Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 22.01.2021



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 22.01.2021

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?

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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:


East Riding Voluntary Action Services is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Youth and Family Support Service and HEY Smile Foundation to undertake a study into current youth provision across East Riding and the impact that Covid-19 has had on the different youth services across the county, as well as on young people.

We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey, which is aimed at youth professionals, paid and unpaid, across the sectors, as well as encourage and support young people to complete the survey that is designed for them as well.  Both of these surveys are accessed via the following link:

For your information, we are also developing a shorter, simpler version of the survey for young people so that they have a choice of which to complete and hopefully this will be out in the next couple of weeks.

It would be great if you could share the link and this information via your social media channels, news bulletins and networks.

Information gathered from the survey will be used to inform the East Riding Youth Board about future needs and how the partnership can work together to support young people and those who work with them.

If you would like to have a more in-depth discussion with us about the impact that Covid-19 has had on your youth group, organisation or service, or young people you support, please email to arrange a time and date that suits you.

We anticipate that the survey will close towards the beginning of February 2021.

‘Green Influencers’ fund to inspire young people in East Riding to follow Greta Thunberg lead

Young people in East Riding of Yorkshire will be inspired to follow in Greta Thunberg’s footsteps thanks to funding from The Ernest Cook Trust national educational charity.

East Riding Voluntary Action Services has received funding to support the employment of a ‘Green Mentor’ who will enable young people to lead the way as ‘Green Influencers’ on social action projects in their communities.

The pioneering Green Influencers Scheme is a project match-funded through the #iwill Fund which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport which are each investing £25million seed funding to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities.

Green Influencers aged from 10 to 14-years-old will spring up across East Riding of Yorkshire after ERVAS was among 36 host organisations awarded grants to support the employment of 40 Green Mentor posts.

Together they will turn words into action with a wide range of measures to protect and enhance the local environment and tackle climate change.

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Are you a voluntary or community organisation looking to the future and considering changes you might need to make in your organisation?

Is your governance structure fit for purpose?

We have the opportunity for you to join us for FREE webinars to find out more about governance support available for voluntary and community organisations and the Future Builders project.

Creating a solid foundation

  • Does your board operate effectively?
  • Do you have skills gaps in your team?
  • Are you concerned about your role, or responsibilities?

Good governance is a process, helping you to achieve your organisations purpose and making sure that you operate within the law.

We will run the same session three times, at

  • 1st February (18:30 – 1 hour)
  • 3rd February (10:30 – 1 hour)
  • 5th February (12:30 – 1 hour)

Book here via Eventbrite

Looking to the future

  • Do you have the right staff and volunteers in place?
  • Do you know you need new skills but unsure how you will get them?
  • Are you concerned about losing good staff or volunteers?

Succession planning is a process that helps you think about the future, making changes now to be future ready.

We will run the same session twice – info below;

  • 28th January (12-1 – 1 hour)
  • 12th February (11-12 – 1 hour)

Book here via Eventbrite

Additional Support
Future Builders will also provide a limited number of organisations with in-depth 1-1 support from March 2021 – February 2022 to guide them through governance review and development process or succession planning process.

Deadline for additional support applications will be 9th March 2021 and further information will be given at this launch event.

Supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Future Communities Initiative (facilitated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council) and funded by RWE (via the Goole Fields Wind Farms Community Fund).

Training Opportunities
We are currently developing an exciting training programme to provide organisations with a sound foundation in governance. The programme details will be announced over the coming weeks and will be available for booking via the ERVAS website.

Open to anyone who works in the East Riding.

Network Rail & ERVAS installs artwork in York village to help tackle graffiti near railway

Network Rail has joined forces with the community in Copmanthorpe to install a mural to help tackle graffiti on a bridge in the village.

Graffiti has been an ongoing problem on Temple Lane road bridge, which runs over the East Coast Main Line, and Network Rail teams have attended the site multiple times to clean and paint over it.

Sending workers out to cover graffiti – who could be maintaining or improving the railway – costs millions of pounds* of taxpayers’ money. As well as looking unpleasant for people in the community and for passengers on trains, it is illegal and can lead to other crime.

In November, a young person in the community approached Network Rail with ideas to brighten up the area. After exploring the options, Network Rail commissioned East Riding Voluntary Action Services, known as ERVAS, and artist, Emma Garness, to design and paint a piece. Not only will the artwork brighten up Copmanthorpe, it is also hoped it will reduce graffiti in the area.

