Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 14.04.22

 

 

Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 14.04.22



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ERVAS Services Update

 

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

At ERVAS we are recruiting for the following roles:

  • East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Adult’s Development Officer (Closing date:- 26 April)
  • East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Children Development Officer (Closing date:- 26 April)
  • East Riding Senior Detached Youth Worker (open recruitment)
  • East Riding Assistant Detached Youth Worker (open recruitment)

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:

 

Support for managing your charity – Are you fit for funding? (Governance, Funding & Budgeting Workshop)

Come and see the new Community Hub, learn a little more about what you need to do to manage your VCS organisation better, and what resources are available to help you do this. This is open to trustees, management committee members and anyone else involved in running a community based organisation in Bridlington.

This workshop will cover:-

  • An introduction to ERVAS and the Bridlington Community Hub support function
  • Guide to governance (an overview of charity governance, the role of a trustee and things to consider when running a charity, this section will be delivered by our Bridlington Community Hub & Training Centre Coordinator, Devan Witter BEM, AMInstLM, ALPI, ACIPR)
  • Guide to funding (an overview of charity funding, securing and planning for funding and writing a winning bid, this section will be delivered by our HR and Funding Manager, Judith Leech BA Hons. Assoc. CIPD)
  • Guide to budgeting (an overview of budgeting for a funding bid, this section will be delivered by our CEO, Sian Broughton ACMA, CGMA, DChA, MAAT, ASET)
  • Links to further training

If you would like to discuss the session further, please do not hesitate to contact us directly on 01482 871 077 (option 3) or email training@ervas.org.uk.

NOTE: This is a free training course; however cancellations must be made by emailing training@ervas.org.uk five working days prior to the start date otherwise a £30 administration fee will be charged. This applies to all applicants and includes non-attendance.

Register today!

 

Looking to grab a £50 experience days voucher?

If you sign up to the ERVAS charity lottery before Friday 10th June, you will be in with a chance of winning an extra possible prise of a £50 experience days voucher.

To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is sign up to the lottery between 11 April to 10 June to be entered.

Tickets are £1 a week per ticket number. You will get the chance to win up to £10,000 every week.

The extra prize draw of a £50 experience days voucher can be spent on an array of experiences such as a spa day, afternoon tea, car racing or a theatre show.

To sign up visit: lottery.ervas.org.uk

Players must be 18 or over.

 

£4,400 is ready to be won

Our weekly lottery rollover has now hit £4000! 🤯

Make sure to get your tickets for just £1 per number to support ERVAS and our projects, whilst being in with the chance of winning this rollover prize: http://lottery.ervas.org.uk/

Players must be 18 or over.

 

Opportunity for Charities and Community Groups

Launch of the Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2022
The Fund is open for applications until Friday, 29th April 2022.

The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in June 2022

RES, the British independent renewable energy company that developed the nine turbine wind farm, has established a Community Fund to provide £36,000 per year (index linked) to support local community projects during the lifetime of the wind farm.

Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2022 fund, which is the eighth year of the funds.

Completed applications to the Fund must demonstrate that their activities will benefit the communities living and working within 5km of Roos Post Office. This area includes the parishes of Burton Pidsea, East Garton, Rimswell, Halsham and Roos.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and are available on the ERVAS website. You can also obtain an application form from judith@ervas.org.uk, office@ervas.org.uk or telephone 01482 871077 or write to: Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, ERVAS, Morley’s Cottage, Morley’s Yard, Walkergate, Beverley, HU17 9BY.

Find out more and apply!

 

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

We have teamed up with PolicyBee to get you covered.

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

Find out more at: insurance.ervas.org.uk

 

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

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

View and apply for roles in the voluntary sector today!

 

Spin to Win – easyfundraising
Fundraising website easyfundraising is giving your voluntary organisation, charity, or CIC the chance to win up to £50 every day between 4 – 17 April 2022 – just by spinning the wheel!

