Underdog International and Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University are looking for volunteers and their dogs to run therapy sessions in schools.

Do you have a dog that loves children?

Do you have a well-behaved dog and would like to give back to children in need? Then we have a volunteering opportunity for you!

Underdog International and Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University are looking for volunteers and their dogs to run therapy sessions in schools.

If you’d like to apply, you need to:

  • Be able to volunteer a minimum of one afternoon or morning every week or fortnight for a minimum of six months from January 2023.
  • Have a dog that has the potential to become a therapy dog (well-behaved and good with children).
  • Be available on November 3, 4 and 5, plus December 2 and 3, for interviews and dog training.

The deadline to apply is Friday 23rd September

Visit www.theunderdog.org/become-a-therapy-dog

NB. Training is provided free of charge. You will receive a volunteer kit and graduation certificate upon successful completion of training, plus full insurance and further advice when school visits commence.

Hull’s Funniest Festival gets new pupils

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University are joining forces with The Hull Comedy Festival this year, to host a Joke Box competition as part of the festivals 15th Anniversary events and charity partnership.

The Joke Box Competition is to find the funniest joke teller from the children and schools that the charity work with. HEY Children’s University strive to raise the self-esteem and aspirations of young people by developing and providing unique learning experiences that they otherwise may not have. The partnership will help the young people who take part to build their confidence, develop communication and presentation skills and hopefully, providing some big belly laughs for the city.  

Schools will be given the chance to showcase the comedic talents of the pupils, providing an opportunity for children to learn the basics of stand-up comedy performance and develop their own jokes. The competition will select the 12 best original jokes across five schools, culminating in a live performance as part of the city’s funniest festival in November. Crowning The Joke Box winner in front of a specially selected comedy panel, with friends and family to cheer them on, a limited number of tickets will also be available to the general public.

Who will be crowned with the Funniest Joke award as part of the HEY Children’s University Joke Box Competition?

VACANCY: (Maternity Cover) Children in Care Programme Coordinator


Children in Care Programme Coordinator- Hull and EY Children’s University

Salary £15,000 pro rata (3 days a week) £25k per annum

Start Date: 7th June 2022

Closing date for applications: 23rd May 2022

Interviews 30th May 2022

Maternity cover

Job description:

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University is a charity that aims to raise the aspirations, confidence and resilience of disadvantaged children by providing them with experiences that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

The charity has a team that works with children living in foster care to provide unique and bespoke experiences around the interests of these children. All of these experiences are delivered during the holidays and on weekends.

As our current Coordinator of the Children in Care programme will be going off on maternity in June, we are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic professional to take on this role over the maternity period.

The successful candidate must have experience working with Children in Care and must have experience in leading an educational trip.

The role is 3 days a week. During the school holidays most of this time will be spent leading trips. In term time the role involves the admin and planning around the trips. The role will also involve some weekend work from time to time. Holidays should be taken during term time.

The key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Organise and deliver our experiences, ensuring that looked after children 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
  • Work with social workers and foster carers to engage children in the care system
  • Build positive and effective relationships with the Virtual School for Looked After Children
  • Work with children individually or in groups ensuring that activities cater for their individual and collective needs and that all children have equal access

There will be a period of shadowing the current Children in Care Programme Coordinator from the start date.

Please email your CV and covering letter to heycu@hull.ac.uk


Giacom become Gold Partners of HEY CU!

 Pictured: LtoR Rose James, HEY Children’s University, Rhiannon Beeson, Chief Marketing Officer, Giacom.

Tech business Giacom has teamed up with Hull Children’s University to open the eyes of youngsters to exciting futures in their home city.

The company – best known as the name on Hull City’s shirts – has joined with the charity to raise the aspirations and improve the prospects of primary school children.

Under the new partnership, 90 children will visit cloud technology services provider Giacom’s offices in Hull over two days this spring to learn about the industry-leading business and the wide range of exciting and rewarding careers it offers.

The children will meet team members, including software developers, technical support specialists, network engineers and marketers, and find out what their jobs involve.

Giacom’s HR team will also carry out mock interviews with the youngsters to give them an early insight into how they can seize the opportunity for a fantastic career in their home city.

Based at Priory Park, west Hull, Giacom is one of the region’s fastest-growing businesses and a star performer of Hull’s booming tech scene.

