Keeping Young People Safe Online
Join us for another webinar with Devan Witter BEM from ERVAS and PC Alistair Kennedy from the Humberside Police Cyber Crime Unit.
This workshop covers all you need to know, to stay protected from fraudsters and cyber criminals during this time, this session will also focus on: Keeping Young People Safe Online.
We will discuss the art of how criminals manipulate people to obtain confidential information. It’s definitely better to be aware of these tactics.
The session will be run using the Zoom software (www.zoom.us), so your laptop, mobile phone or tablet device will need this downloading before the session. This session will be made available after via our e-learning platform. When? Thursday 17 December at 7 pm Where? Via Zoom
Fraud & Cyber Awareness Webinar
Join us for another webinar with Devan Witter BEM from ERVAS and PC Alistair Kennedy from the Humberside Police Cyber Crime Unit.
This workshop covers all you need to know, to stay protected from fraudsters and cyber criminals during this time.
We will discuss the art of how criminals manipulate people to obtain confidential information. It’s definitely better to be aware of these tactics.
The session will be run using the Zoom software (www.zoom.us), so your laptop, mobile phone or tablet device will need this downloading before the session. This session will be made available after via our e-learning platform. When? Saturday 19 December at 11 am Where? Via Zoom
The Fund is open for applications from 7th December 2020 until 26th April 2021.
The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in May/June 2021
RES, the British independent renewable energy company that developed the nine turbine wind farm, has established a Community Fund to provide £36,000 per year (index linked) to support local community projects during the lifetime of the wind farm. Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2021 fund, which is the seventh year of the funds.
Completed applications to the Fund must demonstrate that their activities will benefit the communities living and working within 5km of Roos Post Office. This area includes the parishes of Burton Pidsea, Rimswell, Halsham and Roos.
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.
For further information about how to apply for the grant, please see the guidance notes and application form available on our website and feel free to contact Detty Tyler: firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith Leech: email@example.com if you would like any support with the application.
Does your organisation or community group have an interest in supporting the community? We are looking for organisations and businesses to support our FraudWatch project by making a pledge. As part of the Fraud Watch project, we aim to work with organisations from all sectors, to encourage the sharing and promotion of key fraud and cyber awareness messages.
If you would like to support this project and make a pledge support our key messages, please complete the form on our website.
Your pledge could be:
To ensure all your staff are trained up to recognise fraud and cybercrime
To share key messages to your beneficiaries or customers about how to stay safe
Anything else, let us know how you would like to support the project
Every organisation that makes a pledge will be featured on our website, with your logo and a link to your website, as well as details of your pledge.
As soon as you have made a pledge, be sure to tag us on Facebook and Twitter.
The East Riding Food Poverty Alliance Christmas Campaign
Introducing the East Riding Food Poverty Alliance (ERFPA), we are a partnership of Food Banks and Food Pantries providing support to residents within the East Riding. The partnership was formed as an initial response to the first lockdown in March and continues to support each other and the communities in which we individually serve.
Our Members include the following:
The Hinge – Bridlington
East Yorkshire Food Bank
Beverley Cherry Tree Centre
SHORES – Withernsea
Hessle and Anlaby Food Bank
Mission Trinity – Goole
Peoples Pantry – Pocklington, Market Weighton and Holme on Spalding Moor
Hedon Food Bank
The East Riding Food Banks have been working tirelessly under great pressure and will continue to do so to help the most vulnerable in our communities. With this in mind the Food Banks will be closing over the Christmas period for some much needed rest.
We are expecting record numbers of people in need due to Covid. If you find yourself encountering hardship or anticipate you will need help this Christmas – please help us to help you, act now and reach out to your local Food Bank or Food Pantry for support. We are here for you.
Please visit www.erfpa.org.uk to find your local Food Bank along with their contact details, alternatively if you wish to donate to the ERFPA you can also do this via the Donate tab on the website.
Bridlington Virtual Volunteer Fairs
We have previously held face to face volunteer fairs within the area, however COVID-19 restrictions have made this impossible to achieve in the short term.
