Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 01.10.21


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 01.10.2021


ERVAS Services Update

Events & Training
We currently have a number of events listed on our website calendar brought to you from various voluntary sector organisations within the East Riding. You can find full details of events and training on our dedicated websites:

Want to find a new role in the Voluntary Sector?
There are a number of voluntary sector organisations recruiting for new staff members within our area. We have details of some of these roles on our website.  You can view the roles, or even add your own role.

View and apply for jobs in the voluntary sector


Another chance to win!
There is so much to be won in the Your charity lottery scheme, we are giving away 2 Large Domino’s pizzas to a lucky winner who signs up in support of ERVAS before 20th of October. This is on top of the chance of having the opportunity to win a guaranteed prize of £1,000 each week 80 weekly prizes of £10 and the rollover which can reach £10,000!

All you have to do to be in with a chance is sign up, cross your fingers and win! Each £1 entry helps us to continue our work and community projects, so everyone is a winner.

Win a £100 donation
Fundraising website easyfundraising puts the easy back into fundraising by enabling your voluntary organisation, non-profit, charity, or CIC to earn donations when your volunteers and supporters are shopping online. easyfundraising works with over 5,900 retailers who will donate to your organisation, to say ‘thank you’ when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. We’re all shopping online anyway, so why not make it work in your favour? Plus, if you register before 31 October, your organisation will go into a draw to win a £100 donation.

Register here

**Deadline extended** Free Governance Support
Are you a voluntary or community organisation looking to the future and considering changes you might need to make in your organisation?

Want to get some free one-to-one support?

  • Does your board operate effectively?
  • Do you have skills gaps in your board or management committee?
  • Are you concerned about your role or responsibilities as trustees?
  • Do you know what ‘governance’ means?
  • Fancy grabbing one of a limited number of places to receive support between now and February 2022?
Applications now open – Apply online

The deadline to submit your application has now been extended. Due to a number of requests the new closing date for applications will be Thursday 7 October at 5pm.

New AAT Essentials Courses

We are pleased to share that our new AAT Essentials courses are now live on our skills portal website.

The 3 new courses cover:

They can also be found on the training website here:

These qualifications are aimed at anyone working in, a role that involves dealing with costs, estimates and budgets, a role managing cash flow or looking to work in, a non-financial managerial role that requires an understanding of finance. The courses are ideal for anyone who has no previous financial training or accounting experience but requires this for their role or career, and for anyone who wants to increase their accountancy knowledge for personal reasons.

In addition to the above, we have also added the following courses to our platform:

If you have any questions about our training offer, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01482 871 077 (option 3) or email

Voluntary Sector Updates

There are a range of dedicated mental and physical health services in Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire that can help. Access the services available for you today:

An event for all leaders, managers and trustees
of VCS groups working in and around Bridlington

Free for members and non-members (please share with your colleagues and networks)
15th November 11.30am-1.30pm

Come and see the facilities on offer at Bridlington Community Hub, at this workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities for those leading and developing voluntary groups and charities operating in and around Bridlington.

This workshop and lunch for leaders of voluntary and community groups in Bridlington will introduce you to the benefits of the free HEY Confident Futures programme and will allow you to:

  • Get to know other VCS Leaders in Bridlington
  • Explore the local resources available to VCS Leaders in Bridlington (such as governance, funding, volunteering and development support)
  • Identify the local challenges facing VCS Leaders in Bridlington in 2021
  • Identify the local support needed by VCS Leaders in Bridlington into 2022
Please book your place via Eventbrite

The workshop will be followed by a buffet lunch and networking and runs from 11.30am-1.30pm. This is a HEY Confident Futures event in partnership with ERVAS and the Bridlington Community Hub.

Bridlington Community Hub is located at 2a Marshall Avenue, Bridlington YO15 2DS
There is time-limited free on-street parking nearby.

We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee (to cover costs incurred for your booking) if you cancel within 5 working days of the date of the event or if you fail to attend.

Virgin Money Giving to close in November – fundraising alternatives for charities
As you know, the team here at BHIB Charities Insurance aim to keep you up to date with the latest news and resources for charities.

As you may have seen in the news recently, Virgin Money has announced that its fundraising platform, Virgin Money Giving, is to close on 30 November 2021.

Due to the popularity of Virgin Money Giving, many UK charities may now have to consider using alternative online fundraising platforms.

To help with this, we have put together a detailed review of the most popular online fundraising platforms for UK charities to use following the closure of Virgin Money Giving – explaining exactly what each platform offers and how much they charge in fees.

