Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 13.10.2020


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 13.10.2020

ERVAS Services Update
Voluntary Sector Updates
National Voluntary Sector Updates
Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates
Health Updates
Community Safety Updates
Funding News
GOV.UK Updates

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?

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ERVAS Services Update

Beginners Guide to Fundraising
This course will cover the basic tools of fundraising, with a general overview of the many methods available to any VCSE organisation.The emphasis of the training is to allow participants to explore sustainable sources of funding as part of a long term fundraising strategy.

Course aims:
To provide an overview of fundraising methods
To outline the regulation of fundraising
To provide guidance on developing a fundraising strategy

When?  Wednesday 18 November at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Anti-Bullying Week Youth Discussion
We are holding an open discussion on tackling bullying for young people aged 10-25.
Want to make a difference? Have some ideas for a project?
Why not see what we can do to support you have a say.When?  Wednesday 18 November at 4:30 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Understanding Your Digital Footprint, Social Engineering and Staying Safe Online 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, this session will also focus on: Your Digital Footprint, Social Engineering and Staying 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 (, 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.

If you are interested in taking part please sign up today. Feel free to contact or call 01482 871077 for more information.

When?  Friday 20 November at 7 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Charity Support Clinic
Join us for free advice and support at our Charity Support Clinic.
Experts will be on hand to offer advice on a range of issues; from setting up a charity to finding volunteers; from raising funds to monitoring budgets. Let us have your questions and issues in advance and we will tailor our support to your needs. Places are limited to 5 only so register your questions and book your place now.When?  Tuesday 24 November at 11 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Setting up your organisation
The emphasis of the training is to allow participants to understand the different legal forms an organisation can have and guide them through the process of choosing the right structure.

Course aims:
To give an overview of the most common types of organisation
To identify what charitable status means
To give an overview of the process of incorporation and registration

When?  Thursday 26 November at 11 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

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 (, 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.

If you are interested in taking part please sign up today. Feel free to contact or call 01482 871077 for more information.

When?  Thursday 26 November at 7 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Volunteen Mentors & Champions Training Workshop

As part of this workshop, you can expect to:

  1. Understand the work of Volunteen, VYPER and ERVAS
  2. Know how to recruit and support young people to volunteer or find an opportunity
  3. Learn how to encourage groups, organisations and communities to spread the Volunteen message amongst staff and young people

When?  Wednesday 2 December at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

FraudWatch website launch

We are pleased to share that we have just launched our new FraudWatch website which is full of information you may need relating to fraud and supporting victims.

On this website you will find information about the different types of scams, videos that can be used to raise awareness, as well as tips on how to avoid being a victim of a scam.

Visit the website today, at

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.

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: or Judith Leech: if you would like any support with the application.

Find out more

We have a number of events coming up in December and January too. These can all be found on our website or click the relevant headings below:

Thursday 3 December – Trustees – roles and responsibilities
Wednesday 9 December – Your Guide to Grants
Wednesday 9 December – Fraud and Cyber Awareness – SJP Law
Thursday 17 December – Keeping Young People Safe Online
Saturday 19 December – Fraud and Cyber Awareness 
Monday 11 January – Fraud and Cyber Awareness
1pm   and   7pm
Thursday 14 January – Managing your Charity
Thursday 14 January – Your Digital Footprint, Social Engineering and Staying Safe Online Webinar
1pm   and   7pm
Sunday 17 January – Keeping Young People Safe Online
Wednesday 20 January – Your Guide to a Winning Bid
Thursday 28 January – Business Planning

Tuesday 8 December – East Riding Youth Provision Now and in the Future
Tuesday 19 January – Bridlington Virtual Youth Coalition
Monday 25 January – Working with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Network Meeting

New National Restrictions from 5 November – update on charitable services
The Government have updated their guidance on restrictions during the current COvid-19 lockdown. From Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December, stay at home regulations continue to permit leaving home to deliver voluntary or charitable services, where this cannot be done from home. You may also leave home to fulfil legal obligations.Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support – but they must take place at a premises other than a private home. This includes, but is not limited to, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people caring for those with long-term or terminal illnesses, or who are vulnerable, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, including for them to meet youth workers.

