Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 29.04.22



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 29.04.22


ERVAS Services Update


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

At ERVAS we are recruiting for the following roles:

  • East Riding VCSE Domestic Abuse Lead Representative Support Officer (Closing date:- 23 May)
  • East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Adult’s Development Officer (Closing date:- 23 May)
  • East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Children Development Officer (Closing date:- 23 May)
  • East Riding Senior Detached Youth Worker (open recruitment)
  • East Riding Assistant Detached Youth Worker (open recruitment)
Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire (VANL) are also recruiting for the following roles:
  • 2 x Capacity Builder Development Officer’s
  • Capacity Builder Development Officer – Youth
  • Youth Volunteering and Social Action Projects Officer
To apply for the roles with VANL visit:

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:


Support for managing your charity – Are you fit for funding? (Governance, Funding & Budgeting Workshop)

Come and see the new Community Hub, learn a little more about what you need to do to manage your VCS organisation better, and what resources are available to help you do this. This is open to trustees, management committee members and anyone else involved in running a community based organisation in Bridlington.

This workshop will cover:-

  • An introduction to ERVAS and the Bridlington Community Hub support function
  • Guide to governance (an overview of charity governance, the role of a trustee and things to consider when running a charity, this section will be delivered by our Bridlington Community Hub & Training Centre Coordinator, Devan Witter BEM, AMInstLM, ALPI, ACIPR)
  • Guide to funding (an overview of charity funding, securing and planning for funding and writing a winning bid, this section will be delivered by our HR and Funding Manager, Judith Leech BA Hons. Assoc. CIPD)
  • Guide to budgeting (an overview of budgeting for a funding bid, this section will be delivered by our CEO, Sian Broughton ACMA, CGMA, DChA, MAAT, ASET)
  • Links to further training

If you would like to discuss the session further, please do not hesitate to contact us directly on 01482 871 077 (option 3) or email

NOTE: This is a free training course; however cancellations must be made by emailing five working days prior to the start date otherwise a £30 administration fee will be charged. This applies to all applicants and includes non-attendance.

Register today!


Looking to grab a £50 experience days voucher?

If you sign up to the ERVAS charity lottery before Friday 10th June, you will be in with a chance of winning an extra possible prise of a £50 experience days voucher.

To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is sign up to the lottery between 11 April to 10 June to be entered.

Tickets are £1 a week per ticket number. You will get the chance to win up to £10,000 every week.

The extra prize draw of a £50 experience days voucher can be spent on an array of experiences such as a spa day, afternoon tea, car racing or a theatre show.

To sign up visit:

Players must be 18 or over.


Charity & not-for-profit insurance
Are you looking for insurance for your charity / organisation?

We have teamed up with PolicyBee to get you covered.

Protect your organisation with insurance for not-for-profits. Get reliable cover for your events, your people and your services – easily and quickly. Quote online in minutes or speak to a friendly adviser.

Find out more at:


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!


Greyhound Trust Humber = easyfundraising
How are Greyhound Trust Humber raising money to fund the daily care of their retired greyhounds? Along with many voluntary organisations, charities and CICs in the region, they are benefitting from monetary donations when their volunteers, staff and supporters use fundraising platform easyfundraising to shop online.  Your organisation can do the same by setting up an easyfundraising account so your volunteers and supporters and the wider community can raise a donation for you for free when they shop at over 6,000 online retailers including eBay, Amazon, M&S, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Greyhound Trust Humber’s advice to other organisations is to “Go for it! easyfundraising is such a simple, straightforward, yet hugely effective way to raise money for your organisation.”

Find out more about easyfundraising here:


Fancy a course for just £5?

Here at ERVAS we have reduced the price of our courses from £30 to £10 per course, and we are also giving you a further 50% off, meaning that you could get our CPD Courses for just £5 per person, per course.

Our CPD certified courses are available today, to get a course at £5 be sure to use the code  ERVAS50 at the checkout stage.

Visit our dedicated portal online at today!

Voluntary Sector Updates


Guide Dogs for the Blind – My Sighted Guide Volunteers Needed

Guide Dogs for the Blind are recruiting for My Sighted Guide Volunteers in the East Riding Area. My Sighted Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence – all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home.

