Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 20.08.2021



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 20.08.2021


ERVAS Services Update

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

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

Free First Aid Awareness Training

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

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

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

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

Launch of the Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£1m in funding for community organisations
It’s payment season at easyfundraising, which means good causes in our area are receiving a share of almost £1million in donations. If your organisation isn’t a part of the easyfundraising community yet, give it a try; you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

Each time your supporters (volunteers, staff, service users etc) shop online at over 5,900 leading retailers, your organisation will receive cashback donations at no extra cost.

Register to ensure your organisation is on the list to receive a share of donations next time.

Lottery Summer Superdraw
The lottery summer superdraw has arrived and this year you could win up to an amazing £5,000 as well as 40 runner up prizes of £25. Every entry you buy not only gives you a chance of winning big, but also provides us with much needed funds to help towards the running of our activities. We couldn’t provide the services to those in need if it wasn’t for people like you and the lottery allows us to offer you something back in return. Let us know what you would do if you won the £5,000!

You can purchase tickets through the following link:

Voluntary Sector Updates

Volunteer Request: British Heart Foundation

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

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

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

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

Typical tasks include:

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

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

Find out more and apply

Free creative workshops

Artist Emma Garness and She Productions have teamed up with East Riding of Yorkshire Council arts development to give free creative workshop days for 13-19 year olds.

Come and explore the world of social media, test your acting skills with theatre company She Productions through games, exercises and scene work followed by an afternoon learning how to spray paint.

  • Hornsea –  26/08/2021
  • Bridlington – 23/08/2021
  • Goole – 27/08/2021

Find out more and book your place

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

Make a difference to the life of someone in crisis.

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

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

Further information phone 01482 772060 or email

Share your fundraising story – win £1000 for your organisation
Calling all budding film directors! Funding website easyfundraising want voluntary organisations in the area to make a short video about their fundraising story – the best, most creative one will receive a £1,000 donation. To get involved, register your organisation with easyfundraising first.

It’s free and you can do that here:
Then visit this page to find out more:

Volunteer Request: Bridlington Guide Dogs for the Blind

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

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

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

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

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

New AAT Essentials Courses

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

The 3 new courses cover:

They can also be found on the training website here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be a part of something that really makes a difference.

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COVID-19 Local Support Grant

Local COVID-19 Support Grant

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched a discretionary grant scheme to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy, water bills and other essentials.

The grant aims to give vulnerable households peace of mind as COVID-19 restrictions are eased by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials.

The COVID-19 Local Support Grant is funded from one-off Central Government funding by the Department for Work and Pensions, announced on 20 June, which enables local authorities to provide financial support to those most in need this year. The council has committed funding from this scheme to provide food vouchers to households with children that are eligible for free school meals.

To help ensure fairness of applications and access to the grant for those who need it, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will implement the COVID-19 Local Support Grant as a discretionary scheme until the one-off funding has been fully utilised.

The scheme runs from until 30 September this year. Applications will close on Sunday, 5 September, to allow funds to be fully distributed.

The discretionary funding available will not be sufficient to provide support to all residents, therefore the council will target and prioritise support for the following:

  • to support households who have made a new claim and are in receipt of Universal Credit from 17 April 2021
  • to support households who have made a new claim and are in receipt of Council Tax Support from 17 April 2021
  • to support households whose income has been impacted by COVID-19, such as loss of job/reduced hours/furloughed AND have had a reduction in income AND have capital of less than £2,000 AND be responsible for rent/mortgage payments and utility bills
  • to support individuals who have a social care package and have seen an increase in their household food and fuel since 23 March 2020
  • to support individuals who are care leavers who are receiving support from the council’s pathways team and have had an increase in food and/or fuel since 23 March 2020.
More information and how to apply

Where residents may not be eligible for this grant, the council has a benefit eligibility checker, this can be used to see if you are entitled to other forms of financial support.
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The council also has an emergency assistance scheme available to residents who have had an interruption to their income and where they require support to remain in the community.
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Shout 85258

Shout 85258 provides free, confidential support for anyone in the UK, 24/7. Download this social media asset to share on your channels and help more people who need support know about Shout 85258.

#GivingTuesday Update

This year’s Giving Tuesday is now only a few months away and preparations are well underway to make sure the campaign is well prepared ahead of November 30th.

Our team has been working away on how to make this year’s campaign the best yet and one thing that comes up again and again is how much all of our Giving Tuesday partners love our social media toolkits.

