Conceptualised in February 2022 by a group of locals, The Bank’s aim is to bring cohesion and community spirit to West Hull. So far, they have forged links with local businesses, Hull Youth Justice, Police, NHS and Fire Commissioners, Local Radio & media and many residents.
The Bank aims to provide an essential community facility that will not only signpost locals to other organisations but also bring those sometimes inaccessible organisations closer to home, easing stress and aiding those who have problems accessing city centre facilities. It’s important that those who do not live in extremely close proximity to the city centre have things such as mental health support, signposting, financial support, advocacy, workshops, and community events available to them locally.
- Community Cafe – Aim is for the profits from this to fund the community hub
- Small soft play area – for babies and young children
- Digitial area – PCs and wifi available to use for free (equipment has been donated by a local business)
- Community fridge – stocked by local food businesses and allotments
- Clothes washing facilities
During the pandemic, loneliness was a big issue for many in the local community, especially for the older generations, so The Bank has organised local taxi firms to provide free pick-up and drop off so that they can take part in any group activities being held or just come to the community cafe and have a chat with others.
Overall the aim is to bring the community together and provide locals with a friendly, non-judgemental space that is open for all.
The project is still in the refurbishment process, with the floor recently being laid. A grant for The Bank would be used to further progress and move them closer towards an opening day.
“Myself and the local community members on our committee who have been invested in this project since February would be overjoyed and extremely thankful to receive this funding. We know how important this is for the local community due to the enthusiastic response and feedback received form many locals and organisations. Thank you so much.“
“This building has so much potential and will make a great base for the community. Rod and Andrea are very passionate about bringing this project to life and clearly understand the needs of the local community. The services available via the Bank will benefit the community in many ways, not only reduce loneliness, help people make new friends, give young people somewhere to be, provide free toast to school children en route to school and provide people will vital support that they would otherwise not have access to.”
Latest Project Updates
Our Grant helps The Bank to open early
The Bank West Hull Community Hub was awarded the cash injection that enabled them to finalise their opening preparations after winning a vote by John Good Group employees in the Foundation’s Grants for Good scheme.
After becoming one of the top five finalists in the latest Grants for Good Round, The Bank won the employee vote and £3,500 was granted.