Today in Hull there was a protest march to save Hull Citizens Advice Bureau from being closed and a profit making council based organisation put in its place. Hundreds of people turned out to support the staff volunteers and users of the free independent service. CAB is a registered charity and although is part funded by Hull City Council exists within the voluntary sector and people feel strongly it should stay there.
The march route took the protesters from Hull CAB on to George Street, past
the BBC Open Centre and down Alfred Gelder Street to The Guildhall
where a petition of 5000 signatures was to be handed to Council Leader
The marchers had with them placards displaying slogans such as
Save Hull CAB, People Not Profit, Hull Says C.L.A.C.
Off and citizens advice bureau the charity for your community; to
send a strong message to the council that they should not be taken over by a profit
The banging of drums, whistle blasts and chanting could be heard right around the
city centre as more and more people from different communities and socio-economic
backgrounds joined the march.
More support came from the GMB and Unite, a banner was firmly fixed to the outside of the Guildhall by those union members.
Protesters stayed there as councillors and council delegates stood outside the doorway. Cars passing beeped their horns in support of the action and the noise and clamour rose to a crescendo.
The petition made up of both online signatures and those collected last Saturday
in Princess Quay were handed to a council officer, the intended recipient
Carl Minns was apparently unavailable to come out and collect it himself.
Council Officer Richard Skog appeared at the doorway and when questioned by me, stated that it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the proposed closure during working hours.
Lynne Morrisroe from the CAB stated the main aim of the march was to garner support and create an awareness of the importance of the CAB staying within the voluntary sector. She hopes that this action will provoke the council to rethink their tendering process.
She added it was crucial to uphold the independency of the bureau so that they could continue to give out free impartial advice to the citizens of Hull. Lynne remarked it was a brilliant turnout with support coming from existing staff, volunteers, ex-volunteers, family, friends and the general public.
Emmanuel from Cameroon said he had received advice on immigration issues and said he found the advice useful and was able to solve his problems. He added that not only he but many members of the Cameroon community in Hull had sought out the help of the CAB.
An ex-staff member said before she worked for the CAB as a Debt caseworker she visited the advice centre about a housing issue and had been made aware of all her options in order to make the best decision.
Paddy McGuinness, Frankie Boyle,
Pete Firman and Russell Kane are amongst top
comedians that will be bringing laughs to Hull's second comedy festival
in the autumn.
Hull Comedy Festival promises over two weeks of mirth and
entertainment as audiences are entertained by local talent and big names
from the world of comedy.
News, - Hull Citizens Advice Bureau at Risk of Closure By Emma Smith
You may have seen in the media that Hull Citizens Advice Bureau is at risk
of closure due to the introduction of a Community Legal Advice Centre (CLAC).
This will be funded by the Hull City Council and the Legal Service Commission
which aims to deliver advice in the city primarily through the councils own
customer service centres.
News, Charity - HERIB and The Great North Run - Sunday 5th October 08
Calling all runners and aspiring runners, HERIB, your local
charity for blind and partially sighted people, have 15 GUARANTEED PLACES
for The Great North Run and are looking for volunteers to undertake this
The Great North Run is the most popular half marathon in the world, and one
of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar.
News, - ACE Opportunity for Young People to Make a Difference!
ACE, Achieve Contribute Experience, is a brand new exciting project that is calling young people, 16-25, in Hull to get involved in volunteering and realise they can make a difference to both themselves and the community.
What that difference is...well... the choice is theirs'.
The innovative new scheme, run by Hull & East Yorkshire Mind,
News, Education - Courses - Managing Redundancy
PERS has many years experience of advising voluntary sector employers and designs its courses taking account of the real problems that voluntary sector managers and trustees face, based on the problems they deal with on their advice line every day.
They are currently running a Managing Redundancy Course and Volcom would
News, - Ofcom Announces New Bidding Round Under Community Radio Fund (UK)
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) has announced that the first round for funding
applications under the Community Radio Fund in 2008/09 will open on 10 April 2008.
Under the fund, Community Radio Stations can apply for funding to support their
core running costs.
These core costs can include, management; administration, financial management &
News, Arts - Beneath the Surface - Exhibition at Artlink
Artlink is currently holding an exhibition called Beneath the Surface.
The exhibition is a collection of work by 14 female artists from around the
UK to mark International Women's Day.
This exhibition is Artlink's ninth annual Women's Work show, held in support
of International Women's Day. This years' exhibition has been titled
News, - Sustainable Development Planning
Hull City Council has prepared a draft Sustainable Development Supplementary Planning
Document (SPD). It is available for public consultation for a period of six weeks between 27th February and 8th April, inclusive.
