HEY CU and NGN Take Reading on the Road

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University and Northern Gas Networks have teamed up on an exciting new project which will help inspire a love of reading for children living in the Care System.

Friday 12th November saw the official launch of the van at Bridlington Spa in the presence of VIP guests.

Northern Gas Networks has been one of the charity’s corporate partners for the past 8 years and has been instrumental in helping the charity to grow and reach a greater number of children.

HEY Children’s University applied for Northern Gas Networks’ Vulnerability and Carbon Monoxide Allowance funding, which is provided by Ofgem for all gas distribution networks.

Their proposal was to fund a reading camper van which would solve the problem of limited 1:1 reading space in some schools. HEY Children’s University delivers a reading intervention programme called the Letterbox Club in which children in care receive a monthly letterbox parcel filled with books.

The HEY Children’s University Letterbox Tutors visit the children at their school and hold reading sessions with the children to help them to progress and develop a love of reading. The tutors work specifically with looked after children in year groups 3 to 7 and visit them on a weekly basis. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a quiet spot to sit and read inside school when there are many distractions, so the van (kitted out as a perfect “reading corner”) provides a space to do this. The children can even choose to read outside the van on one of the beanbags!

The van will also be used for HEY Children’s University to deliver carbon monoxide awareness sessions in school.

 

Natasha Barley, Director of HEY Children’s University said: “We have such an amazing partnership with NGN. NGN identified that literacy and employability were key issues to address in Hull and the East Riding. The reading van will help us ensure that children in care are able to access their reading sessions.

“The sessions take place for up to three years and children finish the programme at expected reading age or above which in turn helps them to achieve academically and go on to gain qualifications and employment.

“It’s also very important for children to be educated about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the sessions delivered in schools across Hull and the East Riding will ensure that children are educated about this important issue. We’re very excited about this new initiative and look forward to seeing the van in action changing lives.”

NGN is the gas distribution network for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Cumbria, transporting gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses across the region.

Ensuring children stay safe and know about the dangers of carbon monoxide is one of their key priorities. The HEY Children’s University tutors will travel around Hull and the East Riding to deliver these important sessions to schools.

Mark Horsley, CEO of Northern Gas Networks said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be part of the Reading Van project, supporting children and young people in communities across Hull and East Riding.

“Developing these early skills is vitally important when we think about the workforce of the future, and ensuring young people are equipped with the tools they need to build careers and flourish in years to come.”

 

Partner Spotlight: INEOS Acetyls

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University is delighted to announce INEOS Acetyls as a Silver Partner of the charity.

In January 2021, the Hull-based business was acquired from BP by global chemical company INEOS to become INEOS Acetyls. INEOS Acetyls is the largest producer of acetic acid, acetic anhydride and ethyl acetate in Europe. These chemicals are used in everyday products such as pharmaceuticals, household cleaning products, textiles, paints, detergents, nail varnish remover, packaging and many more items.

The INEOS group comprises 36 businesses with 194 sites in 29 countries throughout the world. INEOS also encompasses consumer brands and sports interests including the INEOS Grenadier, the brand new 4×4, hand sanitiser brand INEOS Hygienics, and fashion brand Belstaff. INEOS’ interests in sport encompass ownership of the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team, OGC Nice and Lausanne Sport football teams, and part-ownership of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team. INEOS also supported Sir Ben Ainslie’s bid to win the 36th America’s Cup.

Beyond business and sport, INEOS supports and leads a wide spectrum of charitable work, including the establishment of the INEOS Oxford Institute for AMR research opened to help tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistance.

The partnership with our charity started 4 years ago and over the course of it, we have been able to inspire young children into STEM related subjects by delivering a yearly STEM day at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC).

Working with staff and Children’s University mentors, children learnt about the diverse array of STEM career opportunities available.

The STEM days have been extremely successful and have inspired hundreds of local children to consider going into STEM related careers, as some of their comments demonstrate:

“Today was amazing. My favourite bit was using spaghetti and marshmallows to make a structure to see if it would hold a certain amount of weight, and also winning the drone, but I also just loved learning new things.”

