Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 05.02.2021


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 05.02.2021

ERVAS Services Update
Voluntary Sector Updates
National Voluntary Sector Updates
Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates
Health Updates
Community Safety Updates
Funding News

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?

You can still request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

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ERVAS Services Update

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

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


East Riding Voluntary Action Services is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Youth and Family Support Service and HEY Smile Foundation to undertake a study into current youth provision across East Riding and the impact that Covid-19 has had on the different youth services across the county, as well as on young people.

We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey, which is aimed at youth professionals, paid and unpaid, across the sectors, as well as encourage and support young people to complete the survey that is designed for them as well.  Both of these surveys are accessed via the following link:

For your information, we are also developing a shorter, simpler version of the survey for young people so that they have a choice of which to complete and hopefully this will be out in the next couple of weeks.

It would be great if you could share the link and this information via your social media channels, news bulletins and networks.

Information gathered from the survey will be used to inform the East Riding Youth Board about future needs and how the partnership can work together to support young people and those who work with them.

If you would like to have a more in-depth discussion with us about the impact that Covid-19 has had on your youth group, organisation or service, or young people you support, please email to arrange a time and date that suits you.

We anticipate that the survey will close towards the end of February 2021.


What does the National lockdown: Stay at Home mean?

Leaving home
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may only leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village or town where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

Meeting others

  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.


  • Schools and colleges are closed from Tuesday, 5 January to most pupils, except vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, and they will provide remote learning for other students until at least the half-term in February.
  • Early years settings such as nurseries will stay open
  • End-of-year exams will not take place this summer as normal
  • Elsewhere, university students should not return to campuses and will be taught online

Food delivery

  • Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery, but takeaway alcohol is banned

You must also continue to…

  • wear a face covering
  • follow social distancing rules
  • wash hands regularly

Visit the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Website to view the full details

Voluntary Sector Updates


We bring you the link for the latest arts and culture show for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire from BillboardTV:

For East Yorkshire this month, we feature interviews with two locally-based authors: Beverley’s Valerie Wood and Gillian Godden from Hull.

Even though we continue to be in lockdown, the show looks at content available online in film, literature, music, drama and art.


Trustees Sought for Expanding Youth Group 

A Pocklington-based charity is recruiting new blood to help develop its growing work to support young people in the town.

Young People Count (YPC) is opening new premises in the town centre in 2021 and is looking for trustees to offer their input.

The charity, which was set up in 2013, has been listening to young people and providing access to advice and guidance and development opportunities in a range of projects. Its major milestone in 2020 was to secure a lease on premises in Railway Street, which it is renovating to develop a three-storey safe and creative space for 11-18 year olds.

Claire Reading, Chair of the Trustees, says: “We’re developing an exciting new hub for young people from Pocklington and surrounding areas but we need more help. We understand that it’s difficult to commit long term in such a changeable world so expectations for trustee appointments are flexible. Our vision is to provide a central hub, a place for young people to express themselves and make a positive contribution to the local community, to be happy in themselves and their environment.”

In particular, YPC is looking for people with any of the following skills:

  • delivering projects for young people, working with volunteers and/or youth workers;
  • creating awareness and engagement within the community for the sector;
  • legal and/or HR recruitment practices.

The roles are unpaid but give people a great opportunity to work with the next generation.

Please contact Claire at in the first instance for an information pack or call for an informal chat about the role on 07818 207478.

More details about Young People Count can be found online at and also on social media: Facebook @ypcount, Twitter @YourYPC and

Beverley Community Lift Update

Transport charity Beverley Community Lift (BCL) has welcomed a New Year boost to its latest minibus appeal from housebuilder Barratt Developments Yorkshire East.

The company has donated £1,000 to the charity to help the service offered to residents of Beverley, Cottingham, Pocklington and Market Weighton areas.

The donation came a year after BCL unveiled its 50th birthday present of a new, 16-seater vehicle after three years of fundraising to find £60,000. It keeps the fleet at five.

Denise Sowden, Office Volunteer at BCL, said: “We are truly thankful to Barratt for choosing us as a Community Fund recipient. It’s a very difficult time for smaller charities at the moment, and funding has been crucial for us to ensure the survival of our charity during the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for this donation which will help us continue to be there for the local communities today and in the future, as the funds are going towards our new and essential minibus!”

Further information about BCL’s work can be found at or visit its pages on Facebook or Twitter.

Beverley FM

Community radio in Beverley and surrounding areas continues to keep local people informed through the dedication of volunteers at Beverley FM.