Read our guide now:


The Most Popular Online Fundraising Platforms

DRIFFIELD FUN PALACES – HAPPENING OCTOBER 1st, 2nd, 3rd 2021 #DriffieldFunPalaces

This October Fun Palaces are coming to Driffield, bringing you a full programme of FREE demonstrations, talks and activities for all ages, abilities and backgrounds – showcasing the genius and creativity in our community from 27 diverse organisations and groups and including arts, theatre, dance, crafts, sports, play, and above all, FUN!

Fun Palaces is an ongoing national and international campaign, nurturing and supporting the potential and positivity of sharing people’s enthusiasms, passions, and skills with their own local community. Fun Palaces has an annual weekend of events each October – and this year we are proud to be the first ever Fun Palace in East Yorkshire.

It’s not too late to join in
King Street, Driffield YO25 6QW
Friday 1st October 2021 10am – 9pm
This Palace presents programmed arts and crafts themed activities.

52 Westgate, Driffield YO25 6TJ
Saturday 2nd October 2021 10am – 3pm
This Palace presents an enticing mix of activities, demonstrations and talks for all ages to sample and enjoy. Come along, have a chat over a cuppa, sit in the garden and see what’s on offer.

Bridlington Road, Driffield YO25 5HZ
Sunday 3rd October 2021 10am – 3pm
This Palace has a programme of sports and play activities for all ages.

The complete programme is available from Driffield Library and Town Council Offices and across town and can be seen at:

The event is being co-produced by Gillian Perry, Co-op Member Pioneer for Driffield & Surrounding Villages, Fiona Turner from Driffield Town Council and Joel Rollinson and Kimberley Palmer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council Health & Wellbeing Team.

Main contact for this event:
Gillian Perry, Co-op Member Pioneer for Driffield & Surrounding Villages
Tel: 07815 649750
Follow me on:
Twitter @GillianPioneer

Street Safe – pilot tool 

Street Safe, is a new online tool created by the Home Office. It allows the user to report Environmental (by Place/Location) and Behavioural (People) Anti-social behaviour and was commissioned as part of the recent Home Office VIAWG strategy.

It launched on 2 September and plans to run for a 3 month trial.

It is not a crime reporting tool, but a means for the public, in particular women and girls, to identify locations that they do not feel safe.  In case of emergency please call 999.

Police and OPCC colleagues will have access to the Street safe data and where local information sharing agreements are in place, shall be able to work with partners to identify any trends or ongoing non-crime concerns.

Find out more

16-25 job opportunity
What is a Young People in the Lead team?

At The National Lottery Community Fund, we continue to have big plans for making sure that the voices of young people are included in all our work, whether it’s through the grants we make, the people we influence or the things we learn.

To do this, we need a passionate team of young people to work closely with our Head of Youth
Voice and partner with us throughout 2022.

About our approach
We strongly believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery
funding is open to everyone. As the UK’s largest community funder, we’re privileged to be able to
work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.

Read more about us, how we work and the people and projects we fund.

Our Young People in the Lead impact so far
At The National Lottery Community Fund, the first Young People in the Lead (YPIL) team made a huge impact in 2020 and 2021. They worked to make sure that young people’s voices are included in all our work.

Read more about the role

Access brand new life essentials for free

Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. We redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

We have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

Our website is regularly updated with new stock so register here (no charge) to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them.

Goods can be collected directly from us, or we can arrange delivery at cost – you will only pay for transport.

If you would like more information, please call us on 0116 251 6205 between 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.

You can also send an email with any queries to

Reg. Charity No. 1105883

Volunteer Request: East Yorkshire Foodbank
Role – Foodbank helper (volunteer)
Location – Bridlington
When – Wednesday afternoons

Make a difference to the life of someone in crisis.

Role – Meet clients and give out food parcels to those facing food poverty. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support. You will be working in a small team.

Skills required – Must be a good listener and appreciate the importance of confidentiality. Experience of working with the public. Must be able to lift bags and medium size boxes full of food. Able to use the internet confidently.

Further information phone 01482 772060 or email

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
VONNE Climate Action Alliance- Going Greener Together launch

NAVCA member VONNE and other members of the VONNE Climate Action Alliance (VCAA) have been working to engage and discuss with others in the North East VCSE sector about how to create and support a movement of organisations to take climate action.

