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).



URGENT APPEAL – Stop the Digital Divide

Stop the Digital Divide

The digital divide is having a serious impact on children accessing online learning during the pandemic. Society’s most vulnerable children are falling even further behind because they don’t have a device at home to access online lessons. Please help Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University make sure that every primary school child in Hull and the East Riding has a laptop or tablet. We have contacted all the schools we work with in areas of deprivation and they need a total of 865.

We also want to provide dongles so that the children have the wifi connectivity they need to access the lessons. All money raised will go directly to buying devices and dongles for children.

How your funding will be used:
£179 buys a Chrome book for a child
£44.99 buys a data dongle with 15GB which can be topped up

If you have a used laptop or tablet that is less then five years old, in working order and has the charger these can be donated to the charity. We will have the hard drive wiped and the device factory reset to be given to schools to distribute to families. Drop offs of devices can be made to 65 Salmon Grove, Hull, HU67SZ on Wednesday mornings 8.30am to 12. Please ensure you are wearing a mask when you drop off your device. If you’d like us to collect your device please email us via our website www.hullchildrensuniversity.com and we will arrange a collection. Or you can also post your devices to Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, 65 Salmon Grove, Hull, HU67SZ

Our go fund me page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-stop-the-digital-divide?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

The Doorstep Elves are coming!

From left: Charlotte Bramley, Rose James, Tommy Coyle, Natasha Barley and Jo Coates during the 2019 Christmas drop offs


For many children, Christmas really can be “the most wonderful time of the year”: The excitement of leaving Santa a mince pie on Christmas eve, the thrill of opening presents on Christmas morning and the delicious Christmas dinner that follows!  But for some children, Christmas is something that they only see happen to other people, or in the movies.

Christmas is expensive and some families do not have enough money to have a Christmas, and this year there will be many more families struggling as a result of the pandemic.  There are children in Hull who won’t receive a single present on Christmas day, even though their families would love to be able to give them a gift.

Hull charity HEY Children’s University and Tommy Coyle’s Coyle Sports Community have teamed up to bring the magic of Christmas to those children who otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas.  They have created “The Doorstep Elves” scheme where they will be visiting the doorsteps of deserving families to bring them presents and the ingredients to make a wonderful Christmas feast.

Tommy and the HEY Children’s University team delivered Christmas presents and food to families in need last year, but this year they saw the need to make the scheme something much bigger.

Tommy said ‘Lots of people have been saying “Christmas is cancelled this year”- well not in my city! HEY Children’s University and Coyle Sports have got the backs of these families after such a shocking year for us all. Christmas is a time for giving, not receiving and we will do everything we can to help’

The Doorstep Elves will deliver the treats to families that were nominated by their local communities through the Children’s University.

The HEY Children’s University team set up an Amazon wish list with gifts ideas for the children and supporting businesses purchased items on the list for a specific child. The purchased gifts will be sent to the Doorstep Elves team to wrap up and label for each family.

The charity also set up a Go Fund Me page which received over £1000 worth of donations from the general public which will go towards buying gifts.

The local businesses that have purchased gifts or made donations towards gifts are Phillips 66, Harris Lacey and Swain, Westcot Credit Services, ABP, BP, Sauce and C4Di.  Cranswick Country Foods have donated meat products for the Christmas dinners and Morrison’s Beverley are donating the vegetables and gravy. Supporter of the charity Rikk Hammond-Price has donated a selection box for every child to enjoy after their Christmas dinner.

Marine Rescue Technologies Ltd have given the Doorstep Elves the use of a large space at their Beverley headquarters for the presents to wrapped and sorted into sacks to take to the families. The company have also sponsored presents for the children.

Natasha Barley, Director at HEY Children’s University said “This has been a challenging year for all of us and some families have suffered terribly with parents losing their jobs. They are now worried about how they are going to provide a Christmas for their children. This gives us the chance to help families have a magical Christmas and bring some much-needed cheer. Christmas is a time for giving and kindness and I think this is a lovely way to help families in need over the holidays.”


Give the gift of a DREAM this Tuesday!

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University is thrilled to announce that we’re one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on the 1st of December.

Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to #GiveBack2020 either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused dramatic repercussions around the world. According to CAF research, charities have reported a significant increase in demand for their services while more than half (53%) have suffered a drop in donations. Charities estimate they will see a £10bn funding gap and without help many may be forced to close their doors.

HEY Children’s University is a charity that provides unique and sometimes life changing experiences to children who are growing up in areas of disadvantage. Many children grow up having never ventured much further than their own street and never get the opportunity to discover their own special talents and interests. Some of them spend their childhood never having a dream. HEY Children’s University gives children the chance to dream.