Giacom employs around 90 people, most of them from Hull, and is passionate about supporting the local community in the city where it was founded and has prospered.

Rhiannon Beeson, Chief Marketing Officert Giacom, said: “As a local company, it’s very important to all of us at Giacom to give something back to the community.

“Hull Children’s University does amazing work with children right across the city, so we jumped at the chance to partner with them and lend our support.

“We’re really looking forward welcoming the children to our offices and showing them the wide range of fantastic career options open to them when they’re older. We want them to enjoy themselves, but it’s also important they take something tangible away from the experience.

“Businesses like ours, which are centred around cloud technologies, are the future and we’re hoping we can sow a seed, inspiring these children to pursue their careers in our sector.”

As a leading provider of cloud services to IT companies, multi award-winning Giacom has helped thousands of small and medium-sized businesses across the UK to grow by making best use of world-class technology.

It has become a Gold sponsor of Hull Children’s University and staff from Giacom will also accompany another group of children for what will be, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London.

Giacom will take a class of up to 35 youngsters selected by Hull Children’s University on a tour of some of the capital’s top landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street, this autumn.

Rhiannon said: “We were really excited when we heard we’d have the chance to take the children to London. Some of them have not even visited Hull city centre before, never mind the capital.

“It’s really important to us to be able to help provide the children with experiences they wouldn’t otherwise enjoy and learn from. We can’t wait to see their faces light up as we show them the sights.”

HEY Children’s University aims to build the confidence, self-esteem and aspirations of young people living in areas of high deprivation in the city by providing them with a diverse range of experiences outside the classroom.

Rose James, Director of Development at the charity, said: “We’re so grateful to Giacom because it’s partnerships like this with leading local businesses that allow us to reach and support more of the most disadvantaged children across Hull.

“The visit to Giacom’s offices will be an invaluable experience for the children and will hopefully help some of them fulfil their potential and have exciting, rewarding careers when they’re older.

“Some of these children might not have any knowledge or experience of the world of work, so won’t be aware of the amazing opportunities available to them with companies like Giacom.

“This will be a real eye-opener and something they’ll remember forever. I’d love to think that a few of them might come back for job interviews in years to come because of this experience.”

Giacom is also using its position as Hull City’s Principal Club Partner to create more never-to-be-forgotten experiences for local youngsters and their families.

Giacom is providing 100 tickets to children and their families supported by Hull Children’s University for the Tigers’ home match against Cardiff City on Good Friday, April 15. They will be treated to a special matchday experience, including goody bags and Easter eggs delivered by club mascots Roary the Tiger and Amber the Tiger.

Joe Clutterbrook, Head of Commercial and Marketing for Hull City, said: “This is just another example of how seriously Giacom takes its role in the community. We’re very proud to be working with such a great partner and I’m sure the Cardiff game will be a lot of fun for everyone.”

ABP Continues as a Platinum Partner of HEY CU

Associated British Ports (ABP) continues as a Platinum Partner of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University.

ABP is supporting the charity as it works to ensure children attending school in some of the UK’s most deprived areas, have access to amazing opportunities to help them discover new interests and talents, whilst building self-esteem and confidence.

Across the pandemic the charity had to pause its usual programme of engaging activities and events, to ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds had support in other ways. During 2020 and 2021 the charity delivered 8,759 wellbeing packs and education packs, along with 817 laptops and tablets to local families, ensuring children could access their school’s remote learning programme during periods of lockdown.


Photo: Rose James, Director of Development at Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University and Simon Bird, Director at ABP Humber (plus Charlie the mascot!)

Simon Bird, Director at ABP Humber, said:

“I really commend the team and their volunteers for the incredible support they gave to families across the pandemic. There is no doubt that the Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University team have made a huge impact on the lives of many disadvantaged children. ABP is delighted that we are able to continue to support the charity with their vital work, both in Hull and the East Riding.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University Director of Development, Rose James said:

“ABP has been one of HEY Children’s University’s Platinum Partners for several years. The past couple years have been tough and thanks to partners like ABP, we are still able to work with the same number of children that we were working with prior to the pandemic, totalling nearly 8,000. Without their continued support, working with that many children would have been out of our reach.

