Weekly Update From ERVAS – 11.09.2020


Weekly Update from ERVAS – 11.09.2020

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

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VCS Emergencies Partnership Fortnightly Bulletin (September 1)

ERVAS Services Update

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

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

Fraud is now Britain’s most common crime and anyone can be a victim, says City of London Police Commissioner IAN DYSON

Fraud used to be seen as a ‘victimless’ crime. Make no mistake, at the City of London Police we have never agreed with that narrative.

And public opinion is now recognising the emotional – as well as financial – harm caused by this most prevalent of crimes.

The sad fact is that you are more likely to be the victim of fraud than any other type of crime.

And while the internet has brought a wealth of opportunities, it has also allowed fraud to flourish: the criminal can target people nationally and internationally, yet never have to look a victim in the eye.

Proceeds are then used to fund serious and organised crime gangs, allowing them to finance the sale of drugs, weapons and modern slavery.

Read more

Voluntary Sector Updates

New Guidance

From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6 indoors or outdoors (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble).

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:
where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
for work, and voluntary or charitable services
for education, training, or registered childcare (including wraparound care)
fulfilling legal obligations such as attending court or jury service
providing emergency assistance, or providing support to a vulnerable person for you or someone else to avoid illness, injury or harm
participate in children’s playgroups, wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, or for other religious life-cycle ceremonies – where up to 30 people will be able to attend
funerals – where up to 30 people will be able to attend
organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes (see the list of recreational team sports, outdoor sport and exercise allowed under the gyms and leisure centre guidance
youth groups or activities
elite sporting competition or training
protests and political activities organised in compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance and subject to strict risk assessments

Changes to Government Guidance from 14th September and what it means for Sport and Physical Activity

While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government’s confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month.

People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools – classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.

You can read more about the latest guidance and what it means for the sport and physical activity sector on the Sport England website.  With advice likely to evolve as restrictions change, we’ll continue to monitor and share updated guidance.

For more information the government’s compiled detailed guidance on reopening outdoor and indoor sports facilities; a framework for the return of team sports; keeping facilities and equipment clean; keeping staff and customers safe; what to do about restaurants, changing rooms and car parks, and more.

Find out more about Active Humber on their website. 

Help young people to have a voice

UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity to reach out to young people who go on to be opinion formers and leaders of the future.

The Make Your Mark ballot orders the top five issues, however, due to the devolved nature of the UK democracy and to ensure relevant representation of the issues from all nations will include UK-wide issues and devolved issues.

How can young people take part?
Make Your Mark takes place annually supported by Local Authorities, schools, UK Parliament, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The ballot will next take place from Sunday 1st November 2020.

Calling all schools, colleges and youth groups! 
Make sure young people have a say. 

Keep an eye on our social media, bulletin and website for more information, on how East Riding groups can take part.

The consultation will go live on 1st November, when we’ll send you the link the the resources (a 3 min video explaining what Make Your Mark is and the topics. Plus a Powerpoint with the topics). Free Lesson Plans on topics like debating, citizenship, and election/voting are available on on the UK Parliament Week website: https://learning.parliament.uk/resources/

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.

Closing date for applications: Friday 11th September 2020, 5pm

Apply today

Ready for a free online gig?

Join host Rich Huxley (Hope&Social)
Live performances from:

  • Molly Curtis
  • Ty Rokahr
  • Alice Simmons
  • Alex Wedlock

When? Saturday 12th September 2020 | 7pm
Where? Join the stream via www.junctiongoole.co.uk

Made possible by funding from Goole Youth Action

Youth Work Update

The World of Young People Newsletter of the Youth Work Unit Yorkshire and the Humber.

This bulletin includes the following updates:

  • Youth Work Unit News
  • Yorkshire and the Humber News
  • National News
  • Eurodesk Opportunities
  • Reports and Studies
  • Events, training & opportunities
  • Youth Work Vacancies
  • Resources
  • Funding
  • Health
  • Blogs and Comment
  • Consultation

Read more

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Gap between rich and poor pupils in England ‘grows by 46% in a year’
Urgent support must be targeted at disadvantaged pupils and schools in areas of high deprivation, researchers have said, as figures reveal the gap in England between some pupils and their wealthier peers widened by 46% in the school year severely disrupted by the coronavirus lockdown.

Click here to read the full article about this work by the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Charity regulator launches inquiry into church found promoting fake Covid-19 protection kits
The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into The Kingdom Church GB in South London after media outlets reported that it was selling a ‘plague protection kit’ containing oil and red yarn, which it was claimed would cure and protect against the Covid-19 virus.

