Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 05.03.2021



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 05.03.2021

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?

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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:

Missed our 2021 fundraising webinar?
Don’t worry if you couldn’t attend the webinar yesterday, you can access this session here:

Raising money for your organisation isn’t always easy. Asking people to donate money or give up their time is tricky and can take up your valuable time too. So we’ve partnered with fundraising website easyfundraising to make fundraising much simpler for you.

This one simple action will allow your organisation to benefit from a stream of regular donations when volunteers and supporters shop online with leading retailers.

How does it work?
By using the easyfundraising website or app to shop, your volunteers and supporters raise a free donation based on how much they spend. Over 4,300 retailers will donate, ranging from everyday retailers like Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis and M&S to travel sites like Trainline, and Tui, and even takeaway and grocery retailers like Just Eat, Dominos, Uber Eats, Iceland and Waitrose.

During these changing times easyfundraising offers a consistent fundraising opportunity with no risk of being cancelled! And because it’s all online, it means everyone can raise money easily and safely from home. It won’t cost your supporters anything extra either because the retailers pay the donation, not the shopper.
To join them, simply register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising – it’s completely free to register and use and only takes two minutes to get started.

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Voluntary Sector Updates

Give an assistance dog the best start in life

Canine Partners are recruiting volunteers,  to offer the best start in life to a puppy in training to be, an assistance dog for their charity.

The national charity is looking for puppy parents in Hull and within a 45 minutes’ drive of ST18 9PR, to provide their puppies with the love, care and skills they need to get ready for the next stage of their training.

Canine Partners trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence.

The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and dressing a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency.

Puppies-in-training live in the volunteer’s home from around eight-weeks-old until they are ready to start advanced training. Canine Partners’ expert trainers are on hand to support puppy parents, as training involves home visits, one-to-ones, town visits and puppy classes in order to socialise the puppy and get them used to all situations they may need to be in as a fully trained canine partner.

To become a puppy parent, you need to be aged 18 or over, work less than full-time and be willing to make a long term commitment of at least 14 months.

To find out more about becoming a puppy parent for Canine Partners, please visit, call 08456 580 480 or email


Here is the latest edition of the arts and culture show for the East Riding and Lincolnshire:

The very local content for this programme features Willerby author Chris Speck; Elizabeth Godber of Smashing Mirrors Theatre on their work with Dementia; writer Christina Gabbitas on the challenge of an animation for the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner; and Tom Wilders of East Riding Theatre on its fundraising campaign.

Please share as widely as you can and if you have any stories for us, please email and we do our best to cover. The deadline for the next edition of the show will be around 12th March.


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East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)
We work with the Local Authority and Health Commissioners to improve services for children and young people (0-25 years) with special educational needs and disabilities. We are part of a Regional and National network and represent the views of parents to improve local services for families who care for children and young people with SEND.

EYPCF is an independent organisation and we believe that by working together we have more strength to raise awareness of our children’s needs.

We would like to share the following information with you.

Open Coffee Session, Friday 5 March from 10.00-12.00 noon, via zoom
For parents/carers, professionals and elected members, all welcome
We will be discussing the EYPCF Survey 2020 and 2018 and looking for ways forward.  Both Survey Reports are attached.

Please email Claire Thomas, Participation Coordinator, if you would like the zoom link –

Volunteer Opportunities for parent/carers with the Information Group
Please see the attached poster, the next Information Group meeting is Wednesday 10 March, from 9.30-11.00am.

Activities Fayre, Thursday 18 March, 10.00-12.00 and available after on YouTube
Together with East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), we are organising an Activities Fayre to showcase a range of services and activities provided for children and young people with SEND within the East Riding.  Please book your place on via the Eventbrite link:

The event will be run as a live webinar for presenters, with parents and carers able to watch and ask questions at a plenary session at the end.  The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube on the day and saved as a future resource.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Beverley FM
Community radio station, Beverley FM, continues to provide truly local coverage to community groups doing great work in East Yorkshire, despite the pandemic.

The latest stories include Fairtrade Fortnight, the new No More Knives animation and Census 2021.

Features are broadcast in Morning Mix each weekday (10-12). Our local news is broadcast six days a week at 7/8am, 4/5pm on weekdays and, on Saturdays, 8/9am.

