Weekly Update from ERVAS – 10.07.2020



Weekly Update from ERVAS – 10.07.2020

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?

You can now request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

Request assistance

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

*** We will also be joined at this event by a local ethical hacker from the Armour Group. They will be providing an insight into what hacking is, and how it can be used for good and bad. Its a workshop not to be missed ***

The Armour Group is a Lincolnshire Cyber Security company with a passion to protect. Since 1997 they have been safeguarding the most valuable assets of their clients, establishing themselves as a leading provider of network security services across the digital world.

Digital Armour provides the training and accreditations needed for your organisation to develop a long-term commitment to protecting its data assets. Their approach aims to make cyber security awareness an intrinsic part of your business identity, empowering employees to propel this new company culture.

Change your mindset, change your game. Find out more today at digital-armour.com

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

Voluntary Sector Updates

Jacobs Well Appeal Charity Sale and Face Visors
Jacob’s Well is holding its FIRST Charity Sale of the summer since we were forced to close. So please come along & support us: loads of bargains & fun tombola.

When? Sat 18th July From 09.30 to 3pm
Where? Toll Gavel Church Driveway.

A one way system & social distancing will be in place. We will have hand sanitiser, gloves & masks if required.

Raising valuable funds at this difficult time for our Charity.

Jacob’s Well also have over 30,000 full face visors available, we are just asking for a donation of £1 each . All the money raised will go towards helping us to send food and medical aid to the poorest people in the third world, many of whom are no longer able to work or eat due to lockdowns caused by COVID 19.

For the visors, contact Jacob’s Well office;  email office@jacobswellappeal.org
Tel. 01482 881162

Do you know an ‘IT savvy’ individual that could help?
Young People Count are looking for an ‘IT savvy’ volunteer to help manage and develop our new website and related social media content to engage young people aged 11 to 18 in Pocklington and the surrounding area.

You will be joining an enthusiastic team of volunteers to provide facilities within the town and online.  A great project for anyone doing Computer or Media Studies.

You will be given training on how our site works, and we also provide expenses and ongoing support.

We will be carrying out DBS and due diligence checks. If you are interested, please get in touch at office@ypcount.org.uk

Social Enterprise Humber online workshop
Addressing your governance issues post Covid-19
Wednesday 15th July 11.00 – 12.00

We are delivering a series of online workshops that will help you to use your downtime effectively and get plans in place for when we can get back to normal.

When we asked you what was important to you at the moment, not surprisingly, how to plan for the future in an uncertain environment was a priority. We set up a well-attended workshop to look at the planning side of things and out of that workshop, people identified having the right structures in place to maximise opportunities and staying on the right side of legislation as something they needed support with.

In this workshop, we offer a short practical discussion-based workshop that will enable participants to take their first steps in addressing their own organisational governance issues post Covid-19

Thanks to the support of the Connect Fund and Players of the Peoples Post Code Lottery the workshop is free of charge.


If you need help simply contact Neil King on 01652 240554 or neil@cert-ltd.co.uk.

Register Here

RNLI Water Safety

This summer, our Lifeguards can’t be on every beach, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers. We are asking you to help us share some important messages to children and their families.

It is anticipated that as restrictions are eased and the summer weather is here, people will head to the beaches and coastline to enjoy the sun, sea and time with friends and family.  In a normal year, the RNLI helps thousands of people who end up getting into difficulty in or close to the water when doing these types of activities.

Throughout the summer term, our local team of trained volunteers and Lifeguards do their best to visit as many of the schools, colleges and youth groups in our region as possible. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak we have not been able to engage with school communities as we normally would.

Below, you will find out ways in which you can help at this time.

  1. Download and use our Education resource pack. Educating young people about how to keep safe, in on and around water is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s water safety activity. This term we have put together two downloadable packs of resources focusing on keeping safe this Summer. This will help your teams engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and as part of home school packs.
  2. Share a link to our Water Safety from Home resources – If you’re a parent or teacher looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home, play our Water Safety Wednesday series – perfect for primary school-aged children.
  3. Please help by sharing the RNLI & MCA’s Beach Safety Campaign with parents, guardians and your wider network. Beach lifeguards cannot be everywhere this summer – it is vital every one of us takes responsibility for our own, and our families’, safety.

