Here at ERVAS we have reduced the price of our courses from £30 to £10 per course, and we are also giving you a further 50% off, meaning that you could get our CPD Courses for just £5 per person, per course.
Our CPD certified courses are available today, to get a course at £5 be sure to use the code ERVAS50 at the checkout stage.
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.
At ERVAS we are recruiting for the following roles:
Food Bank Development Officer (Closing date:- 21 March)
Payroll Officer (Closing date: 28 March)
East Riding Senior Detached Youth Worker (open recruitment)
East Riding Assistant Detached Youth Worker (open recruitment)
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Here’s an unexpected way to receive free funding. Leading retailers will donate money when anyone connected to to your organisation shops online with them via fundraising platform easyfundraising. For example, your organisation can receive up to £50 when someone takes a new car, home, travel or pet insurance policy, up to £45 when they switch their utility or broadband provider, or up to £30 if they book a holiday. Retailers involved include Confused.com, GoCompare, AA, Sky, Talk Talk, uSwitch, Money Supermarket, Tui, First Choice, Booking.com, Expedia, Thomas Cook and 6,000 others.
easyfundraising is low-maintenance, easy to use, complements existing fundraising activity, and is accessible to all. There are also thousands of everyday retailers like Amazon, eBay, M&S, Argos, Sainsbury’s & Trainline who will also donate through the easyfundraising platform.
East Riding Detached Youth Work – Rapid Response Team
East Riding Voluntary Action Services is working in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to set up an East Riding Detached Youth Work – Rapid Response Team.
This will cover the whole of the East Riding and support young people to engage in positive activities and reduce anti-social, offending and risk-taking behaviour, helping to keep them and their local community safe.
The project aims to work closely with other youth service providers, voluntary and statutory, as well as engage with the local community to strengthen and increase youth resources and sustain future youth provision.
If you would like to know more about the new service, what it’s aims are and how we can best support your youth group and community, then you are very welcome to attend one of the following information sessions:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Voluntary Sector Updates
Pocklington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Request
Pocklington Town Council is running a public consultation on the draft of its Neighbourhood Plan from Saturday 12th March to midnight 1st May. The consultation is being run under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning regulations.
The two documents being consulted on are the Neighbourhood Plan itself and its associated Design Code for the town. These and other documents relating to the Neighbourhood Plan are available on the Pocklington Town Council website https://www.pocklington.gov.uk/
How can you view the Consultation Documents?
The two consultation documents are available on the Pocklington Town Council website https://www.pocklington.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan where they can be viewed and downloaded if wished. The two documents are:
Pocklington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation draft Feb 2022
Pocklington Design Code draft Feb 2022
Need more information or help?
If you have having difficulty accessing the consultation documents, submitting your response or need help with anything else please contact the Town Council office on 01759 304 851 during office hours (Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 12:30 am) and someone will be happy to assist.
Save the Date! – Active Humber Annual Conference
We are delighted to announce that we are hosting our Annual Conference on Friday 6th of May 2022, this has been a long-awaited reunion for us all and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.
Early Bird registrations for the event are now open. Limited spaces available so grab yours while you can.
The event will be held at the Aura Innovation Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Road, Hessle, but details around the event are to follow.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Bridging the access gap for people with disabilities in Yorkshire
A NEW initiative to encourage more voluntary groups, charities and volunteers to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with vulnerable service users, members of the public, and colleagues, who may be hard of hearing.
Radiyya Jahan, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains “There are more than nine million hard of hearing people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social workers, housing staff, teachers, the local NHS, and Royal Mail. We wanted to open our programs to the general public, who might also have an interest in learning sign language. We are offering a community 6-week BSL program, which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom”. Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.
Applications to book a stall at Bridlington Pride 2022 are now open!
Spaces are limited and, as this is our first ever Pride Event, we are offering stalls for just £50 each (electricity provision will be extra). Each ‘stall’ will be provided with a six foot table within the Bridlington Spa on Saturday 2 July 2022.
We need to inform you that after April 30th 2022 Kooth (www.kooth.com) will no longer be available to children and young people across Hull, East Riding, York, North Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. The Humber Coast and Vale Partnership are currently reviewing the future digital provision available to children and young people across the area.
Registrations for new service users across the areas mentioned above will close on March 1 st 2022. The team at Kooth can continue to work with young people who have accessed the service until the end of the contract to ensure young people have appropriate exit plans and are signposted to alternative provision.