Please send us your stories at Hear Beverley FM on 107.8FM, online at, on smart speakers and on the tunein app.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Hull & East Riding

Puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind Hull & East Riding Community Team
If you live in Barlby, Brayton,  Selby ,Howden ,Market Weighton , Pocklington, Holme on Spalding Moor Guide dogs for the Blind -Hull & East Riding Community Team need puppy raisers!

Help us raise a future guide dog puppy and make a difference to people living with sight loss-click here to begin your journey with Guide Dogs UK

Find out more

We offer 24/7 support ,full training, all food and vets bills covered. Help make a difference! If you would like to find out more about the roles please contact or ring 0800 781 1444

Fundraisers roles for Guide Dogs for the Blind Hull & East Riding Community Team
We are recruiting for fundraisers in Selby, Beverley and Bridlington. Fundraising it isn’t just about shaking buckets – we have many roles as follows:-

We offer full training and reimburse travel costs.
If you would like to find out more about the roles please contact or ring 0800 781 1444

Charity Thanks Founding Trustee for Dedicated Service
The Pocklington-based youth charity, YPC, has paid tribute to one of its founding trustees who has stepped down.

Marianne Lownsborough, known as ‘Maz’, was one of the main driving forces behind creating the charity in 2013. She was responsible for many of the crucial funding bids which have helped YPC secure its new home on Railway Street.

She has always been concerned about the right provision for young people and felt that there was little support for them in the local area, especially after the closure of the town’s youth centre.

Chair of the Trustees, Claire Reading, says: “We’ll miss Maz’s drive and enthusiasm and wish her well as she continues to support young adults. Maz’s flair and help in securing grants and writing up policies has been instrumental in developing the project work and our exciting new building.”

YPC is refurbishing a shop unit on Railway Street into a drop-in centre, complete with café bar, creative spaces and games rooms for young people aged 11-18.

The charity is looking to recruit new volunteers to join its dedicated team and help make a real difference to the next generation. Contact in the first instance or, for an informal chat, call Claire on 07818 207478.

More details about the charity are available at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Upcoming events with the
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While the government has recently set out a roadmap for taking the country out of lockdown, we still have at least a few more months of restricted interaction. So while Zoom continues to be a part of our daily lived experience for so many of us, we wanted to bring your attention to two upcoming virtual events we are holding this month.

The events are open to all so please do sign up and share amongst your networks.



International Women’s Day 2021 Monday 10th at 12pm
This year we have teamed up with HOPE not hate for this interactive digital event. The focus will be a celebration of British Muslim women, their contributions and the barriers many have had to overcome to be where they are today.
Attendees will hear from a range of interfaith contributors who will discuss their experiences as women of faith in Britain, intersectionality, feminism and their hopes for what a post-COVID world will look like. This will be followed by a question and answer session where you can put your questions to these fantastic women.

Register here for our International Women’s Day event

Learn about hate crimes with the CPS Wednesday 17th March at 10am

For this event we have partnered with Black Country Innovate and the Crown Prosecution Service Our aim is to raise awareness and build resilience in communities to tackle hate crimes. During the two hour workshop we will be exploring what constitutes a hate crime, how to report one and how we can engage the community.

Register here for our hate crime workshop with the CPS


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National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
The Budget 2021: an overview for the VCSE sector

Rishi Sunak’s first proper Budget as Chancellor broke from tradition, with most of the big announcements being made in the press from last weekend.

You can read our response (disappointment) to this budget here – ‘All aboard the Budget Bus‘ – written by Clare Mills, our Head of Communications and External Affairs.

The #NeverMoreNeeded coalition, which represents thousands of social change organisations and charities across the UK, has put forward a joint response to the Budget which you can read here.

We’ve also rounded up the detail of yesterday’s Budget and hopefully covered the key areas that will be of interest to you, your organisation and your networks. For more details, you can find the Budget 2021 in full here.

