Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 12.11.21




Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 12.11.21









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:





Let’s play Spin to Win
Fundraising website easyfundraising is giving voluntary groups and third sector organisations 1000s of opportunities to win donations this November. When anyone connected to your organisation plays Spin to Win, they could win you anything from 10p – £50 every day. One in ten people are guaranteed to win a donation for their good cause every day throughout November! Make sure your organisation is registered with easyfundraising so you can take part:

Find out more here.  



Have your say on a potential merger of VANL and ERVAS

The focus groups will consider the responses of previous consultations and explore further the potential merger model, providing an opportunity to discuss the strengths and any drawbacks of the proposed organisational model.

  • Wednesday 17 November – 1pm – 2:30pm

  • Wednesday 17 November 6:30pm – 8pm

Both meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams.

Come along and have your input.

Contact or call 01724 845155 to book your place.



Book a place today!
Read the initial announcement




ERVAS Training Survey

At East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd, we are always looking to increase the range of training courses offered through the BOOST Training Project.

We have identified a range of courses that we are able to offer out to the sector, however we would like to invite you to complete this survey to tell us which ones you would like to see offered by us in the future. We would welcome any feedback you may have as well as suggestions for future courses.

We are very keen to ensure that our courses can be available to meet the needs of the wider voluntary sector and the sectors volunteers.



Submit your views


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



Voluntary Sector Updates




Congratulations to Roots and Shoots
Congratulations to Roots and Shoots, Bridlington who are the winners of the recent competition and have won a £100 donation from our fundraising partner, easyfundraising.  Spokesperson Mihaela says, “We feel very happy about our win! Our community allotment connects people and communities through working with nature, to support mental health and sustainable way of living. We will use our prize money to pay for removing carpets that are ingrown to the soil at the Community Allotment.

easyfundraising is a simple and free way of helping organisations to raise funds, it’s online, easy and accessible to wider community. We would recommend it to other community organisations because it’s easy!”

easyfundraising enables community organisations like yours generate an income by turning online shopping into donations. Over 6,000 leading retailers will all donate to your organisation for free.  Find out how your organisation can get involved here:



Creating Safer Cultures
Safeguarding Adults Week takes place from 15-21 November and gives an opportunity for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues.

This year’s theme is ‘Creating Safer Cultures’ and each day of the national week there will be a different topic to focus on which will hopefully lead to conversations taking place around the theme of creating safer cultures within the East Riding.

Promoting safer cultures is all about how organisations and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring in the first instance, whilst simultaneously ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that safeguarding concerns that are raised are recognised and responded to effectively.

Monday, 15 November – emotional abuse and safeguarding mental health
Emotional abuse can have a devastating impact on mental health as well as physical health.

Tuesday, 16 November – The power of language
Language is vital in creating a positive culture and fostering inclusivity.

Wednesday, 17 November – Digital safeguarding
Over the past year an increasing proportion of our lives from work, education to sport and activity has moved online.

Thursday, 18 November – Adult grooming and the Ann Craft Trust grooming and exploitation conference
People can experience grooming and exploitation at any age and in a wide range of contexts.

Friday, 19 November – Creating safer organisational cultures
Today is a focus on including voices of people less likely to raise concerns, whilst promoting reflection and learning in safeguarding practice to promote safer cultures.

Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 November – Safeguarding and you
These days are to highlight that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and everyone needs to play their part to effectively create safer cultures.

