Hull Clinical Commissioning Group was a major partner to Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Hull CCG Chief Officer Emma Latimer and CEO and Director of Hull 2017 Martin Green joined trainees at CASE Training, a well-established Hull organisation working with people with learning disabilities, and marked the partnership by putting the finishing touches to their own ‘Moth for Amy’.
Emma said: “The UK City of Culture team created some very special health-related elements within the wider programme of world class arts and cultural activities which we were delighted to support. Our partnership with Hull 2017 meant we were able to improve the health, wellbeing and aspirations of people living in our city in a unique way. Through a range of interesting, fun and inspiring activities, we were able to reach and engage with people in ways we had never done before; from dance sessions to arts and crafts and an ambitious volunteer recruitment scheme.”
Martin added: “We were delighted to have Hull CCG on board as a major partner. Culture and its many art-forms are recognised as being beneficial to people’s health and well-being. Whether attending or taking part in Hull 2017 events, we wanted to bring individuals and communities together, inspire joy, spark imaginations and trigger creativity. In doing so we hoped it would transform lives.”
The Hull 2017 programme included pioneering projects, which helped to reduce social isolation, encourage physical activity and improve wellbeing. Hull CCG promoted healthy lifestyles, emotional wellbeing and integration of communities as widely as possible through the activities and aimed to ensure 2017 created a lasting legacy of people in Hull looking after their health, that still continues today.
A particular focus was the Hull 2020 Health Champions, local people were empowered and able to promote health messages and make changes within their local community, and with their family and friends. The aim was to create a ripple effect of improved health throughout the city, starting on the street. Already underway, the Champions linked with the army of 2017 volunteers to spread the health message far and wide.
NHS Hull CCG has funded CASE twice through its Healthier Hull Community Fund. In 2014 the organisation was awarded a grant to produce its own newspaper “The Easy Reader”. In 2016 funding helped them organise and deliver sports and health-related activities for trainees.
Steve Rusling, Marketing Manager at CASE, added: “Getting our trainees at CASE involved with Hull City of Culture 2017 was great. They really benefitted from it in many ways such as preventing social inclusion, healthier living, learning new skills and of course from volunteering, attending events during the year and taking part in their own dedicated workshops and activities.”