When anyone connected to your organisation Spins the Wheel, they could win you anything from 10p – £50 every day.  To take part, your organisation needs to register with easyfundraising first – as well as being able to play Spin to Win, your organisation can also access free funding from thousands of online retailers, through the easyfundraising platform.

Make sure your organisation is registered with easyfundraising so you can take part, visit: easyfundraising.ervas.org.uk.

 

Fancy a course for just £5?

Here at ERVAS we have reduced the price of our courses from £30 to £10 per course, and we are also giving you a further 50% off, meaning that you could get our CPD Courses for just £5 per person, per course.

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

Visit our dedicated portal online at cpd.ervas.org.uk today!



Voluntary Sector Updates

 

British Red Cross – Local Coordination Service 
The British Red Cross have released details of their new Local Coordination Service.

We help empower individuals to make positive changes to their lives.

  • Our staff and volunteers are skilled and dedicated in helping people to live independently and confidently in their communities
  • We have the time to get to know and understand the challenges you may be facing and get to know what you would like to change for your future
  • Our Aim is to support you with your needs and ambitions to improve your well-being and aid recovery
  • We will work with you to establish what you would like to achieve for yourself

 

CREATIVE WOMEN AGED 16-25
We’re starting a BRAND NEW creative group in Bridlington and we’d love for you to join us. We’ll be doing weekly workshops involving writing, performing, and just generally developing your creative skills. Our first project to work towards is something pretty special, so you don’t want to miss out! You don’t need any previous experience or to be a performer. You just need a positive attitude and a willingness to have a go.

Our first taster session will be Wednesday 20th April 6pm-8pm, location TBC. Come along and give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen?! It’s going to be a great experience in a friendly, welcoming, non-judgmental environment. Oh, and it’s FREE!

If this sounds like something you or someone you know may be interested in, email jen@hello-arcade.com just to say hi! More details to follow.

Can’t wait to see you there 🤩

Supported by Bridlington Spa and East Riding Voluntary Action Services .

A Club for Everyone – (Free online workshop) 

 

On Wednesday 20th April, Active Humber and North Yorkshire Sport are running a free online workshop to help clubs become more welcoming, friendly, accessible and inclusive!

All the data shows us that stubborn inequalities exist in sport, and certain groups of people face more barriers than others to participate. We know that the huge disruption of 2020 has further reinforced or exacerbated these inequalities, particularly for people with disabilities or long term health conditions, people from lower socio economic groups and people from ethnically diverse communities.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Identify the barriers people face in accessing club opportunities as participants and volunteers.
  • Understand the need for positive action.
  • Outline the building blocks of an inclusive club.
  • Identify how your club can create a more positive environment that would enable a diverse range of people to be engaged and retained as participants and volunteers.

Workshop Information:
Online (computer, laptop or tablet recommended)
Wednesday 20th April 2022
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Free

 

Click here to book your space!
Discover more about Active Humber on our latest Blog Posts

 

Fire & Rescue Service
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Firefli research into Safe and Well Visits carried out by fire services


Do Safe and Well Visits carried out by the Fire and Rescue Service reduce falls and improve wellbeing among older people?

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is working with the University of York on a research project to see if Safe and Well Visits improve the wellbeing of older people and reduce the number of falls they have.

Commencing in April 2022, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are going to invite selected residents in their area to take part in this research.

Find out more on our website at https://cutt.ly/cFyerkl where you can opt out should you not wish to receive our information pack.

[National Institute of Health Research – project reference 128341]

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Jonathan Clark
(Humberside Fire and Rescue, Administrator, Humberside)

 

Home Start Goole & District – ‘Prep Course’
Home-Start is a charity that supports families when they need that little bit of extra help. A family can request the support if they have a child under 8. The support can be for anything from financial worries, routines, relationship breakdowns, illness, multiple births, or just because being a parent can be really tough and tiring sometimes!

We have been well-established in Goole for over 26 years and in recent years we are really pleased to have started to cover areas in and around Selby.

We support families with home-visiting volunteers who offer support, friendship and practical help, and we are now recruiting for the next Volunteer Training Course which is running in May. We currently have a lot more families needing support than we have volunteers, if you could spare a few hours a week, you could really make a difference!

