Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 10.06.2022



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 10.06.22


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:

Keeping Safe Events – June 2022

As part of the #MonthOfCommunity in June, the Bridlington Community Hub by ERVAS are hosting workshops to help you find out more about staying safe and seeking support when you need it the most.

We have a number of free training workshops covering topics such as:

  • Hate Crime Awareness – PC Carl Osler from the Humberside Police – Community Safety Unit will talk about his role and what Humberside Police are doing to tackle Hate Crime and support Victims.
  • Fraud & Cyber Awareness – The FraudWatch by ERVAS project will be delivering a workshop looking at keeping you safe from fraudsters, this will cover both online and offline tactics used, and how to #SayNoToFraud
  • Domestic Violence – The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) is an organisation that provides free fast legal support to those suffering domestic abuse who require a protective order. They will be delivering a session on the support they provide and how you can access their services.
  • Victim Support – Victim Support provides confidential and independent support to anyone affected by crime and trauma. They understand that everyone’s needs are different, so support is designed around you. This workshop will focus on the support they can provide to victims of crime and the way volunteers can provide support to this service too.

The Bridlington Crime Prevention Group will also be hosting regular drop-in sessions, every Wednesday from 10am while 2pm. Local Volunteers and PCSO’s will be on hand to listen to you and provide crime prevention advice and support and help you tackle issues within your community.

Full details of all of these sessions are available at

Safeguarding Week 20-24 June 2022

For this year’s summer safeguarding week there are 52 sessions offering a fantastic opportunity to share good practice on key safeguarding issues across the region. 

The programme provides great opportunities for CPD which we hope you and your colleagues will be able to take advantage of.

View the full programme of events by clicking the link below. the programme also includes a link at the top of the document which allows you to go straight to the line-up of sessions on Eventbrite All sessions are live on Eventbrite now.  

View the programme 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

Funding for your village hall or community building

As part of our aim to provide funding support to third sector organisations in our region ERVAS works with funding website easyfundraising. It’s something that can really work for your village hall or community building so we wanted to tell you about it.

With easyfundraising, 6,800 well known online retailers will donate to your building when your volunteers, staff and community supporters shop with them. Anything from a weekly grocery shop to a family holiday can generate a free donation for your building. Retailers include Amazon, eBay, M&S, Sainsbury’s,, ASDA, Trainline, Tesco, John Lewis Argos and thousands more.

All you need to do is start your shopping journey at the easyfundraising website or app and the retailer you shop with will send your building a donation based on how much you spend. This will not cost anything extra as the retailer pays the donation, not the shopper.

Every 3 months your building receives all the donations raised by your supporters which you can put towards a particular project; or keep for a rainy day.

The benefits:

  • Free to register and use
  • Open to halls and buildings of all shape and size – you don’t need to be a charity
  • Easy to set up and requires minimal management
  • Unrestricted funds so you can use your donations as you wish
  • With the cost of living going up, this is an easy way for supporters to raise money because it won’t cost them anything extra

What do other buildings think?
“It is fantastic! So easy to set up and lots of retailers are involved. Sign up today – it is so easy to set up and you have so many tools to help promote your charity. So glad we joined easyfundraising.” Ladybarn Community Hub

“Like many community organisations we are looking at a very difficult year financially, due to the pandemic. easyfundraising enables usto quickly and efficiently reach out to the public to support work and services. Quite often community projects have limited time and resources to gather funding and create fundraising opportunities. This is a great way of doing it with little fuss!” Kinlochleven Community Trust

Getting started
To get started, create an easyfundraising page for your organisation via our link here

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone about easyfundraising, please contact who will be happy to help you.

Sign up today here:


Are you looking to volunteer?
As the only accredited Volunteer Centre within the East Riding, we have plenty of volunteering vacancies available for you to choose from.

Opportunities range from supporting people and animals to looking after your local environment or helping a local charity to fundraise, we are sure you will find something of interest to you.

View and apply for roles in the voluntary sector today!

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

We have teamed up with PolicyBee to get you covered.

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

Find out more at:


Over £1M has been paid to good causes & charities  
Community third-sector organisations are receiving just over £1m in free funding this month. This is funding that their volunteers and supporters have raised for them simply by shopping online with leading online retailers, through the free to use easyfundraising platform.  Your organisation can also benefit from this unrestricted revenue stream that complements existing fundraising activities – to ensure you receive funds in the next payout, register with for free.

