Our Director Meets The Queen!

Our very own Director, Natasha Barley, had the great honour of meeting Her Majesty The Queen last week.  Canadian-born Natasha  attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on the 14th of February at the invitation of Her Majesty. The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, hosted the reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Diaspora community. The reception offered an opportunity to recognise people of Commonwealth heritage who have made a positive contribution to business, community and culture in the United Kingdom.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall  also attended the reception and had the chance to meet some the incredible people from across the Commonwealth who have been successful in areas such as business, politics, the arts, sport, diplomacy, religion, charities, youth and community groups.

As Director of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, Natasha has made significant contributions to the charity. Since coming into post four and a half years ago, the charity has grown from working with 1800 children a year to over 6000 a year. The team has grown from four to thirteen and the charity now also runs a robust care programme supporting children living in foster care.

Natasha Barley said “It was an absolute privilege to represent my Canadian homeland and Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University at the reception at Buckingham Palace. Having Her Majesty the Queen’s recognition of our charitable work is incredible. I have a fantastic team at HEY CU and amazing businesses that support our work and they were all very excited about this phenomenal opportunity for the charity.”

Whilst at the reception Mrs. Barley also spent time speaking to Prime Minister Theresa May and Boris Johnson, Secretary of State and Commonwealth Affairs.

Mrs Barley commented “Being from a Commonwealth country means a lot to me. I’ve always held Her majesty the Queen in high regard and respected her authority as the Head of the Commonwealth. Being from Canada I always felt a strong tie with the rest of the Commonwealth but particularly England and the monarchy.”

The Commonwealth is an international organisation, spanning every geographic region, religion and culture. During Her Majesty’s reign the organisation has grown from just seven nations to 53 members and now represents over 2.4 billion people.

The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth throughout her 65 year reign, and while visiting South Africa on her 21st birthday, Her Majesty declared that ” that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted” to the Commonwealth.

The reception is part of the run up to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is being hosted by The Queen in April.

Constructing a World of Opportunities

Children from Hilderthorpe Primary School in Bridlington were the first to take part in a brand-new Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University experience, thanks to the support of West Building Supplies and East Riding College.

Pupils from Year 6 were invited to be part of the ‘Building for the Future Experience’ giving children an insight into the construction industry and the wide variety of jobs available. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the day as they discovered lots of new skills and tried their hand at joinery, bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and design.  The activities were engaging, providing the children with a truly immersive experience and they now view the construction industry in a new light having met some incredible role models along the way.

Richard Price, Director of West Building Supplies, gave an input into the company talking about the supply chain, company values, and the number of careers available in the construction industry from a supplier’s perspective, displaying the sheer breadth of the industry.

Richard said “West Building Supplies are delighted to be part of and support the HEY Children’s University which helps provide a fantastic opportunity for young children in the local community to experience, in this case, an insight into the construction industry from all aspects from supply to manufacture. Hopefully, this experience will help inspire the children to achieve great things in their future.”

Jamie Baxter, Deputy Headteacher of Hilderthorpe Primary School, said “We would like to thank HEY Children’s University, West Building Supplies and East Riding College for such a well-organised event that all pupils enjoyed. The “Building for the Future Experience” provided pupils with an insight into the types of careers available in the construction industry. The activities pupils took part in were fun and engaging. It has really raised the aspirations of pupils and many stated that they could see themselves working towards a career in construction.  At Hilderthorpe Primary School we work hard to promote pupil’s future aspirations, so this experience was perfect and we look forward to taking part next year!”

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY Children’s University, said “We expanded Children’s University into the East Riding of Yorkshire in September 2016 to raise the aspirations of local children and open their eyes to the career opportunities available, both locally and further afield. Our experiences link the world of work to and work in school to bring classroom learning to life, and illustrate if children work hard in school now, they can achieve their dream job in the future.  This exciting new “Building for the Future Experience” has given the children at Hilderthorpe an opportunity to experience what it would be like to go to college, meeting lecturers and learning how apprenticeships and further education can lead to future careers within construction. Also, meeting Richard from West Building Supplies and hearing how their industry supports construction illustrated the range of career paths available in this field. ”

Lisa continued, “If you are a local business who would like to become involved in our work in the East Riding of Yorkshire, contact me lisa.whitton@hull.ac.uk or call 07759 300495.”

