Hull 2017 project shines housing estate in new light

Photo credit: Jamie King

Photo credit: Jamie King

As part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 ‘Made in Hull’ celebrations, Goodwin Development Trust and the residents of Thornton Estate are setting the scene for what will become one of the most iconic images of 2017.

I Wish To Communicate With You is an ambitious mass participation project engaging local residents in a major art installation. Over the upcoming weeks Thornton Estate will get a full colour makeover with the majority of the 600 residents, living in 240 homes, across the five high-rise tower blocks participating in this large-scale light installation.

Tinted filters will be fitted in the communal lighting areas and coloured sheets will be stuck in the window panes of each property. As darkness falls a collage of colour will be created across the estate, free for all to view.

The initial concept for the project was developed by Italian artist Silvio Palladino, Goodwin’s Code5 artist-in-residence 2014-15. Inspired by Hull’s connection with the sea and traditional seafaring communication methods using coloured flags his vision is now brought to life by international lighting design consultant James Bawn and the people of Hull.

Sharon Darley, Quality of Life Manager at Goodwin Development Trust said: “I Wish To Communicate With You is about raising aspirations, self-confidence and improving the quality of life for a community blighted by bad press and negative assumptions. This will be the enduring legacy from the project and local residents will have a more positive understanding of and interest in arts and culture as a result of participation.”

I Wish To Communicate With You is one of 60 new projects to receive funding through the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, a Principal Partner of Hull 2017.

Henri Duckworth, Executive Producer at Hull 2017, said: “I Wish To Communicate With You is a fantastic project that is bringing local people together and getting them involved in the creation of a piece of public art right on their doorstep. How many people can boast that they live in an illuminated multi-coloured installation?”

Over the course of the year, the project will gather pace and include neighbouring buildings such as William Booth House, Adelaide School, the Danish Church and the Hull Royal infirmary in this colourful community collage – flicking the switch and shining a new light on Thornton Estate.


For further information, contact Sharon Darley, Quality of Life Manager at Goodwin Development Trust – / 07789 778109

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Goodwin Development Trust was founded over 20 years ago by 14 formidable residents of the Thornton Estate, Hull. It is now a 180 strong community-led social enterprise, delivering a range of services designed to reverse social decline and improve the quality of life for all 5000 residents, with the belief that the arts and culture are critical to achieving that vision. The ‘Estate of the Nation’ collaboration is helping to do just that.

The Estate of the Nation project on Thornton Estate Hull is exemplary
Pete Massey, Arts Council England

I Wish To Communicate With You is one of 60 new projects to receive funding through the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, a Principal Partner of Hull 2017.

A total of £750,000 is being invested in the programme, which was set up to celebrate, nurture and support local talent and develop opportunities for emerging artists.

In addition to cash from Hull 2017 and the Big Lottery Fund, the projects will receive staff support to build capacity in the arts sector, helping to create a legacy. The Creative Communities Programme is also being supported by Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust.

The projects – which range from photography exhibitions to music and food festivals and choral and orchestral concerts to audio-visual installations – will see local artists, community groups, cultural and other organisations in the city working with local people of all ages to create new artistic work, events, installations and other activity throughout 2017.

For a full list of projects visit:

About Hull UK City of Culture

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is a 365 day programme of cultural events and creativity inspired by the city and told to the world. Hull secured the title of UK City of Culture 2017 in November 2013. It is only the second city to hold the title and the first in England.

Divided into four seasons, this nationally significant event draws on the distinctive spirit of the city and the artists, writers, directors, musicians, revolutionaries and thinkers that have made such a significant contribution to the development of art and ideas.

The Culture Company was set up to deliver the Hull 2017 programme and is an independent organisation with charitable status. It has raised £32 million, with over 60 partners supporting the project, including public bodies, lottery distributors, trusts and foundations and local and national businesses. Key contributions are coming from: Host City – Hull City Council; Principal Partners – Arts Council England, BBC, Big Lottery Fund, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, KCOM, KWL, Spirit of 2012, Yorkshire Water and the University of Hull; Major Partners –Associated British Ports, Arco, BP, the British Council, Green Port Hull, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, MKM Building Supplies, P&O Ferries, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Sewell Group, Siemens, Smith & Nephew and Wykeland Group.

