“The 20s Roar Again” Ball – 5th March 2021

Get ready to put on the Ritz as the 20’s roar all over again! HEY Children’s University brings you an evening of sparkle, glitz and glamour at the Doubletree by Hilton with 20’s themed fundraisers, music and entertainment. All money raised on the night will help raise the aspirations of disadvantaged children in Hull.
Tickets are £55 each or a table of 10 is £500. This includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and a delicious 3 course meal.

To book please email heycu@hull.ac.uk

*Note* Tickets are non-refundable. This is an adults only event.

HEY CU Welcomes New Trustees

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Trustees: Ashley Smith and Kate van der Sluis.

Kate is a Managing Partner at Humber HR People and brings a wealth of knowledge about HR to the charity. Kate has a BA English & Psychology, 1997, FRIP – Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Practitioners. She has 20 years’ experience as a Recruitment Manager and Director across Yorkshire: her particular passions are employer branding and marketing; leadership and management development and connecting businesses and organisations to work together: she is passionate about the strength of collaboration and partnerships. Kate had this to say about the work of HEY CU and joining the board “I feel passionately about the work you do at Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University. As a Mum, a kid from a council estate in Bradford, an ex-nearly teacher and now in my career working with employers and their staff, I see first-hand the impact of interventions for children at a young age and the difference it makes to their aspirations and achievements later in life. I can think of no other charity we would rather support.” With Kate joining she also brings over 120 years of HR experience with the wider team at Humber HR People also providing support to the charity. 

Kate will be taking the place of Dickie Donovan, Group People Director at William Jackson Food Group, the charities current Trustee with a background in HR. Dickie has decided to find work closer to home so that he can spend more time with his family. Dickie will be greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck. 

As a charity we want to ensure that we are as diverse as possible and represent our beneficiaries heritage in our volunteers, team and Board of Trustees. We wanted to ensure that we have some younger board members hence the addition of Ashley Smith, Product Manager at Ideal Standard and 2020 winner of the Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30. 

In 2017 Ashley was selected as part of the Ideal Standard ‘Emerging Talent’ programme with eleven colleagues. In 2019 this gave him the opportunity to travel to Malawi for 10 days, in partnership with one of Ideal Standard’s new house build customers, Miller Homes, and their chosen charity, Habitat for Humanity. While in Malawi he built homes for three families giving him a new found passion for charitable work leading him to express an interest in becoming a Trustee for HEY CU. Ashley said “I feel it’s important to develop the city’s future adults and give them opportunities they may not otherwise have. I have always learnt best by doing. Some of my best childhood memories are school trips, where learning was made enjoyable and sociable. HEY Children’s University have been delivering some fantastic projects for some years and it would be a privilege to play a part in the development of this fantastic charity.” Ashley brings youth and enthusiasm as well as six years of marketing experience to the charity and we are 
excited that he is part of the team.

We continue to evolve the mix of Trustees on our Board. We do a yearly skills audit of our trustees to ensure that have the right mix of expertise. Although we are currently not recruiting Trustees we welcome expressions of interest from people of all backgrounds. These can be emailed to Natasha Barley Charity Director n.banke@hull.ac.uk

GET CAKED! 13th March 2021

Are you ready to GET CAKED? Join the muddiest challenge in East Yorkshire taking place on the 13th March and raise money for HEY CU. Climb, crawl & slide through 5 miles of muddy fun in the beautiful grounds of Sledmere House. NO RUNNING NECESSARY AND MOST OBSTACLES HAVE THE OPTION TO PASS IF YOU WOULD PREFER NOT TO TRY THEM.  It’s just £25 to register (£20 if you sign up in January) and you just need to commit to raising a min of £40 in sponsorship. The event is organised by Dove House Hospice so a percentage of your registration fee will go to them, 100% of your sponsorship money will go to HEY CU.


This is a challenge that even total novices can take on. We know this because the HEY CU team will be getting muddy with you! Natasha, Rose, Chris, Liz, Amy, Maria, Carol and Vicky will all be completing the course and we would love for you to join us!


It will be such a fun experience, so get a few friends together and take on the challenge to make a difference to local children.  It would make a fab corporate team building activity too!


All that you need to do is sign up via https://www.getcaked.org.uk/ and select Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University as your charity. You can select what time you would like to start (we are doing it at 12pm if you would like to be in the same group as us) and all of the information will be sent to you.