Please note, this does not affect the service available in North- East Lincolnshire which is continuing. Kooth is still widely available across other parts of the UK. If you want to check if an individual could still access support from Kooth, please use this easy look up guide to check eligibility based on an individual’s postcode. http://explore.kooth.com/nhs
This also does not affect the Qwell service. Anyone aged 18 + years in the areas mentioned can get support through our adult platform Qwell ( www.qwell.io.). Please visit the webpage and create an account to benefit from free, safe and anonymous support from the team.
We have been advised that children and young people should be provided the following organisations information as alternative sources of support.
Childline – a free, confidential service which is available any time, day or night. You can get in touch with Childline
by calling 0800 1111
through 1-2-1 counsellor chat online
Young Minds text line – Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. Text YM to 85258.
As we move into a phase of safely removing our service provision from the local offer please can we ask for your support with the following things
Cease the promotion of the availability of the Kooth.com across the identified areas
Cease signposting CYP to Kooth.com New registrations will not be possible after 28 th February 2022.
Remove links to Kooth.com from local directories /organisational websites
The Humber Coast and Vale Partnership have commissioned a consultation, led by HEY Mind, that will inform future service developments to ensure both a face to face and a digital offer is available to children and young people to support their emotional and mental health.
Children, young people and parents are being encouraged to provide their views. These surveys will be available to complete until mid-March and the relevant links can be found below.
Finally, we just want to thank you for all your support and collaboration over the past 2 years. We have wholeheartedly enjoyed working with you all, seeing and supporting the amazing work that you all do to support the children and young people across the area.
How charities and civil society can support Ukraine
We have all been horrified by the current events in Ukraine, and are looking at the ways we can most effectively help people that are affected by the conflict. Donating cash, rather than items, is the best way to help people in humanitarian crises such as this. This means that charities and local organisations can choose the resources that will be most helpful to them.
NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) have posted a guide on ‘How charities and civil society can support Ukraine’, which you can access here.
London Plus has created a list of organisations to signpost support for those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. This includes charities and community groups. You can access the list here.
‘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.
East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership and the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board, offers additional support to all voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organizations working with children, young people and adults, in order to ensure they are able to meet their safeguarding responsibilities and keep people safe.
ERVAS offers a range of support to the VCSE sector in regard to developing safeguarding policies and procedures, as well as providing access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, (formerly CRB checks), which are processed on line using our umbrella body U-Check (can you put a direct link to U-Check here so they can check them out themselves) and priced at a competitive rate, as well as providing a variety of policy templates, including those related to safeguarding and links to reputable insurance brokers who specialise in voluntary activity. (can you put the insurance company link here that you sent around the other week)
ERVAS are also able to provide the VCSE sector with the following –
Access to our policy templates and related information, including explanatory videos, here: (can you put the link to the policies and procedures page in here, does this also include the videos about being fit for purpose, I think Sarah did one before she left)
Access to a range of appropriate safeguarding related training (link here)
Regular information from a variety of safeguarding sources via our fortnightly E-bulletin, and social media (put info here as to how they do that)
Access to Information events and conferences covering a range of safeguarding topics, both face to face and online
Partnership developments, particularly in regard to working more closely with the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership and the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board
Membership of useful networks, including the East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Forum (I might like to have a link to a page about this, where I can share minutes and papers and other info related to the forum as it progresses)
If your group or organization doesn’t have all the essential criteria in place, we are more than happy to send you our toolkit containing all safeguarding children and vulnerable adult policy documents and accompanying information, or we can arrange a one to one visit with your group if you would prefer, to discuss your specific needs.
If you would like further information as to how your VCSE group or organisation can ensure it’s doing all it can to keep people safe, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the ERVAS team on 01482 871077 or email email@example.com.
VoiceAbility have been working alongside the current provider Cloverleaf to communicate the changes with clients and where ongoing advocacy support is required clients will be transferred over to the new provider VoiceAbility as of the 1st of April. Please see the attached communication letter that is being discussed with existing clients.
Who can VoiceAbility support across East Riding of Yorkshire?
VoiceAbility will be offering specialist advocacy support to adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities, dementia, acquired brain injury or other disabilities as well as supporting carers.
You can visit their website www.voiceability.org to check eligibility for each statutory service. If you’re unsure or have questions about advocacy types, you should contact them.
Your duty to refer for advocacy
Advocacy is about making sure that people’s thoughts and opinions are heard, especially when decisions are being made about their lives.
Independent advocacy is a statutory right for people who, without independent support, are unable to be involved in making important decisions about their lives.
Professionals have a duty to refer eligible people for advocacy under the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Children Act and the Mental Health Act.
