Senior Project Officers Katie Hamshaw and Helen Oades have been sharing their experience of working with South Yorkshire Futures to expand the Children’s University project across South Yorkshire. Katie and Helen told us:

“The South Yorkshire Futures programme has been pivotal in enabling us to realise our vision for having a Children’s University in every area of our region. The support we have received has enabled us to spend time building on our experience from managing Sheffield Children’s University, to engage stakeholders, develop partnerships and excite children, families and schools about the potential for bringing the brilliant, positive impacts of Children’s University to new areas. Through South Yorkshire Futures, we were able to secure funding from the Sheffield City Region and Elected Mayor, to continue our work beyond our pilot year.

Having worked in collaboration with colleagues in Rotherham, we have established a brand new CU centre there, and our work continues as we support the development of a further new CU centre in Barnsley as well as supporting the existing CU centres in Sheffield and Doncaster. We’re looking forward to developing some fantastic collaborative South Yorkshire Children’s University strategies and projects, and of course to continue celebrating the success of CU members across the region, like the very exciting graduation ceremony we held in Sheffield in November.”