Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 07.01.22



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 07.01.22


ERVAS Services Update

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

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


easyfundraising workshop: How your organisation can tap into unrestricted funding in 2022
Thursday January 24th, 230pm-3.30pm

Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman will join Devan Witter from ERVAS to show you how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity can use the easyfundraising platform to benefit from unrestricted funding in 2022.

Becky will demonstrate how the platform works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you have. This is an easy and effective way to boost your funds in 2022 so do come along to find out how!

easyfundraising is free to use and is trusted by 170,000 community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK.

Find out more and register today!


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

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

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

Visit our dedicated portal online at today!


How to get extra funding in 2022
What are your fundraising goals this year? A new project, improved facilities, more equipment and supplies, better support for your users? Whatever you’re fundraising for, make sure easyfundraising is a part of your strategy. easyfundraising enables your organisation to collect free donations when your community of volunteers and supporters shop online online with leading retailers. Free to register and use, signing up to easyfundraising is a great way to create a continuous stream of income, which complements your existing activities.

Find out more


How to guides launched

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

 Access the guides online today!


Youth Coalitions Project Evaluation Report Launched

We have now released the evaluation report for the East Riding Youth Coalitions Support Service, the full evaluation report, and many other project impact and evaluation reports can be found on the ERVAS website.

Just navigate to the about section and click on the link: Our impact:- Project Evaluation Reports and Research.

 Access the evaluation reports today!


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

ERVAS are now recruiting for the following roles:

  • Centre Co-ordinator (Bridlington Community Hub)


East Riding Youth Activities Funding Fayre
The recording from our Youth Activities Funding Fayre hosted in December 2021 is now live and available on our YouTube channel.

This webinar includes a number of presentations from funders, including The National Lottery Community Fund, Active Humber, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The webinar provided an opportunity for groups to ask questions and be part of the discussion around engaging with young people to make sure they’re involved in the development of your youth project.

View the webinar 

Voluntary Sector Updates


Groups Celebrate as Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund Awards Tenth Round of Grants

Since 2016, more than 145 local community groups and charities have been awarded a share of over £2 million from the Ørsted East Coast Community Fund. This comes as 13 deserving local organisations have received the good news that they too have been awarded grants from the tenth round of the Fund.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, until 2037, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives.

The community groups will each receive a share of the windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process.

Read more

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Annual Police Funding

Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside Jonathan Evison is asking residents to give their views about police funding for 2022/23 in an online survey. To read the Commissioner’s statement and take the survey CLICK HERE

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Would You Pay More For Your Fire and Rescue

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on what the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service council tax precept should be for 2022-2023.Residents in North and North East Lincolnshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston Upon Hull are being asked if they are prepared to pay an extra 1.99% for their Fire and Rescue Service, which is 15p per month extra on a Band D property. Some residents may pay less, and any increase won’t be more than 29p per month for the highest rated properties. As with most public sector organisations, Humberside Fire Authority continues to face significant financial challenges over the next few years and it must continue to work hard to ensure that it can continue to deliver a high level of service at a lower cost. If the council tax precept is not increased, reductions to the services provided will have to be made.  Information about the options, the impact on council tax bands and an online survey are available on the Service’s website at  Consultation closes at 12 noon on Friday 21 January 2022.  Email tracking gif

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Introduction to Succession Planning for Charities

FUTURE BUILDERS – Supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Future Communities Initiative (facilitated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council) and funded by RWE (via the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund).

As part of the East Riding Councils Future Builders programme we are pleased to invite you to an online event on Succession Planning on Wednesday 19 January at 10:30am.

Attendees from charities and community groups in East Yorkshire will hear from Realistic Business who are working with local groups to develop their succession planning processes. They will guide you through what succession planning is and some of the key learnings that are starting to emerge.

Participants will be given pointers to attracting the right employees, trustees and volunteers with the right skills, to help secure their organisation’s future and effectiveness.

Sign up today to learn more about this important part of business planning that many of us struggle to implement in our charities and community groups.

