Running a Head of the Curve

Every year, Hull Children’s University are lucky enough to have supporters take part in various challenges to raise money for us. Charity runs have proved to be one of the most popular ways to raise funds and last year over £3000 was raised just from these runs alone.

We currently work with 46 local primary schools and one of the schools that we work regularly with is Oldfleet Primary school in East Hull.

The Headteacher at Oldfleet Primary, Andy Conlon,  has taken on the great task of completing not one, but three charity runs to raise money for Hull Children’s University.

Working in Education for 30 years, Andy has seen the work that Hull Children’s University does, and the impact that it has on the children, first hand:

“I wanted to support the Children’s University simply because the organisation does so much fantastic work on behalf of the children of Hull. We accept their support in so many ways, so it only seems fair that we give something in return. A fundraising event also helps to promote the work that Hull Children’s University does to an audience who might not be aware of who they are.”

Rose James, Partnership Manager of Hull Children’s University, explained the difference that Andy’s fundraising efforts will make to the charity’s work:

“We are so very grateful to Andy for choosing to fundraise for us. Three runs in just 4 months is a huge challenge to take on and we cannot thank him enough for his support. Every £100 raised will allow us to deliver a local experience for a whole class of children, so it will make a great difference to local children who need our help.”

Andy has already completed the Hull 10K and Humber Bridge Half Marathon and will be taking on the Hull Marathon on the 24th of September this year. He is aiming to complete the three runs in a combined time of just 8 hours and 45 minutes.

He has always been a keen runner and although he has had a few breaks from it, the “buzz” he gets from running always makes him return.

He said “I believe in keeping fit.  I believe that physical fitness raises your self-esteem and can be a driver for improvement”.

He regularly runs as part of East Hull Fit Mums and Friends and also the Hull Park Run every Saturday morning.

Being extremely competitive means that Andy is always striving to improve his Personal Best, but he admits this doesn’t always go to plan:

“For the Hull 10K I aimed for 60 minutes and finished in 62 minutes. However, it was scorching hot!”

Those extra two minutes didn’t faze Andy though, and the Humber Bridge Half Marathon was an absolute triumph with him finishing the course in 2 hours and 16 minutes – 14 minutes faster than his target:

“This was my quickest half marathon time since 2011! This means that I am 12 minutes inside my target time for all three!”

On the 24th September, Andy will be taking on the final run in this challenge, The Hull Marathon and he is particularly looking forward to the grand finish inside the KCOM stadium!

Andy would like to raise as much money as possible for Hull Children’s University. You can support him by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page here:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=AndrewConlon

William’s Den names HEY CU as their charity of the year!

William’s Den, the children’s play adventure near North Cave, has chosen The Children’s University as its official charity partner for 2017.

Believed to be the UK’s largest-ever indoor timber play experience, William’s Den is described by owners Christian and Tor Carver as a ‘nostalgic nod to a bygone era of child’s play’.

Rosanna James from Hull Children’s University comments: “Children can only aspire to what they know exists and celebrating learning is at the heart of everything we do. We’re delighted to be working with William’s Den to offer some really exciting days out for local children in 2017 and 2018.”

Tor Carver, co-founder at William’s Den, says: “Each year we will be selecting an appropriate charity partner at William’s Den and the work of Hull Children’s University is just amazing. With 2017 being the year of our launch, we wanted to work with a charity to help those in need locally. We’re looking forward to helping with the fundraising efforts this year.”

William’s Den includes a 475sqm play barn and outdoor play spanning over 10,000 m2 – including a 50metre zip wire, den making area and ‘mountains and molehills’ space for kids to run, jump and roll around freely.

William’s Den will also have an indoor play adventure including a stream, rainmaker water cascade, unique climbing structures, nets, treehouse and bridges.

Families will also enjoy a stunning restaurant serving wood fired pizzas in a lovingly restored brick barn, with an ice cream parlour and barista served coffees. A free play area for toddlers will be accessible from the coffee zone.

William’s Den have already raised over £1200 for HEY CU by inventing a very special rainbow ice cream in which all proceeds were donated to us. More fundraising activities will be taking place over the course of the year.