Click here for more details.

Watch our video celebrating the fantastic work of local infrastructure during lockdown and beyond.

Then share it along with our infographic describing the essence of what local infrastructure does to help their local voluntary sector and communities.

And let’s send a big THANK YOU to NAVCA members across the country for being the beating #HeartOfOurCommunity!

Charity Commission for England and Wales – Annual Public Meeting
Online, 11am on Thursday 1 October.

At the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting they will report on their work over the past year and update charities on how they are delivering support and services through the current pandemic.

They will be broadcasting live on their YouTube channel from a location near their Liverpool office.

Click here to register for the link to the YouTube broadcast which will be sent closer to the date of the event.

Office for Civil Society Update

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus – action cards
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has developed Action Cards, which reflect the latest advice on how to identify, manage and report a Covid-19 outbreak. This campaign communicates advice on how to respond to an outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) to individuals that own, manage, or are responsible for a specific organisation within the community by:

  • Identifying an outbreak of Covid-19 (one or more confirmed case depending on the business or organisation)
  • Reporting the outbreak to your local health protection team
  • Working with your local health protection team to respond

The cards are designed as a useful visual checklist for organisations operating within workplaces and bring together guidance and useful contacts to support your organisation’s planning. This will help organisations work effectively with their local public health teams.

Each situation has an individual Action Card which provides specific Covid-19 Early Outbreak Management Information for that location. The Action Cards were designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand in your organisation.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – updated guidance
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the scheme, which ends on 31 October 2020:

  • From 1 September the government will pay 70% and employers will pay 10% of employees’ wages for the time they are being furloughed. Employers will also continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions. You will still need to pay furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, so you’ll need to fund the difference between this and the CJRS grant yourself.
  • From 1 October the government will pay 60% and employers will pay 20% of employees’ wages for the time they are being furloughed. Employers will also continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions.

For more detailed information click here.

NYA Update – Readiness level Amber for the Youth Sector

** Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions (9th September 2020), we can confirm that as an essential service, youth sector activity can continue unchanged where COVID secure to NYA guidance standards **

  • 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

(Version 2)

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

National Trading Standards Scams Team Update

Trio sentenced to more than nine years for home improvement scam
Three criminals have been sentenced to a combined total of 9 ¼ years (111 months) at Birmingham Crown Court on the 26th August 2020 for their part in running a fraudulent home improvement company in Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire. more

Phoney officials and bogus callers target elderly in North Wales scam
Criminals are posing as phoney officials to access elderly and vulnerable people’s homes.

In recent weeks, there has been a spate across Wrexham and Flintshire of bogus calling and scam visits, sparking a warning from North Wales Police.
In many incidents, rooms throughout houses have been searched by fake officials and during one worrying incident, a bedroom was ‘ransacked’. more

Colleagues support telephone fraud victims
Andy Foster and PCSO Siobhan Drury from South Yorkshire Police teamed up for visits to elderly victims of telephone scams in Sheffield last month.

Andy, who is the force’s Fraud Protect Officer, joined Siobhan in Woodseats and Heeley to visit two homes where elderly residents had been targeted over the phone by cruel criminals. more

Warning after couple scammed out of £7,000 by fake policeman
People are being warned to watch out for a scam after a couple were conned out of £7,000 by someone pretending to be a police officer.

The couple, who are in their 80s and live in Farnborough, were contacted by a man over the phone purporting to be a police officer on August 27th. more

Regulators warn football fans as £30 million lost to scams
Regulators are targeting football fans in their new ScamSmart campaign to raise awareness, as they found more than £30m has been lost to pension scams in the past three years alone. more

TSB warns of emerging scams as it reveals fraud losses for young and elderly victims
TSB has highlighted the most common and emerging scams that its youngest and older customers have fallen victim to, as over 65s lose an average of £7,500 for ‘green deal’ scams.

The bank’s analysis has revealed that over 65s have lost an average of £7,500 for ‘green deal’ scams, where people are duped by the promise of energy efficient equipment. more

Criminals target UK music festivals forced online by coronavirus
Facebook phishing scams with fake pages and events are charging individuals to view live streams – even though they are often free to view on official festival pages. more

Agency issues warning over ‘man and van’ ads
The Environment Agency has warned people in the South West of England to be wary of adverts on social media offering to take away rubbish, stating that people could become ‘accidental criminals’ if this is later fly-tipped. more

Catalyst Update

Three ways to improve your digital project’s chance of success 
We look at how to focus your approach, understand different types of value and build a strong team.

