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Creating a healthier Hull through arts and culture

9th November 2016

Creating a healthier Hull through arts and culture

Trainees at CASE, helped NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group launch its sponsorship of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 earlier this year.

Attended by Martin Green CEO of the Hull 2017 Culture company, Emma Latimer Chief officer of Hull CCG as well as local media. It began with a tour of the building, met with trainees, helped to finish our Moth for Amy project and finished with a press conference launching their sponsorship.

Emma said: “The UK City of Culture team has created some very special health-related elements within the wider programme of world class arts and cultural activities which we are delighted to support. Our partnership with Hull 2017 will mean we are able to improve the health, wellbeing and aspirations of people living in our city in a unique way. Through a range of interesting, fun and inspiring activities, we will be able to reach and engage with people in ways we have never done before; from dance sessions to arts and crafts and an ambitious volunteer recruitment scheme.”

Martin added: “We are delighted to have Hull CCG on board as a major partner. Culture and its many art-forms are recognised as being beneficial to people's health and well-being. Whether attending or taking part in Hull 2017 events, we want to bring individuals and communities together, inspire joy, spark imaginations and trigger creativity. In doing so we hope it will transform lives.”

The Hull 2017 programme will include pioneering projects, which help to reduce social isolation, encourage physical activity and improve wellbeing. Hull CCG will promote healthy lifestyles, emotional wellbeing and integration of communities as widely as possible through the activities and aim to ensure 2017 creates a lasting legacy of people in Hull looking after their health.

NHS Hull CCG has funded CASE twice through its Healthier Hull Community Fund. In 2014 CASE was awarded a grant to produce its own newspaper “The Easy Reader”. In 2016 funding has helped them organise and deliver sports and health-related activities for trainees.

Steve Rusling, Marketing Manager at CASE, added: “We’re really looking forward to getting our trainees getting involved with Hull City of Culture 2017. They will benefit from it in many ways such as social inclusion, healthier living, learning new skills and of course from volunteering, attending events during the year and taking part in their own dedicated workshops and activities.”