Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 17.09.2021



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 17.09.2021


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:

Win a £100 donation
Fundraising website easyfundraising puts the easy back into fundraising by enabling your voluntary organisation, non-profit, charity, or CIC to earn donations when your volunteers and supporters are shopping online. easyfundraising works with over 5,900 retailers who will donate to your organisation, to say ‘thank you’ when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. We’re all shopping online anyway, so why not make it work in your favour? Plus, if you register before 31 October, your organisation will go into a draw to win a £100 donation.

Register here

Free Governance Support
Are you a voluntary or community organisation looking to the future and considering changes you might need to make in your organisation?

Want to get some free one-to-one support?

  • Does your board operate effectively?
  • Do you have skills gaps in your board or management committee?
  • Are you concerned about your role or responsibilities as trustees?
  • Do you know what ‘governance’ means?
  • Fancy grabbing one of a limited number of places to receive support between now and February 2022?
Applications now open – Apply online

Closing date 30th September 2020

Free First Aid Awareness Training

Do you need a first aid awareness session for your volunteers or organisation?

Here at East Riding Voluntary Action Services we are keen to support you with all your training needs. First Aid Training is great for everyone, so we couldn’t miss the chance to pass on this opportunity from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for FREE awareness training.

If you would like to arrange this for your group, feel free to contact Devan our Training Coordinator via email on

PLEASE NOTE: this is an awareness session and does NOT qualify attendees to act as a First Aider. If this is the preference of either the group or individual then please get in touch and we can arrange a regulated session to meet those requirements.

Voluntary Sector Updates

Market Weighton Canal Trail secures National Lottery Support

Market Weighton Town Council has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant of £44,500 towards the Market Weighton Canal Trail Project aimed at creating and enhancing the public right of way from Market Weighton Town centre to Weighton Lock on the Humber estuary.

The Canal Trail project provides a North South link to the Trans-Pennine Trail and the Wolds Way and will highlight and inform walkers about the heritage and history of the land it passes through, whilst providing a post Covid healthy walking route in open countryside under big skies. All of which has been made possible through the support of National Lottery players.

Read more

Street Safe – pilot tool 

Street Safe, is a new online tool created by the Home Office. It allows the user to report Environmental (by Place/Location) and Behavioural (People) Anti-social behaviour and was commissioned as part of the recent Home Office VIAWG strategy.

It launched on 2 September and plans to run for a 3 month trial.

It is not a crime reporting tool, but a means for the public, in particular women and girls, to identify locations that they do not feel safe.  In case of emergency please call 999.

Police and OPCC colleagues will have access to the Street safe data and where local information sharing agreements are in place, shall be able to work with partners to identify any trends or ongoing non-crime concerns.

Find out more

16-25 job opportunity
What is a Young People in the Lead team?

At The National Lottery Community Fund, we continue to have big plans for making sure that the voices of young people are included in all our work, whether it’s through the grants we make, the people we influence or the things we learn.

To do this, we need a passionate team of young people to work closely with our Head of Youth
Voice and partner with us throughout 2022.

About our approach
We strongly believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery
funding is open to everyone. As the UK’s largest community funder, we’re privileged to be able to
work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.

Read more about us, how we work and the people and projects we fund.

Our Young People in the Lead impact so far
At The National Lottery Community Fund, the first Young People in the Lead (YPIL) team made a huge impact in 2020 and 2021. They worked to make sure that young people’s voices are included in all our work.

Read more about the role

Saturday, 25th September

A series of bell tents and yurts in the grounds of Rossmoor Park will be made into wellbeing zones where there will be activities throughout the day in two sessions – one in the morning, then the programme will be repeated in the afternoon.

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, Andrew Cuerden of Soulhub and Wolds Wellbeing founder and fitness specialist, Andrea Seaman will lead workshops in the Movement and Mindfulness zones, whilst the Children’s zone will feature activities including mini yoga led by Kirsty Pearson.

In the Arts and Crafts zone, Liz and Gary from Wild Earth Creative Education will lead a morning and afternoon workshop that will be followed by a cookery demonstration from Davina Lovegreen Catering.

In the morning session, we will be joined by Ings Park Llamas and in the afternoon session, we will be entertained by the fabulous All for One choir – there will be a chance for a singalong too!

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there will be opportunities to explore the Park’s beautiful gardens.

In addition to the guided activities, there will be opportunities to talk to holistic therapists and representatives from groups including Second Thoughts, Dementia Friendly East Riding, Pre-loved Sports and Pocklington Young People Count.

Thanks to a community grant from Do it for East Yorkshire and generous funding from local businesses, Mindful Memorials, X9 K9 and Steve Gunn, the event is free, but places must be reserved.

The morning session starts at 9.30am and the activities will be repeated for the afternoon session starts at 12.30pm. You will be able to sign up for the individual workshops on the day.

Book online here or by email

If you have any special needs for access, please email

Access brand new life essentials for free

Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. We redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

We have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

Our website is regularly updated with new stock so register here (no charge) to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them.

