Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 18.02.22


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 18.02.22


ERVAS Services Update

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

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

Connecting Volunteer Managers across Bridlington!

We are launching the Bridlington Volunteer Managers Network, the first meeting will take place at the Bridlington Community Hub on Thursday 3 March at 10am.

As part of the meeting we will share ideas, strengthen good practice and create new networks. The meeting will provide an opportunity for volunteer managers to connect and share peer support.

Hosted and facilitated by Volunteer Centre East Riding, we are passionate about volunteering in Bridlington, and want to find ways to make volunteering better for everyone in the town.

Register Today!

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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:


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


Recycle your old items and support ERVAS

You can now support us as a charity by recycling your old items. We are able to recycle the following:

  • Jewellery & Watches (in any material even if damaged or broken)
  • Currency – Any coins or banknotes, UK & foreign (even if out of circulation)
  • Mobile Phones
  • Cameras (old film, digital and video)
  • Stamps (Loose, single, albums, first day covers, presentation packs, collections)
  • Gadgets (Sat-Navs, Ipods, MP3 players, games consoles, games & accessories).
  • Stamps
  • Ink Cartridges

If you happen to be having a clear out and want to get rid of any of the above, we have a collection box at the  community hub in Bridlington, or you can drop items off at our Beverley office too.

You can also find out more about how you can post items to us on our website here:


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!



Voluntary organisations in our region are receiving a share of £1.8m in donations. Thousands of good causes are able to update their facilities, buy new equipment, and improve their services, thanks to fundraising website easyfundraising and their low-maintenance approach to fundraising.

Through the easyfundraising platform, 6,000 online retailers including Sainsbury’s, eBay, Amazon, M&S, Just Eat and Argos will donate to third sector organisations for free. To take advantage of this free income stream for your organisation, find out more here:

Find out more


Are you looking to pick up a new skill or top up your knowledge on a specific subject?

ERVAS is proud to work with The Skills Network to bring you our wide range of CPD Courses.

Our CPD certified courses are available today, and we are offering a 50% discount to anyone that uses the code ERVAS50

Visit our dedicated portal online at today!

Voluntary Sector Updates

Bridlington Pride’s Relaunch Party

In 2020 after the launch party in February, Covid put a stop to all the plans that we had for events in Bridlington.

So…there’s no better time than LGBT History Month , to restart all of those plans and give Bridlington its first Pride.

We’ll be kicking off with a Relaunch Party at the Lodge on Friday 25 February at 20:00 and have invited the Funky Beavers to join us again.

It will be completely free to enter and we can’t wait to see everyone again in their best pride outfits!!

Get Creative! event 

We would like to invite you to our next Get Creative! event at Bridlington Community Hub on Friday 25th February.

This free event would be open to all who had an interest including siblings, parents and carers (there will be free cakes and refreshments on arrival).

Aims and brief outline of events:
For each of these days young people will special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) will have the opportunity to experience a DJ Skills workshop, free refreshments and cakes and some fun ice breaker activities.

This event is funded by the Dynamix Friends Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund and has the aims of:

  • Building up young people’s confidence
  • Developing young people’s social skills
  • Improving young people’s self-esteem
  • Supporting young people’s sense of wellbeing.
  • Relieve feelings of social isolation
  • Develop relationships
  • Build Resilience

A bit about the workshop leader: DJ Methodz
“DJ Methodz is a DJ tuition service for people in Hull and the surrounding areas.  The aim is to offer first class teaching on industry standard equipment to people of all ages and abilities, but with an emphasis on reaching those who do not normally get the chance, because of a disability or learning need, a mental health condition, or they are vulnerable, isolated, marginalised or excluded in some way. The tutor has been a professional DJ for over 25 years, and a teacher of DJ mixing skills for over 10 years.  Most recent work with people with SEND includes preparing DJs to perform at the Hull RED club night.”


Please see the Get Creative! flyer for more information and on how to book in to one of the workshops and we hope you can join the Hear Me Out YPEG group for one of these fantastic workshops!

For information about the Hear Me Out Young Persons’ Engagement Group (YPEG) please see the attached flyer.

