Fortnightly Update From ERVAS – 30.10.2020



Fortnightly Update from ERVAS – 30.10.2020

ERVAS Services Update
Voluntary Sector Updates
National Voluntary Sector Updates
Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates
Health Updates
Community Safety Updates
Funding News
GOV.UK Updates

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

East Riding Local-Links Networking Event

An event for ALL Voluntary, community groups

The event:
10:AM Introduce & Promote your Organisation
11AM COVID19 Re-opening your group safely
11:15AM Funding Updates
11:30AM Focus on Driffield

When? Tuesday 10 November at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

East Riding Youth Voice Discussion
Join us for a discussion about the East Riding Youth Parliament and Youth Voice.

If you are aged 10-25 this event is for you!

When? Thursday 12 November at 4 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Bridlington Local-Links
An event for ALL Voluntary, community groups

The event:
Introduce and promote your organisation
Discussion of any Issues
Network with others in Bridlington

When?  Friday 13 November at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Beginners Guide to Fundraising
This course will cover the basic tools of fundraising, with a general overview of the many methods available to any VCSE organisation.

The emphasis of the training is to allow participants to explore sustainable sources of funding as part of a long term fundraising strategy.

Course aims:
To provide an overview of fundraising methods
To outline the regulation of fundraising
To provide guidance on developing a fundraising strategy

When?  Wednesday 18 November at 10 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Anti-Bullying Week Youth Discussion
We are holding an open discussion on tackling bullying for young people aged 10-25.
Want to make a difference? Have some ideas for a project?
Why not see what we can do to support you have a say.

When?  Wednesday 18 November at 4:30 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Charity Support Clinic
Join us for free advice and support at our Charity Support Clinic.
Experts will be on hand to offer advice on a range of issues; from setting up a charity to finding volunteers; from raising funds to monitoring budgets. Let us have your questions and issues in advance and we will tailor our support to your needs. Places are limited to 5 only so register your questions and book your place now.

When?  Tuesday 24 November at 11 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Setting up your organisation
The emphasis of the training is to allow participants to understand the different legal forms an organisation can have and guide them through the process of choosing the right structure.

Course aims:
To give an overview of the most common types of organisation
To identify what charitable status means
To give an overview of the process of incorporation and registration

When?  Thursday 26 November at 11 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

FraudWatch website launch

We are pleased to share that we have just launched our new FraudWatch website which is full of information you may need relating to fraud and supporting victims.

On this website you will find information about the different types of scams, videos that can be used to raise awareness, as well as tips on how to avoid being a victim of a scam.

Visit the website today, at

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.

For further information about how to apply for the grant, please see the guidance notes and application form available on our website and feel free to contact Detty Tyler: or Judith Leech: if you would like any support with the application.

Find out more

What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership?

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (Emergencies Partnership) recognises the crucial role that the voluntary sector plays, both nationally and locally, to support those in need. We also see the increasing demands made on the sector and are here as a safety net:

✓ to boost and enhance support from national to VCS organisations, and to help raise the profile of grassroots organisations
✓ to further strengthen coordination of national and local response efforts during emergencies
✓ to provide a single access point between government and the voluntary and community sector.

What does the Emergencies Partnership do?
The Emergencies Partnership has four strands of work:

  1. A national platform to gather intelligence on unmet need at national, regional and local levels
  2. A request for support service for when the demand for support outstrips the supply available to meet it
  3. Five regional multi-agency cells, with representatives from national and local voluntary organisations across England, to facilitate a more collaborative and coordinated response across the voluntary and community sector
  4. One national volunteering cell which has national overview and provides a single point of contact for requests for large-scale volunteer support

The role of local infrastructure
Each regional multi-agency cell is built on a network of ‘Liaison Leads’ drawn from local infrastructure. Your local infrastructure organisation can connect to the Liaison Leads, who can then draw on the Emergencies Partnership network and resources to support need in the local area.

As leaders of local charities and infrastructure organisations, the understanding they have of local needs and capacity is a key factor in the Emergencies Partnership being able to operate effectively.

