About Us

We are the Charity for Charities and Communities

We are proud to be an infrastructure support organisation covering the whole of the East Riding of Yorkshire. As part of our work, we support and develop local voluntary sector groups and organisations across the area, with the focus of strengthening their delivery and building resilience within communities. We are also proud to be part of a wider network of infrastructure organisations across the UK. We have a formal membership of 442 organisations who each have a vote on the way the organisation runs, in addition, we have an e-bulletin distribution list of approx. 1,167 organisations and over 1,900 VCS organisations registered on our Local Links Directory.

ERVAS is an organisation that strives to empower and support local organisations, and our support is not limited to members, but anyone that needs help. We aim to make a real difference to our communities, and we always review our work to ensure that we are making the best use of our resources and are able to meet the needs of the wider voluntary and community sector.

If you would like to make use of the many services we offer, please feel free to contact us via our website or by emailing office@ervas.org.uk, we will be more than happy to provide you with information about how you can gain further support from us or provide a quote for work to be carried out.

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Our history

Originally there were three Council for Voluntary Services (CVS’s) operating across the East Yorkshire Area, Bridlington, Boothferry and Beverley CVS. Due to each CVS having geographical constraints infrastructure support was not provided or consistent across the whole of the East Riding for voluntary sector organisations. East Riding of Yorkshire Council started negotiations with the three CVS’s to suggest a merger. A tender was put out for an East Riding wide service, the successful bidder was North Bank Forum who developed East Riding Voluntary Action Services as a project which replaced the three CVS’s in existence from 1st April 2003.

On 02 August 2006 ERVAS registered with Companies House and as of 01 April 2007 started operating independently from North Bank Forum. ERVAS was registered as a Charity on 12 October 2007.

Our objects

The objects of ERVAS are to promote any Charitable purpose for the benefit of the community within but not exclusive to the East Riding of Yorkshire in particular the advancement of education, the development of financial awareness, the promotion of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness. To promote for the benefit of the promotion and provision of voluntary and community services for the wider community.

Our projects

We have a long history of providing various types of support across the East Riding to the VCSE, this includes but is not limited to –

  • East Riding Volunteer Centre – the only NCVO accredited Volunteer Centre for the East Riding, providing the 6 core functions of a volunteer centre, administers the Do-it.org.uk website, regularly updates local volunteer opportunities and promotes volunteering across the area, as well as offering a brokerage service between potential volunteers and available opportunities. Supporting organisations with volunteer recruitment and management and ensuring they have suitable policies and governance arrangements in place to support volunteers.
  • Volunteen, inclusive youth volunteering project supporting people aged 10-25 across East Riding.  Includes a local recognition and award scheme, Volunteering for Young People in East Riding (VYPER), which encourages and celebrates young people’s volunteering and social action achievements within their community.
  • Governance and Asset Based Community Development – set-up of VCS organisations, policy development, safeguarding, recruitment and HR, GDPR, evaluations and working with VCS organisations to ensure compliance with legislation and support in the development of best practice.  Engaging with communities and co-production of activities.
  • Funding – funding searches, advice and support to the sector to access funding opportunities. Provision of funding administration services for the following current funding streams:
    • Partnership grants
    • Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund
    • White Goods Fund
    • Dynamix Friends Fund

Members of the grant panel for funders including; Routh Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, East Coast Community Fund, Bridlington Community Led Local Development, the Humber European Social Investment Funds and Comic Relief.

  • Training (BOOST) – provision of a range of training including online, face to face, accredited and non- accredited across a variety of topics.  These are delivered by our highly skilled staff or in partnership with local and national training providers including the Skills Network, FAB Training and Gatehouse Awards.  Training areas covered include Governance and legal, policies and procedures,  financial management, volunteering and volunteer management, funding, Health and Safety, food hygiene, First Aid and Mental Health First Aid, marketing and social media, information governance and GDPR, Making Every Contact Count etc.  Referral of VCSE organisations to courses provided by external providers including VCSE, educational establishments, Adults and Children’s Safeguarding Boards and other public sector partners, as well as other infrastructure organisations, the FSI and the wider private sector (solicitors, accountants, Easy Fundraising).
  • Communication of relevant information via email, website and social media platforms
  • Business Services such as photocopying, DBS Checks, minute-taking, virtual office services and registered office facilities, meeting room hire, laminating and comb binding
  • Managing a number of locality and topical networks (Youth Coalitions, Local-Links, Safeguarding, VYPER Schools Networks )
  • Manage the Local-Links Directory of VCSE activity across the East Riding
  • Developing and co-ordinating partnerships across the VCSE, public and independent sector (Local-Links, Youth Coalitions, Trustees Network, East Riding Food Poverty Alliance, Fraud Forum)
  • Representation of the VCSE and its interests at strategic level, both locally and nationally, provision of strategic representation across a range of partnership boards including East Riding Community Safety Partnership, Bridlington Community Led Local Development, Bridlington Partnership Board, Humber LEP European Social Investment Funds Board, Rural Partnership Board, Anti-bullying network, Local Resilience Forum, VCS partnership of the Local Resilience Forum, East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board (ERSAB), East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership (ERSCP), East Riding Children and Families Partnership,  East Riding Youth Board/Youth Justice Board, East Riding Vulnerable Children and Young People’s Group, East Riding VCS Network. Nationally, we also work with NAVCA, NCVO, Youth Work Unit, British Youth Council, National Youth Agency, Charities Finance Group, VCS Emergencies Partnership, Funding Advice Workers Network and have been involved in many consultations to shape policies and strategies locally and nationally, including the Civil Society strategy, Charity Commission consultations and safeguarding.

In addition, we have a wholly owned trading subsidiary which is registered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Accounting Technicians, HMRC and the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.  This provides services as follows:

  • Accountancy Services, providing support and services around all aspects of accounts including annual accounts and Charitable Independent Examinations.
  • Payroll Services for employers including individuals in receipt of Direct Payments and Personal Budgets
  • HR Support, providing support around all aspects of recruitment, HR, Redundancy and employment issues.
  • IT Support and Website design and development
  • Marketing Services
  • Bid writing services
  • Specialist Consultancy Support

Profits of which are donated back to ERVAS to support the objects of the charity.

Our impact:- Project Evaluation Reports and Research

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