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Weekly Update from ERVAS – 01.05.2020

To keep you updated with the latest developments regarding Covid-19 we have started to populate our online page with all the information you may need. This is available on our website at https://ervas.org.uk/coronavirus/.

This email contains just some of the updates we have seen this week.

ERVAS Services Update

War On Scams – Information Hub – As part of our war on scams project we have worked closely with the police and the OPCC to develop our scams information hub, It’s full of information from Action Fraud and National Trading Standards.

Access the War On Scams – Information Hub 

COVID19 Competition – We are looking for poems, short stories, artwork, clips and songs to be published as part of an anthology collection. We are currently living in a time that will be looked back on in history. As part of this we would like to provide individuals with the opportunity to add to this, by sharing their thoughts, feelings and creativity during this time. It’s open to absolutely anyone.

Find out more

E-learning – We have recently developed a range of free e-learning courses, these range from using social media, safeguarding, confidentiality, ways to fundraise as well as links to the national anti-bullying training and national friends against scams training too.

Access our e-learning

Virtual Youth Mental Health Event – On the 6th May from 1pm we are holding a virtual Mental Health Event, we have some staff from CAMHS, Kooth, and Healthwatch East Riding on hand to provide tips to young people on how to look after their mental health at this time. We will also be using this opportunity to launch our joint volunteering Youth Health Ambassador Role with Healthwatch East Riding, this role is for young people within the East Riding that are passionate about health and want to have a say in how to improve services, and ensure that young people are heard. More info about the event is on our Facebook page.

Visit our Facebook page

Virtual Youth Hub – To respond to COVID-19 we have launched our virtual youth hub, this is a place that’s full of loads of information that has been split up into information for young people, parents and carers and those working with young people. We have added a youth forum within the website so that young people can come together and discuss their thoughts, feelings and anything else at this time. This is monitored by our staff and some of our partners.

Visit our virtual youth hub

Volunteen Telephone Support Service – In addition to the youth hub, we have also launched our telephone support service, given that some of our staff are not out and about travelling, they have a little extra capacity to take 1:1 referrals for young people that would like to share their issues, discuss future opportunities or even just talk or rant to someone. Young people can make a self-referral via our website.

Access the telephone support service
Make a referral for a young person

Weekly Youth Drop-ins – We have also now added some weekly youth drop-in sessions, these are held every week from Tuesday through to Friday. Our youth workers are on hand to run activities for young people, have discussions on a number of topics/issues. These sessions are informal and young people can drop-in at any point during the evenings or even stay the full evening. Details of the drop-ins can be found on our youth site.

Access the youth website

COVID-19 Support and Services Map – As part of our COVID-19 response we have also put together an information hub to share the latest news and updates in relation to COVID-19, we are sending out a weekly bulletin and updating our hub that’s available on our website.

Access the COVID-19 resource hub

On top of this, we have also added an interactive map that displays the current services within the East Riding that are still operating, this can be found on our COVID-19 Services page.

Access the COVID-19 service page

Voluntary Sector Updates


Beverley Puppet Festival

Beverley Puppet Festival is back! Thanks to the magic of the internet, audiences can still access high-quality puppetry action via online video activities using simple materials easily sourced from everyday items. Three free workshops on the theme, “Back to Nature”, will be released per week via the Festival website and social media channels from Monday 18 May through Sunday 12 July. Donations can be made via www.beverleypuppetfestival.com.

All ages welcome! Download the app! Share your creations online!

Beverley Puppet Festival 2020 is supported by Arts Council England, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Molescroft Parish Council.

See the programme now at: www.beverleypuppetfestival.com

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @bevpuppetfest


Talking About Loss

East Yorkshire has a new charity. As the bereavement support group celebrates its first anniversary this weekend, Talking About Loss has just been granted charity status. The Market Weighton-based group is preparing to open a community hub in the town centre later this year to provide activities for people affected by loss and mental health issues. Meanwhile, it is staging its latest virtual wellbeing social event on Zoom this Saturday at 4pm. Details: talkngaboutloss.co.uk.


Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust has some new employability sessions for young people starting next week online.

They are 1 hour a week, starting on Tuesday the 5th May at 11 am. These sessions will be run in 3 week blocks. The first session will focus on confidence and then CV building and applications followed by interview skills. They will all be delivered via Teams. Please see the attached flyer for details.

For more information speak to Teah on 0773002871, Or call free on 0800 842 842 or text ‘call me’ to 07983385481.


HEY Confident Futures

HEY Confident Futures is a network and leadership development programme for staff, volunteers and trustees from social and cultural organisations in Hull and East Riding.