VACANCY: Finance Manager (1 Day)

Finance Manager – Part time -7.5 hours per week (over 1 day) £4,000 PA

Closing date: 28th July 2017

Interviews: WB 7th August 2017

Must be available to start 21st August 2017

Fixed term contract for one year with the potential for renewal.

Hull Children’s University aims to raise the aspirations of children in Hull and the East Riding by providing unique and educational experiences which broaden horizons and support learning. Due to the continued growth of the charity, we are now looking for a highly motivated and skilled Finance Manager.

The successful candidate will ensure the efficient and effective administration of Hull Children’s University’s finance tasks.

Duties will include

  • Payroll administration
  • Issuing invoices
  • Paying bills
  • Effective monitoring of financial incomings and outgoings
  • Chasing outstanding invoices
  • Banking
  • Updating accounts on Quickbooks
  • Producing financial reports
  • Filing, photocopying and printing
  • Reconciling accounts
  • Taking telephone messages if administrator is unavailable

Personal Requirements:

Essential 

  • Ability to manage and administer Payroll & Pensions
  • A good knowledge of Quickbooks (you will be asked to demonstrate this at interview)
  • Experience in a financial management role
  • Excellent administration skills
  • Excellent IT skills, including Excel and Word
  • Ability to plan workload and organise time effectively
  • Flexibility

 

Desirable

  • Previous experience in the charity or education sector

 

Special Requirements 

Due to the charity working with children and young people, the successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS check. Along with, providing two references, one being from the manager at their current or most recent place of employment.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a covering letter to Natasha at n.banke@hull.ac.uk

 

The Queen Honours Hull Children’s University Staff and Volunteers

Friday 16th June was a day to remember for Hull Children’s University as we saw not one, not two, but three of our friends named in the Queens Birthday Honours! Staff and volunteers from Hull Children’s University made up three of the eight honours given in East Yorkshire.

Dr John Buttrick, Founder and former Director of Hull Children‘s University has received an MBE for his services to children in Hull after being nominated by Hull Children’s University and our  supporters.

Mark Stockdale, our longest-serving volunteer and tutor received a BEM for services to education after being nominated by St Anthony’s Primary School.

Trustee and volunteer at Hull Children’s University, Ruth Truelove, was also awarded a BEM for service to education for her work as a reading assistant and governor at Stepney Primary School, Hull, and as a volunteer for the National Literacy Trust.

We are so proud of John, Mark and Ruth and feel very lucky to have them as part of our charity. Congratulations!
Read more at http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/the-eight-people-from-hull-and-east-yorkshire-named-in-the-queen-s-honours/story-30395516-detail/story.html#3rBqxZW8F92rHAQm.99

 

Hull Children’s University Receive a Weston Charity Award

On Wednesday 14th June, Partnership Manager Rose James and Trustee Mike Jackson travelled to Think Tank in Birmingham to be presented with a Weston Charity Award from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Hull Children’s University are one of 17 lucky small charities to have been selected from hundreds of applicants and will take part in the year-long programme, supported by Pilotlight, in which we will receive one-to-one support from some of the countries top business professionals. These professionals help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth so that they finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

Aswell as the fantastic support that we will receive over the year from Pilotlight, we also received a grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We are extremely excited to be a recipient of a Weston Award and we are very much looking forward to working with out “Pilotlighters” to help our charity grow.

To find our more about the Weston Charity Awards visit www.westoncharityawards.org

To find out more about Pilotlight visit www.pilotlight.org.uk

 

 

Lots of Laughs with Lucy Beaumont

Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom.

This and other comedic gems were unleashed today as youngsters tried to impress Lucy Beaumont with their best jokes as the Hull comedian dropped in to KCOM’s Learning Zone to surprise Year 3 and 4 children from Ings Primary School who were on our Ambassadors of Hull Experience.

As well as talking about her life as an award winning comedian, Lucy also took questions from the youngsters which she said was a lot more fun than “trying to make a pub full of drunk people laugh”.

