Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 19.03.2021


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 19.03.2021

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

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?

You can still request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

Request assistance

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:

What’s on in East Riding for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?


Yesterday we hosted our very first online Activity Fayre which was an opportunity for parents and carers, practitioners and partners to hear about what voluntary and local authority activities are available for children and young people with SEND in the East Riding.

The Activity Fayre was a collaboration between East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF) and East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), and was attended by a number of partners.

The fayre is now available to watch back on YouTube, so just click on the video below.


Ongoing funding for voluntary organisations
Through our new partnership with fundraising platform easyfundraising, 11 local organisations are now benefitting from donations from leading online retailers.

Find out how your organisation can also use this free and covid- secure way of fundraising to generate funds while your face to face fundraising is on hold.

Find out how your organisation can benefit

Network Rail continues to brighten up York bridges and help tackle graffiti

Network Rail has worked with a local artist and ERVAS to brighten up Love Lane footbridge in York as part of a wider project to tackle graffiti in the area.

Graffiti near the railway is unpleasant for people in the community and for passengers. As well as being illegal, it can lead to other crimes. But cleaning it costs millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money and uses valuable time, which could be used making improvements to the railway.

Chris Goodwin maintains the area around the railway and responds to any issues, whilst making sure train services can run safely and reliably. His team have had to paint over graffiti on Love Lane bridge – which runs over the East Coast Main Line – multiple times.

With ongoing problems at Hospital Bridge in York and Dragon Bridge in Harrogate, they organised a project to make people think twice about targeting the sites.

Instead of returning yet again with more grey paint, they commissioned ERVAS, and artist, Emma Garness, to design and paint a piece for the three bridges.

Work was completed over the weekend on Love Lane bridge. The artwork includes detailed mallard ducks, representing the local area and nearby nature reserve, Hob Moor.

Hospital bridge will have an NHS theme and local school children are getting involved to help design the artwork on Dragon bridge.

This project follows the work completed in January at Temple Lane road bridge in Copmanthorpe.

If you see someone graffitiing on the railway, please report it to the British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016. You can also call Network Rail’s 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Read more

Voluntary Sector Updates

Not In Our Community Interactive Film Launches on Child Exploitation Day 

Not In Our Community have launched a brand new interactive film co-produced with young people where viewers see what happens next based on the choices they make.

Chloe’s Story, was commissioned by North East Lincolnshire Council and was co-written by a group of girls supported by North East Lincolnshire Council’s Young and Safe Team. The girls chose to raise awareness of the risks of grooming through social media apps, such as TikTok, as they saw it as a growing concern amongst young people in their area.

You can see it here:

NIOC have chosen to release this to support of the national Child Exploitation Awareness Day run by the National Working Group whose activities use the hashtag #CEADay21


Tacking Inequalities Funding Phase 3
for groups across the Humber


Active Humber will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 20th April, 0930 to 1030 regarding the next phase of Tackling Inequalities Funding.

Phases 1 and 2 have helped lots of community and sports organisations working with the following priority groups to help stay, and get, physically active during the current Covid-19 pandemic;

  • Lower socio economic groups
  • People with disabilities
  • Those with a long term limiting illness
  • Those from diverse ethnic communities
The Tackling Inequalities Funding is to help get people from the above groups back into the activities they organise and help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Groups may apply for grants up to £10,000.
The funding comes from Sport England, and for the Humber the funding is distributed by Active Humber on behalf of Sport England. If you want to know more about the next phase of funding then please save the date for our webinar below.

Please save the date  – Tuesday 20th April, 09.30am to 10.30am
We will be in touch with login details shortly.

The webinar will cover:

  • What has been funded so far
  • What the priorities are for phase 3
  • How to apply
  • An interactive question and answer session with Active Humber staff
The webinar is open to all and if you are aware of groups that might be interested then please do pass this information on to them.

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)

Families Health and Wellbeing Resource Funding Update  –  On the 18 February we were able to share with parents/carers that Specialist Services had provided the EYPCF with £10,000 funding, to help support children/young people with SEND and their families to engage in activities or social and recreational opportunities. The funding was to provide the opportunity for parents and carers to apply for resources to help them engage in activities at home or in the community. The response has been fantastic, and the PCF are thrilled to be able to report that so far more than 100 family applications have been received and processed. Some families have now already received their requested items; from sand pits, craft activities, garden games and equipment, to walking boots and tracksuits, with all remaining expecting to receive theirs by the end of March. The messages from parent/carers, with pictures of their children and young people enjoying their activities has been overwhelming. The closing date for all applications is Friday 19t March.

