Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 04.02.22



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 04.02.22


ERVAS Services Update

Events & Training
We have a number of events and webinars taking place (you can click the date or time to book a place):

You can find full details of events and training on our dedicated websites:

Do you work or volunteer in Bridlington or the surrounding area with young people?

Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to improve local youth services?

If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to a:

FREE Networking and Information Session

On Tuesday 1 March at 5:30pm.

At the Bridlington Community Hub.

The event will cover topics such as:

  • What is happening locally regarding services/activities for young people?
  • What have young people told us they would like?
  • How can we increase youth provision in Bridlington?

There will also be plenty of opportunity to share information about your own projects and services and make new contacts, so please feel free to bring along information about your group/organisation.

This will be a hybrid meeting with an option to attend the Community Hub, or join via Zoom. Please select the relevant ticket to show if you will be attending via Zoom or in person.

Register Today!

Connecting Volunteer Managers across Bridlington!

We are launching the Bridlington Volunteer Managers Network, the first meeting will take place at the Bridlington Community Hub on Thursday 3 March at 10am.

As part of the meeting we will share ideas, strengthen good practice and create new networks. The meeting will provide an opportunity for volunteer managers to connect and share peer support.

Hosted and facilitated by Volunteer Centre East Riding, we are passionate about volunteering in Bridlington, and want to find ways to make volunteering better for everyone in the town.

Register Today!

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Recycle your old items and support ERVAS

You can now support us as a charity by recycling your old items. We are able to recycle the following:

  • Jewellery & Watches (in any material even if damaged or broken)
  • Currency – Any coins or banknotes, UK & foreign (even if out of circulation)
  • Mobile Phones
  • Cameras (old film, digital and video)
  • Stamps (Loose, single, albums, first day covers, presentation packs, collections)
  • Gadgets (Sat-Navs, Ipods, MP3 players, games consoles, games & accessories).
  • Stamps
  • Ink Cartridges

If you happen to be having a clear out and want to get rid of any of the above, we have a collection box at the  community hub in Bridlington, or you can drop items off at our Beverley office too.

You can also find out more about how you can post items to us on our website here:


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


Are you looking to volunteer?
As the only accredited Volunteer Centre within the East Riding, we have plenty of volunteering vacancies available for you to choose from.

Opportunities range from supporting people and animals to looking after your local environment or helping a local charity to fundraise, we are sure you will find something of interest to you.

View and apply for roles in the voluntary sector today!


“We think easyfundraising is the simplest and free way of helping organisations to raise funds,” say East Riding based Roots and Shoots. The voluntary organisation’s members and supporters have helped them raise unrestricted funding for free through online shopping.

Find out how your organisation can benefit from much-needed funding too: Register here


Are you looking to pick up a new skill or top up your knowledge on a specific subject?

ERVAS is proud to work with The Skills Network to bring you our wide range of CPD Courses.

Our CPD certified courses are available today, and we are offering a 50% discount to anyone that uses the code ERVAS50

Visit our dedicated portal online at today!


How to guides launched

As part of the Future Builders programme, we have produced a series of How to Guides each covering some of the most commonly asked questions.

 Access the guides online today!


Lottery Rollover

The Lottery rollover has now reached a huge £2,600. This could be won any week by our supporters as well as the guaranteed jackpot of £1,000 and runner up prizes of £10. Every weekly entry costs just £1 and benefits our charity making a huge different to the work we do. To sign up to the Lottery and be in with a chance of some fantastic prizes, sign up using the link below. Good luck!

Voluntary Sector Updates


Free travel to COVID vaccine appointments

Bus company East Yorkshire is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to allow people free bus travel to and from their COVID-19 vaccine appointments in the East Riding.

Around 9 out of 10 people in the East Riding of Yorkshire region have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but there are over 28k people in the East Riding of Yorkshire who are still eligible to come forward for their booster vaccination.

The free travel offer aims to remove another barrier for people who haven’t yet booked their second jab or booster, making it easier for those without a car or on low incomes to get to the vaccination centres.

Like some other vaccinations, levels of protection may begin to reduce in time.  It is therefore still vitally important for people to come forward for their COVID-19 booster as it will help extend the protection they gained from the first and second doses and give you longer-term protection.