The aim of the document is to improve the sustainability of new development.
It aims to make applicants more aware of key issues
News, - Young People in 24 Hour Fast -Cottingham Road Baptist Church By Rev. Richard Jevons
8 young people aged 11-17 along with three leaders take part in a 24 hr fast to raise
money for Homeless people in Hull.
Having fasted for 24 hours the group has so far collected over £550 in sponsorship
money. The young people decided that they wanted to help those less fortunate than
themselves as part of the Churches Hope08 initiative
News, - First Day of DWP Strike Sees 85% Turnout
Today saw the Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
working for The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), take the first day of a
two day round of national industrial action.
The strike adds to the pressure on the government following recent similar
action across the Civil Service as a whole.
The DWP has refused
News, - Springhead Music Pub Saved From Closure
Leading venue's legacy continued by entrepreneurial local pub duo
The Winking Beaver Pubco today announced that they would take over the
lease of the popular Springhead Music Pub, saving it from extinction.
The Springhead Music Pub is an award winning hull-based music venue
hosting live bands seven nights a week.
Based in Hull
News, - Photography Competition
Hull United Residents and Tenants (HURAT) Federation are holding a photography
competition for photographs taken outside in Hull during 2007 and 2008.
The photographs can be of anything from your neighbourhood - parks and
gardens, events and activities, your local tenants and residents association
or even the summer floods.
News, - More Children Die in Gaza
In two days last week, 33 Palestinians in Gaza were been killed by the USA funded Israeli army.
One quarter of those killed were children, ages ranging from 5 months old to 14 years old. I've seen hardly any news coverage of this- a little on the BBC website, a little on the channel 4 news- can you imagine the coverage if it had been 33 dead Israelis or 33 dead Europeans?
News, Environment - There Will Be No GM Spuds Planted In Hedon This Year
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that there
will be no blight resistant GM potatoes planted in Hedon this year. In an reply to a query from
Friends of the Earth National GM Campaigner Clare Oxborrow regarding trials going ahead this year,
Dr. David Sherlock of the GM Team stated, ''BASF will be using
News, - Van Available For Hire
Ings Community Resource Centre wish to remind people that they have a van which
is available to hire for half days, whole days or longer periods of time.
The van can seat 14 people (plus driver) and has wheelchair access at the
rear of the vehicle. The vehicle can be hired with a driver or for self-drive.
News, Current Affairs - Green Party Conference 2008 In Reading By Martin Deane
We're down in Reading for the Green Party Conference rubbing shoulders
with Caroline Lucas, listening to the Venezuelan Ambassador tell us
about the 50 million lightbulbs they've changed!
("How many Venezuelans does it take to change 50 million light bulbs?" Chavez!)
and the like!
Blimey the days are long! I'd forgotten. You turn up at 9.00 for the
News - University of Hull Placements
The University of Hull's Geography Department are looking to place some of their students on free, part-time work placements in the voluntary sector as part of their Applied Project module.
The University hope to place students with external organisations for 10-12 weeks to work part-time on a self-contained project, defined by the organisation.
News, Education - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum is launched in North East Lincolnshire
The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education's i-Bar will be playing
host to the launch of LGBT Forum for North East Lincolnshire, on Thursday
28th February 2008 at 5pm.Guests will be joined by Dan Bryan (Big Brother 5)
who will officially launch the event with music from a local DJ.
The North East Lincolnshire LGBT Forum;
News, - Befriending May Draw to a Close
For some newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees in the city, the befriending project at
ARKH (Asylum Seekers and Refugees of Kingston upon Hull) has been a great boost to help build towards integration between different community groups.
Over the past year and a half, the project has worked with refugee women and young people from over 10 different
News, Arts - Lonely Eric Film Project By Paul Stapleton (Pog)
Since I (Michelle Dee) signed up to the mailing list last year of the band Pog (Electro/Punk/Folk)
I have received a number of emails concerning Lonely Eric.
Lonely Eric's creator is Paul Stapleton the vocalist/guitarist of Brighton band Pog.
I investigated his movies, following the links handily placed in the mail out and
finally discovered what it
News, Education - Hull Teens Get The Shakespeare Treatment
MOPA Theatre Company, a leading UK Shakespeare Theatre Company based in
Hertfordshire, have been awarded the contract by Hull City Council to provide SATS Shakespeare sessions to every secondary school in the region.
With a dedicated team of professional actors and a globe-inspired set, the company will visit fourteen secondary schools in Hull