Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 16.04.2021



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 16.04.2021

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

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ERVAS Services Update

Events & Training
We have a number of virtual events and webinars taking place (you can click the date or time to book a place):

You can also find full details of events and training on our dedicated websites:

From Zoom to Room – Thursday 22nd April 2021 6pm onwards via Zoom
Do you work or volunteer with young people in East Riding?
If the answer is YES, then you are invited to attend an informal meeting to share ideas, raise your concerns and explore how groups, organisations and services working with young people in East Riding can move forward together as progress along the roadmap out of lockdown

The session will cover topics such as:

  • Ideas for virtual youth activities and games
  • Managing safeguarding, risk-assessing, health & safety and social distancing in relation to Covid-19
  • Ideas for real life youth activities and games

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

If you would like any further information about the meeting, or if there is anything specific you would like the sessions to cover, please email: Nicola Dixon

**NEW** Online CPD Learning Offer
Our new CPD training portal is now live, the portal brings us 47 new courses covering a wide range of topics from conflict management, personal money management, health and safety, food safety, GDPR, safeguarding, and so many more.

The portal can be found on the training website here: (via the CPD Courses tab), or you can visit the site directly via:

All of the courses are priced at £30 each, however we have made a discount code available which will provide 50% off, you just need to use the code ‘ERVolSec’.

Bridlington Samaritans raised £526 with easyfundraising!
Funding is available for voluntary organisations in our area via the easyfundraising platform. Leading retailers including John Lewis, Argos and M&S are participating in this free scheme and over £35m has been donated to good causes to date.

“We would recommend it, it’s free funds with no work and no hassle!” Bridlington Samaritans, £526 raised

Find out more and get your organisation involved with the scheme.

Voluntary Sector Updates

Youth Charity Opens Virtual Doors To Annual Meeting
The Pocklington youth charity, YPC, has announced the date of its seventh Annual General Meeting.

It will take place on Zoom on Thursday 29th April 2021 at 6pm and it is open to the public. It comes as YPC prepares to face its biggest moment since being launched as a charity in 2013. The organisation is opening its first dedicated youth building in the next few weeks at Railway Street in the centre of Pocklington.

In the last few months, the public have responded to an appeal to join YPC as potential trustees, to steer the management of the charity, and they are due to be officially elected into those roles at the AGM. More potential volunteers have come forward to help staff the new facility and run activities.

Claire Reading, Chair of the Trustees, says: “I’m so pleased to see such enthusiasm for our work with young people in Pocklington and it’s very exciting to be opening the new building – an investment in the next generation. We have also had so much interest from many local people to volunteer in other ways as we prepare to launch services at Railway Street.”

The AGM will also receive and approve the charity’s Annual Report for 2019-20 and financial statement.
The meeting will start at 6pm. Anyone interested in participating and finding out more about YPC can contact Project Manager Tony Barker,, for the login details.

General information about YPC can also be found at, or see the charity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Volunteer Police Cadets – Recruitment Open

* Please note this opportunity is only open to those aged 15 to 16 *
Do you want the opportunity to find out more about operational policing? How about learning transferable skills to help you in the future? Maybe you’d like the chance to get to know other young people interested in helping to shape the future of policing?

If yes then could you be a Volunteer Police Cadet with Humberside Police?

The Volunteer Police Cadets is a national uniformed youth organisation and is based in 6 locations around the Humberside Policing area (Grimsby, Hull, Bridlington, Goole, Beverley and Scunthorpe). Each year applications are open to young people aged 15 & 16 years old who would like to join the wider policing family, learn more about the role the police play in our communities and help us give young people a voice.

Find out more

EYPCF Update

We are delighted to be able to offer three Coffee Sessions with Guest Speakers in May

Coffee Session with Guest Speakers Sophie Thwaites, specialist Occupational Therapist and Emma Thompson, Makaton Tutor
Thursday 6th May from 10.00-12.00 noon

Sophie Thwaites, specialist Occupational Therapist
Sophie Thwaites is a specialist Occupational Therapist. She typically works with children aged between 8-12 years old, who are struggling to read, write, sit still and coordinate their body. She helps to find the source of their challenges and permanently reduce them; ultimately allowing them to unlock their potential, enjoy learning, and grow in confidence.

