Weekly Update from ERVAS – 04.09.2020



Weekly Update from ERVAS – 04.09.2020

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


We are delighted to announce that in partnership with HEY Smile Foundation  we’ve been successful with a Bid to the National Lottery Community Fund.

Funding will enhance services already provided to a wide range of support services for charities within the East Riding.

Read more

Local-Links has a makeover 

We are so excited to announce that our brand new local-links website is now live, check it out now.

Visit the new look website today at local-links.org.uk.

Local-Links and Understanding Partnerships Workshop
We will be hosting another virtual Local-Links meeting on the 10 September.

As part of this event, we will hold a local-links meeting from 10 am while 11:20 am.

Fiona will update you on all the latest VCS news, and there will be an opportunity to talk briefly about your group (please prepare a short piece).

We will then follow on from the local-links meeting for the partnerships workshop from 11:30 am.

You are more than welcome to join us for both sections. Please be aware that upon joining this event, you will be sent two Zoom links as the first half will be run as a normal meeting, however the workshop will be held as a webinar.

When? Thursday 10 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

East Riding Virtual Youth Network
Do you work or volunteer in East Riding with young people?
Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to deliver our local youth services during this challenging time?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to this FREE Virtual Networking and Information Session.

When? Thursday 10 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

FREE Workshop:- Understanding Charity Digital
Charity Digital was established in 2001 to help other charities accelerate their missions using digital technology. Before its rebrand in July 2019, the organisation was called Tech Trust.

They partner with leading technology providers to deliver the UK’s only software donation platform, Charity Digital Exchange. Their services improve digital awareness and access, connect charities to the digital expertise and talent they need, and raise the bar for digital skills and understanding for non-profit organisations of all kinds.

When? Thursday 15 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Improving Youth Mental Health ER – Partnerships Fund Application Discussion
If you are interested in being part of an exciting project to improve children and young people’s mental health in East Riding, working in partnership with other groups and organisations, as well as young people, to develop new resources and expand existing services, you are invited to our partnership planning meeting.

This will be a discussion with wider partners in regard to working together to improve youth mental health in East Riding, based upon previous youth consultation and earlier Expression of Interest.

When? Thursday 15 September at 10am
Where? Via Zoom

Book your place online

S.E.N.D. Networking and Information Session
Do you work or volunteer in East Riding of Yorkshire with children or young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (S.E.N.D.) or their families?

Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to improve local services across the area?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to this event.

When? Wednesday 21 October at 2 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Free Youth Voice Sessions – East Riding
Does your organisation work with young people?

We are offering some free youth voice sessions to find out what young people think about a number of issues including:

  • The Environment
  • Keeping Safe
  • Mental Health & Healthcare
  • Things To Do

If you think your group may be interested in hosting one of these sessions, please contact Devan Witter, to book your session today.

Email: devan@ervas.org.uk
Call: 01482 871 077

Cyber Awareness and Digital Inclusion Survey

Covid 19 has brought into sharp focus the gap in know-how and access to technology for some people / organisations at a time when more and more is moving online.

We want to get a better understanding of what organisations are already doing to address digital inclusion and understand cyber security, whether there are gaps and what we can do to fill any gaps.

The information will be used as evidence about next steps for a coordinated response to digital and cyber needs within East Yorkshire.

Cyber Security is everyone’s business, and we want to ensure our support is reaching the people who need it the most.

Complete the Survey

Voluntary Sector Updates

EYPCF are recruiting

EYPCF Administrator
This is an exciting role in which you will provide the administration function to the EYPCF Steering Group.  This will include all aspects of administration and communication, the dissemination of information about SEND services in the East Riding to parents and carers. The development of key relationships is key to the role, the post holder will be expected to maintain key relationships, which include: parents and cares of children with SEND living in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Local Authority, Health, Social Care and the Voluntary Sector.  The Administrator will need to work effectively with the EYPCF Trustees, EYPCF Steering Group, the EYPCF Partnership Co-ordinator and ERVAS.

To apply for this role, please download an application pack from the ERVAS website.

Apply today

Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund

At a recent Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund panel meeting the panel decided to increase the Small Grants applications up to £1000 per project.

Please find attached a pdf poster for notice boards and a jpeg version for social media relating to the UPDATED small grants fund from Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund – all application forms and guidance can be found here

Please share this poster on your social media sites, newsletters, notice boards etc.

Please note these funds may be oversubscribed.

For further details contact the fund administrator via ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk.