What does sighted guiding involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a suitable partner.
  • Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan.
  • You must undertake all elements of My Sighted Guide training (approximately two days).
  • Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures.
  • You must be able to give – on average – a few hours a week and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.
  • You will receive full training and Support , and travel expenses paid.

What next?
Pop over to our website and put in your postcode to check vacancies in your area or contact Linda Conway on


British Red Cross – Local Coordination Service 
The British Red Cross have released details of their new Local Coordination Service.

We help empower individuals to make positive changes to their lives.

  • Our staff and volunteers are skilled and dedicated in helping people to live independently and confidently in their communities
  • We have the time to get to know and understand the challenges you may be facing and get to know what you would like to change for your future
  • Our Aim is to support you with your needs and ambitions to improve your well-being and aid recovery
  • We will work with you to establish what you would like to achieve for yourself


The Police
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Independent Advisory Groups

Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are a way for our diverse communities to work with us to help improve our service delivery on matters that are important to you and us.

IAG membership are members of the public who want to help shape and consult on matters which are important to them. Each Local Authority area within our regions has an IAG and are looking for new members.

If you work or live within the Humberside Police area you are eligible to apply to become a member of an IAG.  IAGs should have members reflecting the diversity of the local community.

For more information about becoming an IAG member please email and one of the Community Cohesion team will get back in touch with you.

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Carl Osler
(Humberside Police, PC, Humberside)


Home Start Goole & District – ‘Prep Course’
Home-Start is a charity that supports families when they need that little bit of extra help. A family can request the support if they have a child under 8. The support can be for anything from financial worries, routines, relationship breakdowns, illness, multiple births, or just because being a parent can be really tough and tiring sometimes!

We have been well-established in Goole for over 26 years and in recent years we are really pleased to have started to cover areas in and around Selby.

We support families with home-visiting volunteers who offer support, friendship and practical help, and we are now recruiting for the next Volunteer Training Course which is running in May. We currently have a lot more families needing support than we have volunteers, if you could spare a few hours a week, you could really make a difference!

For more information about support or volunteering call 01405 769966, text 07534 369783 or email

Pocklington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Request

Pocklington Town Council is running a public consultation on the draft of its Neighbourhood Plan from Saturday 12th March to midnight 1st May.  The consultation is being run under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning regulations.

The two documents being consulted on are the Neighbourhood Plan itself and its associated Design Code for the town. These and other documents relating to the Neighbourhood Plan are available on the Pocklington Town Council website

How can you view the Consultation Documents?
The two consultation documents are available on the Pocklington Town Council website  where they can be viewed and downloaded if wished.  The two documents are:

  1. Pocklington Neighbourhood Plan Consultation draft Feb 2022
  2. Pocklington Design Code draft Feb 2022

Need more information or help?
If you have having difficulty accessing the consultation documents, submitting your response or need help with anything else please contact the Town Council office on 01759 304 851 during office hours (Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 12:30 am) and someone will be happy to assist.

 Save the Date! – Active Humber Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that we are hosting our Annual Conference on Friday 6th of May 2022, this has been a long-awaited reunion for us all and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Early Bird registrations for the event are now open. Limited spaces available so grab yours while you can.

Please visit the link here to register today!

The event will be held at the Aura Innovation Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Meadow Road, Hessle, but details around the event are to follow.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update


Charity Sector Ukraine Resources
Blue and yellow Ukrainian flag blowing in the wind.

Please share these useful resources with anyone supporting Ukrainian people arriving in the UK.

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK

Homes for Ukraine: factsheet for Ukrainians

Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions

Q&A with the Home Office on the Ukraine visa process

Homes for Ukraine Sponsor Toolkit

Charity Translators – Ukraine-related language support (including volunteer opportunities!)

Greater Manchester Community Response Fund: Ukraine Crisis Donations will support (a) a hardship fund for new arrivals from Ukraine – distributed through trusted community partners, and (b) Small grants to local VCSE organisations that are playing an active, practical role in providing support.