For more information about support or volunteering call 01405 769966, text 07534 369783 or email office@hsgoole.org.uk

Pocklington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Request

Pocklington Town Council is running a public consultation on the draft of its Neighbourhood Plan from Saturday 12th March to midnight 1st May.  The consultation is being run under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning regulations.

The two documents being consulted on are the Neighbourhood Plan itself and its associated Design Code for the town. These and other documents relating to the Neighbourhood Plan are available on the Pocklington Town Council website https://www.pocklington.gov.uk/

How can you view the Consultation Documents?
The two consultation documents are available on the Pocklington Town Council website https://www.pocklington.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan  where they can be viewed and downloaded if wished.  The two documents are:

  1. Pocklington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation draft Feb 2022
  2. Pocklington Design Code draft Feb 2022

Need more information or help?
If you have having difficulty accessing the consultation documents, submitting your response or need help with anything else please contact the Town Council office on 01759 304 851 during office hours (Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 12:30 am) and someone will be happy to assist.

 Save the Date! – Active Humber Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that we are hosting our Annual Conference on Friday 6th of May 2022, this has been a long-awaited reunion for us all and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Early Bird registrations for the event are now open. Limited spaces available so grab yours while you can.

Please visit the link here to register today!

The event will be held at the Aura Innovation Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Road, Hessle, but details around the event are to follow.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

National Voluntary Sector Updates


NAVCA Update

 

Charity Sector Ukraine Resources
Blue and yellow Ukrainian flag blowing in the wind.

Please share these useful resources with anyone supporting Ukrainian people arriving in the UK.

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK

Homes for Ukraine: factsheet for Ukrainians

Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions

Q&A with the Home Office on the Ukraine visa process

Homes for Ukraine Sponsor Toolkit

Charity Translators – Ukraine-related language support (including volunteer opportunities!)

Greater Manchester Community Response Fund: Ukraine Crisis Donations will support (a) a hardship fund for new arrivals from Ukraine – distributed through trusted community partners, and (b) Small grants to local VCSE organisations that are playing an active, practical role in providing support.

A Good Thing: matchmaking businesses with charities
A Good Thing logo - a pink and yellow heart made up of squares and rectangles

Following a successful pilot in the Thames Valley last year, A Good Thing is now thrilled to be rolling its charitable service out across the UK. It has built an online matchmaking platform that links charities up with local businesses who have things to donate. Think Freecycle, but for charities and businesses. So far laptops, monitors, stationery, furniture and beautiful baby blankets have all been donated through A Good Thing, to the delight of brilliant local charities.

The not-for-profit is growing fast and keen to get as many charities and businesses across the UK signed up as they can: are you a charity in need of items in order to deliver your services better and more efficiently? Are you a business that has leftover things you’d like to find a new home for? Are you trying to avoid things going into landfill? If so, A Good Thing is for you!

Go to www.agoodthing.org.uk and sign up – it takes 30 seconds and is completely free.

www.agoodthing.org.uk
www.facebook.com/agoodthing.org.uk
www.twitter.com/agoodthing_uk
www.linkedin.com/company/agoodthing-org-uk

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
The Charity Commission has published up to date coronavirus guidance for the charity sector.

Read the full guidance here, and please share with your networks so that the voluntary and community sector can operate safely and continue to help people during this difficult time.

The Charity Commission also advises that local charities in England can get support throughout this crisis from their local sector support and development organisation. Search our member map to find support near you.

Keeping People Safe Updates

 

Help us to improve how we explain our work on domestic abuse

As part of our work on the domestic abuse programme we aim to put our people at the heart of everything we do by providing guidance to improve casework quality and standards and to build public confidence through delivering services that are fair and understood by all communities.

To meet this aim we have produced two documents:

1. Domestic Abuse Legal Guidance 
This updated legal guidance reflects how we prosecute domestic abuse cases, providing practical and streamlined guidance for prosecutors, highlighting where legislation has been amended and incorporating recent case law. As well as providing guidance regarding myths and stereotypes in domestic abuse cases. It is available as a webpage and as a downloadable PDF in English.