Your local contact is:
East Riding Voluntary Action Services
Phone: 01482 871 077

You can also request support directly by visiting

They are committed to working with the Emergencies Partnership to support the local VCS by: hearing where demand at a local level outstrips supply

✓ Feeding this in as a request for support to the Partnership
✓ Keeping you updated with this request and the support
✓ Sharing insights on emerging needs in our area

Voluntary Sector Updates

Local COVID Alert Level: High (from midnight on Saturday)

This means:

  • People must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or
    other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other
    than those which remain closed in law.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close
    between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the
    premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service,
    click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will
    only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they
    do not live with (or share a support bubble with)
  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to
    access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where

People must:

  • Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

People should continue to:

  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where they can effectively do so
  • Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on
    public transport.

For more information, visit

East Riding Modern Slavery Review 2020/2021

An East Riding Modern Day Slavery Review has been commissioned in the East Riding by the statutory Safeguarding and Community Safety Partnership Boards.

Do you currently collect any data and information regarding modern slavery, whether this might be referrals you have made, or intelligence you have shared, or anything else?

If so please contact Detty Tyler via by Friday 6th November 2020.

Re-engage Update

As you maybe aware Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) has been providing social contact for older people for over 50 years. We set up call companions in response to the current COVID-19 crisis as we were forced to suspend our regular social gatherings. We plan to run both services after the crisis is over.

You may know already that our call companion service is free for older people who may be socially isolated and lonely and would enjoy a regular friendly chat over the phone and we currently have volunteer call companions ready to be matched with potential referrals from all over Yorkshire.

If you need any more details please do get in touch with me on the number below. If you would like to refer anyone to call companions, you are welcome to refer online (with their permission, of course) or simply pass on our freephone number, which is 0800 716 543. We have staff who can go through the application form with them over the phone. I’ve attached our up to date leaflets with more details.

My very best wishes
Deb Meynell
0161 6975049

Bridlington Gold Update 

I am writing on behalf of Bridlington Gold, a new radio station serving Bridlington and the surrounding villages which will be launching soon.

As part of our service we intend to broadcast a daily Community Calendar which is designed to give free advertising to local charitable, voluntary and non-profit making organisations with which to publicise any fund-raising events, appeals for equipment or volunteers etc.

Should you wish to take advantage of this Free service all you have to do is simply go to our website click on “Events” and submit the details, giving us as much information and notice as possible.

If you would like any more information regarding the radio station and the services we offer to local organisations such as interviews, publicity etc, please do not hesitate to give me a call on 01262 722101 or 07773 – 875047.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Hammond

Bridlington Gold

Beverley FM Update 

Beverley FM, the Sound of East Yorkshire, wants your stories. Every weekday, we invite guests from local organisations onto the airwaves for a chat about your latest developments. Sometimes we can send a reporter to record an interview for our Breakfast Show or Morning Mix programme.

In the last month, we have talked to East Riding Theatre, Bundles of Joy, Beverley Community Lift and Fitmums and Friends, to name just a few. We also broadcast local news bulletins six days a week.

Beverley FM is on 107.8FM, online at and on smartphones and smart speakers, broadcasting locally 24 hours a day.

Please send your stories to

Job Vacancy – Beverley Community Lift

Transport Co-ordinator
Beverley Community Lift (BCL) is the community transport charity for the Beverley, Market Weighton and Pocklington areas.

Our vision is:
“To provide a caring and sustainable transport service, at the heart of our community, for everyone who needs our help.  We deliver our services with dedication and compassion, combatting social and rural isolation by getting people out and about and by keeping them in touch with their community.”

The role is to co-ordinate fleet transport to ensure the service operates safely, sustainably and meets the requirements of all BCL stakeholders – trustees, volunteers, passengers and community groups.
Role & Responsibilities:

  • Co-ordinate and rota drivers to ensure effective running of BCL fleet operation.
  • Oversee the maintenance of BCL fleet vehicles to ensure they meet statutory requirements.
  • Initiate and maintain health and safety policies and risk assessments in relation to fleet management, minibus drivers and passengers.