“I will become a scientist after today! The best bit was the teamwork, learning about the bloodhound car and then having the chocolates; they were delicious. (YUMMY).”

Rose James, Partnership Manager at HEY Children’s University outlined the plans for the partnership with INEOS Acetyls: “We are so grateful to INEOS Acetyls for their support, and we can’t wait for the next STEM day which will take place in 2022. These days give the children aspirations that they otherwise might never have and give them a new dream to follow with a belief they CAN achieve it.”

Ellie Westwood, Communications Lead at INEOS Acetyls, said: We’re delighted to support Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University again. Our STEM inspiration day is a really wonderful way of helping children from our local area learn, experience and discover more about the world of science and engineering, as well as the opportunities for future jobs in the local area.”

 

Virtual Experiences Before Back to School!

Last week, we received a lovely email telling us that our virtual experience resources had been really useful and thoroughly enjoyed by two young boys named Luke (9) and Ben (7).

These resources prompted Luke and Ben to do some research to see if they could find even more virtual experiences to share with other children. They came across the following site and wanted to “pay it forward” and let other children have the chance to take part in them too: https://www.titlemax.com/articles/road-trip-from-home-virtual-field-trips/

We would like to say a big thank you to Luke and Ben for finding these resources and we hope that lots of children get to enjoy the fantastic virtual experiences on offer!

VACANCY: Children’s Healthy Lifestyle Coach (8 hours a week)

HEY Children’s University Lifestyle Coach

HEY Children’s University is a charity that aims to raise the aspirations, wellbeing and resilience of children living in the most disadvantaged areas of Hull and the East Riding.

We are recruiting for a Lifestyle Coach to deliver Fitness and Healthy Lifestyles sessions in our primary schools. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about health and fitness and would like to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of children in Hull.

The role is term time only, for one day a week (preferably Fridays). The successful candidate will deliver the sessions in a maximum of 2 schools in a day and will design a programme that will be delivered over a 4 week period for each school group.

Applications with a covering letter to be sent to n.banke@hull.ac.uk. Please note that we will not shortlist applications that do not have a covering letter.

Start date: 17th September

Closing date: 23rd July

Interviews: WB 26th July

Salary

£100 a day

Hours

8 hours – one day a week (Term time only)

Person Specification

Essential

  • Own car
  • Full clean UK Driving License
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to establish rapport with young children
  • In depth understanding about importance of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle
  • Experience in running fitness sessions to a group
  • Self motivated and methodical in organisation
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Team player with a flexible attitude

Desirable

  • Experience in delivering sports activities to young people
  • Sports science or Personal Training qualification

Reports to CEO of HEY Children’s University

Main Accountabilities

  • To create, coordinate and and deliver fitness and healthy lifestyle sessions in primary schools.
  • Support the HEY CU CEO in the achievement of the Charity’s aims
  • Maintain confidentiality of information according to the Data Protection Act and the HEY CU own Data Protection Policy.
  • Ensure that HEY CU’s commitment to safeguarding, child protection and the welfare of children is rigorously enforced across all activities.
  • Undertake any other duties assigned which are commensurate with the role.
  • Undertake all duties in line with HEY Children’s University’s Health & Safety Policy
  • Show a commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices

Partner Spotlight: ABP Humber – Platinum Partner

ABP Humber have been long term Platinum partners of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University (HEY CU) and their support has had a huge impact on our growth over the past 6 years.  In this time we have been able to reach an increase of over 500 children every year thanks to the support of partners like ABP.

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator with a network of 21 ports across Britain

ABP handles around one-quarter of the nation’s seaborne trade, contributing £7.5 billion to the economy every year and supporting 119,000 jobs. ABP also operates one of the UK’s busiest rail terminals at Hams Hall in the Midlands.

Both of our organisations are passionate about inspiring the next generation into rewarding careers and we have worked together on some transformational projects.