This week the Going Green Together website has been launched by the VCAA and can be found at


Contribute to a research study run by Common Vision peer researchers across the UK

Common Vision is currently running a Community Researcher training programme with a pilot cohort of young people in Sheffield, Birmingham, Stockport, London and Manchester. The researchers have designed a survey to understand young people’s experiences of COVID-19 in each city, and what communities can do to respond.

Please encourage young people in your network to respond to the survey and support our young researchers to gain valuable insights for their work.


Resources for raising awareness about COVID Pass fraud

Criminals are using the NHS COVID Pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information. The NHS app is free. The NHS COVID Pass is free. The NHS will never ask for payment or any financial details.

These resources can be used when communicating with citizens to raise awareness of scams, to encourage people to be alert and to guide people on how to get their free NHS COVID Pass. Click here to download the resources.


COVID-19 communications toolkit

Please click here for the latest version of the communications toolkit for you to use to share COVID-19 information with your communities and networks.

This week’s key messages are:

  • The autumn winter plan sets out how England will tackle COVID-19.
  • Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered one jab of the vaccine.
  • The vaccine booster programme starts next week for those at greatest risk.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

John George ‘Joe’ Gentle targeted his victim during a four-month period, billing him £30,000 for renovations to his East Belfast house that only cost £10,000. Conman Gentle charged the man for work that was wildly overpriced or, in other cases, not done at all. more

Pershore builder investigated after 10 people say he took thousands of pounds but didn’t finish work
A builder is under investigation after a group of ten people said that they had paid his company £100,000 for work but it had not been completed. more

Widow conned out of £145,000 after HSBC let her send money to Indonesia
A widow was conned £159,519 out of her life savings in a sick scam revealed to be a fake shares company in Indonesia. The ‘vulnerable’ victim, who has not been named, managed to have more than £140,000 recovered with the help of a fraud victim support office based in Berkshire. more

Owners of lost pets targeted in latest Isle of Wight scams to be aware of
An Isle of Wight resident received a phone call from a gentleman who told him that the cat had been found and had x rays and been checked over by a vet. He asked where he could collect the cat from and was told he had to make a payment first and to give his bank details. more

HSBC issues warning about banking scam that lets criminals go on spending sprees
HSBC UK have warned its customers that criminals are tricking people into disclosing their bank passcodes, giving them the ability to spend thousands in online purchases. more

Scam watch: winning a competition you didn’t enter
Being told you’ve won a competition may sound like great news at first, but think back – do you even remember entering one? more

HMRC issues urgent scam alert to Britons doing part-time work
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a warning to those undertaking part-time work, as many, particularly young people, could be at risk of falling victim to scams correspondence which claims to be from the government. more

Families hoping for caravan getaways conned by couple in ‘despicable’ scam
Families who booked holidays after seeing caravans advertised online had been caused “real heartache” when they discovered they had been conned by a couple, a judge has said. more

Which? Scam Alert

The lowdown on text scams, aka ‘smishing’

Text message scams are a big problem for consumers and it’s often hard to know which texts you can trust. Even genuine messages from businesses end up looking suspicious because sometimes they use language that panics you into taking a specific action.

This is why we’re asking businesses to adopt our SMS best practice guide, so you can spot scam texts and have more trust in business messaging. We also show you examples of legitimate text messages that could be mistaken for scams.

I’ve lost £100,000 to an investment scam, can I recover my money?’

After one Which? member lost £100,000 to a scammer posing as an official investment firm, we stepped in to help them reclaim their money. Here’s how we helped them – and advice on how to spot the signs of clone investment scams.

Beating clone investment scams

More than £355m lost to bank transfer scams in the first half of 2021
Of the £355.3m lost to bank transfer scams in the first half of the year, just £121.7m was reimbursed to victims – just 42.4% of the overall losses. Not only is more money being lost, but less money is being repaid to fraud victims.

UK Finance says fraud is ‘now at a level where it poses a national security threat’, and is calling on the government for coordinated action, and to ensure that all economic crime is brought within the scope of the Online Safety Bill.

We look at the scale of the problem and what safeguards you have to stop you from falling victim to scammers.

Tackling the ongoing ‘scamdemic’
Text scams are at their highest rate on record and over a 90-day period from May to July 2021, 53% of texts reported to the 7726 service – a free text service that enables you to report spam texts – were fake parcel delivery messages and 37% impersonated banks.

In this podcast episode, we hear from Adam French, our senior consumer rights editor, about the dirty tactics fraudsters are using to dupe us out of our data and money. We’re joined by HMRC to hear how it’s fighting back, and you can find out why we’re asking businesses to change their behaviour.