2. Domestic Abuse Policy Statement 
This sets out how we approach our responsibilities in domestic abuse cases, our ambitions to secure justice in every possible domestic abuse case and improve the outcomes for victims. We expect that this statement will be of most interest to those who work within and alongside the criminal justice system – for example support services who work with victims of domestic abuse, but it may also be of interest to victims, supporters and the wider public. It is available as a webpage and as a downloadable PDF in English and Welsh.

Have your say 
We are asking for your feedback on these documents because we want to make sure that we are getting things right – providing information in a clear way that meets the needs of our audiences. You can provide feedback on one or both documents. You can find the links to access the documents, online or in PDF format below as well as the links to a short survey on each one.

Document Versions Feedback
Domestic Abuse Legal Guidance View the online version
English PDF
User survey (online form)
User survey (Word document)
Domestic Abuse Policy Statement View the online version
English PDF
Welsh PDF
User survey (online form)
User survey (Word document)

How to share your feedback 
You can share your feedback by filling in the online forms above or by completing the word documents and emailing them to:

da.consultation@cps.gov.uk
Or posting them to:
Domestic Abuse Legal Guidance Consultation
Senior Policy Advisor
Crown Prosecution Service
10th Floor 102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EA
The deadline for receiving responses is midnight on 26 June 2022.

Next steps
We will consider every response we receive. We will use your feedback to improve the two documents where we need to, and we will publish a summary of the responses on our website.

If you have any questions, please send them to: da.consultation@cps.gov.uk 
We look forward to receiving your responses.

Safeguarding Support

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership and the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board, offers additional support to all voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organizations working with children, young people and adults, in order to ensure they are able to meet their safeguarding responsibilities and keep people safe.

ERVAS offers a range of support to the VCSE sector in regard to developing safeguarding policies and procedures, as well as providing access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, (formerly CRB checks), which are processed on line using our umbrella body U-Check (can you put a direct link to U-Check here so they can check them out themselves) and priced at a competitive rate, as well as providing a variety of policy templates, including those related to safeguarding and links to reputable insurance brokers who specialise in voluntary activity. (can you put the insurance company link here that you sent around the other week)

ERVAS are also able to provide the VCSE sector with the following –

  • Access to our policy templates and related information, including explanatory videos, here: (can you put the link to the policies and procedures page in here, does this also include the videos about being fit for purpose, I think Sarah did one before she left)
  • Access to a range of appropriate safeguarding related training (link here)
  • Regular information from a variety of safeguarding sources via our fortnightly E-bulletin, and social media (put info here as to how they do that)
  • Access to Information events and conferences covering a range of safeguarding topics, both face to face and online
  • Partnership developments, particularly in regard to working more closely with the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership and the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Membership of useful networks, including the East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Forum (I might like to have a link to a page about this, where I can share minutes and papers and other info related to the forum as it progresses)

If your group or organization doesn’t have all the essential criteria in place, we are more than happy to send you our toolkit containing all safeguarding children and vulnerable adult policy documents and accompanying information, or we can arrange a one to one visit with your group if you would prefer, to discuss your specific needs.
If you would like further information as to how your VCSE group or organisation can ensure it’s doing all it can to keep people safe, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the ERVAS team on 01482 871077 or email office@ervas.org.uk.

For further information on the local safeguarding partnerships, please visit the following:
Find out more about Safeguarding Adults
Find out more about Safeguarding Children



Partnership Matters
Spring 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership (ERSCP) Newsletter.

This document outlines the work of the Partnership, business priorities 2020-25, recent changes to its governance arrangements and new multi-agency learning opportunities.

Access the newsletter

Independent Advocacy Change in provider as from 1 April 2022

Changes to advocacy services in East Riding of Yorkshire:  
VoiceAbility will become the new advocacy provider from 1 April 2022 for people in East Riding of Yorkshire.

