Hull Youth for Christ was established in 1951 in the now closed City Temple on Hessle Road in Hull. In 1994 a team of workers moved onto the Boulevard to live, worship and work in the local community. They engaged with local people, building relationships and supporting disadvantaged teenagers. In 2018 Hull YFC ended its affiliation with British Youth for Christ so that it could broaden its work and support the community as a whole.
Hull YFC run a breakfast club in the local Baptist Church. Young people from the breakfast club also attend a youth club. Hull YFC work with the family as a whole. They provide parenting courses, healthy eating courses, community meals at Christmas and Easter, they have a sewing and craft group for vulnerable women and asylum seekers, they support homeless people with a drop in lunch provision and they provide a counselling provision. Hull YFC encourages young people to live a positive lifestyle and to have aspirations for the future.
Hull YFC's youth workers spend time with the young people, listening to them as they share their difficult family backgrounds, which can be the root cause behind their behaviour and a reason for them spending a lot of time on the streets. The youth workers help members of the youth club with their social skills and their struggle to resolve conflict in reasonable ways.
The Tribune Trust is pleased to be able to support Hull YFC to fund the running costs of their youth club. The club takes place on a Wednesday night for an hour and a quarter in the Parish Hall on the Boulevard and is for young people aged 11-16 years. At the club, young people get the opportunity to play a variety of sports, play on games consoles and do either craft or baking. Hull YFC organise a trip each term to do activities like bowling, go-karting and going to the cinema.
The High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Mrs Sue Stephenson, is shown presenting a cheque to Richard Newby, the Charity Director and Iona Dyson, one of the charity youth workers.