Ben Gilligan, East Yorkshire’s Area Director, said: “
Anything that we can do to encourage people to attend vaccine appointments will help us all get back to normal life quicker, so when the NHS asked us to help them in their mission to get as many people vaccinated as possible, we didn’t hesitate.”

“It’s great that we can play a small part in defeating the virus and helping to beat this pandemic for good.”

Dr Anne Jeffreys, local GP and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group Chair said:
“We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with East Yorkshire Buses to offer free transport for those who would otherwise struggle to get to a vaccine site.  It’s never too late for people to have their COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccination programme is still open and available to everyone who needs it.  I would encourage those people who haven’t yet had any of their vaccines to use the online NHS booking service to book their jab, this way they will receive the required proof of booking for free travel to the vaccination site.  Or for those with their own transport, simply walk into a local walk-in site, there are a number throughout Hull and East Riding.  For more information on venues, dates and times visit vaccinate Hull and East Riding.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Public Health Nurse Consultant, Zoe Stevens, said:
“We are delighted to support the launch of the East Yorkshire Buses and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group free travel initiative.  We want everyone who is eligible to have the ability to access their vaccine, wherever they live in the local authority, and for as many East Riding residents who can, to get vaccinated.

“If you have already had your jabs, and you can, why not help someone else get their booster, first or second vaccine?  It’s never too late to get vaccinated.  There are a host of walk-in or pre-booked clinics available in the East Riding, just select the best option for you.”

To get free travel to and from a vaccination appointment, all people will have to do is show official proof of an appointment – i.e. a text, email or letter from NHS Booking – to the driver when they board an East Yorkshire bus.  There are vaccination centres right across the region, many with bus stops right outside or just a few minutes’ walk away.

The free travel offer begins immediately, and is only available for travel to/from vaccination centres in the East Riding, although you can travel from outside the region, i.e. Hull, to the East Riding vaccination centre.  You can find your nearest vaccination centre and book an appointment at, or you can plan a journey to your nearest centre at or by ringing BusLine on 01482 59 29 29.

Bridlington Pride’s Relaunch Party

In 2020 after the launch party in February, Covid put a stop to all the plans that we had for events in Bridlington.

So…there’s no better time than LGBT History Month , to restart all of those plans and give Bridlington its first Pride.

We’ll be kicking off with a Relaunch Party at the Lodge on Friday 25 February at 20:00 and have invited the Funky Beavers to join us again.

It will be completely free to enter and we can’t wait to see everyone again in their best pride outfits!!

A support service for families and victims who have been affected by child exploitation

The right space (is) for families facing child exploitation
Offering a distinct and focused support service

The Right Space’s purpose is to:

  • Champion the voices of parents, carers and families.
  • Increase awareness, to support a better understanding of the complexity of issues and needs surrounding child exploitation.
  • Offer a distinct and focused support service for families and children who have suffered or are suffering the plight of exploitation.
  • Develop parent and carer groups and forums to offer support in Bridlington, Beverley and Goole
  • One to one support for families and online support.
  • Provide links and effective supportive measures.
  • Work with established services including educational settings to provide and develop support networks for families and children with a view to safeguard children from exploitation.


For general enquiries or information about the support offered please contact or call 07310387811

Find us on the social media pages below:
Facebook – @TheRightspaceEY Twitter – @TheRightSpaceEY Instagram – @therightspaceey

A small charity supporting families and children to come back together in The Right Space”
Registered Charity Number 11915882020

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
It’s LGBT+ History Month 2022!

Happy LGBT+ History Month to all of our readers! There are loads of ways you can mark the event, and help to achieve the aim of the month: to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. Just head on over to the website where you’ll find a collection of resources for this year’s theme: Politics in Art. This includes posters, fact sheets, quizzes, suggested Tweets, and the relevant hashtags to use when sharing your LGBT+ History Month activity on social media.

Give LGBT+ History Month a follow on Twitter to stay up to date and to see what is happening during the month.

Find out more about LGBT+ History Month 2022


Survey form the Ethical Property Foundation

Last week the Ethical Property Foundation launched the 2022 Charity Property Matters Survey. This research started in 2012 to chart the property trends, concerns and needs of voluntary organisations across England and Wales, and this sixth survey has been updated to reflect the harsh pandemic realities now bedevilling the UK voluntary sector. Please spare a few minutes to fill in and promote the Survey.


