The Greatest Show Ball lives up to its name

On Saturday 22nd September we held our “Greatest Show” Charity Ball at the Doubletree buy Hilton, Hull. A total of 260 guests took their seats under the “big top” as the Ings Primary School Choir and Wedding Belles sang their repertoire of songs to welcome them.

Then it was time for our delicious circus-themed menu which included popcorn soup and funfair desserts.

We were treated to a spellbinding performance from a group of local aerial performers and our compere Nathan Major even serenaded us with a Greatest Showman classic.

Guests took part in fundraising activities such as our “Grand Balloon Pop” and our silent auction.

The event was our most successful ball EVER and raised a whopping £9,000!

A special thank you to the companies and schools that bought tickets to the event: Northern Gas Networks, ABP, Rollits, Trident, Harris Lacey and Swain, St Stephen’s, Wyke Printers, Houlton, Hobson Porter, Yorkshire Staffing Services, GGP Consult, MKM, Cobus Communications, Southcoates Primary, Ings Primary and Priory Primary.

Thank you to Agility Events, Ings Primary, Wedding Belles, Kevin Greene Photography, Trident, Miss Direction, Nathan Major, Dolly Daydreams Party Caravan, Influence Media for making the evening so special.

Check out the green screen photos from the event here:

Watch the fantastic video of the event by Influence Media:

The Greatest Show Ball

Our Greatest Show Ball was our most successful fundraising ball ever and was a truly unforgettable evening! 🎪We are so grateful to Influence Media for putting together this amazing video which perfectly captured the night. 🤹🏼‍♀️We wouldn't have been able to have a video like this if it wasn't for their support.Who can spot themselves in the video? 😊Such great memories to cherish! ✨#GreatestShowball

Posted by Hull and EY Children's University on Friday, 12 October 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Service Delivery Manager

Service Delivery Manager


£28,000 per annum.

Start Date 1st November 2018. January start date would be considered for the right candidate.

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University is recruiting! We are hiring a Service Delivery Manager to work with all our lovely schools in Hull and the East Riding.

The role of the Service Delivery Manager will be to provide effective management of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University’s relationships with schools across Hull and the East Riding. They will be responsible for managing the delivery of our learning experiences, coordinating our tutors and organising experiences to fit with the individual needs of each partner school.

To be considered for this role, you must be a qualified teacher with management experience e.g. phase leadership or subject leadership.

You’re right for us if you are ambitious, intelligent, sociable, down to earth, practical, and kind; and you are a smiley person with a positive attitude. Experience in the charity sector is desirable but not essential. You must have a vehicle that is reliable and insured for business purposes and a full UK driving license. You must be committed to delivering high standards in everything that you do and be highly organised and efficient. Our multi-award-winning charity provides a supportive work environment with a fantastic team that is diverse and fun to work with. Work satisfaction is high and the job is diverse, challenging and exciting.

Please note our recruitment process takes place over two sessions on separate dates: a group session with shortlisted candidates invited to a one to one interview. The group session will take place on the evening of September 24th shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews on September 27th. The start date for the role is November 1st 2018.

Closing Date: 17th September 2018

To apply for this position please email your CV with a covering letter to or post FAO Chris Lockton, 65 Salmon Grove, Hull, HU6 7SZ

ABP races for a wheely worthy cause!

ABP Hull staff enjoyed a rip-roaring success as not only did they cross the finish line in second place at a popular kart race, The Soapbox Derby,  but they also raised funds for local underprivileged children.

Kind-hearted staff based at the Port of Hull raised over £1,400 for Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University to enable local little ones to take part in an educational trip to London.

The aptly named Hi-Viz crew were awarded Best Corporate team and overall second place with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds at the annual event near the Humber Bridge. With the help of Drury Engineering, they built the kart from scratch and already have plans in place for next year’s event!

Glenn Silburn, ABP Maintenance Manager, led the build and supported the team on the day. He said: “Not only did we have fantastic fun, but more importantly we are enabling local children to have opportunities and to be inspired by trips they might not have necessarily had the chance to take part in.

“We’re already looking forward to next year’s event and to raise even more funds for local charitable causes.”