Since 2014 we have delivered our annual Humber Cruises every year (sadly on hold since the pandemic), taking 60 primary school children a day on a 4 hour cruise along the Humber on the Yorkshire Belle vessel. Whilst on the cruise, the children hear a live commentary which tells them all of the amazing facts about the Humber Estuary and the businesses around it. They also learn sea shanties and even have the chance to write their own! ABP very kindly host the Yorkshire Belle for the week and provide a pilot for the boat.

We have also been able to deliver our P&O and ABP experience to children on a regular basis. The children spend half of the day on board the Pride of Hull, touring the ferry and learning all about the jobs on board. They then board a coach and a member of ABP staff takes them on a fascinating tour of the ports and how important they are to our region.

Some of the children living in Foster Care are given the most magical Christmas experience on board the Humber Christmas Express, thanks to ABP. For most of these children it was the first time they have been on a train and the first time they had ever left Hull. The children are treated like VIPs whilst on board, with a delicious 3 course meal whilst they take in the scenery. They then spend the day in London, visiting attractions and taking the tube for the first time!

We were extremely grateful for the additional fundraising events that ABP staff have supported HEY CU with. In 2019 ABP chose to support us with their entry to the Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby.  Kind-hearted staff based at the Port of Hull raised over £1,400 for HEY CU and were awarded Best Corporate team and overall second place with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds. With the help of Drury Engineering, they built the kart from scratch and already have plans in place for the next event!

ABP continues to support HEY CU as a Platinum partner, and has also sponsored additional projects such as our Doorstep Elves Christmas appeal and the 2017 City of Culture container project. Here are a few words from ABP about our Partnership:

ABP PARTNER VIDEO

HEY CU Shortlisted for the HEYPIBA21 Team Impact Award

The Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University team are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Team Impact award at this year’s Hull and East Yorkshire People In Business Awards (HEYPIBA) for our work during the pandemic.

Lockdown brought major concern for the welfare and safety of vulnerable or disadvantaged children. We were inundated with calls for help for thousands of children whose circumstances do not meet the threshold for social services intervention but who are vulnerable and would be greatly impacted by school closures. In addition, there were concerns for children of key workers who were showing signs of emotional stress because parents where at the front line. So, we redesigned our services to respond to the crisis and set about putting together educational resource packs including books and games to support learning, paper, pencils, crayons, and games which were then hand delivered by our volunteers to thousands of children who are at risk.

Over the past 12 months we have secured, packed, and delivered –

  • 2,266 educational packs to children in KS2 who were falling behind in education and were unlikely to have learning materials at home because of household poverty.
  • 3094 wellbeing packs to children in KS2 to support their mental health and wellbeing including children of key workers such as nurses who were showing signs of worrying about their parents who were on the front line. These packs were designed to support their emotional resilience.
  • 1,182 Letter Box parcels to children in KS1 to support their education and development.
  • Hundreds of food parcels at Christmas to families living in poverty.

So, whilst this is not what we normally do, working with dozens of volunteers, we received, packed, and delivered over 6,500 educational and emotional support packs to children across Hull and the East Riding. This included over 45,794 individual books, games, learning materials and resources which without HEY Children’s University, would never have been purchased and delivered.

And then we went into a third lockdown in January with all children sent home for months with a national outcry about disadvantaged children who do not have access to online school learning resources because of a lack of IT and access to the internet.

We took up the mantel again after cries for help for 850 children in Hull and launched a campaign to harness the spirit of the community to help. Through the campaign we secured all 850 devices through grants, donations from the public both of cash but also donations of devices and from business. We raised £62,000 in six weeks to help with this, and all 850 children were given brand new or cleaned and reconditions devices and over 100 children also received dongles to give them internet connection. Volunteers drove all over the city collecting the devices, delivering them to the IT company and then delivering them to children.

We have kept thousands of children safe, engaged, fed, and learning during lockdown despite not being able to deliver our usual programme of experiences.