The station, which has just celebrated its sixth birthday, has given unrivalled coverage of the vaccination process at Beverley Racecourse and has covered stories such as ERVAS’s recent announcement about the Green Influencers’ scheme for young people and grants for community groups in Beverley.

Tune in on Monday, 10-12, for news of a new allotment scheme in the area as part of the Morning Mix show.

Dedicated local news is broadcast at 7 & 8am and 4 & 5pm weekdays, then 8 & 9am on Saturdays.

What aren’t we talking about? Email your stories to and tune in on 10.78FM, online, on smart speakers and via the tunein app.

Co-op Update 

The Co-op has thanked ERVAS for the opportunity to join forces and host its first community forum for the Haltemprice and Hunsley areas last month.

People who work as Member Pioneers – or community links – for each Co-op store are expected to hold a forum of local representatives every quarter to discuss activities and connect groups with each other.

Each store area has three causes which are being supported by members through their shopping this year as part of the Local Community Fund. In North Ferriby, they are the Friends of the Primary School, Village Hall and local allotments. At Hessle, it’s the Dementia Friendly group, Breast Friends and Hessle Federation Parents & Friends Association.

At the January meeting, Eszter Pontone from Hessle Dementia Friendly Community made the most of such a good attendance, including schools and funders: “It was really interesting to meet everyone and wonderful to have immediately made a few contacts, which will definitely help us in our cause on a number of levels.” HeHess

Member Pioneer Tony Barker says: “Community networks have become even more useful in this pandemic and I have been a big supporter in my charity work of Local Links. I know my colleagues will be working with ERVAS in their parts of East Yorkshire as well.”

There are three themes to the retailer’s work in the community, all around fair access to:

  • Food
  • Wellbeing Services
  • Education and Employment Opportunities for Young People

The next venture will be Fairtrade Fortnight, to raise awareness of the products in a campaign. This starts from 22nd February.

Community groups are also invited to register on this new database to flag up help and support needed:

A Snapshot Of Experiences Of Community Buildings During The Lockdown Of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hardship to people in every corner of the country. But, through it all, the tireless work of communities responding to the needs of the shielding, vulnerable, and those struggling from income loss, has also offered us one of the biggest sources of hope for the future. The widespread resurgence of community action is confirmed by government data; during the height of the lockdown last April, 50% of people said those in their community were doing more to help others than before the pandemic.The community buildings featured in this report have hosted a diverse range of activities tailored to how the pandemic has played out in their local area; something mirrored across Big Local areas.

We need to do more to support our community buildings. 

Read the report

Event to Launch ‘No More Knives’ Animation
A Zoom event will take place on Wednesday 10th February to launch a new animated film for young people, teachers, parents and carers.The No More Knives story, written by award-winning author and Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council, Christina
Gabbitas and illustrated by Evie Hurst, was produced as part of a programme of work by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Humberside, to help educate children aged 10 and over on the dangers of getting involved with county lines drug networks and carrying knives.The animation will be launched at a free online public event on Wednesday 10 February at 18:30. The event will be hosted on Zoom and can be entered by using the link below. The screening of the animation will follow introductions from Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter and the author Christina Gabbitas, a Q&A session will be held after the animation.

The animation will be available on YouTube, on the No More Knife Crime website and will soon  be available through the Not In Our Community website, with accompanying session plans to support learning whether at home or in the classroom.

Zoom Event Details:- Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 6:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 948 5041 0490 (no password required)

Read the full press release

Creating a Fun Palace for Driffield – Do you want to get involved?

I’m the Co-op Member Pioneer for Driffield and 25 surrounding villages from Bainton to Wetwang – part of a nationwide network of 1000 local Co-op Member Pioneers, who last year gave 50,000 hours helping out in their communities.Essentially my role builds relationships between local causes, Co-op members, colleagues, and the wider community. This is done by being a connector, a communicator and a catalyst for new ideas; to bring people together to do what matters most in their area and improve community wellbeing.

I’m always looking for different ways to connect communities and one idea I came across was Fun Palaces, which ‘supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone.’

It is a free, nationwide campaign for culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture happening over the weekend of the 1, 2 and 3 October 2021.

Each Fun Palace celebrates the unique skills and passions of local people – run by, for and with the local community. Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities – but above all PEOPLE – to work together, create together, have FUN together, and in doing so, connect our own communities, from the grassroots up.