Magical funds raised on Harry Potter Day!

In February, children from 5 local primary schools received something VERY exciting – a letter from Hogwarts!

The letter invited children to attend a day of spells and magic at their school and they were instructed to come in their best Howarts attire.

Each child brought in a £1 donation for the Ministry of Magic’s chosen charity – HEY Children’s University.

Our very own Professor McGonnegal jumped on her broom and paid a visit to every school to see some of their magical lessons and give prizes for the best dressed. Children enjoyed potions lessons, wrote their own spells and even ate special Hogwarts food!

The day raised a fantastic total of £568.96!

Thank you to Newington Academy, Marfleet Primary, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary, Oldfleet Primary and Barmby Moor Primary for taking part.

If you’re school would like to hold a Harry Potter Day please get in touch!

Budding Designers Open Exhibition #DareToBeDifferent

From 11am on Saturday 10th February, at the Brodrick Gallery of Hull School of Art and Design, Queens Gardens, Hull, children and their families from four primary schools across the city will be the first to proudly see their own artwork on display at a private viewing of an exciting new exhibition.

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University (HEY CU) teamed up with the Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD), to challenge children to #DareToBeDifferent and take part in a brand-new Hoody Creative Challenge. Children were set the task of illustrating their favourite memories from 2017, and the winning entries from each school’s year group have been printed onto hoodies, enabling members of the public, families, and friends to vote for their favourite design over the coming month.

The four schools who took part in the competition include, Craven Primary School, Dorchester Primary School, St Anthony’s Primary School, and Rokeby Primary School, who collectively submitted over 250 entries.

Natasha Barley, Director of HEY CU said, “Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University provides children with unique experiences that allow them to discover and then show their talents. At HEY CU we are passionate about raising the confidence and aspirations of children across Hull and East Yorkshire, providing them with experiences and opportunities to open their eyes to the world around them and discover the world of work. Careers in creative industries such as fashion design is something we want children to be aware of and then possibly pursue. The children have loved taking part in this competition, we’ve seen some brilliant entries with incredible stories behind them, giving children an opportunity to express themselves through art”.

Lynn Benson, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Fashion at HSAD said, “It has been extremely enjoyable speaking to young, enthusiastic, knowledgeable primary school children, who listened intently as I spoke about designing a hoody and the challenges of creating images of their best memories for 2017, resulting in an amazing diversity of responses from highly motivated young people. The designs submitted are fun, realistic and have a feel-good factor.  All of the children rose to the challenge of creating realistic designs and should be really proud of themselves.”

The exhibition will open to the public on 12th February until 2nd March 2018 from 10am until 4pm.

ABP become Silver Partners

ABP’s Port of Hull has donated thousands to enable hundreds of underprivileged children to experience unique educational trips.

ABP has donated £5000 and has become official Silver Partners of HEY CU.

This has enabled local disadvantaged children to take part in unique experiences including being an astronaut for the day and a tour of London.

ABP already has established ties with the charity as last year it provided several port tours, a special tracked container was launched so children can learn about trade and children attended several ABP events including a special festive express train to London.

Humber Director, Simon Bird, said: “We feel it’s important to inspire and educate youngsters as they are the future generation that will keep Britain trading.

“We hope our close links will influence them to consider the port industry as a future career as there are over 200 different job roles in the Humber ports ranging from accountants, to operations and pilots.”

During the next three months children from the charity will take a private tour of the pop-up historical gallery at the port’s Grade-II listed pump house building.

Rosanna James, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University Partnership Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful for ABP’s ongoing support and we love working with all of their fantastic staff.

“The visits to the port help raise the children’s aspirations and show them what an important city they live in. We are proud to have ABP as an official partner and with their support we can inspire even more disadvantaged children in the city.”

Vacancy: Children in Care Letterbox Club Coordinator (East Riding)

Children in Care (CIC) Letterbox Club Coordinator (East Riding)

Contract 2 years (possibility for renewal depending on funding streams)
Full time
Salary £21,000 PA
Employment start date: 3rd April 2018

Job Summary

Are you a fully qualified primary school teacher looking for a change in career but still have a passion for working with children? Do you love to read and love reading with children? Do you love working with young people and want them to have the best possible outcomes academically and personally? If you answered yes to these questions then we might be right for you and you might be right for us.

