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A Hope Hack is a day-long workshop that aims to give young people aged 16-25 a voice and focuses on their hopes for the future. This involves groups discussing their thoughts and solutions on issues that affect them, their lives and their communities.

Booking now open for Grimsby on 12th July 2023 - click here to register

Over the last two years, the Hope Collective have been running a series of Hope Hack events across the length and breadth of the UK. The Hope Collective 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. Hope Hack events honour his memory by dedicating the campaign to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope. The Hope Collective aim to establish real change that enables the UK’s most vulnerable communities to be free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) across the UK organise these events for their local area, giving young people the chance to work with each other in workshops to generate ideas on solutions to a key issue in the community.

During the event, the young people split into smaller workshop groups to discuss a key topic. Each group covers something different, out of the following:

  • Anti-Poverty - Minimising the impact of poverty on young people.
  • Race and Diversity - How 'who you are' affects your sense of safety.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing - The provision of wellbeing support for young people.
  • Gender - A gendered response to feeling safe and being safe.
  • Community Safety - Features of the community that ensure young people feel safe.
  • Media - How the representation of young people in the media makes you feel.
  • Education - The current curriculum and the support available for young people during their education.
  • Skills & Employability - Opportunities available to support young people's development.
  • Sports, Recreation and culture - The benefits of young people having opportunities to express themselves.
  • Youth work - The benefits of giving young people a voice and the ability to influence society.
  • Housing - The provision of housing in your community

Each group will have the opportunity to present their ideas to local leaders and the wider audience towards the end of the event. Locally, this feedback will inform our future work and help us to understand what young people think would be the greatest solutions to problems in our local community.

The ideas and solutions from the hacks are also incorporated into a national report, written by the Hope Collective, to create the biggest needs assessment into what young people think a fairer society looks like, what the current challenges are for young people, and what solutions would drive long lasting change. In terms of the national picture, this report will be used in decision-making and policy, allowing the government to hear the voices of young people.

In the Humber area, Hope Hacks will be held across all 4 local authority areas. Use the drop-down list below to see what our plans are!

Our first Hope Hack was successfully delivered at Hull Truck Theatre on Monday 6th February 2023. 

You can read more about how the event went here.

Our next hope hack will take place in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, on Wednesday 12th July at the Grimsby Institute.

If you are age 18 - 25 you can reserve your place through our online booking form.

If you are a young person aged 16-17, a member of staff working with a group of young people in the area, or a local who thinks you can support us with this Hope Hack, please email for more information.

Our Bridlington, East Riding, Hope Hack will take place in October 2023.

If you are a young person aged 16-25, a member of staff working with a group of young people in the area, or a local who thinks you can support us with this Hope Hack, please email for more information.

Our Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, Hope Hack will take place in February 2024.

If you are a young person aged 16-25, a member of staff working with a group of young people in the area, or a local who thinks you can support us with this Hope Hack, please email for more information.

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