If you need to meet as a group to manage your charity or community group in the meantime, you may be able to do this virtually using zoom or similar – but please check your governing document allows you to do this.  If not, any decision you make virtually may be invalid. If you have any doubts about whether your governing document allows communication by electronic means, please contact for a quick review.

Voluntary Sector Updates

Make Your Mark Vote

East Riding Voluntary Action Services is a registered link for young people living in East Riding to be able to participate in the Make Your Mark survey, please share with your young people or support them to do this so that they can have their say on national and local issues.  This will then help us to take forward actions with them via our youth voice and influence work.

The survey asks them if they are completing this as part of their school/youth organisation, they can put East Riding Voluntary Action Services in here if they like, and their votes will form part of our East Riding wide response.  Alternatively they can put another registered group/school or say they are completing it on their own.

If you would like to have any further information or support in regard to Make Your Mark, please feel free to contact Devan Witter or Detty Tyler.

Make Your Mark today.

Dragon Football Academy

My name is David Cashman and I work for Dragon Football Academy. We provide education centres with a variety of bespoke traineeship and study programmes based on their individual needs. We work alongside and create strong relationships which has enabled the young people to move onto their next career pathway (college, apprenticeship, part- and full-time work).

We at Dragon Football Academy are passionate about supporting the needs of young people (16-24) within local community. We have a shared desire with our partners to reduce the amount of NEETS.

We currently have centres in Manchester, Stockport, Gainsborough, Newark, Redditch (Worcestershire) and Driffield (Yorkshire).
We have many courses and training available and we can tailor the course for the individual;

– Sports Coaching
– Personal Training
– Football Coaching
– Workskills – This apply for most work sectors e.g. care work, sale, recruitment, retail and many others
– Setting up your business
– Customer Service and sales

Be sue to visit the website here:


DFA College


Ashiana are reaching out to you in the hope that you will continue to support us to raise awareness and reach out to women who may be experiencing domestic abuse during these difficult times.

As you may know, during this period of restricted movement, women and children are at increased risk of domestic violence and abuse.  They are also less likely to be aware of or access the vital support that they need, and BAMER women even more so due to issues including language barriers, having no access to phones, social media or other digital platforms, being unable to find safe spaces or time to talk and being unable to travel to or access usual safe spaces.

During the previous national lockdown period, Ashiana launched a campaign entitled ‘We Are Here For You’ – which aims to reach out to women locally, using various outlets and platforms that we know women still have access to – in order to get the information that they need in the way and in the language that they need.

With your help, this was successful and we were able to support many women escape abusive situations, we must continue to reach out and let women know we are here during these extended and increased restrictions.

Campaign leaflets are available in various languages and can be accessed through our website:

Please share this information as widely as possible and feel free to display in areas where you think women may have access.

Use our social media handle #ashianaishereforyou

If you would like to discuss this further, we would love to hear from you.  Please email me or call us on 0114 2555740.

Thank you for your support.

Kind Regards,

Nicola Lambe
Chief Executive

Two Ridings Community Foundation Survey: Long Term Plan

We are currently working on our long term plan and feel strongly that we do not complete this in isolation.

We are emailing as we would like your help and feedback to shape our future. It’s important that we hear from a diverse range of voices and we encourage you to share this email.

Please note that we welcome honest feedback and comments, we need to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.

Please follow this link to take part in our survey (closes 16th November 2020)

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

And keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities to contribute.

Kindest Regards
The Two Ridings Community Foundation Team

Neighbourhood Network Webinar

Join the NN team and take part in our upcoming online Zoom seminar talking all things fraud related. This session will be taking place at the start of International Fraud Awareness week and will be presented by Detective Sergeant Ben Robinson of the Humberside Police Economic Crime Unit.