Find out more and register today!


What is Not In Our Community?
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Humberside has released a short film to explain the various ways that their local campaign to raise awareness of Child Exploitation, Not In Our Community, can be accessed. It follows recognition and acclaim for the programme at a national policing conference earlier this month.
Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison was one of just five Police and Crime representatives who had the opportunity to present to the conference and showcase innovative local practice to improve community safety and crime prevention. The Humberside presentation was later announced as the winner.

Introducing the campaign PCC Evison said: “Early Intervention is vital to provide young people and communities with the tools to protect themselves.

“With investment from my office, the Not In Our Community campaign has been developed into a multi-channelled way to raise awareness of child exploitation across the Humberside Police Force area. We have platforms with content aimed to raise awareness in young people and separate platforms with tailored messaging for parents, professionals and communities.

“We use innovative ways to engage with young people such as high impact, locally produced films where the viewer can choose what happens next, as well as music videos, animations, and interactive online learning.”

To find out more, watch the new ‘What is Not In Our Community?’ film HERE, which explains more about the campaign and how young people, parents, carers, teachers and professionals can all access and make the most of this Humber-focused campaign to raise awareness of child exploitation.

Visit for the full suite of campaign resources.

Everyone has a role to play in protecting our young people and any concerns should be reported to Humberside Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, all crime can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers’

Fearless campaign is available at – Young people can submit anonymous reports online and the site provides non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality specifically for young people.


Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline – New Service update 

Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline is pleased to announce the expansion of our service to support the mental health and wellbeing of adult asylum seekers across the UK. This project is funded by the Home Office and is in addition to our current service that offers support to children, young people and their parents.

The Helpline will offer advice, signposting, emotional support and 8 free sessions of therapy by qualified Barnardo’s therapists. These sessions can take place remotely via telephone or online. Barnardo’s has a large pool of culturally informed therapists who speak a range of languages. Sessions can take place in your own language at a time that works for you.

Helpline Advisors can also offer practical support such as food vouchers and access to digital devices. We are continuing our partnership with Vodafone to ensure that asylum seekers can access support by providing refurbished tablets and mobile phones.

We welcome referrals from professionals via our referral form, as well as direct contact from asylum seekers by telephone, email or online chat.

You can make a referral to the Helpline here.

The Helpline is open Monday – Friday (10am-8pm) and Saturday (10-3pm) via phone, webchat and email.

Please contact for further information about this project.

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

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

The Right Space’s purpose is to:

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


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

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

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


Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind are Recruiting for Volunteer Puppy raisers in your area!!!

Our super-heroes are our volunteer puppy raisers who help raise a future guide dog.

Watch our Flash video about the puppy raising role

Guide Dogs are also recruiting for Puppy raisers & Puppy Fosterers in the following area :-

  • Beverley
  • Swanland
  • North & South Cave
  • Little Weighton ,
  • Market Weighton
  • Risby
  • Cherry Burton
  • Skidby
  • Bishop Burton
  • Selby
  • North & South Newbald

• Puppy Raisers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of our guide dogs.
• Please be aware that this is huge commitment to raise the puppy and for you to attend training.
• Acceptance to roles subject to interview, references, and home checks.
• You will receive full training and 24/7 support
• All food and vets’ costs supplied and covered

Watch Stacey’s story, and see what a difference a guide dog makes to the lives of people living with sight loss

Want to make a difference and help Guide Dogs Hull & East Riding Community Team , find out more by ringing or emailing Linda Conway : or ring 07464511436 or visit our website to find out more

#makeadifference #volunteer #puppyraiser

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
New research shows how the voluntary sector tackled inequality and isolation during the pandemic

The findings of a project helping to bring communities together to tackle inequality and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic are being shared today by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and Locality.

The report gives an insight into how organisations adapted to the pandemic. It demonstrates how they focused more on creating virtual spaces, reaching out to vulnerable and isolated people, and co-ordinating support to communities.

Read more.