ERSAB are working with Hull Safeguarding Adults Board to put on several workshops on topics such as Suicide Prevention, Hoarding, Modern Slavery, Fraud Prevention, Professional Curiosity, Care Standards and much more.  Please look out for the Eventbrite listings on our website by clicking the link here national-safeguarding-adults-week-2021 and take part in our social media campaign on Facebook. #SafeguardingAdultsWeek

Key figures who work to promote Safeguarding in Hull and East Riding will also be heard on Greatest Hits Radio during the week

The Public Health Community bus will also be visiting towns within the East Riding with Safeguarding experts available to talk about safeguarding issues and have leaflets available regarding support available.  The locations of the bus will be promoted on our website nearer to the time by clicking the link here national-safeguarding-adults-week-2021

For more information or to find out how to get involved email call (01482) 392091 or visit or




Guide Dogs for the Blind

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

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

Watch our Flash video about the puppy raising role

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

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

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

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

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

#makeadifference #volunteer #puppyraiser



New To Leadership 2022 programme

Applications are now open for the New To Leadership programme starting in January 2022.

If you are new to leadership, or have a team member who is ready to blossom and would benefit from a 6-month immersive programme of development and support to feel more confident about who you are, how you connect with others and how you create change in your organisation and sector, you can complete the application form here

Applications close on 30th November 2021 with applicants notified of the outcome by 15th December. The programme will start in January 2022 and applicants must be available on the following dates:

  • 20th January
  • 17th March
  • 21st April
  • 26th May
  • 23rd June
  • Plus dates in February and July to be confirmed

If you would like more information or support to develop your application we will be hosting two information events:

  • 3rd November 9am-10am via zoom 
  • 17th November 2pm-3pm at Humber Street Gallery

Please book your place at either of these events via the website

The programme will be facilitated by Beth Goddard, who has this message for applicants:

Hello! I’m Beth and if I had to put myself in a box, would categorize myself professionally as a ‘Facilitator, Connector, Coach’. I have been facilitating learning programmes for the last 20 years, am a qualified Lumina Spark and Lumina Emotion practitioner, a MOE (Ministry of Entrepreneurship) and Animas accredited Transformational Coach, as well as a Power of Purpose facilitator. People have described me as ‘Purposeful, Powerful, Playful, Present-full’ and as a person who works in ‘Partnership’ with others. I am driven by helping people realize their potential!

Throughout the course of my career, I’ve had a focus on developing people in leadership positions or transition points in their life, especially younger people between the ages of 18 – 25 and, as a passionate advocate of ‘championing the underdog’ (the result of being a teenage Mum), ensuring that I practice what I preaches in terms of equality, diversity and opportunities for all. As a result, I have established a very chameleon like career! Over the last 18 months I’ve found myself increasingly working with teams within the Third / Public sector, helping them to respond to the ever-changing environments around them, catalyzed by Covid 19.

My most recent clients include The National Lottery Community Foundation, Impact Hub Bradford, Clore Social Leadership, Common Purpose (Global) Future Leaders Programmes,  The Smile Foundation (Hull), Art Against Knives (London), Two Ridings Community Foundation (York), The Cabinet Office External Relations Team (London), The Citizens Advice Bureau (London), The UK National NCS (National Citizen Service) programme, Alpha Development (London), ADIA – The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Abu Dhabi) and in December 2019 the Shri Ram and JBCN Schools in India delivering a Global Social Leaders programme. (Do feel free to have a look at my LinkedIn profile, if you’d like to get a feel for me and my work:

I am very much looking forward to working with all of you who find yourself on the HEY Confident Futures New to Leadership Programme.

Apply before 30th November for a full-funded place on this exciting programme by completing the application form here





Victim Support

Join Victim Support on 17th November at 2pm to find out what resources we have for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. You don’t need to be a sexual violence practitioner to receive a disclosure of child sexual abuse from someone you are supporting or working with. Anyone working or volunteering in roles where they meet people may potentially hear disclosures like this. It can be difficult to know what to say or where to signpost people for support, especially if you don’t work within sexual violence or abuse support services.

Victim Support has a number of resources for survivors and professionals who are looking for information. These include a number of online, interactive workbooks for survivors and a toolkit for professionals who receive a disclosure. The webinar will explain our resources in more detail and cover how you can signpost people to these. It also explains what support we have for professionals receiving a disclosure and how you can help survivors access support.
This free webinar is suitable for anyone working with or volunteering with the public. To register your place through Eventbrite, click here.