He will be sharing with us his expert knowledge of the different types of scams around, whilst using real life local examples of how fraudsters have obtained money through deception.

Learn how to best protect yourself and others from scams and how to play your part in stopping others from becoming future victims of fraud – one you really cant afford to miss.

Date: Monday 16th November at 10.00am

To book onto this session please just email us on

Active Humber

Grassroots sport, fitness and leisure facilities are facing collapse due to Covid-19.

Without emergency government support, like that given to the arts sector, community sport and physical activity faces a bleak future that will be difficult to recover from, impacting the nation’s physical and mental health and damaging Britain’s ability to Build Back Better.

That’s why we are supporting the Sports Recovery Fund petition which calls on government to instigate emergency support to ensure sport clubs, fitness and leisure facilities – the lifeblood of communities across the nation – can remain open and survive the coming difficult months.

We want to keep community facilities open so that we can provide the opportunities for every single person to become fitter and healthier to combat the pandemic and lead more fulfilling lives.

Join us and support the petition to save grassroots sport, fitness and leisure by signing our public petition here and sharing via your social channels using #SaveOurSports.

Kind regards,
Active Humber Team

Co-op Community Update
Three causes in the Hessle area and three at North Ferriby have been selected for support by local Co-op members in the Haltemprice area over the next year. It is part of the retailer’s Local Community Fund initiative for 2020-21.

Anne Turner Memorial Allotments, Friends of North Ferriby School and North Ferriby Village Hall are the chosen community ventures in the village.

In Hessle, the causes are Hessle Dementia Friendly Community, Hull and East Riding Breast Friends, and The Hessle Federation Parents & Friends Association, linked to Penshurst School.

Each shop in East Yorkshire will have their own choice of three causes to help for the next 12 months, as part of a national programme but Co-op shoppers can choose to support any of the causes which have been selected around the country. Congratulations to the groups which have been chosen for the Fund.

Co-op members will be invited to choose one and the retailer will donate money when Co-op branded goods are purchased.

They will also work with local Member Pioneers – community links – on promoting themselves.

Funding Available for Firefighting Equipment
and Training Courses

Firefighting Equipment
We have been donated various pieces of new/still boxed firefighting equipment. These are available to local charities, non profit making organisations and community groups – free of charge

Workplace Safety Courses
We are also pleased to announce that we have scheduled some dates for the following workplace safety courses;

  • 20th Nov  – Fire Extinguisher
  • 4th Dec  – Manual Handling
  • 17th Dec  – Fire Marshal
  • 7th & 8th Jan  – First Aid at Work
  • 15th Jan  – Emergency First Aid at Work​

Course places are free to local charities, non profit making organisations and community groups.​

Places are very limited due to COVID-19 measures

Find out more

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Charity Commission chair: sector leaders call for party political neutrality in the appointment process
ACEVO has coordinated a letter from ten charity sector organisations (including NAVCA) to the chair of the DCMS Select Committee.

The letter requests that transparency, accountability and political neutrality be prioritised in the appointment process for the next chair of the Charity Commission.

You can read the full letter here

Community owned pubs and shops show resilience in the face of Covid-19
The Plunkett Foundation has released the 2020 ‘Better form of Business Reports’ on Community Pubs and Community Shops.

Rural community owned businesses were in robust health as Covid-19 hit, and displayed a unique innovation and flexibility to serve those who needed them when Britain was under national lockdown.

Click here to view the report

Thinking about volunteering during lockdown 2?
We have produced a volunteering decision tree to help you work out which volunteering activities can be done safely in person, or remotely. Take it, use it, share it (but do tag us in any sharing you do as we are nosy, thanks – @NAVCA)

The Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre
The Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre has everything you need to deliver your campaigns at a local level.