A Good Thing: matchmaking businesses with charities
A Good Thing logo - a pink and yellow heart made up of squares and rectangles

Following a successful pilot in the Thames Valley last year, A Good Thing is now thrilled to be rolling its charitable service out across the UK. It has built an online matchmaking platform that links charities up with local businesses who have things to donate. Think Freecycle, but for charities and businesses. So far laptops, monitors, stationery, furniture and beautiful baby blankets have all been donated through A Good Thing, to the delight of brilliant local charities.

The not-for-profit is growing fast and keen to get as many charities and businesses across the UK signed up as they can: are you a charity in need of items in order to deliver your services better and more efficiently? Are you a business that has leftover things you’d like to find a new home for? Are you trying to avoid things going into landfill? If so, A Good Thing is for you!

Go to and sign up – it takes 30 seconds and is completely free.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
The Charity Commission has published up to date coronavirus guidance for the charity sector.

Read the full guidance here, and please share with your networks so that the voluntary and community sector can operate safely and continue to help people during this difficult time.

The Charity Commission also advises that local charities in England can get support throughout this crisis from their local sector support and development organisation. Search our member map to find support near you.


Civil Society and Youth Update
Homes for Ukraine scheme – guidance for Sponsors and Local Authorities
The Homes for Ukraine scheme allows people fleeing Ukraine and seeking sanctuary with no family ties to the UK to be sponsored by individuals who can offer them a home, such as a spare room or unoccupied residential self-contained unit.

This scheme depends on civil society in a new and radical way for its success. Charities, businesses and faith and community groups play a huge role in connecting individuals with sponsors as well as providing an excellent welcome and longer term support to individuals arriving in the UK. Close and ongoing engagement with civil society is critical to harnessing that support.

For more information, read the Guidance for Sponsors and the Guidance for Local Authorities.

Help the Charity Commission gather better data on charities
The Charity Commission has launched user testing of its revised charity classification.

The charity classification includes the categories or ‘codes’ used to classify charities on the charity register. Specifically, ‘what’ a charity does, ‘how’ it delivers its services and ‘who’ its beneficiaries are.
To make sure the new codes are clear, and the system is user friendly, the Commission is inviting charities to take part in ‘user testing’ to help spot problems, or gaps in new proposals.

Find out more on the recent Charity Commission blog post to ensure the codes accurately reflect your charity’s valuable work.

Charity Commission campaign to support charity trustees
A new phase of the Charity Commission campaign on trustee guidance has now been launched. The activity aims to drive awareness of the 5-minute guides for charity trustees, which provide easy to understand information on governance basics. This suite was expanded in November with the introduction of a guide on Safeguarding.

The campaign will run until 5 May across the Commission’s digital channels.

Implementation of the Charities Act 2022
The Charities Act received Royal Assent on 24 February 2022. The Act reduces or removes unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape, enabling charities to focus on their charitable work.

Changes include: making it easier to amend your charity’s governing documents; making it simpler to redirect money from a failed fundraising appeal; more flexibility over managing permanent endowment; simplifications to selling charity land, and improvements to processes for charities seeking to merge.

These changes will be brought over an 18 month period to give charities time to prepare for the new provisions, and to enable the Charity Commission to prepare new guidance, systems and procedures to support the sector.

For further information, refer to government’s implementation timeline published on GOV.UK.

Vision for Volunteering programme launching on 6 May
DCMS has contributed to the Vision for Volunteering programme, launching on 6 May.

Over the past year, hundreds of individuals and organisations have joined workshops, interviews, or submitted evidence for the Vision, which looks at how to ensure volunteering can continue to have an amazing impact across our communities. The Vision sets out what is needed to create a diverse, innovative, sustainable and person-centred future for volunteering in England, responding to the trends, challenges and opportunities of the years ahead.

The upcoming launch is the beginning of a conversation around how to make that happen in practice. To find out more, sign up via the Vision for Volunteering website.


National Minimum Wage Change
From 1 April the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates changed.

View details and advice on the Acas website, or the Governments CheckYourPay site and watch our video explaining National Minimum Wage and the recent changes

You can also register for a joint Acas and HMRC webinar:
Helping employers get the National Minimum Wage right

Two dates are available: 4 May and 10 May Register your place

Keeping People Safe Updates


Help us to improve how we explain our work on domestic abuse

As part of our work on the domestic abuse programme we aim to put our people at the heart of everything we do by providing guidance to improve casework quality and standards and to build public confidence through delivering services that are fair and understood by all communities.