‘Get the Jump’ skills for life campaign

‘Get the Jump’ is a new Skills for Life campaign from the Department for Education, which aims to help every young person understand what their post-16 and post-18 education and training choices are, and to ultimately help them land their dream job.

For a 14-19-year-old, making a decision today that they think could affect the rest of their life can be overwhelming. With either too much or not enough information about their choices, many young people find it hard to move forward confidently, either taking the ‘safe’ and tried and tested routes such as A levels, BTECS and university, or settling for a path they perhaps wouldn’t have, had they known what else is out there for them.

Get the Jump provides everything they need to know about the education and training choices available, turning what young people see as a giant leap of faith into smaller, more manageable next steps.

To find out more and to benefit from this campaign, visit the new webpage: and use the new Get the Jump toolkit.


A Good Thing: Matchmaking businesses who care with local charities

A Good Thing is a digital ‘matchmaking’ platform which aims to link charities up with local businesses that have things to donate. This includes surplus equipment, products and spaces. All you need to do is sign up to the free app on the website and make a request for the things you need. The founders say that the process is: “as easy as booking a room on Air BnB”.

Give it a try.

Civil Society and Youth Update
1. Lift Someone Out of Loneliness Campaign
The next phase of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports’ loneliness campaign launched on Monday 31 January, as part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign.

The phase is aimed at 18-24 year olds, as this demographic are at higher risk of feeling lonely, but less likely to seek advice and support.

We’re all being encouraged to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness,’ through small acts of kindness to help others feel more connected.

The Department is keen to work with partners to ensure support and guidance gets to those who need it. Please get in touch at if you’d like to find out more, or to receive their campaign video and other assets.

2. Stop Abuse Together – Campaign to counter child sexual abuse
It is estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn sixteen. The majority will not tell anyone at the time.

Government has launched the Stop Abuse Together campaign. The campaign aims to empower parents and carers to take steps to help keep the children in their life safe.

You are encouraged to support and share the campaign through the Stop Abuse Together digital toolkit. Please consider using these resources in your organisations, or sharing with relevant stakeholders as appropriate.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Work is carried out, but prices can then be increased and cash from ATMs excepted. Nottinghamshire Police PCSO Jodie Turner said: ‘We have had a number of calls regarding door-to-door traders in the Rushcliffe South area. The males are offering driveway and patio cleaning as well as various other home repairs’. more

Rogue trader conned his ‘second mum’ out of £33,000
A “rogue trader” forced an elderly woman to cut down on her food and heating bills as he conned her out of nearly £33k. Michael Lynch, 38 of Wordsworth Avenue, Widnes, was first introduced to his 75-year-old victim by a neighbour in 2019, Henry Riding. more

£530,000 court bill for ex-Bradford social worker who conned vulnerable victims
A former Bradford social worker who funded a lavish lifestyle using cash swindled from vulnerable victims has been ordered to pay back almost £530,000. Hillary Tideswell, 65, was jailed for seven years and nine months in July 2020 for what the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said was an “appalling abuse of trust”. more

Fake NatWest ‘new device registered’ texts
Fake texts claiming to be from NatWest stating that ‘a new device has been registered’ with your account are circulating. more

‘I nearly lost money to convincing bank text scam – this is how I stopped it’
A bank customer nearly caught out by a sophisticated fraud attempt has revealed how he accidentally foiled the scam by not answering a particular question. Jack Ashton, 24, was targeted by criminals who had set up a fake bank website and even managed to look like they were calling from a real bank number. more

Fraud victims warned against becoming repeat targets
Victims of fraud have been warned to be on their guard after it was revealed they’re more likely to be targeted a second time. The plea came from North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin after he was told their details are often put on lists and sold on the dark web. more

Criminal’s wife only found out he stole £15m when armed police arrived at their home
The ex-wife of a notorious financial criminal has denied any knowledge of his activities, only finding out when armed police raided their Borehamwood home. Hannah David, now a Conservative party activist and planning consultant, was married to the infamous Ponzi scheme architect Freddy David until evidence of his criminal wrongdoing came to light. more