The HEYPIBA awards will take place virtually on the 9th July. Wish us luck!

 

 

Northern Gas Networks and HEY Children’s University take their partnership on the road!

Van design created by BENDOWSON.COM

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University and Northern Gas Networks, the gas distributor for the North of England, have teamed up on an exciting new project which will help inspire a love of reading for children living in care
HEY Children’s University is a charity that aims to raise the aspirations, self esteem and resilience of disadvantaged children. The charity works with more than  7,000 children a year, providing them with experiences and interventions which they otherwise wouldn’t have access to, such as supported reading.
Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has been one of the charity’s Platinum corporate partners for the past seven years and has been instrumental in helping the charity to grow over the years and reach a greater number of children.
HEY Children’s University applied to NGN  for a grant from the energy industry regulator Ofgem’s  Vulnerability and Carbon Monoxide Allowance with a proposal to fund a reading camper van. The idea is that the van would be able to solve the issue of reading space in some schools being limited to one-to-one sessions. HEY Children’s University delivers a reading intervention programme called the Letterbox Club in which children in care receive a monthly letterbox parcel filled with books.
The HEY Children’s University Letterbox Tutors visit the children at their school and hold reading sessions with the children to help them to progress and develop a love of reading. The tutors work specifically with looked after children in year groups 3 to 7 and visit them on a weekly basis. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a quiet spot to sit and read inside school when there are many distractions, so the van (kitted out as a perfect “reading corner”) provides a space to do this. The children can even choose to read outside the van on one of the beanbags!
Natasha Barley, Director of HEY Children’s University, said: “We have such an amazing partnership with NGN.
“NGN identified that literacy and employability were key issues to address in Hull and the East Riding. The reading van will help us ensure that children in care are able to access their reading sessions. The sessions take place for up to three years and children finish the programme at expected reading age or above which in turn helps them to achieve academically and go on to gain qualifications and employment. It’s also very important for children to be educated about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the sessions delivered in schools across Hull and the East Riding will ensure that children are educated about this important issue. We’re very excited about this new initiative and look forward to seeing the van in action changing lives.”
The van will also be used for HEY Children’s University to deliver carbon monoxide awareness sessions in schools. NGN supplies gas to 2.7 million homes across the North of England, and ensuring children and their families stay safe and know about the dangers of carbon monoxide is one of their key priorities. The HEY Children’s University tutors will travel around Hull and the East Riding to deliver these important sessions to schools.
Jill Walker, Social Strategy Project Manager at Northern Gas Networks, said: “NGN colleagues live and work in the communities that we serve, and it is important to us that we make a positive contribution to those communities. We work with our community partners, including HEY Children’s University, to support charities and volunteers who are making a difference. Literacy skills are an important building block for achievement in later life, so it’s great to see such a fantastic project as the reading van coming to life; especially after a year when it has been difficult for some of our most disadvantaged children to access educational support.”
HEY Children’s University and NGN hope to have the van on the road by the autumn, for the start of the new school year.

The Making Dreams Raffle- Get your tickets now!

The Making Dreams Raffle is here!

We are very excited to launch our “Making Dreams” online raffle which is raising funds to send a class of children on a London Experience next year. ENTER HERE: https://gyfters.com/hull-childrens-university-charity…/

Gyfters is a site which helps charities host their raffles. They are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
We have over 30 AMAZING prizes to be won:
1. Gin Hamper with 4 gins plus mixers and glasses (donated by Richard Hammond Price)

2. The Humber Street Hamper- Bottle of Gin from Humber Street Distillery Co, a potted plant from, Plant & Paint, a Poster Puzzle from Form Shop & Studio, a £35 voucher for Atom – Hull and a bottle of wine.