We are now holding 2 virtual volunteer fairs for the Bridlington area in the New Year
Thursday 28th January 1pm
Thursday 11th January 1pm
Organisations can book a “stall” free of charge, which is a virtual zoom room for perspective volunteers to go and visit, meet you and find out more about your volunteering roles.
If you would like your logo to be part of the advertising once registered then please forward a logo for inclusion.
If you could also provide us with an overview of any roles you are looking to fulfil then we can also promote this ahead of the event.
As well as ERVAS promoting it in their e-bulletin, local media and social media platforms, The Department of Work and Pensions will be involved promoting it to those interested in volunteering and those seeking work experience opportunities who are struggling to find paid employment.
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON EAST RIDING YOUTH PROVISION AND YOUNG PEOPLE – SURVEY
East Riding Voluntary Action Services is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Youth and Family Support Service and HEY Smile Foundation to undertake a study into current youth provision across East Riding and the impact that Covid-19 has had on the different youth services across the county, as well as on young people.
We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey, which is aimed at youth professionals, paid and unpaid, across the sectors, as well as encourage and support young people to complete the survey that is designed for them as well. Both of these surveys are accessed via the following link: https://ervas.org.uk/east-riding-youth-provision-survey/
For your information, we are also developing a shorter, simpler version of the survey for young people so that they have a choice of which to complete and hopefully this will be out in the next couple of weeks.
It would be great if you could share the link and this information via your social media channels, news bulletins and networks.
Information gathered from the survey will be used to inform the East Riding Youth Board about future needs and how the partnership can work together to support young people and those who work with them.
If you would like to have a more in-depth discussion with us about the impact that Covid-19 has had on your youth group, organisation or service, or young people you support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time and date that suits you.
We anticipate that the survey will close towards the beginning of February 2021.
We have a number of events coming up in January too. These can all be found on our website or click the relevant headings below:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council – COVID-19 Tier Announcement
Residents of the East Riding are being urged to follow new COVID-19 safety guidance from next Wednesday (2, December) with the news that the area will move into Tier 3 (Very High) when the national lockdown restrictions end.
The Government has today announced that the East Riding, along with the Humber area, will all be in the highest of the three-level restrictions system, Tier 3.
Ministers have made decisions on which areas are in which tiers based on factors such as how quickly infection rates are rising or falling, the ratio of positive tests and the current and projected pressure on the NHS.
Some of the key aspects of Tier 3 restrictions are:
No mixing of different households indoors or outdoors, including hospitality venues and private gardens
The rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces such as parks
Pubs and restaurants closed, except for take-away and delivery services
Indoor entertainment venues closed
Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
Guidance against travelling in and out of Tier 3 areas
Personal care, such as hairdressing, is allowed
The Tier restrictions will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday, 2 December (00.01). Until then, the national lockdown restrictions will remain in place. The Government has said it will review tier allocations by 16 December.
Further information about the Tier 3 restrictions and what you can and cannot do, along with advice about helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what support is available to residents and businesses, is available at www.eastriding.gov.uk/3stepstosafety
Tune in to Beverley FM’s Breakfast Show on weekdays to hear who is behind the Giant Advent Calendars in the town. Both Beverley Minster and St Mary’s Church are brightening up hoarding space outside their buildings with the artwork of community groups and schools, in the run-up to Christmas.
At 7.45am and 8.35, presenter Alex Dunn announces the artists of the day and plays their messages.
Meanwhile, some 11 charities and organisations including ERVAS have recorded radio Christmas cards specially for Beverley FM. Listen out for their festive messages as they thank local people for their support over a difficult 2020. They are being played throughout the station’s output.
The station welcomes story ideas for interviews on its Morning Mix show (10-12 weekdays). Please email press information to email@example.com.
Meanwhile, start your day with East Yorkshire’s headlines on Beverley FM. Tune in for local news on weekdays at 7 & 8am, 4 & 5pm, and on Saturdays at 8 & 9am.
Listen on 107.8FM, online at beverleyfm.com or on smartphones and smart speakers. Please support independent community radio.
