At ERVAS we rely heavily on funding to run our infrastructure and make a difference to the people who require use of our unique services. ERVAS provides support to the voluntary, community and not for profit sector with an array of projects and partnerships.
We have now officially launch our new Lottery fundraising partnership scheme which will allow us to create a fun and sustainable tool to help boost our funds. A lottery allows us to offer our donors something in return in the form of a prize while so we are able to provide more to support the people and sectors that need it the most.
We have teamed up with Your Charity Lottery to give people the chance of winning 82 cash prizes every week, with a jackpot prize of £1,000 and rollover prize of up to £10,000.
From just £1 per week this is an exciting way for you to get involved and enable our charity to provide above and beyond community services.
We are celebrating after being awarded £25,588 through Withernsea Big Local, administered by Local Trust for The National Lottery Community Fund. The Volunteen Withernsea project is an exciting new development for East Riding Voluntary Action Services, which will benefit young people in Withernsea and the local community by encouraging and supporting young people to engage in a wide range of youth volunteering and social action activities, locally, regionally and nationally.
We have been delivering youth volunteering and social action activities since 2010, to encourage, recognise and reward children and young people’s volunteering and social action achievements within the East Yorkshire area. Volunteen Withernsea is their latest project, following on from the previous Volunteen Plus project, which you can find out more about here: https://ervas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Volunteen-Plus-Project-Evaluation-2017-2020.pdf. It will also work closely with several other ERVAS Volunteen projects, including Volunteen Green and Volunteen Voice.
East Yorkshire Parent and Carer Forum and East Riding Voluntary Action Services are hosting the East Riding Summer Activity Fayre on Thursday, 15th July 10am – 12, to showcase a range of services and activities provided for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within the East Riding.
If you would like to present for 5 minutes about your services and activities to update parents and carers, as well as other practitioners, about what you are able to offer in the coming months, please can you book on via Eventbrite.
If you would like to promote your service and activities, but can’t attend on the day, you can send us a pre-recorded film beforehand.
The event will be run as a live webinar for presenters and will also be livestreamed on YouTube on the day and saved as a future resources.
Your organisation could win a £1000 donation this month
Cheer for England, Scotland, and Wales this Euros as easyfundraising will give £100 for every goal scored by the home nation, up to £1000. To be in it to win it, register your organisation, group or charity with easyfundraising, then simply visit the competition page and share to enter: http://efraising.org/GSLq0EbxuS
Online CPD Learning Offer
Our new CPD training portal is now live, the portal brings us 47 new courses covering a wide range of topics from conflict management, personal money management, health and safety, food safety, GDPR, safeguarding, and so many more.
All of the courses are priced at £30 each, however we have made a discount code available which will provide 50% off, you just need to use the code ‘ERVolSec’.
Voluntary Sector Updates
Got Your Back Chat
Got Your Back Chat is a podcast ran by young people for young people with a little help from Hull UK-based socially-good digital agency eskimosoup. Every episode they will touch on topics that followers of the Got Your Back campaign tell us about across each month on top of whatever else we have on our minds this time!
New episodes approx. every month. Only available on YouTube and Spotify.
Have you experienced negativity through social media in any of the following forms?
– Relationship with media
– Bullying or hurtful comments
– Affects on mental health
– Truth, lies and fake news
If so, we want you to feature in our new docuseries around young people’s relationships with social media.
We’d love to hear your opinions and personal stories whether that be in group or individual interview settings.
If this sounds like something you or someone you know may be interested in, then drop us a message or email email@example.com for more information
Fun Palaces – Driffield 2021
“What would you like to do or learn?”
“What can you offer to share or teach?”
Sharing Skills, Connecting Communities, Creating Tiny Revolutions
Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2021
This October Driffield Fun Palaces will join hundreds of Fun Palaces nationally and internationally set to explode with free and fun activities for all.
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.
We think this will be a great way to re-connect the community, showcase what local groups, services and organisations have to offer, inspire people to try something new, make them feel good – and have fun!
