Mutual aid hub unveils new home in the heart of East Hull

The Marfleet Community Centre on Swanfield Road.

A community centre in the heart of East Hull is welcoming TimeBank Hull & East Riding and the global Mutual Aid Network as it gains a new home there this month, kicking off an exciting new project with a feast – and everyone’s invited!

The Marfleet Community Centre on Swanfield Road is home to social activities in the community, and is furnished with a large hall, meeting space, a professional kitchen and a garden to the rear. 

The team at TimeBank are excited to be moving in to launch an aspirational programme aiming to support local residents to build confidence and increase their readiness for work, as well as providing advice and practical support to people wanting to start their own small enterprises and worker cooperatives. 

This project is made possible through the European Structural and Investment Funds – Community Led Local Development programme.

Kate Macdonald, Director of TimeBank Hull & East Riding and Steward of the Mutual Aid Network, said: ‘We know the space at Marfleet is already loved by the community, and we’re hoping it will become ‘the place to be’ all across East Hull: a space for great conversations, dreaming big, local and global action… and great coffee! We know we have an abundance of skills within our network, and we’re really looking forward to learning from local residents and having them shape the project. We also value the relationships we have with organisations working in the Preston Road area including Probe, the Freedom Centre, Child Dynamix and EMS, and we hope we can complement their work here too.’

The garden at Marfleet Community Centre.

The programme will kick off with a teatime feast on Friday 16th August from 5 – 8pm. As well as the usual delicious fayre from TimeBank Kitchen, rustled up from ingredients produced locally by their members, Redeye Feenix will be bringing his Beats Bus along to entertain and inspire young people living in the area. TimeBank’s sister project #thehullwewant will also be present with their couch, chatting with residents about their lives and dreams for the city, and local councillors will be coming along.

Everyone is welcome to the feast. There will be a chance to chat with TimeBank staff about the project and how to get involved.

If you would like to help with the running of the feast – if you can donate ingredients, help to pick up equipment, or help with the preparation and serving of the food, contact Kate on 07545696007.

Website: Timebank Hull and East Riding

[Holly Walton – Timebank Hull and East Riding]

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