Running alongside the Resource Funding Application the PCF also decided to offer our parent/carers a treat and invited each the opportunity to request a Gift Box, or to nominate a member they thought would like one. Again, the response for this has been brilliant and we are thrilled that so many have enjoyed them, and they have been received as they were intended.
We cannot wait to be able to get together and look forward to many planned activities and events as we approach Summer, and hopefully the end of a very difficult year for us all.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Information Group – Are you a Parent or Carer with a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities and live in the East Riding?

We are looking for volunteers to work alongside the Local Authority, health and other service providers to ensure that information is accessible and clear.   The Information Group are a friendly group of both parent/carers and professionals who meet for 2 hours every 4 weeks.

You do not have to commit to every meeting and we will support you to participate.  Transport and childcare costs will be covered. We currently meet online.

  • Make a difference
  • Help improve communication between the Local Authority, health services and parents and carers
  • Gain new skills
  • Build your confidence
  • Learn about how services work
  • Meet parent/carers, professionals and practitioners

If you are interested, or would like further information, please contact Ben or Claire
Ben Fisher (ERYC) SEND Communications and Partnerships Manager
Claire Thomas (EYPCF) Participation Coordinator,,  07813 676941
Volunteer Opportunities with the Information Group ERYC (1).pdf

As always Claire Thomas (Participation Coordinator) and Trudy Cooper (Administrator) are available for support and information. Please get in touch via the EYPCF emails and or the EYPCF mobile 07813 676941.
Stay safe.

YPC Pocklington
Coming soon to Pocklington, the town’s first youth facility since 2013. The charity, Young People Count, is working hard towards the opening of its new home at 17 Railway Street.

YPC needs volunteers to help staff the centre and bring skills to the charity, to work with the target 11-18 market at a time when young people need help the most.

Potential volunteers can contact Tony Barker, project manager, at

Beverley FM
East Yorkshire community radio station, Beverley FM, continues to educate and entertain listeners during the lockdown. Tune in for a special series on COVID 19 East Yorkshire each weekday on Morning Mix, 10-12, or follow the station’s Facebook feed to hear the features on demand.

Beverley FM, run by volunteers, broadcasts on 107.8FM, online at, via the tunein app or on smart speakers. Local news is aired weekdays, 7/8am and 4/5pm and on Saturdays at 8 and 9 am.

Send news stories to

Fairtrade Competition Winner Donates Food Prize to The People’s Pantry
Hard-working volunteers at The People’s Pantry at Market Weighton have been given a double boost in 2021 by the Co-op in East Yorkshire.

It has become the latest organisation to benefit from becoming a Foodshare partner by the store at North Ferriby, receiving surplus food such as bakery items. It has also been chosen to receive a hamper of Fairtrade products after the store ran a quiz among customers to mark Fairtrade Fortnight in February 2021. The winner, Chris Powney of Welton near Brough, wanted to donate the prize to a food bank and it was offered to The People’s Pantry. The pack contained products such as tea, coffee, wine and chocolate.

Helen Slater of The People’s Pantry says: “We’re currently supporting 64 families in Market Weighton and double that overall with our services in Pocklington and Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor. We’re so grateful to the Co-op and to Chris for helping us give much-needed assistance to other people in East Yorkshire.”
The People’s Pantry was set up three years ago to fight food poverty and reduce food waste and is run by dedicated volunteers. Details are available on their Facebook page.

Giving people fairer access to food one of the Co-op’s themes, along with fairer access to mental health and wellbeing, and opportunities for young people. The retailer has been committed to stocking Fairtrade products since 2000, promoting the initiative of fairer prices for food producers in developing countries.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
Introducing Baobab: moving from an idea into collective action

The pandemic and the #BlackLivesMatters movement have exposed the inequity that exists in the funding received by Black and Ethnic Minority communities.