3. 1ltr Smirnoff Vodka – donated by Sonoco Trident
4. 70cl VAT 69 Whisky – donated by Sonoco Trident
5. £20 Bohemia Boutique Voucher with Bohemia Boutique Clip – donated by bohemia boutique
6. Bohemia Boutique Clip Scarf – donated by bohemia boutique

7. £50 Beauty Clinic Voucher – donated by The Beauty Clinic. Cottingham

8. Decléor Romarin Officinal Daily Hand Wash Scrub and Decléor Néroli Bigarade Bath & Shower Gel – donated by The Beauty Clinic. Cottingham

9. Decléor Strengthening & Hydrating Kit – donated by The Beauty Clinic. Cottingham
10. Claire West Print Cushion donated by Claire West Painter printmaker
11. Claire West set of greeting cards and 4 coasters donated by Claire West Painter printmaker
12. £50 The Triton Inn restaurant voucher (1)
13. £50 The Triton Inn restaurant voucher (2)
14. £20 voucher for Zolsha Indian restaurant at Howden
15. Prosecco from Flourish and Prosper in Howden
16. £20 Morrisons voucher from Morrisons Brough
17. Meal for 2 voucher for Beefeater The Kingswood
18. Wine and nibbles hamper (1)
19. Wine and nibbles hamper (2)
20. Cosy night in hamper
21. Pink beauty set
22. Pamper hamper (1)
23. Pamper Hamper (2)
24. Pamper Hamper (3)
25. Prosecco and Beauty hamper
26. Luxury Nibbles hamper (1)
27. Luxury Nibbles hamper (2)
28. £10 voucher from Langlands Garden Centre – Shiptonthorpe
29. £20 voucher from Gilberdyke Garden Centre
30. Hamper from Waitrose Willerby
31. £40 for The Greek Princes Avenue
32. £20 Food voucher (1) for Half Moon Skidby
33. £20 Food voucher (2) for Half Moon Skidby
34. Giant penguin teddy
35. Giant Dog teddy
36. Large Teddy bear
37. Scentsy gift set with 3 solid melts, body wash and hand cream.
38. Sessions House Spa Beverley £30 blowdry voucher
Entries are just £1, discounts for multiple entries (see raffle page for details).
Collection preferred but we can deliver if necessary. The charity can only deliver the winners prize(s) to a Hull address. If a winner resides outside of Hull the winner is to arrange collection of the prize from the charity. For your safely, prize collections will be inline with COVID safety protocols.
All Terms and Conditions are available to read on the raffle page.
Thank you to our fundraising committee for arranging these fantastic prizes.
GOOD LUCK!!

Take on the #CaptainTom100 challenge for HEY Children’s University!

Take on the #CaptainTom100 challenge for HEY Children’s University!

DO IT YOUR WAY! WHAT’S YOUR 100?

New fundraising initiative over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend of Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May to celebrate his life and amazing achievements 

Captain Tom 100 invites people all over the world to take on a challenge
based around the number 100 to raise funds for charity

Following the outpouring of heartfelt messages since the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore on 2 February, his family pledged to celebrate his life with an event that everyone, in the UK and around the world, could be involved in. That event is the Captain Tom 100 and HEY Children’s University is proud to be inviting our supporters to take part.

HEY Children’s University, like many other charities, has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s had a catastrophic effect, with the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income.

Captain Tom 100 offers HEY Children’s University supporters, of all ages and abilities, the the opportunity to raise crucial funds for our charity, while at the same time celebrating Captain Tom’s generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions, and his sense of fun.

 How it works

It’s so simple. All participants need to do is dream up a Captain Tom 100 challenge based around the number 100 and do it at any time and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend – starting on Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.

The challenge could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem, flipping 100 pancakes – anything at all, inside or out.

Once supporters have chosen their challenge, they can fundraise or donate to HEY Children’s University, and share their 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100 

Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received since my father started his record-breaking fundraising walk and that his message of hope was shared with the world. Captain Tom was very proud to be able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation. We know he would love the idea of inviting everyone to get involved and share their Captain Tom 100 so that together we can ensure ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’. We look forward to celebrating with you on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend – it’s going to be fun!”