Sophie will be discussing how the first few years of life play a vital role in building a strong foundation for further development. Exploring what primitive reflexes are, how they can impact a child’s learning and coordination, and how we can create long lasting solutions through specific movement programmes.
Sophie Thwaites

Helping your child get back into their body and ready to learn

Tel: 07584857861

Emma Thompson, Makaton Tutor
I would like to introduce myself, I am a parent in the East Riding and as part of our journey we began using Makaton with our child.

I know East Riding do not use Makaton per se and I would like to explore this with you as the benefit of Makaton is that all signs are standardised across the UK, meaning the signs children learn are consistent and symbols are all the same. This makes communication so much easier.

As our journey with Makaton continues, I have recently qualified as a Makaton tutor and am interested in exploring opportunities to work with the Parent Carer Forum. I know from my time in Portage in East Riding there is little in the way of Makaton support for families locally and this has spurred me onto help plug this gap.

I have created my own business and am now able to support families and professionals with access to Makaton training. I am hoping this maybe something that the Parent Carer Forum can help highlight to families who may find this service useful. I can also provide Makaton training to any teams to ensure they are fully able to support children across the county who have communication difficulties.

I am currently exploring the ideas of hosting a monthly Makaton support group targeting parents and other Makaton users (TA’s, portage staff) for free, I am thinking this would be an online session that enables people to share their experiences of Makaton and in which I can provide some revision or support around a chosen topic each month. I am interested to explore whether there is demand for a Support Group.

Feel free to have a look at my website to see the courses and services I can offer as standard, I am open to exploring new ideas as well.

Emma Thompson Makaton Tutor

Coffee Session with Guest Speakers from Kooth and Life Skills Hub 
Thursday 13th May from 10.00-12.00 noon

Andrew will be telling us about Kooth, an online mental wellbeing community is a safe and anonymous online community that children and young people can access support and resources around their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Our service allows free access to optional support from counsellors and qualified emotional wellbeing practitioners, alongside the chance to access support from peers, join forums and learn coping skills to manage mental health in a safe and supportive way.

All the content available to children and young people is pre moderated to ensure they are kept safe on our site.

Andrew Poinen (He/Him), Kooth Engagement Lead,,, 07951 1183745

Luke will be telling us about Life Skills Hub
Life Skills Hub supports children and young people who often experiencing difficulties in education, highly anxious and/or have complex special educational needs and/or disability. We run a School Outreach service in Hull & East Riding for 1-1 and small group support with trained specialist wellbeing practitioners (0-25 years old).

Very shortly we are opening our therapeutic centre in Cottingham for highly anxious young people (aged 8-18 years old). We are funded in different ways, through schools or local authorities, or EHCP or Children Looked After funding.  We work in a proactive and relational way, offering face to face support.

For details of our services please visit: or follow/like our Facebook page –

If you would like any further information or have an individual enquiry, please use the ‘Contact Us’ section on our website.

Luke Cardwell (He/Him)
Director & Specialist Wellbeing Manager
Life Skills Hub Limited
T: 07588333453

Coffee Session with Guest Speakers Justyna Wielgosz, Royal Society for Blind Children and Donna Brady, from the Sensory and Physical Teaching Service (SaPTS), East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Thursday 20th May from 10.00-12.00 noon

Justyna will be talking about the RSBC and her role
As a Family Practitioner within the RSBC Families First service, I provide family support across Yorkshire and Humber. This support is focussed around a family’s emotional needs, particularly at times of difficulty such as diagnosis, deterioration of vision and life events such as starting or moving school; and moving onto adulthood.

As a service we aim to provide evidence-based interventions that build emotional resilience, improve coping skills and promote positive parenting. With the child or young person at the centre of our work, we offer a holistic approach which considers the needs of the whole family and looks to work in partnership with the child or young person, their family and a wider professional network.

Family Practitioner for Yorkshire
Tel: 02031980225
Mobile: 07584315520

Donna will be explaining the SaPTS Service

The team has qualified Specialist Sensory Support Teachers, Physical Support Teachers, Sensory Support Officers (SSOs) and Sensory Support Assistants (SSAs), an Habilitation Officer, and a Technical Resource Officer.

One of our Sensory Support Assistants is deaf and provides a positive role model for deaf children. The teachers have experience of mainstream and/or special schools. The team have additional relevant qualifications, including the CENTAUR Handling People with Special Needs Education Masterclass Course, British Sign Language and Braille and the RNIB Partners In Learning qualification.

