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On Monday, the Humber Violence Prevention Partnership's Hope Hack at Bridlington Spa saw a turnout of over 100 young individuals from the East Riding 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 event involved collaborative discussions and solution-based activities, focusing on the participants' perspectives and ideas.

Over the last two years, the Hope Collective has organised a series of Hope Hack events nationwide, with the aim of empowering young people to share their hopeful visions for positive change.

The Hope Collective was 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 aims to honour his memory by amplifying the voices of young individuals, fostering ambition, and striving to create a brighter future for all communities, particularly those most vulnerable to poverty, violence, and discrimination.

The day commenced with an impactful address by Abdu Abubakar, who shared his journey of hope after seeking refuge in the UK from Eritrea in 2015. Abdu, now associated with the Tigers Trust, a charity partnered with Hull City Football Club, was an inspiration to the participants.

Following this, the attendees formed groups with their facilitators to delve into discussions on crucial topics they had chosen. The day continued with lunch provided, as well as an energising activity led by Sam and Lauren from the Hull FC Community Foundation, which prepared the participants for the afternoon session.

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

The event reached its finish with closing remarks by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Jonathan Evison, who extended his gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.

Speaking about the event, Marie Morgan, the Hope Hack Project Lead, said: "I extend my thanks to all the young participants and facilitators for their enthusiastic engagement earlier this week. Witnessing everyone actively participating in the discussions was truly inspiring. The compelling presentations and valuable feedback generated will significantly contribute to our ongoing efforts to prevent violence in the Humber Region."

Looking ahead, the Humber Violence Reduction Unit is eager to build on the success of the recent event and is looking forward to hosting the next Hope Hack in Grimsby on Wednesday 22nd of November.

Please contact for more information about the Hope Hacks.

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