Salary: £8,775 or £11.25 per hour.
Hours: 15 hours per week – 12 office-based, 3 flexible.
Location: Beverley Community Lift, 25 Corporation Road, Beverley, HU17 9HG
For a further information, a full job description and application pack, please email or telephone: 01482 868082.
The closing date is 6th November 2020.


The latest arts show from the team at BillboardTV. We are a group of volunteers giving arts and culture on the East Coast a video platform each month and thousands of people are viewing it.

For East Yorkshire, this month we meet Goole-based author Ray Clark and hear of the latest musical work by  Martin Peirson of Cherry Burton. In addition, there is other news from the literary, creative writing, arts and music worlds across the region.

Please support and share the link and help us support the arts world in these tough times.

Our next deadline will be around 10th November. Send press releases and/or video clips to


Swanland Heritage Centre 

Christmas presents made easy this year: the Swanland Heritage Centre (next to Christ Church, opposite the pond) has a selection of calendars, with views from around the village, books and notelets ready to sell to you.

One of their committee members, Ian Macfarlane, has edited a delightful book of recollections of village life as it was a hundred years ago, Down Memory Lane by Elizabeth Dyson, including many photographs from that time.  This is being published as you read this newsletter, with thanks to financial assistance from McCarthy & Stone, at £5 per copy. Calendars cost £6 (basic) and £8.50 (appointments).

After nine months of closed doors, the Centre will open from 10 – 12 am each Saturday until 19th December specifically to sell these items.  If you wish to order items in advance or to visit the centre to browse or research, then please call one of the numbers below to make an appointment – for only one person at a time (or two from the same household), wearing masks.

For further details on this or anything about the Centre, or to order items,  please contact:
Yvonne Dumsday:, phone: 634863 or Ian Macfarlane, phone: 632800 or any committee member (see

Jacob’s Well Appeal – Huge Warehouse Sale

Clothing/Electrical/Bric a Brac/Crockery/Gardening/Tools & much more!
PPE – Visors/Masks/Hand Wash – all donations for our Covid Overseas Poverty Fund

Jacob’s Well Warehouse, on Swinemoor Lane
9am- 1pm

Funding Available for Firefighting Equipment
and Training Courses

Firefighting Equipment
We have been donated various pieces of new/still boxed firefighting equipment. These are available to local charities, non profit making organisations and community groups – free of charge

Workplace Safety Courses
We are also pleased to announce that we have scheduled some dates for the following workplace safety courses;

  • 20th Nov  – Fire Extinguisher
  • 4th Dec  – Manual Handling
  • 17th Dec  – Fire Marshal
  • 7th & 8th Jan  – First Aid at Work
  • 15th Jan  – Emergency First Aid at Work​

Course places are free to local charities, non profit making organisations and community groups.​

Places are very limited due to COVID-19 measures

Find out more

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)
Welcome to Claire Thomas – Participation Coordinator and Trudy Cooper – Administrator – both newly appointed to EYPCF.

Claire Thomas – Participation Coordinator
I am thrilled to have started work with East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum and look forward to collaborating with parents and carers and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.   My working experience includes the private and public sectors, higher education and 20 years in the voluntary and community sector.  It was my experience as a Summer Play scheme Worker for KIDS Yorkshire and the Humber that sparked my passion for working with and supporting charities and community groups.  I spent a number of years with Hull & East Yorkshire Mind and have also provided infrastructure support for charities and social enterprises in the East Riding.  If you are a parent or carer who would, in confidence, be happy to share your experiences, please get in touch.  Our mission is to ensure that we shape and improve SEND services.

Trudy Cooper – Administrator
I was previously a Registered Care Manager with 15 years experience in the Care Industry and later 8 years experience in a Media Management role as the Logistics Manager for PA Media Group. I took redundancy from this role after 8 years to be with my then very young family and to care for my middle child who has additional needs. I was heavily involved in the Riverside Special School Campaign and remain passionate about our Special Needs young people and adults and ensuring that all are appropriately supported. I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to work with the EYPCF and am excited about helping to improve local services for families who care for children and young people with SEND.