Key announcements

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough’) has been extended to September 2021. Until then, employees will continue to receive 80% of their wages. Employers will need to contribute 10% in July and 20% in August and September as the scheme is gradually phased out.
  • The Business Rates ‘holiday’ will continue until the end of June 2021. For the rest of the financial year, business rates will be subject to a 2/3 discount, meaning only 1/3 the ‘normal’ business rates will be payable.
  • There is a £5bn fund for ‘Restart Grants’, and local councils will administer the distribution of these.
  • Non-essential retail businesses will get up to £6,000 per premises through the Restart Grant scheme to help them reopen. Our understanding is that this will include charity shops.
  • There is an additional £19m for domestic abuse programmes, which have seen a significant increase in demand for support during lockdown.
  • £10m is being made available to provide mental health support for veterans, through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. The government will provide also up to £475,000 to Armed Forces charities in 2021-22 to support the development of a digital and data strategy for the sector.
  • The £150 million Community Ownership Fund will help ensure that communities across the UK can continue to benefit from the local facilities and amenities that are most important to them. From the summer, community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched funding to help them to buy local assets to run as community-owned businesses

Support for people

  • The temporary £20 per week uplift in universal credit has been given a six-month extension, after charities warned of rising poverty which will only increase when the uplift is cut.
  • People in receipt of Working Tax Credit will receive a one-off payment of £500 in April 2021.
  • The National Living Wage will increase to £8.91/hour from April 2021, for workers aged 23 and over.
  • The personal basic rate tax free allowance goes to £12,570 from April 2021. The higher rate level goes to £50,270. Allowances will then be frozen for three years.

International Women’s Day 2021: Women Leading the Way

Webinar: 5pm, 8 March

Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March with the Fawcett Society, joining an online event to hear from an amazing line up of powerful women who are leading the way in politics, business, activism and journalism. You can hear from and celebrate the achievements of women in power as they share their journeys to leadership.

Find out more and register by clicking here.

#FlexibleFunders: Two practical ideas to increase unrestricted funding

The William Grant Foundation has signed up to IVAR’s eight commitments for open and trusting grant–making. In a blog post, the Foundation’s Chief Executive, Nick Addington, has shared two practical ideas to increase the unrestricted funding flowing from funders to the voluntary sector. The first is to turn restricted project grants into ‘designated’ unrestricted grants and the second is to add general operating support to project support. Read more on both by clicking here.

Updated guidance: deferred VAT payments

HMRC has updated its guidance on deferred VAT payments between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. If you deferred payments and still have payments to make, you can:

  • pay the deferred VAT in full, on or before 31 March 2021
  • join the VAT deferral new payment scheme – the online service is open between 23 February 2021 and 21 June 2021
  • contact HMRC on Telephone: 0800 024 1222 by 30 June 2021 if you need extra help to pay

You can read the guidance in full by clicking here.

Working from home: tips to improve your Wi-Fi

This year has really shown us what a difference having a good WiFi signal at home can make to productivity levels.

Downloads that take an age, videos that load every couple of seconds, and sounding like an alien on Zoom calls. We have all been there. That’s why we are delighted that the good people over at Charity Digital have published some straightforward advice to improve the quality of your Wi-Fi connection. Tips include getting a WiFi booster, checking the location of your router and even going old school and plugging in!

Take a look.

Updated resources from NCVO

NCVO has refreshed its coronavirus practical advice pages to reflect the very latest information. Updates include:

Mental health in the workplace for comms people

Webinar: 12pm, 19 March

Women in Public Affairs is hosting a webinar for communications professionals on supporting mental health in the workplace, with David Beeney.

The event will explore the causes, stigma and some of the myths of mental health, offering practical steps, which can be taken back into the workplace, with the goal of creating a culture of openness and trust.

You can register for this free event here.

Community, Connection and Cohesion during COVID-19

‘Community, Connection and Cohesion During Covid-19: Beyond Us and Them Report’ is the latest report from the Belong Network, looking at the effects of COVID-19 on social cohesion. Trust in government, optimism about the future, a sense of neighbourliness and individual wellbeing are all explored alongside wider comparisons of areas that invested in social cohesion ahead of the pandemic against those that did not, and the outcomes for people living there.

You can read the report here.

The impact of COVID-19 on England’s youth organisations

A new publication from UK Youth reports that COVID-19 is having a significant, negative impact on young people and 66% of participating youth organisations are experiencing an increase in demand for their services. The charity’s research also found that 20% of youth organisations are temporarily closed or preparing to permanently due to financial implications of the pandemic.