NHS Hull CCG Funding for 500 Well-being Packs

Since the nationwide lockdown measures were introduced in late March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University have been working tirelessly to ensure the 7000+ vulnerable children in the region are supported in their education and wellbeing.
A confusing and unsettling time for many children in our area, we have sought to help ease anxieties and bring some normality to lockdown-life by providing wellbeing packs designed to help with school work as well as mental health and wellbeing. Now a further 500 packs can be produced due to sponsorship by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Natasha Banke, Director, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University said: “We know this is a very stressful time for children and families, so we’ve put together a handy pack full of brilliant resources to be delivered by schools to those who need support in our city the most.”

“Although the packs have some of the items you might expect like coloured pencils and books, we’ve also made sure to include items to help support mental wellbeing too. This includes mood cards, which can help children talk about their feelings, a stress ball, a ‘happy, confident me’ journal and ‘un-worry me’ and ‘Un-Hurry me’ books – two great resource for children to understand and process their emotions.”

Emma Latimer, NHS Hull CCG Accountable Officer said: “It is so important that we support children to understand their emotions in what will have been one of the most difficult times in their lives. The pandemic, associated fear and huge cultural changes to our way of life haven’t only affected us adults, but children too. As resilient as they can be, it is easy to see that they would need some extra support with their feelings and emotions right now.”

The packs will be delivered to 500 local children in the next few weeks; they’ll also include child friendly information around aspirations and NHS careers, something incredibly important to Emma.

Emma continued: “One silver lining to what has been a simply tragic time has been how enthusiastically the public have got behind the NHS. In Hull we want to ‘grow our own’ future workforce so it felt right to share some aspiration raising information about how children can become a part of our future NHS family, along with the wellbeing packs. We hope one of these booklets, coupled with the national and local pride for the NHS, sparks the imagination of a few children to become our next set of NHS heroes.”

Finally, Emma added: “Being able to support 500 vulnerable children in our city through these packs means a lot not only to me but my CCG team too. I’m so grateful of all the work Natasha and the Children’s University team are doing to try and make this worrying time easier for local children.”

Healthy Eating with Ladies in Pigs

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  • To learn about animal welfare and food standards
  • To gain an insight into the job of a farmer
  • To begin to understand the farm to fork process and where our food comes from
  • To develop an understanding of food quality
  • To discover how to cook healthy food from scratch and follow a recipe
  • To understand the need to wear aprons and wash hands when cooking (basic food hygiene)

The Experience

  • Meet the Ladies in Pigs team [/list-Item] [list-item]A fun presentation about the Ladies in Pigs and their work
  • Cooking activity pitched to the age of the class using table top cookers or the mobile kitchen called ‘Rosie’!
  • Activity relating to the parts of a pig used in food production
  • Activity to identify the Red Tractor and RSPCA logos on food packaging
  • Discussion about the importance of high quality animal care
  • Resources, including recipe book to take home and share with the family

ERYC Mock Election Experience

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  • To learn about the importance of voting
  • To develop an understanding of the election process
  • To begin to understand key terms e.g. constituency, candidates, polling station and manifesto
  • To consider what issues are important to them and their community
  • To discover different methods of campaigning
  • To develop written and verbal communication skills and experience debating

The Experience

  • Meet members of the ERYC Electoral Team
  • A presentation/discussion about local elections, democracy, the importance of having your voice heard, representing your local community and the difference they can make
  • An overview of jobs and roles within the field
  • Take part in a role play ‘Mock Election’ within school
  • Visit the Council Chamber

A Day in the Life of the NHS


  • To learn about one of the UK’s biggest employers
  • To gain an insight into the variety of job roles available in the NHS
  • To begin to understand the skills and qualifications needed
  • To develop a broad understanding of the use of science and technology in the NHS
  • To understand the level of commitment needed to be a conscientious and effective employee
  • To meet and chat to members of the NHS workforce
  • To understand the need to wear and use protective clothing and products

The Experience

  • An introductory talk and opportunity to meet NHS staff
  •  A rotation of group activities featuring different NHS departments e.g. Health Promotion; Pathology; Surgery; Paramedics/Restart a Heart and Falls Prevention
  • A fun, prize winning quiz and questionnaire

Visit attractions VIRTUALLY!

Many of the world’s most popular museums, attractions and galleries are now offering virtual tours, exhibitions and live cams that you can experience from the comfort of your home!

Why not visit the Taj Mahal as part of your home Geography activities? Or visit London Zoo to learn about some of the animals.

We have put together a list of some of the best. Happy home learning!

Young Engineers GGP Consult

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    • To raise children’s aspirations and interest in engineering careers
    • To develop knowledge of the role of design and technology in engineering
    • To raise awareness of local career opportunities
    • To learn about the job roles at GGP Consult


    The Visit

    • Meet GGP Consult staff and learn about the business and their jobs
    • Tour of the premises
    • Group engineering design tasks judged by GGP staff

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