Goods can be collected directly from us, or we can arrange delivery at cost – you will only pay for transport.

If you would like more information, please call us on 0116 251 6205 between 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.

You can also send an email with any queries to

Reg. Charity No. 1105883

Volunteer Request: British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation are looking for shop volunteers in their Bridlington and Beverley stores.

If you want retail experience, nothing beats our BHF Fashion shops. As a retail assistant volunteer you’ll be at the heart of helping run the shop – whether you’re on the shop floor helping with sales, or behind the scenes processing donations with fellow team members.

This is a flexible retail assistant role where you can try different roles throughout the shop until you find your niche, such as sorting out stock, putting your own stamp on the shop displays or getting trained to serve customers on the till, to name but a few roles.

Our shop volunteers are essential to the running of our shops – we couldn’t do it without them. Whichever retail assistant role you choose to do, you’ll be part of a small team raising funds to help the BHF beat heartbreak forever.

Typical tasks include:

  • Serving customers on the till & providing good all-round customer service
  • Promoting our campaigns and instore sales to customers
  • Working on window and shop displays alongside the paid team
  • Sorting donations in the stock room ready for sale, helping run a department
  • Keeping the shop tidy, clean and well organized – some light housekeeping

Please note – we are unable to accept volunteers aged under 16 and we cannot accept volunteers with unspent criminal convictions or who are subject to criminal registers/orders

Find out more and apply

Volunteer Request: East Yorkshire Foodbank
Role – Foodbank helper (volunteer)
Location – Bridlington
When – Wednesday afternoons

Make a difference to the life of someone in crisis.

Role – Meet clients and give out food parcels to those facing food poverty. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support. You will be working in a small team.

Skills required – Must be a good listener and appreciate the importance of confidentiality. Experience of working with the public. Must be able to lift bags and medium size boxes full of food. Able to use the internet confidently.

Further information phone 01482 772060 or email

Volunteer Request: Bridlington Guide Dogs for the Blind

Bridlington Guide Dogs for the Blind need your help!
We are recruiting for fundraisers in your area! Guide Dogs put the Fun into FUNdraising!

Fundraising is more than shaking a collection bucket – it is so much more from attending events, fairs, fetes to arranging coffee mornings or quizzes.

Make a difference to the lives of individuals living with sight loss by sharing your skills and enthusiasm!
We are recruiting for the following roles in Bridlington: –

  • Group coordinator – help organise the events
  • Group Treasurer – coordinate and bank all money collected
  • Group Secretary -support the group coordinator to find fundraising venues and events
  • Merchandise coordinator – help sell our amazing merchandise at events
  • Collection Box Coordinators – drop ff our iconic desk top collection boxes in your area and collect quarterly when full to bank the collections
  • Fundraisers – join our fundraising team and be part of the Bridlington Group

Join our amazing team of volunteers and help us build a community of volunteers in Bridlington
If you are interested and want to find out more contact Linda Conway on 07464511436 or email  or check our website

Volunteer Request: Age UK
Do you have spare time in your hands..?
Why not come and join us…It’s Volunteers Week coming up soon, and we are looking for people to join our amazing team..

Whether you are unemployed and looking for work, or retired and have spare time on your hands, joining our team is a fabulous way to learn and use skills whilst at the same time becoming a part of something worthwhile.

Mixing with others is also a good way to alleviate depression and boost confidence and self-esteem.

Support us here at Age UK The Promenade Bridlington. We are an energetic team, with lots of diverse characters, there are many roles within our team and I am sure there is something here for you.

Why not call in and have a chat with our Manager Angie when you have a free minute. Or you call contact us by phone on 07403398450 or email with your details.

Be a part of something that really makes a difference.

New AAT Essentials Courses

We are pleased to share that our new AAT Essentials courses are now live on our skills portal website.

The 3 new courses cover:

They can also be found on the training website here:

These qualifications are aimed at anyone working in, a role that involves dealing with costs, estimates and budgets, a role managing cash flow or looking to work in, a non-financial managerial role that requires an understanding of finance. The courses are ideal for anyone who has no previous financial training or accounting experience but requires this for their role or career, and for anyone who wants to increase their accountancy knowledge for personal reasons.

In addition to the above, we have also added the following courses to our platform:

If you have any questions about our training offer, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01482 871 077 (option 3) or email

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
Community sector provides rapid response to food insecurities

Voluntary sector organisations from the South West (including many NAVCA members) have launched a report revealing the impact of their collaboration on vulnerable communities.

The Food Insecurities Report, completed by Rose Regeneration demonstrates the importance of collaboration in the pandemic.

The report was prepared for the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP SW) and is intended to support the move away from emergency and towards recovery, in a space where ‘business as usual’ will not be an option for many communities.


Work from home, work from the office – five questions on hybrid working for trustees to think about

For trustees of many organisations, helping staff to navigate their path back to the workplace as we move through the pandemic will be a significant challenge. One key area to think about will be people’s desire to explore hybrid working so they can get the benefits of working both in the office and at home.

