Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 23.07.21


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 23.07.2021


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:


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

ERVAS Charity Lottery launches

At ERVAS we rely heavily on funding to run our infrastructure and make a difference to the people who require use of our unique services. ERVAS provides support to the voluntary, community and not for profit sector with an array of projects and partnerships.

We have now officially launch our new Lottery fundraising partnership scheme which will allow us to create a fun and sustainable tool to help boost our funds. A lottery allows us to offer our donors something in return in the form of a prize while so we are able to provide more to support the people and sectors that need it the most.

We have teamed up with Your Charity Lottery to give people the chance of winning 82 cash prizes every week, with a jackpot prize of £1,000 and rollover prize of up to £10,000.

From just £1 per week this is an exciting way for you to get involved and enable our charity to provide above and beyond community services.

Read more

Additional income for your organisation
Through our partnership, 20 groups, voluntary organisations, charities and CICs in our region are now benefitting from additional income from online fundraising platform easyfundraising.

East Riding Food Poverty Alliance are one of them. Watch their video by Development Officer Natalie to find out how it works:


Online CPD Learning Offer
Our new CPD training portal is now live, the portal brings us 47 new courses covering a wide range of topics from conflict management, personal money management, health and safety, food safety, GDPR, safeguarding, and so many more.

The portal can be found on the training website here:

All of the courses are priced at £30 each, however we have made a discount code available which will provide 50% off, you just need to use the code ‘ERVolSec’.

Voluntary Sector Updates

Walk in for your jab
The team at the vaccination centre in Hull City Hall is encouraging anyone who hasn’t had their first Covid jab to walk in and get one.

Sarah Herd, general manager at City Health Care Partnership CIC, who are running the centre, said, “We’re particularly keen to encourage young people aged 18 and over to pop in for their vaccinations, but anyone who hasn’t had their first jab yet is welcome. You don’t have to book, just turn up.”

The centre is open for walk-ins between 9am and 6pm every day until 25 July 2021. If you’ve already had your first vaccination, please wait until your appointment to get your second one.

If you want to book a vaccination instead of walking in, just call 119 or search ‘covid vaccine booking’ on the internet.

Fun Palaces – Driffield 2021
“What would you like to do or learn?”
“What can you offer to share or teach?”
Sharing Skills, Connecting Communities, Creating Tiny Revolutions
Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2021
This October Driffield Fun Palaces will join hundreds of Fun Palaces nationally and internationally set to explode with free and fun activities for all.
  • Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts, science, craft, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities – but above all PEOPLE – to work together, create together, have FUN together, and in doing so, connect our own communities, from the grassroots up.
  • We think this will be a great way to re-connect the community, showcase what local groups, services and organisations have to offer, inspire people to try something new, make them feel good – and have fun!
  • The event will also launch a new What’s On Booklet for the area which will promote your activities for FREE – A resource for health professionals to use when signposting and for residents to find new ways of getting active and connecting with local groups and services.
If you would like to have a FREE stall or space to demonstrate or talk about what you do, run an activity, have an idea, or simply want to make the teas, please get in touch. The event content will only be limited by your imagination!

For further information on how to get involved please contact: Joel Rollinson – Mobile: 07970859122 Email:

Gillian Perry – Co-op Member Pioneer for Driffield

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Unlocking partnerships between councils and charities for the good of local communities

Charities and councils have long worked together to provide local communities with the services they need to flourish. When communities were facing the worst of the pandemic, local organisations were able to mobilise to achieve better outcomes for the people who needed the most help. As the recovery process continues, it will be of paramount importance for the charity sector and local authorities to realise the true potential of working together to deliver public services such as health, social care and education.

Read this blog by Sarah Sheen, technical manager at CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy on ACEVO’s website. There is also a narrated version of the blog available on the website too.


Step 4 on the Roadmap to Recovery and new guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people

Monday 19 July sees step 4 of the Roadmap to Recovery being activated which means many of the restrictions we have been used to being lifted. However the government is still urging people to use caution and maintain a number of key protections.

Additionally the government has issued a new guide on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 which will come into effect on 19 July. You can view this new guidance here.


Charity Digital Skills Report 2021

The Charity Digital Skills Report is now in its fifth year and is the annual barometer of digital skills, attitudes and support needs across the sector. Each year they have tracked how these skills, attitudes and levels of support have changed across the sector and also analysed how other key building blocks in creating the right foundations for digital change are progressing, including understanding user needs, leadership, strategy and governance.

This year, they’ve redeveloped the survey and asked new questions to uncover the trends in these areas as well as other topics, such as the future of work and what charities anticipate doing with digital as we come out of the pandemic.