The webinar will take place at 2pm, 17th November via Zoom. However, I am also happy to book a session with your organisation if you have a team of people who are interested in attending. If you have any queries, please get in touch with Ellen Hall at





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

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

The Right Space’s purpose is to:

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


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

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

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





HEY LEP Economic Growth and Workforce Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

The Hull and East Yorkshire LEP has now been in existence for a little over six months and in this short time we have achieved a number of key milestones, including recruiting our Board and sub-Boards, receiving a glowing mid-year review report from the Government and being successful in bringing an official COP 26 event to the region, to be held on Monday 18th October at the Hull City Hall.

We have been working with our many partners to develop our first economic strategy, building a robust evidence base to ensure we focus on the region’s key strengths and opportunities and to define our strategic priorities.

The consultation process is designed to further assist us in producing our overall regional strategy and is being led by the Board and produced by the LEP Executive team, with much appreciated support from external colleagues. The strategy is designed to bring together and add value to the existing economic strategies of both Hull and East Riding Councils, defining the role of the private sector and focusing on where the LEP can deliver outcomes and outputs to help drive the local economy.

To help you to consider and respond in a focussed way to our strategy, we have included a series of questions at the end of the document, which we hope are helpful. Of course, we would also appreciate any other comments that will aid us in creating the final version prior to its formal publication later this year.

Our strategy can be viewed here:

Please send any comments to us at by midnight on the 14th November.





An event for all leaders, managers and trustees
of VCS groups working in and around Bridlington

Free for members and non-members (please share with your colleagues and networks)
16th November 11.30am-1.30pm

Come and see the facilities on offer at Bridlington Community Hub, at this workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities for those leading and developing voluntary groups and charities operating in and around Bridlington.

This workshop and lunch for leaders of voluntary and community groups in Bridlington will introduce you to the benefits of the free HEY Confident Futures programme and will allow you to:

  • Get to know other VCS Leaders in Bridlington
  • Explore the local resources available to VCS Leaders in Bridlington (such as governance, funding, volunteering and development support)
  • Identify the local challenges facing VCS Leaders in Bridlington in 2021
  • Identify the local support needed by VCS Leaders in Bridlington into 2022
Please book your place via Eventbrite

The workshop will be followed by a buffet lunch and networking and runs from 11.30am-1.30pm. This is a HEY Confident Futures event in partnership with ERVAS and the Bridlington Community Hub.

Bridlington Community Hub is located at 2a Marshall Avenue, Bridlington YO15 2DS
There is time-limited free on-street parking nearby.

We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee (to cover costs incurred for your booking) if you cancel within 5 working days of the date of the event or if you fail to attend.





National Voluntary Sector Updates




NAVCA Update


Free service to help small charities fix their digital barriers

The big switch to digital has been tough for many small charities. It can be hard to know where to turn for help.

In 2019, Matt Collins saw that there were lots of courses and blog posts and consultants but that people from small charities needed specific help with digital. He launched a telephone service matching small charities with digital experts giving an hour of their time for free. This Zurich article explains more and shares the three most common issues people have called about.


Windrush lessons learned review – external call for evidence

In March 2020, the Windrush Independent Adviser published her Windrush Lessons Learned Review report.  In it, she describes the chain of events that led to what became known as the “Windrush scandal”.

In response, the Home Office published its Windrush Lessons Learned Review: a comprehensive improvement plan in September 2020, setting out how it intended to implement the Independent Adviser’s recommendations, including righting the wrongs of the scandal and a focus on ‘wholesale and lasting cultural change’.

The Independent Adviser has now returned to the Home Office, to assess the Department’s progress in implementing the 30 recommendations set out in her report and has now issued a call for evidence is to find out how well the Home Office is doing in a number of areas.


The hidden value of unpaid carers: a conversation with Fatima Khan-Shah
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What are the risks of under-valuing unpaid carers? How can the health and care system better support them? Helen McKenna talks with Fatima Khan-Shah about her personal experience as a carer, her leadership journey, and the importance of being your authentic self at work. Fatima is Programme Director for Unpaid Carers and the Personalised Care Programme for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System.