For your listening convenience we’ve linked to this episode via Acast, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. It’s also available on the Which? website, simply click here then scroll down.

Fake Wetherspoon meal voucher competition
Fake meal vouchers for Wetherspoon pubs are being promoted on Facebook, despite the chain shutting all its social media accounts in 2018.

Users who comment on the posts published by the pages imitating the pub chain are told that they will win meal vouchers if they receive comments from Wetherspoon. But these comments come from scammers who have set up the pages.

Here’s what the posts look like and more about how the scam works.

HMRC scams double in a year
Tax-related scams have continued to rise during the pandemic and HMRC responded to more than 1m scam reports in the past 12 months.

Fraudsters often try to mimic HMRC’s messages so they look authentic – be it through scam phone calls or fake web pages – as victims are more likely to transfer money to an institution they recognise and trust.

Here are the most common ways scammers are trying to commit tax scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Fake NHS Covid-19 PCR text
There have been several scams circulating throughout the pandemic using the NHS’s name and/or logo. This time it’s a fake text message demanding that you ‘order a PCR testing kit’. It’s made to look like you’ve been pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app, but is another example of fraudsters seeking to panic you into following a URL leading to a fake website.

Here’s what it looks like, and how to differentiate between genuine and fake NHS communications.

Spin Off Productions announces Say No to Fraud Tour
Our Say No to Fraud project is aimed at the over Fifties to highlight different types of fraud
Spin off Productions are proud to announce the upcoming tour ‘Say No to Fraud’.  The tour will take place between the 27th of September until the 8th of October and we are doing performances, as part of the Older Peoples Partnership, Older People Week Celebrations 2021.  The tour was gratefully sponsored by the Hull Crime Reduction Fund provided by the Safer Hull Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner.  Spin Off Production started this project due to the increase reported fraud cases of 5% in 2019/2020 and over the COVID 19 lockdown there has been increase of around 33%.  It is also felt that fraud has a low percentage of cases that are actually reported to the authorities, and we believe a project like this would give people the confidence to report cases when they happen.

The show will consist of two forum theatre plays which tackle two different types of scams to give the audience an overview of what scammers are doing.  The first showing of the play will show how people can be defrauded.  After this has been shown then the performers will ask the audience to become involved in the play and change the outcome of the by replaying decisions and telling the characters what they are doing incorrectly and how they can rectify their decisions.  This allows the audience to consider what is happening in the play and this will make them think if anything like this happens to them.

If you are interested in any further information about the project or would like to cover any of the performances, please contact us and we will give you more information about the venues, times, and dates.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new research report on ‘The mandatory reporting of fraud: Finding solutions and sharing best practice’.

This research was commissioned by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) UK Chapter in partnership with the Fraud Advisory Panel, and undertaken by Perpetuity Research.

We know that a significant amount of fraud is not reported to the police.  And the reasons for this are well-documented, especially for individuals and consumers.  But what is less clear is whether corporate attitudes and perceptions about fraud reporting have changed over the past decade.

This report aims to enhance our understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of introducing a mandatory requirement on organisations to report fraud in England and Wales. It outlines how barriers might be overcome, favoured methods of reporting, and lessons that can be learned from other countries which have implemented similar requirements.



Read the full report here
View the infographic here

Health Updates

Public Health England Drug Alert
Please find attached details of a Public Health England issued Drug Alert relating to an increase in Opioid overdoses linked to a potent synthetic opioid that may be in adulterated heroin/opiate-based preparations.

In the past 10-14 days there have been an unprecedented number of overdoses (with some deaths) in people who use drugs, primarily heroin, in some parts of the country (5 London boroughs, Hampshire, Essex, West Sussex, Dorset, Thames Valley).

Please distribute and action as per the attached guidance to relevant partners, community organisations, and services.

If you require further information or guidance in relation to this alert or any drug concern, please contact

View the drug alert here

Community Safety Updates

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner
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Commissioners Blog – October 2021

Read the latest blog from your Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison as he reflects on his first few months in office and his plans for the future. Jonathan was elected in May to be the public’s representative on policing and community safety. His role is to act on your behalf to hold the Chief Constable of the force to account for the performance of the police, manage the policing budget and commission local services to improve community safety and support victims of crime.