For more information, please see:

If you are interested in being part of creating a Palace – be it tiny, large, in one or more venues, digital or live, single or multiple events or an event-within-an-event, please contact me:

Gillian Perry:

I shall also be raising this for discussion at the next East Riding Local -Links meeting on 23rd February 2021 in the Driffield focussed session. Hope to see you there.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
Looking at the road ahead after a turbulent year

Sarah Vibert, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at NCVO, has written a blog to

New Every Mind Matters campaign

A new survey, by Public Health England at the start of the current government restrictions, has revealed the impact of COVID-19 on adults’ mental wellbeing across the country.

The research found that almost half (49%) felt that the pandemic has impacted negatively on their mental health and wellbeing (53% of women and 45% of men).

In response PHE has launched Better Health – Every Mind Matters, a campaign to support people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing and help support others such as family and friends. The campaign encourages people to get a free NHS-approved Mind Plan from the Every Mind Matters website. By answering 5 simple questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control.

The changing role of voice in charity comms

The pandemic has changed every aspect of how we communicate.

During the pandemic, we have all spent more time online, and it has made us more demanding consumers of digital media. As we have come to rely more and more on digital channels to meet important needs, we have raised our expectations.

In the past, supporters may have been willing to deal with clunky, outdated charity platforms, and to make excuses for poor charity comms. This is no longer the case.

How can charities balance the restrictions placed upon them by remote working with a need to include a human element in comms strategies?

Click here to read Charity Digital’s guide on how to restructure your charity’s comms.

Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19

The research project from Nottingham Trent University, NCVO and Sheffield Hallam University has published their latest report which looks at how organisations are faring and also what lessons have been learnt from the first lockdown.

Click here to view the report. 

How to have a team retreat – without leaving the house

Rebecca Sumner Smith shares Finance Innovation Lab’s experience of recreating a team retreat when the team wasn’t able to meet up in-person last year and shares a few ideas you might like to try.

Click here to learn more

COVID-19 vaccine comms pack

DCMS is asking the voluntary and community sector to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme by disseminating important information and tackling misinformation.

Click here to view a COVID-19 vaccine comms pack, which has been produced to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations disseminate key messages on vaccines

LGBT+ History Month 2021: Calendar of events

February is the month for learning more about the LGBT community – past and present.

To help you find the event you want – or to share your LGBT+ History Month event with a wider audience – click here to see the official calendar.

Headlining Mental Health

Headlining Mental Health is an exciting new programme from Media Trust for 20 small mental health organisations, running from March – September 2021. Mental health is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and one of Media Trust’s priority areas of focus in 2021.

Many mental health organisations are operating under enormous pressure, with more demand than ever for their services. This free programme is designed to help them extend the power and reach of their communications, supporting them in their mission – whether that’s to reach people who need to access support, to normalise conversations around mental health, or to make sure the voices of people living with mental health issues are heard.

Applications are open on 4 February and will close on 22 February. There will be an online Q&A for prospective applicants on 11 February. Find out more here.

And finally… thank you Captain Sir Tom Moore!

Office for Civil Society Update

Youth Covid-19 Support Fund open for applications
The DCMS £16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund, which was announced in November 2020, is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, to help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open.

The funding has been allocated from the £750 million charities support package and £1.7m of the £16.5m has been allocated to vital youth work qualifications and training.

Applications for the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund will be open for four weeks, and will close at 5pm on the 12th February 2021.

To distribute funding as soon as possible, we will make initial awards on a rolling basis, prioritising those deemed to have the greatest need against the stated criteria. All applications submitted by the deadline will be considered and will not be disadvantaged by applying later. However, we do encourage early applications, so that we can make timely awards of funding for pressing cases.

For more information and to apply click here.

Major boost to Dormant Assets Scheme to support Coronavirus recovery
The government has announced that dormant assets across the insurance and pensions, investment, wealth management, and securities sectors are set to be unlocked, with the potential for more than £800 million to be made available to support the UK as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding raised through the expansion of the scheme will enable continued support of good causes, social investments and environmental initiatives. This major expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme marks the completion of a four year review and public consultation process.

For more information on this announcement and to find out more about the Dormant Assets Scheme and the funding it has released, click here.

Updated government volunteering guidance
GOV.UK guidance for England on how volunteering can be done safely and effectively during the pandemic has been updated in line with the national lockdown restrictions.  This includes guidance for formal and informal volunteers, and for volunteer-involving organisations and groups.

Anyone can volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are restrictions on where and how volunteer roles can be completed.

People must volunteer from home unless it is not reasonably possible to do so. If you are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ (high risk from coronavirus) you should only volunteer from home.