Adult social care campaign to build bigger and better workforce

People across England are being encouraged to pursue a career in adult social care during the biggest period of change in a generation, following the launch of a new recruitment campaign.

The ‘Made with Care’ campaign will run across broadcast and social media for 5 months, encouraging people with the values that embody carers to join a workforce dedicated to helping others and build a career that helps people live happy, healthy lives.





Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates




NTS Scam Alert

A rogue builder pressured a Brighton couple into handing over thousands of pounds after he ripped up their garden then doubled his bill, a court heard. Myley Connors, 19, has pleaded guilty to defrauding Dr Arsinah and Dr Ambrose Boles at Brighton Magistrates. more

Brits warned over Amazon ‘brushing’ scam that could see mysterious parcels arrive on your doorstep
The British public have been warned of a “brushing” Amazon scam that sees mysterious, un-ordered parcels arrive at homes. more

Police alert over criminals trying to sell vitamins to elderly people
Police in North Wales have issued a warning about criminals trying to sell vitamins over the phone to elderly residents who have not had their Covid 19 booster jabs yet. Police say the vitamins which are being offered at a high price are unlikely to have any medical value. more

Phone companies to block scam calls from abroad that are masked behind a UK number
Phone companies have agreed to block the majority of internet phone calls made from abroad where it looks as though the call is coming from a UK number.  This so-called “number spoofing” tactic is commonly used by criminals to encourage the recipient to believe a call is legitimate, which means they are more likely to answer it. more

Criminals con victims out of £4.7 million in three months
According to West Mercia Police figures, 1,629 fraud offences were reported between May and July this year, with an average financial loss of £5,778. The force has now brought in specialist “Cyber Protect” officers to focus on cyber criminality including fraud, which is commonly committed online. more

Criminals trying to convince people to ignore ‘no match’ bank transfer warnings
Criminals are trying to convince people to ignore “no match” warnings when the bank account they are transferring money into does not match the name of the person they think they are paying, according to a regulator. more

Flintshire Trading Standards warning over fake Tesco ‘free prizes’ email
Criminals claiming to be from Tesco are sending out emails offering ‘free prizes’ in an attempt to steal people’s bank details. They are targeting potential victims with an email asking them to fill in a survey for a chance of winning prizes. more

Warning issued about fraud which has seen house buyers lose millions
Home buyers are being warned about a spike in scams that have seen victims defrauded out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) has launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of Payment Diversion Fraud (PDF). more





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Cyber Crime Survey 2021

Fraud and cyber crime are the most common criminal offences in the UK. Analysis of Action Fraud reports showed that 86% of frauds had a cyber element to them. As the threat from cyber crime continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to remember one thing – most of it can be prevented. By following just a few practical steps, you can make it harder for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts.

In order to better understand what steps you are already taking to stay secure online, we would be grateful if you would please complete the short survey we have created. Your answers will help us to determine what areas of online security we need to focus on over the coming months.

Please note:

  • The survey is completely anonymous and we don’t ask you for any personal information.
  • Survey answers will not be shared with any third parties.

Survey link –

Thank you for helping us improve our response to fraud and cyber crime in the UK.

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Which? Scam Alert

Fake ads rife on search engines
Earlier this year, we reported that scammers were running riot on Google and Bing. How? Scammers pose as genuine financial services firms, paying for their ads to appear at the top of search results, and invite people to enter their contact details so that they can call them about bogus investment opportunities.

When we looked at Bing it took seconds to find an ad for a website on the Financial Conduct Authority warning list. And, while Google appears to have stamped out most rogue financial advertisers, unregulated ones are still slipping through.

Here’s what we found and what Microsoft had to say.