Bridlington Town Council – Notification of New Office Location
We are thrilled to announce that we have moved the Town Council Offices into 2A Marshall Avenue, Bridlington, YO15 2DS. We are very much looking forward to having the upstairs Bridlington Community HUB completed and working with ERVAS to ensure that this wonderful community asset is utilised to its full potential to make a positive difference in our Town.
Beverley Town Council Launches New Community Grants Programme
Beverley Town Council is pleased to announce that it has revamped and relaunched its Grants programme under which it offers financial support to local organisations.
Community groups and organisations are now being invited to submit applications to the Town Council’s new Small and General Grants Schemes. Applicants should ensure that the project they are seeking funding for will primarily benefit the town and residents of Beverley, alongside other important criteria.
The EYPCF hope that as many parents and carers as possible will complete the survey and, in order to encourage you, we are holding a Prize Draw to which all those who complete the survey can enter. If you wish to enter the draw, please add your telephone number at the end of the survey.
The draw will take place and the winners notified on 18 December.
Thank you to everyone who completes the survey!
Surviving the COVID Winter – Two Ridings Community Foundation
This winter, vulnerable people in North and East Yorkshire will be colder, hungrier, more isolated, and more anxious than ever before. Two Ridings Community Foundation are launching an emergency appeal to raise £100,000 for essential funding for the charities, voluntary organisations and community groups that provide a vital lifeline to our region.
The Gas Safe Charity is offering a free, online Zoom workshop aimed at front line staff and volunteers who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people. The workshop lasts about an hour and explains the sources, signs and symptoms of high and low level carbon monoxide risks in the home and includes relevant scenarios to explain what steps to take if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.
Over 40 MPs and Peers sign open letter calling for a Community Wealth Fund
A cross-party group of 41 MPs and Peers from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods have co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister in support of the Community Wealth Fund to #LevelUpLeftBehind neighbourhoods.
The letter, led by co-chairs of the APPG Paul Howell MP and Dame Diana Johnson DBE MP, calls on the Prime Minister and Chancellor to ensure that ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods do not miss out on benefiting from the government’s mission to level up the country.
COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
Following the implementation of the tier system (mentioned earlier), the Government has updated the guidance for managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities, to ensure safe re-opening multi-purpose buildings.
It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that can take place in these spaces.
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society.
Households across the country will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.
“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”
Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
Will I be able to get help filling in my census questionnaire?
There’ll be plenty of help available for Census 2021. We’ll be providing online help on our website, a dedicated contact centre and help to take part online at our Census Support Centres. We’ll also be offering support and guidance in a range of different languages and accessible formats.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk.
Follow @Census2021 on Twitter and Facebook
Office for Civil Society Update
Charitable services exempt from all local restriction tiers
On Monday 23 November the Prime Minister announced the new tiering system to come into force in England from Wednesday 2 December. The announcement confirmed that in all tiers there is an exemption ‘for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes’. These must still be done so responsibly, and in line with current UK Government advice on Coronavirus and social distancing.
The Prime Minister also announced that ‘essential and non-essential retail’ will be allowed to open from this date in all tiers – this includes charity shops.
should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed in the guidance
There will be a temporary change in the rules over the Christmas period. On Tuesday the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations agreed an aligned approach allowing up to three households to form a ‘Christmas bubble’ from December 23 to 27. The advice on creating a Christmas bubble is available here.
#YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign
In April, the Home Office worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a new national campaign to raise awareness that if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can leave your home, if this is possible, and police and support services remain available. To continue to support victims of domestic abuse, the government has relaunched the #YouAreNotAlone campaign.
People that are affected by domestic abuse will be harder to reach at this time and we really need your help to promote the campaign and raise awareness of the advice and support available. The campaign assets were developed with key partners and charities. These are available for you to share with your staff and raise awareness of where people can get further advice and support.
You can download the campaign assets, including the Employer pack, posters, leaflets, animations, email signatures and social media assets, here and translated campaign assets, here.
Community safeguarding leaflet
The current national restrictions mean that right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated. This means that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. However, safeguarding is everyone’s business.
The Home Office has produced information and guidance for those who are operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect earlier this year, and we would like to re circulate this guidance. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern. The guidance can be found on the Home Office Brandworkz portal. It includes references to the DCMS online safeguarding tool, which helps VCSE organisations in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity. It also provides links to further safeguarding guidance and support for VCSE organisations.