VCSEs: A guide to working with government
If you are a charity or social enterprise looking to build your experience and credibility, boost your sustainability and diversify your income, and if you are considering exploring the opportunities of selling on a large or small scale to central Government, local authorities and/or other public sector buyers, then this guide is for you.

This updated guidance for charities and social enterprises was commissioned by the VCSE Crown Representative, Claire Dove CBE and this presents it’s most substantive update taking organisations through from start to finish with tips and tricks on the way.

Vaccines: preventing the spread of false information
The government has launched the SHARE checklist to tackle the spread of false information about coronavirus and vaccinations.

Recently there has been a lot of false information about coronavirus and the new vaccines designed to tackle it and it’s not always easy to spot. The SHARE checklist is an easy tool to pass on to people in your community to help them know what to look out for before they like, comment or share information they come across online.

If you are looking for information on vaccination safety, please see the NHS guide on Why vaccination is safe and important.

The independent fact-checker Full Fact is also working to fact check and correct misinformation about vaccines and coronavirus and regularly updates its website to tackle the latest false information.

Home Office publishes Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy 
The Home Secretary has today published a first-of-its-kind national strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse.

The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy sets out how the Government will use new legislation and enhanced technology to stop offenders in their tracks.

The strategy includes a range of measures to tackle child sexual abuse including:

  • Investing in the UK’s world-leading Child Abuse Image Database to identify and catch more offenders quicker
  • Making it easier for parents and carers to ask the police if someone has a criminal record for child sexual offences 
  • Supporting local areas to improve their response to exploitation with funding for The Children’s Society’s Prevention Programme initiative
  • Introducing the ground-breaking Online Safety Bill to ensure that technology companies are held to account for harmful content on their sites

The strategy also includes commitments to consult on:

  • Proposed changes to guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education, including responding to child sexual abuse, harmful sexual behaviour and peer-on-peer abuse; this will build on updates made to the guidance in September 2020.
  • A Victims’ Law that will guarantee that victims receive their rights under the Victims’ Code and agencies are held to account for delivering them

Read the full press release here.
Read the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy here.

NYA COVID-19 Readiness Level

** From 5th January 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into RED in the readiness framework. **


Online and digital youth services
Detached local youth services
1-2-1 sessions with vulnerable young people (indoors)
Support groups indoors and outdoors are permitted for vulnerable young people, max 15 per group + workers/leaders

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The NYA has not been funded to provide this guidance to the youth sector. Please support us by donating here.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert
Three men who posed as delivery drivers and burst into terrified mother’s home have been jailed
Three men have been jailed after posing as delivery drivers and forcing their way into the home of a terrified mother in south London during a botched robbery. more


Distraction burglary warning as pensioners scammed out of cash in water board scam
Two callous criminals conned five pensioners out of cash after targeting homes in Walsall and Birmingham.The conmen, who pretended to be water officials, have tricked their way into homes by telling victims there was an issue with their supply between 9th and 20th January. more


TV licence scam: Warning over Covid refund payment text
Criminals are sending out fake texts to BBC TV licence holders offering a Covid refund payment in an attempt to steal personal and financial information.The National Trading Standards Scams Team says the text offers a link to an “extremely convincing” fake website where people are asked to input their bank details to claim a refund. more


Lincolnshire Police issue a warning after criminals impersonate cops in attempt to scam Boston man
Criminals posing as police officers tried to cheat a Boston man out of money twice in a single day.The ‘officer’ claimed that the victim’s grandson had been arrested on suspicion of using a cloned bank card that belonged to his wife and that he must call 101. more


Criminals target savers with fake Covid-19 ‘vaccine bonds’, claiming they are backed by Pfizer
Criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic by targeting savers with online adverts claiming their money will be invested in Covid-19 “vaccine bonds”.The adverts emailed to potential victims falsely claim that US bank Citigroup will invest their money in drug company Pfizer. more


Big spike in work-from-home phishing email
Phishing email attacks related to working from home are rising amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, according to KnowBe4 research.KnowBe4’s quarter four 2020 top-clicked phishing report reveals the top ten general email subjects. It also includes the top ten in-the-wild email subject lines. more


Watch out, you may have swiped right on a criminal
As more users have turned to online dating apps during the pandemic, criminals have taken notice and are now using the apps to trick users into becoming involved in fake investments. more


Bitcoin investment scam is circulating
Cumbria Trading Standards are making residents aware of a bitcoin investment scam email that is circulating.
Action Fraud have received more 400 reports in just two days of the scam. more

Be wary of Covid scam text message, says HMRC

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)* has shared a warning from HMRC about scam text messages concerning fake government grants – further information can be found here.