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University is a progressive independent charity based at the University of Hull. Due to an award of grant funding, we are recruiting a Letter Box Coordinator to run our Letter Box Club in the East Riding of Yorkshire with 25 children in care for two years and possibly longer depending on funding streams. The Letterbox Coordinator will work in partnership with the East Riding Council Children in Care (CIC) team and schools across the East Riding to deliver this award-winning intervention scheme, which was developed by the Book Trust.

The Letterbox Coordinator will provide children with one to one reading sessions (during school hours) utilising the materials provided in the Book Trust parcels which are delivered every month. You will also organise and deliver learning experiences for the children in your programme during the term breaks and summer holidays. Our programme is holistic and focuses of children’s social and emotional development as well as academic achievement, particularly focusing on their ability to read. You will need to assess the children’s reading age and provide periodic progress reports.

You must be a fun, smiley and approachable person whom children respond well to. You must be patient, organised and creative in your approach to teaching. Flexibility is a must as occasionally some weekend and evening work will be required.

Essential Criteria (summary)

  •  Fully qualified teacher (QTS)
  •  A passion for reading
  •  Full UK driving licence and access to own vehicle
  •  Fully flexible (must be able to work some weekends and evenings)
  •  Experience in assessing
  •  Experience working in partnership across several different services reading
  •  Experience working with vulnerable young people

Desirable Criteria (summary)

  •  Experience working with Children in Care

**Please see below for detailed job description and person specification**

Special Requirements

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

Application Closes: February 2nd 2018

Interviews Held: February 10th, February 14th (3 Part Interview process)

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a covering letter to n.banke@hull.ac.uk or post to Natasha Barley, 65 Salmon Grove, Hull, HU6 7SZ.

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

1. Strategic Direction

· Deliver the HEYCU CIC service ensuring that children in care have equal access to activities, trips and visits designed to support their personal, social, and emotional development

· Build positive and effective relationships with vulnerable children in the looked after system based on a foundation of trust and respect

· Raise the profile of the HEYCU CIC service ensuring that the aims and objectives of the service are widely known and understood

· Working through the POD Coordinators develop an effective strategy to identify, target and engage children in the care system

· Build positive and effective relationships with schools across the city engaging children in learning activities that support their education

· Work with children individually or in groups ensuring that activities cater for their individual and collective needs and that all children have equal access

·Share information as appropriate with social workers, schools and other support workers to ensure a seamless support is in place.

· Assess children’s reading ages

· Deliver Letterbox parcels to 25 children in care and provide one to one reading sessions utilising the parcels

·Oversee assessment and evaluation of the programme and write reports

· Able to work some evenings and weekends when required

2. Partnerships

· Act as a positive ambassador for HEY CU at all times using every opportunity to positively promote the service

· Develop and maintain committed, positive and effective relationships with Hull City Council, social worker teams, schools, residential care homes and mentors to strengthen the sustainability of HEYCU CIC programme long term

3. Quality

· Ensure the CIC service is of the highest quality monitoring children and adults feedback forms and continually improving the service in response.

· Follow internal procedures for planning and booking activities and events ensuring risk assessment and evaluations are fully completed and that all data is captured accurately

· Operate within national and local frameworks including Data Protection, Equal Opportunities, etc and apply HEYCU policies and procedures across the service

·Follow Safeguarding policies and procedures rigorously and ensure that all mentors follow the same policies and procedures

4. Staff

· Work as part of a team supporting colleagues to ensure a professional and effective service

· Support volunteers and tutors to help them deliver effective quality programmes that reflect the ethos of HEYCU and positively promote the service

5. Budget

· Operate within an agreed annual budget ensuring the HEYCU CIC service is cost effective and achieves all outputs and outcomes within budget

· Work within internal finance systems to effectively monitor spend and to meet audit requirements

Qualifications and Skills

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Codes: AF = Application Form, I = Interview, R = References

1. Qualifications:

ESSENTIAL

Teaching degree primary school (QTS)

AF

Evidence of continuing professional development and/or membership of a professional body.