To meet this aim we have produced two documents:

1. Domestic Abuse Legal Guidance 
This updated legal guidance reflects how we prosecute domestic abuse cases, providing practical and streamlined guidance for prosecutors, highlighting where legislation has been amended and incorporating recent case law. As well as providing guidance regarding myths and stereotypes in domestic abuse cases. It is available as a webpage and as a downloadable PDF in English.

2. Domestic Abuse Policy Statement 
This sets out how we approach our responsibilities in domestic abuse cases, our ambitions to secure justice in every possible domestic abuse case and improve the outcomes for victims. We expect that this statement will be of most interest to those who work within and alongside the criminal justice system – for example support services who work with victims of domestic abuse, but it may also be of interest to victims, supporters and the wider public. It is available as a webpage and as a downloadable PDF in English and Welsh.

Have your say 
We are asking for your feedback on these documents because we want to make sure that we are getting things right – providing information in a clear way that meets the needs of our audiences. You can provide feedback on one or both documents. You can find the links to access the documents, online or in PDF format below as well as the links to a short survey on each one.

Document Versions Feedback
Domestic Abuse Legal Guidance View the online version
English PDF
User survey (online form)
User survey (Word document)
Domestic Abuse Policy Statement View the online version
English PDF
Welsh PDF
User survey (online form)
User survey (Word document)

How to share your feedback 
You can share your feedback by filling in the online forms above or by completing the word documents and emailing them to:
Or posting them to:
Domestic Abuse Legal Guidance Consultation
Senior Policy Advisor
Crown Prosecution Service
10th Floor 102 Petty France
The deadline for receiving responses is midnight on 26 June 2022.

Next steps
We will consider every response we receive. We will use your feedback to improve the two documents where we need to, and we will publish a summary of the responses on our website.

If you have any questions, please send them to: 
We look forward to receiving your responses.

Safeguarding Support

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership and the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board, offers additional support to all voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups and organizations working with children, young people and adults, in order to ensure they are able to meet their safeguarding responsibilities and keep people safe.

ERVAS offers a range of support to the VCSE sector in regard to developing safeguarding policies and procedures, as well as providing access to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, (formerly CRB checks), which are processed on line using our umbrella body U-Check (can you put a direct link to U-Check here so they can check them out themselves) and priced at a competitive rate, as well as providing a variety of policy templates, including those related to safeguarding and links to reputable insurance brokers who specialise in voluntary activity. (can you put the insurance company link here that you sent around the other week)

ERVAS are also able to provide the VCSE sector with the following –

  • Access to our policy templates and related information, including explanatory videos, here: (can you put the link to the policies and procedures page in here, does this also include the videos about being fit for purpose, I think Sarah did one before she left)
  • Access to a range of appropriate safeguarding related training (link here)
  • Regular information from a variety of safeguarding sources via our fortnightly E-bulletin, and social media (put info here as to how they do that)
  • Access to Information events and conferences covering a range of safeguarding topics, both face to face and online
  • Partnership developments, particularly in regard to working more closely with the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership and the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Membership of useful networks, including the East Riding VCSE Safeguarding Forum (I might like to have a link to a page about this, where I can share minutes and papers and other info related to the forum as it progresses)

If your group or organization doesn’t have all the essential criteria in place, we are more than happy to send you our toolkit containing all safeguarding children and vulnerable adult policy documents and accompanying information, or we can arrange a one to one visit with your group if you would prefer, to discuss your specific needs.
If you would like further information as to how your VCSE group or organisation can ensure it’s doing all it can to keep people safe, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the ERVAS team on 01482 871077 or email

For further information on the local safeguarding partnerships, please visit the following:
Find out more about Safeguarding Adults
Find out more about Safeguarding Children

Partnership Matters
Spring 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of the East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership (ERSCP) Newsletter.

This document outlines the work of the Partnership, business priorities 2020-25, recent changes to its governance arrangements and new multi-agency learning opportunities.