Current available resources include:

  • National Restrictions
  • NHS COVID-19 app
  • Hands Face Space
  • Stay Alert to Stay Safe
  • NHS Test and Trace
  • Symptoms
  • Ports of Entry
  • NHS Resources

Click here to download your campaign materials.

The #PowerOfYouth Festival

Take your pick of many, many interesting events happening across the #PowerOfYouth Festival which launches next week.

Here’s a few we’ve picked out for you:

  • Social Action through Creativity – 1.30pm, 16 November
  • Youth Activism in the time of Covid – 6pm, 16 November
  • How to meaningfully embrace the youth voice within your organisation – 10am, 17 November
  • ‘Hard to reach or easy to ignore?’ – 2pm, 18 November

Click here to see the full list of events.

Shout about the #PowerOfYouth this #IWillWeek
And your involvement doesn’t have to stop there. You see next week (starting on 16 November) it is #IWillWeek.And they want you to shout about the #PowerOfYouth and to help you so it they’ve provided a load of marketing materials for you to use.

Click here to view the dropbox and take what you need, then share, share, share.

The impact of 2020 on digital, cybersecurity and fraud
Webinar: 1pm, 19 November

Charity Digital and the National Cyber Security Centre are hosting a joint event to discuss the impact 2020 has had on digital, cybersecurity and fraud. They’ll be looking ahead to what 2021 is likely to bring and what you can do to prepare for these future threats.

Click here for more details

News Update – Charity Commission 5 minute guides

The Charity Commission has recently published 5 new 5 minute guides that trustees and charity operational staff may find a useful reminder of the basic principles for running a charity.  These include charity purposes and rules, making decisions, managing conflicts of interest and what to send to the Charity Commission.

Please click on the link to see further details: Charity Commission 5 Minute Guides

If you have any questions then please contact our Charities & Social Enterprise team.

For all our news updates please click – Hempsons News
For details of our webinars and webinar archive please click – Hempsons Webinars

Children England Update

The Forgotten 5 million
Adfam have launched a new campaign highlighting the 5 million adults in Great Britain who are currently negatively affected by the drug or alcohol use of a family member or friend. These individuals suffer a range of daily challenges including mental ill-health, violence and abuse, relationship difficulties, financial strain, isolation, and stigma, but remain forgotten in public awareness and policy.

Evidence from Adfam’s Families in Lockdown report show that many of the difficulties these families face have been further exacerbated by COVID-19. Sadly, this situation may continue to worsen for those grappling with the financial fallout from COVID-19, and consequently family members need support now more than ever. Adfam and campaign supporters have written to Home Office Minister Kit Malthouse asking him to increase the support available to these families.

Free school meals
CYP Now has compiled a map of the councils who are stepping in to provide free school meals over half term and the Christmas holidays, in the absence of a central government-led programme to ensure children in poorer households are fed adequately.

NYA Guidance remains at Amber level

** Following the Prime Ministers statement on 31 October 2020 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into RED on the readiness framework. **


  • Online and digital youth services
  • Detached/outdoor local youth services
  • 1-2-1 sessions with high-need young people (indoors)
  • Small group work session indoors with high need young people (consistent with social distancing guidelines)

(Version 3.2)

The NYA has not been funded to provide this guidance to the youth sector. Please support us by donating here.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Fake Covid marshals are stealing from homes, warn police
Fake coronavirus mashals have been pretending to check for rule breaches and stealing from homes once they are let inside.

Police forces and Trading Standards warned criminals have been conning people by pretending they were told to enter people’s homes.
The tactic comes after criminals pretended to be healthcare workers offering bogus virus tests to get inside houses. more

Five men arrested on suspicion of fraud after rogue trader concerns
Officers have arrested five men on suspicion of fraud after a spate of rogue trader reports from concerned residents.