The event will also launch a new What’s On Booklet for the area which will promote your activities for FREE – A resource for health professionals to use when signposting and for residents to find new ways of getting active and connecting with local groups and services.
If you would like to have a FREE stall or space to demonstrate or talk about what you do, run an activity, have an idea, or simply want to make the teas, please get in touch. The event content will only be limited by your imagination!
For further information on how to get involved please contact: Joel Rollinson – Mobile: 07970859122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gillian Perry – Co-op Member Pioneer for Driffield
We Are Futures
We Are Futures – are scoping a new employability skills programme with NatWest to reach NEET young people between the ages of 16-24. Having supported our early stage of development with her insight and experience, she has suggested you may be able to help at a more localised level.
We’re looking to run focus groups during the programme build as it’s crucial that it includes the voice and experience of the young people the programme will benefit. The initial sessions will take place over the next 2-3 weeks. The focus groups would be online (likely Zoom) and an hour long, split in two age groups (16-19 and 20-24) with a maximum of 6 participants from across the country joining each session. The sessions would be led by a research facilitator experienced with working with this group. There would be an incentive to thank the participants for their time and involvement. I can provide full details in due course.
I’ve outlined the requirements below, with indicative session dates however time is quite short for the below dates. We really would encourage anyone who’s interested to get in touch as we can be flexible to include the right people.
Focus group opportunity
We are Futures (a marketing agency that helps businesses better connect with young people) are seeking participants for a series of online focus groups to gather the opinions and experience of young people to help develop an exciting new project supporting young people into work and education. As a thank you for your time, you’ll receive £50 in vouchers.
Participants must be:
Not currently in employment, education or training
Be able to join a Zoom call online.
Ideally, you would be available to join one of the below sessions. Additional sessions may become available, therefore if you fit the above criteria but are unable to attend one any of the below times, we would still love to hear from you.
All focus groups will last 1-hour and scheduled times are:
For 16-19 year olds: Tuesday 13th July at 11am or 5pm
For 20-24 year olds: Wednesday 14th July at 11am or 5pm
East Riding VCSE Development: Shape the Service Survey
East Riding voluntary and community led groups have a proven track record of being responsive and supportive to the health and wellbeing within their communities. East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to invest within the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) and would like to explore future development needs and ensure March 2022 commissioned VCSE resources offers the agile support needed to enable a resilient sector.
To help bring together as many voices from the voluntary sector and help shape the VCSE Development service, East Riding of Yorkshire Council would like to invite you to complete an online survey.
This survey will be open for responses until 27th July 2021 –
Residents are being invited to have their say on proposed plans for development that will shape the future of the East Riding for years to come.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is asking for people’s views and comments on the East Riding Draft Local Plan Update, which sets out revised planning policies, including housing and employment development targets for the East Riding to 2039.
The current East Riding Local Plan was adopted in April 2016 and the updated plan is proposing 20,900 dwellings to be built in the East Riding over the plan period with the draft sites for allocation also included in the proposals.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the extended consultation will take place over 10 weeks. The documents for people to comment on can be found at www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate where there is a series of interactive information pages which summarise key issues and will signpost readers to the various consultation documents.
Hard copies of the documents will also be available to view at the council’s libraries, customer service centres, multi-service centres and mobile libraries during normal opening times. Please consider accessing the documents online before travelling to an East Riding facility.
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing said: “The current Local Plan was adopted in 2016 and the council has now reviewed the plan and is now consulting on a draft update.
“I would urge people to take a look at the proposals and let us know their views on the proposed housing, employment and mixed-use allocations across the towns and villages in the East Riding”. Comments can be made online via www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate or by writing to Forward Planning (AS67), East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA. All responses should be received no later than Friday, 6 August 2021.
National Voluntary Sector Updates
Free PPE for the voluntary sector
The Department of Health and Social Care is offering free PPE (personal protective equipment) for use by voluntary sector organisations.
You can express your interest in this free PPE by completing this short form with a few details and then a representative of DHSC will contact you to arrange delivery.