Phishing alert: fake McAfee and Norton Antivirus emails
Fake emails are currently circulating posing as McAfee and Norton Antivirus informing people that their subscriptions are at an end and need renewing. The emails ask you to click through on links in order to ‘renew the subscriptions’. Some even attempt to trick you into contacting the scammers using the details at the bottom of the email.

Here are copies of the emails.

Fake Primark gift card email
Phishing emails promising Primark gift card ‘rewards’ have been circulating. They work by claiming that you need to ‘activate the delivery’ in order to receive the reward and even attempt to deceive you by including ‘your account information’. Here’s what they look like.

More than one million households in the UK could have been victims of Amazon ‘brushing’
We all love a freebie, but receiving or being delivered a package you’ve not paid for in this case isn’t a win.

Amazon ‘brushing’ is a scam where fraudulent Amazon sellers send cheap-to-ship items to unsuspecting people, then falsely log it as a genuine sale in order to artificially inflate sales volumes.

Here’s the lowdown on ‘brushing’ and what to do to ensure your Amazon account hasn’t been compromised.

Amazon ‘brushing’ explained

If you’d like to know our members’ stories and what they reported to us, our recent survey highlights the scale of the scam.

Our members’ experiences

Impact of scams on victims’ wellbeing amounts to £9.3bn
Our latest research with consultancy Simetrica-Jacobs found that being a scam victim is associated with lower life satisfaction, comparable to being threatened or targeted by thieves. The average drop in wellbeing for victims of fraud has been valued at £2,509 a year, with online scams causing the most harm with an even higher estimate of £3,684.

Here’s more on how the UK’s fraud epidemic is impacting people’s welfare and what we’re doing about it.

Cracking down on fraud

Pension scams on the rise
Fraudsters are exploiting pension reforms and the uncertainty created by the pandemic to trick people out of their life savings.

People like Davina, who invested their pension savings into what they believed to be a legitimate scheme, are now facing an uphill battle to recover even a fraction of their original investment.

Here are the tactics scammers are using to part you from your cash – and what you can do to avoid falling victim.

The devastating impact

Our video gives you the three warning signs you also need to know to avoid a pension scam.

Three warning signs





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23M People Used 123456 As A Password

Whether it’s your Facebook, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.

Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk – by using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by hackers. Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think – the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre carried out analysis of passwords leaked in data breaches and found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password. You can read more about it here:

Here are some top tips that will make your life easier and your online accounts more secure:

1: Creating memorable passwords
A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words. But remember, don’t use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”

2: Saving passwords in your browser
Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.

This can help:

  • make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
  • protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites

It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.

Here are some useful links on how you can start saving passwords in your browser: Google ChromeMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxSafari.

3: Email account passwords
If a hacker gets into your email account, they could:

  • reset your other online account passwords
  • access personal information you have saved about yourself or your business

Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.

Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:
Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.
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Health Updates




The Impact of COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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





Under 16 Cancer Patient Experience Survey

A diagnosis of childhood cancer understandably has a devastating impact on the emotional health and wellbeing of the child and their family, both during and after treatment. Children and young people’s treatment and experience of cancer differs greatly from adults and we recognise the need for a personalised approach to their cancer care.

It’s so important for us to listen and learn from children and young people in order to provide them with the best possible care and experience throughout treatment and to reduce the impact it has on them later in life.

Today (27th October 2021) the first set of results have shown us that 95% of children with cancer aged between eight and 15 felt they were looked after well by NHS healthcare staff during 2020 and 92% of parents/carers rated the overall experience of their child’s care as 8 or more out of 10.

It is encouraging to see that children and their parents rate the care and treatment they received positively and this survey is an opportunity to identify what’s working and what could be done better, engaging with patients, parents, NHS cancer staff and charities.

A webinar is being held on the 2nd of December 2021 to discuss the results of the survey. You can register for the webinar at

For more information and to view the full set of results visit





Humber Acute Services Programme

Children and Young People – What matters to you?
Your NHS is making changes and we want to know what children and young people think. Whether you’re 18 months or 18 years or any age in between, we want to know what we can do to look after you the best we can and make you feel better quickly. We also want to hear from your parents, carers and other important adults in your life.