Find out more about the research in the executive summary, by clicking here.

Structuring a PCN social prescribing service for the post COVID world

NHS Networks has published a blog post by Nick Sharples, who is a highly experienced social prescribing lead. In his post, Nick explores how to plan workforces, how to change reporting responsibilities, and recruiting for new roles. He also explores specific roles including the social prescribing link worker and the health and wellbeing coach.

You can read his post here.

NHS England Safeguarding app

The NHS Safeguarding app has been developed to act as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access on up to date legislation and guidance across the safeguarding life course.

The app also provides information on how to report a safeguarding concern and even has a directory of safeguarding contacts for every local authority in England, searchable by region.

It is accessed by over 300 users daily and has had over 100,000 downloads.

It can be accessed via Apple iOS, Google Play or it can be downloaded by visiting your device’s appropriate app store and searching for ‘NHS Safeguarding’.

If you have any questions or amendments that need to be noted on the NHS Safeguarding App please the Safeguarding Team:

Office for Civil Society Update

Changes to Kickstart Scheme eligibility
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Kickstart Scheme provides fully-funded jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.  The funding available pays 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for 6 months.

DWP has made it easier for employers of all sizes to benefit from joining the scheme, by removing the limit requiring they create a minimum of 30 vacancies in order to be able to apply directly. This will allow us to bring on board a greater number of employers, creating many more exciting opportunities for young people.

Employers who want support to get involved with the scheme can continue to partner with one of our many Gateway organisations such as a Local Authority or Chamber of Commerce. Gateways can help provide a local connection and the necessary wrap around support which is a hallmark of Kickstart. There are now more than 600 approved gateways covering many sectors and all parts of the country.

Please see the resources available on to support you:

Register to order Covid-19 tests for your employees
Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus have been made available across the country from January 2021, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 314 lower-tier local authorities.

Local authorities have been encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.

The scheme encourages organisations with more than 50 employees to set up their own workplace testing sites. To register to order coronavirus tests for your employees click here.

Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and our vital services. This programme is crucial given that around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without displaying any symptoms.

Lateral flow tests used by the UK government go through a rigorous evaluation by the country’s leading scientists. This means they are accurate, reliable and successfully identify those with COVID-19 who don’t show symptoms and could pass on the virus without realising. Lateral flow tests can return results within 30 minutes, without needing to be sent to a lab.


We are delighted to announce that funding for 2021 is now open and will stay open for the rest of the year.

Small and local charities with a yearly income of £25,000 to £1 million who are helping people experiencing complex social issues can now apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.

Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.

Applications for funding will remain open throughout the year. To check your eligibility and apply, visit our website.


Apply for funding
To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, at least 25% of the £9.5 million awarded in grants this year will be ringfenced for Black, Asian and minority ethnic led charities. In the coming months, we will also be launching our Racial Equity funding stream for charities that are led by and for members of minoritised communities. If you’d like to find out when the Racial Equity strand opens, sign up here.

On Tuesday 30 March, 14:00, we will be holding a live Q&A panel with our grants team to talk through the eligibility criteria for our funding, the details of the grants and more. We will also be on hand to answer any questions about this funding. You can find our full eligibility guidance here.


NYA COVID-19 Readiness Level

** From 8th March 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into Step 1A on the Roadmap, remaining at RED in the readiness framework. **

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Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

A builder whose shoddy work saw his customers lose around £100,000 has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud.
An investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards found James Lee Knight persuaded at least eight homeowners to pay for repairs or extension works he failed to finish. more


Reports have been received of cold callers offering tarmacking work, knocking on doors in rural areas surrounding Garstang, Lancashire.
On two occasions, a small amount of work was agreed, but the traders continued to carry out further work that had not been agreed. more


The government’s Green Homes Grant offers eligible homeowners in up to £10,000 of energy saving improvements, but some doorstep traders are already trying to abuse the scheme, according to Herefordshire Council Trading Standards. more


Eight men have been arrested in the UK over a series of sim-swapping attacks on the mobile phones of victims in the US, including well-known musicians, sports stars and influencers. more