She said: “It’s wonderful to be thought of as an ambassador for Hull because I’m really proud of my home city.

“I think the best advice I can give to the kids is to believe in yourself and enjoy what to do.

“Don’t feel silly about what you want to be, follow your dreams and you can be whatever you want to be.”

Answering questions from the Ings Primary youngsters Lucy revealed she became a comedian because “I’m not very good at anything else”, that she wishes she’d tried harder at sport at school, that her favourite place in Hull is the Marina and that she has met both One Direction and Ed Sheeran.

She also revealed her secret for writing good jokes.

“The one way to tell if something is funny or not is to go and tell someone and, if they laugh, you know it’s funny,” she said: “And if they don’t you go and cry somewhere.”

Lucy, who recently had a baby daughter called Elsie Josephine with her husband Jon Richardson, also asked the youngsters if they liked their siblings and whether she should give Elsie a baby brother or sister or “let Elsie be an only child.”

The general consensus was brothers and sisters are a good thing.

Year 4 pupil Scarlett Sylvester, eight, said she had loved meeting the Hull-born star.

She said: “It was great because I’ve never met anyone famous before and she answered all our questions and was really nice. I want to be a comedian when I grow up.”

Lucie Route, seven, added: “It was nice because she told us about her life and helped us figure out things. She is funny.”

 

 

BBQ for HCU!

Have a BBQ and raise money to help local children! All you need to do is ask your guests to pop some money into a bucket (we recommend about as much as you would spend on lunch out somewhere) and you take care of the BBQ! Once you have had your BBQ you can send the amount raised via our Virgin Money Giving Page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1012087 Or drop it into the office. Whoever raises the most by the end of summer will win a brand new BBQ!

In the Spotlight: Volunteer Mentors

Hull Children’s University has over 200 volunteer mentors from many different walks of life. Our mentors are essential to our programme and we are so grateful to each and every one of them for taking their time to support our children.

Mentors accompany our children on the experiences we provide and support them in their learning throughout the day. We have mentors who are students, firemen, police officers, retired teachers, nurses, business owners, factory workers and many more.

Two of our mentors told us about their experiences volunteering with Hull Children’s University:

Kate

When the founder and former director of Hull Children’s University, John Buttrick, approached BBC Hull in 2011 about the prospect of working with them to create a new module, Kate was asked by her manager to lead the module. After seeing how much the children enjoyed the module and relished the opportunity for extra-curricular learning, Kate decided to volunteer as a mentor for other Hull Children’s University experiences in her own free time.

Since becoming a mentor, Kate has volunteered on a huge variety of experiences, from the locally based Ambassadors of Hull, which sees the children learn more about their city through different activities such as designing and conducting a survey, to the residential Night at the Museum experience which takes the children all the way to London for a sleep over at the Natural History Museum. Her favourite trip so far has been the London with Parliament experience as the long days with lots of walking around London really give the mentors a chance to get to know the children.

Kate has found working as a mentor thoroughly enjoyable and has learnt a great deal about herself through the experience. She would definitely recommend being a mentor to anyone who is looking to help inspire and encourage some of the most deserving children in our area. She believes that by building confidence within children and giving them an insight into experiences they might not otherwise have, it will encourage them to commit more to their studies and see the benefits of their work, which in turn will give them a far greater chance of success in the future.

Dave

Dave has been working as a mentor for the Hull Children’s University for 10 years now. Back in 1997, when he was working at Smith & Nephew, the company sent round an email asking for volunteers to help with the Hull Children’s University. After listening to the aims and aspirations of the charity, his interest was sparked.

Dave has been on many different classroom and non-classroom based modules over the years and has enjoyed all of them. He believes that these experiences add another dimension to the school experience by improving literacy and numeracy skills, and life experiences outside the classroom.

The benefits of the experiences do not only fall on the children. Dave has found that since starting volunteering with the Hull Children’s University, he has become more confident, out-going and willing to take on new experiences. He feels that if you can be a good listener, and treat the children with an open and positive mind, then both the children and the adult mentors benefit from these experiences.

 

 

 

A knockout visit from Tommy Coyle!

