Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 30.04.2021


Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 30.04.2021

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?

You can still request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

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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:

**NEW** 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’.

Bridlington Samaritans raised £526 with easyfundraising!
Funding is available for voluntary organisations in our area via the easyfundraising platform. Leading retailers including John Lewis, Argos and M&S are participating in this free scheme and over £35m has been donated to good causes to date.“We would recommend it, it’s free funds with no work and no hassle!” Bridlington Samaritans, £526 raised

Find out more and get your organisation involved with the scheme.

Voluntary Sector Updates

Youth Charity Opens Virtual Doors To Annual Meeting

The Health and Wellbeing Team at East Riding Council would like to invite you to attend our Covid-19 Recovery and Support Workshops.

These will provide you with valuable information on restarting your community group/venue safely and funding opportunities available as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to attend or find out more information, please use the booking link provided in the attached document or use These session will be available to attend online and in person.

If you also know of any other community groups or venues who would be interested in attending these events, please forward this information onto them.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Find out more

Return to Play – what’s permitted and when?


There’s currently a lot of information to consider with the return to play across the sport and physical activity sector.

This information is being regularly updated based on the latest insight, guidance and advice as we move through the steps of the government’s roadmap – this can provide a challenge in keeping on top of what the latest position is.

Sport England have created a guidance hub to collate information, making it easier for you to find the latest information for a variety of sports and activities.

You can access the Sport England guidance hub here. On this page you will also find links to the latest government guidance pages relevant to sport and physical activity providers.

The graphic below presents a summary of what’s permitted, based on information currently available. This information was last updated on 23 April. Sport England will continue to update their guidance as and when more information is available.



What’s the Difference between
Child Protection and Safeguarding?


This animation from NSPCC shows the difference between child protection and safeguarding in a sports setting and looks in more depth at how children and young people can be further protected beyond their time at training sessions.

By taking a closer look at contextual safeguarding, by looking at where young people practice skills in their spare time, how they travel to practice or where they go afterwards, we can help to make them even safer.

Visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit website for more information and resources

How can sport safeguard children? NSPCC | CPSU
Discover more about Active Humber on our latest Blog Posts




Co-op Update
Co-op Local Community Fund
Applications to the Co-op Local Community Fund are open from 4 May 2021. The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that our members care about.Every time our members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, we’ll give local causes a helping hand. If your project helps people access food, improves mental wellbeing or provides opportunities for young people, apply on our website from 4 May.

Co-op Member Pioneer vacancy
Co-op is currently recruiting for a Member Pioneers for the Hornsea area. Member Pioneers are focused on bringing people together to make a difference in their community. That means talking to Co-op members, colleagues and community groups to increase collaboration. By building relationships with and connecting these people Member Pioneers are the catalyst for new ideas, initiatives and projects. Member Pioneers work for 4 hours per week for £9.18ph + benefits. To apply, visit

There is also a vacancy for a Member Pioneer in the Hessle, North Ferriby & West Hull area, find out more.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Lasting Connections – launching the Emergencies Partnership impact report

The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its impact report – ‘Lasting Connections’, which shines a light on some of the achievements in the last year in order to improve collective insight, collaboration and coordination across the sector.

Co-chairs of the Emergencies Partnership – Maddy Desforges, CEO of NAVCA and Mike Adamson, CEO of British Red Cross, stated that they are incredibly proud of the role local partners have played in strengthening the partnership and extended their gratitude and appreciation to the Local Infrastructure Network for its involvement in the partnership.

The partnership acknowledges that they still have a long way to go to achieve its objectives and will continue to work together in new and evolving ways as part of the preparedness plan for future emergencies and greater resilience.

Click here to read the report.


Shaping Our Lives – inclusive involvement

Shaping Our Lives has a mission to advance the involvement of Deaf and Disabled people, service users and others facing barriers when accessing services. Their Inclusive Involvement Survey aims to find out what would help you to take part and influence services to work better for you and other people in similar situations. Some examples of involvement activities are completing a survey about a local health service, taking part in a focus group with your local authority or providing lived experiences to students on a social work degree course.

Click here to complete the survey.


Patterns for Change

Patterns for Change is a set of seven behaviours for effective and impactful organisational development, created by a nonprofit network including Shift, NPC, IVAR and NCVO and funded in partnership by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and The National Lottery Community Fund. Click here to read more.