There are two key elements to HEY Confident Futures:

Firstly, this is a network of people working in the social and cultural sector in Hull and East Yorkshire. Most people will work for a charity, social enterprise or similar organisation. By being part of the network you will be able to forge connections with people in similar roles or organisations with aims that complement yours. There may be people who have encountered similar challenges and can support you or perhaps there is an organisation that could work with you on project.

Secondly, there will be a series of training and development opportunities to suit all individuals. The design is such that you can shape your learning or work with the Partnership manager to look at what opportunities work best for you and your organisation. The learning is flexible with a variety of courses including online, half day and short courses. This training will mostly take place once we have the green light to have public gatherings again. Though there is currently some online training available to book now.

To join the network please sign up https://confidentfutures.co.uk/ or for more information about how to get involved and whether this is right for you please email Harriet Johnson on hjohnson@tworidingscf.org.uk.

National Voluntary Sector Updates


Updates From NAVCA

Keep telling the world why your organisation is #NeverMoreNeeded than now
Let’s make a significant social media noise using the hashtag #NeverMoreNeeded. Share your stories, share your members’ stories – tag @NAVCA and @ERVAS2007 in, if you want us to give it a retweet etc. And please, also ask the organisations in your network to do the same.

If you’d like to download the official logo click here. For the Twitter logo its here and finally there is a LinkedIn one here.

Supporting staff and volunteers through traumatic situations
NAVCA members have reported that they are receiving calls from people who are really struggling with their mental health, and in some cases are considering taking their own lives.

This is a very distressing situation for all involved; we know that many charities will be helping those in need during these frightening times, and that the staff and volunteers taking the calls will also need support. In a recent blog post, NAVCA have gathered together and adapted material from the BMA, Freedom from Torture, and the Helplines Partnership and they have signposted to free online training packages from the Zero Suicide Alliance.

You can read the blog here.

New resources – youth volunteering in hospitals
IVAR, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, have been looking into young people responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

new website shares learning and resources on youth volunteering in hospitals from 30 NHS Trusts and their respective charities, who have been welcoming young volunteers since early 2018. This includes initial reflections on how hospital volunteering – and youth volunteering in particular – has evolved in response to Covid-19.


Neighbourhood Alert

This month’s edition looks at how neighbours are supporting their communities across England and Wales – from setting up a Calling Tree to providing shopping to the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating. It highlights how Neighbourhood Watch groups, who supported communities through the recent flooding, are proving invaluable during COVID-19. Using local knowledge and a community resilience structure they are well-placed to call residents to action: organising food shopping; collecting medication; and ensuring the most vulnerable are safe and connected.

Check this message out from Action Fraud Alert, about Neighbourhood Watch , sent via Neighbourhood Alert:  https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/da/320280.


Updates from NCVO

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is hosting a number of webinars designed to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector during the pandemic. Recordings of the webinars will be made available on their website. The topics include:

  • 5 May: Involving volunteers: What you need to know
  • 14 May: How to involve/safeguard your volunteers
  • 11 June: Making decisions in tough times

https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/categories/webinar

NHS volunteer responders: Self referrals now open

As of this week, people can now refer themselves for help from an NHS volunteer. This may be relevant to the people your charity works with. There is more information here.

Crisis governance: Support for trustees during the pandemic

Charity trustees are grappling with difficult decisions at the moment. Our governance lead Dan Francis has gathered together some key resources to help your board.

Furloughing and volunteering

We’ve added guidance on the rules to our existing advice pages.

British Red Cross online training course for coronavirus volunteers
Whether you’re volunteering with a charity or lending a hand to a neighbour, this step by step guide tells you how to look after yourself and others.

Six things we learned at the DCMS committee hearing
Details on the progress of the government’s package of financial support for charities, via Chris Walker.

Key issues for charities in public service delivery: procurement and contracts
Watch the recording of our webinar with Bates Wells. Simply register to get the link.

Our Frontline | New mental health and wellbeing resources launched
Help for all those involved in the coronavirus effort including the many thousands of charity staff and volunteers.

Health Updates


Updates from the East Riding CCG

Help us help you get the treatment you need
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a decrease in people accessing NHS services for a range of conditions that are not related to coronavirus.

This appears to be impacting: adults and children attending at A&E departments for urgent and emergency medical issues, including serious conditions such as stroke and heart attacks; cancer patients attending their ongoing treatments; and expectant mothers attending for regular scans.

The NHS ‘Open for business’ campaign has been created to help address this issue by giving people permission to access NHS services and reassuring them that they won’t be a burden on the NHS.
To find out more about this national NHS England campaign, please click here.

If you need medical help, the NHS is still here for you.

Humber Coronavirus now open testing centre at the Humber Bridge A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is now open at the Humber Bridge car park (north) as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers in England.

The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and is operating on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers.