In the past week, officers received numerous reports of tradesmen approaching homeowners in the Newcastle area, and offering to clean driveways and gutters for competitive prices – only to demand significantly higher once the work has been carried out. more

Police investigate rogue traders who took part in distraction burglary
Police are investigating a report of a rogue trader who later took part in a distraction burglary at a property in Wotton-under-Edge. more

Warning over HMRC telephone scam
South Yorkshire Police’s fraud co-ordination team is urging local residents to be aware of an ongoing HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) telephone scam.

Action Fraud has made them aware of a number of reports last month from people in South Yorkshire who have been called by somebody purporting to be from HMRC. more

Police warning to people in Gedling borough after fake officer makes scam calls
Criminals pretending to be police officers have been targeting people in Ravenshead, prompting a warning to people across Gedling borough.

Nottinghamshire Police said that two people have so far fallen for the scam in Nottinghamshire, handing money and watches over on the doorstep. more

Warning to Amazon Prime customers at risk from new scam email
Ahead of Black Friday and Prime Day, shoppers are being told to stay vigilant as there have been warnings about a number of scams that could leave customers significantly out of pocket.

One message involves a fake email pretending to be Amazon that states “Your Amazon Account are on hold due to a billing issue.” more

Criminals impersonate Marks and Spencer CEO Steve Rowe in £35 free gift voucher scam
Cyber criminals have launched a new online scam designed to trick Marks and Spencer (M&S) customers into handing over confidential data by impersonating the retailer’s CEO Steve Rowe.

The fraudulent adverts, uncovered by the Parliament Street think tank’s cyber research team, have been launched via Facebook from an unverified page entitled “Marks and Spencer Store”. more

A fake Microsoft Teams email campaign is targeting staff
Microsoft employees using Office 356 are being targeted by a sophisticated email phishing campaign attempting to steal their credentials.

Emails have so far been detected in between 15,000 to 50,000 inboxes and use an automated message pretending to be a notification from Microsoft Teams. more

New anonymous hotline launched to report COVID fraud
The charity Crimestoppers has launched a new hotline for the public to report behaviour which has taken advantage of government schemes relating to COVID-19.The government has set up over 150 COVID schemes, including grants and loans to support businesses through the pandemic, which some have abused in claiming precious funds they have not been entitled to.

Crimestoppers is encouraging anyone who suspects fraud of this kind to report it anonymously by ringing 0800 587 5030 or visiting Your identity will be protected, and you will be playing an important part in protecting the public purse.

The information that Crimestoppers collect will be securely passed onto the Cabinet Offices COVID Fraud Response team for further action.

At the NEBRC, we are sharing regular updates on COVID-related cyber scams alongside our partners at the National Cyber Security Centre.

Safe Christmas Shopping – Get Safe Online

Organisations including the police, banks and online retailers have come together to remind online shoppers how important it is to be vigilant when choosing where to make their Christmas purchases.

The Get Safe Online initiative has launched its “#SafeChristmasShopping” campaign with useful tips on how to avoid fraudulent websites and cyber scams.

The guidelines, which can be found at here, suggest practical actions you can take when browsing for presents online. These include:

  • Making sure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly.
  • Checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.
  • Avoiding clicking on links in unexpected emails, texts or posts, or email attachments.

With the impending lockdown, many of us will choose to source gifts online since shops will be closed. While this means we can still treat our loved ones, it is vital that we all learn the signs of a cyber scam to prevent being targeted by crime. Criminals will unfortunately be taking advantage of people’s increased online shopping.

Action Fraud Update

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

  • Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.
  • Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.
  • Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.
  • Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.

How does it happen?
Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.
  • Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch 

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there!  Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

More about the campaign
Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members:

For more information contact Deborah Waller on

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NEBRC Update

A senior member of the security team for the NHS Covid-19 app recently shared how having a defence process in place averted a cyber crisis for the app and meant a QR code login bug could be fixed quickly.