As part of their sponsorship, ABP will be sending 30 children on an experience of a lifetime to Edinburgh, where they will stay the night. They will also be welcoming the children back to the Port of Hull, where they will learn all about ABP’s Humber Ports, and how important the Humber Estuary is. We also hope to start up our annual Humber Cruises again in the next year.”



About ABP 

ABP, the UK’s leading ports group is Keeping Britain Trading with 21 ports and other transport related businesses, creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

We are driving growth, contributing £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year and supporting over 200,000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to further increase our contribution to regional economies around the UK.


ABP is also an essential partner for the Offshore Wind industry, providing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for over 50% of the sector’s activity, as well as investing in infrastructure to realise future renewable energy generation.


ABP in numbers:

  • ~ 90 million tonnes of cargo handled each year
  • 5,000 hectares of port estate owned
  • 1,000 hectares of open storage
  • 4 million square metres of covered storage
  • 87km of quay
  • > 1.5 million vehicles every year
  • ¼ of the UK’s rail freight generated
  • > £55 million investment made in low emission and renewable energy generation technologies


VACANCY: Part Time Experience Leader/Tutor

HEY Children’s University Tutor

PART TIME (3 days per week/term time only) – Fixed Term

£12.50 p/h

Start Date: 6th September 2022

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University is recruiting!

We are hiring a part time Tutor to work with all our targeted schools in Hull and the East Riding.

The role of HEY CU Tutor will be to deliver quality and effective learning experiences with primary schools across Hull and the East Riding. The HEY CU Tutor will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of our learning experiences, supporting volunteer mentors, and ensuring our school programme systems are adhered to.

To be considered for this role, you must have experience with children primary aged. You must be fully flexible, as this role will involve some evening and weekend work.

You’re right for us if you are ambitious, intelligent, sociable, down to earth, practical, and kind; and you are a smiley person with a positive attitude. Experience in the voluntary sector is desirable but not essential. You must have a vehicle that is reliable and insured for business purposes and a full UK driving license. You must be committed to delivering high standards in everything that you do and be highly organised and efficient. Our multi-award-winning charity provides a supportive work environment with a fantastic team that is diverse and fun to work with. Work satisfaction is high and the job is diverse, challenging and exciting.

Please note our recruitment process takes place over two sessions on separate dates: a group session with shortlisted candidates invited to a one to one interview. The group session will take place on Wednesday 4th May and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews on Wednesday 11th May. The start date for the role is Tuesday 6th September 2022.

Closing Date for CVs and Covering Letters: Wednesday 27th April 2022

To apply for this position please email your CV with a covering letter to jessica.gibson@hull.ac.uk or post FAO Jessica Gibson, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, Swale House, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX.

If you have any questions about this role then please feel free to telephone Jessica Gibson, Service Delivery Manager on 01482 466045.


Getting muddy to raise some money!


Supporters of HEY Children’s University and some of the HEY CU team took part in Get Caked on the 13th March to raise money for our charity.

The challengers took on 5 miles of muddy obstacles around the beautiful grounds of Sledmere House, including hay bales, tyre tunnels and the Sledmere Slide!

Teams from local businesses such as Hull Trains, H&H Agency, MKM and Pace Communications took on the course and all raised fantastic amounts on their fundraising pages.

An incredible £4,571 was raised for HEY Children’s University from the event!

Get Caked 2023 is taking place on Sunday 17th April 2023 and you can sign up here: https://www.dovehouse.org.uk/getcaked/?bbeml=tp-YJ_u-4kuBEKR7lrSGfuzUw.jh83lC6JehESX_J5RT-pv6A.rOadjHnmk9ESHW057suCeOg.lq_o7N6uRvEmYhkrad-BNWQ

Give the gift of a book this World Book Day

Did you know that almost 10% of children living in Yorkshire and the Humber don’t own their own book!

The joy of reading is something that many of us take for granted and something that some children simply don’t have the privilege of accessing to at home.

We are running a Go Fund Me to raise £1000 so that we can help children who don’t own a book receive one. Please go to:


Every penny raised will go towards buying a book for a child. You’ll be able to see photos on our social media channels on World Book Day March the 3rd of children getting books at school to take home.


Many thanks for your help.



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.”


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