Humber LEP AGM
Join us at our Annual General Meeting 2020, which will be held online in a first for the Humber LEP.You’re invited to join us at our Humber LEP Annual General Meeting 2020.

Taking place on Friday, November 13th between 10am and 11am, the event will be taking place online.

The event will include updates from our Chief Executive and Chair, special guests and a panel of LEP Board members ready to answer your questions.

Despite the challenges of the last year, a great deal of progress has been made towards our goals for the region.

Please join us at this event, and get involved by submitting your questions to our panel.

Please email your questions to our Communications Officer Charis Scott-Holm on for your chance to take part.

To book your place, register here:

A link to our online AGM will be sent out shortly before the event.


Register Now

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Government pledges £1m in response to ITV’s Help our Helplines campaign
Inspired by ITV’s Help Our Helplines campaign, the Government will donate £1m to charities through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, administered by Mind.

The extra £1m of Government funding came as part of a package of support for the mental health sector on World Mental Health Day, including £2 million for research into the effects of Covid-19 on the mental health of at risk groups, and over £400 million to eradicate dormitories in mental health facilities in England.

Click here for the full Government announcement

Stepping up and helping out: grassroots volunteering in response to COVID-19
Local Trust has published its sixth briefing as part of their rapid research series. This research series focuses on the Covid-19 responses across 26 communities in England, and how they will recover.

This briefing uses insights from across these communities to explore questions in relation to what volunteering is taking place, who is getting involved, how it is organised, whether new forms of volunteering are emerging as a result of the pandemic, and whether volunteers’ energy can be sustained as the pandemic continues.

Key points include:

  • People do not necessarily label themselves as volunteers; often they see themselves as ‘just getting on with what needs to be done’ in their community
  • Engaging people at the grassroots level has been more effective than national or regional command-and-control volunteer initiatives

Click here to read the report

Claim tax relief for your job expenses
If you’ve asked your employees to work from home, and you’ve not reimbursed them already, your employees may be entitled to claim tax relief on additional household expenses they’ve incurred, such as heating and lighting.

From 6 April 2020, this tax relief is based on £6 per week or £26 per month (£4 per week, or £18 per month before 6 April 2020).

To make a claim, tell your employees to go to GOV.UK and search ‘claim tax relief for your job expenses’.

It’s quick and secure, and those who are eligible will receive their full entitlement by an adjustment to their tax code.

Click here to find out more

Office for Civil Society Update

Updated Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in England to be Released:
Those considered most clinically vulnerable are due to receive updated government guidance tailored to their local area, in line with new local Covid alert levels to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus.

The new guidance will support them to take appropriate protective actions in their everyday lives, while retaining as much normality as possible. Clinically extremely vulnerable groups include those with specific health conditions, certain cancers and organ transplant recipients.

Those in exceptionally high-risk areas may still be advised to adopt formal shielding in the future. If shielding advice is reintroduced in their area, they will also be eligible for a support package – including food access support, medicines deliveries and any additional care or support required.

For more information visit:

Children England Update

School exams in 2021
The Department for Education has announced that GCSE, AS level and A level exams will be held three weeks later than usual next year, to allow students more time to prepare. It says: “The government will engage widely with the sector over the next 6 weeks to identify any risks to exams at a national, local, and individual student level, and consider measures needed to address any potential disruption. This could be a student unable to sit exams due to illness or self-isolation, or schools affected by a local outbreak during the examination season meaning centres cannot open.”