Find out more at


Fancy a health and safety course for just £5?

Here at ERVAS we a number of courses in health and safety, these include COSHH Risk Assessment, Fire Safety Principles, Manual Handling Safety at Work and many more. These courses retail usually at £30, but due to funding available, we are providing them at £10 per course, and we are also giving you a further 50% off, meaning that you could get our CPD Courses for just £5 per person, per course.

Our CPD certified courses are available today, to get a course at £5 be sure to use the code  ERVAS50 at the checkout stage.

Visit our dedicated portal online at today!

Voluntary Sector Updates


Third Sector Trends in North Yorkshire and Humber England 2022

This long-term study on voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, societies and clubs (the ‘third sector’ or ‘VCSE’ sector) started in 2010.

A lot has happened in Yorkshire and Humber since we last did the survey in 2019. So it’s time to find out what has changed in the last three years.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing, struggling or going on as normal, we need to hear from you.

It’s interesting, easy to do, and only takes about 10 minutes. You can do it on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.

If you’re ready to start the survey, click this link: Join the Third Sector Trends survey here

We build a picture of how organisations and groups work and what they achieve. This helps funding organisations decide how to invest in organisations like yours.

All answers are securely stored completely anonymously.

If you want to know more about the study, contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH,


Castaway Music Theatre Survey – SEND provision in Beverley and the surrounding areas

Our lottery funded Creative Transitions project would like to gather parent/ carer/ young person feedback relating to arts provision in the area and possible demand for further groups in Beverley and the surrounding areas.

We are committed to developing and improving SEND provision in the East Riding area (and beyond), developing SEND awareness and advocacy in the community, reducing social isolation, building confidence and access to the arts for young people with additional needs and their families. If you can take the time to complete this survey you will be helping us to assess what we can do to move this vision forward.

Creative Transitions is funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund.

You can complete the survey here:

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Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
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PCC launches £1m Community Safety Fund

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison has announced a £1m grant fund to run over the next three years.

The Community Safety Fund will offer grants toward the costs of crime reduction and community safety projects and provide support for victims of crime. It is designed to kick-start local projects that will cut crime and anti-social behaviour and improve residents’ feelings of safety.

The fund can provide grants of between £500 and £35,000 and is open to non-profit organisations, charities, community groups and social enterprises together with Town and Parish Councils. Examples of projects could include:

  • Measures to improve the safety of outdoor public spaces, community buildings or assets.
  • Activities and support for groups of people who may be particularly at risk of becoming victims of crime, or have previously been victims.
  • Activities and support for groups of people who may be at risk of being drawn into criminal behaviour.
  • Community events and activities with a focus on crime and safety issues.

The first round of funding is open until the end of June 2022 with the second round closing at the end of September. A total of £1.1m has been allocated to the fund until March 2025.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said:  “An important part of my role is to work with residents and businesses to make our area a safer place to live and work. For that to happen successfully it needs communities to play their part and work with the police, councils and other authorities to make a difference and find solutions to change things for the better.

“There are many excellent examples of community initiatives which are doing just that and it’s something I want to see more of, which is why I have launched this new fund to help local organisations. I’m looking forward to receiving applications so we can work together to cut crime and anti-social behaviour and make our neighbourhoods safer.”

Click here for more information on the Community Safety Fund and how to apply for a grant

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David Hudson
(OPCC, Communications and Engagement Manager, Humberside)


Anti-trafficking charities launch a new website aimed at keeping Ukrainian refugees safe and stopping exploitation

A coalition of anti-slavery and human rights groups has launched a new website for Ukrainian refugees in the UK, aimed at keeping them safe from trafficking and helping them adjust to their new home. is a “one-stop shop” of useful websites, helplines, and other information – anything from where to get basic travel and housing advice to opening a bank account and understanding your rights as a worker.

Says Andrew Wallis, CEO of anti-slavery charity Unseen, one of the groups behind the initiative: “There are millions of Ukrainian people on the move, many of them with no support network, who are vulnerable to all sorts of exploitation.