It was discovered that users of the Covid app were able to check in to a venue using a QR code poster that was not generated by the NHS service.

In his blog for the National Cyber Security Centre, Stuart H shares how having a Vulnerability Disclosure Programme had enabled developers to quickly create a patch to fix this problem, which you can read about here

Though most small businesses will not have in-house developers like the Covid-19 app team, this story highlights the importance of having a back-up plan in place. Would you know exactly what to do if you or one of your customers discovered a bug in your app or website?

The NCSC has a Vulnerability Disclosure Toolkit to help organisations prepare their plan of action. This is suitable for businesses of all sizes to increase their resilience against as potential future attack:

Amazon Prime Day shoppers targeted by scams
Earlier this month, Amazon hosted their annual Prime Day where subscribers to the service were able to purchase products with one-off special deals, resulting in record numbers of orders.

Inevitably however this made it a target for criminals who took advantage of the event by creating fake sites designed to catch out the keen shoppers.

To help guard against bogus sites, keep an eye out for blurry images or misplaced buttons which do not link through to the main site.

In all cases of shopping online, be sure to visit the organisation’s site directly rather than clicking on unexpected links sent through in emails or suspicious pop-ups.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) suggests checking a site displays the padlock icon in your browser indicating that it is secure, and has published easy-to-follow guidance when shopping online, found here

Online shopping has given many of us the opportunity to make much-need purchases during the lockdown period but remember to remain vigilant at all times when working or purchasing online – and to look out for signs of a fraudulent website.

Shoppers warned of Marks & Spencer gift voucher scam
The National Cyber Security Centre recently reported that shoppers had been targeted by a cyber scam in which criminals posed as the Marks & Spencer CEO, Steve Rowe.

A malicious website link was sent to individuals encouraging them to claim a free gift voucher as part of a prize draw.

The M&S boss is not the only recognisable figure to be used as a hook for a scam. The NCSC have reported other recent spoofs in which criminals have attempted cyber-attacks on followers of chat show host, Graham Norton and Virgin Founder, Richard Branson.

If you receive an offer which seems out of character, be cautious of clicking on any links. It’s best to only interact with emails from senders you can trust and always check for the padlock symbol at the top of your browser when visiting your favourite brand’s website.

You can report any suspicious email anonymously to Action Fraud or via the NCSC’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service:

Catalyst Update

Design for remote interactions with vulnerable young people
Faced with the challenge of moving face to face meetings online, The Children’s Society worked with Deepr to develop a resource enabling staff to create meaningful connections with young people via phone and digital channels.

New funding for charities and digital partners from Monday
The Sector Challenge Programme will bring groups of charities together with digital partners to tackle sector wide challenges. From Monday, charities should visit our main website to find out more about grants of up to £10,000. Digital partners should visit the Open Projects page to bid for up to £35,000 (inc VAT).

How could corporate volunteering work for your charity?
Charity Digital looks at the ways in which corporate volunteers can help charities to access the valuable digital skills they need, and provides a quick guide to getting started.

NAVCA Digital Update

10 remote working tools
I love a list of tech stuff. And here is another one. There’s stuff on this list which some of you may already be using, there’s some new stuff for me to play with, but it’s definitely worth a look – especially that one that makes sure you don’t spend all day on social media!

Click here to view 

Microsoft nonprofit eligibility criteria
Microsoft have some great offers on discounted tech for charities. But like everything it comes with some restrictions and hoop jumping. So the bods at Charity Digital have taken a look at the offers to see what is worth taking up and what you need to be eligible.