Social media firms should refund users who have been scammed on their sites, MP urges
Social media companies should refund people who have been defrauded by scam adverts on their platforms, an MP had urged. Julian Knight, chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee, said it was a “disgrace” that firms had not put in place sufficient safeguards to stop scam artists paying for advertising space on users’ feeds. more

Romance criminal posing as Nicolas Cage scammed vulnerable woman out of thousands of pounds, says Victim Support
Online daters have been warned about the dangers of fake celebrity profiles after a woman was duped out of thousands of pounds by a romance criminal posing as Hollywood star Nicolas Cage. more

Which? Scam Alert

Fake Santander texts
Another week, another scam text message in circulation. This time, one that claims to be from Santander suggesting new direct debits have been set up and attempts to trick people into clicking links potentially loaded with spyware.

The text itself doesn’t have any of the usual giveaways associated with scams.

So, here’s what to look out for and Santander’s top tips to avoid text message scams.

Investment scam emails not from Which?
Scammers are impersonating Which? to sell sham investments online. This is attempted through a bogus email which directs potential victims to a fraudulent website that misuses our logo and copyright to appear legitimate. Do not click on any of its links or follow its instructions – neither these emails nor the website they link to have anything to do with Which?.

Here’s more about how the scam works and others that have impersonated Which?.

Catalyst Update

Seven tips on using data in your charity
The topic of data can feel overwhelming: how can you ensure the data you collect is of a high quality; how can you use it to best advantage – and how can you manage it in a compliant way? Last year, social enterprise The Data Place ran three workshops to help charities get to grips with exactly these questions. And we can now bring you the key learnings from these workshops, in two new articles. The first article covers data usage, with seven tips on data collection and accuracy – plus questions to ask about the data you collect, and links to additional resources. Read the data article here.

GDPR: what it is and how to manage data in your charity
The second resource taken from The Data Place’s original workshops tackles data management, with a 2.5-hour ‘watch and do’ training session on GDPR principles, compliance and legal gateways. As you watch the video and work through the associated exercises, you will develop a basic understanding of everything you need to comply with GDPR in your organisation. For ease of use, we have separated the video into summarised sections, with links to additional tools and resources. Watch the GDPR training session here.

Charity Digital explores the future of volunteering
Writing in Charity Digital, Elaine Stabler reflects on the changes to volunteering brought about by the pandemic, and asks whether – with digital volunteering proving to be more time efficient, accessible and inclusive its traditional face-to-face counterpart – the culture of volunteering has changed. Looking to the future, Elaine explores the roles of digital and traditional volunteering, reveals why blanket volunteering will be ‘put to bed’, and explains why tech will lead the way in volunteer management. Read Charity Digital’s volunteering article here.

The Digital Champion approach to creating digital inclusion
Digital inclusion is one of the sector’s most critical concerns – with the latest Charity Digital Skills Report revealing that over half of charities are worried about excluding some people or groups. But if there’s one thing that can be relied on to help in the battle against digital exclusion, it’s people. And social enterprise Digital Unite has developed a unique model and community for those that want to help. In a new blog, they outline the Digital Champion model – and explain how it has enabled Mencap to train over 150 people. Read the Digital Champion blog here – and see below for a chance to get your staff involved!

Health Updates

Have You Got The NHS App?

The NHS App gives you more control over your health and care. Use it wherever you are, at any time of the day or night.

It puts information about your health and treatments at your fingertips. This means you can see it when speaking to a health and care professional, for example.

You can use the NHS App to:

  • book and cancel appointments;
  • find out how the NHS uses your data.
  • register your organ donation decision;
  • find trusted NHS information on hundreds of conditions and treatments and get instant advice;
  • order repeat prescriptions;
  • access your medical record securely;

Get the NHS app

Community Safety Updates

Private Fostering Leaflets and Posters

The East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership has launched new it’s new Private Fostering leaflets and posters. The leaflets outline the statutory reporting responsibilities as well as the steps to take to notify the local authority of any known or possible private fostering arrangements and support available to families in such circumstances. The posters highlight key messages and signposting. These documents and more detailed information can also be found our website at

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