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.

For information go to

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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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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.



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It’s simple, when you book your event with the Octagon, you are guaranteed a state-of-the-art facility coupled with a first-rate service from our highly experienced, friendly professional team.

But what you also get, is the added bonus of knowing that your event fee is spent on the charitable work of the Goodwin Development Trust in Hull – helping improve the quality of life in our community. This is our Trade-Not-Aid initiative – by doing business with us, you are directly helping the disadvantaged in your own region.

The Octagon is an award-winning purpose built conference facility incorporating a 250-seat conference room and four meeting rooms. Emphasis has been placed on design and practicality and the conference centre comes complete with everything you would expect from a first-class venue.

Meeting Rooms 4.1 – 4.3

Meeting Rooms 4.1 – 4.3 can provide seating for up to 16 people in a variety of layouts.

Layouts available

  • Boardroom
  • Classroom
  • Theatre

Facilities available in Rooms 4.1 – 4.3 include:

  • Flipchart Stand
  • Digital Projector available for hire
  • Laptop available for hire
  • Wi-Fi access

Due to the unique design of the Octagon, each room is shaped slightly differently, as can be seen from the first floor plan, and therefore the exact layout of each style differs from room to room.

Meeting Room 4.4

This is a slightly larger room than Rooms 4.1 – 4.3 , which can provide seating for up to 26 people in a variety of layouts.

Layouts available

  • Boardroom
  • Classroom
  • Theatre
  • Cabaret Style

Facilities available in Room 4.4 include:

  • Flipchart Stand
  • Digital Projector available for hire
  • Laptop available for hire
  • Wi-Fi access

Conference Hall

The conference hall is a large open space with a removable stage which can provide seating for up to 250 people in a variety of layouts.

Layouts available

  • Boardroom
  • Classroom
  • Theatre
  • Cabaret Style

Facilities available in the conference room include:

  • Flipchart Stand
  • Removable stage
  • Large pull down screen
  • Overhead projector
  • Lectern with microphone
  • Roaming Microphone ‘s available for hire
  • Laptop available for hire
  • Wi-Fi access

Please note: All rooms have wheelchair access and natural daylight (excluding 4.4)

We can also provide in-house catering please contact the bookings team for more information Tel: 01482 228677

Please fill in our Hospitality Booking Form and then email to to check availability.

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…

Help FareShare collect food donations in 11 Tesco stores across Hull and Humber

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National food redistribution charity FareShare is calling for volunteers in 11 Tesco stores across Hull and Humber from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 December 2015 to help collect food donations for people in need this winter.

FareShare is working with Tesco and foodbank charity The Trussell Trust on the 7th Neighbourhood Food Collection – the biggest national food drive. The last collection in June 2015 collected enough food to make 3.6m meals.

All of the food donated will be delivered to FareShare’s Hull and Humber Regional Centre, which is run by the Goodwin Development Trust, before being redistributed to more than 105 charities and community organisations in the region that feed over 7,660 people each week.

The Tesco stores collecting on behalf of FareShare are:

  • Barton Upon Humber
  • Bridlington
  • Cleethorpes Extra
  • Filey
  • Goole Boothferry Road
  • Grimsby Extra
  • Hull
  • Market Rasen
  • Market Weighton
  • Scarborough
  • Withernsea

Clive Darnell, Manager of FareShare Hull and Humber, said: “Each volunteer can help us collect enough food for 500 meals in just three hours – and the more volunteers we have, the more food we can collect to help reach more people in need.

“It really is a fun and rewarding experience to be involved in one of the biggest food drives in the country and something that you can do with your family, friends and local community.”

To volunteer at the Neighbourhood Food Collection, find your closest store and register at

Wear it Pink!


On the 23rd October 2015, Goodwin hosted another charity event for breast cancer awareness.

Thank you for everyone’s support of either a donation, baking or buying.

We therefore raised: £72.63

Macmillan Coffee Morning


On the 25th September 2015, Goodwin hosted a coffee morning across three different sites. The donations were fantastic and we raised a substantial amount.

Fenchurch Nursery raised: £142.20

The Octagon Raised: £126.97

The Goodwin Centre raised: £181.81

Grand Total: £450.98

Thank you for everyone’s help in supporting this cause.


Goodwin’s Christmas Fair

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Are you a crafty, creative person? Do you want to run a stall at our Christmas fair? If so then get in touch with us by emailing: The Christmas fair will be held in the octagon, down walker street, Hull on the 28th November 2015 from 11am-3pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!




Plans to develop church into performance hub!


The Goodwin Development Trust has applied for funding to transform a former church on the Thornton Estate into a community and performance hub ahead of Hull being City of Culture in 2017.

Plans have been submitted to Hull City Council’s planning committee and a decision is expected in November.

Peter McGurn, Chief Executive, Goodwin Development Trust:

“Our aspirations are to develop the church into a community and performance hub in the run up to and beyond 2017. We’ve already had lots of positive feedback from theatrical and arts groups and our plan is to open up the church for rehearsals and performances for groups from across the country that might be coming to Hull for the City of Culture.

“There is also so much local talent that we’d like to support, such as Middle Child Theatre, who we already work closely with. 2017 is going to be such an opportunity and the legacy will be those local projects that thrive and grow beyond that, which is what we’re passionate about helping. Culture to me is about local people getting involved in things they wouldn’t ordinarily and opening up ‘the arts’ to everyday people.

“We’re currently in the process of bidding for funding to enable us to acquire and develop the church, which we’re hoping to hear back from in the next couple of months.”

Young People

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Young people locally were crying out for a space they could call their own – with facilities and activities that could help them fulfill their potential while having a lot of fun along the way.

Although there was already a Youth Space on Goodwin Parade, the Goodwin Development Trust wanted to do a lot more. So they bought a big old derelict pub on Porter St called Darleys and (with the help of local firms and Hull Construction Skills College) they completely redeveloped it into a Youth Centre with rehearsal rooms, multi-media equipment, games, performance areas, a theatrical group, a sports pitch and even a radio station! And we’ve got lots more planned…

But the Darleys Youth Centre (link to Youth website here) – and the services it provides – is driven by the views and voices of local young people. We’re here to help local young people fulfill their potential and get a head-start to happiness.

If you want to be part of that, then we’d love to hear from you.

For more info  Tel: 01482 221857

Or pop in and see us – Goodwin Youth Service, Darleys Youth & Arts Centre, Porter St, HU1 2RE