AF

Drivers licence and car insurance to use vehicle for work

AF

2. Relevant Experience:

ESSENTIAL

Experience working in partnership across several different services

AF

Experience of developing and delivering innovative education or youth development programme outside of a classroom setting

AF

Experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and building trusting but professional relationships

AF

3. Skills

ESSENTIAL

The ability to develop and promote HEY CU CIC service across the city and secure support from city wide stakeholders

AF,I,

Ability and confidence to manage, motivate, supervise and develop mentors to support looked after children

AF,I,

The ability to develop positive and productive partnerships Hull City Council, social care teams, schools, business and other stakeholder services across the city.

AF,I, R

Experience managing a budget

AF,I, R

4. Knowledge

ESSENTIAL

Knowledge of professional practice when working with children

AF,I, R

Up to date knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures

AF,I, R

General knowledge of generic policies around health and safety, data protection etc and how to apply and test these in the work place

AF,I, R

DESIRABLE

Understanding of systems to manage and report performance

AF,I, R

5. Interpersonal/Communication Skills:

ESSENTIAL

Verbal Skills

Ability to establish professional and effective working relationships with a range of partners, companies and sponsors and a Board of Trustees

AF,I, R

Good communication and interpersonal skills. Clearly spoken with good telephone and face-to-face communications

I, R

Good presentation skills

I, R

Can demonstrate influencing, caring, advocacy and negotiating skills

I, R

Written Skills

Able to produce clear and concise reports for a variety of audiences

I, R

Competent in the use of IT systems including Microsoft and internet

I, R

Get your 2018 calendar – Designed by the children of Hull!

Proud Hullensians can snap up some original artwork which celebrates their home city.

Leeds Building Society challenged local school children to create a design which showed what they love about Hull and the winning drawings, paintings and collages have been turned into a charity calendar.

The 2018 calendar is raising funds for Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University.

The winners, who range in age from four to 11, collected their prizes at a VIP viewing at Hull Paragon railway station, managed by train company TransPennine Express, where their designs are gracing the concourse over the coming weeks.

“The calendar has landmarks including the Humber Bridge and the Maritime Museum, and it was difficult to pick the winners from so many lovely pictures,” said Denise Woodall, the manager of Leeds Building Society’s Hull branch.

“We’re thrilled TransPennine Express offered to display the artwork at Hull Paragon station so it can be seen and enjoyed by thousands of people every day.

”We hope they’ll pop round to our branch in Paragon Street and buy a calendar to take home and brighten up their kitchen, hall or office.”

David Hatfield, Station Manager at Hull for TransPennine Express, commented: “We are thrilled that the station is playing host to these wonderful works of art created by our young people.

“I would encourage people to come along to the station and see the colourful designs for themselves.”

Rose James, Partnership Manager of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, explained where the funds raised from the calendar would be used.

She said: “Leeds Building Society in Hull is raising money for our charity so that a group of children can visit London for a day that they will never forget. We are extremely grateful to them for fundraising for us and we think the calendars look fantastic!”

The calendar costs £5.99 and is on sale now from Leeds Building Society, 78 Paragon Street, Hull HU1 3PW. All proceeds go to charity.

2017- A Fantastic Year for HEY CU

2017 has been such a great year for our charity and has been our busiest yet!

We have won awards, including a Weston Charity Award which granted us acceptance on the Pilotlight Programme. This programme paired us with highly respected business experts who offer advice and support with the strategic direction of the charity.

We have had two of our volunteers, Mark Stockdale and Ruth Truelove, receive British Empire Medals for their services to education and our founder Dr. John Buttrick received an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Another of our volunteers won Volunteer of the Year at the Hull Daily Mail Golden Apple Awards.

In November, our Director Natasha and Partnership Manager Rose had the honour and privilege of having lunch with Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to Hull.

We were lucky enough to have three projects funded by Hull 2017.  Our Song for Hull project with the NHS choir and our Children in Care Visual Celebration event were both funded by the Creative Communities grants. Our Digitull project was funded by the No Limits programme and meant that every child in the city had the chance to engage in the City of Culture celebrations.