With that in mind, we’ve updated all of our toolkits for 2021, with brand news bespoke materials for businesses, charities and individuals, as well as fresh tips and tricks for your campaign this year.

The best way to stay on top of all the latest updates is by signing up as a partner or get in touch with the team at

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
Governance App launched by DSC

The Governance App from Directory of Social Change (DSC) is a new, free and easy way for your Board of trustees to review and improve their governance, together.

We’ve combined the Charity Governance Code with DSC’s successful face-to-face model for improving governance, and created an online tool that any Board can use to review their governance – and turn it into collective action and improvement.

Hybrid working: preparing for the future

Hybrid has become a buzzword in recent months. As social distancing eased and the vaccine programme found its feet, questions arose around post-lockdown life. Would everyone return to the office? Would remote working and flexible working take on increasing prominence? Would hybrid working become a permanent feature of workplace culture?

The answers to these questions are in you article


New toolkit created to help prevent homelessness

A new toolkit has been developed to help a wide range of organisations prevent and relieve homelessness.

The toolkit has been designed to provide practical help to not only specialist organisations and their partners but also those with no direct link to tackling homelessness. Click here to download.


COVID-19: parking concessions for health, care and volunteer workers

During the COVID-19 emergency response period, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government reached an agreement with the Local Government Association thact local councils in England would voluntarily offer free car parking to all NHS workers, social care staff and NHS volunteer responders. Click here to learn more.

Civil Society and Youth Update
Government announces £4 million boost towards opportunities for young people
Minister for Civil Society and Youth Baroness Barran has announced that the Government will invest an additional £2 million into the #iwill Fund. This will be matched by The National Lottery Community Fund to create thousands of new volunteering, social action and community activities for young people.

Since its launch in 2016, the #iwill Fund has used a £54 million joint investment between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund, in collaboration with over thirty funders. This funding has created more than 650,000 engaging opportunities for young people led by hundreds of programmes across the country, with a particular focus on benefiting those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The announcement was made by Baroness Barran during a series of visits to mark International Youth Day, underlining the Government’s continued support for young people.

The Minister visited Urban Foxes, a project by Leicester City’s charitable arm Leicester City in the Community. Urban Foxes engages young people through a range of urban sports such as skateboarding, parkour and BMX. They have seen strong interest so far, with the prospect to grow following the successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The project is offered by Premier League, who have match-funded £1.5 million into the #iwill Fund.

Find out more about the #iwill fund and the projects it funds.

Take part in the Barometer survey
The Centre of People Work and Organisational Practice at Nottingham Trent University, together with NCVO and Sheffield Hallam University are researching how the pandemic is shaping the civil society sector.

Respond, Recover, Reset is one of the largest studies of its kind in the UK. Completing this short survey helps capture key indicators about the impact COVID-19 is having throughout the sector.

This month they are keen to learn more about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your organisation’s approach to equality, diversity & inclusion. It may be helpful to read about summaries of definitions before completing the survey.

Each month there is a prize draw for £200, plus the chance to win £2,000 at the end of the project. Click here to take the survey, or to discover more (including the latest reports and barometer dashboard) head to the project page and get in touch with the team –

Covid-19: Supporting safe and responsible fundraising
The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising have published new guidance to support charities and their fundraising partners, to fundraise safely and responsibly in ways which protect the public, fundraisers, and volunteers.

As formal and legal restrictions (such as social distancing, limits on gatherings, and mandatory wearing of face coverings) are changed or ended by each UK nation, there remain key considerations and principles which fundraising organisations should consider in their planning. 

This guidance sets out a framework to aid good decision making by organisations across the sector so that fundraising is carried out in a way that is safe, responsible, and gives confidence and protection to the public. The guidance:

  • signposts to relevant guidance set out by UK nations and public health organisations
  • sets out key considerations for fundraising organisations to take on board; and
  • provide advice on how to fundraise in a way that is consistent with the Code of Fundraising Practice and the values of legal, open, honest, and respectful fundraising.

It is each individual organisation’s responsibility to ensure that they follow government guidance for each UK nation where they are fundraising, and to consider this guidance and apply it to their work.

