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 a.mercer@hull.ac.uk

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.”

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