£650 million to community projects across the UK this year
Over £650 million has gone to communities across the UK throughout 2020, all thanks to National Lottery players. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, National Lottery funding has enabled inspiring local good causes to step up to the plate for their community.
Are you between 13-16 or know someone who is?
We are looking for 15 young people from across the UK to join our Young People’s Board for Change. The YPBC will share their views and ideas with decision-makers like NSPCC trustees, staff and politicians. Members will get involved in fun projects and travel across the country to take part in residentials, meetings, and workshops.
To apply, the first step is to fill out an online application form and a parent/carer consent form. This is so we can find out a bit more about you and why you want to take part. You’ll need to send the application to us by 11 January 2021 and be available for a virtual interview with our friendly team between 18 – 21 January 2021.
** From Wednesday 2nd December 2020 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into the following readiness framework. **
Under 18yrs AMBER
Online and digital youth services, Detached/outdoor local youth services, 1-2-1 sessions with high-need young people (indoors), Open access or targeted group sessions delivered indoors (bubbles of 15 + workers/leaders) (consistent with social distancing guidelines)
18yrs and over RED
Online and digital youth services, Detached/outdoor local youth services, 1-2-1 sessions with high-need young people (indoors), Support groups indoors for vulnerable young people (max 15 individuals + workers/leaders) (consistent with social distancing guidelines)
The NYA has not been funded to provide this guidance to the youth sector. Please support us by donating here.
A number of residents in the Shropshire area, have been targeted by the emails which appear to have been sent by government officials and are informing people they could be in line for thousands of pounds. more
#BeMoreDigital Conference 2021
The event will be split across three mornings, covering topics such as:
Diversity and inclusion in the charity sector
Creating innovative fundraising campaigns
How charities are using data to further their impact
Digital strategy and culture
How charities are pivoting their services online
In total there are 20 sessions and workshops over the three days.
We have just been alerted of a food parcel fraud in North East Lincolnshire.
The victim who attends a food larder in North East Lincolnshire regularly received a friend request via Facebook. It appeared that they had a mutual Facebook friend. They were asked to click a link to receive the free food parcel and to complete their details. Regrettably the individual did so and has had all monies cleared from their bank account.
The police and Facebook have been informed. Facebook have closed down the account the request was received from, however, it is reasonable to assume that this same fraud can be replicated easily.
Please tell your beneficiaries/service users to take extra care, be aware of this fraud and not to respond to unsolicited online contact or to ever share personal details. Please circulate widely.
The North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) Update
A guide to homeworking – cyber security risk
The global pandemic and the spread of Covid-19 has created a huge shift to working life as most organisations have adopted homeworking to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading. However, this shift has caused an increase in cyber security attacks across the UK which has led to a rise in organisations bolstering their cyber defences.
Follow this link to view ECSC’s Guide to Homeworking for small to medium sized organisations. This guide aims to provide defensible approaches that should be used to help manage the risks, and highlights basic security principles that organisations should follow to avoid Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) breaches.
QUIZ: Can you spot a scam?
When scrolling through your social media feed, or browsing online, scam adverts that aim to trick you out of your money can be hard to spot.
They’re made to look convincing – and unsurprisingly many people are getting caught out by unscrupulous con artists looking to make a quick profit. In fact, scam adverts on the biggest online sites have tricked almost one in ten social media users into paying out – that could be as many as 3.8 million people in the UK.
We believe social media platforms and search engines aren’t doing enough to protect users from fake and fraudulent adverts posted by rogue sellers.
As the number of coronavirus cases continue to be high across the Humber region, we are sharing short videos of our NHS leaders from this area.
The first is from Emma Latimer in her role as Chair of the Local Resilience Forum’s Humber Health Cell. Emma thanks health and care staff for their hard work during these unprecedented times as well as reminding people that the NHS is here for you when you need it.
The second video is from Dr James Crick, local public health consultant, reminding people of the importance of isolating to help reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus and support NHS services across the Humber region.
