Weekly Update from ERVAS – 03.07.2020


Weekly Update from ERVAS - 03.07.2020

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?

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ERVAS Services Update

Local-Links Networking and Information Event
An event for ALL Voluntary and Community groups. Sharing ideas & information at this uncertain time.

This event will provide you with an opportunity to promote your organisation as well as hear funding updates from the National Lottery Community Fund, Two Ridings, East Riding Wind Farms and HEY Smile.  As part of the event there will also be chance for an open discussion of any issues. 

When? 14 July at 9:30 am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Hackers, Social Engineering and Geolocation
Join us for yet another webinar with PC Alistair Kennedy from the Humberside Police Cyber Crime Unit, this new webinar has been added due to feedback from previous sessions.

This session will focus on Hackers, Social Engineering and Geolocation. We will discuss the art of how criminals manipulate people to obtain confidential information. It's definitely better to be aware of these tactics, and this workshop is one not to be missed.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 22 July at 10 am.

Book your place online

East Riding Virtual Youth Network
Do you work or volunteer in East Riding or the surrounding area with young people?
Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to improve local youth services?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to this event. 

The event will cover topics such as:
  • Supporting future virtual meetings
  • What are we doing to get young people active during these difficult times
  • Updates from members
When? 23 July at 5:30 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

East Riding Virtual Youth Conference
We are holding our youth conference again this year. We will cover the following at this event:
  • Youth services and local issues update
  • Working with young people and addiction
  • Working with young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • East Riding youth voice update
When? 27 July at 1 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme regarding Furlough
As you are aware there are changes coming to the CJRS scheme.  Phase 1 of the scheme will closed as of 30 June 2020 and a new scheme started as of 1 July 2020. Continue reading

Voluntary Sector Updates

In the Loop – Youth Work Unit, Yorkshire & the Humber

The Youth Work Unit for the Yorkshire and the Humber have launched another newsletter this week. It’s full of all the news and information you need for the youth work sector. Be sure to check it out online.

Read more


Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight-that’s why we need your help! Want to make a difference – Join the Guide Dogs Family of Volunteers
As restrictions ease Guide Dogs are now opening up and as we rely so greatly on our volunteers for support. Our volunteers can transform the lives of people living with sight loss, whether it is raising our puppies or collecting funds.  We recognise the extraordinary efforts of all our volunteers, and we know that without our volunteers, our charity could not continue its life changing work.
We are currently recruiting for :-
Fundraisers in the Hull & Humber Region
Would you like to have fun and help change people’s lives at the same time? There are lots of ways you can raise money for Guide Dogs – from organising an event with friends and family, to taking part in a charity challenge – or even hosting a dogs’ tea party! Your support will help fund our vital services that enable thousands of visually impaired people to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. You can choose how much time you give to this role and you must be aged 16 or over. You could give five minutes, five days or more.
Puppy Walkers in Selby, Brayton, Barlby , and Howden
Puppy Walkers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs.  At about seven weeks of age, puppies start their early training, remaining with you until between 12-16 months of age.  They then head off to a training centre to begin their specialised training.
  • You will need to care for, feed and train the puppy. This is very time consuming and - particularly when young - our puppies cannot be left on their own for more than three hours.
  • You will be expected to teach basic obedience commands and you will need a suitable outside area (ideally gravel or pavement) where the puppy can go to the toilet.
  • The puppy must be familiarised with different environments and you will be expected to introduce the puppy to different people, sounds and situations.
If you or know someone who is interested in volunteering for us, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Linda Conway on 03451430207  or apply directly on our website. 