Access the newsletter

Independent Advocacy Change in provider as from 1 April 2022

Changes to advocacy services in East Riding of Yorkshire:  
VoiceAbility will become the new advocacy provider from 1 April 2022 for people in East Riding of Yorkshire.

They will support people to have their views heard and rights respected. Their services are free, independent and confidential.

From this date, you and the people we support will be able to use their single set of contact details for referrals and enquiries about all their advocacy services:

You can also make a referral online at:

VoiceAbility have been working alongside the current provider Cloverleaf to communicate the changes with clients and where ongoing advocacy support is required clients will be transferred over to the new provider VoiceAbility as of the 1st of April.  Please see the attached communication letter that is being discussed with existing clients.

Who can VoiceAbility support across East Riding of Yorkshire?   
VoiceAbility will be offering specialist advocacy support to adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities, dementia, acquired brain injury or other disabilities as well as supporting carers.

You can visit their website to check eligibility for each statutory service. If you’re unsure or have questions about advocacy types, you should contact them.

Your duty to refer for advocacy   
Advocacy is about making sure that people’s thoughts and opinions are heard, especially when decisions are being made about their lives.

Independent advocacy is a statutory right for people who, without independent support, are unable to be involved in making important decisions about their lives.

Professionals have a duty to refer eligible people for advocacy under the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Children Act and the Mental Health Act.

For more information  
Visit to find out more about their advocacy services or to make a referral.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Banking scam investigation – police arrest 24-year-old man
A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a range of fraudulent schemes, including the impersonation of police officers. Since the turn of the year, a number of banking scams have been reported to police across the country including the Scottish Borders. more

Trading Standards working to tackle rogue traders in Wrexham
A Trading Standards Operation has taken place in a move to clamp down on rogue traders. Working with partners from North Wales Police and Natural Resources Wales, officers visited villages in and around Wrexham town, to speak to Traders carrying out work for residents. more

Scam warning in York and North Yorkshire
Residents are being warned to be on their guard after reports of a number of targeted scams. North Yorkshire Police say that in recent days they have received reports of criminals calling elderly homeowners, pretending to be police officers. more

NHS Covid test scam exposed
With recent changes to the Covid testing rules, criminals are impersonating the NHS in a series of constantly evolving scam text messages where they ask you to order a test and pay a delivery fee. more

Cornwall Trading Standards issues warning about home insulation scams
Criminals, some claiming to be from Cornwall Council, are cold calling residents with misleading claims about spray foam insulation, Cornwall Council Trading Standards team has warned. Other cold callers are trying to sell residents unsuitable foam insulation products that could potentially do more harm than good. more

STOP SCAMS UK 159 short code number generates 75,000 calls
75,000 calls have been made to 159 since it launched at the end of September 2021. 159 has now been upgraded to enable a major expansion of the service so it can accommodate an even larger number of the UK’s banks. more

Invoice scams lead to more business losses than any other type of fraud, new figures show
UK businesses lost more money to criminals using “invoice scams” in the last three months than to criminals using any other form of swindle, new data from Barclays shows. more

Don’t become a victim of remote access fraud say police
Police in the Scottish Borders are warning the public about the dangers of falling victim to remote access fraud. In 2021, Action Fraud received over 20,000 reports of such scams, with losses totalling over £57m in the UK. more

Warning after woman conned out of thousands by online criminal posing as American soldier
A woman from Anglesey who says she was targeted online has said she would go “without any money” in order to meet her lover’s demands. Sandra, who didn’t want to reveal her full name or identity, said she sent £4000 to a romance criminal named ‘Nic’ last year. more

Binance impersonators target forex scam victims
Criminals posing as Binance – the cryptocurrency exchange – are emailing forex scam victims, putting them at serious risk of recovery fraud. more

Scam alert: fake emails posing as UK gyms
David Lloyd Clubs and PureGym are being spoofed in fake emails promoting competitions that are nothing to do with either brand. more

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Over 20,000 people fell victim to remote access scams

More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.

New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device.
Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.

What are remote access scams
Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:
“While remote access tools are safe when used legitimately, we want the public to be aware that they can be misused by criminals to perpetrate fraud. We often see criminals posing as legitimate businesses in order to trick people into handing over control of their computer or smartphone.
“You should only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop-up or text message.”