The impact of Covid policies on children and young people
A Guardian report brings together warnings from a range of experts including child psychologists and members of the government’s SAGE advisory team on the ‘collateral damage’ being done to 7 – 24 year olds by Coronavirus policies, including loss of education, unemployment and widespread, deepening poverty. It lists solutions suggested by experts as:

  • Universal basic income
  • Expansion of the free school meals programme
  • Free, high-speed internet to all households with children eligible for free school meals
  • Extension of job support schemes for the young
  • Increased support of local services with an emphasis on women’s refuges, homeless charities, youth groups and supports for black, Asian and minority ethnic populations

Insufficient mental health support for young people returning to school
Young Minds’ research amongst over 2,000 young people aged 11 to 18 with experience of mental health needs suggests that for the majority, mental health has worsened since returning to school. One young person said: “Having pre-existing anxiety I feel that there is a lack of support or sympathy. The school is focussed on results and returning to normal, but have not taken into account the mindset of their students that have been isolated for so long. Travelling and socialising is exhausting, but it’s the continued workload that is most distressing.”

  • 69% of respondents described their mental health as poor now that they are back at school; this has risen from 58% who described their mental health as poor before returning to school.
  • 40% of respondents said that there was no school counsellor available to support students in their school
  • Only 15% of respondents said there was sufficient information and support for them at school

Young Minds is calling for ring-fenced funding for schools to commission the right support, such as in-school counselling and extra staff for pastoral support.

NYA Guidance remains at Amber level

** Following the Prime Ministers statement on 12 October 2020 the NYA confirms that Medium, High and Very High tiers all fall into the Amber Level of the NYA Readiness Framework.  Please read up on our current guidance document and make sure you are meeting the requirements for the Amber Readiness Level. Bubbles of 15 in COVID Secure venues can continue**


  • COVID Secure venues required
  • Max bubbles of 15 (+ youth workers and staff)
  • Face coverings required for ages 11+
  • Social Distancing required of 1 metre plus

Everyone should read the guidance document and follow the recommended actions and requirements. (Version 3)

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Cumbria Trading Standards advice to consumers following launch of government’s Green Homes Grant
Following the launch of the government’s Green Homes Grant this month, Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards service is urging residents to be on their guard from the threat of fraud.

The Green Homes Grant is an initiative to encourage homeowners to invest money in improving the energy-efficiency of their property – whilst also giving the economy a much-needed boost. more

‘Conman’ stockbroker jailed for £250,000 fraud
A stockbroker who funded a jet-set lifestyle by stealing his clients’ money has been jailed for six years.

James Bufton, 26, stole more than £250,000 from eight victims – including a dying man, close friends and his own family – and spent it on his gambling addiction, hotel stays and helicopter flights to the Cheltenham races. more

Flintshire Trading Standards warning over cold callers claiming to be from Sky broadband advising they are due compensation
Flintshire Trading Standards officers have issued a warning over cold callers claiming to be from Sky broadband.

The telephone scam involves residents receiving cold calls purporting to be from Sky advising them that they are due compensation due to their internet speeds being too slow. more

‘I was tricked into sending over £20,000 to criminals’
At the end of July, Howard received a phone call, with the person claiming to be from HMRC.

‘Don’t put the phone down or you could face five years in jail’, Howard was warned when he picked up. more

Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) saves client £150,000 after close shave with sophisticated ‘Prudential’ scam
A financial adviser saved his client £150,000 after they came into contact with a sophisticated scam that appeared to be a legitimate Prudential product. more

Criminals are stealing bank account details in fake Home Office email scam which orders motorists to pay ‘penalty charge’ of up to £30
Criminals are using authentic looking emails featuring the Home Office logo in order to trick Britons into handing over their bank details.

The criminals are sending threatening emails to people claiming they have been given a ‘penalty charge’ for driving a vehicle in a ‘charging area’. more

Mystery Shopper Recruitment Scams
Fraudsters are targeting job-seekers with a recruitment scam that has already claimed 35 victims with losses totalling over £51,000. All of the victims have so far been from London.

The fraudsters use recruitment websites and apps to identify potential targets. The victim is then cold-called by someone claiming to be an employee of a mobile phone network. The caller explains to the victim that they will need to take part in a “mystery shopper” test in order to pass the recruitment process.

The victim is instructed to visit one of the mobile network’s high street stores and take out a phone contract using the victim’s own personal and financial details. They are assured that the contract will be cancelled after the recruitment process is completed.