Withernwick COVID Poster – update.pdf
Withernwick Update JPEG.jpg

Youth Work and Community Development [YWCD]

We should celebrate what youth work and community development key workers have done to support young people and communities during Covid19, the ingenuity and commitment to maintaining services and project activities has been amazing. It has shown the resourcefulness, flexibility and innovation that working and volunteering in youth work and community development can do under extremely challenging and difficult circumstances. YWCD will be even more needed in the recovery and transformation process as Covid19 and lock-down start to end. YWCD workers will be crucial in ensuring that the voices of young people and communities are heard to meet needs and generate solutions to secure a better future for all.

If you or any of the people you work with would be interested in studying for a degree in youth work and community development we have an exciting new programme at the University. It offers a common core first year with a pathway into youth work and community development. The programme starts in September and we have some places available.

We are offering some taster sessions to find out more about the programme if you would like to attend please email Christine or Julie to book a place:

Wednesday 9th Sept 7pm email Julie Rippingale at J.Rippingale@hull.ac.uk


Or if you can’t make the taster sessions but would like information please email including your phone number and we can give you a call:

j.rippingale@hull.ac.uk / Christine.Smith@hull.ac.uk / g.c.hughes@hull.ac.uk

Children England Update

Children England have sent out their latest update, this contains information for professionals working with children and young people.

The update provides information on:

  • Parliamentary News
  • Sector News
  • Training and Events
  • Sector Vacancies
  • Useful Resources
  • Consultations

Access the update

Change Maker! 

Andy Mycock – from Huddersfield University is doing a project in partnership with XR Stories (https://xrstories.co.uk/)

Change Maker!  an online platform that aims to enable young people between the age of 11-16 to promote social and political change through a digital scaffold made up of education, advocacy, inspiration and support from peers, decision makers around the country. Change Maker! seeks to empower young people to learn how to become digital activists and storytellers.

Ultimately this is a platform to collect and articulate impactful youth voice. We are currently scoping out the project and are in discussion with the BBC about the potential to use the platform to support their Children’s news outputs. We have been asked by the BBC commissioning team to prepare a one-page pitch – with 6-8 ‘attention-grabbing, extraordinary stories’ (their words, not mine) which can be summed up in a sentence or two each to give a taste of the types of content the platform might produce.

And has asked – Would it be possible to put out an appeal to young people across your networks to provide examples of how they might have changed things in their local area (school, community etc) or maybe across their town, city, or even the country. No story is too small or insignificant – we want to celebrate youth voice and impact in every sense. We would want no more than a few sentences or even a short phone video piece.

For more information, please contact:

Charlee Bewsher, Strategy Manager

Youth Work Unit – Yorkshire & Humber



Youth Work Update

This is a breif update about opportunities for youth workers based in or with significant roles in schools, who might benefit from free mental health training.

Their first is direct training, the second is more for information.

Free online mental health training for teachers and those that work in schools
Children’s mental health charity Place2Be has launched a free online mental health training course for teachers. The Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme is available to 50,000 UK teachers to build skills and capacity for supporting positive mental health in school communities following the COVID-19 lockdown. Find out more and sign up today at place2be.org.uk/foundation.

Wellbeing for Education Return
The Department for Education has announced a new £8 million programme, developed nationally with schools, mental health experts and local authorities, that will recruit local experts to train school staff in supporting the emotional needs of pupils as they return to school.

Updated guidance on face coverings in schools
Following World Health Organisation guidance, the government has revised its own guidance on when face coverings should be worn by pupils in secondary schools.

We need YOUR  help with our survey about climate change and the environment during COVID-19

Are you aged between 10 and 30 years and involved in any activity focused upon the environment and/or climate change? This could be as an individual and/or as part of a group.

If so, we would really like to hear from you. We are interested in hearing from young people across the world about their experiences of being involved in addressing climate change and environmental issues. We’d like to understand the type of work you have been involved with, your motivations and your views. We are also interested in the impact that COVID-19 may have had on your work.

The survey should only take around 15-20 minutes to complete and your views and story will be greatly valued by the project team.

To complete the survey, please click HERE.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

Kickstart Scheme

The Government has introduced the Kickstart Scheme from 2/9/20, a £2 billion fund to create high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

As the economy starts to rebuild following the impacts of Covid-19, we know that for many young people a lack of work experience can be a barrier to employment. That is why we are taking steps to help young people gain experience and secure their place in the world of work. Organisations and employers of all sizes are encouraged to participate and to take advantage of the Kickstart Scheme to offer placements.

Funding available for each placement will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage rate for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

An employer can apply to the Scheme in their own right if they have 30 or more placements they would like to fund through the Scheme. For employers unable to offer this number of placements  they are still able to apply to the Scheme but would need to be part of a group who together can offer 30 placements. The group would then need to use a representative to act on their behalf.

If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to support with the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers. If your organisation is interested in becoming a representative there are 2 requirements:

  • you need to have previous experience of managing partnership agreements with third parties, and
  • robust financial and governance processes to manage the application

It may be that you already have links with smaller employers who would wish to be involved in the Kickstart scheme, and could act as their representative.

