Weekly Update from ERVAS – 07.08.2020



Weekly Update from ERVAS – 07.08.2020



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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



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We hope that you find our weekly updates beneficial, be sure to send us your feedback.

Do you have any updates you would like us to share? We would like to include more information in the voluntary sector updates section.

Email your feedback and submissions to devan@ervas.org.uk.

Please be aware that we are unable to guarantee publication of all submissions.

Unfortunately there will be no update next week, we will resume the week after. 





ERVAS Services Update




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? Monday 17 August at 2 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online




FREE Workshop:- Understanding Validation, Mental Health and Resilience with Josh Connolly
Josh will talk through his journey from a childhood involving trauma, an unsettled early adulthood to where he is now. Recognising his strengths and building on them he has turned his life around. He will tell you his story, talk through what adults can do to help young people but also about the importance of looking after yourself too.

When? Thursday 3 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Save the date: 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.

More information on this webinar will be released soon, please email us to express an interest in this workshop.

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

Email training@ervas.org.uk to express an interest





Voluntary Sector Updates




Voluntary Sector Jobs
There are a number of jobs advertised on our website in the voluntary sector, you can view all the vacancies here or click the headings below:

Temporary Community Hub Manager
Greatfield Big Local Project
Volunteer Co-ordinator Emmaus

Jobs at ERVAS: 
Development Officer
Engagement and Development Officer
Funding Officer
Project Administrator (CLLD Bridlington)

Don’t forget, you can also Submit a Vacancy on our website too.





SEED Newsletter
Seed are a team—we work together to provide a service to both sufferers and carers, to provide support in a non judgemental environment, with care, compassion and sensitivity. Seed now need your help to fundraise and give the sustainability to continue supporting YOU!

You can view the SEED Newsletter online here.





University study launched to explore perceptions of plastic amid COVID-19

People are being asked whether COVID-19 has changed their use and perceptions of plastics as part of a new University of Hull study.

The pandemic has seen people turn to protective equipment such as face masks, gloves and gowns – commonly made of plastic – as a way of keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.

Environmental experts, including the University’s Professor Dan Parsons, have recently warned COVID-19 could also have a dramatic effect on the usage and consumption of single-use plastic.

Now, a team at the University have launched a new national online survey to explore the subject, and how the pandemic has altered how people view the use and consumption of plastics across the country.

Read more





National Voluntary Sector Updates




NAVCA Update

Barely a quarter of charities’ coronavirus fund for England allocated
Barely a quarter of a £200m emergency coronavirus fund for small charities in England has been allocated, and still less paid out, even though Rishi Sunak promised money would be distributed “at pace” when he announced the fund in early April.

More than 10,000 charities have applied for grants from the coronavirus community support fund (CCSF) for England, many of them struggling to survive the impact of the crisis on their regular fundraising.

Voluntary sector leaders who have grown increasingly alarmed at the delay in allocating the cash have reacted angrily to disclosure that the applications are also being privately vetted by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been awarded a £1.4m contract for the work.

Click here for the full article

Food insecurity exposed by COVID-19
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s COVID-19 and Food Supply Report has found that the pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity for millions of people. The use of UK food banks almost doubled during lockdown, with a significant spike in demand from people with children.

Recognising that the situation is likely to worsen, a cross-party group of MPs has called on Government to urgently appoint a ‘Minister for Food Security’.

The new Minister would work across Government departments to collect robust data and deliver sustainable change. The report also urges the Government to consult on whether a ‘right to food’ should be put in legislation.

Read the findings from the report here

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.

Can you help with case studies and spreading the word? You can find information about how to involve your charity here.

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.

‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges
The Government has published badges that can be used to show that the person carrying them may have difficulties or concerns with regards to maintaining social distancing. They can be used to signal to others around them that they need to pay attention and be given space.

These products include images for your phone or to print and carry whilst you are in public.

Click here to download the images





Trustee Vacancies with The Institute for Voluntary Action Research

As an independent research charity that works closely with people and organisations that are striving for social change, IVAR is looking for people who bring life experience and a passion for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. They are hoping to build a board that reflects the diversity of communities that they seek to serve.

Further information can be found here and you can download a Trustee application pack to apply.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday, 1 September, 2020.





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

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




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 on-line.

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



NEBR Centre Survey

This questionnaire aims to understand cyber security adoption within Small Medium sized Enterprise (SME) with under 250 employees. Any SME owner or team member with responsibility for cyber security can take part.  It will take around 6 minutes. This survey is voluntary and anonymous, no individual or company will be identifiable. All data will be stored in accordance with GDPR.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Martin Wilson martin.wilson@nebrcentre.co.uk.



Complete the Survey



April 2020 – June 2020

This is the latest update from the Friends Against Scams team, its full of all the relevant information you need related to fraud and scams.

In this issue:
– Friends Against Scams Stats
– Friends Against Scams Update
– Scams Awareness Fortnight and 500,000 Friends
– Businesses Against Scams
– Scam Alert – Latest scams to warn others

Read the full newsletter





Is the cloud really secure?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is often asked, “is the cloud secure?”. This is a natural question, given how much we now rely on it both as individuals and as organisations.

In response to this they are participating in a free webinar from Charity Digital on 13 August to explain (with as little technical jargon as possible) what ‘the cloud’ really means.