They will support people to have their views heard and rights respected. Their services are free, independent and confidential.

From this date, you and the people we support will be able to use their single set of contact details for referrals and enquiries about all their advocacy services:

You can also make a referral online at: www.voiceability.org/make-a-referral

VoiceAbility have been working alongside the current provider Cloverleaf to communicate the changes with clients and where ongoing advocacy support is required clients will be transferred over to the new provider VoiceAbility as of the 1st of April.  Please see the attached communication letter that is being discussed with existing clients.

Who can VoiceAbility support across East Riding of Yorkshire?   
VoiceAbility will be offering specialist advocacy support to adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities, dementia, acquired brain injury or other disabilities as well as supporting carers.

You can visit their website www.voiceability.org to check eligibility for each statutory service. If you’re unsure or have questions about advocacy types, you should contact them.

Your duty to refer for advocacy   
Advocacy is about making sure that people’s thoughts and opinions are heard, especially when decisions are being made about their lives.

Independent advocacy is a statutory right for people who, without independent support, are unable to be involved in making important decisions about their lives.

Professionals have a duty to refer eligible people for advocacy under the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Children Act and the Mental Health Act.

For more information  
Visit www.voiceability.org/make-a-referral to find out more about their advocacy services or to make a referral.

Become a Safeguarding Champion

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to raising awareness and promoting the responsibility to help protect and safeguard adults from abuse or neglect.

As part of the Safeguarding Adults Team redesign which launched on 1st February 2022, we are developing a Safeguarding Champion Model.  We are looking for a number of ‘Safeguarding Champions’ from across the East Riding to work collectively and individually in their own teams, service areas or organisations to promote the safeguarding agenda of the Council and the East Riding Safeguarding Adult’s Board, learning from each other, disseminating good practice, and strengthening understanding of safeguarding across the region.

This is where the role of the Safeguarding Champion is essential in ensuring that the basic principles of safeguarding remain a regular feature within their teams agenda so that ‘safeguarding’ becomes embedded into core business, and all staff know who to talk to and what to do should they have a concern.

We are asking for teams, service areas and organisations to nominate an individual who will act as a “Safeguarding Champion” who become a member of an MS teams’ group, expectations of the role of the Safeguarding Champion are detailed below:

  • To act as a resource and a point of contact for colleagues who require support and guidance with safeguarding issues. However it is not the role of the Safeguarding Champion to be responsible for the submission of referrals on behalf of the service area.
  • To cascade/disseminate safeguarding information received on the MS teams platform to colleagues within their team, service area or organisation.
  • To maintain safeguarding as a standing agenda item at team meetings.
  • To support staff in identifying those in need of protection and assist in their understanding of the action they need to take.
  • To maintain an awareness of the Council’s policy and procedures in relation to Safeguarding including the referral processes to be followed internally within the organisation.
  • To encourage colleagues to recognise and be aware of trends and themes within their area and communicate these as appropriate to their line manager and safeguarding leads.
  • To support awareness around Safeguarding by participating in activities around Safeguarding week in June and November
  • To raise awareness around Safeguarding themes such as Modern-Day Slavery/Domestic Violence and campaigns and events which will be shared via the MS teams group

All Safeguarding Champions will be able to access the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board Safeguarding Level 1​ training which contains basic safeguarding awareness information and outlines the reporting pathways should you or your team or service have concerns. Further training events are currently being developed.

If you are interested in becoming a Safeguarding Champion on behalf of your team, service area or organisation please register your interest by emailing asc.development@eastriding.gov.uk by Friday 22 April 2022. 

The MS teams platform will be launched from Tuesday 3rd May 2022.



Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates


NTS Scam Alert

Rogue builder who defrauded ‘particularly vulnerable’ elderly victims jailed
A rogue builder who fraudulently charged “particularly vulnerable” victims for unnecessary repair work has been jailed for four years and nine months. Ricki Paul Warby, 34, of Hamilton Roofing and Building Services Ltd and Maynard Roofing Ltd, collected a total of £86,000 from six elderly victims between September 2018 and April 2019. more

British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE and more issue warning amid electricity meter credit scam
Bill payers have been issued an urgent warning from Action Fraud at a time where people are being asked to check their meter readings before the price hike. Customers of all the leading energy companies – including British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE – have been affected by a scam. more

Urgent energy bills scam phone call warning – Britons targeted amid cost of living crisis
The energy bill scam is topical and timely and focuses on concerns about the rising costs of energy. The scam uses immediacy claiming, “you need to do something now or you will miss out”. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it often is. more

Police warning after Armagh couple scammed out of almost £80,000
Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant after an Armagh couple were swindled out of close to £80,000 in a banking transfer scam. The couple were duped after receiving a call on March 13th from a person claiming they were from ‘The Fraud Squad’ of police in London. more

Warning issued over bogus police officers using ‘custody cash’ scam
Residents in Thanet and Canterbury are being reminded to be wary following reports of attempts to obtain money by people posing as police officers. On Monday, March 21, a resident in Canterbury lost money after he became a victim of a scam. He was called by someone pretending to be a police officer from Watford, who said they had a woman in custody with a large amount of cash and accused the resident of supplying the woman with the money. more

Santander bank scam targets Glasgow family
A Glasgow woman has been left “distraught” after becoming a victim to a bank scam that emptied the family’s accounts. Catherine LeMay said her children’s accounts had also been affected and wanted to share her experience to alert others to the fraudulent scheme. more

Warning over ‘419’ scam that sees people lose £2,500 on average
People are being warned to be on their guard against a scam that is catching out even the most savvy. It is known as a 419 advance fee scam and reports of it are rising. It centres on advance fee fraud. Such scams involve a fake request from a stranger to pay an admin fee to help move cash from one country to another in return for a slice of it. more

Crypto scam: Pig butchering on dating sites makes the Tinder Swindler looks like an amateur
City A.M. is increasingly receiving reports about a new crypto scam called ‘Pig Butchering’, which combines the intimacy of romance scams with the wild west of crypto cons. more

Criminals are taking advantage of the Ukraine crisis to trick people into donating to fake causes
Security experts have warned that criminals are taking advantage of the war in Ukraine to trick people into donating to fake causes. According to threat intelligence data from Check Point Research, one of the most common scam methods is to seek donations through phishing. more

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Over 20,000 people fell victim to remote access scams


More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.

New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device.
Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.

What are remote access scams
Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:
“While remote access tools are safe when used legitimately, we want the public to be aware that they can be misused by criminals to perpetrate fraud. We often see criminals posing as legitimate businesses in order to trick people into handing over control of their computer or smartphone.
“You should only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up or text message.”

How to protect yourself

·  Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
·  Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
·  If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
·  Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
·  Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

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(Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 


Which? Scam Alert

NHS Covid test scam
With recent changes to the Covid testing rules, fraudsters are taking the opportunity to capitalise on this by sending text messages asking you to order a test and pay a delivery fee.

Watch our video to find out the scam’s red flags, how to report it and where you can buy genuine Covid tests.

Binance impersonators target forex scam victims
Crypto and forex scams are rife. Fraudsters posing as Binance – the cryptocurrency exchange – are targeting forex scam victims via email. This is a form of advance-fee fraud, where someone who has previously been a victim of fraud is targeted by fraudsters who pretend they can help them recover their money.

The scammers claim to need to speak to the victims about ‘funds that are intended to be released to you which were seized from the fake investment company EuropeFX’.

Here’s the lowdown on the fake emails, how fraud recovery scams work and why there are growing concerns about weak consumer protection against scams involving cryptocurrency and foreign exchange (forex or FX) platforms.

Fake emails posing as UK gyms
Both David Lloyd Clubs and PureGym are being spoofed in fake emails encouraging recipients to enter competitions to ‘win a membership’.

David Lloyd Clubs and PureGym have both confirmed to Which? that the emails are nothing to do with them. PureGym is working to get the fake website the email links to taken down.

Here’s what the fake emails look like.