Here Cambridge CVS have pulled together their five questions trustees should be thinking about when discussing hybrid working.


Charity fraud survey 2021
BDO LLP, supported by the Fraud Advisory Panel is undertaking a survey to improve the understanding of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on fraud affecting charities in the UK.

Please complete this short survey which should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.


COVID-19 vaccinations required for people volunteering in care homes

From 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt.

Click here to learn more about requirements and exceptions.


COVID-19 communications toolkit for young people and vaccines

The Cabinet Office has published a communications toolkit which includes the key messages of:

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Criminal jailed after targeting the old and vulnerable in North Yorkshire
A criminal has been jailed after targeting the old and vulnerable in North Yorkshire. Walter Kaziah Lee had taken more than £39,000 from elderly and vulnerable victims in Scarborough. The 46-year-old has been sentenced to two and a half years at York Crown Court. The doorstep conman did repair work at the victim’s houses, but much was found to be of poor quality, substantially overcharged or not being done. more

Police warning amid reports of gang targeting Herefordshire
West Mercia Police has this month received several reports of attempts to defraud people in Herefordshire. Criminals, pretending to be police officers or bank staff, are targeting people in Herefordshire in a scam known as “courier fraud”. The victims being targeted are elderly and vulnerable people, police said. more

Public sent phoney texts for NHS COVID-19 Passes
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has been sent evidence of a text scam themed around the NHS COVID pass. The message, which claims to be an official communication from the National Health Service (NHS), reads: “NHS: We’ve noticed you haven’t applied for your COVID pass, please follow the link to complete registration to avoid fees…”. more

North London computer science student jailed for scam messages
A London student has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for sending out scam text messages purporting to be from a range of organisations, including Royal Mail, HMRC, banks and mobile phone providers. more

Warning as revolting criminals take advantage of LGBT+ people’s generosity
The LGBT+ community is being specifically targetted by a phishing scam on Twitter, social media users have warned. The scam, which was initially exposed in April, takes advantage of the generosity of queer people who help disadvantaged members of the LGBT+ community. more

CBD oil scams: fraudulent celeb endorsements and fake shipping tracking
Criminals peddling health supplements are still using famous faces, such as Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, to lure victims. We were recently contacted by a member of the public who decided to try a CBD supplement after seeing an advert online. But instead of charging £5 for a sample, the company took £198 from their account. more

Which? Scam Alert
Fake competitions on social media
Watch out for convincing copycat social media accounts contacting you to claim that you’ve won a prize. Many of these accounts are created by fraudsters who target you based on your social media activity and interests – they can catch you out with offers that could feasibly be genuine.

Here’s why it’s important to check who’s really sending you private messages before you engage with them.

Do you trust online ads?
It’s so easy to pick up your phone and search online for whatever it is that you need – and algorithms will keep on developing based on these searches and your online interactions to deliver ads specifically targeted and tailored towards you. The dark side is that the internet can be a scammer’s paradise. So can you tell whether an online ad is genuine or not?

According to insurance company Aviva’s fraud report, consumer trust in online adverts is pretty low. But we want to know your thoughts: how much do you trust the ads you see on the internet?

Health Updates

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

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

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

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

View the drug alert here

Community Safety Updates

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
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

Launch of the Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2021

The Fund is open for applications until Friday, 15th October 2021.

The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in November 2021

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

Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2021 fund, which is the seventh year of the funds.

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

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and will be available on the ERVAS website here:

You can also obtain an application form from ,  or telephone 01482 871077 or write to: Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, ERVAS, Morley’s Cottage, Morley’s Yard, Walkergate, Beverley, HU17 9BY.

Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grant
This small grant fund is open to all communities within the East Riding. The fund, created from the Reimagining Market and Coastal Towns budget uplift, is intended to enable Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and others to hold events & festivals, organise COVID recovery community activity and extend access to services, all intended to encourage residents back onto high streets and to utilise arts, cultural and community facilities.

Applicants will be able to access grants from £500 – £5000. The total grant fund is currently £250,000 made up of £200,000 from the budget uplift and an additional £50,000 from the public health team. This additional budget is particularly aimed at supporting vulnerable residents to participate in planned activities, particularly those who have been shielding and might need additional support to get involved. Grants will be available until March 2023, or until the full funding is spent, whichever is sooner.

For more information visit

To apply for Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grants please visit the Flexigrant website

For further information and advice on your application please contact the Local Growth Team via email

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 September and 30 November 2021.

Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 
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

Together for Our Planet Funding

We’re offering from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.

Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like:

  • food
  • transport
  • energy
  • waste and consumption
  • the natural environment.

You do not need to be an expert in any of these areas to apply. We’re particularly interested to hear from people starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities.

In November 2021, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. The UK Government’s Together for Our Planet initiative has been created to engage people with COP26 and inspire positive climate action. National Lottery funding will support this by helping communities to take action on climate change.

Building on interest and excitement for this international conference, we hope to nurture and develop local ideas through this funding, supporting a legacy of ongoing climate action projects in hundreds of communities across the UK.

Find out more

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