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Video marks a year Together at Hull City of Culture

Video marks a year Together at Hull City of Culture

A video made throughout 2017 by a youth group in the Ings estate in east Hull has been premiered at an end-of-year celebration at Ings Plus Resource Centre.

In the video, Be Happy! Be Ings, young people tell their own story about their local community and the special activities they have undertaken as part of Hull’s year as City of Culture.

The year-long project has given many local young people the opportunity to do a huge range of activities, often doing things for the first time: kit car building and racing; orienteering; organising a community event at Grasby Park; videoing local people about life in Ings; skateboarding; angling; cycling; kayaking; cooking; photographing; creating arts and crafts amongst many other activities.

The project has been run by Newground, whose youth and community staff help communities to become happier, healthier and safer. Newground is working locally with other agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour amongst young people.

Funding for this City of Culture project has come from Together Housing Group, one of the country’s largest housing associations, and Compendium Living, a leader in regeneration and urban renewal.

These two bodies are working in partnership with Hull City Council to regenerate housing in Ings. Currently, this partnership is building 83 homes for a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership off Bellfield Avenue. A further 64 homes are being built for open market sale off Saltshouse Road. 


Dave Bullock, managing director of Compendium Living, said: “From our perspective, we don’t just build homes – we work with people at the grass roots in the areas we’re developing. We were delighted to support a project that helped young people to explore their local area and make their own video, giving them the opportunity to gain new experiences and learn new skills. Working with organisations such as Newground helps to build more sustainable places where people are happy and want to live.”

Sara Featherstone, Together Housing neighbourhood coordinator, added: “We wanted to support the young people of Ings to connect with the City of Culture programme, so they felt a part of all the great things that have happened. We also wanted to celebrate the local community as so many good things happen in the Ings. The project has been a great success and it’s been wonderful to help the young people to tell their own story.”


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