Health Updates

News & updates from ERY CCG – 12 April 2022

Opportunities for members of the public
The National Institute for Health Research is inviting members of the public to join one of their national and regional committees who are responsible for making funding recommendations in health and social care research. The committees play an important role in helping us deliver our mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.  Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health and social care research.

We are looking for people who have a broad interest in health, social care and actions to improve public health and address health inequalities. You do not need to have a scientific background to help us shape research!  We are looking for people who are able to use their own experiences to improve the research we wish to fund. NIHR is committed to creating a supportive, inclusive and positive community. Membership is open to people from across the United Kingdom and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Public Committee Member – NIHR Programmes

We would be happy to answer any questions about these opportunities and provide guidance and support on the application process, please contact us by email: publicrecruitment@nihr.ac.uk

Humber Youth Action Group
Working with young people to have their say in improving our services and get involved in Trust activities. The Humber Youth Action Group (HYAG) has been developed to bring those aged 11-25, together with the goal of helping our organisation improve its services for children and young people. To learn about our services for Children and Young People please click here.

We recognise that young people have an important part to play in improving NHS services for young people. We meet virtually around every 4-6 weeks for approximately 1.5 hours, as well as face-to-face workshops across different locations in Hull and East Riding within the year.

The virtual sessions are fun and friendly where you can meet other young like-minded people to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences of health and health services in your area.

Learn more about the Humber Youth Action Group from Haris, who helped the Trust to create the Youth Board.

To view in full please click here.

Patient and Public Involvement in research: ESCAPE Trial
We are looking for people with current or previous experience of having a mental health problem to provide advice on the delivery and design of a research project on e-cigarettes. Do you have current or previous experience of a mental health problem or are a carer for someone who is?
For more information please click here.

Telephone be-friending to help battle loneliness among LGBT+ older people
Re-engage, the charity dedicated to combating loneliness and social isolation, has launched a free telephone be-friending service for older LGBT+ people. The service is specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender + people aged 75 and over who would like to speak to someone who’s also LGBT+. The same volunteer will phone each week to provide much needed friendship and conversation.

If you would like to be matched with one of our friendly rainbow call companions, or know someone aged 75 and over from the LGBT+ community who could benefit from a weekly chat, call 0800 716 543 (freephone) or email: samuel.higgins@reengage.org.uk

Further information can also be found on the CCGs website here.

Would you like to help shape mental health services in the East Riding
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group are keen to hear from people who have lived experienced of mental health issues or an interest in mental health.

We are inviting you to join our mental health chat to promote the voices of local residents who understand what is working well in mental health services, what could be better and what we can learn.

If you are over 18 and would like to be involved our next event will be on 28th April at: Waffle 21, Swinemoor Lane 6.00-8.00 pm Refreshments Included Beverley , HU17 0LS Please email: eryccg.mhc@nhs.net for further information.

For more information please click here.



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Funding News

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

There is still funding available and the guidance and application form can be found here: https://ervas.org.uk/funding/dynamix-friends/

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Unrestricted £50,000 over 2 years available.
If you are a registered charity with income between £25,000 and £1M you may be able to access a grant to help you support helping people overcome complex social issues. The grants are entirely unrestricted and worth £25,000 per year.

We pride ourselves on listening, understanding, and responding to charities, through the grant as well as providing developmental support where we can help you grow stronger and more sustainable.

You can check your eligibility in less than five minutes on our website and we’ll aim to give you a decision within four months of you submitting your application.

For an informal chat contact the Regional Manager
Email:  gbeharrell@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk
Tel:      07734 973060

Biffa Partnership Grants Scheme
Biffa Award has now opened its Partnership Grants Scheme for the next round, accepting applications for either of the following themes:

  • The Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres to engage and encourage tourists and/or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.
  • The Natural Environment theme aims to restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services , its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.

The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations in either England or Northern Ireland, providing they are located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill Site and also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site.

Grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 are on offer for work that starts in February 2023 and finishes within one year.