The results of their endeavours are here

Think U Know Update

For families: #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs
Our #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs are still available for you to share with parents and carers to use at home. These include fun activities, conversation starters and practical tips on topics such as:

Cyber security tips for you and resources for your setting

Take a look at our new short guide for:

  • 6 Cyber Aware steps you can take to practice good cyber hygiene at home and at work
  • Thinkuknow resources that provide learning opportunities around the importance of protecting data and keeping it private
Read our short guide

Health Updates

East Riding CCG Update

New mental health and wellbeing online learning platform to help tackle lockdown struggles.
Due to Coronavirus and social distancing rules in the UK, many face-to-face wellbeing groups have been stepped down temporarily. The Humber Recovery and Wellbeing College are pleased to introduce a new and improved online offering to bridge the gap as we work towards a ‘new normal’.

Recovery and Wellbeing Colleges take an educational approach to mental health, as opposed to the more traditional medical management. The aim of their services is to facilitate a range of free, informal and welcoming courses that support people in maintaining good mental and psychical health.

The new website is free to use and anyone can sign up for access to a series of courses and virtual sessions available 24/7, with the aim to support an individual’s mental health and wellbeing. These sessions include topics such as Stress Awareness, Resilience, Sleep Hygiene, Exploring Identity and Medication Management.

The website also includes the launch of a “Let’s Chat” series which has been co-produced with people who have lived experience with mental health. The aim of this series is to break down stigma and open up conversations, to facilitate additional support for those who may need it.
Students can track their wellbeing on the platform and useful signposting links are available, which point individuals to both local and national services should they require further support.

You can register for a free account for full access to the platform here:

Patient engagement event – Transforming Outpatients
The Improvement team at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust want to hear patients’ views on their Outpatient services. If you’d like to join them for their next virtual feedback sessions, visit the links below for more information and to register:

Job vacancy with the Hull Churches Housing Association
There is a vacancy for a Business Improvement Associate with Hull Churches Housing Association.

This is a new role within the Association. The new Business Improvement Associate will work with the Head of Business Improvement on Governance, CQI, Training and Development and Health and Well-being and will be responsible for the administrative processes supporting these functions.

If you would like to know more about this role, click here for access to the full job description, person specification and application form:

Job vacancy – Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Programme Director with the Humber, Coast and Vale
An exciting new position of Programme Director has been created to ensure that the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector has a strong and influential voice across the Humber, Coast and Vale Partnership, and is able to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our population. You will be part of a dynamic partnership team delivering the effective implementation of voluntary sector input across the ICS as well as managing day-to-day activity of the VCSE Leadership Programme and other NHS England programmes or projects which require integration with the sector.

If you believe you can help to bring about effective cultural change and collaboration then please download an application pack from York CVS’s website and return completed application forms to Applications for secondments into this role from relevant organisations are welcome. This is an initial fixed term role for 12 months.

Community Safety Updates


We want your feedback

We are always trying to find new ways to improve how we communicate with our communities and we know that many of you use Facebook to get information about your local community and to socialise online with others in your area.

Below is a link to a very short questionnaire which should take 1-2 minutes to complete.  It’s about which local Facebook community groups you use, that our local policing teams could access to share information about your local area.


I would be really grateful if you could spare the time to help us so that we can make sure we continue to provide relevant and timely information to our communities.

Thank you.
Message Sent By
Michael 8366 (Police, Communications, Humberside)


Humberside Police & Crime Comissioner Statement

Following the introduction of the new Coronavirus restrictions on Thursday 5th November, here is a statement from Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter.

Thank you and Stay Safe
Message Sent By
Dave Hudson (OPCC, Communications Manager, Humberside)


‘Missed Me?’ – New Not in Our Community awareness film

‘Missed Me?’ is the latest film developed as part of the Not In Our Community (NIOC) anti-grooming campaign, funded by the PCC, that helps young people protect themselves and friends against grooming that can lead to sexual and criminal exploitation.

The film tells the intertwining stories of four young people through which the viewer learns about the push and pull factors leading to the dangerous situations Billy, Tabby, Rosie and Lisa find themselves in. It is hoped that the film will raise awareness of the reasons behind young people going missing and present them as victims rather than perpetrators of crime or the cause of situations including poor mental health, sexual and criminal exploitation.