Apply today

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Put children at the heart of the recovery
150+ organisations, including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC and The Children’s Society are calling on the Government to put children at the heart of the recovery process.
In the statement, which they issued to the Prime Minister on Tuesday 30 June, they called for children to join health and the economy as the three pillars of the government’s coronavirus response.
Click here to read their statement in full.
ITV Tonight request - a chance to raise your profile!
ITV Tonight is producing a programme due to air in August. examining the current state of the economy, and what can be done to help people who need financial and emotional support.
They are looking to speak to charities who are supporting those whose economic situation has been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic - including charities working to tackle food poverty, help with career advice, or provide other financial support and guidance.
If you are interested in contributing, please email emma.slater@itv.com.
The #NeverMoreNeeded website is here and ready for you to use!
To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live. Click here to have a view.
We are adding new and sparkling content to it all the time - so if you think there's something missing give us a shout.
The website - and the campaign - is a collaborative project - you can see who's involved here.
Time for flexibility
The Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has published their seventh briefing which outlines the experiences and concerns of 34 VCSE leaders who participated in recent online sessions. The briefing also includes IVAR's reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that were raised.
The output was that three issues remain at the forefront of VCSE leaders’ minds:

  • mid to long-term funding prospects;
  • balancing the immediate needs of staff and beneficiaries with the long-term future of their organisations; and
  • thinking flexibly.
Read the briefing here.
Coronavirus recovery - six data protection steps for organisations
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and organisations begin to reopen, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has set out six key steps every organisation needs to consider around the use of personal information.
These steps include only collecting data that is necessary, being open, clear and honest, and keeping information secure.
Click here to see all six steps.
Citizens Advice: what are the nation's coronavirus concerns?
Citizens Advice has produced a report based on the activity and user behaviour on their website. It looks at what advice people were searching for over a period of three months.
For instance, the most searched word on their website during March 2020 was 'coronavirus'. In April it was 'furlough' and then in May it was 'redundancy'.
View the report here.
PHE's COVID-19: Psychological First Aid online course
Public Health England has launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.
The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19. The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.
Click here for more details.
New Generation Policing Project: Can you help?
Revolving Doors is recruiting for their 'New Generation Policing Project' - which is supporting police and crime commissioners and police services to better address young adults’ experiences of trauma, poverty and racism, and develop new ways to stop more young adults being pulled into the criminal justice system.
They are looking for a diverse group of young adults from different backgrounds and geographical areas who are:
  • aged 18-25;
  • with experience of multiple arrests for relatively minor offences; and
  • willing to share their experiences and insights to make a difference on the lives of other young adults. 

They are specifically interested in hearing from those who have had multiple experiences such as; drug warnings, community resolutions, arrest, police detention, voluntary interviews and diversion services.
For more details please contact Sean Mullen by email or by calling 07483091777.

NCVO Update

Take your fundraising events online
Our Trusted Supplier TapSimple has launched a new, free to use Virtual Events Platform, which allows voluntary organisations to manage and customise each event, to host and live stream to hundreds or thousands of supporters and to raise donations before and during each event.

Find out more.

NCVO Trusted Supplier Smartdesc
Being catapulted into remote working has raised several IT challenges; how can we keep data secure when staff are using personal computers? What is the best communication tool to use? Is Zoom safe?

For NCVO members, charity IT specialists and NCVO Trusted Supplier, Smartdesc, offers a complimentary consultation with one of their Virtual IT Directors to discuss these issues and help steer you in the right direction, jargon free.

Email NCVO@Smartdesc.co.uk to book your free consultation, and visit their blog for some practical tips on remote working.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

NTS Scam Alert

Beware of Covid-19 con men cold-calling households across the country
Consumers have reported criminals cold-calling households and posing as Red Cross or NHS workers to collect donations for bogus Covid-19 charities. more
Warning issued over Covid-19 home testing scam
The public has been warned to be alert to scam text messages offering coronavirus home tests which instead look to give thieves access to property. more
Criminals targeting O2 customers with message asking for updated payment details
The fake messages to O2 customers claim that payments have not gone through, so customers need to update their payment details.
But the link leads to a fake website - where criminals will steal your bank account details. more 
Warning in North Yorkshire after criminal posed as a police officer
The criminal contacted his victims claiming to be a member of the police fraud team and warning them of security breaches with their bank.