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Dave Hudson (OPCC, Communications Manager, Humberside)

East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board (ERSAB) Strategy 2022-2025

ERSAB currently have a three-year strategy (click the link here to see the current strategy 2019-22) which describes how we work together to protect vulnerable adults at risk of harm. The current strategy now needs to be reviewed and we would like to consult with as many residents as possible. We would like you to tell us what you think should be included in our new strategy.

Seeking Your Views 
Over the next few months, we will be working to put a new three-year safeguarding strategy in place which covers the whole of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

To help us do this, we want to hear your views and comments on the actions you think we should take in the next three years to help people stay safe in the East Riding. This will help us to make sure that we’re focusing on the right things and the issues that matter most to you.

Please click the link   ERSAB Strategy 2022 – 2025 Survey to access the survey and help shape the future of our Strategy for the next three years

The deadline for responses is Sunday 31st October 2021.

An Easy Read version of the survey is also available on the ERSAB website.

More information can be found on our website
Contact us at

Surveys are due back by Sunday 31st October 2021.   

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families In The East Riding of Yorkshire Thresholds, Referrals & Consent Briefing

To introduce you to the updated Threshold of Intervention and Need Guidance and how to use it to help inform your decision making.

To inform you how to make requests for service to the new Early Help Locality Hubs (formerly Children’s Centres, Prevention & Education Team and Youth and Family Support) and the Child Safeguarding Hub (Children’s Social Care) when additional or intensive support is needed for children, young people and their families or you have a safeguarding concern.

To help you understand when consent is needed to discuss a child’s situation or make a request for service.
To Book a place chose a session below and apply by emailing your details to the ERSCP as detailed below.

Sessions: All will be delivered via Teams on the dates below.

Day Date Time
Monday 11 October 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 17 November 15:45 – 16:45
Tuesday 14 December 15:45 – 16:45

How to apply:
Please email with the following information and a link to your chosen date will be forwarded to you.

Full Name Team Job Title Email Chosen Date

Funding News

Launch of the Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2021

The Fund is open for applications until Friday, 15th October 2021.

The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in November 2021

RES, the British independent renewable energy company that developed the nine turbine wind farm,  has established a Community Fund  to provide £36,000 per year (index linked) to support local community projects during the lifetime of the wind farm.

Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2021 fund, which is the seventh year of the funds.

Completed applications to the Fund must demonstrate that their activities will benefit the communities living and working within 5km of Roos Post Office. This area includes the parishes of Burton Pidsea, Rimswell, Halsham and Roos.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and will be available on the ERVAS website here:

You can also obtain an application form from ,  or telephone 01482 871077 or write to: Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, ERVAS, Morley’s Cottage, Morley’s Yard, Walkergate, Beverley, HU17 9BY.

Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grant
This small grant fund is open to all communities within the East Riding. The fund, created from the Reimagining Market and Coastal Towns budget uplift, is intended to enable Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and others to hold events & festivals, organise COVID recovery community activity and extend access to services, all intended to encourage residents back onto high streets and to utilise arts, cultural and community facilities.

Applicants will be able to access grants from £500 – £5000. The total grant fund is currently £250,000 made up of £200,000 from the budget uplift and an additional £50,000 from the public health team. This additional budget is particularly aimed at supporting vulnerable residents to participate in planned activities, particularly those who have been shielding and might need additional support to get involved. Grants will be available until March 2023, or until the full funding is spent, whichever is sooner.

For more information visit

To apply for Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grants please visit the Flexigrant website

For further information and advice on your application please contact the Local Growth Team via email

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund Announces 2021 Deadlines
Funding for community events, charities, schools, and community group activities that are local to NFU Mutual’s business operations across the UK.

The Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 for projects that fit their main areas of interest:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience.
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community.
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people.

The grants are to be used for specific project costs, for example purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.
There are normally four application rounds in a year.

The 2021 deadlines for applications are 0 November 2021.

Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 
Smaller charities and community groups across Great Britain can apply for a one-off £500 grant from 1 March until 31 October 2021.

Six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Localgiving will be working together to award more than £1 million in small grants to some 2,000 charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales over the next six months.

Unlike previous years when projects had to deliver sports or physical activities, this year (2021) the funding aims to support organisations carrying out projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Organisations that receive a grant will also be awarded a year of free membership (funded by the player’s of the People’s Postcode Lottery). This means that the grant recipient will not have to pay the £80 + VAT membership fee, although they will still be required to set up a direct debit upon registration.
Also new for 2021, charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools may apply. This is in addition to registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs, SCIOs) social enterprises, and other not-for-profit community organisations.

Applications will be accepted from 1 March 2021 to 31 October 2021.

Find out more