How to protect yourself

·  Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.
·  Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.
·  If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.
·  Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.
·  Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via If you are in Scotland, please report to Police Scotland directly by calling 101.

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Which? Scam Alert

Remote access scams awareness
Never allow remote access to your computer following an unsolicited call, text message or browser pop-up. Some of the most common scams reported to Action Fraud involve fraudsters connecting remotely to a victim’s computer.

Our guest, the City of London Police, explains how these work and what to do if you encounter one.

Beware fake ads for keto diet pills
We found a messy trail of dodgy adverts for keto diet pills making misleading claims all over the internet, posted via search engines, online news outlets and various social media platforms.

Adverts for keto diet pills falsely imply they’re endorsed by celebrities and public figures to lure and deceive shoppers. Here are some examples of the dodgy adverts we found all over the internet.

£150 council tax rebate scam
The government announced details of a £150 council tax rebate earlier this year to help ease the rising cost of energy bills. But it didn’t take long for scammers to jump on this opportunity.

Councils never ask for bank details over the phone. So if you’re contacted this way about the £150 council tax rebate and are asked for personal and bank account details, please hang up. We’ve also come across variations of this scam through text and email. We explain how the scam works and how to report it.

Fake Iceland and Morrisons pages and Facebook posts
Spoof Facebook accounts posing as Iceland and Morrisons have had their posts shared on Facebook tens of thousands of times.

The posts state that the supermarkets have ‘thousands of food products due to expire’ that they’d ‘normally bin’, but are instead giving it all away to anyone who shares and comments on the post. The cost of living crisis is even referenced, with the posts mentioning that they ‘know times are tough at the moment’. Here’s what they look like and what they’re trying to do.

Fake subscription text
Watch out for a scam text claiming to be from ‘’ that informs you that you’ve been signed up for a £50 weekly subscription.

While you may have never heard of, fraudsters attempt to shock you into sharing your details under the pretence of cancelling a non-existent subscription. Find out what this message looks like and what to do if you receive something like this out of the blue.

Fake ads using Martin Lewis’s image
Fake emails and adverts using Martin Lewis’s image have been going on for years, but recently Action Fraud received almost 1,200 reports in just three days, about a fake Bitcoin investment scheme email using his image.

With the cost of living continuing to soar, Martin’s money-saving advice has featured heavily across the media, and scammers are trying to take advantage. Martin Lewis has nothing to do with these ads, so if you see them, report them. See what a typical fake Martin Lewis ad looks like here.

Health Updates

News & updates from ERY CCG

Opportunities for members of the public
The National Institute for Health Research is inviting members of the public to join one of their national and regional committees who are responsible for making funding recommendations in health and social care research. The committees play an important role in helping us deliver our mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.  Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health and social care research.

We are looking for people who have a broad interest in health, social care and actions to improve public health and address health inequalities. You do not need to have a scientific background to help us shape research!  We are looking for people who are able to use their own experiences to improve the research we wish to fund. NIHR is committed to creating a supportive, inclusive and positive community. Membership is open to people from across the United Kingdom and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Public Committee Member – NIHR Programmes

We would be happy to answer any questions about these opportunities and provide guidance and support on the application process, please contact us by email:

Humber Youth Action Group
Working with young people to have their say in improving our services and get involved in Trust activities. The Humber Youth Action Group (HYAG) has been developed to bring those aged 11-25, together with the goal of helping our organisation improve its services for children and young people. To learn about our services for Children and Young People please click here.

We recognise that young people have an important part to play in improving NHS services for young people. We meet virtually around every 4-6 weeks for approximately 1.5 hours, as well as face-to-face workshops across different locations in Hull and East Riding within the year.

The virtual sessions are fun and friendly where you can meet other young like-minded people to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences of health and health services in your area.

Learn more about the Humber Youth Action Group from Haris, who helped the Trust to create the Youth Board.

To view in full please click here.

Patient and Public Involvement in research: ESCAPE Trial
We are looking for people with current or previous experience of having a mental health problem to provide advice on the delivery and design of a research project on e-cigarettes. Do you have current or previous experience of a mental health problem or are a carer for someone who is?
For more information please click here.

