Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 21.01.22



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 21.01.22


ERVAS Services Update

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

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


easyfundraising workshop: How your organisation can tap into unrestricted funding in 2022
Monday 24th January, 2:30pm – 3.30pm

Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman will join Devan Witter from ERVAS to show you how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity can use the easyfundraising platform to benefit from unrestricted funding in 2022.

Becky will demonstrate how the platform works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you have. This is an easy and effective way to boost your funds in 2022 so do come along to find out how!

easyfundraising is free to use and is trusted by 170,000 community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK.

Find out more and register today!


Young Trustees: What’s it all about?
Thursday 27 January, 5pm – 6pm

Becoming, or recruiting, a young trustee can seem a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be an impossible one. Join us to meet and hear from existing young trustees and charity leaders across Yorkshire to find out about what young trustees are all about and ask your own questions.

If you’re an aspiring trustee, find out what being a trustee involves, how to find opportunities and how it could benefit you.

If you’re a charity leader, find out what you need to consider to attract younger trustees, what aspiring trustees are looking for and what support is out there to help you recruit.

Find out more and register today!


Want to find a new role in the Voluntary Sector?
There are a number of voluntary sector organisations recruiting for new staff members within our area. We have details of some of these roles on our website.  You can view the roles, or even add your own role.

View and apply for jobs in the voluntary sector


Are you looking to volunteer?
As the only accredited Volunteer Centre within the East Riding, we have plenty of volunteering vacancies available for you to choose from.

Opportunities range from supporting people and animals to looking after your local environment or helping a local charity to fundraise, we are sure you will find something of interest to you.

View and apply for roles in the voluntary sector today!


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

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

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

Visit our dedicated portal online at today!


How to guides launched

As part of the Future Builders programme, we have produced a series of How to Guides each covering some of the most commonly asked questions.

 Access the guides online today!


How to get extra funding in 2022
What are your fundraising goals this year? A new project, improved facilities, more equipment and supplies, better support for your users? Whatever you’re fundraising for, make sure easyfundraising is a part of your strategy. easyfundraising enables your organisation to collect free donations when your community of volunteers and supporters shop online online with leading retailers. Free to register and use, signing up to easyfundraising is a great way to create a continuous stream of income, which complements your existing activities.

Find out more


Youth Coalitions Project Evaluation Report Launched

We have now released the evaluation report for the East Riding Youth Coalitions Support Service, the full evaluation report, and many other project impact and evaluation reports can be found on the ERVAS website.

Just navigate to the about section and click on the link: Our impact:- Project Evaluation Reports and Research.

 Access the evaluation reports today!

Voluntary Sector Updates


Local leaders would like to thank health and care staff for their hard work and the public for their support during the latest pandemic surge.

The Humber Local Resilience Forum (LRF) has declared a major incident due to the ongoing high levels of covid infection and the extra demand and pressures this is putting on local health and care services across Hull and the East Riding. Whilst overall community infection rates may be stabilising, the number of staff on sickness absence or isolating is still high and is making it extremely difficult to maintain normal levels of service.

The Humber LRF is a multi-agency partnership made up of senior representative from local public services, including local authorities, the NHS and emergency responder agencies which enables those organisations to come together to plan how they would jointly respond to a challenge to the delivery of Humber wide services and to manage challenges that are preventing the normal working of the organisations involved.

Read the full media release


Are you lonely, or want to help those that are?

Age UK will be in Beverley’s Wednesday Market on the @officialeybuses Chatty Bus on Wednesday 26th January between 9.00am – 3.00pm.

Why not pop along and you join us for a chat, meet our Volunteer Befrienders, learn more about Age UK Hull Services and get help from our Information & Advice team.

For further information call us on 01482 324644


Groups Celebrate as Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund Awards Tenth Round of Grants

Since 2016, more than 145 local community groups and charities have been awarded a share of over £2 million from the Ørsted East Coast Community Fund. This comes as 13 deserving local organisations have received the good news that they too have been awarded grants from the tenth round of the Fund.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, until 2037, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives.

The community groups will each receive a share of the windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process.

Read more


What is Not In Our Community?
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Humberside has released a short film to explain the various ways that their local campaign to raise awareness of Child Exploitation, Not In Our Community, can be accessed. It follows recognition and acclaim for the programme at a national policing conference earlier this month.
Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison was one of just five Police and Crime representatives who had the opportunity to present to the conference and showcase innovative local practice to improve community safety and crime prevention. The Humberside presentation was later announced as the winner.

