All posts by Martin Craven

A new ‘homely’ pre-school has opened in the Avenues

‘It’s important for us to give first class quality care to children and that is what we will do’

An Avenues nursery which has been nurturing children for 30 years has opened a new pre-school in a church hall.

Rainbows Nursery already has a centre in Salisbury Street, west Hull, but a second pre-school setting at St Ninian’s Hall in Chanterlands Avenue will open its doors on Monday. Continue reading A new ‘homely’ pre-school has opened in the Avenues

Voluntary Sector Values and Public Service Delivery

Stephen Kimberley a Masters student at the University of Hull is  carrying out research into the impact of delivering public services on the values of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations as part of of his dissertation.

A key part of this research involves capturing the opinions and experiences of organisations and he would like to invite you to complete a short online survey which will take 5 minutes to complete.

Views from all types of organisations are invited including those who do not deliver public services. The survey should be completed by one person on behalf of your group or organisation.

The survey is confidential and the answers you provide will be reported anonymously. Data will be kept confidential and password protected in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. You are free to withdraw from the survey at any time

If you would like to take part in this survey please click on the link below:

A summary of the results of the survey will be produced and publicised later in the year. If you have any questions about the research please contact Stephen at:

Major Study of the Charitable Sector in Yorkshire and The Humber Published by Durham University

Yorkshire and the Humber is a big region with a big heart, says a new research report on the charitable sector. Funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the survey of over 1,000 charities shows that there are 341,700 people who regularly volunteer in Yorkshire – giving over 24m hours of work each year. If paid average wages, it would cost £297m to replace them.

The voluntary sector makes a big economic contribution too. Yorkshire’s 10,250 Charities employ 85,000 full-time equivalent staff and the value of their wages alone is £1.8bn. Continue reading Major Study of the Charitable Sector in Yorkshire and The Humber Published by Durham University