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Volunteer Community Support and Crisis Response

We were blown away by the fantastic work put into action by our friends and community groups across Hull and beyond during the initial COVID-19 lockdown, and we wanted to contribute to those efforts how best we can too.

We worked with both Hull City Council and East Riding Council (through HEY Smile Foundation) to put together a co-ordinated plan for local assistance from Hull volunteers in the face of the crisis.


Hull Helpline

Hull City Council launched the “Hull Helpline” to support vulnerable residents impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Residents could register their need for support through an online form on the council’s website or call the dedicated “Hull Helpline” number 01482 300 307.

We at Absolutely Cultured supported this project and our local communities via our existing volunteers who had all received the relevant training and experience necessary to help residents who need it most.

CallER Collective

Isolated residents in the East Riding of Yorkshire were able to pick up the phone for support and friendship, thanks to CallER Collective, a befriending service launched by HEY Smile Foundation, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and a collective of local charitable organisations.

Absolutely Cultured worked with HEY Smile Foundation to provide local, existing volunteers to support and man the phoneline, combatting social isolation across the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Chatty Hull Befriender Service

Absolutely Cultured teamed up with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and Hull City Council to offer a Chatty Hull Befriender Service. This project was established to support local vulnerable residents in search of companionship.

Those feeling isolated or anxious as a result of the COVID-19 crisis were able to call the “Hull Helpline” on 01482 300 307 and register a need for the service.

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