To access the Coffee Sessions via zoom
For the zoom links to these sessions, please contact Claire,, 07813 676941

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)
As always Claire Thomas (Participation Coordinator) and Trudy Cooper (Administrator) are available for support and information. Please get in touch via email and or 07813 676941.

Transport for the North

Transport for the North (TfN) is launching a new research programme to understand the links between transport and social exclusion in the North of England. As part of this, we are asking charities that work with communities affected poverty, deprivation, and social exclusion in the North to complete our online survey – which is available here.

This survey focuses on the ways in which transport affects social exclusion in one neighbourhood or community that your organisation is connected with. The more local area insights we can gather, the more we can understand about the link between transport and social exclusion in different areas of the North of England.

Separately, we are also undertaking research with members of the public across the North to understand lived experiences of transport-related social exclusion. Information from both parts of the research will be drawn together – combining expert perspectives with lived experiences.

This research will inform the further development of TfN’s Strategic Transport Plan and advice to government on investment priorities for the North of England. It will also support our Northern Transport Charter aims of delivering more inclusive and sustainable transport investment.

Many thanks for your time and we hope that you will be able to contribute towards this research.

Take part!

Young Change Makers

This is a call to young people who are working to change their community for the better.

In our communities, there are many social issues that seem impossible to fix and often they don’t get the focus or funding they deserve. Through our work, we’ve met young people with the talent and drive to tackle these issues head on. Their thinking is clear and their passion for social change is obvious. We want to provide funding, mentoring and leadership development to young people who have the potential to change society for the better starting in their local community; the places and spaces they call home.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to help you make a difference.

Are you aged between 18 and 25?
Do you live in the North East, the North West or Yorkshire and the Humber?
Are you passionate about growing your idea and developing your skills as a change maker?
Tell us about the issue in your community you want to change and what you’ve done so far to start that journey.

If you’re accepted onto the Programme, you will:

  • Get a grant of up to £10,000, paid monthly over a period of six months. This will give you the time to develop and launch your idea.
  • Get a travel bursary to cover the cost of up to four weeks travel to research other community driven projects like yours. This can be in the UK or abroad.
  • Access a supportive peer group of exceptional young people committed to creating change.
  • Have a mentor to help you develop as a leader.
  • Meet social entrepreneurs who’ve created successful initiatives that drive change.
  • Be introduced to other organisations who can help you after you’ve completed this programme.
  • Help us to choose the next group of young people to join this programme.

Find out more

Return to Play

Return to Play – We’re ready, when you are!

As some indoor sport reopens this week, Sport England has prepared some advice and ideas based on the tracking and monitoring they’ve been doing with people around their attitudes, intentions and feelings about getting back out there.

Their most recent research shows activity levels are significantly lower than they were before the pandemic. On top of that, people are feeling nervous about their abilities and their conditioning – 30% of people report a decline in their strength abilities, for example.

But people are looking ahead to the future positively, with the changing weather and the vaccine rollout both likely to play a significant role in encouraging people to get out there, play sport and be active.

Here’s are some ways you can help people return to play. For more information about Return to Play and answers to some FAQs you can visit the Sport England website.

1.Showcase your safety measures
The issue: While the vaccine rollout has created a sense of optimism and some people are feeling less worried about being close to others, there are more cautious people who don’t see the vaccine as a silver bullet. Many told us they’re still conscious about influencing transmission rates in the community or catching it themselves.

How you can help: People expect providers to overtly convey and enforce Covid-19 safety measures including managing any limitations on numbers, especially indoors, enforcing social-distancing measures, cleaning and using signage that encourages positive behaviour. For team sports, you should make the guidelines under which you’re operating very clear from the off.

2. Emphasise the enjoyment factor
The issue: More than half of people (58%) told us they miss the activities they were able to do before the outbreak. They want to think of exercise as something enjoyable to look forward to, and it plays different roles in people’s lives.

How you can help: Make sure your provision in the coming months is highly enjoyable and fun. Give people something to look forward to. Tailor your messages to emphasise what your activity will bring people – fun, confidence, ‘me time’, a social element, wellbeing and fresh air.