Once the victim has successfully taken out the contract, they are directed to drop-off points to deliver the phone and SIM card to a ‘colleague’ of the caller. The victim is reassured that the contract will be terminated.

In reality, the victims will never hear from the suspects again, and are left liable for the mobile phone contract they were convinced to purchase. Some victims are also asked to move the “employer’s” money through their own bank accounts, putting them at risk of committing money laundering offences. Others find out that their personal details have been used to take out loans, for which they are also now liable.

What you need to do

  • Personal information such as your full address, DOB, or NI Number should not be included on your CV or public profiles on a recruitment sites.
  • To protect yourself against identity theft, always verify that the employer/recruiter you’re speaking with is who they say they are. Contact the employer via a telephone number or email address on their official website, or via the company’s verified social media accounts.
  • Never allow an employer to move their money through your personal bank account. Legitimate employers won’t ask you to do this.
  • For more advice and information about recruitment scams, please visit:

Beware of Graham!

Graham Norton has topped the list of celebrities whose names are most often linked to malicious websites when searched for online, according to antivirus software McAfee.

Cyber criminals use popular searches to entice internet users to click on malicious links that house a virus. Sites claiming to offer streaming of popular shows for free may be especially risky.

The National Cyber Security Centre warned earlier this year of over 300,000 malicious URLs relating to fake celebrity endorsements. Other famous names linked to scams online included Martin Lewis, Sir Richard Branson and Ed Sheeran.

To protect yourself from these scams, it’s best to be vigilant when deciding which websites to click on, avoid accessing unofficial free streaming services and forward any suspicious emails to

Catalyst Update

NEW: Charity Digital Journeys report
What happens when charities go digital? Nissa Ramsay spoke to 15 digital leads to find out, and the resulting report details common steps, hurdles, and ways to make the path less painful. Plus: hear more in Nissa’s Digital Leaders Week talk.

Why we didn’t fund some projects
Following on from the last round of the Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response funding initiative, we wanted to explain why we didn’t fund some applications. Read more here.

NAVCA Digital Update

10 blogging best practices
You may feel that the world does not need another blog right now. BUT one of the best ways to get your message across is through storytelling. And one of the most authentic ways of doing this is in a blog.

So to cut a long story short – get blogging. And if you’re unsure here’s a few tips.

Beyond Cyber Essentials for charities
Arunava Banerjee, cyber risk consultant at Zurich, shared his insights in a webinar run in partnership with NCVO.

The webinar was set up to help charities understand cyber security and steps they should take to protect their organisations, as cyber risk becomes an increasing concern for charities.

You can listen again to the webinar here

Health Updates

Mental Health Survey

As part of our new campaign ‘Healthy Minds in East Riding’, launching in October, we want to know what good mental heath means to you. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Complete the survey

NHS mHabitat

To all ICS/STP and local Stakeholders with an interest in digital inclusion,

The Phase 3 NHS response to Covid19 letter sent from NHS England/Improvement to all NHS Leaders on 31 July 2020 specifically highlights the need to ensure that digitally enabled care pathways increase inclusion. For the purposes of this research we are calling this and the breadth of digital inclusion initiatives ‘Inclusive Digital Transformation’.

mHabitat* is working with NHSX to find out more about the current picture of ‘Inclusive Digital Transformation’ in a health and care context at an Integrated Care System (ICS)/Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) level and at a local level across the country.

According to the Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2020 9 million struggle to use digital in the UK and the people most likely to be digitally excluded are also more likely to need health and care services. Barriers are complex and multi-faceted. This complexity means that one size does not fit all and there will be many different approaches and activities.

Inclusive Digital Transformation means purposefully working together to co-design inclusion into digital transformation at a strategic and delivery level to ensure that everyone benefits from digitally enabled health and care.

The first stage of our research is two surveys. We will analyse these surveys and carry out a small number of deep dive interviews. We will be sharing the findings in due course. We hope this information will be useful at a local level and that it will shine a spotlight on good practice and enable useful connections to be made at a local and national level.

