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.”

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!

JOB VACANCY: Children in Care Letterbox Club Coordinator

Letterbox Club Coordinator (Hull)

Salary £22,462 (point 23 NJC Scale)

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

Fixed term contract for a year with potential for renewal, subject to funding.

Start date: 1st September 2020 

Closing date: 15th May 2020. Interviews May 19th and 20th

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University are looking for a friendly, positive and self motivated person to join our amazing charity. We have a vibrant, energetic and hard working team who all share a passion for changing children’s lives.

The new Letterbox Club Coordinator will join our current Letterbox Coordinator to provide Children in Care in Hull (year 3 to year 6) with one-to -one reading sessions that over time improve their reading ability, showing tangible improvement in reading age measured by regular assessments. They will visit the children in their schools on a regular basis, delivering their bespoke Letterbox Parcels that contain books, games and equipment to improve their reading, maths and literacy.

During school holidays the Letterbox Coordinator will be required to support the learning experiences that HEY Children’s University provides to the Children in Care. This may mean some out of hours and weekend work (though plenty of notice will be given).

The successful candidate will either be a Qualified Teacher or Senior level Teaching Assistant and will have experience in carrying out reading assessments with primary school aged children. They will also ideally have some experience in working with Children in Care.

Due to this role requiring regular travelling, a full clean UK driving license and the use of own car is essential.

As this job involves working with children and young people, the successful candidate will be required to complete an enhanced disclosure DBS check. They must also provide two references, one being from the manager at their current or most recent place of employment.

HEY Children’s University is an equal opportunities employer.

To apply please send a COVERING LETTER AND CV indeed:  https://www.indeed.co.uk/viewjob?t=children+care+letterbox+club+coordinator&jk=2e684518a5815449&_ga=2.251523717.2012527450.1583489292-272389062.1570618883

Get Caked! for HEY CU

Are you ready to GET CAKED? Join the muddiest challenge in East Yorkshire taking place on the 25th April 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.

We will see you there!

Be Like Benji!

You may recall that last year the HEY Children’s University (HEY CU) team were paid a surprise visit from a very kind little boy named Benji, aged 5.

HEY CU provides experiences to disadvantaged children in Hull and the East Riding in the hope of raising their aspirations, resilience and self confidence.

Benji had heard about the work that HEY CU 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 the money that he had saved up for the charity. 

Well, Benji has done it again! This week he came into the office and presented us with £10 of his own money that he had saved for the charity.

As a thank you to Benji we asked the Hogwarts Sorting Hat if it would sort Benji into his Hogwarts House (something which he was very excited about!) The Hat decided that Benji belongs in Hufflepuff – a house that is loyal, kind, giving and fair. We think Benji is a perfect fit!

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.

Please #BelikeBenji and help less fortunate children in our area.


Giving the gift of theatre with Hull Truck

HEY CU has worked in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre to local communities to bring the “Give the Gift of Theatre” scheme to the local community, particularly those experiencing disadvantage who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a transformative visit to the theatre or opportunity to take part in the arts. The campaign is particularly important at Christmas, when it supports young people and their families to experience a festive treat together.

Thanks to donations made last year, hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have attended performances at the theatre, who would not otherwise have been able to afford to visit. Many of these visits were part of school groups, organised in partnership with HEY CU.

Davide Calogero, Director of Development at Hull Truck Theatre, said:

“The Give The Gift of Theatre scheme is close to our hearts at Hull Truck Theatre. Although the scheme has run year-round for the last few years, last year’s Christmas campaign saw our biggest result yet and this year we hope it will continue to grow. We really love working with local charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and hope that this years’ campaign will encourage people to give more than ever before so that we can provide as many children as possible the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre.”

Natasha Banke, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, said:

“Each year Hull Truck Theatre is able to provide us with hundreds of tickets that we then give to children living in foster care and schools in areas of disadvantage. These children have never been to the theatre before and it’s an incredible opportunity for them. A person who visits the theatre as a child is twice as likely to return as an adult, so this programme really does give children the gift of theatre for life.”

William’s Den gets Christmassy for HEY CU

A capacity crowd of over 700 people attended the special charity Christmas Lights switch on and traditional Christmas Fayre on Friday 29th November to mark the start of festive events at William’s Den, the award-winning East Yorkshire family attraction. Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University mascot Charlie, and 11 year old William Carver, who inspired his parents to create William’s Den, switched on the lights which adorn the giant 30ft Christmas tree.

Children from North Cave primary school performed a range of Christmas carols, there was live music from Riverside Brass and two dozen local craft stalls selling a range of unique Christmas gifts.

Over £450 was raised on the night in aid of Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University.

Says William’s Den co-owner Tor Carver, “We were delighted to welcome so many families to our charity Christmas lights switch on to herald the start of our Christmas events. Christmas is a time for giving and we are honoured to be able to support Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University and their amazing work in providing special memories and help for the children and families they support.”

Natasha Barley, Director, Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University said, “We are delighted to once again be partnering with William’s Den. Christmas is a magical time but it can also be a challenging time for families and we are grateful to William’s Den for putting this event on to help raise much needed funds.”

Families attending the Christmas lights switch on also got to hear about the new The Christmas Den Experience which opened on Saturday 30th November and runs every weekend until Christmas. Families booking one of the hourly sessions will be welcomed by the cheeky elves into The Christmas Den, help Mother Christmas decorate gingerbread biscuits, meet Father Christmas and build their own Christmas bear to take home.