“The more information we can give them on how to stay safe in the UK and where to go for support for an entire range of issues, the better. It will stop exploitation.” is available in the Ukrainian, English and Russian languages.

It includes links to the Government’s information for displaced Ukrainians.

“It’s vitally important we get this information out there quickly as the situation gets more urgent by the day,” says Andrew Wallis.

“We are already receiving calls from Ukrainian refugees to our Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline. And we are also getting worrying signals from other organisations in Europe regarding the trafficking of displaced Ukrainian people.

“We are urging the main UK mobile network providers to work with us on promoting the website to Ukrainian refugees as they arrive in the UK.

“A straightforward way to do this is for the website to be part of the standard welcome text that any traveller receives when arriving in this country. Already any foreigner registered phone arriving in the UK will get a welcome text from their UK provider detailing charges. What can be so difficult about changing that text for anyone arriving with a phone that is on a Ukrainian network?”

The initiative is funded by The Freedom Fund and the website developed by Milk & Tweed.


Active Humber are excited to announce that funding through the Together Fund is now open for applications

The Together Fund is a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities Fund that was set up in April 2020 as part of our support package, to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis.

The Together Fund is intended to help further growth and recovery of community organisations working with our target audiences, those who were identified as being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active.

The four key audiences remain as;

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Culturally diverse communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions.

If you are interested in applying for the Together Fund please complete the expression of interest form

The form will be assessed by our internal grants panel and you will be allocated a member of the Active Humber team who will support you through the process.

If you would prefer to talk through the expression of Interest form please phone 01482 244344 and again we will allocate you to a member of the Active Humber team.

For further information please visit:

East Yorkshire Foodbank Trustee Vacancy

East Yorkshire Foodbank seeks an inspiring and visionary trustee who balances commercial acumen with an empathetic and collaborative approach. They will be passionate about the ethos of the food bank.

East Yorkshire Foodbank provides food parcels to those facing food poverty across the entire county. We hand out parcels at centres in Beverley, Bridlington and Hornsea. Trustees are also committed to helping those in rural areas where there is no public transport and those who are house bound. In 2021/22 we distributed food to cover 90,000 meals.

The ideal trustee will play a central role in the governance of the organisation. They will join an accomplished, engaged and collaborative board of trustees. A confident communicator with great interpersonal skills, they will be comfortable playing an ambassadorial role, have prior experience of board working and be able to demonstrate leadership.

The role includes attendance at monthly meetings at our Beverley office and is expected to involve approximately 10 – 15 hours per month.

The role is not accompanied by any financial remuneration although expenses may be claimed.

For further details please contact  or phone our office on 01482 772060.

East Yorkshire Foodbank is committed to safeguarding.  Appointment is subject to eligibility checks and suitable references.

Closing Date: 12 June 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed

HEY Credit Union Spring Update

Spring Loan Sale
We have recently launched our Spring Loan Sale, with interest rates on new loans from £5,000 to £9,999 reduced for a limited period to just 4.9% APR (normally 8.9%). Here’s how this compares with some of the high street banks for quotes of £5,000:

  • Halifax – 9.9% APR
  • Barclays – 10.9% APR
  • HSBC – 6.1% APR

We are also temporarily reducing our rate on new loans from £2,000 and £4,999 from the usual 14.9% to 12.7.% APR.

We want to help people to ‘Beat the Squeeze’ this Spring with this fantastic offer. We know that these are tough times for many people in our area, with prices, energy costs and other bills all going up. Rather than adding to their burden, we are trying to help them by lowering our rates. We are keeping the cost affordable for items such as home improvements, family holidays, vehicle replacement, etc where borrowing is sensible to spread the cost over a reasonable period.

Other features of the Credit Union Difference include:

  • Flexible repayment terms tailored to when the member receives their income;
  • Interest charged only on the reducing balance (not front loaded as with some lenders);
  • Allowing early repayment in full without fees or penalties;
  • Helping members to save alongside their repayments.

See the Spring Loan Sale section on our website for more details, and feel free to help spread the word by sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter!

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund
The Stop Loan Sharks Team (England Illegal Money Lending Team) have made available grants for local charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies for projects that target illegal money lending.

