Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As we are dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic (also known as Covid-19), we can see that there is a lot of information that’s becoming available. We will keep you updated via this page as much as we can.

This page aims to direct you to the information that is available, and to help fill some of the gaps.

We have now opened our COVID-19 History in the making competition, find out more at

We have updated our website with an interactive map that shows services still running at this time. Find out more at

Please note that this information is correct at the time of being made available.

Updates form ERVAS

You can visit our news page to see a copy of each of our weekly updates, these can be found at:

Launch of ‘Request Help as a Local Organisation’ service from the VCS Emergencies Partnership
Over the last few weeks, ERVAS, has been working with the national VCS Emergency Partnership to assist with establishing, developing and managing the ‘Request Help as a Local Organisation’ service, ERVAS is supporting as a Local Liaison Lead.

The service has now launched across the North and organisations can use an online form to request support when local support organisations are unable to find the solutions required.

Find out more

Key information sources

In your Community

The Coronavirus Community Support Hub: East Riding ( – launched on 19th March, this hub is a positive response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. It offers a platform where communities can connect, get involved, stay informed and take care of their health and wellbeing.

East Riding Charity Support During COVID-19 Facebook group – if you are part of a charity / voluntary sector organisation this peer support space offers a chance to air challenges, explore solutions and receive peer support when it counts

Information on Volunteering


NHS Volunteer Programme update and guidance

NHS Volunteer Responders have been mobilised to help support vulnerable individuals who are self-isolating. Priority will be given to those identified as most at risk from COVID-19 and asked to self-isolate at home for an extended period, and to those who health practitioners and local authorities consider to be vulnerable. The volunteer initiative is being delivered by NHS England and NHS Improvement in partnership with Royal Voluntary Service and enabled by the GoodSam Responders app.

Read more online here.

Covid Mutual Aid

Find out how to support in your local area at:

Neighbourhood Watch

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is seeking volunteers that would be willing to set up or join local Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is a scheme where neighbours, the police and local partners come together to build safe and friendly communities. Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators play a key role in sharing information between residents and the police.

More information about this scheme is also available on our website here:


NCVO have released some information about how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
This information is available at:

NCVO have also released a blog to share how they are continuing to provide support to charities and volunteers and this can be found on their website here:

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance on Data Protection for Community Groups in response to COVID-19. It can be found here:

Online Volunteer Training

Communities Prepared – Public Health Emergencies Training
With the world battling the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and increasing levels of fear and uncertainty, harnessing the power of community action has never been more important. Across the world communities are adapting in the face of adversity.  Communities Prepared has developed training resources to help Community Emergency Volunteers and spontaneous local groups better understand public health emergencies and their potential role in supporting community resilience at this time.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH)
This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.  The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.. This link may be useful to share with your volunteers (formal or informal groups):

What should we do?

At all times it is important to follow the advice provided by the Government and the NHS and so please visit their websites to check on the latest advice.

  • People who are concerned they are suffering symptoms that may be due to Coronavirus can use the tool on the NHS 111 website in the first instance where possible to check what they should do.


  • Display copies of the Workplace Handwashing and Hygiene Poster prominently in public areas and in the toilets of your building. You can get a copy here: Workplace Handwashing and Hygiene A4 Poster (PDF)
  • Make sure you have supplies available for people to wash and dry their hands in line with the advice on the Poster and that clear advice is visible.
  • Ensure there are signs up notifying people whether they can access the building or not and how to contact you/access your services by phone/email

Information about Online Fraud and Scams


Wash your hands of coronavirus scams! The Friends Against Scams training has been updated to include information on coronavirus scams – complete it here:

Victim Support share advice on scammers and fraudsters

Victim Support has published two guides, one for individuals and one for groups, with practical tips and advice on how to be alert to scammers and fraudsters during the coronavirus pandemic. You can download both guides below:

Home working: preparing your organisation and staff

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published guidance to help organisations and individuals prepare to work from home during the coronavirus crisis.As organisations will be encouraging more of their staff to work from home, new cyber security challenges are arising. This includes using new software, logging into online collaboration tools and the risks arising from lost devices, as well as phishing emails relating to coronavirus.

You can read this guidance here. The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has also very kindly shared its guidance for home workers, which you can find here.

Finally, check out this useful list of online tools compiled by Charity Digital News, which could really help you and your teams work remotely.

