Get connected: five local groups you can join in 2017

No matter how old you are or where you’re from, it’s never too late to reach out and connect with friendly new faces. Expanding your social circle can do wonders for your confidence, give you somebody to talk to when you’re feeling down, help you to expand your skillset and can even send once-in-a-lifetime opportunities your way.

Meeting new people can feel like an impossible and daunting task, but with so many community groups to get involved with it doesn’t have to be. Our Make It Happen campaign is all about getting you off the sofa and out into the world during 2017, because we want to you to make the most of the incredible experiences that our year as UK City of Culture can bring.

Life’s a lot better when you have people to share it with, so we’ve rounded up a few of the local groups who’d love to hear from you.

Language Cafe. Photo © Chris Pepper


Every Wed, 7-9pm. Free. Lydia’s Cakeaway, 45 Newland Avenue, Hull.

Get multicultural and meet some new faces at Hull’s very own language café, situated in the heart of Newland Avenue. Set up by local lady Hannah Shaw back in 2015, the weekly meet-up provides visitors with the chance to learn and master new languages, have a good natter, make lasting friendships and… eat plenty of cake.

The group welcomes people of all nationalities, ages and abilities and it’s completely free to attend. Not only is it handy for your next holiday, but learning a language has also been proven to delay the effects of dementia and significantly build confidence.

LGBT 50 – 50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop. Photo © Chris Pepper


Thurs & Fri from 4-7pm, every Sat & Sun from 2-5pm until Sat 22 July. Free. Duckie Shop, 95 Jameson Street, Hull.

Celebrate 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK began in a glitter-fuelled creative workshop for LGBT 50. Arts collective Duckie have taken up resi

dency in Hull for the next month to create 50 queer icons that will be used in the Pride in Hull parade on Saturday 22 July, and they need as many hands as they can get to help out.

The workshops are free to attend and you’ll have the opportunity to create icons from Gok Wan to Bobby Mandrell, discuss LGBT+ issues and contribute to something extraordinary in an open and relaxed environment.

Hull W.I – Apple Crumble & Stitch. Photo © Thomas Arran


Every third Thurs of the month, 7pm. Free*. Artlink, 87 Princes Avenue, Hull.

Forget any preconceptions you have about Women’s Institute groups – Hull’s Apple Crumble and Stitch are riding the new wave of WI and they’d love it if you joined them.

Meeting once a month over a cuppa and some homemade cake, Apple Crumble and Stitch brings together women from all walks of life in a down-to-earth space for a chat and a good giggle. Each meeting hosts an inspirational speaker or an activity and the ladies are open minded when it comes to trying new things – in the past they’ve dabbled in photography, coffee tasting, flower arranging and even burlesque!

*First meeting is free before an annual WI membership applies.

Reading Rooms.


6, 13 and 20 July, 2.15-3.15pm. Free. Avenues Library, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull.

As one of our Creative Communities projects, Reading Rooms is just as much about community and discussion as it is about reading. Passed down to Hull following a successful stint in the former UK City of Culture, Derry~Londonderry, Reading Rooms hopes to encourage more people to get engaged with literature by reading aloud.

You’ll meet like-minded people, share your experiences and listen to the stories of others in small groups of 10 or less. Every session is free to attend and readers of varying ages and abilities are welcome until the project comes to an end on 20 July.


Tues, Weds & Thurs, 10am-4pm. Free*. The Pavilion, Oak Road Playing Fields, Beverley Road, Hull.

You may remember the Men In Sheds chaps from our Be Active film, where they took part in a spot of dancing. But for those of you that are yet to be acquainted with the group, let us introduce you.

Men In Sheds is a friendly bunch of locals who meet regularly to socialise, learn new skills and contribute to their community. Made up of woodworkers, gardeners and model makers to name a few, the diverse group are pretty handy and can often be found rustling up giant deckchairs, bird feeders and greenhouses for good causes.

One of the things we love most about the group is their cracking sense of humour, so even if you’re not the creative type, you’ll always be guaranteed a strong cuppa and plenty of belly laughs.

*First meeting free before a Men In Sheds membership applies.

Discover how you can meet new people and make the most of 2017 as part of our Make It Happen campaign.