We want to understand what worries you about coming into hospital, what is ok and what you would change if you had a magic wand!

What to do now
There are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Click here to download a fun booklet (Recommended for ages 5-11)
  • Click here to complete a short questionnaire (Recommended for ages 12-17)
  • Or ask a grown up to email or call 07593444919 and we will send you a booklet in the post for you to fill in at home.

Prizes to be won!
You can also win a cool prize for getting involved!
For more information on the Humber Acute Services Programme, please visit

Calling parents and carers across the Humber – Tell us what matters to you?
Across the Humber, the NHS and local partners are looking at ways to improve healthcare in our region and we want your input to help us make the best changes for you and your family.
The Humber Acute Services programme is looking at how to make healthcare work better for local people. It is looking at the types of healthcare and treatments that people typically receive from one of our five main hospitals in the region:

  • Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital
  • Hull Royal Infirmary
  • Castle Hill Hospital
  • Goole and District Hospital

We are thinking about how these services could be provided differently in the future, whether in hospitals or GP surgeries, at home or on the high street.

We would really like to hear from parents and carers of children and young people who have experience of using one of our hospitals for paediatric care to better understand from your perspective what works well, what doesn’t and what could change to improve your experience.
Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey to help us understand what is most important to you as we work to plan for the future.

You can find out more about why we need to make changes and keep up to date on the work of the Humber Acute Services programme on our





Public Health England Drug Alert
Please find attached details of a Public Health England issued Drug Alert relating to an increase in Opioid overdoses linked to a potent synthetic opioid that may be in adulterated heroin/opiate-based preparations.

In the past 10-14 days there have been an unprecedented number of overdoses (with some deaths) in people who use drugs, primarily heroin, in some parts of the country (5 London boroughs, Hampshire, Essex, West Sussex, Dorset, Thames Valley).

Please distribute and action as per the attached guidance to relevant partners, community organisations, and services.

If you require further information or guidance in relation to this alert or any drug concern, please contact

View the drug alert here






Community Safety Updates




CONSULTATION IS NOW LIVE – East Riding Domestic Abuse Strategy Update – Delivering support to victims and children in safe accommodation

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 places a duty on East Riding of Yorkshire Council to deliver support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in safe accommodation. It requires the council to publish a strategy outlining the authority’s plans to deliver support to victims and their children in safe accommodation.

The strategy is available to download below:
East Riding Domestic Abuse Strategy 2020-2023 – Update following the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (pdf 768kb)

There is a consultation that is now live and will close on Friday 3 December at 4pm.
The consultation survey can be accessed via the webpage below:

Read about the survey

Take part in the survey

We will take all responses into consideration, and publish a “you said, we did”, ensuring information on the suggestions made and our reasons for changing or maintaining the document are provided.

Any questions or queries regarding the consultation or the strategy, please contact:

Shelley Goodinson
Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Partnerships Manager





Private Fostering Leaflets and Posters

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





Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families In The East Riding of Yorkshire Thresholds, Referrals & Consent Briefing

To introduce you to the updated Threshold of Intervention and Need Guidance and how to use it to help inform your decision making.

To inform you how to make requests for service to the new Early Help Locality Hubs (formerly Children’s Centres, Prevention & Education Team and Youth and Family Support) and the Child Safeguarding Hub (Children’s Social Care) when additional or intensive support is needed for children, young people and their families or you have a safeguarding concern.

To help you understand when consent is needed to discuss a child’s situation or make a request for service.
To Book a place chose a session below and apply by emailing your details to the ERSCP as detailed below.

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

Day Date Time
Wednesday 17 November 15:45 – 16:45
Tuesday 14 December 15:45 – 16:45

How to apply:
Please email with the following information and a link to your chosen date will be forwarded to you.