In 2019 #GivingTuesday was the top trending item on UK Twitter and generated more than 487m impressions. In the UK, more than £14.2 million was raised in online donations (via Visa alone), equivalent to almost £10,000 per minute.

Rose James, Partnership Manager at HEY Children’s University explained why it is so important to give this year: “The pandemic has had a huge impact on working class families and many are finding themselves in poverty. Sadly, there has also been a spike in the number of children going into the care system. That means there are more local children that need our help than ever before. This year has been tough, but even the smallest donation will make a difference.”

Gráinne Mathews, #GivingTuesday UK Lead at the CAF, adds:

“Charities have given us so much this year, from vital food deliveries during lockdown, to developing new ways to deliver services so they could continue to help those in need; all while struggling themselves with cancelled fundraising events and closed charity shops.

“This #GivingTuesday charities need us to be there for them, like they’ve been there for us. It is time to #GiveBack2020. It’s easy, just think of what you have – money, a voice, family, friends, followers, or time – and how that might help.”

To find out more about #GivingTuesday, and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/


HEY CU Welcomes New Trustees

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Trustees: Ashley Smith and Kate van der Sluis.

Kate is a Managing Partner at Humber HR People and brings a wealth of knowledge about HR to the charity. Kate has a BA English & Psychology, 1997, FRIP – Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Practitioners. She has 20 years’ experience as a Recruitment Manager and Director across Yorkshire: her particular passions are employer branding and marketing; leadership and management development and connecting businesses and organisations to work together: she is passionate about the strength of collaboration and partnerships. Kate had this to say about the work of HEY CU and joining the board “I feel passionately about the work you do at Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University. As a Mum, a kid from a council estate in Bradford, an ex-nearly teacher and now in my career working with employers and their staff, I see first-hand the impact of interventions for children at a young age and the difference it makes to their aspirations and achievements later in life. I can think of no other charity we would rather support.” With Kate joining she also brings over 120 years of HR experience with the wider team at Humber HR People also providing support to the charity. 

Kate will be taking the place of Dickie Donovan, Group People Director at William Jackson Food Group, the charities current Trustee with a background in HR. Dickie has decided to find work closer to home so that he can spend more time with his family. Dickie will be greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck. 

As a charity we want to ensure that we are as diverse as possible and represent our beneficiaries heritage in our volunteers, team and Board of Trustees. We wanted to ensure that we have some younger board members hence the addition of Ashley Smith, Product Manager at Ideal Standard and 2020 winner of the Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30. 

In 2017 Ashley was selected as part of the Ideal Standard ‘Emerging Talent’ programme with eleven colleagues. In 2019 this gave him the opportunity to travel to Malawi for 10 days, in partnership with one of Ideal Standard’s new house build customers, Miller Homes, and their chosen charity, Habitat for Humanity. While in Malawi he built homes for three families giving him a new found passion for charitable work leading him to express an interest in becoming a Trustee for HEY CU. Ashley said “I feel it’s important to develop the city’s future adults and give them opportunities they may not otherwise have. I have always learnt best by doing. Some of my best childhood memories are school trips, where learning was made enjoyable and sociable. HEY Children’s University have been delivering some fantastic projects for some years and it would be a privilege to play a part in the development of this fantastic charity.” Ashley brings youth and enthusiasm as well as six years of marketing experience to the charity and we are 
excited that he is part of the team.

We continue to evolve the mix of Trustees on our Board. We do a yearly skills audit of our trustees to ensure that have the right mix of expertise. Although we are currently not recruiting Trustees we welcome expressions of interest from people of all backgrounds. These can be emailed to Natasha Barley Charity Director n.banke@hull.ac.uk

GET CAKED! Will be back in 2023

Are you ready to GET CAKED? Join the muddiest challenge in East Yorkshire and raise money for HEY CU. Climb, crawl & slide through 5 miles of muddy fun in the beautiful grounds of Sledmere House. NO RUNNING NECESSARY AND MOST OBSTACLES HAVE THE OPTION TO PASS IF YOU WOULD PREFER NOT TO TRY THEM.  It’s just £25 to register (GET 21% OFF if you sign up in January) and you just need to commit to raising a min of £40 in sponsorship. The event is organised by Dove House Hospice so a percentage of your registration fee will go to them, 100% of your sponsorship money will go to HEY CU.


This is a challenge that even total novices can take on.