What does agile mean in digital?
The term “agile” gets used all the time in digital, but it’s far from clear what it actually means. Read our guide explaining what it’s about.

How building a chatbot helped Bipolar UK
Bipolar UK worked with the Tech for Good programme to build a chatbot. They talk about how it freed up staff time and helped them support more people.

How communities of place help charity digital leads
Our research found that support communities were vital to digital leads in charities. Bex Rae-Evans looks at how existing place-based communities can help.

Health Updates

East Riding CCG Update

Join us for our first virtual Annual General Meeting
The NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG is hosting its first ever virtual AGM and we’d like to remind people how they can join us.

It’s set to be streamed via our Facebook page and YouTube channel on Tuesday 15 September 2020 from 5pm.

You do not need a Facebook or Youtube account to view the stream.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services survey for professionals
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 are now aiming 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.

To complete the survey, please click the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWVX5WQ.

New Covid emergency fund for Disabled People’s Organisations
The National Emergencies Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the covid-19 needs of disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. Disability Sheffield has been chosen as the regional partner for South Yorkshire and the Humber.
They are looking to fund Covid related work in the following broad three areas:

  • Independent living: covering any Covid related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation.
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues.

Find out more about the fund here.

Catzero free training for veterans
The charity Catzero is offering a free 16-week programme with ongoing support to help support veterans into employment, training or education. Click here to find out more.

New Customer Logging Toolkit for businesses
A new and updated Customer Logging Toolkit for businesses that collects customer details for Test & Trace is now available. The toolkit includes a suite of materials on customer logging that local businesses can use, including suggested copy, posters and social media assets.

What Do You See? Humberside Police launch campaign to protect people from domestic abuse
Humberside Police have launched their ‘What Do You See?’ campaign that aims to highlight what vulnerability may look like, in its many different forms, and communicate some of the signs to help spot it.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage the public to be on the lookout for any such issues and report any concerns to protect vulnerable people in our community from this crime. Learn more here: http://humberside.police.uk/domesticabuse.

Community Safety Updates

We Want Your Feedback on Our Future Plans 

Your safety, your Fire and Rescue Service
Our consultation is now open and we welcome your views, thoughts and comments about us and the direction we’re planning.

Once a year we review our Strategic Plan and Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) documents. These explain our aims and objectives and how we assess risk and plan to keep our communities, businesses and those who visit the four local authorities; Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire safe.

We are consulting on these documents from 12 noon Wednesday 9 September to 12 noon Wednesday 11 November 2020.

For more information and to complete our online consultation survey, please visit our consultation area on our website, click here.

Our consultation survey has five areas of questions and an opportunity for feedback relating to our Strategic Plan and IRMP documents. You do not need to read these prior to completing the survey, but if you want to look at them you can do so via our plans area on the website, click here.

Our September Our News Newsletter Is Out – Read It Here

We pleased to announce our September Our News newsletter is now available.
Click here to read our September Our News newsletter.

This month we have a look at how one group has tackled crime and disorder in Hackney, we introduce to you CrimeStoppers Domestic Abuse campaign #YouAreNotPowerless which launched on the 1st September, and Action Fraud’s anti-phishing campaign #MulletOver, which also launched on the 1st September.

In partnership with Avast we look at ways Cyberhood Watch is protecting our community.

We highlight and ask you to support some key events being held during September

  • The Countryside clean up on the 19th and 20th
  • Gas Safe Week running from 14th – 20th

And last but certainly not least, we are excited to announce that the Neighbour of the Year Awards, sponsored by Co-op Insurance is back for the 3rd consecutive year. Nominations open on the 21st September. Look out for more details on this coming soon.

And that is not all… read our newsletter here to discover more.

All the best


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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

Crackdown on private car parking firms will eliminate unfair fines
Unfair private parking tickets will be eliminated through the introduction of new rule for private car parks.

War on plastic waste stepped up with extension of plastic bag charge
The single-use carrier bag charge will be extended to all retailers and increased to 10p from April 2021 to further protect our oceans from plastic waste.

Beware of rogue ‘man and van’ rubbish removers on Facebook
Using unregistered waste removal firms could cause rubbish to be dumped or burned and the person who hired them given a criminal record.

Next steps outlined for UK’s use of digital identity
Digital Identity Strategy Board develops new principles to boost secure use of digital identity

Companies House bank details have changed
All customers who make payments by bank transfer (BACS) will need to use our new bank account details from 1 September 2020.

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