Please do complete the relevant surveys and share with appropriate colleagues and networks.

LINK: Inclusive Digital Transformation Locality Survey

We are inviting local stakeholders to complete a short survey to find out what digital inclusion activities are being delivered at a local level across the country.

We expect the survey to take 5 -10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing this survey is 11 November 2020.

If you want to find out more about us or get in touch go to our website, follow us on twitter or email us at

Community Safety Updates

Have Your Say on Your Fire and Rescue Service 

Around 40 firefighters battled a severe fire at Haltemprice Crematorium and managed to stop the flames spreading into the main chapel, four engines were sent to Easington gas terminal to contain a hydrogen leak and Hull crews spent a week containing a fire at a waste management and energy plant.

Supporting what we do, week in week out, are our plans which review our risk and ensure we are heading in the right direction.

We are now consulting on these and we would be interested in hearing your views. There’s only around a month left to do so and the response so far has been very

We are consulting on these documents till 12 noon Wednesday 11 November 2020.

It’s your Fire and Rescue Service, so have your say today at

Message Sent By
Jonathan Clark (Fire and Rescue Service, Public Safety Communications Manager, Humberside)

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

Due to demand we have added additional sessions to support the implementation of the revised Effective Support Offer. It is important that practitioners and operational managers have an understanding of the revised threshold guidance.


  • 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 and the Children’s Safeguarding Hub 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 via Microsoft Teams

Next session: Monday 9 November 15.45 – 16.45

How to apply:

Please email with the following information

  • Full Name
  • Team
  • Job Tile
  • Email address
  • Effective Support Briefing dates preferred

East Riding Crime Reduction Fund

The East Riding Crime Reduction Fund has been established by the East Riding Community Safety Partnership, with funding provided by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner and aims to provide grants for projects that will provide sustainable solutions to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Projects must help to meet at least one of the three aims in the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime plan:

  • To deliver increasingly self-sustaining and safe communities in the Humber area
  • To build public confidence in the agencies involved in creating safer communities
  • To provide services to victims and the vulnerable that meet their needs.

Size of grants: Grants are available of up to £20,000

When to apply?

Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis subject to available funds. Decisions on awards in 2020/21 will be made in September 2020, December 2020 and March 2021.

Deadlines for applications to be considered at each meeting will be:

  • 2nd November 2020
  • 1st February 2021

Find out more and apply

Hull Crime Reduction Fund

The Safer Hull Partnership Crime Reduction Fund is accepting new applications from not for profit organisation for projects that:

  • reduce domestic abuse and violent behaviour
  • reduce offending and re-offending
  • support victims and vulnerable people and communities
  • tackle substance misuse

The deadline is 31/10/20. Full details and digital application forms are available at:

Funding News

Grants from £500 to £5000 are available now on Beecan.

Help for Health East Riding Recovery and Resilience Fund from £500 to £5000 Available in East Riding
The committee for this fund is specifically looking for organisations that have engaged and understand the needs of their community within the current crisis, and now require financial support to put in place resources to respond accordingly.

They support groups working with people of all ages and backgrounds and are looking to direct their funding in to the following key areas:

1.            Access to sustainable food sources
2.            Access to medication and health services
3.            Support in alleviating isolation

They are ready to support your group with funding for Materials, Room Hire, Equipment, Training Costs, Consumables, Travel Costs, or Volunteer Costs.

Applicants can arrange a conversation before submitting their application by emailing

Groups registered on Beecan can find out more and apply for this grant by clicking HERE

The RB Small Grant Program £500 to £5000 – Available in Hull and East Riding
RB is driven by its purpose to protect, heal and nurture in a relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We fight to make access to the highest-quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment a right, not a privilege, for everyone.