How do I book my young person for a free workshop?
For any further information please contact:
Darren Clarkson (KIDS Young People’s Participation and Engagement Coordinator)
Tel: 01482 275500

We ask all attendees to please wear a facemask unless exempt and only attend if you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms.
Spaces are limited for the DK skills workshops so please book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings will be closed at the end of Wednesday 23rd February at 12pm (noon).
After this we sadly cannot accept further bookings for this event.

Young people under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

The Right Space’s purpose is to:

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


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

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

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

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
It’s LGBT+ History Month 2022!

Happy LGBT+ History Month to all of our readers! There are loads of ways you can mark the event, and help to achieve the aim of the month: to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. Just head on over to the website where you’ll find a collection of resources for this year’s theme: Politics in Art. This includes posters, fact sheets, quizzes, suggested Tweets, and the relevant hashtags to use when sharing your LGBT+ History Month activity on social media.

Give LGBT+ History Month a follow on Twitter to stay up to date and to see what is happening during the month.

Find out more about LGBT+ History Month 2022


Survey form the Ethical Property Foundation

Last week the Ethical Property Foundation launched the 2022 Charity Property Matters Survey. This research started in 2012 to chart the property trends, concerns and needs of voluntary organisations across England and Wales, and this sixth survey has been updated to reflect the harsh pandemic realities now bedevilling the UK voluntary sector. Please spare a few minutes to fill in and promote the Survey.


‘Get the Jump’ skills for life campaign

‘Get the Jump’ is a new Skills for Life campaign from the Department for Education, which aims to help every young person understand what their post-16 and post-18 education and training choices are, and to ultimately help them land their dream job.

For a 14-19-year-old, making a decision today that they think could affect the rest of their life can be overwhelming. With either too much or not enough information about their choices, many young people find it hard to move forward confidently, either taking the ‘safe’ and tried and tested routes such as A levels, BTECS and university, or settling for a path they perhaps wouldn’t have, had they known what else is out there for them.

Get the Jump provides everything they need to know about the education and training choices available, turning what young people see as a giant leap of faith into smaller, more manageable next steps.

To find out more and to benefit from this campaign, visit the new webpage: and use the new Get the Jump toolkit.


A Good Thing: Matchmaking businesses who care with local charities

A Good Thing is a digital ‘matchmaking’ platform which aims to link charities up with local businesses that have things to donate. This includes surplus equipment, products and spaces. All you need to do is sign up to the free app on the website and make a request for the things you need. The founders say that the process is: “as easy as booking a room on Air BnB”.

Give it a try.

Civil Society and Youth Update

Young people in England to benefit from a new National Youth Guarantee backed by a £560 million investment.

The new National Youth Guarantee means that by 2025, every young person in England will have access to regular out of school activities, adventures away from home and opportunities to volunteer. The guarantee responds directly to what around 6,000 young people told Government to prioritise in the DCMS Youth Review and will be funded through the £560 million secured for youth services by DCMS at the Spending Review, which includes:

  • investing £368 million through the Youth Investment Fund to deliver up to 300 new and refurbished youth spaces and services in left behind areas. These facilities will be supported by revenue funding, creating over 45,000 extra youth activities per year. An additional £10 million is available in the current financial year
  • funding a reformed National Citizen Service programme for the next 3 years, with a year round offer for thousands of young people
  • offering The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme to every state secondary school in England in collaboration with the Department for Education
  • eliminating current non-military Uniformed Youth Groups’ waiting lists for teenagers
  • supporting the #iwill fund, creating tens and thousands of youth volunteering opportunities.

Youth services across 45 Local Authorities and around 600 district wards in the most deprived parts of England will be eligible to apply for the £368 million Youth Investment Fund.

Phase 1 of the Youth Investment Fund opened for applications on 31 January, with £10 million for local youth services in urgent need, to expand the reach and range of services they offer and meet demand. The fund closed on 7 February due to the high demand in applications. BBC Children in Need will assess the applications.