Many foundations and funders have been thinking about what they should do next and some initially offered tailored funding programmes directly or via intermediaries.

That investment is welcome but we need to make sure that we change things for the long term and the only way we’ll do that is if we change the systems, processes and behaviours which have created the historic deficit.

That’s why we need something new.

The Baobab Foundation is a new organisation. Led by the communities it serves, Baobab will put power and money where it needs to be – in the hands of those who know what to do with it. Decisions about Baobab will be made by its members, that includes decisions about the organisation and decisions about funding.

Read the rest of this fabulous blog by Baobab’s Programme Director Joe Ferns here (and join!).

New levelling up and community investments from government

The government has announced three new community investment funds as part of its commitment to ‘levelling up across the whole of the United Kingdom to ensure that no community is left behind’. These new investment programmes are:

  • The UK Community Renewal Fund: an additional £220 million funding through the UK to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022. This Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.
  • The Levelling Up Fund: a £4.8 billion investment into infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.
  • The Community Ownership Fund: £150 million to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

We will share more information on each of these and how the funds can be accessed once the roll out begins. In the meantime, you can read more by clicking here.

Contributing with Children

Contributing with Children is a network that celebrates and encourages opportunities for parents or carers to volunteer with their children. This is already happening around the UK, and the network knows that more parents would like the opportunity if it was available in their local area.

If your organisation, or those within it, have examples where this happens currently then please have a look at the Contributing with Children website and get in touch to share the example and inspire others.

If your organisation does not currently have volunteers who contribute with their children and it is of interest, you can contact the team who will promote your cause and share some tips about effective volunteering with children roles.

Click here for more information.

5-minute guides for charity trustees and a partner toolkit

The Charity Commission’s new 5-minute guides are designed to help trustees provide the best possible oversight to their charity. They explain the basics of:

• financial oversight
• achieving your charity’s purposes
• good decision making
• addressing conflicts of interest
• what to file with the Commission and the support available

The Charity Commission has published a Partner Toolkit to assist in promoting the guides and encouraging charities to share them amongst their trustees.

You can download the toolkit by clicking here.

Find the guides at

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) – submission of separate donations can be permissible

The Charity Tax Group (CTG), supported by the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Service (CLAS) and others, has urged HMRC to introduce some temporary flexibility in the operation of the GASDS scheme by accepting multiple cash donations of £30 or under that have been saved up during the crisis.

HMRC has responded with welcome and pragmatic clarification, recognising the practical difficulties raised by Covid-19 and confirming that the submission of separate donations can be permissible.

You can find full details by clicking here.

The Guide to New Trusts

The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has released its 2021/22 guide to grant-makers, all chosen for their wide geographical area of operation and the breadth of their giving criteria, making them relevant to a large number of charities.

The guide is priced at £55 and can be ordered here.

Guidance on handling safeguarding allegations in a charity

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak, other risks have not gone away.

Remember that safeguarding concerns must still be raised. All the resources you need can be found on the Safeguarding Portal.
You can access the portal by clicking here.

Census: It counts to be counted

The Census returns in England and Wales on 21 March – the one day every 10 years when government gathers information from each of us to create the most detailed picture of the population.

There is a big risk this year that many more people won’t be counted. With most being asked to complete the Census online and far fewer interactions in the community due to the pandemic, there will be people who cannot get the support they need to complete the form. This has huge implications right across society.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation has explored why the Census is so important but warned that the digital divide will prevent many people from contributing. They have outlined how small and local charities can help the people they work with to understand what the Census is, why it is important, and crucially, how they can complete it – providing some useful steps that we can all take.

You can read more on this here.

UK Youth Parliament Programme 2021/22 – Grant application

The UK Youth Parliament is designed to support young people across the UK to participate in the democratic process, enabling them to express their voices and be heard on issues that matter to them.

The DCMS has opened applications for grants of up to £233,300 from charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations in England, that are helping young people to participate in the democratic process and share their views to shape national, regional and local decision making. The deadline for applications is 26 March 2021.

You can find out more here.

Government targets false vaccine information on social media

The government has launched a new social media campaign to tackle false vaccine information shared amongst ethnic minority communities.