Introducing the campaign PCC Evison said: “Early Intervention is vital to provide young people and communities with the tools to protect themselves.

“With investment from my office, the Not In Our Community campaign has been developed into a multi-channelled way to raise awareness of child exploitation across the Humberside Police Force area. We have platforms with content aimed to raise awareness in young people and separate platforms with tailored messaging for parents, professionals and communities.

“We use innovative ways to engage with young people such as high impact, locally produced films where the viewer can choose what happens next, as well as music videos, animations, and interactive online learning.”

To find out more, watch the new ‘What is Not In Our Community?’ film HERE, which explains more about the campaign and how young people, parents, carers, teachers and professionals can all access and make the most of this Humber-focused campaign to raise awareness of child exploitation.

Visit for the full suite of campaign resources.

Everyone has a role to play in protecting our young people and any concerns should be reported to Humberside Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, all crime can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers’

Fearless campaign is available at – Young people can submit anonymous reports online and the site provides non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality specifically for young people.

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

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

The Right Space’s purpose is to:

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


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

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

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

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
SMK National Campaigner Awards 2022: who will you nominate?

Nominations are live for the Sheila McKechnie (SMK) National Campaigner Awards 2022. Each year, SMK celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners. Their interest is in finding those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously.

Whether campaigning in law or policy, or to change attitudes or behaviours, what all the campaigns have in common is the determination to secure a specific change that will make things better – for an individual, a local neighbourhood or for every single one of us.

You can nominate someone now (you can even nominate yourself!), and the deadline is 4 February 2022. Visit the website for more information, here.


The Road Ahead 2022 report from NCVO

This week NCVO has launched the Road Ahead 2022 – its annual analysis of the biggest trends, opportunities and events that will impact charities and volunteering in the year ahead.

NCVO has identified some areas of stability as well as trends that go beyond the pandemic, to help leaders, trustees and communities make informed decisions about their futures. Some of the trends set out include: more political stability, a tighter squeeze on living costs, and a shifting role on climate change.

You can read an overview on the NVCO blog and you can find the full report here.


Three ways a cyber attack can affect your charity

A recent survey by Charity Digital in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre revealed that charities in the UK ranked cyber security as their third biggest priority, behind service delivery and fundraising.

This ranking fails to see that cyber security enables the two areas that are prioritised above it. If malware infects your devices, for example, you cannot deliver your services effectively – cyber security protects against that risk.

In a new video, Charity Digital explores just how a cyber attack can affect a charity’s operations and service delivery.

You can watch this here.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Don’t be a January victim of cowboy builders as traditional month of scams approaches
With people looking to improve their properties in the New Year criminals strike often demanding massive deposits and then failing to return calls. more

Police warn Falkirk residents not to be taken in by doorstep criminals
Rogue traders, bogus workmen and doorstep criminals are only able to operate if we let them and police have issued advice which can keep us from falling prey to these con artists. more

Warning over new WhatsApp ‘hello mum’ message scam which could cost you thousands
Criminals are targeting parents by pretending to be a child in need of financial help.
Consumer magazine Which? reports that the sinister con is already thought to have parted £50,000 from the pockets of concerned parents across the UK. more

Online schools teaching budding crooks how to steal bank details…and how you can avoid becoming their victims
Criminals are running ‘scam schools’ on the internet, teaching budding crooks how to steal bank details and use them to splurge on major retailers’ goods. Criminals sell detailed step-by-step guides – one named the ‘Fraud Bible’ – and individual online tutorials to help new criminals cash in on the multimillion-pound black market trade, an undercover Mail investigation has found. more

The strangest scams of 2021
For every sophisticated scheme spun by criminals, there are the more preposterous attempts which are capable of raising a smile – even in these worrying times. Read on to see some of the strangest enticements, from caves stuffed with ‘gold and crystals’ to random windfalls from Hollywood actors. more

Inside the influencer scam ‘crimewave’ flooding Instagram as Brits conned out of thousands thanks to reality stars
A shocking crimewave is flooding social media – with celebrities plugging scams where Brits are conned out of thousands of pounds of their hard-earned cash. Celebrities including Joey Essex, Katie Price, Carl Woods, Chloe Ferrry and Sophie Kaseai have all fallen prey to the lowlife scams, “mistakenly” plugging the dodgy schemes to their millions of followers. more