3. Mental health matters – but show the benefits, don’t tell
The issue: The pandemic and dreary weather has taken its toll on people’s mental health and motivation. People tell us they already know that staying active is a positive way to alleviate this, but that when they’re experiencing a lack of motivation, having it pointed out to them can make them feel guilty, so it has the opposite effect.

How you can help: You don’t need to tell people that physical activity and sport is good for their mental health – they already know this. People are responding better to compassion. Messaging should centre around making small lifestyle changes and building up gradually to increase physical capability as well as confidence. Encourage people to share their own stories, be kind to themselves and celebrate the daily victories.

4. Ease people back in
The issue: Even some of the most active say their fitness levels have been affected by the pandemic. Deconditioning and loss of strength is likely to present a real challenge to people’s confidence and motivation.

How you can help: Work with your coaches and providers to ensure they understand the need to ‘go easy’. Encourage people to make small, manageable changes to everyday habits to increase strength and stamina, as well as confidence. Take it slow and celebrate small wins. Encourage people not to give themselves a hard time on days they do not meet their own expectations or goals.

5. Keep it cheap or free
The issue: Since the start of the pandemic, employment levels for those aged 16-24 and 65+ have fallen by 6%, creating extra financial burden. Women, younger adults, people with disabilities and people from Black and Asian ethnic backgrounds are most likely to have been disproportionately affected financially. Many people told us they would rather not commit financially to long-term memberships or subscriptions at the moment.

How you can help: Consider offering low cost, flexible options or hybrid options that help people build up to fuller payments.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Health inequality has been an issue since long before Covid-19
Health inequality has become a hot topic during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this interview, we speak to Vicki Harris, Connected Voice Haref Coordinator to talk about their work campaigning for health equality with ethnic minorities in Newcastle and Gateshead before Covid-19, their work supporting Muslim communities during Ramadan, and how they have responded to the health crisis since March 2020. Read more.


Data Sharing Code of Practice
We are holding an event for our members to raise awareness of the ICO’s (Information Commissioner’s Office) Data Sharing Code of Practice on 23 April (see below). But first we need to know just how much you all know about it. So please complete this survey and let us know (even if you have never heard of it before). The survey will close on 16 April.


#GiveAHoot: NAVCA round up of alternative social media schedulers
Hootsuite – a platform which enables scheduling and planning social media activity – has announced it is reducing its free plan. This means that to keep using Hootsuite without a paid plan, you can only connect two social media accounts (previously five) and schedule five posts (previously 30).

We have pulled together a few options which you might want to look at. No recommendations – just facts. Feel free to share this with your networks or members. Read the full list here.


Spokesperson training programme
Sound Delivery Media is holding free spokesperson training programmes which aim to diversify the voices we hear in the media and make it more representative of the society we live in. Learn more here.

Cabinet Office’s new stakeholder toolkit

The Cabinet Office has released its latest Covid-19 stakeholder and influencer toolkit which includes key messages around vaccinations and testing. Download it here.

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Following the updated version of the government’s roadmap, they have updated their guidance on how to safely use multi-purpose community facilities such as village halls and community centres. Click here to view the changes.

They have also released a series of Covid-19 restriction posters to put up around the same type of facilities. Click here to view them.

Is your website secure?

The world of website security can feel confusing and intimidating. In a guide from Go Daddy, they walk you through the threats you face and everything you need to know to keep your site safe (and they try to avoid overly technical language wherever possible). This covers SSL certificates, malware, software updates, and passwords.

Take a look.

Reduce your charity's digital skills gap. Make digital, data and technology work for your organisation.

Take control of the digital skills within your organisation with these practical tips and step-by-step guidance

We want to help community groups, organisations and charities understand how to get everyone on the digital journey, and to make it as low stress as possible. Our new digital, data and technology guidance is the place you need to visit to get started on:
Access the guidance

Youth Sector Census
National Youth Sector Census – are you registered?
The National Youth Agency (NYA) is undertaking a national census of all youth services and out of school activities in England. Over 16,000 organisations are pre-registered, including charities and community groups, and local youth services. More than any survey, the Census will provide essential information on how to plan, invest in and support the youth sector, used by funders, commissioners, providers and policymakers. It takes 2 minutes to check if your organisation is included, and if not, to register. Pre-register by 29 April to be sure to be counted.

