Sheffield City Mayor pledges thousands to Children’s University

By Noah Martin and Jack Pearce

A national children’s charity will receive thousands of pounds from Sheffield City Region Mayor, it has been announced today.

Dan Jarvis has pledged £95,000 of his Mayoral Capacity Funding to the Children’s University, who work with schools across the country to encourage participation in extra-curricular activities.

“Helping to improve life opportunities for all of our young people, to enable them to realise their full potential, is an absolute priority for my Mayoralty,” he said.

“I believe it’s so important that young people from all backgrounds get the opportunity to benefit from this fantastic project.”

The Children’s University said they will spend the money on opening two new universities, in Barnsley and Rotherham, and on improving the existing Doncaster centre.

Children participating in the project build up a number of activity hours and attend a special graduation ceremony when they achieve the target.

The Sheffield Children’s University, run by Katie Hamshaw and Helen Oades, is the largest in the country and the money pledged today will support it’s expansion across South Yorkshire.

“Through my work at Sheffield Children’s University, I have seen first-hand the positive and lasting impact it has on attainment, self-confidence and aspiration for children and young people.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Dan Jarvis and the Sheffield City Region to extend Children’s University and its benefits across South Yorkshire,” Katie said.

Dan Jarvis praised the university and said he was delighted to fund its expansion across South Yorkshire.

“Helping to improve life opportunities for all of our young people, to enable them to realise their full potential, is an absolute priority for my Mayoralty.

“During my visit to Saint Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, the children told me that taking part in Children’s University activities out of school has helped them to learn new skills, make new friends and widen their range of experiences.

“I believe it’s so important that young people from all backgrounds get the opportunity to benefit from this fantastic project.”

The expansion is supported by Sheffield Hallam University’s social mobility programme and South Yorkshire Futures.