The scam involves a caller claiming to be from BT Openreach, who states that there are issues with your internet connection and that they need to gain access to your computer to perform tests and fix it.  more


The large-scale phishing campaign is a variation of a classic “Is that you?” trick.
It involves a victim receiving a message from who they think is a friend and the supposed friend sending them a video or image and asking if they’re in it. more


According to Action Fraud, £68 million was stolen in ‘romance scams’ in 2020. The isolation, loneliness and fear that the pandemic has created is the perfect environment for cybercriminals to operate in, and scams of this kind have increased by 20% during the health crisis. more

ICO Update

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Stay one step ahead of the coronavirus scammers
You may have noticed an increase in scam texts, emails or calls over the past few weeks, particularly those related to booking a coronavirus vaccine or claiming for financial support. If you do experience any of these scams, don’t panic – we’ve got advice and helpful links for you on our website.

Action Fraud is warning the public to spot the signs of courier fraud.

What it is
Courier fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address.

The caller may also offer a telephone number for the victim to telephone or ask the victim to call the number on the back of their bank card to check that they are genuine. In these circumstances, either the number offered will not be genuine or, where a genuine number is suggested, the fraudster will stay on the line and pass the victim to a different individual.

After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

  • Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
  • Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.
Victims are then asked to co-operate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster.

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect yourself

  • Your bank or the police will never call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone or offer to pick up your card by courier. Hang up if you get a call like this.
  • If you need to call your bank back to check, wait five minutes; fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. Alternatively, use a different line altogether to call your bank.
  • Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.
Spot the signs
  • Someone claiming to be from your bank or local police force calls you to tell you about fraudulent activity but is asking you for personal information or even your PIN to verify who you are.
  • They’re offering you to call back so you can be sure they’re genuine, but when you try to return the call there’s no dial tone.
  • They try to offer you peace of mind by having somebody pick up the card for you to save you the trouble of having to go to your bank or local police station.
How it happens
You may get called on your mobile or landline by someone who claims to be from your bank or the police. They say their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.

They might suggest that you hang up and redial the number of their bank or police force to reassure you that they’re genuine. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you’re still speaking to the same fraudster.

They’ll then ask you to read out your credit or debit card PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or elsewhere to grab more information.

Then they promise to send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have your name, address, full bank details, card and its PIN, and withdraw cash using the card and may even use the information to commit identity fraud in your name.

How to report it
Report it to us online or call 0300 123 2040.

If you’ve given your bank details over the phone or handed your card to a courier, call your bank straight away to cancel the card.

UK Finance Update
Our work on economic crime continues to uncover a significant amount of fraud through scams exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic, such as fake text messages aimed at harvesting bank details. The banking and finance industry’s partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) prevented almost £20 million of fraud in 2020 and arrested over 100 suspected criminals.

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Our News Newsletter – March Edition

We are pleased to share our March OUR NEWS newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales) for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters – from households to volunteers. The newsletter is attached (see below) or can be viewed by clicking on this link.
This month we look at cyber-based scams, including phishing emails and sextortion. We include a reminder of our Community Grants Programme which is ending soon and look at Census 2021 which is coming to all households on the 21st March. We also hear from a Coordinator in Derbyshire who began his scheme in April 2019 and now has 71% of his village signed up as members!

With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to

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Warning Following National Insurance Scam Calls

National Insurance Scams

Action Fraud have received over 1,000 extra calls from members of the public this week reporting National Insurance scams.
Callers have reported receiving an automated telephone call telling them their National Insurance number has been compromised and in order to fix this and get a new number, the victim needs to press 1 on their handset to be connected to the caller. This is a scam.
If you receive an unexpected phone call, text message or email that asks for your personal or financial details, remember to:
  • Take a moment to think
  • Challenge. It’s ok to reject or ignore requests
  • Protect. If you think you’ve scammed report it to Action Fraud
  • Tell your bank straight away.
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Health Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine

GPs across the region have filmed an important message in multiple languages to encourage vaccine confidence.

Across England, GPs have raised concerns over a low uptake of coronavirus vaccination among patients from ethnic minority backgrounds – warning that misinformation has left some patients reluctant to come forward. CCGs across the Humber, Coast and Vale area, have come together to coordinate video messages from local GPs, and are working to promote them to enhance confidence in the vaccine and to dispel any vaccine myths.  These videos are currently available in English, Polish, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Gujarati.