Matty Howland, ABP Source to Pay Lead, raced at the event, he added: “There was plenty of excitement behind the wheel, however the most thrilling part is to achieve this full-filling end result.”

The leading port operator, ABP, already has ties with HEY as they offer regular trips to children around the port estate and have donated £5,000 this year to become Silver Partners with the local charity.

Rosanna James, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University Partnership Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to ABP for their continued support for our charity and we feel very lucky to be able to work with such a kind group of people to help inspire local children.

The money raised from the Soapbox Derby will fund the delivery of a London Experience for a class of children, giving them their very first trip out of Hull!

Simon Bird, ABP Humber Director, concluded: “We encourage staff to support the community as much as possible and this is a fantastic example of just some of our many commendable projects.”

AGM – 3rd August

Our AGM will take place on the 3rd August from 12-1pm. If you are interested in attending please contact Chris Lockton at

Support HEY CU when you shop at Amazon

HEY Children’s University has just signed up to be one of the charities supported by Amazon Smile. This means that Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases back to HEY CU at absolutely no extra cost to you!

It’s really quick and easy to do! You only need to add us as the charity of choice once and then Amazon will remember us for all future purchases

Many of you will use Amazon on a regular basis, especially around Christmas time. So, if you would like to support us you just have to follow these simple instructions:

  • Visit and search for “HEY Children’s University” (don’t forget the apostrophe!) – You might need to log in to your account first.
  • Click on HEY Children’s University and agree to support. We will now be added to your account.
  • Save to your favourites. You must go through this to do your amazon shopping from now on instead of or it won’t work. Unfortunately you can’t support through the Amazon app, so if you are shopping on your mobile you will need to go through your internet browser instead.
  • That’s it!

If you have an issues please contact us and we will help!

A taste of a real Election for St John of Beverley

Pupils at a Beverley primary school are set to go to the polls this week as part of a pilot scheme to introduce children to the electoral process.

On Friday, 6 July children from St John of Beverley RC Primary School will hold a mock election to bring to an end a project run in conjunction with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s electoral services and the Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University about democracy and the importance of having the right to vote.

Over the last few weeks, year 6 pupils have set up their own political parties, chosen two candidates, prepared manifestos and run campaigns as well as taking part in a debate in the council chamber at County Hall in Beverley watched over by the chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Margaret Chadwick.

On election day, pupils will be involved in all aspects of the election and will take on roles such as presiding officers, poll clerks and counters whilst some children will be journalists reporting the results.

Once the pupils from years three to six have voted and the votes have been counted and verified the declaration will be made by Mrs Debbie Rosenberg, the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for council corporate services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “There has been a lot of apathy from younger voters in recent elections so engaging children in the democratic process from a young age is vital as they are part of the next generation of voters.

“Hopefully this project will help give children an understanding of how elections work and just how important their vote is and it will be rolled out across the East Riding.”

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager for Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, said: “Working in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s electoral team to teach children about local democracy and the importance of registering to vote has been a great way of bringing the subject area to life.

“It has also helped to raise the confidence of the children as they’ve debated their manifestos.

“The children have fully embraced the mock election process in school, campaigning for votes for their parties, the result of which will see the winning party have an audience with the headteacher to look at implementing some of their suggestions within the school environment.”

Angela Nicholl, head teacher at St John of Beverley RC Primary School, said: “This has been a terrific experience for our school, not only for the children in Year 6 but for all of key stage two.

“It has encouraged the children to think about what is important to them and they have taken part in debates, conducted research and worked together to produce arguments to try and win over voters.

“We feel sure that the children have much more understanding of the democratic process whilst having the opportunity to practice and improve many skills.

“We would like to extend our thanks to Lisa Whitton at HEY Children’s University and members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council for facilitating this unique opportunity.”

Be like Benji!

On Friday 1st June, the HEY CU team were paid a surprise visit from a very kind little boy named Benji, aged 5.

Benji had heard about the work that HEY Children’s University does and decided that every time he received any pocket money he would keep half of it and put the other half in a savings jar for HEY CU.

He came into the office with the proudest smile on his face and presented us with a whopping £20 that he had saved up for the charity.

We told Benji that his donation would make a real difference to the work that we do and we presented him with a very special certificate to say thank you.