Find out more

Civil Society and Youth Update

DCMS publishes Volunteering During Coronavirus guide
DCMS has published a new GOV.UK guide – Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) – aimed at members of the public who are currently, or are interested in, volunteering during the pandemic. It sets out clearly, in chapters, everything people need to know to be able to volunteer safely. It includes advice on:

  • how restrictions affect volunteering
  • travelling safely as a volunteer
  • volunteering safely with other people
  • finding volunteering opportunities with organisations and groups
  • helping others ‘informally’ in your local area
  • accessing testing and vaccinations

Health Secretary’s thank you letter for volunteers, employers and voluntary organisations
Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP thanks volunteers, employers and voluntary organisations in a new letter.

In the letter Matt Hanock says: “Thank you too to all those volunteers and organisations from the voluntary sector who continue to provide unique levels of support to health and social care. Voluntary and community organisations, local authorities and NHS organisations do so much to provide training, coordination and support to volunteers. They have been invaluable during the past year.”

To read the letter on LinkedIn click here.

Charity Commission launches campaign to help charity trustees be ‘certain in uncertain times’
The Charity Commission has launched a new campaign aimed at helping trustees refresh their knowledge of charity governance and be ‘certain in uncertain times’.

See here for their 5 minute guides for Trustees. For more information click here.

The Big Lunch is back: 5-6 June 2021
The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual big date to celebrate and give thanks to our neighbours and communities. Started in 2009, it’s an idea from the Eden Project that each year brings 6 million people together, made possible by The National Lottery and supported sponsors Iceland Foods. People meet, chat and have fun in their neighbourhoods, annually fundraising £8m for local causes they care about.

The Big Lunch is taking place from 5-6 June 2021. For more information and to sign up for your Big Lunch Pack please visit The Big Lunch website.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Rogue traders can now be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers
Trading Standards Wales and the charity Crimestoppers have joined forces to provide a service that enables members of the public to anonymously provide valuable information to help keep communities safe and healthy. more

Nottingham Knockers in Falmouth and Penryn warning
People in Falmouth are being reminded of the practices of ‘Nottingham Knockers’ after a number of residents reported people selling cleaning products at their door. more

Courier Fraud
Kent Police have received several reports in the Canterbury and Ashford areas of persons being contacted by criminals impersonating police officers from London and stating that they have arrested someone with payment cards in the victim’s name. more

Denise Welch reveals she gave PIN over the phone after falling victim to financial fraud
Denise Welch has opened up on the time she fell for a scam which saw her give out her PIN to a criminal over the phone.

The former Coronation Street star spoke about the incident, which took place several years ago, on Loose Women as they discussed the rise in financial fraud. more

Rental fraud: how to spot a fake listing and what to do if your deposit is stolen
Rental fraud occurs when someone is tricked into paying a deposit to rent a property that either doesn’t exist, has already been rented out or has been offered to multiple people. more

Dyson V10 ‘loyalty program’ scam email
An email purporting to be from Dyson is promising ‘prizes’ as part of a fake loyalty program. Dyson has confirmed it has nothing to do with the communication. more

Savers reviewing retirement plans urged to watch out for online scams
People reviewing their retirement plans as the new financial year gets under way are being warned to watch out for online pension scams.

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman, who issued the warning, said some tech companies must do more to crack down on scam adverts. more

Which? Scam Alert

Fake Clarks advert
Phoney adverts on Facebook promoting Clarks shoes are still lurking around. While Derek may have ‘only’ lost £29.93 to this con, all scams take their toll.

Here’s more about his experience, how he recovered his money and advice on how you can claim back your funds if you end up falling for this type of con.

Read more

‘Are search engines failing to adequately protect people from scams? ’
Fraudsters are being left to run riot online as search engines leave victims exposed to sophisticated scams that are costing them huge sums of money and often devastating their lives, a Which? investigation has revealed.

Which? analysis of Action Fraud figures suggests that victims lost £1.7bn over 12 months. And many scams will also have gone unreported during this period, meaning the true figure is likely to be much higher.

Here’s a full report of our findings and advice on how to stay safe from online investment scams.

Protecting yourself against scams during a pandemic
As we’re spending more time online, scammers have new and increased opportunities to prey on our reliance on the internet. Here, Citizens Advice joins us to spread awareness and explain more about its work on tackling scams, as well as its four top tips to spot online fraud.

