Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 04.03.2022



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 04.03.22


ERVAS Services Update


ERVAS Spring Raffle
If you were to win the Spring Raffle Jackpot Prize of £2022, what would you do with it?

Maybe a well needed holiday?

How about some home renovations like upgrading the kitchen or living room?
Or maybe you’d just save the prize for the future.

To get your tickets for our Spring Raffle for just £1 per number, go to:

Players must be 18 or over.


Charity & not-for-profit insurance
Are you looking for insurance for your charity / organisation?

We have teamed up with PolicyBee to get you covered.

Protect your organisation with insurance for not-for-profits. Get reliable cover for your events, your people and your services – easily and quickly. Quote online in minutes or speak to a friendly adviser.

Find out more at:

Events & Training
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

At ERVAS we are recruiting for the following roles:

  • Food Bank Development Officer
  • Payroll Officer
  • Engagement and Development Officer
  • Assistant Child Exploitation Outreach Practitioner


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:


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!


Here’s an unexpected way to receive free funding. Leading retailers will donate money when anyone connected to to your organisation shops online with them via fundraising platform easyfundraising. For example, your organisation can receive up to £50 when someone takes a new car, home, travel or pet insurance policy, up to £45 when they switch their utility or broadband provider, or up to £30 if they book a holiday.  Retailers involved include, GoCompare, AA, Sky, Talk Talk, uSwitch, Money Supermarket, Tui, First Choice,, Expedia, Thomas Cook and 6,000 others.

easyfundraising is low-maintenance, easy to use, complements existing fundraising activity, and is accessible to all. There are also thousands of everyday retailers like Amazon, eBay, M&S, Argos, Sainsbury’s & Trainline who will also donate through the easyfundraising platform.

Find out more:


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!

Voluntary Sector Updates

 Save the Date! – Active Humber Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that we are hosting our Annual Conference on Friday 6th of May 2022, this has been a long-awaited reunion for us all and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Early Bird registrations for the event are now open. Limited spaces available so grab yours while you can.

Please visit the link here to register today!

The event will be held at the Aura Innovation Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Road, Hessle, but details around the event are to follow.

If you have any queries or dietary requirements, please contact myself on before the 15th of April 2022.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Bridging the access gap for people with disabilities in Yorkshire

A NEW initiative to encourage more voluntary groups, charities and volunteers to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with vulnerable service users, members of the public, and colleagues, who may be hard of hearing.

Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains “There are more than nine million hard of hearing people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social workers, housing staff, teachers, the local NHS, and Royal Mail. We wanted to open our programs to the general public, who might also have an interest in learning sign language. We are offering a community 6-week BSL program, which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom”. Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.

For more details on the Spring community programs, please sign up here

Update from Kooth

We need to inform you that after April 30th  2022 Kooth ( will no longer be available to children and young people across Hull, East Riding, York, North Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.  The Humber Coast and Vale Partnership are currently reviewing the future digital provision available to children and young people across the area.

Registrations for new service users across the areas mentioned above will close on March 1 st 2022. The team at Kooth can continue to work with young people who have accessed the service until the end of the contract to ensure young people have appropriate exit plans and are signposted to alternative provision.

Please note, this does not affect the service available in North- East Lincolnshire which is continuing. Kooth is still widely available across other parts of the UK. If you want to check if an individual could still access support from Kooth, please use this easy look up guide to check eligibility based on an individual’s postcode.

This also does not affect the Qwell service. Anyone aged 18 + years in the areas mentioned can get support through our adult platform Qwell ( Please visit the webpage and create an account to benefit from free, safe and anonymous support from the team.

We have been advised that children and young people should be provided the following organisations information as alternative sources of support.

Childline – a free, confidential service which is available any time, day or night. You can get in touch with Childline

  • by calling 0800 1111
  • by email
  • through 1-2-1 counsellor chat online

Young Minds text line – Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.  Text YM to 85258.

As we move into a phase of safely removing our service provision from the local offer please can we ask for your support with the following things

  • Cease the promotion of the availability of the across the identified areas
  • Cease signposting CYP to New registrations will not be possible after 28 th February 2022.
  • Remove links to from local directories /organisational websites

The Humber Coast and Vale Partnership have commissioned a consultation, led by HEY Mind, that will inform future service developments to ensure both a face to face and a digital offer is available to children and young people to support their emotional and mental health.

Children, young people and parents are being encouraged to provide their views. These surveys will be available to complete until mid-March and the relevant links can be found below.

CYP Digital –
CYP Parents and Carers Digital –

Finally, we just want to thank you for all your support and collaboration over the past 2 years. We have wholeheartedly enjoyed working with you all, seeing and supporting the amazing work that you all do to support the children and young people across the area.