These scam messages include a link to a fraudulent website (which can be spotted by spelling and grammar mistakes that mark it out as fake).

If you do receive a related text, it is best to avoid clicking on any links, and always be extra vigilant in giving out any personal information unless viewing a website you know you can trust.

You and your colleagues may have searched or even applied for tax relief while working from home. If you are looking for information about this scheme, make sure to visit the Government’s official website directly.

Action Fraud is raising awareness of another coronavirus vaccine scam, after it received a high volume of reports relating to a phishing email on Monday 25th January.

The email appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they click accept, they are asked to input personal information and their bank card details.

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

Beware of fake productivity apps which could give criminals access to your work phone

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)* has cautioned against clicking on links in emails which urge you to download productivity apps. They could actually be a way for criminals to access your phone or computer and steal your data.

This kind of attack is called phishing. Criminals send out mass emails hoping that someone who receives it will take the bait and click the link. Once clicked, criminals can have you download malicious software called malware, which could compromise your device.

If you think you’ve been targeted, report it to Action Fraud. Call 0300 123 2040 at any time of the day or night, or visit their website.

Health Updates

National Disability Survey

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021.

To help the Government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and how to improve the lives of disabled people, we need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.

The UK disability survey asks about your life experiences, either as a disabled person, a carer, or parent, or as someone who has an interest in disability issues.

The survey will be open until 23 April 2021. Responses received before 13 February 2021 will inform the development of the National Strategy for Disabled People, while those received after this date will be used to inform its delivery

How to fill in the survey
The survey is available:

  • online via Citizen Space, with British Sign Language videos (note this page will be live on Friday 15 January)
  • in Braille
  • in Easy Read format
  • in Welsh

You can either fill in your responses online, or email your responses to

What if I am unable to fill in the survey and want to share my views another way?
We have made it easy for you to tell us that a parent, carer or any other person is supporting you. There is a box to let us know that someone is supporting you with filling in the form.

If you are unable to complete this survey but would like to contribute your views on the National Strategy, please submit a statement of no more than 250 words to

Would you like to help shape outpatient services?

Please join us at our virtual engagement event:

We are reshaping the way we deliver Outpatient Care and we want to hear our patients views on proposed changes and what will work for them.

About this Event

Here at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust we would like to hear our patients views on proposed changes to outpatient appointments and their thoughts on our services as a whole.

When? 24th February 2021
Time? 2pm – 4pm

Book via Eventbrite or email for further details.

The GP Patient Survey is open to people to respond until the end of March.

Community Safety Updates

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Community Advisory Groups

Community Advisory Groups are a way for our diverse communities to work with the police in helping them to improve the services they provide.

The role of a CAG member is to:
Be present at regular meetings and forums.
Contribute by guiding and advising the way forces think
Attend training to make members more effective.
Act in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Policing.
CAG members work closely with the police and in doing so, it enables them to create a genuine partnership with their communities.

The Goole Community Advisory Group are currently recruiting and are keen to add members from its diverse communities.

If you have a passion for your community and the policing of it and would like to know more about Community Advisory Groups, please contact:

“Alone, we can do so little, together we can do so much”

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Safer Recruitment Training 2021

(Virtual Delivery – This 2 session course replaces the one day face to face Safer Recruitment training whilst covid restrictions are in place.)

Who is this for?
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) reminds us that the School Staffing Regulations (England) 2009 requires governing bodies of maintained schools to ensure that at least one persons who conducts an interview has completed safer recruitment training.  Therefore this training is aimed at anyone involved in the recruitment of staff across the Education Sector.

Learning Objectives
Based on an understanding of offender behaviour participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Help participants begin to review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer

NB: this is not a comprehensive workshop on staff recruitment and selection

Dates (please note both sessions must be attended to complete the training)

To apply for this course please complete the box below and email to


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.