Telephone be-friending to help battle loneliness among LGBT+ older people
Re-engage, the charity dedicated to combating loneliness and social isolation, has launched a free telephone be-friending service for older LGBT+ people. The service is specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender + people aged 75 and over who would like to speak to someone who’s also LGBT+. The same volunteer will phone each week to provide much needed friendship and conversation.

If you would like to be matched with one of our friendly rainbow call companions, or know someone aged 75 and over from the LGBT+ community who could benefit from a weekly chat, call 0800 716 543 (freephone) or email:

Further information can also be found on the CCGs website here.

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Funding News

Dynamix Friends Fund 
Dynamix began in 2013 as an inclusive youth club for young people aged 8 to 24, where disabled young people and those with additional needs came to have fun, gain some independence, make new friends and develop practical skills too. It would now like to leave a legacy to other young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who live in East Riding by providing small grants to VCS groups offering similar activities, as well as individuals in receipt of Education Health Care Plans. If you would like to know more about how you can be part of the legacy please contact ERVAS and email either: Detty Tyler or Judith Leech Tel: 01482 871077

There is still funding available and the guidance and application form can be found here:

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Unrestricted £50,000 over 2 years available.
If you are a registered charity with income between £25,000 and £1M you may be able to access a grant to help you support helping people overcome complex social issues. The grants are entirely unrestricted and worth £25,000 per year.

We pride ourselves on listening, understanding, and responding to charities, through the grant as well as providing developmental support where we can help you grow stronger and more sustainable.

You can check your eligibility in less than five minutes on our website and we’ll aim to give you a decision within four months of you submitting your application.

For an informal chat contact the Regional Manager
Tel:      07734 973060

Biffa Partnership Grants Scheme
Biffa Award has now opened its Partnership Grants Scheme for the next round, accepting applications for either of the following themes:

  • The Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres to engage and encourage tourists and/or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation.
  • The Natural Environment theme aims to restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services , its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.

The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations in either England or Northern Ireland, providing they are located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill Site and also within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site.

Grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 are on offer for work that starts in February 2023 and finishes within one year.

Applications can be made for 100% of the projects costs; however, only 90% of the grant can be paid by Biffa Award using Landfill Tax Credits. The remaining 10% needs to be provided by another source.

Grants should be used for site-based improvement work, with the majority of costs expected to be direct capital delivery work.

Project sites must be open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.

Preference will be given to projects:

In which Biffa Award is the majority funder.
Which work in partnership with other organisations.
Which engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.
Applications must not cross the two themes.

The deadline to apply is 1 June 2022.

.Biffa Award
The Wildlife Trusts
The Kiln, Waterside
Mather Road
Newark, Notts
NG24 1WT
Tel: 01636 670000

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund 
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund offers grants to charities and non-profit social enterprises who are supporting those in need within the UK. There is a current focus on young people with caring responsibilities and young people caught up in the criminal justice system. Grants of up to £60,000 over two years are available to groups with an income of less than £1 million over the past three years. A maximum of £30,000 per year can be requested.

The first funding round of 2022 is intended for young carers, and particularly:

  • Projects providing support to young carers who have fallen behind with their learning as a result of the impacts COVID-19 on their caring responsibilities.
  • Projects working in/with local schools to raise awareness of young carers and helping schools develop their approaches to supporting young carers.
  • Projects supporting young adult carers to continue in higher and further education and training.

The funding is not for standalone new projects, rather it is to support work that ‘amplifies the impact’ of existing work with young carers (up to the age of 25) and develops existing support around learning and access to education and training.

The Triangle Trust Run two grant rounds each year – one for work supporting young carers/young adult carers and one for work supporting young people with criminal convictions. The application process has two stages…

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Vulnerable People Housing Fund
UK registered charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support their work in tackling housing issues affecting vulnerable people.

The grants are being made available across 11 UK regions through the £4 million Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Scheme. The program will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of projects lasting up to two years to help prevent people from losing their home, help people into a home or support people to thrive within the home environment.

Up to 20% of the amount requested can be used to cover core costs. Funding can also cover costs such as staff and volunteer costs, small-scale capital costs, and building works.

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