DCMS has published a toolkit of content fronted by trusted local community figures and designed to be shared via WhatsApp and Facebook community groups, as well as Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

It follows concerns from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) of low vaccine uptake amongst ethnic minority communities, and a recent Ofcom study which showed that people from a minority ethnic background were twice as likely as white respondents to rely more on people they know, people in their local area or people on social media for information about coronavirus.

This new toolkit is based on the core principles of the government’s SHARE checklist, which encourages people to check where information has come from before they share it, to think critically about the facts and whether or not they are coming from an expert to make sure what they’re sharing is accurate.

You can read more and access the toolkit by clicking here.

Relaunch of the Act FAST campaign to improve stroke outcomes

Public Health England, supported by the Stroke Association, has relaunched the Act FAST campaign reminding people of the symptoms of stroke and why urgently calling 999 is vital in saving lives. This comes after new data has suggested that people put off seeking help for stroke during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Data from the lockdown period last year showed that admissions to hospital for stroke fell 12% between March and April 2020.

Stroke is a time sensitive condition which means that any hesitancy and delay in receiving treatment kills brain cells and has sadly and unnecessarily proven to be fatal in the early phase of the pandemic. The Act FAST campaign urges everyone to take immediate action on seeing any stroke symptoms to save lives.

You can remind yourself of the signs of stroke, and see more about the campaign by clicking here.

Office for Civil Society Update

Register to Order Free Lateral Flow Coronavirus Tests for Your Employees
This letter from the Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng encourages businesses to test their staff for COVID-19 by registering for free testing kits provided by the government. These tests are for staff who cannot currently work from home. Employers can register to order free coronavirus free rapid lateral flow tests for their staff, including volunteers, who cannot work from home if:

  • their business or organisation is registered in England
  • their business or organisation has 50 staff members or more
  • their business or organisation’s staff cannot work from home

Charities and voluntary organisations need to provide the below information via email to with the email subject “National Workplace Testing – Charity”, and a team at DHSC will complete the validation process:

  • Company name
  • Charity number
  • Number of staff
  • Industry / sector
  • Email contact

Any employer in England which has a Companies House registration number can register on GOV.UK to get the forms they need to order these tests for their staff.

Testing guidance for employers: Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes has been updated to reflect the ongoing evolution of private-sector testing.

Essential workers prioritised for COVID-19 testing: A list of essential workers prioritised for PCR testing for coronavirus is available here.

You must register on or before 31 March 2021.

We are delighted to announce the return of the Charity Awards.
After taking the difficult decision to postpone 2020’s Awards due to the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided that now is the time to celebrate and reflect, on the work of the charity sector over the past two years.

In a live-streamed ceremony taking place on 10 June 2021, we will honour the work submitted by 2020’s applicants. Our judging panel is currently considering these entries and the shortlist will be announced on Friday 7 May.

This week, we launched a new category; the Rathbones Covid-19 Response Award. We would encourage any organisation that has gone above and beyond during the pandemic to share its work with us so that we can shine a light on examples of demonstrating excellence through adversity.

Entry forms are available to download on the Charity Awards website and completed forms must be submitted by Thursday 1 April.


Visit the website to enter the Charity Awards
Submitting an entry is free, and can support your organisation’s efforts to influence policy-makers and funders and boost the morale of your staff and stakeholders.

If you have any questions please contact us at


We would like to thank our sponsors for their invaluable support and wish you good luck with your entry.

Best regards,

The Charity Awards team

Purple Crane

NYA COVID-19 Readiness Level

** From 8th March 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into Step 1A on the Roadmap, remaining at RED in the readiness framework. **

(Version 5)

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Scunthorpe ambulance crew save patient from scam
The quick-thinking actions of an ambulance crew in Scunthorpe have prevented an elderly patient from losing thousands of pounds.

Yvette Ray and Chris Gough attended a patient and during their observations, established that something was not right. The patient had mentioned in passing that some people had knocked on his door the day before, claiming to be trained tradesmen who wanted to have a look at his roof. more

A car dealer says a group of criminals poured oil into his motor in a bid to knock its price down. It is thought buyers would then demand money off the car by pointing out damage and offering cash. more
Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service has received reports where elderly residents have been approached and told they need work carried out on their property.