  • Thursday     4 March       15:45 – 16:45
  • Wednesday 21 April        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

Funding News

The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
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As the UK continues to deal with coronavirus, the Swimathon Foundation is aware that the swimming and aquatics community is still facing a very difficult time with another full closure of swimming facilities across the UK. Back in May 2020, The Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund (the “Fund”) was established to offer grant funding for small organisations working in the swimming and aquatic community in the UK.Through grants made from the Fund, it supported existing small swimming and aquatics organisations so that they could continue to operate in these especially difficult times. In June 2020, £50,000 was granted to such organisations across the UK. The Swimathon Foundation wants to continue to support these organisations and has worked closely once again with Swim England, Swim Wales and Scottish Swimming in establishing a set of criteria for a second Fund, at a time when it is more important than ever to support the swimming community.See the criteria here

What will the Swimathon Foundation fund?
The Fund has been established to help small swimming and aquatics organisations meet their obligations during this difficult period. These could be fixed costs or loss of revenue and might include, for example:

  • Swim coaching costs
  • Transport charge
  • Pool space hire cost
  • Event entry fee
  • Event hosting fees
  • Club kit subsidies
  • Insurance premiums

Applications will only be considered if they relate specifically to the financial impact on the applicable organisation of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic during the period from 01 November 2020 to 31 March 2021.

By way of a more detailed example, the Fund might support a swimming or aquatics club which has had to pay for equipment or pool hire to run an organised session which has now been cancelled as a result of the new UK Government coronavirus guidelines that are in place.

How much will the Swimathon Foundation fund?
Organisations can apply for grants of a minimum amount of £250 and up to a maximum amount of £1,000. Given the continued scale of the current crisis, the Foundation is likely to receive more applications than it will be able to fund. An organisation can only apply once for the award of a grant from the Fund (2020 applicants may reapply in 2021) and that application should be duly authorised by the organisation concerned.

Timeline for application

  • The Swimathon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund 2.0 launch: Monday 1 Feb 2021
  • Application period: Monday 1 Feb – Friday 2 Feb 2021
  • Swimathon Foundation funding review panel: Monday 2 March – Friday 5 March 2021
  • Applicants notified by: Friday 12 March 2021

Short Deadline!
The Transpennine Express Transform Fund makes grants of up to £5,000 for community projects which seek to tackle youth unemployment, promote social inclusion and improve the environment. To be eligible, your project must:

  • Be located within 10 miles of any TransPennine Express route (the closer the better, as applications are shortlisted by distance from the route)
  • Be a new project – ongoing running costs will not be considered

There is a total of £50,000 up for grabs this year – the deadline for applications is 7th February and decisions will be announced by 8th March. For more information, and to apply, visit their website.

All Aboard!
The LNER Customer and Community Investment Fund is the charitable arm of LNER. They provide grants to registered charities, community groups and other not-for-profits which are based within 10-15 miles of the East Coast Mainline railway route (check your eligibility on the map here), for projects under the following themes:

  • Mental health – Creating a culture of positive mental health, bringing people and communities together and taking positive action to prevent suicide.
  • Education and employability skills – A focus on building skills, promoting employability and education amongst marginalised groups by investing in the skills requirements of now and the future.
  • Diversity and inclusion – Supporting diverse and inclusive community projects, creating opportunities for learning and the social mobility of vulnerable groups.
  • Environmental Sustainability – By providing support to environmental projects and encouraging sustainable mobility, our aim is to reduce the impact of congestion on our customers and communities, cutting emissions and improving air quality.

Grant requests can be for between £1,000 and £100,000, and full funding is offered although the Fund welcomes applications that can evidence some match funding, either in-kind or financial support. The application window opens on 22nd February, with the deadline being 2nd April. Funding will be made available by October and must be spent by 31st March 2023 (18 months maximum project length). For more information, and to apply, visit the LNER website.

Arts Grants for April 2021 – March 2022 are now open for applications 
There will be 3 Different applications:

  • Up to £2,000 (1 Year)
  • Over £2,000 (1 Year)
  • Over £2,000 (3 Year)

The deadline for all three will be Monday 1st March 2021

For further information please see the Fact Sheet. If you have any further questions, please email to

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Ebay for Charity
eBay for Charity is launching its next ‘Big Charity Sell’ in the run up to Christmas and calling all charities to encourage their supporters to sell their pre-loved items on eBay donate between 10% and 100% of their sale to charity.

The build up to Christmas is a key moment in the fundraising calendar, and with charity shops shut for the second time this year and festive fundraising events cancelled, eBay’s Big Charity Sell aims to support the charity community through this difficult time.

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Emergency funding available for residents struggling financially due to COVID-19 pandemic

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s emergency assistance scheme aims to help residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of crisis.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the government have made available a limited amount of funds for residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of emergency or crisis. This money is to help support residents where they have had a reduction in their income as a result of coronavirus and urgently require assistance with food and essentials.

Awards will be made where there is no alternative means of meeting the need, this includes help from universal credit and other benefits payable.

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