Emma worked with this local young person to design the mural – which includes brightly coloured animals, toned down with darker leaves, to fit in with the rural countryside.

Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “We’re determined to tackle graffiti on and around the railway and this fantastic work really brightens the bridge up for people in Copmanthorpe.

“Our teams spend valuable time cleaning and covering graffiti – but unfortunately this creates a blank canvas for the crime. We often have to return to the same site when it’s targeted again, so I hope this piece will make others think twice before graffitiing on the bridge.”

Devan Witter BEM, Engagement and Development Officer for East Riding Voluntary Action Services, said: “We were commissioned by Network Rail to support them with a solution to the ongoing problem at the Temple Lane Bridge. We have previously worked with Network Rail on other projects within the Bridlington and Goole areas, and so we were more than happy to accept the challenge of working in a new area, to tackle the same issue.

“As Network Rail were approached by a local young person, we were keen to ensure that their views were included within the designs, so we took the decision to appoint Emma Garness as the artist to carry out this work. I have seen so many positive comments about Emma’s work and I am very pleased with the final result and hope that this work remains protected for as long as is possible.”

Emma Garness, artist, said: “I was thrilled when asked to design and deliver this mural for Network Rail and the wonderful village of Copmanthorpe. I was shown a great deal of support and encouragement from the people in the village, a sure sign of a healthy community.”

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.

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What does the National lockdown: Stay at Home mean?

Leaving home
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may only leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village or town where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

Meeting others

  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.


  • Schools and colleges are closed from Tuesday, 5 January to most pupils, except vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, and they will provide remote learning for other students until at least the half-term in February.
  • Early years settings such as nurseries will stay open
  • End-of-year exams will not take place this summer as normal
  • Elsewhere, university students should not return to campuses and will be taught online

Food delivery

  • Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery, but takeaway alcohol is banned

You must also continue to…

  • wear a face covering
  • follow social distancing rules
  • wash hands regularly

Visit the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Website to view the full details

Voluntary Sector Updates

Managing the Difficulties of Being a Carer and Caring for Yourself Webinar

This webinar is to help unpaid carers to manage the complicated emotions that surround caring for a loved one.

Mark Spikings, a CBT psychotherapist who has over ten years experience in his field, will help you to overcome barriers to your well-being while managing the difficulties of your caring role.

Mark will explore the relationships between your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Mark will also help you to identify barrier thoughts and how you can overcome physical tensions and emotional difficulties.

This is to identify the ways in which you can move towards the person you want to be, while still accounting for your additional responsibilities as a carer.

Register your interest now, and we will be in touch with the Zoom link and all the information you need. There are limited places so book early to avoid disappointment!

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Draft Flood Risk Sequential and Exception Test Supplementary Planning Document Consultation
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is consulting on a Draft Flood Risk Sequential and Exception Test Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) from Monday, 18 January to Friday, 5 March 2021.

Supplementary planning documents provide more detailed advice or guidance on the application of policies in the East Riding Local Plan. The current Local Plan provides for the amount, location and type of development in the East Riding until the year 2029. The Local Plan is currently being reviewed.

The Draft Flood Risk Sequential and Exception Test SPD will provide a step-by-step guide for applicants, planning officers, and developers on how the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sequential and exception tests for flood risk will be applied within the East Riding of Yorkshire when preparing and determining planning applications.

It will also assist in the application of the Local Plan Strategy Document Policy ENV6 Managing Environmental Hazards.

Once adopted, the SPD will become a material consideration in determining relevant planning applications in areas of flood risk.

This will be a largely digital consultation in line with the Coronavirus amendments to national planning regulations.

The draft SPD, response form and accompanying screening document for strategic environment assessment and habitats regulations assessment are available to view online at from Monday 18th January.
For those without access to the internet, hard copies of the consultation documents are available on request by calling Forward Planning at (01482) 391729.

People can respond to the consultation by emailing or in writing by completing the response form and sending to Forward Planning, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA.

All responses to the consultation will be made publically available to view on the council’s website and should be received on or before Friday, 5 March 2021.

Ready, steady, census… Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society
Households across the East Riding of Yorkshire will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit
Or contact your local Census Engagement Manager:
017452 943159

Harry will be holding an open drop-in meeting every Thursday between 3-4pm until the end of March.
Everyone is welcome to pass-by with any questions or offers of support they may have.

The invitation link is as below-

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update
Looking at the road ahead after a turbulent year

Sarah Vibert, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at NCVO, has written a blog to introduce NCVO’s The Road Ahead report – which is their annual analysis of the changing environment for anyone working in the voluntary sector.

