Tackling Inequalities Fund

£649 of National Lottery funding awarded to East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd towards tackling of activity inequalities in East Riding of Yorkshire

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd has been awarded £649 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which aims to tackle inequalities in activity levels through working with its partners to reach those most in need as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

The funding award will enable ERVAS to engage and work with young people within their communities through our youth outreach projects, using a range of equipment and providing refreshments to help get them involved in a variety of positive activities, reducing loneliness and isolation and helping them to access support where needed.  ERVAS will ensure that all youth work is delivered in line with current government guidance relating to youth provision.

Sport England’s work and contribution to Tackling Inequalities focuses on reducing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring gaps between those who are active and those who are not do not widen during this period.

With a strong understanding of the needs and issues in their areas, Sport England has initially channelled £3.3m through the 43 Active Partnerships across England to support community groups in their areas as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.  This funding and support will enable community groups working with target audiences – Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC) – to continue to exist and engage with their communities with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.

Detty Tyler, ERVAS Children and Young People’s Services Coordinator, said

“This funding will make a real difference to how we can engage with young people while they are out and about in their communities.  It will provide us with a variety of different resources that will enable young people to have fun with their friends and get active in a positive way, which will benefit them in many ways, including both physically and mentally, something that is very important for all of us during these difficult and challenging times.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are proud to be able to provide funding and support to ERVAS in this difficult period. This funding will help support our valuable community infrastructure that is so important in keeping the nation active and will also provide important connections and reconnections for people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 and for whom remaining active is so important for their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We know from our research and data that there are existing inequalities between groups when it comes to activity levels and COVID-19 has re-enforced these.

Thanks to the support of the National Lottery and its players, the Tackling Inequalities Fund will be both crucial and central to ensuring no-one is left behind when it comes to having the opportunity to be active during this period. This builds off the back of our £35m Community Emergency Fund that has already reached and supported over 7,500 community clubs and groups across England.”