The Stop Loan Sharks Team are able to fund these grants using money recovered from convicted loan sharks, and it is this funding that made possible the Christmas Bonuses we have paid out to new savers with the Credit union.

See here on their website for more details on the grants and details on how to apply – please pass this on to any groups or organisations that may be interested.

Summer HAF grant
The aims of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) summer grant is to provide free opportunities for children and young people eligible for free-school meals to enjoy a range of fun face-to-face activities during the summer holidays.  We are looking for constituted groups, charities, schools, Town and Parish Councils, faith groups and businesses across the East Riding who would like to provide a meal and deliver activities for children and young people aged 5-16 years, and/or sessions for the whole family to enjoy.

Providers will be asked to fill in a short expression of interest form to identify eligibility followed by an application form.  Whilst it is hoped that providers can deliver 4-hour sessions over 16 days during the summer, applications will be considered offering shorter or longer programmes.  Consideration will also be given to targeted groups who may find these sessions too long.  Those organisations who work in partnership with others to meet these expectations will be considered more favourable when assessed at panel, as will providing a hot meal for families and where extra support is given to improve children’s/families understanding of health, nutrition or offer signposting information.

The HAF fund can part-fund programmes for all children or fully-fund those solely for participants eligible for free-school meals.  A proportion of the funding will also support SEND, young carers, rising 5’s and those who live in the top 20% of deprived areas in the East Riding – Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Goole or Withernsea.

Organisations can apply up to £40,000, with the funding contributing towards staffing, equipment, venue, training, food, marketing, capital costs, transport, and volunteer expenses.

Extra free support is available this year from Barnardo’s to help HAF organisations be more inclusive.  This includes supporting children and young people with their mental health to get back into activities or those with SEND who are struggling to access mainstream provision.

With the rise of food poverty, living and fuel costs, HAF enables families to enjoy a healthy meal and enriching sport, play, art, music, drama, outdoor adventure and cultural activities on their doorsteps and hope families can continue to work with the provider to access support and activities throughout the year.  Good luck in becoming a HAF provider.

Deadline for the expression of interest form is Tuesday 28th June and the application form is Monday 4th July 2022 at noon.  To apply, please visit the below website

For more information about HAF, please contact Vicky Jude, HAF Commissioning and Quality Monitoring Officer at

Guide Dogs for the Blind Update

Guide Dogs for the Blind Hull Community Team are recruiting for 2 Volunteer Safeguarding Trainers and 2 Safeguarding Assistants.

In this role, you will support the team in delivering safeguarding training to our volunteers and staff members.

“I get to use my skills and experience, keep my brain active and feel that I am making a contribution to the fantastic work of this organisation.” – Heather, Safeguarding Trainer.

You’ll get
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get a dedicated key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us. You’ll also get:

  • The opportunity to expand your understanding of safeguarding particularly within a charity.
  • The opportunity to expand your skills in training others.
  • The opportunity to network with a variety of individuals at Guide Dogs.
  • The opportunity to attend further relevant training to expand your learning.
  • Expenses in line with our expenses policy

Training and support
You will have 6-8 hours of training .These modules include:

  • General induction to Guide Dogs.
  • Safeguarding training.
  • GDPR training.

This trainer role has equivalent to 1 day training in Safeguarding training.

If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have.

If either of these roles interest you , please contact for role descriptions or further information.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
Trustees and charity leaders wanted for focus groups on productivity 
The Law Family Commission on Civil Society is holding a series of online focus groups in early June exclusively for trustees and senior leaders of small charities (any registered charity with an annual income of less than £500,000).

They want to hear your perspectives on productivity, your experiences, the barriers you face and the solutions to overcoming them. This data will be used to bridge the current evidence gap that exists on the topic, so that they can develop recommendations for government and funders who can help the sector improve.

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society appreciates that small charities have limited resources, so they would like to compensate those who are offering their time.
Participating organisations will be given £50 per focus group they attend.

Click to find out more and register your interest.


NCVO Research – How can NCVO help you with data and insight?
Whether you’re a data professional or puzzled about how your organisation can better use data, NCVO wants to hear from you. Please complete this survey to help us design a better data and insight offer for voluntary organisations.