68 per cent of the funding is dedicated to public facing activities, including the widest range of cultural events in every corner of the city, with a further 11 per cent for legacy and contingency. More than £5 million is being invested in volunteering, learning and community engagement. £1.6 million is being invested to ensure a legacy after 2017. This includes capacity building, such as supporting existing events so they can grow, staging curtain-raiser events, developing future programming for after 2017 and building a new platform to support a unified ticketing system for the city.

Hull 2017’s International Partners are: Aarhus, Denmark, which is European Capital of Culture 2017; Reykjavik, Iceland; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Freetown, Sierra Leone (twinned with Hull). These relationships are reflected in a number of events throughout the year.

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About Big Lottery Fund

• The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
• It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
• Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

About Hull & East Riding Charitable Trust

The Hollingbery Family founded the business in 1933 with the first Comet superstore opened in Hull in 1968. The business was subsequently sold to Kingfisher and in 1985 the charity was established with the defined purpose of donating funds to help and support charities, both national and local, and other deserving causes, provided that direct benefit was forthcoming for people who live in Hull or the East Riding of Yorkshire.

For more information, including on how to apply for funds, see
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Press Release: Artists in Residence on the Estate of the Nation


The latest in an ambitious artists-in-residence scheme is well underway on the Thornton Estate, Hull as part of the Goodwin Development Trust’s ‘Estate of the Nation’ arts programme.

‘Estate of the Nation’, now in its second year, is a three-year arts and culture project, funded by the Arts Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which aims to engage, inspire and motivate local people who may not ordinarily be interested in the arts.

This year sees two artists – Carla Moss and Andy Pea – commissioned for the ‘Code 5 Artists Live/Work residency’. This participatory arts practice focuses on the issues of climate change and the natural environment, with a commitment to socially engaging with the residents and the community of Thornton Estate.

Following the success of last year’s residency, artist Andy Pea has been re-commissioned to continue his work on Goodwin’s community arts projects. Andy is a Hull based artist and a leading member of Kingston Art Group – one of the city’s longest running arts organisations providing affordable studio and gallery space for the artistic community of Hull.

One of Andy’s installations from 2015 entitled ‘Murmuration’ can still be found cascading up the main staircase at The Octagon on Walker Street. He collaborated with over 3000 members of the community to produce this large-scale public artwork, with participants invited to create origami birds, each containing a secret message.

Andy said: “The murmuration is really a by-product of the actual project. The exciting part has been the conversations, the shared memories and laughter that has happened whilst crafting the individual birds and the sense of community.”


Andy is also working at West Hull FM, the community radio station broadcasting from Thornton Estate – supported by the Goodwin Development Trust and funded by the Big Lottery. Through this he also has the opportunity to work with the ‘Forget Me Not’ Group creating oral histories for broadcast and puppet making as creative release for the over-60’s.

Goodwin’s second artist-in-residence is Carla Moss from Leeds. Her diverse range of work over the last 20 years explores our relationship with the environment and with time and place.

Carla worked with the arts activists at the fringe events of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last year and has recently completed a permaculture course. This extends to her art practice at Goodwin where she has been working with the Thornton Urban Gardeners (TUG) group, Adelaide Primary School and St Andrews House at the Villa Gardens community allotment. She has also been participating in neighborhood plans for green spaces in the area.

She is spending her time on the estate looking at the sustainability and biodiversity of people and places with projects being created under the title of ‘Greening the Estate’. Carla’s studio is currently based in the old veg shop in the heart of the estate – positioning her perfectly to engage the community in an ongoing conversation that helps bring art out of the gallery.

Carla said “In response to conversations around sustainability we have boiled it down to ‘what makes us happy’. That seems a good place to start, being happy is sustaining”.

To celebrate the mid-way point of the project an exhibition will be held on Thursday 29th September at the Church of the Holy Apostles on Walker Street from 5pm – 9pm. Members of the creative community and residents of the Thornton Estate will be in attendance for this prestigious event.

For further information contact Sharon Darley, Quality of Life Manager at Goodwin Development Trust – / 07789 778109

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Carla Moss and Andy Pea, artists-in-residence for the Estate of the Nation project at Goodwin Development Trust.


Goodwin Development Trust was founded over 20 years ago by 14 formidable residents of the Thornton Estate, Hull. It is now a 180 strong community-led social enterprise, delivering a range of services designed to reverse social decline and improve the quality of life for all 5000 residents, with the belief that the arts and culture are critical to achieving that vision. The ‘Estate of the Nation’ collaboration is helping to do just that.