Employers can register and refer self-isolating staff and individual employees can also book a test directly for themselves or members of their household who are experiencing symptoms. This will mean key workers and the people they live with will have the reassurance of knowing whether their symptoms are caused by coronavirus and can make an informed decision about whether they are well enough to return to work.

Chair of the Humber Local Resilience Forum Chris Blacksell said,
“We are really pleased that we are able to host this facility in our area.  The facility provides crucial access locally to NHS and other key workers for them to be tested. This will help in the fight against Coronavirus as it will help our key workers across  the Humber area to get back into work more quickly and continue to support the efforts across health, social care, emergency services and other sectors.”

Community Safety Updates

Domestic Abuse – You Are Not Alone
The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of the services available for those affected by, or at risk of Domestic Abuse during the current Covid-19 Lockdown.

Police and Crime Commissioner Blog and Office Update
Every week Keith Hunter will be updating you on the work of himself and his office as we move through the current situation of the Covid-19 lockdown. You can read the latest update on their website.
Read the update
ERSAB – A quick guide to safeguarding April 2020
East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board have produced a quick guide to safeguarding, we have made a copy of this available to download from our website.
Download the Guide
ERSCP Update
On the 23/04/2020 the ERSCP published a Serious Case review relating to Baby B. The ERSCP commissioned Peter Ward, an experienced social care professional with significant Serious Case Review experience, to be the Independent Lead Reviewer. Peter worked with key professionals and the ERSCP Learning and Improvement Group to examine the circumstances of the case and identify the learning to be taken forward.

The Serious Case Review (SCR) and the Learning Brief documents are available on the ERSCP website:  http://www.erscb.org.uk/child-safeguarding-practice-review/.

Fraud, Scams and Loan Shark News


England Illegal Money Lending Team  

The England Illegal Money Lending Team recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks.

What to do if Covid-19 has impacted your personal and household finances
The Government has published some useful advice if you are self-employed, claiming benefits or needing to make a claim for benefits and statutory sick pay –www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

For more information about statutory sick pay please visit – www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

For more information about making a new claim for universal credit please visit –www.gov.uk/universal-credit

Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice continues to provide free, independent and confidential advice and support for people during these unprecedented and challenging times. You can find frequently updated advice on a range of issues related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak at https://www.citizensadvice.org.u/coronavirus


Alzheimer’s Society – Protecting yourself and others against Coronavirus and Scams

For people living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may increase their susceptibility to the risk of financial abuse due to being home alone, answering telephones and being on the internet more than usual.

In response the Alzheimer’s Society, in partnership with Friends Against Scams and National Trading Standards Scam Team have created an information poster providing important information on how to protect yourself and others against scams.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society and the work they do, please click here.

To download the poster visit: https://ervas.org.uk/download/dementia-friendly-postcard/.


Scams Updates

These updates have come from the National Trading Standards Scams Team

Bogus volunteers scam OAP on coronavirus lockdown out of shopping

A shameless criminal has stolen £400 from a pensioner stuck in coronavirus isolation by offering to go shopping for him, only to pocket the cash.
The 81-year-old man, who has dementia, was targeted by a thief who called at his Oxford home last Friday and preyed on his vulnerability. more

Scam text tells people they have been fined for going out

People have been warned not to fall for a bogus text message saying they have been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown. more

Cyber criminals are targeting Three mobile customers with a convincing phishing scam
Cyber criminals are stealing bank details from unlucky Three customers by cloning the mobile network’s real web pages. more

Novel cyberthreats: how to stay safe when working from home
As companies are forced to quickly transition to telecommuting and remote work, the ongoing pandemic is giving rise to new forms of cybercrime. more

Government crackdown on spread of false coronavirus information online
The Rapid Response Unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and No10, is tackling a range of harmful narratives online – from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation to criminals running phishing scams. more

Funding News

Two Ridings Community Foundation launch second grant
Two Ridings Community Foundation has launched a second grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 2 of their grant making strategy focuses on the needs of key community organisations. In this phase they will be offering larger grants of up to £10k and will also welcome larger partnership bids from groups that are seeking to come together to provide a strategic solution to a particular issue for example, food provision in a particular geographical area or support for people affected by homelessness. They will also prioritise groups that are working with the most marginalised and underrepresented people in our communities.

Read more

Sport England Community Emergency Fund
The Community Emergency Fund dashboard is now live and can be viewed at the bottom of the following page: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

So far across the Humber there has been 179 submitted applications, 78 assessed, 53 approved. The average award for the Humber is £3,564 and a total of £205,270.

GOV.UK Updates

Further support for children affected by domestic abuse
Multimillion pound funding to support children impacted by domestic abuse.

UK education providers are helping teachers, parents and students respond to the impact of COVID-19 worldwide
Find free or discounted resources for students, schools, universities and training providers.

New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

Online platform ‘The Skills Toolkit’ will help people to build their skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.