Equally Ours report: Levelling Up – Firm Foundations

The Equally Ours report Levelling Up: Firm Foundations, written by Belinda Pratten and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, presents an evidence base and a narrative for ‘levelling up’ from an equality and human rights perspective.

Click here to watch the launch and read the report.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Cold-caller warning from Flintshire Trading Standards following Storm Arwen
Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) in Flintshire have issued a reminder to residents in the county not to use cold callers to carry out repair work following Storm Arwen. Following storms and bad weather, TSOs often see an uptick in the number of complaints regarding rogue traders in the area. more

Rogue trader performed disappearing act after victim handed over hundreds of pounds
William Morton, of Wolseley Close in Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to carrying out work without professional diligence. Problems began when the trusting homeowner, from the East Park area of Wolverhampton, employed Morton to carry out a garage conversion on his property. more

Man falls victim to ‘very sophisticated’ £58,000 telephone scam
A county man has fallen victim to a near £58,000 telephone banking scam.
The 57-year-old received a phone call from someone claiming to be from his bank and was told there had been fraudulent activity on his account. more

Covid-19 vaccine text scams rife and targetting youngsters, trading standards warns
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) issued a warning to the public about text scams that target youngsters. CTSI Lead Officer Katherine Hart informed CTSI that her sons Adam, 20, and his brother, 18, who both live in Scotland, where some public venues such as nightclubs require the presentation of a vaccine pass for entry, were at the receiving end of this scam. more

Warning over Android banking scam that steals money if you answer the phone
The criminals are posing as banks in a scheme that allows them to take over your phone and bank account when you answer their phone call, reports the Daily Record. The cyber criminals are using malware called BRATA, which has previously been found on dangerous apps that managed to sneak onto Google Play Store, as it can evade most anti-virus scanners. more

Omicron variant PCR test phishing emails
Another new fake email attempting to cash in on the confusion and anxiety surrounding the pandemic is doing the rounds, impersonating the NHS and offering ‘a free Omicron PCR today to avoid restrictions’. more

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Do You Know Where To Report Scam Messages?

Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information.

In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organisation you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message.

Reporting suspicious emails:
If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at:

As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs.

Thank you for your continued support.

*In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive.

Reporting suspicious text messages:
You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726.

If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider.

(On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message)

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:

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Which? Scam Alert

The strangest scams of 2021
Even as we were enjoying the relative freedoms of summer – with some of us even jetting off on holiday – fraudsters didn’t take a single day off. We continued to receive hundreds of scam reports every month and, sadly, some from victims who lost substantial sums of money. But for every sophisticated scheme spun by scammers, there are the more preposterous attempts that are capable of raising a smile even in these worrying times.

From the parcel prowler with pruning sheers to a mysterious windfall from James Bond, here are the most peculiar scam attempts we’ve come across this year.

Fake Royal Mail text scam
Now that we’re in the full throes of delivery season, it’s no surprise that scammers are taking every opportunity to catch people out. They’ve been impersonating Royal Mail and targeting unsuspecting shoppers with phoney delivery text messages.

While we would never recommend engaging with a scam text message, we went along with one of these Royal Mail delivery text scams to show you what happens.

Delivery text scam exposed

Impersonation scams on WhatsApp
We’ve shared this with you before, but we’re seeing more and more reports of this scam. Fraudsters are posing as a friend or family member on WhatsApp in order to manipulate victims into transferring money.

See a real life example of an impersonation scam and read our advice on how to handle them.

CBD gummy ‘endorsements’ are nothing to do with Andy Murray 
Fake celebrity endorsements remain a popular method of drawing people into scams and fake products online. This time people spotted British tennis legend Andy Murray’s name being used in ads for CBD gummies.

We let Andy know – you can read his response here, as well as our advice on how to spot and report the fake ads.

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Are You Leaving The Door Open For Hackers?

Why are software updates important?
Software updates are an important part of staying secure online. But why? You’ll often hear about the new features or performance improvements in a software update, but what isn’t talked about as often are the bug fixes and security improvements. Out-of-date software and apps contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack. Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.