Please note that the details you provide will only be passed to DHSC, and the PPE and the delivery are both free of charge.
NAVCA is pleased to be co-ordinating this distribution, with over 300 non-profit organisations already signed up to receive free PPE.
Evidence for Equality National Survey: Your experience of Covid-19
Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) is conducting a survey to evaluate the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of people from ethnic and religious minority groups.
The survey will provide evidence to shift the narrative on racial injustice and ethnic and religious inequalities in modern Britain and is available in 14 languages.
Bringing communities and archives together using digital technology
The Audience Agency is looking for 10 to 15 action research projects for an exciting new opportunity funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage. It is offering funding and support for projects, that use digital technology in some way to engage communities with archiving or archive collections.
Each successful project will receive:
A £1,000 to £5,000 grant to support a new activity or piece of work that uses digital technology to engage communities with archives or archiving.
Training and development to help get your idea off the ground and support to evaluate the outcomes of your project.
A mentor who will offer one-to-one guidance, expertise and support through individually tailored sessions.
Loneliness minister: “It’s more important than ever to take action”
During Loneliness Awareness Week (14-18 June), the Loneliness Minister Baroness Barran has warned we are still in a ‘critical stage’ of tackling loneliness.
Baroness Barran has said that many of those who felt lonely before the pandemic will continue to do so as lockdown restrictions are eased and recognises that some people will have lost their confidence. The Loneliness Minister is urging everyone who may be feeling lonely, or isolated to reach out to someone, and if they know someone who they feel might be lonely, or isolated, to get in touch.
Small charities and organisations tackling loneliness in their communities can apply to the second round of the £4 million Local Connections Fund from 28 June 2021. The first round of funding helped more than 840 organisations across England to connect small groups of people through projects and activities they enjoy.
Employer Covid-19 vaccine toolkit
Public Health England has published its latest Employer Covid-19 vaccine toolkit. These resources from the new national government campaign can be used by employers to run an internal awareness campaign to help ensure their employees get access to reliable and accurate information about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Within this ZIP folder you will find resources including posters, videos, images for social media and an employer briefing sheet.
Ministry of Justice Specialist Fund now open for applications
Comic Relief will deliver £1,713,000 of Ministry of Justice funding for specialist organisations in England and Wales that support survivors / victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, who are led ‘by, with and for’ communities facing racial inequality, disabled people or LGBTQ+ communities.
Funds will support costs, including hardware and software, which improve digital and remote capacity, provide continuity in support, and enhance future sustainability. Alongside funding, successful applicants will receive digital and technical coaching and expertise from a support partner.
Applications are now open and will close 12.00 (noon) on Tuesday 20 July 2021. To apply for the funding and for more information click here.
Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates
NTS Scam Alert
Warning over doorstep callers pretending to be ex-convicts
A warning has been issued by the police concerning doorstep callers who are offering small household products for sale. The callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, however they are not part of any rehabilitation scheme and are often known criminals. more
Doorstep criminals use food bank to scam cash out of the public
Criminals claiming to be from the borough council and raising money for food banks are targeting homes and businesses. Swindon Food Collective has been receiving calls from the public, shops and pubs as far afield as Cricklade, Ramsbury, Hungerford and Lechlade about the criminals. more
Victim loses £4,000 to criminals posing as the police
People in Norfolk have been warned by police not to fall for scam telephone calls claiming to be from officers, after one victim lost £4,000. Norfolk Constabulary is urging people to be vigilant after they were contacted by people across the county about the issue. more
Flintshire Trading Standards warning residents not to fall for Covid vaccine passport scam
Flintshire Trading Standards has issued a warning to residents about scam emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails – which carry the NHS logo – are being sent out asking for payment in return for a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ to prove that someone has been vaccinated for Covid-19. A button takes users through to a fake NHS website, which asks for payment details. more
Fake Sainsbury’s ‘marketing survey’ email
Phishing attempts that masquerade as well-known brands are becoming more sophisticated. This time it’s Sainsbury’s that is being impersonated via an email promising £90 for taking part in a ‘marketing survey’. It encourages recipients to part with sensitive personal information.
