The staff of the Greatfield Hub have been very busy this past couple of months securing funding to be able to put on some activities for the residents. Some of the activity examples are:

Afternoon Teas with music from a local group Route 66 and an enthralling talk from Alec Gill on the subject of "Amy Johnson". There is family fun time for the younger generation fortnightly on a Wednesday from 8th June and pub games from the 20th of July, the actual games are yet to be decided but darts is one that will be included.

A regular currently running is the Gardening club which is held on a Wednesday at 9.30 until 11.30 in the Greatfield Hub. Coming soon there will be a healthy eating on a budget taster days starting in august and in the near future there will be a variety of IT and other technology courses/informative lessons for the newbies to technology in you.

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The Big Local Review

Big Local Greatfield has just completed its Annual Plan Review process.  This is an opportunity for members of the Big Local Steering Group to look back over the previous year; consider what has been achieved; what worked well and what we can learn from what didn’t.  Their conclusions are contained in the Review Report which you can get hold of by e mailing the Greatfield Plan Co-ordinator, Claire Taylor ( or by dropping in at the Greatfield Hub off Hemswell Avenue.

The Greatfield Hub is the most visible Big Local funded project and the Review is very positive about what has been achieved.  It was recognised that without the funding to support the Hub Manager, Sue Pleasance, little of what has been achieved could have been possible and her significant contribution is recognised. People have spoken well of their experience of using the Hub, attending events, training and other opportunities offered. The challenge now is to develop the Hub so it can be self-sufficient and generate income to covers its costs without relying on Big Local funding. 

Another key success factor for Big Local has been the appointment of the Plan Co-ordinator Claire Taylor.  It’s Claire’s job to identify community needs and look to work with our partner organisations to figure out how best to meet them.  Big Local has been very fortunate in making an excellent appointment in Claire who has added skill, enthusiasm and vitality to the Big Local programme.

PROBE, one of the Big Local partners, has lead on a pilot programme funded by Big Local to give local residents employment and personal development advice and support.  PROBE has engaged Jo Smith as the project advisor and she has proven to be very effective in building up trust and creating opportunities.  Take up of the offer has been slow however and whilst Jo has made a big impact, it’s only been on a relatively small number of people and Big Local realises the emphasis now needs to be getting the message out that this support is available.

The detail about these and other Big Local initiatives can be read in the report, but there is one underlining challenge that effects all the project’s activities. So many people who live on Greatfield seem to know nothing about Big Local and it’s proving really difficult to get more people involved. 

Big Local aims to make Greatfield a better place to live by listening to residents and responding to their needs and ideas. Trouble is, Big Local is heavily reliant on a very small number of volunteers and needs more people to come on board, help generate new ideas and spread the word.  Although it’s almost three years since the Big Lottery announced the £1 million for Greatfield, only 17% of the funding has been spent.  With over £800,000 still in the bank, there is much that could be done.  The major learning from the Review process is that Big Local Greatfield has to improve its communications, development better ways of publicising its activities and new and creative ways of engaging with residents and responding to their ideas.  New ideas all always welcome! 

David Burnby

Big Local Representative

St Stephen's Neighbourhood Centre - Development Grant

The Greatfield Big Local Partnership admire and support the hard work of staff and volunteers at the St Stephen’s Neighbourhood Centre.   The centre offers a range of service to the community including youth club sessions, lunch clubs, dementia support for sufferers and carers, an advice worker, Karate, Zumba and weekly bingo.  GBL have recently awarded a development grant and will support the centre with professional mentoring. 

St Hilda's Open Door

Greatfield Big Local recently supported St Hilda’s church’s Fareshare membership.  Fayreshare rescue good food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to other charities, benefiting vulnerable people and the planet.  This supports the church to run a lunch club for those in hardship in the area. Everyone is welcome to use the lunch club, make new friends and find out about other sources of support in the community. 

Real Networking Project

Greatfield resident John Oliphant is getting support from the Greatfield Big Local for the Real Networking Project. ‘Real Networking’ is an art and media project for Greatfield Estate. John says ‘It is about people who have escaped through the net like people with learning disabilities and the elderly.  They might not be getting the help they need’.    John will be making fishing net with local residents and audio recordings will be made with people talking about the issue. The project is a chance for people to make new friends and find out about the support available in their community.   Please contact John Oliphant if you have knowledge about making fishing nets and you would like to get involved or get more information.  Contact John Oliphant or Claire Taylor at the Greatfield Hub on Tel. 702390 for more info.

Volunteer Opportunities Greatfield Hub

The Greatfield Hub is a community centre for the residents of the Greatfield Estate in Hull.

We are looking for people interested in the following volunteering opportunities;

                                             Office Administrator                            Keyholder

For a Volunteer Registration Form and Role Description contact us

Launch of Greatfield Social Investment Fund  

Do you have an idea for a community project or social business which help to make Greatfield a better place to live? Do you want to share your skills, improve your own job opportunities  and contribute to the future of the estate?  Through the new Greatfield Social Investment Fund  you will receive free help and support to develop your ideas. Contact the team for more information.

Community Plan Approved

The 2 year Community Plan, is now approved by the Local Trust and  can be viewed here

 Greatfield Hub Open

The Greatfield Hub is full of hustle and bustle with local people pulling together to revamp the building after our untortunate flooding (read more).......

Greatfield Project Officer

New job opportunity through the Hull and East Yorkshire Credit Union (read more).......

 New Year…New Beginnings

Greatfield Estate residents can receive free help to kick  start job, training and business development opportunities

through the Greatfield Big Local.  (read more).......

Greatfield Vision:

Thanks to our team of development workers a community owned vision is now being produced. The Greatfield Partnership has reviewed feedback from over 600 participants who shared their thoughts about Greatfield and the Big Local programme.

Adventure Play Van Team recruited and supported a team of young people to take part in this piece of work - take a look at their work...

Our Partnership felt there are recurring themes within these films such as community safety and a place for everybody. There is also a need to support people to grow and encourage people to work together to achieve change.

What do you think?


Hull KR Community Fun Day: 

Residents Promoting Big Local Greatfield & Unltd Star People.