Meet our Spotlight Partner Organisation: Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University

Meet our Spotlight Partner Organisation: Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University

We recently held a coffee and cake afternoon for our Spotlight Partners, who generously donate £950 +VAT or more a year to support our programme of cutting-edge drama and inclusive community engagement.

Taking place on our first floor, representatives attended from Rollits, For Entrepreneurs Only, PDR Construction, Humberside Airport, Alessandro Caruso Architecture and Unite the Union.

Also in attendance was Natasha Barley, Director of our partner organisation, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University. We had a chat with her to find out how the Spotlight scheme benefits this crucial charity and the children that it supports.


Hi, Natasha. First off, can you tell us a bit about the charity?

One in three children in our city grow up in poverty, with a quarter living in out of work households. Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University helps these young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them opportunities to improve their life long-term. We currently work with 66 primary schools and 6430 children during the 2017/18 school year, as well as 203 children in foster care.

Our offerings include a range of engaging learning experiences that support the National Curriculum, such as Space Scientist for a Day; Kip on a Ship, where the children get to sleep on the HMS Belfast and learn about wartime history; and a night setting up camp beneath the dinosaur at the Natural History Museum.

We also run the Letterbox Club, a unique reading programme for looked after children; Breakfast with Santa, delivered every December with the help of local businesses; and Charlie’s Surprise, Surprise, which shares joy with children who have been through difficult times.

There are so many ways for individuals and businesses to get involved with HEYCU, so we invite everyone to get in touch on 01482 466045 or email


How do our Spotlight Partners help HEYCU?

Each Spotlight Partner enables 35 tickets to be donated to HEYCU to attend Hull Truck Theatre’s annual Christmas production.

Last December we brought children in foster care to see the show, which is something they’d never experienced before. They came with their carers and many were joined by their siblings, making it a wonderful day out at a very special time of year.

The calibre of Hull Truck Theatre’s Christmas production is always very high and we receive brilliant feedback from the kids. This is especially encouraging because if they engage with the arts when young, they’re far more likely to carry this on into adulthood.

We believe that all children should get to see beyond the end of their street, so the Spotlight scheme is the perfect way to show them how exciting, creative and magical the wider world can be.

You can find out more about Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University at and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Become a Spotlight Partner

If your organisation would like to develop its brand identity and CSR activity whilst directly supporting Hull Truck Theatre and the local community, please get in touch with Davide Calogero, Director of Development, on 01482 488294 or email We’re also part of the Catalyst: Evolve programme, which means that every pound you give is matched by Arts Council England. 

Spotlight Partners receive the following benefits over 12 months, available from £950 +VAT:

  • 10 VIP TICKETS & HOSPITALITY: Enjoy the VIP experience at a Hull Truck Theatre produced show of your choice, including pre-show drinks, the best seats in the house, and the opportunity to meet our creative team. Ideal for entertaining clients or marking a family celebration.
  • 10 COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS: Make theatre part of your cultural life with an annual allocation of 10 Band B tickets for a Hull Truck Theatre production of your choice, which can be used at your convenience. Perfect for social events or staff rewards.
  • 35 BE THE BRIDGE TICKETS: 35 tickets will be donated in your name to our Give the Gift of Theatre scheme, enabling schools and community groups in disadvantaged areas of Hull and East Yorkshire to access our Christmas production. A meaningful way to give something back to your local area.
  • 2 OPENING NIGHT TICKETS: Enjoy the opening night experience for all Hull Truck Theatre productions. Ideal for business-to-business networking, raising your brand profile and seeing the shows first.

Opportunities also exist for longer term arrangements for naming parts of the building, offering maximum visibility to 50,000 audience members a year. For more information about corporate packages and relationships, please contact Davide Calogero on 01482 488294 or email