The playlist can be found on the Humber, Coast and Vale YouTube channel here.

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

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

Community Safety Updates

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Statement from The Police and Crime Commissioner

Please click the link below to read a statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter regarding Coronavirus Laws and Guidance.
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Child Exploitation Training

(This training replaces the previous one-day course and has been split into two parts)

Part 1 (3 hours) – Awareness of Child Exploitation and the impact on children and their families
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will;

  • Understand the risk and vulnerabilities relating to extra familial risk
  • Know the signs that may indicate a child is being exploited
  • Understand methods used to groom a child
  • Recognise the impact of child exploitation on children and their families

Part 2 (3 hours) – Procedures used to identify, assess, respond, and disrupt child exploitation in the East Riding
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will be able to describe the processes used to prevent, disrupt, and respond to exploitation & trafficking in the East Riding

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

Date / Time
Part 1 Tuesday          9 March       09:30 – 12:30
Part 2 Wednesday   10 March       09:30 – 12:30
Part 1 Wednesday     9 June         13:00 – 16:00
Part 2 Thursday       10 June         13:00 – 16:00

To apply click on the link below which will take you to our application page (please do not email your application for this training).
*  It may take up to 7 days for your application to be processed so please allow this time before contacting to check if you have been allocated a place.
If you have any queries email us at

DASH Risk Checklist (Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Violence) On-line training

This training is for front line staff from all agencies who will use the DASH risk assessment checklist. Applicants should have previously done Domestic Abuse Awareness training; if not, free e-learning is available on


 Part 1 – to be completed in your own time prior to joining part 2– information about this will be sent when you have booked on to the course

Part 2 – a three hour online plenary session

The aims is to prepare participants to use the DASH risk assessment checklist
After completing training participants will: –

  • Know about their responsibilities to identify, assess and manage the risk where service users are experiencing domestic abuse, stalking, harassment or honour based violence
  • Be able to use the DASH risk checklist and make professional judgements about the level of domestic abuse risk
  • Understand the barriers to disclosing domestic abuse which may exist
  • Know how and when to refer to MARAC

Dates and times for DASH Risk checklist training Part 2

  • 13.30 – 16.30 Tuesday 09.03.2021
  • 9.30 – 12.30 Friday 26.03.2021

To book your place Ctrl + Click on the link below which will take you to the ERSCP training application form

You will be sent a link to join the session with confirmation of booking.

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.

Day Date Time
Thursday 04 March 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 21 April 15:45 – 16:45
Tuesday 25 May 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 23 June 10:30 – 11:30
Friday 09 July 14:30 – 15:30
Thursday 19 August 09:30 – 10:30
Tuesday 14 September 15:45 – 16:45
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

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 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 30 November 2021.

Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 Open on 1 March
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

Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme
Applications are ongoing for Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme. The scheme is designed to support smaller UK charities, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Currently, the scheme is focused on the following:

  • Providing one-year grants to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, working from home, or delivery of online digital services
  • Supporting local charities that are delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support

Charities can apply for grants of £1,000 to £10,000. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Find out more

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Now Open for Spring Applications
Grants for farming and rural communities for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities.

The Spring 2021 funding round is offering grants of up to £10,000 for innovative projects that build resilience through community-led solutions, from groups and organisations who are working in villages and hamlets with populations of less than 3,000 residents.

There is particular interest in applications from Norfolk, Suffolk, South East England and Wales.
Applications will be accepted from properly constituted, community-led organisations with a turnover under £500,000 per year, who can demonstrate how beneficiaries will be drawn from the local community.

Applications will be considered from the following which is not an exhaustive list:

  • Charities
  • Community Benefit Society
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • Unincorporated associations
Priority will be given to communities:
  • In remote rural areas, specifically areas of Locality Related Deprivation.
  • With an ageing population or with a limited number of working age people in the area.
  • With a population of under 3,000 residents, with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more.
A webinar will be held on 3 March 2021 (12pm). Registration is required and should be done via The Prince’s Countryside Fund website.

The deadline for funding applications is 19 March 2021.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

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