We hope that Benji’s wonderful act of kindness will inspire others to do the same, so we have created the #BelikeBenji campaign for those of you who would like to match Benji’s donation. At the end of the campaign we will tell Benji how much his kindness has helped to raise.

To donate, all you need to do is visit and show him your support!


Letterbox Club Update

Our Letterbox Programme, run in conjunction with the Booktrust and the Virtual School is in its 4th successful year. Currently there are 25 children in care across the city who are receiving this reading intervention. Due to its success in Hull, the East Riding have recently joined the programme too and we have recruited a brand new Letterbox Club Coordinator to deliver the programme in the East Riding.

We have delivered a number of successful learning experiences which aim to encourage and inspire the children to read more independently. We have been to the theatre to watch shows such as A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz and have a number of Shakespeare performances to look forward to in the Summer. We were also donated a large amount of Christmas books which were then delivered to a number of children in care across the city.

If you are a school or a carer and would like to find out more about The Letterbox Club, please email

Learning about healthy lifestyles with HEY CU

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University (HEY CU) is delighted to team up with NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to build upon our Healthy Lifestyles programme in schools across the city of Hull. To launch this exciting new partnership, Sue Lee, Associate Director of Communications and Engagement at NHS Hull CCG joined Luke Thornton, HEY CU’s Healthy Lifestyle Coach at Hall Road Academy, Hall Road, Hull, as the children took part in their first Healthy Lifestyles session.

The support NHS Hull CCG is providing HEY CU will enable us to provide more Hull schools and local children the opportunity to engage in our Healthy Lifestyles activities in 2018, as whole year groups take part in a four-week programme.  The children will learn about health, fitness and exercise, the importance of a healthy diet, about how the body works and how it needs to be looked after to keep it fit and strong.  Children will take part in a practical session, measuring heart rates and breathing and planning a healthy lunch by putting into practice what they have learnt to date.  The work will conclude with a session on nutrition and diet to discover how the food they eat effects energy levels and long-term health benefits.

Sue Lee, Associate Director for Communications and Engagement with NHS Hull CCG, commented: “NHS Hull CCG is passionate about supporting our city’s next generation and helping them to aspire to be the best they can be.  That is why we are delighted to team up with the Children’s University to support the valuable work they do with children to build their self-esteem and create aspirations.  We are particularly pleased to support the Healthy Lifestyles programme which helps children understand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. By bringing good eating habits and physical activity directly into schools in a fun, inclusive and engaging way, we are helping to set our young people on the right road for a happy and healthy adulthood.”

Lisa Whitton of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University said, “We are delighted to welcome NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group on board to enable to us to engage over one thousand children in our Healthy Lifestyles programme over the coming year, promoting key healthy lifestyle messages to bring learning to life an in fun and creative way for all the children involved, who will leave the experience feeling energised and motivated, with a sound understanding of healthy lifestyle choices for their future.”

Hundreds of children set sail on our Humber Cruises

ABP and HEY Children’s University have worked to together to launch a series of educational cruise trips this week for over 260 children from across Hull.

The youngsters will step aboard The Yorkshire Belle from the Port of Hull and they will learn about the economic importance of the busiest estuary in the UK and its deep-rooted history.

Over four years, 1,000 primary school children have enjoyed this sea adventure and this time round they will experience views of Paull Sands and the Humber Bridge.

Simon Bird, ABP Humber Director, said: “We hope to inspire and educate future generations with this totally unique learning experience that runs across five days.

“Staff from ABP’s marine team will ensure they have a memorable trip by exploring the city from a different perspective, and for some, it may even be their first time aboard a vessel.”

Last year, ABP’s knowledgeable pilots and coxswains supported and guided over 40,000 shipping movements in the Humber. The Humber is one of the most difficult waterways to navigate due to constantly shifting sand banks.

As well as finding their sea legs, children will be singing and writing sea shanties which will improve their literacy and creative skills.

Natasha Banke, Director of HEY Children’s University, said: “We are so grateful for the funding that ABP provides. The children learn so much from taking part and it can mean a different long term outcome because of an aspiration gained whilst taking part.

“The cruises teach the children about the geography of the Humber, the economy of the Humber Ports and about the hundreds of various job roles available at ABP.”

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