Connecting Communities Project Given Go-Ahead For Continuation

The Hull FC Community Foundation will continue to empower local residents through its Connecting Communities project, having received extended funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

It comes off the back of a successful initial three-month period, with over 70 individuals participating in at least four sessions during the maiden Connecting Communities project.

As such, the UKSPF has granted the Hull FC Community Foundation with a further two years of funding, helping the continuation of sessions such as Adult Sensory & Carer Support, Heritage & Reminiscence catch-ups, and employability programmes.

Connecting Communities covers more than just one area in the local area, with hubs at venues such as Edinburgh Street Community Centre, the MKM Stadium Hub, and the training facility on County Road.

Aiming to empower people in the local area with the skills, confidence and knowledge to live their best lives, a total 82% of participants who took in Connecting Communities sessions earlier this year reported better mental health as a result of attending programmes on the scheme.

In addition, at a time where improving people’s mental health is an absolute priority, 86% of participants reported reduced feeling of loneliness or isolation, whilst 85% of participants developed new friendships through Connecting Communities.

Having worked in collaboration with eleven partner organisations to deliver needs-led workshops, eighteen participants through Connecting Communities took their first steps into volunteering, contributing a total of 82 hours.

Hull FC Community Foundation Health & Activity Coach Rebecca Counter said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have been granted funding to continue with our Connecting Communities project.

“I think what makes the Connecting Communities scheme so special is just how diverse it is. We work with a lot of people through Connecting Communities, and it is incredibly rewarding to see the effect we, as a Community Foundation, have had on the people who take part in our sessions.

“The extension in funding gives us an opportunity to not only continue the great work that has been done, but also to take our involvement in local areas to the very next level, changing even more lives for the better.”

If you require more information about the Connecting Communities programme, please email