The report identifies and explains forces and trends that are shaping the sector and are likely to have an impact on organisations in the future.

You can read her blog here and the report is here.

Fundraising Regulator’s annual event 2021

The Fundraising Regulator’s annual event will be held at 10am on 8 February 2021.

This event is an opportunity to hear from their Chair and Chief Executive about their impact over the past year and learn about their plans for the future. There will also be a chance to ask their board questions about their work.

Click here to register.

VCSEs: A guide to working with government

The Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have been working together to “unlock the barriers” that have prevented VCSEs entering the public sector market in the past.

They have created a guide aimed at bringing more charities and social enterprises into public sector supply chains.

Click here to read the guidance.

Tech for Good Build 2021

Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation have launched the next round of their joint UK Tech for Good funding programme this month. This is the final round of funding in their 3-year Tech for Good partnership.

The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services.

Deadline for applications is 12 February 2021. Click here for more details.

One in four UK young people have felt ‘unable to cope’ in pandemic

Young people are in danger of giving up on their futures and on themselves, with a quarter saying they feel unable to cope with life, one of the UK’s leading charities has said.

The Prince’s Trust’s long-running annual survey of young people’s happiness and confidence returned the worst findings in its 12-year history.

“The pandemic has taken a devastating toll on young people’s mental health and wellbeing,” said Jonathan Townsend, the Trust’s UK Chief Executive. “Many believe they are missing out on being young, and sadly we know that the impact of the pandemic on their employment prospects and overall wellbeing could continue far into their futures.”

Click here for more details.

Warnings issued around fraudulent vaccinations

The NHS has teamed up with law enforcement and security agencies to warn the public not to fall victim to a con trying to exploit the coronavirus vaccine campaign.

England’s top GP has joined the head of Action Fraud, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in issuing joint advice reminding people that the vaccine is only available for free on the NHS, and health service staff will never ask for payment to get it.

The warning comes amid a number of reports of criminals attempting, and in some cases succeeding, to steal cash or personal details from people keen to get the vaccine.

Click here for more information.

Office for Civil Society Update

Guidance on volunteering during national lockdown in England
An initial summary of what the national lockdown means for volunteering in England the outlined steps we will be taking to update guidance on GOV.UK relating to volunteering is listed below. There is separate guidance on coronavirus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Volunteering from home/outside the home 

Clinically extremely vulnerable people

Travelling to volunteer or while volunteering
Where they are unable to volunteer from home, people can travel to volunteer or while volunteering in England. While travelling, they should:

  • where possible, stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of their village, town or the part of a city where their live, unless absolutely necessary
  • walk or cycle if they can – where that is not possible, use public transport or drive
  • plan ahead and avoid the busiest routes, as well as busy times.
  • follow the safer travel guidance.

Volunteering in groups

  • While volunteering, people can meet in groups of any size, indoors or outdoors.
  • Formal support groups are exempt from gathering restrictions up to a limit of 15 participants (aged 5 and older), however there is no limit on the number of volunteers. For, example, 10 volunteers could support a group of 15 participants.

Volunteers in critical roles who can access schools or educational settings

  • Volunteers classified as being in critical worker roles are allowed to send their children to school or other educational settings.


  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses, which are otherwise ordered to close, are permitted to open for people who need to stay for volunteering purposes.

Next steps
GOV.UK guidance on how volunteering can be done safely and effectively will soon be updated in line with the national lockdown restrictions. This includes guidance for ‘formal’ and  ‘informal’ volunteers, and for volunteer-involving organisations and groups.

New government funding for tackling loneliness
The Government has announced a £7.5 million funding package to help tackle loneliness over the winter period.

  • Support will target sectors that bring people and communities together including the arts, libraries, charities and radio
  • Grants will be administered via Arts Council England, the Government’s Loneliness Fund and two radio funds
  • Move follows £4 million Local Connections Fund that will deliver over a thousand small grants to local community projects across the country

The funding will be distributed via three existing schemes:

  • £5 million to Arts Council England for arts and library services, of which £3.5 million has been awarded by DCMS to national charity The Reading Agency, for their Reading Well and Reading Friends programmes
  • £2 million to extend the Government’s Loneliness Fund launched in May this year
  • £500,000 to be distributed amongst the Audio Content Fund and the Community Radio Fund

The announcement builds on previous work by the Government to reduce loneliness during the pandemic. Over £24 million of the £750 million charity funding package has gone directly towards reducing loneliness, and a further £45 million to organisations supporting people with their mental health.

