I just wanted to say thank you to you, the students and your staff member for attending our Hope Hack event yesterday, we’ve just had a staff and facilitator debrief session and everyone was quick to highlight your group from Rise, how engaged they were and how supportive you both were as teaching staff with them – it really stood out to us all. The student who presented on stage (Ezra?) summed up the workshop brilliantly and highlighted how Referral Units do that bit extra for their students, there were certainly some lessons there for mainstream schools!
>On the 13th November, the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership (VPP) will held its second Hope Hack. This event provided a unique opportunity for our young people of Hull and the East Riding to inform leading policy makers on key issues that will help them to make their community feel fairer and safer. This involved our young people coming up with solutions to issues, rather than looking at the symptoms and causes. The Hope Hacks have been designed by the Hope Collective, an organisation formed to support the campaign for Damilola Taylor, a 10-year-old boy who wrote of his hope to change the world, shortly before his untimely death in 2000. The Hope Collective aim to establish real change that enables the UK’s most vulnerable communities to be free from poverty, violence and discrimination. They do this by working with our young people to create long-term change, amplifying their voices and focusing on their hopes for the future. Violence Reduction Units across the UK organise these events, giving young people the chance to work with each other in workshops to generate ideas on solutions to a key issue in the community. Feedback: Public Health manager (VPP)