  • how you use data
  • what data you use
  • the challenges you face with data
  • how you would like to be able to use data

Please fill in the survey here before 26 June 2022:


Running a shadow board programme
An image of two women in a workplace looking at a laptop.

Did you know that trustees of charity Boards are predominately white, male, and that the average age of a trustee is 61?

One of the main issues preventing board diversity is the recruitment process for trustees. Dr Ambreen Shah, a trustee at the Smallwood Trust, has been championing a shadowing programming to provide people with lived experience the opportunity to shadow existing Board members at the charity. Based on this work, she has produced some useful resources to share with others who are interested in doing the same:


Civil Society and Youth Update
Implementation of the Charities Act 2022
The Charities Act received Royal Assent on 24 February 2022. The Act reduces or removes unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape, enabling charities to focus on their charitable work.

Changes include: making it easier to amend your charity’s governing documents; making it simpler to redirect money from a failed fundraising appeal; more flexibility over managing permanent endowment; simplifications to selling charity land, and improvements to processes for charities seeking to merge.

These changes will be brought over an 18 month period to give charities time to prepare for the new provisions, and to enable the Charity Commission to prepare new guidance, systems and procedures to support the sector.

For further information, refer to government’s implementation timeline published on GOV.UK.

Keeping People Safe Updates

Safeguarding Adult Board Update

The Safeguarding Adults Board is pleased to announce that the old ERSAB Consolidated Paperwork has now been reviewed and replaced with two new forms and guidance as follows:

  • Safeguarding Adults Concern Form
  • Guidance Notes on completing the Safeguarding Adults Concern Form
  • Safeguarding Adults Section 42 Enquiry Form
  • Guidance Notes on completing the Safeguarding Adults Section 42 Enquiry Form

Supporting documents are also available as stand-alone documents which are referred to in the Guidance Notes including the following

  • Making Safeguarding Personal Outcome Summary
  • Mental Capacity Assessment Form (MCA 2005)

All of these documents will be available on the ERSAB Website

The online Concern form which should continue to be used as the preferred method of reporting a concern is still the old version but is being reviewed to mirror that of the new Safeguarding Adults Concern Form.

Update from GOV.UK for:
The Charity Commission

Page summary:
What to do to protect people who come into contact with your charity through its work from abuse or mistreatment of any kind.

Change made:
Updated links to external resources.

Time updated:
10:53am, 1 June 2022

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Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
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PCC asks for views on 101 and 999 services

Residents of the Humberside Police area are being asked to take a few minutes to tell the Police and Crime Commissioner about their experiences of the 101 and 999 services, as well as preferences for future modes of contact.

The Police Contact Survey runs until midnight on Sunday, June 26.

Participants are being asked a series of questions testing their understanding of emergency and non-emergency reporting systems, as well as newly emerging ways of contacting the police, like web chat, online forms and messaging over social media.

The national survey, run by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, will help inform police forces, the Home Office and local commissioners on any challenges around reporting to the police and assist in forming plans for the future.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said: “Reporting to Humberside Police on 101 and 999 has seen major improvements to the service in recent years but still remains a challenging area of business for the force. The needs of people making contact must be understood and forces must prioritise those most in need, meaning contact about routine items is sometimes not responded to as quickly as people would like.

“In addition, new technology presents significant opportunities to speed up responses and open lines of communication with people who might not be comfortable using traditional methods. As the voice of the public in policing, I am very keen to better understand your views on these issues and I am urging as many people as possible to respond to the survey.”


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David Hudson
(OPCC, Communications and Engagement Manager, Humberside)

Current awareness for policy, practice and research (CASPAR)

Duty to refer
Source: NSPCC Learning

NSPCC Learning has updated its information on managing allegations of abuse to include more information about organisations’ legal duty to refer people who leave their organisation because they harmed or might have been at risk of harming a child to the relevant disclosure and barring agency. The guidance sets out the criteria for referring and explains that referrals should provide as much supporting evidence as possible without identifying any child by name.

Visit the website: Duty to refer unsuitable people to criminal records agencies

Health and Care Act

Source: Department of Health and Social Care

The Health and Care Bill was passed into law in England on 28 April 2022. The new Act establishes 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), which will replace Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England from 01 July 2022. Under the new Act ICBs will have to report annually on how well they are delivering their duty to safeguard children and young people.