It will be such a fun experience, so get a few friends together and take on the challenge to make a difference to local children.  It would make a fab corporate team building activity too!


Check back later when we announce the new date for 2023!

NHS Hull CCG Funding for 500 Well-being Packs

Since the nationwide lockdown measures were introduced in late March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University have been working tirelessly to ensure the 7000+ vulnerable children in the region are supported in their education and wellbeing.
A confusing and unsettling time for many children in our area, we have sought to help ease anxieties and bring some normality to lockdown-life by providing wellbeing packs designed to help with school work as well as mental health and wellbeing. Now a further 500 packs can be produced due to sponsorship by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Natasha Banke, Director, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University said: “We know this is a very stressful time for children and families, so we’ve put together a handy pack full of brilliant resources to be delivered by schools to those who need support in our city the most.”

“Although the packs have some of the items you might expect like coloured pencils and books, we’ve also made sure to include items to help support mental wellbeing too. This includes mood cards, which can help children talk about their feelings, a stress ball, a ‘happy, confident me’ journal and ‘un-worry me’ and ‘Un-Hurry me’ books – two great resource for children to understand and process their emotions.”

Emma Latimer, NHS Hull CCG Accountable Officer said: “It is so important that we support children to understand their emotions in what will have been one of the most difficult times in their lives. The pandemic, associated fear and huge cultural changes to our way of life haven’t only affected us adults, but children too. As resilient as they can be, it is easy to see that they would need some extra support with their feelings and emotions right now.”

The packs will be delivered to 500 local children in the next few weeks; they’ll also include child friendly information around aspirations and NHS careers, something incredibly important to Emma.

Emma continued: “One silver lining to what has been a simply tragic time has been how enthusiastically the public have got behind the NHS. In Hull we want to ‘grow our own’ future workforce so it felt right to share some aspiration raising information about how children can become a part of our future NHS family, along with the wellbeing packs. We hope one of these booklets, coupled with the national and local pride for the NHS, sparks the imagination of a few children to become our next set of NHS heroes.”

Finally, Emma added: “Being able to support 500 vulnerable children in our city through these packs means a lot not only to me but my CCG team too. I’m so grateful of all the work Natasha and the Children’s University team are doing to try and make this worrying time easier for local children.”

Visit attractions VIRTUALLY!

Many of the world’s most popular museums, attractions and galleries are now offering virtual tours, exhibitions and live cams that you can experience from the comfort of your home!

Why not visit the Taj Mahal as part of your home Geography activities? Or visit London Zoo to learn about some of the animals.

We have put together a list of some of the best. Happy home learning!

JOB VACANCY: Children in Care Letterbox Club Coordinator

Letterbox Club Coordinator (Hull)

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: 1st September 2020 

Closing date: 15th May 2020. Interviews May 19th and 20th

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University are looking for a friendly, positive and self motivated person 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).

The successful candidate will either be a Qualified Teacher or Senior level Teaching Assistant and will have experience in carrying out reading assessments with primary school aged children. They will also ideally have some experience in working with Children in Care.

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 equal opportunities employer.

To apply please send a COVERING LETTER AND CV indeed:  https://www.indeed.co.uk/viewjob?t=children+care+letterbox+club+coordinator&jk=2e684518a5815449&_ga=2.251523717.2012527450.1583489292-272389062.1570618883

Get Caked! for HEY CU

Are you ready to GET CAKED? Join the muddiest challenge in East Yorkshire taking place on the 25th April and raise money for HEY CU.

Climb, crawl & slide through 5 miles of muddy fun in the beautiful grounds of Sledmere House. NO RUNNING NECESSARY AND MOST OBSTACLES HAVE THE OPTION TO PASS IF YOU WOULD PREFER NOT TO TRY THEM.  It’s just £25 to register (£20 if you sign up in January) and you just need to commit to raising a min of £40 in sponsorship. The event is organised by Dove House Hospice so a percentage of your registration fee will go to them, 100% of your sponsorship money will go to HEY CU.

This is a challenge that even total novices can take on. We know this because the HEY CU team will be getting muddy with you! Natasha, Rose, Chris, Liz, Amy, Maria, Carol and Vicky will all be completing the course and we would love for you to join us!

It will be such a fun experience, so get a few friends together and take on the challenge to make a difference to local children.  It would make a fab corporate team building activity too!

All that you need to do is sign up via https://www.getcaked.org.uk/ and select Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University as your charity. You can select what time you would like to start (we are doing it at 12pm if you would like to be in the same group as us) and all of the information will be sent to you.

We will see you there!

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