The Strategic Domestic Abuse Board and the East Riding Community Partnership formally approved the East Riding Domestic Abuse Strategy 2020 – 2023 in October 2020. Domestic abuse is a complex problem which affects all in society. A significant criminal, social and health problem which has a major impact on children and young people, adults, families and communities, Domestic abuse is a challenge for many services and organisations requiring complex coordination across a multifaceted partnership landscape.
Domestic abuse is currently one of the country’s and region’s biggest and most complex priorities for us to deal with. Domestic abuse is present in all walks of life and affects all communities, having an impact on the people involved with and often long lasting effects on them, and especially children in those situations. It is absolutely essential that within the East Riding we do all we can to tackle domestic abuse and reduce any impacts it can have, and stop people becoming victims.
There is no one single agency which can solve domestic abuse and it requires a full multi-agency approach to solve the problems created and reduce the demand present within domestic abuse. There are many reasons behind domestic abuse that requires the involvement of a multitude of partners including Local Authorities, support agencies, voluntary sector, Police, health and key partners within the Criminal Justice System. The aim of this strategy is to bring together the collective views of all the services and partners that work together within the East Riding.
This Strategy defines the collective vision, aims and priorities for preventing, responding to and helping survivors recover and perpetrators change their behaviours in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The Volant Trust Covid 19 Fund deadline 31/12/20
The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Volant Trust does not generally provide funds for capital expenditure. It specifically gives funding towards project and administrative core costs. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. There is no maximum grant amount for this fund.
Weston Charity Awards
The 2021 Weston Charity Awards are now open for applications, offering small charities in England the opportunity to win strategic leadership support along with an unrestricted grant.
Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight have launched the call for applications for the awards, which will give 20 small charities a package of strategic leadership support from Pilotlight along with a £6,500 unrestricted grant from Garfield Weston Foundation.
Charities have until 8 January to apply.
To be eligible to apply, charities must have the following:
A registered charity number
Be working in the fields of Welfare, Youth or Community
At least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position
Ebay for Charity
eBay for Charity is launching its next ‘Big Charity Sell’ in the run up to Christmas and calling all charities to encourage their supporters to sell their pre-loved items on eBay donate between 10% and 100% of their sale to charity.
The build up to Christmas is a key moment in the fundraising calendar, and with charity shops shut for the second time this year and festive fundraising events cancelled, eBay’s Big Charity Sell aims to support the charity community through this difficult time.
Funding for Community Based Projects (UK and Overseas)
Grants of an average of £5,000 are available to charities working at community level in the UK and developing countries on causes which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions. Grant making activity is directed largely at supporting work at community level; in the UK, this is concentrated on work that addresses issues around: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25. Charities working in developing countries on community development, education and health can also apply.
2021 Positive Activity Grants Launched
The Youth & Family Support (YFS) service of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are very pleased to announce the 2021 Positive Activity Grant (PAG) will be opening for applications on noon 2 November 2020.
This year we have three bands of grants available: –
Band A – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have delivered face to face Positive Activities for young people during Covid-19 in East Riding.
Maximum of three awards of £5,000 each
Band B – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have delivered online/digital youth work or the occasional youth event during Covid-19.
Maximum of two awards up to £3,000
Band C – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have not been able to deliver
any provision during Covid-19 but need funding to re-open when able to. Maximum of nine awards up to £1,000
Since 2013 the Council has provided £375,000 to nearly 200 different youth groups across the East Riding helping to create new youth projects and support existing youth groups.
Kevin Allen – YFS Service Manager commented: “2020 has been an unusual year with Covid-19 changing how we all work and provide services. Youth projects across the country have been hit hard, so it my pleasure to announce the £30,000 PAG award for 2021, that will play a part in supporting the valued projects that offer positive diversionary activities to young people aged 9 to 24 across the East Riding.”
We particularly welcome applications from organisations that can deliver provision for targeted and vulnerable young people from areas of urban and rural deprivation within the East Riding.
All organisations applying for a PAG award must be registered with Beecan at www.beecan.org and contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise and complete a Development plan by the 31 January 2021.
For further information please contact from Darron Lawer – YFS Community & Partnership Officer – Mobile : 07796697940 or
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.