Applications can be made for 100% of the projects costs; however, only 90% of the grant can be paid by Biffa Award using Landfill Tax Credits. The remaining 10% needs to be provided by another source.

Grants should be used for site-based improvement work, with the majority of costs expected to be direct capital delivery work.

Project sites must be open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.

Preference will be given to projects:

In which Biffa Award is the majority funder.
Which work in partnership with other organisations.
Which engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.
Applications must not cross the two themes.

The deadline to apply is 1 June 2022.

.Biffa Award
The Wildlife Trusts
The Kiln, Waterside
Mather Road
Newark, Notts
NG24 1WT
Tel: 01636 670000
Email: biffa-award@wildlifetrusts.org

Asda Foundation’s Empowering Local Communities Grant programme is currently accepting applications for funding for projects under the following four themes:

Building Resilient Communities – supporting community groups with the equipment, essentials and facilities to enable activity to take place. This might be enhancing what is already available, providing core items or enabling an activity to continue.

Active Lives – supporting participation in group physical activities. Whether low or high impact, regardless of age or ability, encouraging people to lead more active lifestyles and for everyone to feel able to participate.

Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals – enabling communities to celebrate what matters to them. Helping to bring people together to share experiences and encouraging everyone within the community to be together, eg Easter, Holi, Passover, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, community garden party etc
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Leading Healthier Lives – from cooking and education classes to enabling positive mental health. Asda Foundation is seeking to support health in body, mind and soul in UK communities.

Applications will be accepted from local community groups and not for profit organisations based in the UK. Project activities must start or take place before 5 June 2022.

Groups may apply for one Empowering Local Communities grant per year of between £500 and £1,500.

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2022.

Find out how to apply here

Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2022
The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in June 2022

RES, the British independent renewable energy company that developed the nine turbine wind farm, has established a Community Fund to provide £36,000 per year (index linked) to support local community projects during the lifetime of the wind farm.

Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2022 fund, which is the eighth year of the funds.

Completed applications to the Fund must demonstrate that their activities will benefit the communities living and working within 5km of Roos Post Office. This area includes the parishes of Burton Pidsea, East Garton, Rimswell, Halsham and Roos.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and are available on the ERVAS website. You can also obtain an application form from judith@ervas.org.uk, office@ervas.org.uk or telephone 01482 871077 or write to: Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, ERVAS, Morley’s Cottage, Morley’s Yard, Walkergate, Beverley, HU17 9BY.

The Fund is open for applications until Friday, 29th April 2022.

Find out more and apply!

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund 
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund offers grants to charities and non-profit social enterprises who are supporting those in need within the UK. There is a current focus on young people with caring responsibilities and young people caught up in the criminal justice system. Grants of up to £60,000 over two years are available to groups with an income of less than £1 million over the past three years. A maximum of £30,000 per year can be requested.

The first funding round of 2022 is intended for young carers, and particularly:

  • Projects providing support to young carers who have fallen behind with their learning as a result of the impacts COVID-19 on their caring responsibilities.
  • Projects working in/with local schools to raise awareness of young carers and helping schools develop their approaches to supporting young carers.
  • Projects supporting young adult carers to continue in higher and further education and training.

The funding is not for standalone new projects, rather it is to support work that ‘amplifies the impact’ of existing work with young carers (up to the age of 25) and develops existing support around learning and access to education and training.

The Triangle Trust Run two grant rounds each year – one for work supporting young carers/young adult carers and one for work supporting young people with criminal convictions. The application process has two stages…

More info https://www.triangletrust.org.uk/

Vulnerable People Housing Fund
UK registered charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support their work in tackling housing issues affecting vulnerable people.

The grants are being made available across 11 UK regions through the £4 million Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Scheme. The program will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of projects lasting up to two years to help prevent people from losing their home, help people into a home or support people to thrive within the home environment.

Up to 20% of the amount requested can be used to cover core costs. Funding can also cover costs such as staff and volunteer costs, small-scale capital costs, and building works.

The fund opens to applications on the 25th April 2022.
More info https://www.nationwidecommunitygrants.co.uk/apply-for-a-community-grant



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