Read the full guidance on the Fundraising Regulator website or the Chartered Institute of Fundraising website.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates


Digital Inclusion:- Are we all included? Report Launch 

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) and Humber and Wolds Rural Action (HWRA) were appointed by the VCSEP as Digital Inclusion Subject Liaison Leads, We worked together throughout April, May and June 2021 across the North to build a picture of digital activity in the region.

We are pleased to share that our report is now live and ready to view.

Read the report

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Alert – Vaccine Passport Scams

Action Fraud has received over 700 reports from members of the public about fake emails purporting to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”. These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.

How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
  • Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.
How to report scams:
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

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NTS Scam Alert

Trading standards warning following prosecution
Residents, including those who may be seen as elderly or vulnerable, are being warned to be highly vigilant following the latest prosecution of two gardeners who cold-called a resident.

The warning follows an incident where a 74 year old female resident who was cold called by two gardeners and charged £18,640 for work which an expert estimated to be worth no more than £1,600. more

Pensioners targeted by fake pest control workers in distraction burglaries
An investigation has been launched after a series of distraction burglaries in the Black Country where pensioners’ homes have been targeted.

Police say there have been four occasions where criminals have posed as pest control workers and then stole from their victims’ addresses. more

Bank fraud: ‘I had £9,000 stolen from my account’
When a caller claiming to be a bank fraud investigator told Mark Wheeler there were suspicious transactions on his account, he was naturally alarmed.

But the “investigator” was a crook and the call led to £9,000 being stolen from the 62-year-old’s account. more

Woman £900 out of pocket after falling victim to cruel phone scam
A woman has reported to have fallen victim to a cruel phone scam which has left her £900 out of pocket.
Claire Bray, 38, advertised a brand new iPhone 12 pro max phone for sale online and was contacted by an individual claiming to be interested in the device. more

North Yorkshire couple speak out after becoming victims of online scam
Councillor Stuart Martin, who is a former Mayor of Ripon, and his wife April are just two of a growing number of people who have been targeted by online criminals during the pandemic.

Stuart was contacted by his bank a few weeks ago to say that there had been suspicious activity on his account. His security had been breached and £3,100 taken, which the couple eventually got back. more

Guernsey Police is again urging people to take caution when paying deposits on rental properties
The warning comes as another rental scam has been reported, in which an individual paid a deposit on a property which does not exist.

The criminals had false contracts drawn up, a full property description and a fake address, and asked for half the deposit before the prospective tenant had moved in. more

Google steps up online war with criminals
Google has joined the fight to stop criminals stealing the savings of unwary consumers surfing the net for investment opportunities.

The giant global search engine is banning rogue financial advisers who do not operate under the supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority from targeting online adverts in the UK. Google is banning any financial adviser without an FCA registration from advertising online. more

Which? Scam Alert

DPD SMS phishing 
A text claiming to be from DPD is doing the rounds. It informs the recipient that a delivery attempt was made and asks them to follow a link to arrange redelivery. The link takes you to a copycat DPD website asking for personal details and a small fee for ‘redelivery’.

It’s similar to the fake Royal Mail text we told you about earlier this year, and if you’re not familiar with this type of scam, it can be hard to spot the giveaway signs. Here’s how it works and what to look out for.

Reporting scams: do you feel the same way as others? 

Earlier this year we found that two in five victims of online scam ads don’t report them. Our survey found that many of those who didn’t report were put off by time-consuming forms and perceived lack of action against fraudsters.

But how easy is it to report online fraud? Find out more about people’s experiences and how you can report scams on sites like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Fake Which? gift card email – update

Earlier this year, a scam email using our name – the Consumers’ Association (the registered UK charity that runs Which? group) – was circulating, offering the chance to play a game and win a M&S gift voucher and other prizes by clicking through to ‘EncashOffers’ (a deals, competitions and cashback site).

This month, the EncashOffers team contacted us to clarify that it’s not responsible for sending these emails and has launched an investigation.

Here’s more about the scam and how to spot a genuine email from us.

Fraudsters spoofing bank telephone numbers
It’s easy for scammers to spoof legitimate phone numbers using software shared by criminals freely online.

Louise, from Hertfordshire, believed that her bank account was compromised after receiving a text from what appeared to be the Barclays fraud team. Then, she received a call from a number that matched the Barclays phone number on her debit card and was persuaded to transfer all her funds into a ‘secure account’.

So how can you tell if a call is genuine if you can’t rely on caller ID?

Health Updates

Community Safety Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Day Date Time
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.

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Funding News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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