Government will work closely with the sector on this important initiative recognising our shared objective which is enabling young people to develop skills for life and work, and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
Read the Youth Review: Summary Findings and Government Response.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

How to protect yourself from falling victim to ATM fraud after Birmingham targeted by criminals
A warning has been issued by police after criminals fitted a “trapping device” to a cash point in Birmingham. Community activists removed the metal device from an ATM in Alum Rock and found £80 stuck inside it waiting for criminals to return. more‘Aggressive’ rogue trader from Weymouth preyed on elderly women
Weymouth man Frenny William Thomas Jordan aggressively pressured a 67-year-old woman into withdrawing £1,700 in November 2018 and failed to provide a right to cancel following three days of work at her home in rural Dorset, Bournemouth Crown Court heard. more

Warning over rogue traders cold calling in Connah’s Quay area offering to do roofing works
The rogue traders are reported to have knocked on doors unannounced and told residents they have loose slates and ridge tiles or other faults with their roofing and “can start the work immediately” for cash upfront. more

Beware NHS Covid pass fraud – one MoneySaver was scammed out of £25,000 though he got his money back after MSE intervened
A grandfather of two, who was tricked out of £25,000 by criminals purporting to offer NHS Covid passes, has got his life savings back after intervened. He’s now warning others about the scam to make sure they don’t get caught out. more

Fake Santander ‘new payee’ texts
More fake text messages are trying to trick people into following potentially malicious links. This time they’re targeting Santander customers with ‘new payee’ notifications in different ways. more

Warning issued after Wrexham residents targeted by Openreach criminals
A warning has been issued following reports that several residents in the Wrexham area have been targeted by criminals claiming to be from Openreach. They say that the homeowner’s router is “showing some problems”. more

Online shopping fraud: bogus e-scooter sales
Victims have reported buying e-scooters online only for the e-scooter to not be delivered. By this point, they’re unable to contact the company as the website they made the purchase from has been closed down by its owners. Victims have reported losing over £145,000 to this type of online shopping fraud. more

Fake investment scam emails pretending to be from Which?
Watch out for criminals impersonating Which? in an attempt to push fake investments on unsuspecting victims. We’ve seen a bogus email directing potential victims to a fraudulent website that misuses our logo and copyright to appear legitimate. more

Romance fraud: Man loses £150k in Bitcoin scam
A man who lost approximately £150,000 in a romance fraud scam says the experience has “ruined” him and he now receives support from a counsellor. Tom, which is not his real name, was the victim of a cryptocurrency scam that started through a dating app. more

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For got something? Don’t let it be your password

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

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

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

2: Saving passwords in your browser
Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.
This can help:
·  make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
·  protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites
It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.
Here are some useful links on how you can start saving passwords in your browser: Google ChromeMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxSafari.

3: Email account passwords
If a hacker gets into your email account, they could:
·  reset your other online account passwords
·  access personal information you have saved about yourself or your business
Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.
Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:

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Which? Scam Alert

Omicron variant fraud texts
Back in December, scammers were sending fake emails about the new Omicron variant of Covid, with the aim of stealing personal data and bank details. Now, fake text messages employing similar tactics are being sent.

Here are some examples and advice on how to tell if an NHS or contact tracing message is real.

Fake PayPal email
Fake PayPal emails continue to be sent on a regular basis, so stay alert for this type of scam. A common tactic of phishing emails is to panic the recipient into taking immediate action. Here’s the most recent example we’ve seen.

Eon bill refund scam
This fraudulent communication methods here claim to be from Eon and follows a typical story that all scammers use to worry you and pile on the urgency.

From an Eon phishing email to a phone call with a scammer, we carried out an investigation to expose the tricks and tactics used in this scam. Lucia Ariano, Which? senior presenter played along with a fraudster to show you how the scam works and the sneaky tricks used with this phishing attempt.We would never recommend doing this yourself.

Watch the video to find out what happened and how you can avoid similar scams.

British Gas phishing email
A phishing email purporting to be from British Gas is circulating, stating that customers’ bills are overdue and need paying. It attempts to extort the recipient’s account details by urging them to click through to fake websites.

Here are examples of the fake British Gas emails – which the provider has confirmed has nothing to do with them – that have targeted customers and we explain how to deal with them.

Online dating fraud
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and online dating fraud having soared during the UK’s lockdowns, watch out for fake profiles on dating sites and social media platforms.

Here, victims of romance fraud tell us about their experiences in their own words and serve as a warning about the tactics used by these masters of manipulation.

Fake Amazon ‘locked account’ emails
There have been a number of fake Amazon emails in the past 12 months, but we’ve noticed a new example that claims your account has been ‘locked’ and is ‘holding all your last orders’.

Its layout is slick and could look genuine enough to deceive you if you don’t take a moment to assess it. Here’s what it looks like.