If you are interested in offering fewer placements, the Jobcentre will be keeping a record of smaller employers looking for a representative to act on their behalf and we are hoping to be able to match them with a local organisation.

If you would like further information on the Kickstart Scheme please feel free to contact me. In addition, for further information and links to apply to the scheme please visit

Kickstart Scheme – opens for employer applications

Guidance as an Employer

Guidance as a representative

NCVO Update


This week, we’ve made some updates to our coronavirus guidance for voluntary organisations. You can also find booking details for our new risk management webinar series with Zurich, our latest topical round-ups and a blog looking at whether Mutual Aid Groups are as inclusive as we would like to believe.

New risk management webinar series with Zurich 

In partnership with Zurich, NCVO is pleased to introduce a series of risk management webinars for charities. Our first webinar in September is booking fast so make sure you sign up in time. The three topics are:

Another chance to watch our decision-making in a crisis: collaboration and merger webinar

As the charity sector continues to manage the impact of the pandemic, many charities are facing financial uncertainty. In this context many senior leaders, to ensure their charity’s sustainability, will be considering collaboration and merger.

Don’t forget to check out our guidance on mergers on NCVO Knowhow here.

Bates Wells have released a new free Crisis Decision Tool. If your organisation is facing financial difficulties and you’re looking for guidance on the options available check out the tool here.

The feeling’s mutual – or is it? Inclusivity in mutual aid groups

Volunteering has never been more accessible, but are mutual aid groups really as inclusive as we would like to believe? Read the blog.

Free funding and income resources

While our membership paywall is still down, access our tips and guidance on bringing money into your charity or voluntary organisation – from individual giving and legacies, to bidding for grants and digital fundraising. Access here.

Courses available to book

NYA Update – Readiness level Amber for the Youth Sector

The readiness level for youth sector has now changed from Red to Amber. This means several things have changed, some of the principle points are:

  • Online and digital youth services
  • Detached local youth activities, including pre-planned outdoor activities
  • 1-2-1 indoor sessions with young people
  • Indoor group sessions in bubbles of 15 + multiple bubbles if COVID-19 Secure

Everyone should read the guidance and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England.

Read the guidance on the NYA website

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

4 Ways to Boost Financial Success.

Following the launch of our new financial topic area, we would like to invite you to our upcoming charity finance webinar – 4 Ways to Boost Financial Success.

This webinar will introduce the concept of Organisational Financial Literacy (OFL) and explore the benefits and positive outcomes associated with increasing OFL for your charity. We’ll discuss how better impact reporting can make your charity more appealing to funders, and provide a more sustainable financial future for your charity.

Find out more and book your place

NEBRC Update

Thought leadership 
National partner supporting NEBRC, Redstor has hosted a webinar on combating cyber treats, examining the issues and solutions in place to support business.

To view the webinar visit:

Redstor is disrupting the world of data management with pioneering technology, providing borderless visibility and on-demand access, wherever it is stored, through a single control centre.

For further information on Redstor please visit www.redstor.com

Watch out!
COVID-19 phishing scams

More than 10,000 phishing scams are being investigated by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Custom (HMRC).
In May 2020 alone more than 5,000 scams were reported to HMRC by the public. A rise of 337% if compared to March figures, when lockdown began. During the month, HMRC has asked internet service providers to remove 292 scam websites to help combat the issue.

If you have spotted a potential phishing email, then you can flag it to the NCSC’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). More than one million reports have now been received by the service.

For support and advice on cyber security visit www.nebrcentre.co.uk

Increase in cyber security breaches due to home working
Companies who have changed their working practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic have seen an increase in cyber incidents a recent report how shown.

Produced by Malwarebytes, the report surveyed 200 IT and cyber security professionals and revealed that 20% of businesses had a breach caused by a remote worker, with 18% admitting that cyber security had not been a priority.

This increase in breaches was in correlation with the increased number of phishing threats employees were receiving.

For information and tips to be secure when working from home visit:

Internet Explorer to be no longer supported by Microsoft
By 2021 all Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11).

The Microsoft team’s app will be the first to no longer support the platform from November 2020; from 17th August 2021 the remaining office 365 apps and services will also cease support of IE 11.

Microsoft are encouraging all IE 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy users to switch over to the new version of Edge that was launched in January.

After the cut-off date those using IE 11 will have reduced experiences and will have connectivity issues with Office 365.

From 9th March 2021, Microsoft will stop issuing security updates on the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app.

For those unable to change browsers, Microsoft has put an Internet Explorer mode into the current version of Edge to let users access legacy apps within the modern browser.

