A charity set up to support communities by promoting diversity and equality will next week launch a new service aimed at helping new mums from ethnic minorities.
ONEHumber will hold its first drop-in service to provide support for women who have recently had children and are from black and minority ethnic communities. It will take place at Marvell House Children’s Centre in Crambourne Street, Hull, from 10am until 11.30am on Wednesday August 17.
ONEHumber was launched earlier this year and is involved in supporting minority groups through the Hull LGBT Social Network and through its work with the Hull and East Riding Equality Network.
Kiran Johnson, the strategic manager of the charity, said: “There are some projects which provide support for new mums but they are almost impossible to access for people who don’t speak or read English.
“We work with the Fenchurch Cluster Children’s Centre and with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and we have organised a drop-in for new mums from an ethnic minority background so they can learn some English, get the support they need and socialise with ladies from their own community.
“We are distributing leaflets through religious centres and children’s centres and voluntary networks, and we are also asking people for their help in communicating information about the service to people who cannot speak and read English.”
To find out more about the drop-in event on August 17 please contact the ONEHumber charity on 01482 427058, email mailto:kiran@onehumber.org

Pride in Hull promotes confidence among LGBT Social Network

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A project aimed at tackling isolation within Hull’s LGBT community is aiming to increase its membership and its workload following the success of last month’s Pride in Hull event. Organisers of the Hull LGBT Social Network, which was set up by the ONEHumber charity, say the celebration was a turning point for many of their members who have lacked the confidence to mix with others.

They hope members will now share their experiences and encourage others to join the Network, starting with its next meeting on Sunday September 11. Kiran Johnson, the strategic manager of the charity, said: “The success of Pride in Hull was the biggest talking point when our members held their meeting a week after the event. We only started ONEHumber in March and this was the first Pride event for many of our members. They all really enjoyed it and it became clear that the Network meetings have helped them to build their confidence. In the past they haven’t bothered and have just taken the view that events like Pride weren’t for them, but they were all glad they went and they are now talking about going to Pride events in other towns and cities. None of the group would have dreamt of things like that before.”

Mrs Johnson said the Network will try to increase its numbers by taking part in other events and by raising awareness through GPs and other health practitioners who see it as an appropriate option for social prescribing. She said: “The group is all about helping Hull’s LGBT community tackle isolation and the problems which result from that, such as depression and other mental health issues. Social prescribing to treat those conditions can be safer and more effective than drugs and other mainstream treatments and is becoming more widely used in Hull and the East Riding.”

The Network selects meeting venues which are safe, central and convenient and only reveals details on application. To find out more about the meeting on September 11 please contact the ONEHumber charity on 01482 427058, email kiran@onehumber.org

The word is getting out there folks!

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After gaining funding from Hull CCG to develop a Hull LGBT Social Forum for older people, we held our first meeting in April. We had some excellent press coverage in the Hull Daily Mail and on the radio (thank you Andy Train!) promoting the network and on a rainy April day the first Hull LGBT Social Network event was held at Vintage Café, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull.
We had over 12 people attend, many of who had heard about the network through the LGBT Forum or had read about it in the newspaper. Some had been very nervous about attending but soon got over their nerves when they met with others. Over afternoon tea (thank you Vintage Café!) there were many different conversations between those who attended. Some of the things we talked about included the reasons why people had attended; some had come to meet new people, to meet a new partner and to stop feeling lonely and also what the group would like to do as part of the network including; activities such as visits to the theatre or cinema, meals together or exercise groups.
The second LGBT Social Network was held on a sunny Bank Holiday Sunday on Hull Marina at Tasty and was attended by over 10 new (and some who had attended the previous event) members. The atmosphere was much more open and relaxed, with everyone joining with the conversations whilst enjoying coffee and cake (Tasty have the best chocolate cake!) We talked more about what we would like to do and agreed that we organise a visit to Bridlington in June so that we could have a walk, play bingo and also meet up with others who may not feel that a coffee and cake event was for them. We are still finalising the details but will let you know once it is sorted.
We also discussed a letter the LGBT Forum had received from a gay prisoner from Hull Prison. This was the start of an idea for a befriending project for LGBT older or socially isolated people in the Hull and East Riding area. Watch this space for more information!
Both network meetings have been extremely positive with some excellent feedback with one member saying “it feels great just to be me for a few hours” and others having their first experiences of visiting gay-friendly venues with other members of the network as support.
For more information on the LGBT Social Network events and activities contact Kiran and Kiran@onehumber.org or 01482 427058.