Finally, we would like to thank you and your teams for all that you are doing to support your community through this unprecedented situation. Together, we really can make a lifesaving difference.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

National Helplines launch #ReadytoTalk campaign as lockdown eases

Find out more

NAVCA Update

Charities receive over £32 million from dormant trusts in two years
The dormant funds programme, managed by the Charity Commission and the UK Community Foundations, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has announced that so far it has “revitalised” £32m to help good causes.

The programme has now secured funding by DCMS until March 2021 and will reach out to around 500 more inactive trusts in the year ahead, to help communities in need.

For more details please click here

Cultural and heritage organisations to receive a £1.57bn support package
The UK’s arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government has announced.

Organisations – many of which are charities – across the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

The money will provide a lifeline to cultural and heritage organisations hit hard by the pandemic. Plus funding to restart paused projects will help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

Click here for more details about the announcement

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.

Weekly surveillance report
Each week Public Health England issues the findings of its weekly surveillance report.

The infographic shows the total number of COVID-19 cases, people tested and COVID-19 related deaths for both the week and cumulatively since the end of January 2020.

There is also a regional breakdown and incidence rate, plus a whole heap of data for you to pore over, should you wish.

Click here to see the infographic

Chairing Plus Webinar: Working with Your Chief Executive
As a chair, building and maintaining a successful relationship with a chief executive is a key part of the role. But it’s not always a simple task.

The Association of Chairs is holding a webinar on 12 August to look at what is needed at key stages in the Chair-Chief Executive relationship, including appraisal of a Chief Executive.

Click here for more information and to register

Working safely during coronavirus
The Government has updated its guidance on how to make your workplace secure during the pandemic.

There are 12 separate guides all addressing different sectors or scenarios plus a five-step guide to making a secure work environment.

Click here for more details

NCVO Update

The UK Civil Society Almanac 2020 is now live
Go to data.ncvo.org.uk to get the latest available data and insights on charities’ finances, workforce, volunteering and impact. Share with your team and on social media using #ncvoAlmanac.

Learn more about the data Webinar
Register for our free webinar on Thursday 9 July 14.00 to get an overview of the state of the charity sector and what the trends mean in the current context.

Support from NCVO 
The crisis has shown how important charities and volunteering change people’s lives. To continue to support the sector, we’ve produced a number of resources to help charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any specific questions related to COVID-19, please email.

Upcoming NCVO Training
We are launching new accessible and affordable online courses, focusing on key topics including funding, governance, strategy and volunteering. We will ensure your learning needs are met through interactive, live sessions with knowledgeable trainers.

Find Training

ACRE Update

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the national charity which champions and supports community-led projects and assets in the countryside, has published comprehensive information that will help village and community halls reopen once government coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Find out more

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

Let’s come together for #HelloYellow

At a time when it’s needed most, let’s come together for #HelloYellow on Friday 9 October 2020 and join thousands of others in wearing yellow for World Mental Health Day and raising vital funds for YoungMinds.

We know you and the young people in your lives have been going through a difficult time, and it can be hard to feel positive. But you’re not alone. Together we can look out for each other and feel hopeful about the future.

We’re happy to support you in any way possible so just email us at helloyellow@youngminds.org.uk or give us a call on 020 7089 5050 if you have any questions.

Let’s make this the biggest, most memorable #HelloYellow yet!

Sign up for #HelloYellow

CLA Countryside Code graphics for social media

After months of uncertainty, we are delighted that England’s tourism sector will be reopening its doors to the public on Saturday (July 4th).

With rural tourism and hospitality businesses, such as self-catering cottages, camping and glamping sites, caravan parks, country pubs and restaurants opening again, we’re expecting to give a warm welcome to a huge influx of visitors to the countryside.

In light of this, the CLA has produced a number of graphics which capture the key messages from the Countryside Code – Respect, Protect and Enjoy – which we are asking the public to follow.