With many sessions already sold out anyone wanting to visit Father Christmas at William’s Den this year is encouraged to book soon at www.williamsden.co.uk<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.williamsden.co.uk&c=E,1,LEU1iqqZCbEWHhq5Vkdwte6_ebD6ntez86Jw3VmIeu9ISlLG-GECDTeNZowJ10ENd0DBHtdKNImWdt3c_6JF6oIWm8XgM1CBWRJvgw3B&typo=1>.

The Christmas Den Experience
Opening Dates: 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 21st-24th December 2019. The Christmas Den Experience runs hourly during the day. With a limited number of spaces available in each session, advance booking is essential.

Description: Children and their families will be welcomed into The Christmas Den in small groups. They will be greeted by the cheeky elves straight from the North Pole and will learn how to become an honorary Elf. Mother Christmas can’t wait to tell her treasured Christmas stories and to share her special gingerbread. Made from a very secret recipe, she needs plenty of help to decorate all the biscuits in time! Where there is gingerbread, you’ll find Father Christmas. He is looking forward to meeting our VIP guests and will help each child to build their own Christmas bear to take home! The day wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to let off steam and play, with full William’s Den entry included. (Please note The Christmas Den is only accessible via stairs. Pushchairs will need to be stored at The Welcome Desk area.)

Prices: 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th December 2019; Adults £10.00 / Child £22.50
21st – 24th December 2019: Adults £15.00 / Child £27.50

Booking: The Christmas Den Experience runs hourly during the day. The experience lasts around 45 minutes and you will visit The Christmas Den in groups, this is not an individual Father Christmas experience. Book tickets online via the William’s Den website www.williamsden.co.uk<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.williamsden.co.uk&c=E,1,1hBD9hPTxL67iI-dTvCR2X8mzY3U6wxbGJffGFglznDr20Jhp50cksKEGdBniYBpMvrc6EvTFwHvRCCg7rGJMVz_bw88d3bnqh55STQUIZPTDqI,&typo=1>

HEY CU Shortlisted for two CYPN Awards

We are extremely excited to announce that HEY CU has been shortlisted for not one, but two Children and Young People Now awards. The awards take place in London on an annual basis and representatives from HEY CU will be attending the prestigious ceremony on the 28th November.

The charity has been shortlisted for awards in the following categories:

The Children and Young People’s  Charity Award

The Leaving Care Award

Natasha Barley, Director of HEY Children’s University is delighted to be attending the ceremony at the end of the month ” To have been shortlisted for the two categories at these fantastic awards it recognises the calibre of the work that has been taking place at our charity and I am extremely proud of our team”.

You can view the full list of shortlisted charities here:  https://www.cypnowawards.com/shortlist

Success for HEY CU at the PIB Awards

Friday 12th July saw the very first People in Business (PIB) Awards, held at the Doubletree By Hilton.

The event, founded by Jo Fleming, welcomed 400 guests from a variety of sectors including the Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue.

The awards were created to recognise the people behind successful businesses and organisations and with over 100 nominations, the judges had a tough task deciding the winners.

Of the 12 categories, HEY Children’s University was shortlisted for 2 – the Manager award and the Team Impact award.

The competition was very strong with so many amazing people nominated but the night turned out to be very successful for HEY CU. Natasha Barley, Director, was named the winner of the Manager award and the charity was named the runner up for the Team Impact award.

Rose James, Partnership Manager of HEY CU said “We are so delighted to have been named the runner up in the Team Impact award and we are even more thrilled that Natasha won the Manager award. She is a fantastic leader for the charity and the award is thoroughly deserved.”

Our partnership with ABP goes from strength to strength

Associated British Ports (ABP) has become a Platinum supporter of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University (HEY CU).

As longstanding supporters of this local charity ABP Humber sought to increase its donation this year to £20,000. The funding will enable even more disadvantaged children access to wonderful educational experiences organised by the charity.

Natasha Barley, Director of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University said: “As an educational charity that works to raise the aspirations of children across Hull and East Yorkshire, we rely on the support we receive from businesses to do our vital work. ABP is a longstanding supporter of HEY CU and we are grateful for the abundance of opportunities they help us to provide to the children. From port tours for school groups to the Santa Express for our children growing up in care, ABP goes above and beyond to nurture the aspirations of some of the city’s most vulnerable children.”
Building on last year’s well received programme of activity, £10,000 of the funding is ‘in kind’ and will comprise of port tours and Humber Cruises that get underway this week.

Across the week, 250 children from nine primary schools will board the Yorkshire Belle in the Port of Hull, for a cruise along the Humber Estuary. Departing from the King George Dock, children will travel to the Humber Bridge and back whilst learning about the estuary, its history and the work carried out by ABP.

APB Humber Director Simon Bird said: “By supporting Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University we are ensuring local children have access to new experiences and opportunities which broaden their horizons and hopefully inspire some to consider maritime careers in the future. The Humber Cruises help us to showcase how valuable the Humber is to everyone’s everyday life in our region and are very popular with the children.”

Natasha added: “The Humber Cruises are one of our biggest events of the year. Many of the children coming on these cruises have never been aboard a boat before, and some have never seen the Humber Bridge. It’s all about inspiring the children and getting them to believe in themselves so that they can achieve in the future, all of which wouldn’t be possible without the support of ABP.”

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