In line with the latest guidance issued by the National Cyber Security Centre, we recommend that individuals and businesses use the most up to date software where possible to ensure you are protected by security updates.

For more information about reducing the risks from using obsolete products visit the NCSC website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/mobile-device-guidance/managing-the-risks-from-obsolete-products

Health Updates

Become a Cancer Champion by taking part in one of our free awareness sessions. 

No skills, qualifications or any specialised knowledge of cancer is required to take part in Cancer Champion training. Our free awareness sessions teach people about the key facts, statistics, symptoms and screenings which are linked to a number of cancers.

Cancer Champions are equipped with the knowledge needed to raise awareness about cancer, engage in conversations which could help to reduce the risk of cancer and encourage early diagnosis of cancer – when treatment could be simpler and more successful.

To take part in a Cancer Champion awareness session, sign up to one of the future sessions listed on our website or register your interest.

Find out more

East Riding CCG Update

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire and NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are currently undertaking an engagement exercise to understand the views and  experiences of children and young people, parents and carers when accessing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The aim of this feedback is to help us improve the service across Hull and the East Riding in the future.

We currently have a survey open to capture these views, and I would like to once again thank you all for your continued support in promoting it online and with your stakeholders.

We are now wanting to capture the views of professionals working with children and adolescents whose roles come into contact with the CAMHS service. This could be as a GP referring into the service, an educator or someone who supports children and young people experiencing poor mental health. We are interested to hear your views on the referral system, barriers and appropriate settings for where services could be provided. Your feedback on the service is extremely valuable and important in helping us shape and improve the service in the future.

Complete the survey

Community Safety Updates

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

Funding News

Tesco Bags of Help – October to December 2020
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis Bags of Help voting in stores was temporarily paused in March 2020. Due to the continued crisis we have decided not to resume in store voting in 2020, but will be supporting Bags of Help projects in a slightly different way.

During October, November and December we will be providing grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.
Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations including charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

This theme could cover a large mixture of local causes.  Examples include:

  • Mental Health support for children and young people – COVID-19 has had an impact on the health and well being of children, particularly mental health.
  • Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support well being through physical activities.
  • Non statuary educational activities – to support, widen and rebuild educational support networks for children, web based activities. Sport, exercise, and arts.
  • Young carers– support for young carers as a result of current and continued isolation.
  • Bereavement counselling – offering support to children that have lost family members and support networks due to COVID-19
  • Child poverty – to support organisations that offer family support that are further impacted by COVID-19, which could include food/educational packs, free activities.
  • Vulnerable at risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.

Other local good causes supporting children and young people will also be considered. Please note that here are a limited number of grants available in each local area and so there is no guarantee that your application will be successful.
Full details can be found at the following website: www.tescobagsofhelp.org.uk

ESF Community Grants Programme 5
Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021 and are pleased to announce the launch of the 4th round of funding available.

ESF Community Grants  are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available. For further details go to www.hlc-vol.org – contact details community-grants@hlc-vol.org Deadline for application receipt is Friday 25th September 2020 2.00pm.

All applications must be completed electronically. We will not accept any applications by post or email. To access the electronic application form please go to our website https://www.hlc-vol.org/2020/08/esf-community-grants-5-round-4/.

When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version from our website to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form.

GOV.UK Updates

Charity Commission launches new Register of Charities

Find information about registered charities in England and Wales, including what the charity does, who the trustees are and income and expenditure figures. Read more here

Further updates:

Charity regulator disqualifies individual as trustee over death threats and incitements to murder
Investigation into Nottingham-based Muslim Foundation UK leads to 10-year disqualification of former trustee, and findings of misconduct and/or mismanagement

Charity regulator launches inquiry into church found promoting fake Covid-19 protection kits
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Kingdom Church GB.

Government funding for St Basils’ youth homelessness programme
Youth homelessness charity St Basils to benefit from £90,000 to support young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

‘Aid Convoy’ removed from register and trustees disqualified after management failings put charity at undue risk of associations with terrorism
Regulator’s investigations found trustees mishandled donations and could not account for around £2.8m worth of goods shipped to Syria.

Relaunch of the health and wellbeing alliance: call for refreshed membership
Charities are being urged to join the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance to ensure the lived experiences of the people they represent are reflected in the development of health policy.

All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close
New contingency planning guidance published for education settings in local lockdown areas

Restrictions lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Locally led approach seeing results as COVID-19 cases drop in some hotspot areas in northern England.

Rogue emergency services publisher shut down
Liverpool-based publisher wound-up in court after misleading clients into believing they were advertising in magazines that supported the emergency services.

Plan for a new ‘aquagreen’ to reduce flooding in east Hull
A consultation has been launched about plans for a flood storage area at Castlehill to reduce flood risk to homes and businesses

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