VACANCY: Children in Care Letterbox Club Tutor

Children in Care Letterbox Club Tutor (Hull) full time

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: 12th April 2021

Closing date: 4th March 2021 – Remote interview 9th March 2021

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University are looking for a friendly, positive and self motivated person who loves working with children and loves reading 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).

*Due to COVID 19 the reading sessions can be done virtually. Any sessions done in schools will be socially distanced and PPE worn at all times. We aim to have all sessions face to face again in September*

The successful candidate will either be a Qualified Teacher or Senior level Teaching Assistant with at least a year’s experience in carrying out reading assessments with primary school aged children. Some experience in working with Children in Care is desirable.

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 inclusive employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds, including LGBTQ+ and BAME applicants.

To apply please send a COVERING LETTER AND CV to  Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

ThingSIM help HEY CU get children online


Our Digital Divide campaign to provide vital equipment to children who are unable to access online lessons has been given a major boost.

Hull company ThingSIM is donating Wi-Fi dongles with their own specialised SIM cards to the Stop the Digital Divide appeal run by Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University which aims to provide laptops and Internet access for primary school children. The equipment will be distributed by schools who have identified pupils in need.

ThingSIM will be providing 85 dongles initially and will cover the costs for all of the data used by the recipients.

The special SIM cards are protected by ThingSIM’s advanced security platform and will restrict children’s Internet access to educational resources to assure online safety and allow the schools to meet their safeguarding obligations. The company, which is based at Hull’s C4DI, has just been launched by entrepreneur Chris Byrd, and provides connectivity and management solutions for businesses using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University has been raising money via a GoFundMe page with a target figure of £20,000. At the time of writing, nearly £13,000 had been generated and the equipment was starting to be delivered to local schools. We are also asking the public to donate old laptops and tablets which will be ‘wiped’ of all data.

Natasha Barley, HEY Children’s University director, said that there were many families without Internet access meaning that disadvantaged children were getting left further behind due to COVID-19.

“The donation of the WiFi dongles is exceptionally generous for a fledgling business and it provides us with a very straightforward solution for the schools which have requested equipment. We want to say a massive thank you to ThingSIM.”

Chris Byrd said: “As someone who has made technology my career, I find it unthinkable that so many young people have no Internet access resulting in isolation and lack of opportunity.

“These children are our future and we want to do our bit to enable them to participate in online school lessons, research and homework. Education is a basic right which should not be denied to them due to this pandemic.

“ThingSIM has a unique set of security capabilities which are normally used for large commercial IoT deployments, and we are very pleased to have been able to adapt the platform to ensure children using our connectivity service can be kept safe whilst online”

Chris Byrd started ThingSIM to help SMEs take advantage of the huge potential of smart device technology. The company is able to provide global, secure connectivity and can offer solutions that bypass the public Internet.

Natasha Barley added: “It’s our job as a community and as a society to do our bit to ensure these children are not marginalised, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated, and to ThingSIM for providing this perfect solution to providing essential connectivity.”


ABP renew their Platinum Partnership with HEY Children’s University


Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University is delighted to report that Associated British Ports (ABP) have renewed their Platinum Partnership for another year. ABP are Pioneer Partners of the charity, having supported us for a number of years and have been Platinum Partners for the past 2 years.  As Platinum Partners, ABP are one of our charities main sponsors and allow us to continue to deliver our work so that we can help some of societies most vulnerable children.

Our charity was unable to hold fundraising events in 2020 due to the pandemic and this meant that we took a huge hit financially. The effects of the pandemic also mean that many more children are living in poverty and sadly, many more children are going into the Care system. The support of ABP means that we can continue our work and reach the children that are going to need our help.

About ABP Humber

The Port of Hull is the UK’s leading softwood timber port and the focus of the offshore wind sector on the Humber, the UK’s energy estuary. The port hosts regular ferry and container services connecting mainland Europe, and beyond. Multi-million pound investment in the Hull Container Terminal has cemented Hull’s position as a leading gateway for trade, offering reliable and resilient supply chain solutions. Adjacent to the port, the Humber International Enterprise Park is one of the largest development sites in the UK.

The Port of Hull handles approximately 10 million tonnes of cargo, amounting to around £12 billion in trade each year. As well as containers, ferry travel and Ro-Ro, Hull specialises in handling forest products and a range of bulk commodities. Hull is also home to the UK’s first fully-enclosed cargo-handling facility for weather-sensitive cargoes such as steel and bagged products.

A key gateway on the UK’s busiest trading estuary, the Humber, the Port of Hull supports 12,000 jobs and contributes over £800 million to the economy every year. ABP’s continued investment in infrastructure, equipment and systems, ensures the Port of Hull is capable of delivering the supply chain solutions our customers need.

The Port of Hull has a team dedicated to safely delivering the highest standards of customer service, ready to work in partnership to help our customers’ businesses to grow.

Partnership with HEY Children’s University

HEY Children’s University is passionate about giving children the opportunity to see different industries and places of work. We have worked in collaboration with the ABP team to put together an ABP experience to follow on from our visits to P&O ferries. The children are taken on a coach tour of the ports whilst the knowledgeable staff from ABP tell the children interesting facts about the different areas of the ports.

For the past 6 years, HEY CU and ABP have worked together to deliver the annual Humber Cruises for local children. Many children in Hull have never seen the Humber, let alone sailed on it, so to cruise along the river really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 60 Children a day board the Yorkshire Belle vessel and embark on a 3 hour cruise along the Humber, hearing a running commentary all about the businesses along the Humber and how important the estuary is to the rest of the country.

As Platinum Partners, ABP will also be funding a Kip on a Ship Experience for a class of local children (once restrictions have been eased and our experiences are resuming).



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