He then advised them to move money into a ‘safe’ account to protect it from criminals, as well as asking them to withdraw cash which was then collected by a courier. more 
Watchdog launches scam ad alert system
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is working with Facebook and Google to tackle bogus ads that leave consumers out of pocket.
A new scam ad alert system set up by the advertising watchdog aims to get online paid-for scam ads taken down across multiple platforms. more
Instagram ‘copyright violation’ message
A believable message pretending to be from Instagram’s help centre threatens to close your account if you don’t hand over personal information.
But the message is a phishing scam that you should delete and ignore. more
Friends Against Scams
Friends Against Scams reached 500,000 Friends last week, the halfway point on the journey to one million!

The team would like to thank all the people who have been raising awareness of scams in their communities and helping to make half a million people scam aware.

Please visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk and take 20 minutes out of your day to complete the online scams awareness training to protect yourselves and your loved ones.

NCSC Update

Social media: protecting what you publish
If your organisation uses social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram), it's important you take steps to reduce the likelihood of damaging content being posted on your behalf.
This guidance from the National Cyber Security Center explains how you can reduce the likelihood of damaging content being posted within your social media channel. Even if you already have an established process for posting social media content, they recommend you take a moment to review how you're using it.
Click here to see the guidance.
Public help reach major milestone in fight against scammers
Just two months after the National Cyber Security Centre launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service, they have received one million reports of scam emails.
The service, which was launched as part of the Government’s Cyber Aware campaign, has seen a massive response from the public, receiving a daily average of 16,500 emails and now reaching the milestone of one million.
For more information on the Cyber Aware campaign click here.

NAVCA Digital Update

How to master Facebook Groups
I am sure many of you are on Facebook - and may even be using Facebook Groups to reach out to your audiences.
However like most things out there, in order to grow these Groups you need to invest time and energy. This handy guide shares a few ways you can build and engage your audience through Facebook Groups.
Click here for more information.
Online Event Success Metrics: Measuring Nonprofit Virtual Gatherings
Are you hosting more and more online events, gatherings etc? How can you ensure these are giving you and your audience what you both need?
Here's a quick guide on what to look for and how to grab analytics from some of the more popular webinar software.

Health Updates

East Riding CCG Update

Join us for our virtual Annual General Meeting
Save the date! NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday 15 September 2020, time TBC.
Each year our AGM is an opportunity to meet with the East Riding of Yorkshire population to share our key highlights and achievements during the previous year, answer questions and discuss concerns.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not able to host our AGM in the same way we usually would. Normally the meeting would take place at a venue within East Riding of Yorkshire, such as Goole Courtyard which hosted last year’s event, and members of the public would be encouraged to attend. This has often led to a large number of people within a venue; last year was standing room only!
This year, our AGM will take place online. Not only will this help to keep people safe, it will also allow a larger audience to attend, and remove the need for long travel distances across our large geography. The time is still to be confirmed, and we are still ironing out the technical details, but our virtual AGM will take place on Tuesday 15 September 2020. More details will be published on our website at www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/agm as they become available.
Changes to shielding guidance
The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that coronavirus COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks.
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but may now choose to leave their home, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.
Click here to see the latest guidance in full.
Toolkit published to advise professionals on returning to work after COVID-19 lockdown
Som (Supporting occupational health and wellbeing professionals) have published a helpful toolkit in association with CIPD, Business in the Community, Mind and Acas aimed at professionals to help provide advice for employers and employees returning to work so that employers can manage risk alongside their legal obligations.
The toolkit places a focus on mentally healthy workplaces and suggests a whole system approach based on support, maintenance and prevention. Check out the toolkit here: https://www.som.org.uk/Returning_to_the_workplace_COVID-19_toolkit_FINAL.pdf
Free demonstration available for mental health website Kooth
Children and young people living in the Humber and North Yorkshire areas are being encouraged to use a free online mental health and emotional wellbeing service if they need support.
People aged between 11 and 25 can register to use Kooth – a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed using a computer, smartphone or tablet device.
Free demonstrations are running virtually in July so that young people, parents or carers can find out about how Kooth works and have the opportunity to ask any questions. This is an opportunity to explore the platform without signing up and get an insight into the type of support available.
To register for the sessions please click the dates below:
22 July 11am-12pm
28 July 1-2pm
9th July 1:30pm - 2:30pm
13th July 11am - 12pm
20th July 12pm - 1pm