Please do share these across your own social media channels as appropriate. You can download them here. The CLA continues to lobby government to include the Countryside Code in the national curriculum so that young people can learn to enjoy the countryside safely and responsibly.

Employment Law Update – The Webinar Series

The Wrigleys employment team are delivering a series of webinars which will focus on the topics that would have been covered in our annual Employment Law Update Conference.

Find out more

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

Skurio Dark Web Monitoring Webinar

Last year, Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015.

When numbers get to a certain size, they seem to become easier to ignore. That is, until your organisation becomes part of the statistic, contributing to this growth in lost revenues.

Our Dark Web Monitoring webinar shows how to help prevent your organisation falling victim to cybercriminals operating in the shadows of the web…

  • The types of data shared and sold on the Dark Web and beyond
  • The risks associated with that data falling into the wrong hands
  • How to find out if your important data has been breached – safely!

Watch on demand at any time, using this link… Dark Web Monitoring webinar.

Zoom Update

At Zoom customers are our number one priority, and we always strive to bring you the best, most secure video meeting experience in the industry.

Two weeks ago we reached out regarding a new security requirement for our paid accounts. While the majority of our customers have already secured their meetings with Passcodes or Waiting Rooms, after hearing helpful feedback from those who haven’t, we are extending the date for these security requirements to September 27th, 2020  to give you more time to prepare.

Please stay tuned for more information, we’ll be rolling out training and collateral on Waiting Rooms and Passcodes in July.

For more details, including a comprehensive FAQ document, please visit our Support page.

England Illegal Money Lending Team Training Offer

We have developed a new way of working to ensure our partners still get access to our awareness training sessions and staff are kept up to date during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our first concern is the safety of our learners and partners so we have had to cancel all our on site training until further notice. The good news is that learning can take place in many forms and training is now available via video link so we can keep that personal touch enabling questions to be asked and keeping up morale.

We will be delivering our webinars via a virtual platform to ensure that partners still have access to our experienced staff when they need it most. For the England Illegal Money Lending Team it is business as usual with organsiations being able to attend training sessions via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to download Teams software to participate, this can be done via a web link which we can send.

We can offer:
Webinars – Via Microsoft Teams we can run a virtual training session, show power point, take questions and interact with participants. These sessions typically run for around 30 -60 minutes. They can be used as part of a team meeting or a stand alone session.

E Learning – We have developed an e learning product which enables an organisation’s staff to take a short training course at a day and time which suits them. Participants watch a short video then answer some general questions. Following the training we can provide a short report to gauge learning.

We also have a number of videos, promotional and learning material we can make available to you as part of the training offer. To discuss your organisation’s needs have a chat with your local LIAISE Officer and they can see how they can ensure your staff know what to look out for when working with service users who may be the victim of a loan shark.



If you would like to take part in a course please email training@ervas.org.uk and we would be more than happy to help arrange a course and put you in contact with a local representative. 

NAVCA Digital Update

How to manage negative social media comments
At some point if you are on social media, you will encounter a negative comment or two directed your way.

The temptation is to respond in a similar manner and explain why they are wrong, however this is usually the best approach.

Digital Giants has put together an infographic showing the seven steps to responding to a negative comment. We highly recommend adopting these as a strategy so you and your colleagues are prepared should you encounter such negativity.

Click here for the infographic

Catalyst Update

What is user research and why is it vital for your charity?
How do you find out what your users need? It’s not always by asking them! Why focus groups and consultation events are not the best route to generating meaningful user research to inform better digital service design.

How the Children’s Society used digital to cope with COVID-19
The director of national operations at the Children’s Society talks about how the charity has adapted – and shared its learning with others.

Service design is co-production with knobs on
How service design differs from co-production – and why it’s usually a better method to use when designing a new service or project.

How to become a data-driven charity
Last month’s DigiShift call on data-driven charities was one of the most active sessions to date. SCVO’s blog takes a look at why and how charities can better use their data.

Dovetail – a free directory of charity-focused digital agencies
Charities looking for digital partners can browse the directory – whilst agencies delivering design, tech, and data can add their details (provided they meet criteria).