Click here to download the report.


Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government guidance which aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic has been updated following the move to step 4.

Click here to view.


Easing of restrictions in England – guidance for charity shops

The Charity Retail Association has produced guidance on easing of restrictions within charity retail.

This includes advice on face masks, social distancing, ventilation, risk assessments, fitting rooms etc.

Click here to view the guidance.


Risk management template for event organisers

The Government has published resources to help event organisers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in event settings.

When used in conjunction with the events and attractions guidance, this checklist can help event organisers to identify risks and risk management options specific to their event or setting. It includes an example of a risk management template for an indoor event with free movement of attendees and high crowd density. Click here to view.

Local Connections Fund – Round 2

This is the second round of the Local Connections Fund, a £4 million investment designed to help small charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness by building community connections across England.

The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is investing £2 million into this second round of funding. This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

By a ‘community’, we mean people:

  • living in the same area – like a city, town or street
  • who share characteristics – like beliefs, values, interests or faith
  • who can be grouped together in some other way.

Find out more

Civil Society and Youth Update
Charity Commission updates Covid-19 guidance on filing annual returns
The Charity Commission has updated its Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector.

As part of this update, the Charity Commission has reviewed its approach to filing extensions for annual returns. Wherever possible, they request that annual return, reports and accounts are filed on time. However, where Covid-19 has impacted on an otherwise compliant charity’s ability to do this, they have given a filing extension.

They will be contacting all charities with a filing extension that was in place by 30 June 2021. These charities will need to meet their filing commitments by 30 September 2021.

From 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021, if you have an imminent filing date and you are unable to meet your filing obligation for a Covid-19 related reason, you can still apply for a new filing extension. They will allow a fixed 3-month extension from the date of your application.

Please include your charity name and charity registration number when you email them:

Fundraising Regulator releases two new guides to mark its fifth anniversary
It is now five years since the Fundraising Regulator assumed responsibility for regulating fundraising on 7 July 2016. The Fundraising Regulator has released two new resources:

It has also published a blog explaining why the fundraising values are so important.

Kickstart Scheme – apply by October and help spread the word!
Are you ready to take on new talent or do you know an employer that can get a young person’s career started? Get involved in the Kickstart Scheme – read their new employer guide or attend one of DWP’s employer webinars to find out how Kickstart can help your organisation grow and provide life-changing opportunities to young people. Find out more at

The Scheme, part of the £2bn Plan for Jobs, will fund an employer to provide a job role for a young person for six months. They will also receive £1,500 to support the young person’s learning and support.

Please consider promoting the Scheme with your networks. The new Kickstart Scheme Communications Toolkit is packed with new assets to help spread the word and get employers signed up. Together we can springboard young people into their careers and help the wider economic recovery.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

‘Make sure your loved ones are aware of bogus roofers’
North Yorkshire Police has reminded residents to remain vigilant to doorstep scams and anybody who turns up at their door unannounced.

The warning comes after the force was made aware of three recent cases of suspected bogus roofers targeting the elderly and vulnerable in Harrogate, and another seven reported just over the border in Wetherby, Middlesbrough and Stockton. more

Police investigate driveway criminals after elderly man nearly conned of cash
Hampshire Constabulary has opened an investigation into so-called dodgy driveway criminals after a report was received of a group of men offering to carry out repair work to a driveway and then demanding cash. more

HSBC warning as criminals use new technique – the phone number you need to look out for
HSBC has issued an alert with regards to a seemingly new technique being deployed by criminals to defraud Britons – and there is a specific telephone number to look out for. more

Warning over criminals claiming to be police officers
People are being warned to be on their guard after criminals claiming to be police officers have been targeting Gloucestershire residents.

A woman fell victim to a scam earlier this month after being phoned by a man claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police. more

These Android apps with 5.8 million downloads can steal your Facebook password
Nine dodgy Android apps have been caught trying to steal users’ Facebook passwords, and even worse, they did so using Facebook’s own real login page.

The nine Facebook-phishing Trojanized apps have been removed from the Google Play Store, but probably not from users’ devices. more

Rip-off travel ads ‘rife’ on Google as criminals exploit Brexit confusion
Rip-off copycat adverts for travel documents are “running rife” on search engines such as Google as unscrupulous sellers look to capitalise on confusion over post-Brexit travel arrangements. more

TikTok bans investment promotions
Social media platform TikTok has banned the promotion of various financial services products including investments and cryptocurrency.