Boxer Tommy Coyle is used to enduring punches in the ring, but he faced a barrage of a different kind when he was interviewed by children taking part in our Ambassadors of Hull experience.

Tommy was guest of honour at KCOM’s Learning Zone on Carr Lane, during which he answered questions from year three pupils from St James’ Academy, in east Hull.

Among the questions posed to the 27-year-old fighter were: “Why did you start boxing?”, “Where do you keep your trophies?”, “What would you do if you weren’t a boxer? and “Does it hurt when you get punched?”.

After finishing the Q&A, Tommy spent time signing autographs, posing for photographs with the children and dishing out high-fives.

“It’s my job to give something back to the community, which has supported me not only in victory but in defeat too,” Tommy said afterwards.

”The next generation are going to look after my children so it’s my job to give back to the community. The children asked some good questions.”

Among those to quiz Tommy were eight-year-olds Poppy Edwards and Broady Parker.

Poppy said: “I was shocked when I saw it was Tommy Coyle. I watch boxing all the time with my dad and I’ve always wanted to meet a boxer – so to meet Tommy was great. My dad will be very jealous.

“Tommy was such a nice guy. He’s a real Hull hero. I think the best thing I learnt from him was never to give up and to keep trying and trying.”

Broady added: “I was speechless when Tommy walked in. We had been learning about him before he arrived and he’s a really good boxer, so to meet him was special.

“He’s a cool guy. I think the most important thing I learnt was how many belts he has won.”

Tommy also took the opportunity while at Carr Lane to see a van bearing his name, as part of KCOM’s initiative to name all of its 95 vans after famous people from Hull during the Hull 2017 UK City of Culture year.

“I’m a kid off the estate that, four or five years ago, was selling fruit and vegetables and now people are naming vans after me!” Tommy said.

Peter Levy pays our mini Ambassadors a surprise visit!

On Tuesday 9th May, whilst learning about famous Hull ambassadors as part of their Ambassadors of Hull Experience at the KCOM Learning Zone, St Richard’s RC Primary school received a surprise visit from BBC Look North presenter Peter Levy!

The children has been imagining what it would be like to interview Peter just before his arrival and were taking part in a pretend interview with one of our volunteers – they didn’t expect the real thing to walk through the door just seconds later!

Peter sat down and took lots of questions from the children. Among the tough questions posed at the presenter were: “Who was your favourite teacher?”, “What would you change about Hull?”, “Do you have any pets?” and “what colour did your hair used to be?”.

Consummate professional Peter tactfully dodged a question asking him which Hull rugby team he supported and also who was his favourite person from Hull, although the children did manage to discover Peter doesn’t have any pets, that he would like to interview Prince Charles and that he wanted to be a pilot growing up.

Year six pupil Rachel Szabo, ten, said she was delighted to meet a real life celebrity while learning what it means to be an ambassador for her home city.

She said: “I was really excited to meet Peter as I’ve never met a celebrity before and it was nice to be able to ask him some questions. I watch him on the TV so to see him in real life was really nice.”

Mercedes Griffin, also ten, said: “I got goose bumps when he walked out. It’s good to meet someone famous in real life. I want to be a news presenter when I grow up too.”

Talking about living in Hull, Peter, who is marking his 30th year on the TV this year, said: “I think Hull is fabulous. In the past two or three years it has all really come together in Hull and it is almost unrecognisable from what it was when I first moved here in 2002.

“I was walking around the waterfront the other day and it just looks completely different, there’s a definite buzz about the city.”

As the Year Ten grilling continued, Peter revealed he’d like to see Prime Minster Theresa May visit Hull, that his favourite teacher at school was English teacher Mr Shelton and that he lost his first wobbly tooth at the age of five.

Peter is the latest celebrity to take part in the Hull Children’s University Ambassadors of Hull Experience, which is aimed at teaching youngsters about being a positive role model for the city.

Former Apprentice winner, TV pundit and Hull parliamentary candidate Michelle Dewberry and former Hull City and England footballer Nick Barmby have both previously visited the learning Zone to meet more school children.

 

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