In the lead up to Hull City of Culture 2017, Goodwin is undertaking a major arts programme under the umbrella of ‘Estate of the Nation’ to connect with people who may not ordinarily be interested in the arts.

The Trust has been awarded £50k from the Arts Council and £79k from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help develop their work in this field – they are now celebrating the success of the first wave of projects and looking forward to what is to come over the next two years.

“The Estate of the Nation project on Thornton Estate, Hull is exemplary”
Pete Massey, Arts Council England

Volunteering Opportunity

Interested in DIY / Painting & Decorating / Landscaping / Gardening? Want to gain skills and experience in these areas or already have the skills and have some spare time to volunteer? 

We are currently seeking volunteers for our Estates Team to give a helping hand with odd jobs, painting & decorating and landscaping. You will be supported by a member of our experienced team.

For a Volunteer Application Pack and Role Description, please email or ring Goodwin Development Trust on 01482 587550

Interested in Youth Work? Want to gain skills and experience whilst supporting a great project?


We have an exciting volunteer opportunity within youth work as part of Goodwin Development Trust’s Youth Employment Initiative.  You would be supporting young people’s personal and social development and help them to create projects that benefit not only the community, but also  themselves, as they develop skills, knowledge and ideas that support them as they develop into adults.

To find out more or for an informal chat about the volunteer role, please contact Lloyd Dobbs on 01482 587550 or email:

For a Volunteer Application Pack and Role Description, please email  You can also view the Role Description here:  YEI TM Volunteer Youth Work Role Description

Single Parent Support

singleParentOur single parent support project will engage with single parents aged 16- 29 years. A key worker will help them meet their personal, social, educational and employment goals and identify and overcome any barriers that they may face in life such as financial, mental health and housing issues through internal and external provisions.
Each Key Worker will work with the parent for 12 months and would maintain contact for a further 6 months to support sustainable longer term results.

Regular informal learning sessions delivered by YEI key workers will include
• personal and social development
• team working
• presentation skills
• problem solving
• job search techniques
• developing CV’s
• completing application forms
• interview skills

From the agreed individual action plan we will provide a flexible yet focused programme that includes a core mentoring offer that navigates the Parent through internally delivered support, YEI partner provision (traineeships and apprenticeships) and external support.

The Single Parent Support Project works in partnership with the Goodwin Development Trust’s group of Children’s Centres offering support such as

• Family support
• Healthy eating
• Functional skills
• Midwifery
• Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Support projects
• Sexual Health
• Renew (Substance mis-use support)
• ARKH (Refugee support),
• ABL Health and Smoking cessation

If you would like more information on this project please do not hesitate and contact the Goodwin Youth Employment Team on 01482 485958 or alternatively at


Two Way Street


What is Two Way Street?
Two Way Street will engage and work with young people from minority groups within the city of Hull with a focus upon new arrivals into our communities as refugees, asylum seekers or economic migrant’s. Young people must also have not worked for 1 year and above and willing to work with staff to identity and overcome potential barriers to their personal , social and educational development.
Our underpinning ethos is that,

“To simply celebrate peoples differing cultures is to sell young people short, cultures should understand, develop and progress together.”

Young people will be supported to recognize their own identify and roots and the role it plays in their new home and will also be used as part of their chosen pathway into further work or training.
Co-designed provision by staff and young people will feature throughout Two Way Street recognising that young people are the experts of their own situation and will be encouraged to work within the community to plan, deliver and evaluate projects with the aim of improving community cohesion, challenge discrimination and ultimately do something positive for the community.

Skill development
• team work
• planning
• meeting deadlines
• health and safety
• communication
• enterprise
• ICT/multimedia
• tolerance
• empathy/understanding

Work and volunteer placements
• warehousing
• childcare
• marketing
• catering
• youth work
• business administration
• Danny’s Dream (Health and social care)
• horticulture
• artists in residence
• West Hull Community Radio

If you would like more information on this project please do not hesitate and contact the Goodwin Youth Employment Initiative on 01482 485958 or alternatively at


Danny’s Dream receives outstanding rating from CQC


Run by the Goodwin Development Trust, the service provides domiciliary care and social support for people with learning disabilities and/or complex health needs.