The roadmap out of lockdown: key areas of focus for charities and voluntary organisations

On 22 February the government published its roadmap out of national lockdown. Since the roadmap was published, NCVO has been hearing from charities and voluntary organisations across England about their concerns and key areas of focus.

In this blog they pull together the areas of focus and concerns for the voluntary sector.

Click here to read the blog in full.

Covid-19 volunteering guidance update
Here are the collated updates from GOV.UK on guidance relating to volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.The updates include:

  • Restriction changes in stage 2 of the roadmap
  • Twice weekly testing offer
  • Workplace testing
  • Fundraising
  • Organised events
  • Civil society sectors and the EU
  • ICO and ACAS guidance

Click here to see the full list of updates.

Youth Sector Census
National Youth Sector Census – are you registered?
The National Youth Agency (NYA) is undertaking a national census of all youth services and out of school activities in England. Over 16,000 organisations are pre-registered, including charities and community groups, and local youth services. More than any survey, the Census will provide essential information on how to plan, invest in and support the youth sector, used by funders, commissioners, providers and policymakers. It takes 2 minutes to check if your organisation is included, and if not, to register. Pre-register by 29 April to be sure to be counted.Find out more

Civil Society and Youth Update

New Covid-19 fundraising guidance
The Fundraising Regulator and Chartered Institute of Fundraising have published new guidance for fundraising during Covid-19 as lockdown measures start to ease. This follows the government’s announcement on 9 April that public fundraising was permitted to return from Monday 12 April, as part of the next phase of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

To access the guidance click here.

Covid-19 stakeholder and influencer toolkit
The Cabinet Office have updated their published COVID-19 Stakeholder and Influencer Toolkit. This has been produced to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations disseminate key messages on vaccines, which are:

  • Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from 9 April
  • Non essential retail, hairdressers and gyms can reopen from Monday, April 12. Hospitality venues can open, outdoors.
  • Remember to follow the Hands, Face Space, Fresh Air guidance.

Please do share the toolkit with your wider networks. To download the toolkit click here

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

The Master Locksmiths Association is warning homeowners to be on their guard for rogue locksmiths scamming consumers
The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is the largest trade body in the UK representing the profession – the members’ survey has revealed that 66% have been called to a job after homeowners inadvertently called out a rogue locksmith over the past 12 months. moreRetired school teacher almost conned out of £30,000 by rogue traders
A retired school teacher from Reading, who was almost conned out of £30,000, is warning others to be on their guard against rogue traders.  Ann Dismukes raised concerns when a £40 quote for clearing the gutter escalated to work on the whole roof. more

Trading Standards warning over National Insurance phone scam
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is warning of an automated telephone message claiming that the National Insurance number of the recipient “will be terminated due to some unethical financial transactions.” more

Haunted by shame: victims of bank transfer scams tell of lasting trauma
Mary Higgins’s life changed the moment the phone rang one afternoon in November. The caller claimed to be from the Metropolitan police fraud department and told her that her bank cards had been compromised. more

Warning issued by regulator over ‘clone firm’ using fake MoneySavingExpert and Martin Lewis email addresses
The alert from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), warns people to avoid dealing with what it calls the ‘clone firm’. It’s understood the clone firm sent emails claiming to be from (MSE) and Martin Lewis offering savings accounts with eye-catching rates. more

Criminals are using LinkedIn as the ultimate phishing tool
According to MI5, the UK’s security agency, at least 10,000 citizens have been approached by state-sponsored threat actors using fake profiles on a popular social media platform. While MI5 did not specifically name the platform, the BBC claims to have learned that the platform in question is LinkedIn. more

Excited Brits being tricked into paying for fake trips
Brits are being urged not to fall for fake holiday scams as criminals try to con people out of thousands of pounds. It comes as excitement starts to build over the new traffic light system that is expected to come into place later this year. more

Which? Scam Alert

National Insurance number ‘compromised’ cold call 
An official sounding voice usually claiming to be from the National Crime Agency or National Office for Serious Crimes has been cold calling unsuspecting members of the public, asking them to call back urgently. It may state that your National Insurance number has been compromised, but it’s an attempt to get you to hand over your personal details.

You may receive it in the form of a pre-recorded message or phone call that sounds threatening, so please do ignore it. Here’s how fraudsters may pressure you into giving up your details and how you can protect yourself.