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Andrew Poinen  (He/Him)
Kooth Engagement Lead
5 Merchant Square, London,W2 1AY  
+44 (0)7951183745


Data and Insights: Kooth Pulse 2021 Report
Promote Kooth: Third Party Promotion Resources
Fresh Thinking: The Thought Report

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update


‘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.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Police have issued a warning after fake bank notes were used to pay for expensive items advertised for sale online. Avon and Somerset Police say they are aware of two incidents in Bristol where the counterfeit notes were used – both on January 28. more

Crime gang convicted after recruiting teenage girls for £500k shoplifting scam
Members of a crime gang who recruited, trafficked and exploited teenage girls into a £500,000 nationwide shoplifting scam have been convicted of modern slavery and fraud offences. The criminal gang from Cambridge, London and Essex recruited, trained and trafficked teenage girls across the country to commit refund fraud in high street stores using fake receipts. more

Warning over rogue traders cold calling in Connah’s Quay area offering to do roofing works
The rogue traders are reported to have knocked on doors unannounced and told residents they have loose slates and ridge tiles or other faults with their roofing and “can start the work immediately” for cash upfront. more

Android users put on alert about dangerous DHL text scam
Android smartphone owners need to keep a close eye on the text messages they receive. Security experts have warned a new malware campaign is targeting Android users in the US and Europe, with con-artists posing as delivery firm giant DHL. Victims will be sent a text message with a URL to a site asking them to download a bogus DHL app for Android. more

Covid Scotland: NHS in warning after new text scams circulate
Scots have been warned about a new Covid scam circulating the country via text. NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles both put out warnings on social media after multiple people had contacted them over a text posing as the Test and Protect team. more

Ayrshire cold caller warning after spate of incidents in area
Police in Ayrshire are reminding residents to remain vigilant against cold calls to their home phone or mobile. A spate of incidents have been reported in recent months where members of the Ayrshire community are contacted by phone by someone claiming to represent their bank or utility company. more

‘Online rip-off tip-off’ campaign launched as seven out of 10 people get scammed
Seven out of 10 people have potentially been scammed online by misleading practices such as hidden charges, subscription traps and fake reviews, a survey reveals. A Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) study found that 71% of shoppers had come across tactics designed to manipulate them. more

Eon email scam exposed: how a criminal tried to steal £1,000
Criminals are impersonating Eon, promising an £85 refund in an attempt to steal your details and money. As the UK’s energy crisis deepens and households are set to see a record 54% increase to the price cap this April, it’s no surprise criminals are impersonating energy providers to try and catch you out. more

How to spot the Instagram collab scam that could catch you out
No matter how many (or how few) followers you’ve got on Instagram, chances are you’ll have received a direct message (DM) from an unknown account that goes something like this: ‘Hey! I’m on the promoter team at [insert brand name] and we’d love you to become a brand ambassador! Please DM the brand to find out more.’ more

Gamer targeted by convincing scam while playing World of Warcraft
Gaming has become a Covid-era pastime thanks to the series with Ofcom estimating that 62 percent of Britons played a video game during the pandemic. Sadly, criminals have seen this as an opportunity to fraud people out of their money and identity. more


Which? Scam Alert

Fake NHS Covid-19 PCR text
Scammers have been impersonating the NHS and sending texts claiming that the recipient has been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 and demanding they order a PCR test. The aim of this is to steal your personal data and bank details.

Here are some examples we’ve received, and advice on how to spot and report a NHS scam.

Energy bill scam
A member of the public received an email purporting to be from a debt recovery company. It claimed that they still owed money to their energy supplier, which had stopped trading in 2019, and requested payment via bank transfer.

This email raises several red flags and is one of many tricks fraudsters are using to exploit the energy crisis. Here are the warning signs to look out for and the need-to-knows if you receive a similar email.

Six new travel scams to watch out for this year
The ever-changing travel rules, coupled with our desperation to get away after months of lockdown, have created the perfect conditions for scam artists to take advantage.

We reveal the latest travel scams in 2022, from phoney refunds to rogue travel companies, so you can stay safe when planning your next getaway.

WhatsApp impersonation scam
Now dubbed the ‘mum and dad scam’, we’ve received an increase in reports from people who’ve been affected by this type of fraud where scammers pose as family members on WhatsApp in order to manipulate victims into transferring money.

Please make your friends and family aware – particularly, of course, any mums and dads you know.

We explain how the scam works – and what to do if you’ve unfortunately become a victim.

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Phones and internet
A woman complaining to Ofcom on her phone
Ofcom plans crackdown on fake number fraud

UK phone companies will make it harder for scammers to use their networks, under a range of measures proposed by Ofcom today.

Almost 45 million people were targeted by scam calls and texts last summer and Ofcom has been supporting phone companies and working with other organisations on new ways to combat this threat.

We are proposing strengthened rules and guidance to combat number spoofing. All telephone networks involved in the transmission of a call will be expected to block numbers that are clearly spoofed. This rule would apply to all phone companies, ensuring the protection applies to millions of people.