Other useful information:

Advice to Organisations

Advice to businesses which will be relevant to organisations employing staff:

Advice for Trustees:

Advice for those operating in a health and social care setting:

A full list of Goverment guidance:

DBS Guidance

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has some guidance to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus including updates on sick leave; managing finances and planning for staff/volunteers to work from home:

NESTA: How can we support the voluntary and community sector as they respond to COVID-19.

Good Finance: Resource hub for charities and social enterprises:

ACAS: Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees
ACAS have provided some very useful guidance for employers and employees, please follow the link for more information:
Furloughing Staff
You may be considering furloughing your staff due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have provided some information and a template letter on our website which is available at:

Funding Information

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Charity Finance Group CFGFunders come together to commit to supporting the voluntary sector 
Coordinated by London Funders, a number of funders have shared a joint statement on their commitment to supporting those that they fund at this time.

The CFG have put together Coronavirus Guidance on their website which is being updated daily. They are covering immediate updates and vital topics including funding, continuity, insurance, employment law and advice. They are also working hard alongside other sector bodies including NCVO, ACEVO, ACF, IoF, CAF and AIM, and their corporate partners, to answer urgent questions.

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)

Many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and the NLCF want to support those they fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.

Please click here for the latest statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund, on their website

To help compensate for the economic damage caused by these measures, the UK government are making specialised budgets and emergency funds available to those organisations that need it most. These budgets translate, among other things, into new or adapted financing programs and funding schemes.
The GRANTfinder news section will keep you updated on which funds and extra support have been announced to counteract the impact of the outbreak:

£1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief

The £1 million Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis personal charity fund to help those affected by the coronavirus.Small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities can apply now for a grant of between £5,000 and £20,000 for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects in the UK.

Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more. The hope is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks, and thus the focus is on supporting projects that are up and running, or are in the process of being set up.

Please note the funding is only for specific coronavirus projects.To find out more and apply please visit:

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Coronavirus Community Fund
The Coronavirus Community Fund has been established to support community groups through this unprecedented time.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.

To find out more and apply please visit:

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

To find out more and apply please visit:

Sport England – Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

To find out more and apply please visit:

Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children in England and Wales can apply for small sums of unrestricted funding to assist them during this difficult period.

In response to the current pandemic, this funder has changed the application guidelines and processes for its spring application round with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized charities, which may need extra assistance at this time.

The deadline for applications is 28 April 2020, with grants to be awarded as soon as possible after the closing date.

To find out more and apply please visit:

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Here are some suggestions about how to look after your health and wellbeing during this difficult time:

Advice around working from home – My Whole Self guide

Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone. Find out how to recognise the signs and where to get help.You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it’s important to tell someone and remember you’re not alone.For more information visit:


SafeLives have developed specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID – it includes some good advice and links for both professionals and families around Domestic Abuse.

EU citizen registering for GP services

Please see the message below from Hull CCG advising how anyone who needs to register with a GP, including non UK citizens, should do so.It would appear we may be coming across EU citizens who have come over for a short period are seeking GP registration.

Please can we advise people to:-

  • Register with their local GP- to avoid pressure on one surgery
  • People can find their local GP via NHS Choices website- find GP – enter their post code which will bring up local GP (Visit
  • People register with some GPs on line, others may be require people to download a form and send in to GP- instructions will be on website

This will apply to anyone who needs register with a GP as well as EU citizens – this may include BME & gypsy and traveller communities.

Information for Young People

ERVAS Launch New Virtual Youth Hub

Here at East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), we have recently developed a new Virtual Youth Hub to provide young people with a space to connect with other young people. We have included the following sectios:

To access the virtual youth hub, please visit

Humberside Police Recruiting Police Cadets for 2020

Calling Future Volunteer Police Cadets! Humberside Police are looking for young people aged 15 and 16 to apply for their new 2020 intake. If you think you would like to get involved apply now! Visit:

New Website launched by UKYouth and the NYA

UKYouth and the NYA have pulled together to launch a new web resource for the youth sector. 

#YouthWorkSupport is now live and accessible for our sector to access. The site has been developed to provide a SINGLE point of access for information for youth workers and those working with young people. Some resources have been rapidly developed by both teams at their organisations as well as by partners. A massive collaborative effort to support our sector to meet the challenges young people will face over the coming weeks and months due to COVID-19.

Young Minds: Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

If you are self-isolating or social distancing because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health. Here are some tips that may help.This information can be found at:

Childline: advice and support
Read Childline’s guidance, or head to their Calm Zone for a range of activities to help if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

If you have any questions, or ideas on other information that it would be useful to add to this webpage, then please contact:

Devan Witter on

Or contact our main office on 01482 871 077 or email