For young people and their families in one of the most socio-economically deprived and ethnically diverse communities in the Humber region, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt more so, as local activities became extremely restricted. A group of local residents saw first-hand how mental and physical wellbeing was affected, and in 2021 set up the The Peel Project, which now helps families in the area, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds, those who are new to UK or do not speak English as a first language, and those from socio-economically deprived areas of the city.
Their work focusses on grassroots youth and community work, predominantly around fitness and wellbeing. They offer a variety of outdoor fitness activities to young people, various support services to marginalised groups of women, community engagement events, and make many improvements to the local park, and they are supported by major local organisations including Hull City Council, Humberside Police and other local charities.
For young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, community-based services like The Peel Project are particularly important. Many begin their development journey with a youth organisation in their community. These communities offer a safe place where they can be themselves, connect with youth workers and volunteers, build friendships and participate in a range of activities on offer.
For professional organisations in the area, The Peel project facilitates better understanding of the BAME community, building the trust, relationships and awareness that is needed to foster greater diversity and inclusion.
Over the last nine months, The Peel Project has seen its service users double and currently have 730 children accessing services. They are therefore looking to secure further funding, and are keen to demonstrate the scale and impact of their activities in the local community. The Matthew Good Foundation worked with local agency Influence Media to fund and produce films of just two of the many events held at the Peel Project over the summer in 2023.