Set up your #CaptainTom100  Fundraising page for HEY Children’s University here: https://captaintom100.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/captaintom100/getinvolved.jsp?charityResourceId=a91191de-b1f6-4250-af3a-c6bbd03aaf41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10k for £10k: Our founder is on a mission to give back. Here is his story…

 

Dr John Buttrick MBE founded Hull Children’s University in 1996 when he was Deputy Head at Francis Askew School. John realised that nurturing children’s individual talents and interests really had an impact on their self esteem and in turn, their ambitions for the future. So he left teaching and created Hull Children’s University.

In 2015, John unfortunately had to retire due to illness and leaving the charity in such sudden circumstances broke his heart.

6 years on and John is  back to fitness and raring to go! Now he wants to say thank you to everyone who supported Hull Children’s University over the years by raising money with a 10K run. Here is John’s story:

Hi Everyone

It’s John Buttrick here, probably you don’t remember me but I founded Kingston upon Hull Children’s University way back in the mid nineties.

Sadly I had to retire in 2015 due to ill health but so delighted it continues to flourish.

My illness was diagnosed as vasculitis , inflammation of the blood vessels leading to the brain. It wasn’t until around four years later that I fully recovered. Almost two of those years were spent on my sofa with various other ailments setting in.

I became severely depressed and my mental health was in tatters. Lost the sense of balance so couldn’t walk properly, my speech became slurred and I was devoid of energy and put on two stone in weight. I was a mess with self esteem and confidence rock bottom. I didn’t even have the bottle to go outside!

My recovery was gradual due to several experiences and support none more so than my wife Lesley and daughter Nikki who became my rocks.

Other close friends and colleagues gave their support too and the acquisition of a pet dog, Poppy who persuaded me to take her for walks played a significant role in my rehabilitation and mindset change.

Then one day I received a letter from Buckingham Palace to inform me that the Queen wished to award me an MBE in her Birthday Honours list for my services to the Children of Hull.

I can still feel the shivers sprinting up my spine, I felt humbled yet elated. It certainly gave me an emotional and psychological lift and it became a pivotal moment in my recovery.

With my brain beginning to function ,my anxiety and depression starting to lift, I managed to escape my sofa and began walking again but with an unstable balance. I was still not fully recovered when I received my MBE from Prince William.

Perhaps the most powerful force in my progress was when my daughter Nikki persuaded me to return to the gym!

I was extremely anxious as I stepped through the doors as I was out of condition and my inside was pumped with medication . However since that day I’ve managed to turn my life around by working out and running almost every day.I had a period of uninterrupted gym activity but then Covid came along !

I’d been isolated through my illness for almost four years and now shielding at home due to my Extremely Clinically Vulnerable status. My Mycophenalate medication reduced my immune system to a very low level of resistance and if being hit by the virus my only survival was to keep myself fit, healthy and strong.

In order to solve the problem of not being able to attend the gym I created a makeshift one in my garage! Never missed a daily session in my quest to become super fit ! Cross Training, cycling, weight lifting, mat exercising and running when Boris said I could take some outdoor activity!

Luckily I’ve kept my fitness training as a priority in my life and it’s become a daily activity.

Confidence and self esteem are back in tact and I’m looking forward to coming out of lockdown and enjoying the life I had prior to 2014 again.

I had to retire from my post as Director of Hull Children’s University so didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye and thank all the hundreds of children and grown ups for their support of the innovative educational venture.

So now it’s payback time!

From hardly being able to walk to running and training daily, I’m going to run this years Hull 10k and hopefully gain sponsorship in order to support HEY CU!

I will also donate to Alzheimer’s Research as I’ve watched my mum and many others in care homes deteriorate and lose their identity.

I would be grateful for any sponsorship contributions towards young people at the start of their lives and those dementia sufferers towards the end of theirs .

Thank you

Dr John Buttrick MBE

If you would like to support John’s efforts, you can make a donation here: Virgin Money Giving | My 10K challenge

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