Five things to say to doorstep scammers
We’ve heard a growing number of reports of scammers targeting people on their doorsteps, and they tend to target older people, so be alert to unsolicited visits. Here’s a short video explaining what you can say if a stranger comes knocking at your door.

‘FluBot’ malware scam delivery message
Scam package delivery messages containing dangerous malware have been on the rise. This malware or FluBot contains a harmful link to download an app that can infect your phone, harvest passwords and personal info, as well as access your contacts. This is just one type of text message scam.

We explain more about this specific scam, what text and messaging scams are and how to spot them.

Appliance cover con
Ever received unexpected calls telling you that cover for your washing machine, oven, dishwasher or other home appliance cover is due for renewal?

Unfortunately, widespread cold calling and sharp sales tactics with fraudsters and firms masquerading as established brands surged in 2020, and we’ve been receiving an increase in reports of these types of cold callers.

Here’s the lowdown on how they operate and how to deal with them.

Fraud on PayPal
While PayPal has policies in place to help bring scammers to justice, it’s often a target for fraudsters looking for quick access to customer’s money and their tactics are becoming trickier to spot.

In this instance, PayPal misunderstood the tactic of remote access software increasingly being used to access its site, leading to it contradicting its buyer policy that says it will investigate fraud on its platform and that customers aren’t liable for unauthorised purchases.

Here’s what one customer experienced after losing £5,000 to a PayPal scammer and how the matter was resolved.

Health Updates

What Matters to You, Matters to Us

Help us to shape the future of your healthcare services
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.

The Humber Acute Services programme is looking at how to make healthcare work better for local people. It is looking at the types of healthcare and treatments that people typically receive from one of our five main hospitals in the region:

  • Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital
  • Hull Royal Infirmary
  • Castle Hill Hospital
  • Goole and District Hospital

We are thinking about how these services could be provided differently in the future, whether in hospitals or GP surgeries, at home or on the high street.

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 the work of the Humber Acute Services programme on our website:

Community Safety Updates

Child Exploitation Training

(This training replaces the previous one-day course and has been split into two parts)

Part 1 (3 hours) – Awareness of Child Exploitation and the impact on children and their families
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will;

  • Understand the risk and vulnerabilities relating to extra familial risk
  • Know the signs that may indicate a child is being exploited
  • Understand methods used to groom a child
  • Recognise the impact of child exploitation on children and their families

Part 2 (3 hours) – Procedures used to identify, assess, respond, and disrupt child exploitation in the East Riding
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will be able to describe the processes used to prevent, disrupt, and respond to exploitation & trafficking in the East Riding

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

Date / Time
Part 1 Wednesday     9 June         13:00 – 16:00
Part 2 Thursday       10 June         13:00 – 16:00

To apply click on the link below which will take you to our application page (please do not email your application for this training).
*  It may take up to 7 days for your application to be processed so please allow this time before contacting to check if you have been allocated a place.
If you have any queries email us at

Safer Recruitment Training 2021

(Virtual Delivery – This 2 session course replaces the one day face to face Safer Recruitment training whilst covid restrictions are in place.)

Who is this for?
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) reminds us that the School Staffing Regulations (England) 2009 requires governing bodies of maintained schools to ensure that at least one persons who conducts an interview has completed safer recruitment training.  Therefore this training is aimed at anyone involved in the recruitment of staff across the Education Sector.

Learning Objectives
Based on an understanding of offender behaviour participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • Help participants begin to review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer

NB: this is not a comprehensive workshop on staff recruitment and selection

Dates (please note both sessions must be attended to complete the training)

To apply for this course please complete the box below and email to


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

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

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

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

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

Day Date Time
Tuesday 25 May 15:45 – 16:45
Wednesday 23 June 10:30 – 11:30
Friday 09 July 14:30 – 15:30
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

Arnold Clark Community Fund
The fund is supporting UK registered charities and local community groups that are in need of financial support due to Covid-19. Each month until the end of May, 500 applications will be granted. If an application is unsuccessful one month, it will be rolled over and considered in the following month. The final date for applications is Monday 31 May, however applying earlier increases the chance of being successful.
Application forms and more information is available from Arnold Clark’s website.

Humber Learning Consortium are pleased to announce the open call for applications to 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, East Riding, 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. Applications would be welcomed from North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available.

For further details go to – contact details or call Jacquie Newman on 07541626331 to discuss any potential applications.

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.

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 June, 30 September and 30 November 2021.

Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2021 Open on 1 March
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

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.

Find out more

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