We are also proposing new guidance to help companies prevent scammers from accessing valid phone numbers. This sets out clear expectations for phone companies to make sure they run ‘know your customer’ checks on business customers, as part of the steps they should follow to stop their numbers being misused by fraudsters.

A news release is available with further details of the findings.

Health Updates

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership launch their Workforce Health and Wellbeing 2022 survey for staff

Staff who are part of the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, are being asked what health and wellbeing support they would like to see made available/prioritised in 2022.

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership will launch their 2022 workforce survey on Monday 24 January 2022, with the aim to ensuring everyone working, volunteering or looking after local people in the Humber, Coast and Vale area, stay physically and mentally well, including care workers and volunteers.
Whatever their role or organisation, the Partnership are asking all staff to tell them what health and wellbeing sessions/events they would like made available to them, to support them mentally and physically in the year ahead.

Examples of some of the things the Health and Wellbeing team delivered in 2021, were workshops around Menopause, desk-based exercises, Men’s health, stress/trauma and sleep amongst many other topics.

The survey can be completed at:  It will take less than five minutes to complete, and can be done anonymously.  The survey closes on Monday 7 March 2022.

As the NHS, and all Partnership staff are all facing incredibly challenging times at the moment, it’s more important than ever, that health and wellbeing services are designed to meet everyone’s needs, therefore, what you say will influence the support available, so it’s important to give us your thoughts and views.

If you would like to know more about what health and wellbeing support is available at the moment, go to or check with your organisation.

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

Safeguarding Children from Neglect – Online Training 

To improve practitioner’s ability to identify and respond to child neglect

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course participants will

  • Have developed their understanding of neglect and its impact on children
  • Be aware of the ERSCP Neglect Guidance and how it may be used to support working with families where children’s needs are not being met

Course Date

09:30 – 12:30 Friday 8 April 2022

Booking is via

Funding News

Dynamix Friends Fund 
Dynamix began in 2013 as an inclusive youth club for young people aged 8 to 24, where disabled young people and those with additional needs came to have fun, gain some independence, make new friends and develop practical skills too. It would now like to leave a legacy to other young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who live in East Riding by providing small grants to VCS groups offering similar activities, as well as individuals in receipt of Education Health Care Plans. If you would like to know more about how you can be part of the legacy please contact ERVAS and email either: Detty Tyler or Judith Leech Tel: 01482 871077

There is still funding available and the guidance and application form can be found here:

The Brelms Trust
The Brelms Trust welcome applications from East Yorkshire Charities.

Brelms Trust

Applications are positively encouraged from the East Riding for grant awards in March and further dates in 2022.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Unrestricted £50,000 over 2 years available.
If you are a registered charity with income between £25,000 and £1M you may be able to access a grant to help you support helping people overcome complex social issues. The grants are entirely unrestricted and worth £25,000 per year.

We pride ourselves on listening, understanding, and responding to charities, through the grant as well as providing developmental support where we can help you grow stronger and more sustainable.

You can check your eligibility in less than five minutes on our websiteand we’ll aim to give you a decision within four months of you submitting your application.

For an informal chat contact the Regional Manager
Tel:      07734 973060

The UK Youth Fund
The UK Youth Fund – Thriving Minds is a direct response to the mounting evidence UK Youth, a leading charity in the sector, received when it joined forces with Julia and Hans Rausing during the pandemic to distribute £1.3 million in small, flexible grants.

Over 750 youth workers highlighted their concerns regarding significant deterioration in the mental health of the young people with whom they work.

Youth workers across the UK Youth Movement, which includes over 8,000 youth organisations, have also reported seeing significant rises in young people seeking help with their mental health but wait times (as well as fear of talking to professionals about their mental health) means young people are not getting the support they need.

With youth groups increasingly having to support young people with complex mental health issues, often without sufficient resources and capacity, this £10 million investment over the next three years by Julia and Hans Rausing signals continued support for the role youth services play in supporting young people’s mental health.

Find out more and apply

Storm Relief Fund from Sport England
Has your organisation’s facility been damaged in the recent storms?

Sports and physical activity organisations can apply for Sport England’s Storm Relief Fund for grants of up to £15,000 to help pay for needed repairs in order to get you back up and running as soon as possible.

What can funding be used for?
The money could be used to repair storm-damaged building and roofs, grass and artificial pitches, decontaminate flooded clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or clear blocked drains. Other items needed may include the hire of skips, pressure hoses or tarpaulins to secure exposed buildings (for use only when safe to do so).

Who can apply?
Your organisation can apply if you’re responsible for the facility and:

  • a not-for-profit voluntary group or sports organisation
  • a not-for-profit community club or organisation
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company
  • a community interest company (CIC) with three directors or other social enterprise
  • a leisure operator, operating a single site
  • a public body such as a local authority, parish or town council, education establishment (you will need to provide £:£ matched funding).

To apply or for more information go to:

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