Your Scams Protection Toolkit
To help you stay protected from scams and avoid falling victim, we’ve created a free Scams Protection Toolkit for you. Here, we provide insight into the world of scams; we unpick fraudulent activities and tell you what to look out for, explain how fraudsters operate and how to protect yourself if you’ve been targeted.
If you come across an interesting investment opportunity via a search engine or online advert, how can you tell whether it’s genuine or not? Just entering your email address and phone number on rogue investment sites could leave you facing a barrage of cold calls and unsolicited emails.
In this video, we explain what checks you can carry out to ensure an investment site or firm is legitimate or a clone and how to stay one step ahead of fraudsters.
Will Google’s new ad rules stamp out scams?
Several of our investigations found that scammers pay to appear at the top of Google search results – often posing as genuine financial services firms and luring would-be investors with the promise of high returns.
However, from September 2021, Google will introduce stricter requirements for firms promoting financial services in the UK. But how far does this protect you as a consumer?
Spot and protect yourself from scams
We’ve created two scams protection checklists to guide you through being able to spot scams and put settings in place to reduce the risk of a fraudster targeting you.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance it may be a scam.
Do You Know What A Ghost Broker is?
Just 15% of people have heard of a ‘ghost broker’.* Do you know what one is?
Have you ever heard of a ‘ghost broker’? No, we are not talking about things that go bump in the night – this is a lot scarier. ‘Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters who sell fake or invalid car insurance policies. Victims are sold fake insurance documents for a policy that does not exist, or for a genuine policy that has been set up using false details to lower the price of the premium.
How do ‘ghost brokers’ operate?
Fraudsters lure victims in with the offer of cheaper insurance premiums, usually via social media or by word-of-mouth. These individuals or groups pose as middlemen for well-known insurance companies, claiming they can offer you legitimate car insurance at a significantly cheaper price.
This type of fraud is typically carried out either by forging insurance documents, falsifying your details to bring the price down, or by taking out a genuine policy for you but cancelling it soon after.
Often, the victim is not aware that they have been scammed until they are involved in an accident and try to claim on the policy.
Who do ‘ghost brokers’ target?
‘Ghost brokers’ tend to target vulnerable communities, including members of non-English speaking communities who may not have full knowledge of UK insurance and laws, as well as young people looking for cheaper insurance deals.
Last year, Action Fraud received 694 reports of ‘ghost broking’, with almost a third (29%) coming from victims aged 17-29. The reported losses for these victims alone totalled £113,500, with each individual losing an average of £559.
Figures also indicate that over half (58%) of all reports in 2020 were submitted by men.
What could happen if I drive without valid insurance?
As policies sold by ‘ghost brokers’ are either invalid, non-existent or fraudulent, this means that the driver is technically uninsured, meaning that you could face:
£300 fixed penalty notice
Six points on driving licence
Vehicle being seized and crushed
How can I protect myself from ‘ghost brokers’?
There are simple steps that you can take to spot the signs of these scams and avoid being taking for a ride by ‘ghost brokers’:
‘Ghost brokers’ often advertise and communicate via social media, online forums and messaging apps. If a broker is only using a mobile phone or email as a way of contact, this can be a sign of this type of crime. Fraudsters do not want to be traced after they have taken money from their victims.
They may also try to sell insurance policies through print adverts in pubs, clubs or bars, newsagents
If you think that you have been a victim of a ghost broker, you can report your concerns to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040.
You can also contact the Insurance Fraud Bureau via its confidential Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 or on the IFB website.
*According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the IFB
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Free Webinars About Scams In July
Following on from our Alert last week relating to yet another online scam to look out for, I am delighted to be writing to you to invite you to join us in July for a month of weekly online webinars to expose the truths behind scams.
The webinars are FREE to attend and are open to anyone who would like to know more about scams, the psychology behind scams, prevention and how a fraud case is investigated.