Full Name Team Job Title Email Chosen Date





Hidden Harm: Impact on Children of Parental Mental Illness/Substance Misuse
On-line training

To raise awareness of the hidden impact on children and young people of substance misuse or mental illness within the family and increase practitioners use of ERSCP Hidden Harm Tool Kit

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course you will

  • Have considered what life might be like for children living with parents/carers who are using drugs or alcohol and/or have a mental health problem
  • Have an understanding of the short and long term impact on children
  • Have explored how substance misuse and/or mental illness affects parents/carers ability to meet their children’s needs
  • Start to use the ERSCB Hidden Harm Tool Kit and other relevant tools

NB: In addition to the 3.5 hour virtual course participants will be given preparation work to complete prior to joining the training. 
Course Dates

09:30 – 13.00 Wednesday 24.11.2021

Booking is via





Funding News




Maritime Community Grants scheme
The Maritime Community Grants scheme is currently live for applications until Sunday 5th December. Individuals and groups can apply for micro grants of up to £500 and small grants of up to £2000 for one of costs or projects with a maritime link, and in one of three categories: environmental, heritage and wellbeing. Applicants should be based in Hull and the surrounding area.

View the guidance notes and application forms

Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing Programme Grants 2021

The Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) Health and Care Partnership has secured funding to develop a ‘test and learn’ site for Green Social Prescribing (GSP) across our six places of East Yorkshire, Hull, North Yorkshire, Vale of York, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The aim of the ‘test and learn’ sites is to embed GSP into communities in order to:

  • Improve mental health outcomes
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Reduce demand on the health and social care system
  • Develop best practice in making green social activities more resilient and accessible.

The programme is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Natural England, the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, the National Academy for Social Prescribing and Sport England. The programme is being delivered by the Lead Organisation HEY Smile Foundation and runs from April 2021 to March 2023. We are looking to fund projects that ‘improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing through activities that occur outdoors and in nature’.

Activities need to ensure they are open and accessible and can link with local healthcare initiatives such as Social Prescribing. Successful applicants will also be required to act as a referral point for individuals accessing Social Prescribing as part of the wider work of the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing Test and Learn Site. For this reason we are looking for projects that supports adults, in particular those with mild to moderate mental health issues, helping to prevent admission to NHS facilities by developing early or alternative interventions to clinical need. We are also interested in hearing about projects that seek to remove health inequalities and disparity in health outcomes, with a focus on diversity in the population.

Projects must be working in, or serving, one of Humber, Coast and Vale’s six ‘Places’: North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire; Hull; East Yorkshire; Vale of York; North Yorkshire.
Through this fund we are looking for organisations and groups to enhance their existing offer, or develop new and innovative activities, to facilitate an increase in safe referrals from healthcare systems such as Social Prescribing.
We have three Grants available. Please choose and apply for the grant that best suits your organisations or group.

Seed Grant:
The Green Social Prescribing Seed Grant welcomes applications from micro-groups, new start-ups or established organisations looking for extra support to build their capacity and work more closely with local healthcare providers. This funding round has an allocation of £30,000 and we welcome applications of £500 to £5,000 from across Humber, Coast & Vale.

Blossom Grant:
The Green Social Prescribing Blossom Grant welcomes applications from locally trusted groups that have the ambition to become future leaders in their field, but require the development of a specific skills and resources to flourish. They will have the ambition to play a future strategic role in developing Green Social Prescribing in their local area. This funding round has an allocation of £60,000 and we welcome applications of £1000 to £10,000 from across Humber, Coast & Vale.

Pollinator Grant:
The Green Social Prescribing Pollinator Grant welcomes applications from leading organisations with excellent systems in place and the resources to deliver activities with strong outcomes. This is an opportunity to apply to fund a proven activity, while supporting the programme to help others flourish and become more connected to the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing programme aims. This funding round has an allocation of £60,000 and we welcome applications of £5000 to £10,000 from across the Humber Coast & Vale.

The Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 26th November 2021.