Veni, vidi, et occurrit amicorum – I came, I saw, and I met with friends.
OK, we can have a discussion about the accuracy of the translation but at our core is community, in terms of people, bricks and mortar and a willingness to help. Building a sense of community is a key driver as we continue to regenerate our local area in west Hull.
Giroscope took over the management of Boulevard Village Hall in 2016 after another local charity decided not to continue the operation. We saw this meeting place as a focal point for the historic fishing community of west Hull, and simultaneously have embraced the changing local community. We believe that successful communities accept change and encourage diversity: we grew attendance and usage whilst embracing the changes that will continue to ripple through the area and enhance its cultural heritage to come.
The hall again served as a key Community Hub on Boulevard in west Hull: hosting various classes, private and group meetings as well as a weekly Thursday coffee morning, open to all, where we also provided free to use computers and internet access together with IT support – until April 5th 2018. (Shortly before this point in linear time, such as we are able to measure it at least, the venerable R.C. Diocese of Middlesbrough, who own the building, determined they wanted to manage the building themselves and Giroscope’s management was terminated post haste).
But we will be back! The micro galaxy that is Boulevard Village Hall is not a building as such: it is a concept built around, and crucially, aiming to serve, the local community. We intend to resurrect the “I came, I saw, and I met with friends” heart of this concept at a new location in the area: at the former St. Matthew’s church on Boulevard – a short hike up the road!
Please watch this space!