It comes after individuals were warned about taking financial information from TikTok over concerns it could be misleading and catch out younger savers. more

Which? Scam Alert

Pension scam average losses more than double in a year
Pension scams are not a new thing, but they’re likely to be more prevalent now that people have more options available to them when it comes to investing or spending their money.

Here are our tips on how to spot a pension scam and how to report one if you or someone you know has been affected.

Fake NHS Covid pass email and texts
Scammers are hoping to cash in on any confusion around the end of pandemic restrictions by sending out lookalike NHS-branded emails and texts that invite you to apply – and pay – for a NHS Covid pass.

The Pass was recently launched so that people can show their Covid vaccine or test status and is free. We show you examples of the messages and explain how to deal with NHS-related phishing so you don’t get caught out.

Scams rocket by 33% during the pandemic
Fraudsters have thrived amid the uncertainty caused by lockdowns and a surge in online shopping, resulting in victims losing more than £2.3bn.

We explore which categories of fraud have been growing the fastest, which cost victims the most money, and how fraud varies across age groups and regions.

Fake giveaways on Facebook
We’ve found social media ads for fake competitions on Facebook that are attracting thousands of interactions from users.

The hoax ‘Alton Towers Breaks’ and ‘Center Parcs Resorts’ pages claim to offer the chance to win getaways worth more than £2,000. Both scams tell users that all they need to do is ‘like’, ‘comment’ and ‘sign up’ in order to be entered into the giveaway.

Here’s more about how they work and how to protect yourself from these sorts of scams.

Fake emails spoofing official email domains
Always question emails that you’re not expecting. We’re seeing an increasing number of fake emails successfully spoofing official email domains, including some of the biggest brands in the UK. Our most recent find is a Bitcoin email spoofing Selfridges’ domain.

So how is this allowed to happen? We explain scammers’ tactics in convincing potential victims they’re legitimate and what measures you can take to protect yourself.

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Sling Your Hook Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch To Tackle Scams

We are excited to tell you more about our SLING YOUR HOOK campaign running throughout July to help tackle scams

The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:

  • They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity)
  • They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
  • They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
  • They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
  • They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).
We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right.  This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.

“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network

How can you support this campaign?

  • LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit
  • SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts
  • JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below)
We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.

Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm.  Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.

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The Cifas Fraudscape 2021 report is now live.

With an analysis of fraud trends for 2020, the report focuses on bringing you an interactive analysis of the impact of COVID 19 but also key recommendations for the year ahead.


Click here to view the report

Health Updates

Your Birthing Choices
Help us share maternity and neonatal services for the future

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.

We want to understand what is important to you when choosing where to give birth so we can develop maternity and neonatal services for the future with you in mind.

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 our work and future involvement opportunities by clicking here to sign up to our newsletter.
or by visiting our website: Humber Acute Services Programme:

For more information on how your local maternity services can support you, please visit the Humber, Coast and Vale Local Maternity System’s website:

Community Safety Updates

Fire Safety and Prevention (Safe and Well)

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind partners of the opportunity to provide brief fire safety intervention using the MECC link tool below. The link provides important fire safety advice and questions to ask when engaging with members of our community.  The link also gives guidance on how to refer for a Safe & Well visit.

Please feel free to share with other partners / departments.

Find out more

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 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

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.

For more information visit

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

Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) Update
Phase 3 of the TIF funding is going well with a further 14 organisations supported with funding, with just under 50% of the overall budget allocated. 11 of these projects are targeting people with either a long term health condition or a disability.

Overall under TIF we have funded £209,997 across 72 projects in the Humber, with a spread across all 4 Local Authority areas, and a fairly even distribution across the 4 target audiences.

Importantly we have also managed to engage and reach new partners, with 37 of 55 organisations funded being new to us.

As part of Sport England’s 1 year transformation plan announcement there will be further funding allocated to tackling Inequalities through TIF, we will announce this as soon as we know more.

For more information on TIF please get in touch

The National Lottery, Local Connections Fund – Round 2 
The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, is investing £2 million into this second round of Local Connections funding. This will fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, for small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) working to bring people together in safe and secure ways to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections. Organisations that have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund can apply, as long as they did not secure funding from Round 1 of this programme.
Application deadline: 6 August 2021 at 5pm.

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Humber Learning Consortium are pleased to announce the launch of the 6th round of our ESF Community Grants 5 project.

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) program which is distributing small grants in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available. For further details go to – contact details

Deadline for application receipt is Friday 13th August 2021 16:00.

All applications must be completed electronically. We will not accept any applications by post or email. To access the electronic application form please go to our website
When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from our website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.
*There are several changes to this program so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new program includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can. To book onto one of the below workshops please complete the form through our website.

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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