The service, based at Danny’s Dream Club on Walker Street, was assessed across five key areas and has been awarded outstanding for offering a responsive service that meets the needs of individuals by offering ‘person-centred’ care plans, tailored to their specific needs.
Inspectors noted that ‘relatives were involved in the formulation of care plans’ and that staff had found creative ways of supporting people to be involved in the local community. They also saw that there are a wide range of activities that people participate in that respond to their needs and interests.
Families were interviewed as part of the inspection and comments included: ‘It’s a big step for me handing his care over to other people, but I can confidently go out to work’, ‘They make him feel well and part of the community; they are in tune with his age group’, ‘The staff are absolutely outstanding; every morning she has a smile on her face and is happy to see the PAs; she is settled, content and they consider her needs at all times’.
In the report, one health and social care professional describes the service as ‘brilliant’; “It’s a good service, brilliant in fact. The service user is now engaging with others, is active, good relationships have developed, and the staff are supportive to the family.”
The care that people receive from Danny’s Dream can range from home-care to activities at the club, trips out and other community activities, depending on their needs and wishes. The team always endeavor to fulfil the wishes of service users, whether that’s going swimming, bowling or fishing, or trying new things.
Jane Popplewell is the Manager of Danny’s Dream, she said:
“Danny’s Dream was originally set up by a local family, for their son Danny who had a range of health care needs – they wanted to create a service that empowered people and enabled them to live their lives to the full. This is still the ethos that we hold today; our customers come first and we want to give them choice, control and independence.
“An outstanding rating is very hard to come by, so we’re absolutely delighted with this report from the CQC and will continue to give first class care and support to everyone that accesses our service. Our management team, staff and volunteers are such dedicated and caring people, it is them that make small differences every day to improve the lives of people.”
Inspectors also found that the service was well led, there was good communication between staff, good reporting and monitoring procedures and any issues were dealt with quickly and effectively.
Danny’s Dream Club itself is a former pub, which was converted by Goodwin. The building includes a social area, sensory room with gym equipment and a ball pool, places for people to watch films and interact with friends, as well as a kitchen and spacious toilet and changing facilities.


Hull’s RBL secured for another year

Hull’s Royal British Legion support service has moved to bigger premises to enable it to support more people.

Run by the Goodwin Development Trust, the RBL service will find its new home in the Goodwin Community College building on Anlaby Road from this week after receiving confirmation of funding for at least another year.

In the last 12 months, the service has supported over 500 service personnel, ex personnel and their families, from Hull and the East Riding. Support can be financial or practical and ranges from funding for home adaptations to counselling and even help with finding a job.

Success stories include one former serviceman that found himself homeless after serving nine years in the RAF – the RBL was able to support him to complete an electrical course, through which he secured full-time employment and now rents his own flat.

Mr B is another former soldier that has received support from the RBL after suffering with numerous health issues, which have led to immobility and him relying heavily upon his wife for support. After contacting the RBL nationally, his case was referred to Goodwin who have installed a ramp at his property and funded the purchase of a new mobility scooter, which now enables Mr B to get out and about and takes pressure off his wife as his carer.

Debbie Harding, RBL Area Manager for Yorkshire & Humber commented: “The Royal British Legion in Hull offers a valuable service for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families and I’m delighted to see the service developing to meet the needs of our beneficiaries.

“The Legion wants to be as open and as accessible as possible, so moving to premises in a central location will help the team meet the needs of those people that need their support.”

The Goodwin Community College provides a more accessible and central point of contact where people can meet with advisors. For advice or to book an appointment, contact the team directly on 217274.

The Big Lunch!

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Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice Bureau- Quids In Project invites you to our Lunch!

We would love to invite you to a big FREE lunch on us! We want to help you have more money in your pocket, and we will have a team of EXPERTS on hand to help you.

We will have information on CHEAP deals for telephone and internet. If you are struggling to get a basic bank account, or get confused when looking at banking and saving, we’ll be there with our BANKING BUDDIES.

On the 11th November 2015 from 12-2.30, we are hosting an event for Quids In. Come and pop down to the octagon, Walker street, HU3 2RA.

See you there!

Marvell House Open Day

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Marvell House will be running an open day on Friday 30th October from 11am – 2pm.

There will be a range of activities from:

Change 4 life bus/Healthy lifestyle Team, Children’s Centre Activities, Goodwin’s Project Information, Greenlife, Sam’s Safari, Scrap Attack, Cooking on a budget, Panda Nursery, Smoothies, ABL, Doulas and much much more…