Common scams of 2021 that might resurface this year
The crime you’re most likely to fall victim to this year is fraud, according to the latest annual crime survey conducted by the Office of National Statistics. Based on the reports we received, impersonation scams were the most common.

We break down the biggest scams of 2021 and the preferred methods used by fraudsters. These scams tend to go in and out of circulation.

Catalyst Update

How to plan a new website for your charity

A website has to work hard for multiple sets of users: it needs to accurately reflect the organisation/s it is representing, whilst efficiently meeting the needs of what can be very diverse sets of visitors. It therefore stands to reason that if each set of stakeholders isn’t consulted in some depth at the outset – and again throughout the process – the website will under-perform. In a new resource article, Gemma Hampson from design studio Hactar outlines four key questions to ask before embarking on a website project – and lays out a seven-point guide designed to help you identify the right steps to take – and the right people to involve along the way. Read Gemma’s piece on planning a new website here.

Continuing to redefine our relationship with our funders

In a new article, Catalyst Producer Siana Bangura reflects on our recent Funders’ Forum, in which we had the privilege of getting together a number of representatives from Catalyst’s Founding Funders for an interactive workshop and discussion space. As well as providing updates on the work of Catalyst, we were curious to understand how Catalyst can support funders and their grantees as members of the community in a changing wider landscape for digital. Read how we’re continuing to redefine our funder relationship here.

Measuring value with your digital product

As part of CAST’s support programme for grantees on Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Tech For Good Build fund, Tectonic recently delivered a workshop on measuring the value of a digital product. In a new blog, Tectonic’s Head of Product Dan Parry takes a look at the ways people interact with digital products, outlines the four types of value to consider when creating a product (functional, monetary, social and psychological) – and explores how best to measure that value. Take a look at Tectonic’s blog on measuring value here.

🗓️ Introducing Digital Transformation Week

Taking place from 14th – 18th March, Digital Transformation Week will explore the challenges, trends and actions needed for charities to set themselves up to excel with digital going forward. Across the week, Charity Digital will release daily webinars, podcasts, articles, tools and resources – and you can engage with whichever content suits your needs. Each day caters to a different area of digital transformation – namely, Digital Strategy, Digital Challenges, Leadership & Culture, Digital Fundraising and Small Charities. Find out more and sign up to be part of Digital Transformation Week here.

Health Updates

Have You Got The NHS App?

The NHS App gives you more control over your health and care. Use it wherever you are, at any time of the day or night.

It puts information about your health and treatments at your fingertips. This means you can see it when speaking to a health and care professional, for example.

You can use the NHS App to:

  • book and cancel appointments;
  • find out how the NHS uses your data.
  • register your organ donation decision;
  • find trusted NHS information on hundreds of conditions and treatments and get instant advice;
  • order repeat prescriptions;
  • access your medical record securely;

Get the NHS app

Oxford survey about community groups
that support people living with obesity


The Oxford Department of Primary Care want GPs to give helpful advice to people living with obesity and are looking to hear people’s lived experience of what groups and organisations have supported them.These groups can be things like local walking groups to community meal providers – and might not be related to living with obesity.

Once gathered, the information will be used to develop a signposting resource for GPs to use. This will be developed and distributed with help from the Royal College of GPs and the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities.

Please visit for more information and to take part.

Discover more about Active Humber on our latest Blog Posts


Community Safety Updates

Private Fostering Leaflets and Posters

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

Safeguarding Children from Neglect – Online Training 

To improve practitioner’s ability to identify and respond to child neglect

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course participants will

  • Have developed their understanding of neglect and its impact on children
  • Be aware of the ERSCP Neglect Guidance and how it may be used to support working with families where children’s needs are not being met

Course Date

09:30 – 12:30 Friday 8 April 2022

Booking is via

Funding News

The Brelms Trust
The Brelms Trust welcome applications from East Yorkshire Charities.

Brelms Trust

Applications are positively encouraged from the East Riding for grant awards in March and further dates in 2022.

Bridlington Town Council Small Grants
Does your Bridlington based group have a project to get off the ground for this Summer?
You may be eligible for the Bridlington Town Council Small Grant
The deadline for the first round of applications is 28th February with decisions been made in March

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 websiteand we’ll aim to give you a decision within four months of you submitting your application.

For an informal chat contact the Regional Manager
Tel:      07734 973060

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