Healthwatch East Riding

During this difficult time, many services are changing the way they are operating due to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthwatch want to hear your experiences of accessing Health and Social care at this time and if needed offer further information and support. We also want to hear about peoples experiences whilst shielding or self-isolating and if you have used the community hubs that have been established to offer alternative support to our communities. If you have an experience, good or bad, that you would like to tell us about, please complete our Covid-19 surveys.
Survey for VCS Organisations
Survey for those caring for others
Survey to capture the experiences of the general public
Survey for those who have been Shielding
Survey for those with high risk conditions and those who have self-isolated
Volunteers survey

Community Safety Updates

Commissioners Blog and Office Update 2nd July

This blog is the last in a series of updates on the work of myself and my office as we move through the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read the latest update by clicking HERE.
Matt Wright has written his Hull OPCC Newsletter for July.
This one covers #StayAlertStaySafe, #TheGreatGetTogether, #BLM, OPCC Updates, #LoveStayingSafeOnline, #OpGalaxy, Renew Advice and Support & Love Your Street Litter Picking Tools.

I hope you find the content useful and think it helps keep you and others more informed about activity of my activity, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and wider partners.
Please help by retweeting it and share it with as many people as possible via your networks.

Funding News

Tackling Inequalities Fund - £30,000 invested into fantastic projects in the Humber
Active Humber opened the Tackling Inequalities fund at the beginning of June. The fund is in place to support organisations working with those in four target groups, which are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, lower socio-economic groups, disability and those with long term health conditions to enable them to be active during this time. We know the people within these target groups are more likely to be inactive and also are significantly more affected by the Coronavirus and therefore we have a dedicated fund to support them. So far Active Humber has invested around £30,000, there is more funding still available to groups, the process is simple, please email us on info@activehumber.co.uk to register your interest and we can schedule a phone call with you to discuss your project.

You can read more about the Tackling Inequalities Fund on their website.

East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund
The East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund has been launched this month, with the deadline for applications being 30th August. Grants of up to £5,000 are being made available to private and public landowners, town and parish councils as well as other community groups in a bid to increase the number of native trees across the East Riding.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund is looking to support projects that will include creating new areas of native woodland, planting new clusters of native trees and hedgerows or establishing new groups of individual native standard trees. For more information, please visit: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/news/?entry=5ee34648a063462630dec19f

GOV.UK Updates



Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September
Detailed plans have been unveiled for all children and young people to return to full-time education from September.

New online tool to involve young people in policy making
‘Involved’ Instagram page will use polls and stories to hear views of 13 to 25-year-olds

Charity Commission concludes inquiry prompted by dispute at South London charity
Charity Commission criticises a group of trustees of Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators over long-running dispute

New members appointed to the National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Bodies

Ministers have appointed Kathryn Gray and Mark Hoble as members of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) and the National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body (NCARRB).

Online cryptocurrency trading platform shut down by courts
Online cryptocurrency trading company falsely claiming support from high-profile entrepreneurs has been wound-up after losing £1.5 million of clients’ funds.

Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up
Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stay safe around rivers
Warning for public back out and about after lockdown eased.

New contract to deliver improved support for modern slavery victims
New 5 year contract will ensure better safeguarding of modern slavery victims.

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