Read the press release: Health and Care Bill granted Royal Assent in milestone for healthcare recovery and reform
Read the NCB news story: New law puts children at the heart of NHS integrated care

Safeguarding inspection
Source: Ofsted
Ofsted has released a five-year strategy detailing its goals to raise standards in education and children’s social care. The strategy sets out the introduction of a more risk-based and proportionate approach to regulation and inspection to help keep children safer. The report highlights a number of areas of concern, including: online harm, the prevalence of peer-on-peer sexual harassment and unregistered settings where children may be cared for in unsafe environments. Ofsted aim to inform safeguarding practices through the measures outlined in the strategy, and identify systemic safeguarding issues.

Read the report: Ofsted strategy 2022-2027

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Rogue builder jailed for six years after Trading Standards investigation
A Birmingham rogue builder was sentenced to six years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court on 16th May 2022. Waheed Butt (49) of Waylen Street, Reading RG1 7UP, was jailed after pleading guilty to an offence of fraudulent trading under the Companies Act 2006. He was also disqualified from being a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 for eight years. more

Warwickshire mum jailed for selling fake Covid travel certificates during pandemic
A mum of three from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire who tricked holidaymakers into paying for fake Covid-19 travel certificates has been jailed for two years. Saranjeet Trina Kandola, 41, traded as Travel Test Solutions Ltd, offering PCR tests at the height of the pandemic. more

Trading Standards warning over scam parcel text 
Halton Trading Standards is warning consumers about scam text messages pretending to be from parcel firm EVRi. EVRi is the new name for the parcel firm formerly known as Hermes, the rebrand happened in March 2022. more

Taxi driver saves 80-year-old woman from criminals on her way to get money from the bank
A taxi driver helped save an 80-year-old woman from being conned out of £2,000 after overhearing her phone conversation with criminals. Ronnie Naylor managed to intercept the scam by alerting bank staff after picking up the would-be victim. more

Santander impersonation text message scam exposed
Criminals are posing as Santander in a series of dodgy text messages to trick people into giving away personal details. Impersonation scams are on the rise, according to the finance industry trade association UK Finance there were more than 30,000 cases in the first half of 2021 with losses totaling £129.4m. more

Households should ignore scam emails WRONGLY telling them to claim council tax rebates from energy regulator Ofgem
Beware scam emails wrongly telling you to click a link to sign up for both a council tax rebate and an energy bill discount. It comes as (MSE) has received several reports from individuals who’ve received these emails. more

Twitter users told to be wary of scam messages about verified accounts
Twitter has warned users to be aware of criminals posing as Twitter employees in order to try and get hold of log-in details and other personal information. It comes after a number of verified users on the platform, including journalists, reported receiving direct messages (DMs) which claimed their verified status had been declared as “spam” and they needed to re-register. more

Criminals set up bogus Wales Air Ambulance social media accounts in bid to steal personal details
A charity has issued a warning after criminals set up fake social media accounts in its name aimed at stealing a users personnel and financial details. Wales Air Ambulance has now cancelled a competition it recently launched to win a VIP visit to an air base. more

Beware of evil holiday scams costing victims thousands of pounds
A new warning has been issued over the soaring number of holiday scams as demand for travel soars. Action Fraud has launched a national awareness campaign to urge the public to think twice before handing over money and personal information when booking holidays. more

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Online safety
Online Nation 2022: Ofcom urges tech firms to keep women safer online

Real-world concerns about women’s safety and wellbeing are mirrored in the online world, according to figures from Ofcom’s major annual study into the nation’s online lives.

Our findings reveal that women in the UK are avid users of social media platforms, spending more than a quarter of their waking hours online – around half-an-hour each day more than men (4hrs 11 min vs. 3hrs 46min). But for many women, life online is not always a positive experience.

We found that while the majority of people say the benefits of being online outweigh the risks, women are considerably less likely than men to agree (63% vs. 71%). Similarly, fewer women are confident about their online safety (64% vs. 73% of men).

Female participants in our research say they feel less able to share their opinions and have a ‘voice’ online (42% compared to 48% of men). Women are also less likely than men to feel free to be themselves online (33% vs. 39%). For many, life online can replicate harmful discriminatory dynamics that exist in wider society.