The webinars bring together experts in their field relating to online fraud, a topic which we are all too familiar with and can affect anyone and everyone, as our lives are played out more digitally.
The dates of the webinars and their topics are as follows:
How to book your place
You can click on the links within this message on each of the webinars topics to register your place or you can go to www.ourwatch.org.uk/webinars and click on the webinar that you wish to attend, you can attend all of them if you wish and so make sure that you complete the registration page for each of them.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Cheryl Spruce | Head of Membership and Community Engagement NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Statement from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
I am writing to you to inform you that the roles of five members of OPCC staff are currently considered to be ‘at risk’ of redundancy and the staff will be in consultation for the next five weeks ending 23 July 2021.
As a partner organisation that works closely with the OPCC, you may find some disruption to our business as usual with those affected during this time.
The five roles included in the consultation are:
The four Engagement Officers
The Senior Policy Officer.
The changes are proposed to better meet the requirements of the new Police and Crime Commissioner who wants to see a different approach specifically to how we engage with communities, how we manage our volunteers and our national policy work. All staff impacted by the proposed changes are being supported and provided flexibility during this time.
As I am sure you will appreciate, there are some things we may not be in a position to continue with due to capacity moving forward.
Commissioner Opens Consultation on Policing and Community Safety
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jonathan Evison has opened an online consultation until 11th July to gather views on Policing and Community Safety from the public and community partners in the Humber region as his prepares his Police and Crime Plan for the next three years.
The survey gives you the opportunity to tell the PCC:
About your experiences of crime and policing, good and bad.
Any issues with the service you receive in your local area.
What you’d like to see change in the coming months and years.
Where you see the greatest opportunities to work better with you, our communities and local partners.
The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 11th July 2021
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.
Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grant
This small grant fund is open to all communities within the East Riding. The fund, created from the Reimagining Market and Coastal Towns budget uplift, is intended to enable Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and others to hold events & festivals, organise COVID recovery community activity and extend access to services, all intended to encourage residents back onto high streets and to utilise arts, cultural and community facilities.
Applicants will be able to access grants from £500 – £5000. The total grant fund is currently £250,000 made up of £200,000 from the budget uplift and an additional £50,000 from the public health team. This additional budget is particularly aimed at supporting vulnerable residents to participate in planned activities, particularly those who have been shielding and might need additional support to get involved. Grants will be available until March 2023, or until the full funding is spent, whichever is sooner.
Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) Update
Phase 3 of the TIF funding is going well with a further 14 organisations supported with funding, with just under 50% of the overall budget allocated. 11 of these projects are targeting people with either a long term health condition or a disability.
Overall under TIF we have funded £209,997 across 72 projects in the Humber, with a spread across all 4 Local Authority areas, and a fairly even distribution across the 4 target audiences.
Importantly we have also managed to engage and reach new partners, with 37 of 55 organisations funded being new to us.
As part of Sport England’s 1 year transformation plan announcement there will be further funding allocated to tackling Inequalities through TIF, we will announce this as soon as we know more.
The National Lottery, Local Connections Fund – Round 2
The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is investing £2 million into this second round of Local Connections funding. This will fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, for small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) working to bring people together in safe and secure ways to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections. Organisations that have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund can apply, as long as they did not secure funding from Round 1 of this programme. Application deadline: 6 August 2021 at 5pm.
Humber Learning Consortium are pleased to announce the launch of the 6th round of our ESF Community Grants 5 project.
ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) program which is distributing small grants in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.
Deadline for application receipt isFriday 13th August 2021 – 16:00.
All applications must be completed electronically. We will not accept any applications by post or email. To access the electronic application form please go to our website https://www.hlc-vol.org/2021/07/esf-community-grants-5-round-6/ When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from our website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.
*There are several changes to this program so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new program includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can. To book onto one of the below workshops please complete the form through our website. https://www.hlc-vol.org/2021/07/esf-community-grants-5-round-6/
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 30 June, 30 September and 30 November 2021.
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.
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.