Now the authority is reminding all residents to research traders before agreeing to work while Staffordshire Police is calling on people to report incidents where they have been left feeling threatened or intimidated. more

HMRC chief executive receives scam tax call as fraud reports increase
Jim Harra, the chief executive of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has revealed that he received a call from criminals pretending to be the taxman. Mr Harra issued a warning on Twitter revealing that the HMRC had seen an increase in reported scams. more


A worrying new scam involving National Insurance numbers has resulted in a surge of more than 1,000 calls to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

Victims have reported receiving an automated telephone call, during which they are told their “National Insurance number has been compromised”. more

Jamie – not his real name – is in his early 20s. For the last few years he made money by scamming women, usually those a lot older than him, who were looking for love.

He did this while in prison for an unrelated crime, using an illegal mobile phone he had hidden. more


Victims of a series of investment scams are to be compensated with a total of £3.42m following approval by the High Court.

The schemes were run by Samuel and Shantelle Golding through their companies Digital Wealth Limited and Outsourcing Express Limited. Investors were encouraged to back the schemes, which centred on purchasing wholesale goods from China and then selling them on at “unrealistically high returns”. more


Security researchers at Armorblox have discovered two new phishing campaigns which impersonate popular shipping companies in an effort to harvest victim’s corporate email credentials. more

Action Fraud Alert Logo
Humberside Police
Message Type Icon

Health and Safety Email Scam

E-Mail Scam Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Unfortunately during the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of cyber crime and scams have been increasing, as well as finding new ways to target small business owners.

One of the latest scams relates to COVID-19 spot checks.  We understand that a scam email is sent alleging to be from the Health and Safety Executive asking you to click on a link to ‘find the required guidance documents.

Officers that visit premises will be carrying identification from their business and a letter of authorisation from HSE. If you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation, please call 0300 790 6896.

When an HSE inspector calls:
•  Whilst HSE inspectors have the authority to enter your workplace, they must still follow the government’s code of practice on entering businesses.
•  In all cases local access and security procedures must be properly followed.
•  The HSE can be contacted on 0300 790 6896 if you wish to verify an officer that calls or visits your organisation is legitimate.

You can find out more via the HSE website by clicking here.

Message Sent By
Michael 8366 (Police, Communications, Humberside)

Health Updates

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:

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Youth Board

We’re developing our first ever #HumberYouthBoard and we’d love for young people of our communities to join our workshop to help us to do this. Help us spread the word, learn more and join our upcoming virtual workshop! Book your place here:  Take a look at this video, produced with the help of Haris, Youth Board Representative, on what this means and how young people can get involved:


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:

  • online via Citizen Space, with British Sign Language videos (note this page will be live on Friday 15 January)
  • in Braille
  • in Easy Read format
  • in Welsh

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 Tuesday          9 March       09:30 – 12:30
Part 2 Wednesday   10 March       09:30 – 12:30
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
Thursday 04 March 15:45 – 16:45
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.

Youth Centre Recovery Fund (England)

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has announced an £8 million fund to help charities that run youth centres survive and recover from the impact of Covid-19. Funding will be for core costs and will cover the period from 1 April – 30 September 2021. There is no fixed grant amount. The deadline for applications is 4pm on the Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Applications should be submitted online here.

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 31 March, 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

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Now Open for Spring Applications
Grants for farming and rural communities for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities.

The Spring 2021 funding round is offering grants of up to £10,000 for innovative projects that build resilience through community-led solutions, from groups and organisations who are working in villages and hamlets with populations of less than 3,000 residents.

There is particular interest in applications from Norfolk, Suffolk, South East England and Wales.
Applications will be accepted from properly constituted, community-led organisations with a turnover under £500,000 per year, who can demonstrate how beneficiaries will be drawn from the local community.

Applications will be considered from the following which is not an exhaustive list:

  • Charities
  • Community Benefit Society
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • Unincorporated associations
Priority will be given to communities:
  • In remote rural areas, specifically areas of Locality Related Deprivation.
  • With an ageing population or with a limited number of working age people in the area.
  • With a population of under 3,000 residents, with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more.
A webinar will be held on 3 March 2021 (12pm). Registration is required and should be done via The Prince’s Countryside Fund website.

The deadline for funding applications is 19 March 2021.

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

ERVAS Facebook

ERVAS Twitter