As well as looking in detail at the harms people encounter online, Online Nation 2022 builds a comprehensive picture of the online landscape in the UK today. It delves into our broader online use, experiences and behaviours – everything from gaming to online dating – as well as the tech companies behind them. We also gaze into our crystal ball to predict what the future online landscape might look like.

A summary of the major online trends seen over the last year is available on Ofcom’s news centre, along with an interactive report.


Health Updates

Humber and North Yorkshire
Health and Care Partnership

“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause”- Cecilia Tran
Come and join our upcoming health and wellbeing sessions hosted by Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.  We have a variety of sessions open to all staff and volunteers and also a wide range of resources and recordings from previous sessions available on our webpage
To book any of the below sessions please visit our booking page
We will be adding to these sessions on a regular basis so if you would like to be added to our mailing list or have any queries please email

Menopause Awareness at Work- training for all colleagues including partners and family members
(Multiple dates available)
Our training is for everyone, those experiencing menopause and those playing a vital support role. Focuses on what menopause is, why and when it happens and ways of managing menopause, participants will also gain confidence in having supportive conversations around menopause and how to get the right support together including the important role a partner, team or family member can play in supporting someone through menopause.

It’s Time to Talk About Menopause- session for Line Managers
(Multiple dates available)
Aimed at line managers with interactive discussions on reasonable adjustments and conversations. We cover why we’re talking about menopause now, what it is, its symptoms and ways of managing them, reasonable adjustments, and how to have a supportive conversation. Includes line manager guidance booklet for all attendees

Menopause: Race and Cultural Differences
June 8th 1300-1345
Join Deborah Garlick as she chats with Dr. Tonye Wokoma on the important subject of race and cultural differences in the workplace. Dr. Tonye has been a British Menopause Society specialist for over 10 years and is an experienced Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Community Gynaecology. Do not miss this fascinating discussion where Dr. Tonye will share her insights and experiences on these important topics.

Sleep Support Sessions
All of our live sleep webinars have now taken place but you can still access all of the recordings and additional sleep support materials by going to our ‘Sleep Support Platform’. For access to the sleep platform we have set up a session called ‘Sleep Platform Access’ dated the 27th January 2023. If you book on to this session your booking confirmation will contain details on how to access the platform.

Trauma Recovery, Stress Reduction and Burnout Support Workshops
(Multiple Dates Available)
Rising levels of chronic stress, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, and burnout have been reported across health and social care in the last 18 months. We would like to recognise this and provide additional support to colleagues who are experiencing a negative impact on their wellbeing – whether that’s at work or at home. We are providing Trauma Recovery workshops, facilitated by trauma-integrated therapists and experts in their fields of mental health recovery.  Please visit our booking page for more information

Headache and Migraine Awareness Session
June 30th 1200-1300
Neurologist Professor Fayyaz Ahmed is joining us to deliver an information session on headaches and migraines- this session with cover things such as different types of headache, secondary headaches and how to recognise them, various types of migraines and impact of migraines on Activities of Daily Living.  It will also cover how to treat acutely, what preventive treatments are available and current recommendations for both acute and preventive treatments
This session is open to anybody and may be helpful to those suffering with headaches and/or migraines and line managers/ colleagues who want to understand how they can support those individuals

Humber and North Yorkshire Coaching Network Masterclasses
If you want to sharpen your coaching skills then this CPD programme of masterclasses is for you! Join the Humber and North Yorkshire Coaching Network to access any of the following sessions free of charge.
The masterclasses are for any coach either qualified at ILM level 5 or above or in training to advance their coaching practice. This training is open to all those working and volunteering in health and social care and is aimed towards those wishing to advance their coaching knowledge and therefore you will need to have previously engaged in foundational coach training.  Bookings can be made here through the schedule section.

Have You Got The NHS App?

The NHS App gives you more control over your health and care. Use it wherever you are, at any time of the day or night.

It puts information about your health and treatments at your fingertips. This means you can see it when speaking to a health and care professional, for example.

