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On November 22nd, the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership's Hope Hack at Grimsby Institute saw an incredible turnout of over 70 young individuals from the North East Lincolnshire region. 

The day-long workshop aimed to provide a platform for young people aged 15-25 to express their aspirations for the future and address issues affecting their lives and communities.

The Hope Collective has organised a series of Hope Hack events nationwide over the last two years, with the goal of amplifying the voices of young individuals, fostering ambition, and creating a brighter future for all communities, especially those most vulnerable to poverty, violence, and discrimination. 

Inspired by the late Damilola Taylor, a 10-year-old boy who expressed his hope to make a difference before his tragic passing in 2000, the initiative is a testament to his memory.

The event began with opening words from Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Jonathan Evison, emphasising the importance of the event and the significance of the attendees' voices. 

Andrew Smith then delivered a powerful speech, sharing his journey of growing up, struggling with identity, strained family relationships, mental health, dealing with injury in the armed forces, homelessness, depression and how he managed to move his life forwards through hope, hard work and not giving up.

Facilitators then led group discussions on topics chosen by the attendees. After lunch, Sam and Lauren from the Hull FC Community Foundation led an energising activity in preparation for the afternoon session. 

During the afternoon, the young people honed their presentations and showcased their ideas through various mediums, including powerful speeches and theatrical performances.

The event ended with closing remarks by the Director of the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership, Richard Kendall, who expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.

The Humber Violence Reduction Unit is looking forward to hosting the next Hope Hack in Scunthorpe on February 21st. 

Please contact for more information about the Hope Hacks.

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