And in June DCMS relaunched its long-running campaign, Let’s Talk Loneliness, to remind people that there is no shame in asking for help. The website has lots of useful advice on how to help yourself and others safely.

To read more about this announcement click here.

Webinar Series – VCSEs: Winning central government contracts and the new social value model
DCMS is launching a series of webinars aimed at VCSE organisations, hosted by the VCSE Crown Representative, Claire Dove CBE, to make the most out of the new social value model. Please find the dates and agenda below. 

Webinar dates:

  • Wednesday 3 February (2pm-4pm)
  • Wednesday 17 March (2pm-4pm)

1/ The new Social Value Model

  • Outlining the new model and its priorities
  • How it can be applied

2/ Government Contracts 101

  • Finding opportunities (Contracts Finder)
  • Bidding, sub-contracting and consortia
  • Public Procurement Review Service
  • Common Myths

3/ Upcoming opportunities for the sector

  • Commercial Directors (Ministry of Justice, more TBC) to talk about their experiences working with VCSE organisations and pipeline opportunities.
  • Strategic suppliers to government, PwC, will share how they support VCSE organisations to build capacity and become more confident in applying for government contracts, including contract readiness and collaborating with corporates for mutual benefit and increased social value.

You can sign up for the webinars here. We would appreciate any help in advertising these webinars as they provide a great opportunity for charities and social enterprises.

NYA COVID-19 Readiness Level

** From 5th January 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into RED in the readiness framework. **


Online and digital youth services
Detached local youth services
1-2-1 sessions with vulnerable young people (indoors)
Support groups indoors and outdoors are permitted for vulnerable young people, max 15 per group + workers/leaders

(Version 4.2)

The NYA has not been funded to provide this guidance to the youth sector. Please support us by donating here.

Youth Workers recognised as Key Workers
Big thanks to DCMS whom NYA have worked with to ensure that youth workers are recognised as key workers!

They have added a formal letter signed by Leigh and Diana Barran to their guidance page for you to download

Read Key Worker Letter

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert


Warning after criminal poses as council worker and tries to enter homes
Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) warned locals to be alert for criminals after someone tried to enter two homes in Porthcawl under the false claim they were investigating rodent problems. more


Plumber spends £57,000 helping more than 10,000 vulnerable families fix their heating and plumbing for free
A kind-hearted plumber has spent £57,000 during the pandemic helping more than 10,000 vulnerable families fix their heating and plumbing for free.
James Anderson, 53, was left completely shocked and disheartened when he learned how elderly and disabled people were being scammed by rogue traders for thousands of pounds. more


PayPal phishing texts state your account is ‘limited’
A PayPal text message phishing campaign is underway that attempts to steal your account credentials and other sensitive information that can be used for identity theft. When PayPal detects suspicious or fraudulent activity on an account, the account will have its status set to ‘limited’, which will put temporary restrictions on withdrawing, sending, or receiving money. more


Warning over texts offering fake ‘third lockdown’ HMRC grant
The scam has been quickly designed to take advantage of confusion following last week’s announcement of another national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. more


Covid-19: Police warning over vaccine scam messages
Criminals are sending out fake texts offering a Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information, police have warned.
Derbyshire Constabulary says that the text offers a link to an ‘extremely convincing’ fake NHS website where people are asked to input their bank details to register for a vaccine. more


Self Assessment scam circulates as vital deadline falls this month
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued an important warning to Britons as a new and potentially dangerous scam has circulated, as the Self Assessment deadline draws closer this month. more


Homebuyers warned of scams as end of stamp duty holiday looms
Homebuyers have been warned to take steps to avoid being scammed during their purchase and after they move, with criminals targeting large sums of money, including house deposits.
The looming end of the stamp duty holiday has fuelled a boom in the property market as people attempt to secure a new home without having to pay tax. more

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Alert – Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations 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 local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

  • ask for your bank account or card details
  • ask for your PIN or banking passwords
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is 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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Health Updates

Kooth Plc & Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) to deliver mental health and wellbeing support

We are delighted to announce that Kooth Plc is working in partnership with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) to deliver mental health and wellbeing support to farming families across England and Wales.  Kooth and Qwell are available to all farmers and farming family members over the age of 10 with no referrals, waiting lists or thresholds to meet.  Services are completely anonymous and can be booked ahead of time.

