Hullabaloo was created by a group of likeminded individuals coming from academia, social care, health and social research in Tyne and Wear and Cumbria, who wanted to pursue and investigate important social issues. They saw a gap and a need for a proactive social research group to identify hidden or unknown situations and bring them to the fore, develop community resources and otherwise use research for a tool of public good and community development.
The directors found that during the course of existing research and community work, additional issues of community interest worthy of research were identified. However, there was an absence of resources or mandate to carry out the research. For example, whilst researching street drinkers in East Newcastle for the Police, there were people involved who were not homeless and who warranted additional investigation to look at their socio economic conditions and needs, but as it fell outside of the remit of the work, it went unresearched and thus unknown; during work with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients, it became clear that a shared learning resource developed from research, was needed to help people self manage their chronic condition, but resources were needed with which to carry out the research and development, so as yet it remains undeveloped.
Thus, Hullabaloo was setup to enable such areas of social need to be investigated for the benefit of the community. As part of our commitment to North East communities, we take volunteers to mentor and build capacity of the social researchers of the future.