You can use the NHS App to:

  • book and cancel appointments;
  • find out how the NHS uses your data.
  • register your organ donation decision;
  • find trusted NHS information on hundreds of conditions and treatments and get instant advice;
  • order repeat prescriptions;
  • access your medical record securely;

Get the NHS app

Funding News

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

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


New! Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Main Grants Applications Invited
We are pleased to be opening a new main charity grant funding round to support charities that, as their core purpose, are working to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Applications received will be used for two rounds of consideration in autumn/winter 2022/23, and we do not anticipate inviting further applications for this funding during the 22/23 Livery year (August – July).

We will prioritise charities that

  • use a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based interventions
  • can demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach through evaluation or external research
  • are either lived-experience led or can show significant input from those with lived experience. Organisations should have an expected total income in the coming year of between £200,000 to £2million.

Charities that meet the criteria can apply for an unrestricted grant (core costs) of between £20,000 – £25,000 per year for up to four years

Applications must be received by 6pm on 30th June 2022.
Who can apply? Any charity that meets the criteria and is not in current receipt of funds from the Leathersellers (or in the ‘fallow period’ following a period of funding from the Leathersellers) can apply. This includes charities that applied but were unsuccessful in applications in autumn 2021. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact us at
Find out more: Further details, including a timeline of application dates, a word version of the application form for reference/to help you prepare your answers offline and more are available from our website –


ReNew Community Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to third sector charities, voluntary and community groups and other not for profit organisations via our Community Fund.

The grants can be used to pay for items required to deliver activities or events that:
* Encourage people to feel supported throughout their recovery journey,
* tackle loneliness in adults and/or
* Promote alcohol free social activities.

The closing date is Friday 10th June 2022 and for more information or help about the fund please call my team on (01482) 324474 or email Leah our Funding & Grants Officer on
To apply click here


Lloyds Bank Foundation
From 29th July 2022 we will be closed to new funding applications as we prepare to launch our new strategy in October. We will be accepting new applications from eligible small and local charities up until 5pm Friday 29th July 2022. Should you wish to apply before that date you can do so here. We aim to give all charities a decision within four months.

We want to ensure all grants that are part of our 2018 – 2022 strategy Reaching Further can be made this year. This enables us to prioritise the assessment of these applications while developing our new funding programme which will open later this year.

We encourage all eligible charities to apply for an unrestricted £50,000 grant by 29 July. Alongside the funding, charities will have access to capacity building support from specialist consultants or colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group.

If you would like to hear from us as soon as our funding reopens, you can sign up for our email alert here.


Grants for Children and Young People in UK
Round 2 of the Asda Foundation U18 Better Starts Grant is now open for applications.
Not-for-profit organisations working to benefit children and young people under 18 years of age can apply for funding for a range of activities that address the following:

  • Provision of essential items eg, food, hygiene products.
  • Encourage physical activity.
  • Improve mental health.
  • Celebrations within communities eg, summer holiday events.

Application support and guidance are available from Asda Community Champions based in local Asda superstores. Completed forms should be passed to the Community Champion who will then submit the application to the Asda Foundation. The Foundation does not accept applications directly from organisations.

Groups may apply for grants of between £500 to £1,500.
The deadline for applications is 19 August 2022.
Click to view further information about this news alert


Are you an employer/business owner in the Hull and East Riding area?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council have received funding from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Trust to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant, the support available locally for the Armed Forces community and to promote the benefits of signing up to the Covenant for businesses. Local businesses can benefit hugely by employing reservists and veterans who have acquired a wide range of transferable skills and experience.

We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about how businesses can support our local Armed Forces community and would value your feedback, please take a few minutes to complete our short survey –

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant visit:

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council – Kerry Hooley, Senior Policy Officer email –

Hull City Council – Maxine Hunter, Armed Forces Covenant Officer email


Other funding available:

Funding for Local Groups to Help With Cost-of-Living Rise and Refugees in the UK
Government Announces £3m Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund
Grants for Children and Young People in UK
Versus Arthritis Announces Deadline for Funding Activities in England
Funding for Community Facilities and Environmental Improvements in Communities Near Veolia Sites in England
Grants for School Music Equipment
Applications Invited for Youth Investment Fund (YIF) Phase 2 Pilot
Business and Financial Support for Black and Minoritised Communities in England
UK Community Ownership Fund to Open for Round 2 on 10 June
Jubilee fund creates boost for village halls – GOV.UK (

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