Kooth (CYP 10-18) and Qwell (18+) can be accessed by visiting

Kooth and Qwell provide a safe, secure means of accessing help via the internet.  By accessing these services you can benefit from:

  • A free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online
  • Out of hours’ availability. Counsellors are available from 12 noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year, on a drop in basis
  • Online Counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors trained to understand the farming community, is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions
  • Discussion Boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support
  • Online Magazine full of moderated articles, including farming specific content, many of which are submitted by users offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics
  • No referral is required.  You can register for Kooth and Qwell independently at

Would you like to help shape outpatient services?

Please join us at our virtual engagement event:

We are reshaping the way we deliver Outpatient Care and we want to hear our patients views on proposed changes and what will work for them.

About this Event

Here at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust we would like to hear our patients views on proposed changes to outpatient appointments and their thoughts on our services as a whole.

When? 24th February 2021
Time? 2pm – 4pm

Book via Eventbrite or email for further details.

The GP Patient Survey is open to people to respond until the end of March.

Community Safety Updates

Ask for ANI #YouAreNotAlone

Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) is a code word scheme developed by the Home Office to provide a discreet way for victims of domestic abuse to signal that they need emergency help.

The code word will be activated via the pharmacist when they make a call to the police.

The scheme has been developed to continue safeguarding victims of domestic abuse especially those victims feeling and being more isolated than before and finding it difficult to access help due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

You can view the poster here.

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Meet the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter, is hosting a series of online Zoom meetings to update a range of stakeholders and members of the public in the East Riding of Yorkshire on his role and the aims, objectives and achievements of the wider Office of the PCC.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 28th January at 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Commissioner in relation to his role and that of the office. Our website is here if you would like to find out more about what we do prior to the meeting.

If you or others would like to attend please email Engagement Officer Debbie Fagan with your email addresses before close of business Tuesday 26th January and Debbie will send out the Zoom link on the morning of the event.

If you would like to submit a question prior to the meeting you can include it in your RSVP email to Debbie at and if you could note whether you would like to ask it yourself or for Debbie to ask on your behalf it would be appreciated. There will also be an opportunity for questions on the night should time allow.
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Funding News

Beverley Town Council Grants
There is still time for local community groups, charities and organisations to apply to Beverley Town Council for a grant.

Community groups and organisations are invited to submit applications to the Town Council’s new Small and General Grants Schemes. Applicants should ensure that the project they are seeking funding for will primarily benefit the town and residents of Beverley, alongside other important criteria.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27th January 2021. 
Application forms, criteria and other information is available via the Town Council’s website or go directly to

Ebay for Charity
eBay for Charity is launching its next ‘Big Charity Sell’ in the run up to Christmas and calling all charities to encourage their supporters to sell their pre-loved items on eBay donate between 10% and 100% of their sale to charity.

The build up to Christmas is a key moment in the fundraising calendar, and with charity shops shut for the second time this year and festive fundraising events cancelled, eBay’s Big Charity Sell aims to support the charity community through this difficult time.

Find out more

2021 Positive Activity Grants Launched
The Youth & Family Support (YFS) service  of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are very pleased to announce the 2021 Positive Activity Grant (PAG) are open/

This year we have three bands of grants available: –

  • Band A – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have delivered face to face Positive Activities for young people during Covid-19 in East Riding.

Maximum of three awards of £5,000 each

  • Band B – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have delivered online/digital youth work or the occasional youth event during Covid-19.

Maximum of two awards up to £3,000

  • Band C – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have not been able to deliver

any provision during Covid-19 but need funding to re-open when able to.
Maximum of nine awards up to £1,000

Since 2013 the Council has provided £375,000 to nearly 200 different youth groups across the East Riding helping to create new youth projects and support existing youth groups.

Kevin Allen – YFS Service Manager commented: “2020 has been an unusual year with Covid-19 changing how we all work and provide services. Youth projects across the country have been hit hard, so it my pleasure to announce the £30,000 PAG award for 2021, that will play a part in supporting the valued projects that offer positive diversionary activities to young people aged 9 to 24 across the East Riding.”

We particularly welcome applications from organisations that can deliver provision for targeted and vulnerable young people from areas of urban and rural deprivation within the East Riding.

All organisations applying for a PAG award must be registered with Beecan at  and contact the team at to organise and complete a Development plan by the 31 January 2021.

For further information please contact from Darron Lawer – YFS Community & Partnership Officer – Mobile  : 07796697940 or

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.

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