They’ll delve into how the NCSC chose it’s cloud services and, critically, why the big security concern with moving to the cloud is not whether the cloud itself is secure, but whether you are using it securely.

Click here for details and how to register





NAVCA Digital Update

29 Email deliverability tips you must know in 2020
No matter how many times you’ve sent out that promotional email, or how clean your list is there are a host of things you may not even know about that can prevent your email from ever reaching someone’s inbox.

With more stringent laws and increasingly sophisticated spam filters, it’s to your benefit to know everything that can affect your email’s deliverability.

Click here for 29 tips (not sure why it’s 29 but we didn’t write them)

Twitter surveys users on possible options for tweet subscriptions
Twitter has recently confirmed that it is working on “subscriptions and other approaches” as potential revenue opportunities, and some users have reported seeing a new Twitter survey asking them about a range of potential options that they might be willing to pay for.

Suggestions include:

  • Undo send – An option to recall your sent tweets within a 30-second window
  • Custom colour options – New ways to customise your Twitter profile
  • Advanced video publishing tools – The capacity to publish significantly longer videos in your tweets
  • Auto replies – The capacity to add auto-response options to use in your tweet replies

Click here for the full list

Messenger Rooms now available via WhatsApp Desktop
Ok if that headline means nothing to you, let me explain – Messenger Rooms is an app within Facebook which was launched this year as a video call for multiple users (like Zoom etc.).

Facebook – being the owners of WhatsApp and a few other things – has now extended this functionality to WhatsApp Desktop. This is something they are in the process of rolling out across different regions so keep an eye out for it as it may be useful for online community meet-ups.

Click here for more info

10 Facebook Live tips to follow before, during and after your broadcast
I know from some discussions with our members that they and many of their members are using Facebook Live as a way to host local groups and networks that previously would have met in person. They also tell me that views of these live posts have exceeded the numbers they usually had at the physical meetings.

So with all that in mind take a look here at some useful tips for before, during and after your Facebook Live session.





Catalyst Update

How Dingley’s Promise used digital to support families
Chief executive Catherine McLeod MBE tells us how the charity has used digital to respond to the pandemic – both during and post lockdown.

One year on…what is Catalyst?
Following the one-year anniversary of our launch, our latest blog explains how we came about, and shares information on our core mission and key services.

What COVID-19 means for the charity sector 
COVID-19 has changed the way charities operate, and will continue to do so. Charity Digital explores what this means for the sector – past, present & future.

How The Carers’ Centre is approaching user-centred design
Janine Woodward-Grant explains how our free online Design Hop workshop is helping The Carers’ Centre fine tune their existing user research processes:





Health Updates




YoungMinds August Update
The august update from Young Minds is now available, in this update they provide information on:-
  • #BeyondTomorrow
  • Supporting your child with gaming
  • Gender, sexuality and mental health
  • Monthly blog updates
  • Jobs at YoungMinds





Healthwatch East Riding

Tell us about your experience of leaving hospital during COVID-19

To make room for the sudden need for more beds as a result of the coronavirus, the NHS changed the way it discharged people from hospital. But what was your experience? 

Take just 10 minutes to tell us about your experience and help the NHS know how to improve care for all.

Complete the survey

Sexual Health Report
This report documents the findings of research, which took place from during the last school year, which examined young people’s attitudes to issues relating to sexual health, and their experiences of sexual health services.

Manager Julie Dearing said ‘We were delighted to work with pupils in the East Riding again, the young people we worked with were extremely forthcoming with their views and were open and willing to talk about what could be a sensitive subject, which has helped to produce an insightful report’.

Read the full report

Provide your feedback
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




August E-Newsletter Edition of Ournews Is Here 

We are delighted to announce that the August 2020 OurNews is now available to view and download from our website. (https://bit.ly/3fzCWCQ)

This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.

As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses.  We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven’t, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.

Please continue to share our newsletter with your coordinators, members, supporters, and partners across your networks.

Best wishes

Central Support Team
NB:  Please click on the links in the alert message





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:

  • 3rd August 2020
  • 2nd November 2020
  • 1st February 2021

Find out more and apply





Funding News




2021 GSK Impact Awards
Charities are facing significant challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, while continuing to provide vital services to keep people healthy and connected.

This year, more than ever, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000, plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.
View the guidelines and access the application

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020.

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities
Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities. This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums. The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.

The closing date for applications at 5pm on the 2nd September 2020.

Find out more

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 Council Funding Update

National Lottery Community Fund Announces BAME-led Fund for England
Councils in England Receive COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Food Grants
Applications Invited for £100m Zoo Animals Fund
Lloyds Bank Foundation’s New COVID Recovery Fund Opens for Applications
People’s Postcode Trust’s Community Project Small Grants – Round 2
Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grants – Round 2
Postcode Local Trust – Round 2
Postcode Neighbourhood Trust Offers Grants to British Organisations Affected by COVID-19
Round 9 of Darwin Plus Projects Open to Applications
European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize Opens for 2020





GOV.UK Updates




APHA launches first plant health apprenticeship scheme
This is an exciting opportunity to start a career in plant health.

‘Get pedalling!’ says Highways England – whether it’s a work day or not!
Highways England is encouraging the public to explore the country’s cycle routes this Cycle to Work Day – and any day!

Hot weather warning issued for parts of the country
Public Health England issues a heat-health warning as the Met Office forecasts high temperatures.





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