Why would cyber criminals target me?
Your device contains a lot of personal data that is highly valuable if it fell into the hands of a fraudster. The likelihood is your device will contain your full name, date of birth, address, bank details, passwords, as well as many other forms of personal data such as private photos or videos.

Improve your online security by using automatic software updates
We understand it can sometimes be annoying to remember to update your devices every time a new update is released, that’s why we encourage you to enable automatic updates wherever it’s available. That means you don’t have to manually install updates every time they’re released.

We’ve provided some useful links below where you can find step by step instructions on how to enable automatic updates for your devices and apps.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:

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Health Updates

The Impact of COVID-19

The Healthwatch Humber Network is a collaboration of the four local Healthwatch teams (Healthwatch Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire), that delivers projects and community engagement on a collective basis where there is equal need and benefit to each local community.

The Healthwatch Humber Network are currently gathering views on all aspect of Health and Social Care that have affected people during the Covid-19 Pandemic. As well as gathering views on changes that have been introduced as a result of the pandemic and finding out about people’s experiences of services they have accessed; we are also looking to hear from people who are currently awaiting treatment and from those who may have delayed accessing care during this time.

We will also be exploring what information and support individuals feel would be of use to them whilst they are awaiting treatment, and whether individuals have noticed any changes in their health and wellbeing over the course of the pandemic.

The results of this engagement will be shared with system partners to highlight areas of good practice and help inform areas of priority in recovery from a patient perspective as well as the core support patients are seeking that will best assist them whilst waiting for services.

You can give feedback by the following methods:
Telephone: 01482 778680
If you wish to complete a paper version, contact your local Healthwatch using the details below:
Healthwatch Kingston Upon Hull: 01482 595505
Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire: 01482 665684
Healthwatch North Lincolnshire: 01724 844986
Healthwatch North East Lincolnshire: 01472 361459

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Patient Survey

Residents in the East Riding area are being asked to share their experiences of local community pharmacy services. Healthwatch East Riding and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council are asking residents to share their views about pharmacy services in their area as part of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) used mostly by NHS England & NHS Improvement but also by other organisations that are involved with health care.

The assessment aims to understand:

  • If there is sufficient choice of pharmacy services available in our area;
  • What types of services people need;
  • How things may change in the future.

NHS England & NHS Improvement use the assessment information to make decisions on where pharmacy services are needed most and can help identify where improvements are required.

Click here to complete the survey

The closing date for this survey is 31st January 2022

Community Safety Updates

Private Fostering Leaflets and Posters

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

Funding News

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

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

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s children and young people’s safeguarding and support service is inviting applications from voluntary organisations for a share of £40,000.

The 2022 Positive Activity Grant (PAG) will award funds of £2,000, £4,000 or £10,000 for youth & sports organisations across the county.

Grants are available in three bands.

  • Band A, £10,000 for a new youth organisation that has never received a PAG award previously.
  • Band B, 3 x £4,000 for new projects from established youth organisations.
  • Band C, 9 x £2,000 established youth organisations that want to continue to deliver or develop current youth projects.

Applications opened at noon on Monday, 6 December, and all organisations applying for a PAG award must be a member of the Smile Community Hive and have a development plan in place by 31 January 2022.

Since 2013, the council has provided £405,000 to over 200 youth groups across the East Riding to create new projects for our children and young people, and to support existing youth groups.

Charlotte Hetherington – Strategic Lead for Early Help and Prevention services commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for our community groups, old and new, to access funding to support their invaluable work that make a real difference to the children and young people of the East Riding.  The positive activities grant fund of £40,000 for 2022, will play a part in supporting organisations and projects that offer positive diversionary activities to young people aged 9 to 24 across the East Riding.”

Applications from organisations that can deliver provision for targeted and vulnerable young people from areas of urban and rural deprivation within the East Riding would be particularly welcomed.

To find out more, visit

To make an application, visit