Dodgy builder falsified his certificates and then botched £32,000 extension
Dudley Council’s trading standards tracked down and prosecuted Paul Tompkinson, of Corbett Road, Brierley Hill, after he falsified certificates and broke several planning regulations. Tompkinson approached the homeowners of a property after viewing an approved online planning application for an extension to their home. more
The bogus workers have taken £14,000 from Northamptonshire locals
Northamptonshire locals have handed over £14,000 to rogue traders in the first two months of 2022 sparking a stark warning from police. With the weather set to improve over the coming weeks, Northamptonshire Police want to remind people to be vigilant of rogue traders and door-to-door sellers. more
Two Nottingham victims of courier fraud conned out of £18,000
Nottinghamshire Police is warning members of the public to watch out for a rise in phone call scams after two vulnerable victims lost more than £18,000. A woman in her 60s from Nottingham handed over thousands of pounds in cash to criminals, and another report saw a lady in her 70s, also from Nottingham, lose £11,500 after a man purported to be a police officer. more
Reporter responds to African scam email that promised to double his money
Ever been tempted to find out what would happen if you did respond to that African prince’s email promising you untold riches? Not to take him up on his life-changing offer, of course, but just to see what fun could be had or, even perhaps, what criminal activity you might be able to uncover just by playing along. more
Tesco customers warned about scam email offering free food
Tesco customers have been warned to be wary of a scam email promising free groceries after 197 reports of fraud in the last month. Anyone that receives the email has been advised to delete it immediately and not to follow the link. The dangerous email was flagged by cyber crime experts Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber reporting centre. more
If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726 (it’s free of charge).
For information on NHS coronavirus testing, visit: www.nhs.uk
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Consumers warned about chatbot scam
Cyber criminals are sending phishing emails inviting people to trace deliveries, only for them to fall victim to a chatbot scam.
Which? have alerted customers to a chatbot scam which encourages interaction with a service impersonating the Royal Mail. This is the latest evolution to a number of scam communications seen over the past few years that pose as well-known delivery companies.
In the example shown on the Which? YouTube channel, consumers are sent a phishing email which encourages use of the chatbot. The victim will then be given plausible details such as a delivery number before being encouraged to click another link, which takes them to a different website where their name, address and payment details are requested.
Fake Currys emails
Two emails purporting to have been sent by Currys have been confirmed as fakes by the retailer. As wonderful as it would be, Currys isn’t offering you a £500 voucher or a free Dyson V11 to ‘reward your feedback’.
Rather, it’s an attempt to send you through to third-party sites that will likely eventually request sensitive information. Here’s what they look like.
The scams lurking in sponsored ads
We’ve found several targeted sponsored ads impersonating news articles, which contain nasty scams, rip-offs and fake news. These ‘sponsored’ articles have attention-grabbing headlines that are peppered among the stories of the day, and can link you through compelling fake news stories that are copycat pages of trusted news websites.
Fake investment bank offering ‘refunds’
A member received a bizarre email from a company claiming to be an investment bank that was ‘working to acquire a new and more robust regulation’ and that part of the process involved paying a refund to the recipient.
This type of fraud can also lead to recovery scams, where fraudsters target prior victims, claiming to help recover losses, only to defraud them further.
Royal Mail chatbox scam
Scammers have stepped up a gear in what is a new twist on delivery scams where the perpetrators create fake chatbots that sneakily sign victims up for expensive monthly subscriptions. It starts by sending phishing emails impersonating Royal Mail that invite you to ‘start a chat’ to trace or reschedule a delivery.
The fake Royal Mail chatbot is plausible as it lists a delivery tracking number and shares an image of a parcel, explaining that the ‘label was damaged’, to convince you to reschedule the delivery.
According to our recent research, around 1.1 million households (5%) are struggling to afford their broadband. That rises to around one in 10 among the lowest-income households.
With affordability problems only likely to worsen this year because of the cost-of-living squeeze, we intend to update our Treating Vulnerable Customers Fairly guide to explicitly include further practical steps that we expect providers to take to better support their customers.
What we expect from providers
Under the proposals to update our guide, providers will be expected to adopt the following best practice:
emphasise the help and support available to people struggling to pay. This includes offering and promoting special discounted packages to financially vulnerable customers, known as ‘social tariffs’. Recent Ofcom research shows that millions of families could save an average of £144 each year on their broadband bill. Providers should also proactively signpost other means of available support, such as payment deferrals or payment plans.
get in touch with customers in different ways. To increase the chances of reaching customers in debt to offer support, firms should use a range of communications channels, such as letter, email, phone and text, and rotate between them.
work more closely with debt charities and signpost free advice. Communications with customers in arrears should include clear information about the free debt advice available. They should also make it as easy as possible for free debt advice organisations to represent their clients.
avoid imposing service restrictions to force payment. Restricting or disconnecting the services of someone who is particularly reliant on them – to push them into paying outstanding bills – should be avoided or limited. And steps should be taken to understand a customer’s individual circumstances before instructing debt collection services. Any agencies used should have strong policies for treating vulnerable customer fairly.
Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s Network and Communications Group Director, said:
“Phone and broadband are vital to our lives, but many households’ budgets are being seriously squeezed. So it’s crucial that people who are struggling to afford their bills get the support they need.
“We’ve set out clear expectations on the steps providers should take, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on firms to make sure they’re treating customers fairly.”
We are inviting views on our proposed guidance by 12 May 2022, and intend to publish our final decision in the autumn.
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;
Dynamix Friends Fund
Dynamix began in 2013 as an inclusive youth club for young people aged 8 to 24, where disabled young people and those with additional needs came to have fun, gain some independence, make new friends and develop practical skills too. It would now like to leave a legacy to other young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who live in East Riding by providing small grants to VCS groups offering similar activities, as well as individuals in receipt of Education Health Care Plans. If you would like to know more about how you can be part of the legacy please contact ERVAS and email either: Detty Tyler firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith Leech email@example.com Tel: 01482 871077
Lloyds Bank Foundation – Unrestricted £50,000 over 2 years available.
If you are a registered charity with income between £25,000 and £1M you may be able to access a grant to help you support helping people overcome complex social issues. The grants are entirely unrestricted and worth £25,000 per year.
We pride ourselves on listening, understanding, and responding to charities, through the grant as well as providing developmental support where we can help you grow stronger and more sustainable.
You can check your eligibility in less than five minutes on our website and we’ll aim to give you a decision within four months of you submitting your application.
Biffa Partnership Grants Scheme
Biffa Award has now opened its Partnership Grants Scheme for the next round, accepting applications for either of the following themes:
The Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres to engage and encourage tourists and/or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.
The Natural Environment theme aims to restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services , its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.
The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations in either England or Northern Ireland, providing they are located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill Site and also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site.
Grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 are on offer for work that starts in February 2023 and finishes within one year.
Applications can be made for 100% of the projects costs; however, only 90% of the grant can be paid by Biffa Award using Landfill Tax Credits. The remaining 10% needs to be provided by another source.
Grants should be used for site-based improvement work, with the majority of costs expected to be direct capital delivery work.
Project sites must be open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.
Preference will be given to projects:
In which Biffa Award is the majority funder.
Which work in partnership with other organisations.
Which engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.
Applications must not cross the two themes.
The Arts Society is offering grants of up to £3,000 for UK-registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £3 million to deliver projects and activities that engage young people with the arts, support skills development and training in the arts and heritage sector and support local and regional art organisations and museums Funding will support projects that make a positive contribution to people’s lives through the arts and engage people who wouldn’t typically participate in arts activities.
Funding is for projects that fall under one or more of the following priorities:
Young Arts – Projects that support a wide range of activities to introduce young people to and engage them in artistic experience and practise
Skills Development – Projects that further the development and training of skills in the arts, crafts, and heritage.
Regional Museums, Galleries, and Arts Organisations – Projects that support regional and local museums (Regional and local theatres and performing arts spaces will also be considered).
With the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts & heritage sectors, it is expected that the Spring 2022 round of grants will be extremely competitive. Priority will be given to any projects severely impacted by or bring the most benefit to those affected by the pandemic
The deadline for applications is 31 March (23:59).
Asda Foundation’s Empowering Local Communities Grant programme is currently accepting applications for funding for projects under the following four themes:
Building Resilient Communities – supporting community groups with the equipment, essentials and facilities to enable activity to take place. This might be enhancing what is already available, providing core items or enabling an activity to continue.
Active Lives – supporting participation in group physical activities. Whether low or high impact, regardless of age or ability, encouraging people to lead more active lifestyles and for everyone to feel able to participate.
Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals – enabling communities to celebrate what matters to them. Helping to bring people together to share experiences and encouraging everyone within the community to be together, eg Easter, Holi, Passover, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, community garden party etc
Leading Healthier Lives – from cooking and education classes to enabling positive mental health. Asda Foundation is seeking to support health in body, mind and soul in UK communities.
Applications will be accepted from local community groups and not for profit organisations based in the UK. Project activities must start or take place before 5 June 2022.
Groups may apply for one Empowering Local Communities grant per year of between £500 and £1,500.