Planning a Trip to Hull!

Planning a Trip to Hull!

Our learners planned their own trip to Hull!


For our clients who are making their first tentative steps into the big wide world, there are many aspects of life that we can take for granted.

Reading a train timetable; buying the right ticket; planning a trip; enjoying a social occasion; even ordering a delicious meal!

For our clients, these tasks can often spark anxiety coupled with an overall lack of confidence in social or public situations.

Causes for these challenging emotions include social isolation, a lack of ‘real life’ experience and a reliance upon social media rather than human interaction.

Our work at Futureworks NY is multi-faceted, so one of the best ways to deal with numerous challenges is to host a social excursion to one of the North’s largest cities for a day trip which included a multitude of task that, as adults, we might have to deal with every day.


Railway Travel

If you think about making a railway journey, there are many decisions that need to made.

Deciding the destination; the time of departure and the return trip; the cost of the tickets (and purchasing them); getting to the railway station on time; ensuring you alight at the correct station; finding your reserved seat; and knowing what time the train arrives at the chosen destination.

For our clients, this was, for some, their first railway trip.

Even for experienced railway passengers, travelling by rail can be a challenge if trains are cancelled or are running late.


So, for our day trip to Hull, we boarded a Northern Rail train from Scarborough to Hull. Luckily, for this route, Scarborough is the terminus so it was easy to find the right platform and board the train.

Hull’s Paragon Street station is much larger and with lots more platforms, trains and more.

Our clients had to be sure they knew their return journey time (and plan their day so they could catch the train home); which platform it would depart from; and know what time they would get back to Scarborough so they could get home safely.

As well as printed timetables, there is also the screens at railway stations, showing the latest information.

This element of the day trip encouraged planning, responsibility and helping each other get things right!


Escape Rooms

This popular pastime is on trend!

If you’re not sure what it’s about, participants are given a mission at the escape room venue, usually starting off in a themed room which includes hints and clues as to how to gain your freedom.

It can include codes, locks, and hidden items.

It’s an immersive experience and it relies upon teamwork as well as healthy competition between participants.

The experience can often mean using parts of your brain in a different way, learning how to look at things differently.

You’ll be glad to know our team did indeed ‘escape’!


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Nando’s

Part of enjoying a day out is having great food to eat!

We’re not talking about a packed lunch here: we wanted our young clients to understand how to make a decision about eating out (affordability); exercising restaurant etiquette (patience; courtesy; turn-taking); and being thankful for the food itself.

Of course, eating out with friends is a great way to bond with each other; to discover more about each other; and generally having fun in a responsible way and without disturbing others.

For our trip to the well-known food chain Nando’s, this also meant finding the location, waiting to be taken to a table, reading the menu and deciding what to eat within budget.

When ordering food, our clients could see how to take turns in ordering and giving their food choices clearly, as well as being polite to the Nando’s staff.


It was then a case of waiting for the meal, enjoying it and yet also being grateful that food is so plentiful in the UK.

Other skills learned included being able to eat food in a polite way, and ask for the bill from staff.

As we needed to check who’d ordered what, it was also a test of memory!

We also enjoyed delicious donuts during the day trip!

While this was just a snack, the rules of food ordering applied: taking turns, making choices and more.

Our learners also enjoyed a tasty snack by having a treat: some Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Again this called upon different skills such as budgeting and food choices.

Of course couldn’t have done this without our dedicated team, including Dave an Gin, who chaperoned, guided and was there as a helping hand in Hull.

With all our trips we encourage our learners to have fun, make friends and be thankful for what they have.

A great day out for everyone!

day out

“Your Choice, Your Vote” funding bid videos

“Your Choice, Your Vote” funding bid videos

UPDATE – Thanks to everyone who voted for us! We got the funding for the sewing machine and an ipad!!

Our learners and volunteers made these videos as a part of our funding bid with Yorkshire Coast Homes’ “Your Choice, Your Vote” initiative. Additionally, the acting talents of Bob, a Tutor; and some editing by Amber, our administrator, helped the production.

Your Voice, Your Vote is a community project funding initiative organised by Yorkshire Coast Homes. Projects cover a wide swathe of ideas beneficial to the community. These are voted upon by the resisdents of Yorkshire Coast Homes and the most successful are provided funding.

Our projects are all bidding for the ability to purchase learning aides which are otherwise hard to budget for. A sewing machine, virtual babies and digital tablets would all help us deliver our service which is based on improving the lives and futures of local people.

We hope you find our videos amusing!