Dyson V10 ‘Loyalty Programme’ emails
Whether you own a Dyson product or not, watch out for an email purporting to be from Dyson promising ‘prizes’ as part of a fake loyalty program. A recipient of this email became suspicious, believing that fraudsters had spoofed Dyson’s official email address, so he reported it to Which?.

Here’s what the email looked like and what Dyson had to say.

Locksmith scams
Every day the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) receive stories and complaints about people masquerading as locksmiths.

At best, rogues will do a substandard job or overcharge after initially quoting a cheaper price in a tactic known as ‘bait and switch’. They also often display threatening behaviour and have even been known to withhold keys to locks they’ve fitted.

We reveal how to select a reputable locksmith and the telltale signs of a rogue one.

Could your personality increase your fraud risk?
Who you are and how you think can have a big effect on the kind of scams that are of greater risk to you.

To help you understand how scammers can take advantage of who you are and how you think, we spoke to a cyber psychologist to understand three popular personality types and how scammers can target them.

Health Updates

Humber, Coast and Vale Update

Qwell for Men in Humber, Coast and Vale – promotional video
The Partnership has released a video as part of the ongoing PR campaign to promote the Humber, Coast and Vale Qwell for Men service, which launched in January 2021. The video features a number of men’s mental health advocates from Humber, Coast and Vale – including former Hull FC rugby league player Jansin Turgut. The video can be viewed here. More information about Qwell is available here.

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance Stakeholder Update published
The March 2021 Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance Stakeholder Update has been published and is available to view here. This month, the Update contains an article on the re-launch of the Hull Lung Health Check programme, information about the expansion of York Teaching Hospital’s Rapid Diagnostic Centre to Scarborough, and information on a stakeholder event held about Community Diagnostic Hubs, amongst other news.

The HCV Staff Resilience Hub is now open for referrals
Staff across the Humber, Coast and Vale health and care system are now able to access support via the Staff Resilience Hub. The Hub, which launched on 22nd February 2021, provides NHS staff, healthcare workers, and other frontline staff adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with timely, confidential, culturally-competent, psychological and trauma-informed care via a stepped care model of emotional well-being.  The service is fully confidential and can be accessed by self-referral as well as via numerous other routes. The Resilience Hub website is here and further information available here.

Paramedic to be made a partner at GP practice in Scarborough
A paramedic will be one of the first advanced clinical practitioners to be made a Partner at a GP practice in Scarborough.

From 1 April, Mark Coultate, who has worked as an Advanced Practitioner at Haxby Group for more than five years, will primarily work in Scarborough and will be responsible for developing the various non-doctor clinical roles across York, Hull and Scarborough. Read full story.

Guidance relating to the COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting
Information and guidance on a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination is available here. Guidance, training and resources relating to the Covid-19 vaccination programme more broadly is here.

What Matters to You, Matters to Us

Help us to shape the future of your healthcare services
Across the Humber, the NHS and local partners are looking at ways to improve healthcare in our region and we want your input to help us make the best changes for you and your family.

The Humber Acute Services programme is looking at how to make healthcare work better for local people. It is looking at the types of healthcare and treatments that people typically receive from one of our five main hospitals in the region:

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

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

Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey to help us understand what is most important to you as we work to plan for the future.

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

COVID-19 vaccine survey

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is inviting residents to complete its COVID-19 vaccine survey. The vaccination programme has been the largest in NHS history and the Council would like to get your views.

The survey will only take around five minutes to complete a range of multiple choice questions online – over 1,000 residents have already completed the survey. Once the survey closes, the council’s public health team will use the findings to find out how people feel about the vaccine and enable them to target any future vaccination communications.

You can take the survey here:

National Disability Survey

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021.

To help the Government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and how to improve the lives of disabled people, we need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.

The UK disability survey asks about your life experiences, either as a disabled person, a carer, or parent, or as someone who has an interest in disability issues.

The survey will be open until 23 April 2021. Responses received before 13 February 2021 will inform the development of the National Strategy for Disabled People, while those received after this date will be used to inform its delivery

How to fill in the survey
The survey is available:

You can either fill in your responses online, or email your responses to

What if I am unable to fill in the survey and want to share my views another way?
We have made it easy for you to tell us that a parent, carer or any other person is supporting you. There is a box to let us know that someone is supporting you with filling in the form.