Using money from the Early Intervention Youth Fund, the Safer Hull Partnership commissioned the short film in response to the number of young people going missing in Hull and the risk this poses to those young people. It focuses on why children and young people in Hull might go missing and is based on real cases locally.

The film aims to help young people and communities understand that there is often more to the story and how each of us can have a role to play in being the ears and eyes of the community.

Whilst the film was funded by the Safer Hull Partnership and is shot on location in areas within the city (Pearson Park, West Park and also Orchard Park estate), the issues highlighted within the film are national issues and like all NIOC resource, the film is relevant and is encouraged
to be used across the Humber area.

Please take 20 minutes to watch the film and support me by sharing via your internal and external communications channels to ensure as many people as possible are aware of the vulnerability linked to missing young people.

Awareness of Fabricated and Induced Illness on-line training


  • To increase knowledge of safeguarding children roles and responsibilities in relation to fabricated and induced illness.

Objectives of the course:

  • To understand what is meant by FII and the ways in which children present symptoms to health professionals and others
  • To understand the impact of FII on children and young people
  • To understand the motivation and beliefs that underpin FII
  • To be aware of the way in which FII could present in their work setting
  • To know how to respond to suspected cases of FII

* This training course will be delivered via Teams so you will need to have access to technology that allows you to participate with screen, sound and microphone. If you’re new to using Microsoft Teams, please follow the links for guidance on how to:
Join a meeting without a Teams account
Join a meeting with a Teams account
Course Date and Application

Date / Time Wednesday 2 December 09:30 – 12:30



Please email to
A link to the Teams Meeting will be emailed to you and this will be confimation of your place.

Funding News

Community Business Renewal Fund
To be considered for the Community Business Renewal Fund, you will need to demonstrate how you meet each of the following 11 criteria:

1. Operating within England at a local / neighbourhood level
2. Meet the four key features of a community business: locally rooted, accountable to the local community, trading for the benefit of the local community and has a broad community impact.
3. An established organisation with a track record of trading
4. Round one restrictions: you will not be eligible to apply if you have previously received Covid-19 emergency funding from Power to Change. For the full list, please see the guidance notes.
5. An incorporated organisation
6. In a stable financial position with good prospects of viability for the future
7. Charitable purpose
8. For public benefit
9. Your organisation would benefit from a grant of up to £20,000
10. Able to spend the funds within 12 months
11. State Aid

The Community Business Renewal Fund will have three application rounds. Each round will have a short application window of 3 hours as we expect a high level of demand.
You will find a link to ‘apply now’ on the Power to Change website when the rounds are open.

Round one: closed
Round two: Tuesday 12 January 2021, 10am – 1pm
Round three: Tuesday 2 March 2021, 10am – 1pm

The Edge Fund
Edge fund aims to fund very small, non-registered groups with a radical agenda.
To apply for a grant of £750 you need to fill in a relatively short application form.
The funding process is democratic and participatory, and involves people working on and directly affected by the issues you are campaigning on.

Edge Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice.
This could be our economic system, our political system or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).

Work that creates long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality.
Work addressing issues facing a particular community that is led by that community (e.g. a group working on issues around sex work should be led by people with direct lived experience of sex work).
Groups based in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.
We fund small groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. The average income of groups we fund is around £2500. If you’ve received funding from mainstream sources, such as the Big Lottery or local council, or have several paid staff, we’re probably not the fund for you.
We fund all types of non-profit organisations, including groups that are not formally registered.
Groups who have a religious purpose are welcome to apply but we don’t provide financial support for any activity, initiative or project where the primary aim is to promote religion.
For more information or to 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  and contact the team at 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.

Find out more

GOV.UK Updates

New National Restrictions from 5 November
From 5 November England has re-entered a national lockdown until 2 December. At the end of the period, they will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data at that time.

The government has issued a set of new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

View the outline of the restrictions

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