We also ran two additional City of Culture projects with the support of local businesses. Arco supported our BBC Reporters project which saw children become official BBC correspondents for the Hull 2017 events. ABP funded the “I Love Hull” Container Project which gave local children the opportunity to have their artwork printed on a container that will embark on a trackable journey around the globe.

We also released our very first Christmas single which has reached over 60,000 people!

Even though we have been so very busy, we have still managed to reach 6,000 local children this year and we hope to reach even more children in 2018.

We would like to thank our trustees, tutors, volunteers, partners, donors and friends for all of your support this year.

We wish you all a fantastic 2018!

BP inspires local children with HEY CU

HEY Children’s University and BP have formed an exciting new partnership which saw sixty-five children from across Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire come together at the University of Hull to take part in a Science Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) event.

Working alongside BP professionals, the HEY CU team and volunteer mentors, the children learnt about the array of career opportunities available at BP, hearing first hand from staff as they gave an overview of their day jobs including reliability, chemical and mechanical engineers to recruitment specialists. The children then took part in three activities including:

Forces, Motion and Bloodhound SSC, learning about the land speed record and its history, the children went onto conduct their own experiments.

Team building, focussing on the art of communication, job roles and responsibilities to complete a build out of Lego.

Ex’straw’dinary Engineering, children created an oil platform out of straws and marshmallows to create a structure. The two strongest structures from each school went forward to a live experiment during the afternoon lead by Professor Mark Lorch. There was an air of excitement as schools went head to head to see whose structure was the strongest.  Pupils from Oldfleet Primary School were announced the winners and received a Go Pro Camera.

Mark Lorch, Professor of Science, Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Hull said, “Working in association with HEY Children’s University and BP, put science and engineering into real life context as the children met scientists and engineers as relatable role models who demonstrated these subject areas are accessible for all, using everyday items including Lego, straws, marshmallows and paper. Science and engineering is not just about learning facts and figures, it’s also about problem solving, teamwork and communication.  We are all driven to make the subjects fun and exciting for young people, to inspire them for their future and the opportunities available.”

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY CU said, “Working in partnership with BP Saltend and the University of Hull, gave the children the opportunity to experience a new learning environment that they can aspire to be part of in the future. The event highlighted leadership skills and children discovered new talents by taking part in the activities. They also enjoyed meeting real life engineers and working with them throughout the day. We are looking forward to building upon this experience to involve more young people in 2018.”

 

A visit from Santa!

Last week, it really was the most wonderful time of the year at HEY CU as we arranged for Santa Claus to come to town for our Breakfast with Santa visits!

Santa and his HEY CU elves took a sleigh ride and visited 5 schools to give deserving children a Christmas that they would never forget. The children had no idea what was about to happen when our team of smiley elves knocked on their classroom door.  “Here comes Santa Claus” the children cried, as Santa himself walked into the classroom shaking a set of silver bells.

Santa asked the children if they would like to sit and have a special Christmas breakfast with Santa (provided by Tesco Hull St Stephen’s) and the children were very happy to accept!

After the children devoured their Christmas treats, they had a fantastic time rockin’ around the Christmas tree with Santa and his elves as Christmas music rang around the room.

Then, all was calm as the children sat to hear Santa tell them a festive tale, “The Best Christmas Present Ever!”

Just when the children thought their wonderful Christmas time couldn’t get any better, Santa asked them if they would like some presents! The children squealed with delight as the elves carried through sacks full of presents with the children’s names written on them. It really did feel like Christmas time!

Each child was given a gift and asked to sit quietly until Santa shouted the words “open them!” The children couldn’t believe their eyes as they unwrapped exactly what they asked for from Santa!

Then it was time for Santa and his elves to say farewell and drive home for Christmas to finish packing all of the presents for the children of the world.

Thank you to J Marr Seafoods, Pamela Gale, Hinks Insurance, Sonoco Trident, MKM,  Hays Recruitment, Beal Homes, Northern Gas Networks and Denise Morgan for sponsoring the presents for the children. You really did make it a fairytale for them.

Merry Christmas everyone! From everyone at HEY CU.

To find out more about Breakfast with Santa please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQUUEMmB7yM&t=6s

 

 

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