North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team warning about fake Currys email
A scam email is going around claiming to offer a £90 ‘promo reward’ from electronics and computing retailer Currys in return for completing a survey. The scam involves an unsolicited Currys branded email asking people to click through to a ‘marketing survey’ in return for the ‘reward’. more

Argos scam warning after Scot ‘bought Dyson hairdryer for £1.78 on Facebook’
Scots shoppers are being warned not to fall for a new Argos scam on social media that sees criminals take money from their bank accounts. The scam appears to show a Dyson hairdryer – usually costing around £300 – being advertised for as little as £1.78 and asks Facebook users to set up a subscription before taking a larger sum of money from their banks. more

Which? Scam Alert

How fraudsters are intercepting deliveries
An unnamed parcel from an online retailer was delivered to Phil’s home address, containing a games console that he’d never ordered. Shortly after, a man in a high-vis jacket, featuring a courier logo, knocked at the door.

He asked if Phil had just received something that wasn’t his, saying that there’d been a mistake. Because Phil had admitted that he hadn’t ordered it, he reluctantly handed the parcel over. He then contacted the retailer, only to be told that a store account had been opened in his name and had been used to make the order.

So, what exactly is this scam, how does it work and how can you avoid falling victim?

NatWest ‘new device registered’ text
NatWest customers are being targeted by fake text messages stating that ‘a new device has been registered’, aiming to send recipients through to a website that has nothing to do with the bank.

At first glance, the text is quite convincing – NatWest is named as the sender and the message doesn’t contain any glaring mistakes. Here’s an example and NatWest’s top five tips when you receive a text message asking you to follow a link.

Fake delivery texts link to cloned Post Office website
Scammers are targeting the Post Office in a new fake text scam that’s one of the most convincing we’ve seen.

The texts state that a parcel delivery has failed and ask recipients to click the link to ‘book a new date’ or ‘reschedule a delivery’ via two sites that have nothing to do with the Post Office. This is a sophisticated scam that you need to be aware of.

Here’s what to watch out for.

Health Updates

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Patient Survey

Residents in the East Riding area are being asked to share their experiences of local community pharmacy services. Healthwatch East Riding and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council are asking residents to share their views about pharmacy services in their area as part of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) used mostly by NHS England & NHS Improvement but also by other organisations that are involved with health care.

The assessment aims to understand:

  • If there is sufficient choice of pharmacy services available in our area;
  • What types of services people need;
  • How things may change in the future.

NHS England & NHS Improvement use the assessment information to make decisions on where pharmacy services are needed most and can help identify where improvements are required.

Click here to complete the survey

The closing date for this survey is 31st January 2022

Community Safety Updates

Private Fostering Leaflets and Posters

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

Funding News

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

Brelms Trust

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

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s children and young people’s safeguarding and support service is inviting applications from voluntary organisations for a share of £40,000.

The 2022 Positive Activity Grant (PAG) will award funds of £2,000, £4,000 or £10,000 for youth & sports organisations across the county.

Grants are available in three bands.

  • Band A, £10,000 for a new youth organisation that has never received a PAG award previously.
  • Band B, 3 x £4,000 for new projects from established youth organisations.
  • Band C, 9 x £2,000 established youth organisations that want to continue to deliver or develop current youth projects.

Applications opened at noon on Monday, 6 December, and all organisations applying for a PAG award must be a member of the Smile Community Hive and have a development plan in place by 31 January 2022.

Since 2013, the council has provided £405,000 to over 200 youth groups across the East Riding to create new projects for our children and young people, and to support existing youth groups.

Charlotte Hetherington – Strategic Lead for Early Help and Prevention services commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for our community groups, old and new, to access funding to support their invaluable work that make a real difference to the children and young people of the East Riding.  The positive activities grant fund of £40,000 for 2022, will play a part in supporting organisations and projects that offer positive diversionary activities to young people aged 9 to 24 across the East Riding.”

Applications from organisations that can deliver provision for targeted and vulnerable young people from areas of urban and rural deprivation within the East Riding would be particularly welcomed.

To find out more, visit

To make an application, visit

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