To support local communities across Hull & East Yorkshire during Covid-19, RB is working with Forum and HEY Smile Foundation to facilitate a new small grant program. This program will support local-led ideas that will support individuals to have:

1.            A healthier and active lifestyle
2.            Improved self-care and resilience
3.            Access to nutritional food

Types of projects we are looking to support:
This is a grant program, looking to support local groups that understand their community. Applicants can arrange a conversation before submitting their application by emailing

Groups registered on Beecan can find out more and apply for this grant by clicking HERE

‘Green health grants’ to improve health, wellbeing and the environment 
City Health Care Partnership Foundation charity is offering a new type of grant for groups who are working to improve people’s health and wellbeing through initiatives that also aim to protect the environment and tackle climate change.

Green Health Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to voluntary and community organisations for projects that can show how they will achieve this.

The deadline for the current round of grants is 1 November 2020, 5pm; application forms and guidance notes can be found at; you can also email for more information.

Local groups can also apply for CHCP Foundation’s small grants scheme of up to £1,000.

City Health Care Partnership Foundation is the charitable arm of City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP), a leading co-owned health and care provider of NHS services in Hull, the East Riding, Knowsley, St Helens and Wigan. As a ‘for better profit’ organisation, profits are reinvested into our services, communities and colleagues. The Foundation is run by staff volunteers.

The Architectural Heritage Fund – Cultural Recovery Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a sudden and substantial impact on the heritage sector, and we want to support organisations who have been directly impacted and are now severely at risk. This programme aims to help previously sustainable organisations that care for, work with, or manage historic buildings to fund consultancy support to develop new operating models and business plans, where the impact of COVID-19 means the organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably by March 2021. We will provide funding which will enable organisations to achieve a clear plan towards future financial viability and help them remain resilient in a demanding external environment.

If you think your project is eligible and fits with our funding priorities, or you would like further advice, please contact us via and one of our team will get in touch. When you are ready, please complete the online application form at

The deadline for applications is 12pm, 9th November 2020. Decisions on grants will be made in early December 2020.

The Heritage Funding Directory
Managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free guide to financial support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects.

This is a useful starting point for navigating funding sources in the sector and it is recommended that you visit the funder’s website directly to explore the latest information.
Thanks to support from the Historic Houses Foundation, The Heritage Alliance and The Architectural Heritage Fund combined their funding directories to provide around 400 updated listings detailing sources of grants from trusts and foundations, as well as organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other ‘in kind’ resources. Visit for more information.

Covid-19 Frontline Women’s Fund – Fund now open. Deadline 16th November 2020.
Organisations must have an annual income of less than £250k to apply.

The COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund is being delivered by Smallwood Trust, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund has committed almost £500,000 to the fund, which will be used to provide support to organisations that are working with women most at risk of poverty and financial hardship due to the pandemic.

This National Lottery funding is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s wider COVID-19 emergency response for communities.

Core costs can be included in the application to enable organisations to survive the pandemic and funding is available to VCSE organisations, not only registered charities.

There is a very fast turnaround of grant applications as funds must be spent by March 2021. A copy of your accounts, governance document and safeguarding policy will be required for applications.

Hull, Humberside and coastal towns are priority areas for this fund.

For detailed information please check the guidance notes here.
To download an application form please click here.

2021 Positive Activity Grants Launched
The Youth & Family Support (YFS) service  of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are very pleased to announce the 2021 Positive Activity Grant (PAG) will be opening for applications on noon 2 November 2020.

This year we have three bands of grants available: –

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

Maximum of three awards of £5,000 each

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

Maximum of two awards up to £3,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency funding available for residents struggling financially due to COVID-19 pandemic

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s emergency assistance scheme aims to help residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of crisis.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the government have made available a limited amount of funds for residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of emergency or crisis. This money is to help support residents where they have had a reduction in their income as a result of coronavirus and urgently require assistance with food and essentials.

Awards will be made where there is no alternative means of meeting the need, this includes help from universal credit and other benefits payable.

Find out more

GOV.UK Updates

Ethnic minority communities and the elderly called upon to bolster the fight against coronavirus
Researchers are calling on more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and the over 65s to volunteer for clinical studies through the NHS Vaccine Registry.

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