Health Updates

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

Our July ‘Our News’ newsletter is here

The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.

As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown.

Click here to read it


Online blackmail education resource for 15-18 year olds


Online blackmail is a new education resource which aims to help young people identify key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, understand the impact it can have, and how they access help if they experience it.

Our Online blackmail resource has been informed by the latest research, intelligence from the NCA, and engagement with young people and professionals.

Online blackmail has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark, demonstrating that it supports safe and effective teaching practice and meets the PSHE Association’s ‘Ten principles of effective PSHE education’.

The one-hour Online blackmail session can be delivered in schools, colleges, youth groups and other educational settings.

Read more

Modern Slavery and COVID-19: What to look out for and how to get help

The Home Office has published a guidance document detailing how to spot the signs of modern slavery and how to get help if you have encountered someone who may be a potential victim of modern slavery. You don’t need to be sure that modern slavery is taking place or fully understand the types and definitions to report your concerns. Call the police on 101 if you suspect modern slavery, or 999 if there is an immediate risk of harm. The Salvation Army’s confidential 24/7 referral helpline on 0800 808 3733 will provide advice on getting support to potential victims.

Read more

Funding News

Charity Survival Fund
Deadline: 27 July 2020 (17:00)

A one-off £10 million Charity Survival Fund has been set up by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust. This is in response to their ongoing concern about the economic impact of COVID-19 on charities. The funding aims to help small and medium sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income in the current financial year. The level of funding for each charity depends on their annual income. Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available. It is expected that around 200 charities across the country will benefit from this fund. Charities must be working within the Trust’s three key funding areas as follows:

  • Health and Wellbeing – within the areas of disease and patient care; mental health and addiction recovery; disability, aged and palliative care.
  • Welfare and Education – addressing poverty and disadvantage, especially in relation to young people; and also those working in areas such as food insecurity and criminal justice reform and rehabilitation.

Arts and Culture – the performing arts; independent museums and galleries; heritage sites and historic buildings.

Apply online

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust  
Grants of up to £1,500 towards core costs are available from The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust. Applications are sought from organisations who work with and support older people, people with disabilities or living with serious illness, or people facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

Apply online

The Schroder Charity Trust 
The Schroder Charity Trust continues to accept applications for grants of up to £5,000. They encourage applications from organisations working in the following areas:

  • Education and young people
  • Communities, environment and conservation
  • Health, arts and culture, international development, heritage and Armed Forces

Apply online

Free DAB radio sets for over 70s
The BBC has teamed up with the loneliness charity Wavelength to give away thousands of DAB radios for free to vulnerable people aged over 70. They support organisations who help people who are lonely and isolated, by giving free TVs, tablets, and radios for clients.

Apply online

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

Other funding opportunities:
Comic Relief and NET announce a new £3.4m fund to provide support to hundreds of small Black, Asian, and minority ethnic focused projects across the UK.

The Arts Council will reopen applications for National Lottery Project Grants on 22 July; £60m.

The 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open; core funding of up to £40k, plus access to high quality training and development.  For health-related work in the UK; income of between £80k and £2.5 million.

If you’re working in disability, Sky Badger has lots of great resources, including categorised funder lists.

GOV.UK Updates

Charities receive over £32 million from dormant trusts
Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations call for more charities to join programme to release charity money, as future funding announced by DCMS

Thousands of children offered nutritious breakfasts during summer
Children from more than 1,800 schools in England who are currently part of our Breakfast Clubs programme will now be offered healthy breakfasts over the summer.

Maritime Safety Week 2020
Our Chief Inspector, Captain Andrew Moll, makes a statement at the start of this year’s Maritime Safety Week.

Majority of children no longer need to shield
The majority of children currently considered extremely clinical vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to be removed from the shielded patient list.

Charity Commission launches statutory inquiry over concerns at Devon homelessness charity
Regulator escalates probe into management and administration of Humanity Torbay

NHS Test and Trace contacts more than 130,000 people
More than 130,000 people at risk of unknowingly spreading coronavirus have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: ministerial direction
Letters regarding the ministerial direction for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

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