If you are unable to complete this survey but would like to contribute your views on the National Strategy, please submit a statement of no more than 250 words to

Community Safety Updates

Child Exploitation Training

(This training replaces the previous one-day course and has been split into two parts)

Part 1 (3 hours) – Awareness of Child Exploitation and the impact on children and their families
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will;

  • Understand the risk and vulnerabilities relating to extra familial risk
  • Know the signs that may indicate a child is being exploited
  • Understand methods used to groom a child
  • Recognise the impact of child exploitation on children and their families

Part 2 (3 hours) – Procedures used to identify, assess, respond, and disrupt child exploitation in the East Riding
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will be able to describe the processes used to prevent, disrupt, and respond to exploitation & trafficking in the East Riding

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

Date / Time
Part 1 Wednesday     9 June         13:00 – 16:00
Part 2 Thursday       10 June         13:00 – 16:00

To apply click on the link below which will take you to our application page (please do not email your application for this training).
*  It may take up to 7 days for your application to be processed so please allow this time before contacting to check if you have been allocated a place.
If you have any queries email us at

Safer Recruitment Training 2021

(Virtual Delivery – This 2 session course replaces the one day face to face Safer Recruitment training whilst covid restrictions are in place.)

Who is this for?
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) reminds us that the School Staffing Regulations (England) 2009 requires governing bodies of maintained schools to ensure that at least one persons who conducts an interview has completed safer recruitment training.  Therefore this training is aimed at anyone involved in the recruitment of staff across the Education Sector.

Learning Objectives
Based on an understanding of offender behaviour participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Help participants begin to review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer

NB: this is not a comprehensive workshop on staff recruitment and selection

Dates (please note both sessions must be attended to complete the training)

To apply for this course please complete the box below and email to


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

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

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

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

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

Day Date Time
Wednesday 21 April 15:45 – 16:45
Tuesday 25 May 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 23 June 10:30 – 11:30
Friday 09 July 14:30 – 15:30
Thursday 19 August 09:30 – 10:30
Tuesday 14 September 15:45 – 16:45
Monday 11 October 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 17 November 15:45 – 16:45
Tuesday 14 December 15:45 – 16:45

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

Full Name Team Job Title Email Chosen Date

Funding News

Arnold Clark Community Fund
The fund is supporting UK registered charities and local community groups that are in need of financial support due to Covid-19. Each month until the end of May, 500 applications will be granted. If an application is unsuccessful one month, it will be rolled over and considered in the following month. The final date for applications is Monday 31 May, however applying earlier increases the chance of being successful.
Application forms and more information is available from Arnold Clark’s website.

Humber Learning Consortium are pleased to announce the open call for applications to our ESF Community Grants 5 project.
ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) program which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities. Applications would be welcomed from North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available.

For further details go to – contact details or call Jacquie Newman on 07541626331 to discuss any potential applications.

All applications must be completed electronically. We will not accept any applications by post or email. To access the electronic application form please go to our website
When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from our website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund Announces 2021 Deadlines
Funding for community events, charities, schools, and community group activities that are local to NFU Mutual’s business operations across the UK.

The Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 for projects that fit their main areas of interest:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience.
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community.
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people.

The grants are to be used for specific project costs, for example purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.
There are normally four application rounds in a year.

The 2021 deadlines for applications are 30 June, 30 September and 30 November 2021.

Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 Open on 1 March
Smaller charities and community groups across Great Britain can apply for a one-off £500 grant from 1 March until 31 October 2021.

Six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Localgiving will be working together to award more than £1 million in small grants to some 2,000 charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales over the next six months.

Unlike previous years when projects had to deliver sports or physical activities, this year (2021) the funding aims to support organisations carrying out projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Organisations that receive a grant will also be awarded a year of free membership (funded by the player’s of the People’s Postcode Lottery). This means that the grant recipient will not have to pay the £80 + VAT membership fee, although they will still be required to set up a direct debit upon registration.
Also new for 2021, charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools may apply. This is in addition to registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs, SCIOs) social enterprises, and other not-for-profit community organisations.

Applications will be accepted from 1 March 2021 to 31 October 2021.

Find out more

Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme
Applications are ongoing for Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme. The scheme is designed to support smaller UK charities, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Currently, the scheme is focused on the following:

  • Providing one-year grants to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, working from home, or delivery of online digital services
  • Supporting local charities that are delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support

Charities can apply for grants of £1,000 to £10,000. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Find out more

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

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