Weekly Update from ERVAS – 12.06.2020

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

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

ERVAS Services Update
Voluntary Sector Updates
National Voluntary Sector Updates
Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates
Health Updates
Community Safety Updates
Funding News
GOV.UK Updates

ERVAS Services Update

Next week is the start of the scams awareness fortnight, keep an eye out on our social media for relevant updates and information.

Free Cyber Aware – keeping young people safe online workshop
Devan Witter and PC Alistair Kennedy will be delivering another workshop for us, this time raising awareness of potential harmful situations and discussing how to keep our young people safe online.

If you are interested in taking part please sign up today. Feel free to contact training@ervas.org.uk or call 01482 871077 for more information.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 17 June from 10am.

Book your place today

Understanding Kooth Workshop
Commissioned by East Riding CCG, Kooth.com is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform which is available to young people aged 11– 25 years across East Riding.

To find out more about Kooth please register to attend this joint event with ERVAS.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 2 July from 1pm.

Book your place online

We have added further events for young people, parents and professionals, to take part in. Find out more below, and please share these events far and wide:

For more information on any of the below events, please email volunteenplus@ervas.org.uk or call 01482 871 077.

Youth Drop-in’s
Every Wednesday (6:30-8:30), Friday (6pm-8pm) and Saturday (6:30-8:30)
Registration Link
Facebook Event Page
Virtual Youth Festival
19 June at 4pm
Registration Link
Facebook Event Page – This will also be live on Facebook.
Let’s Start Again – an East Riding Youth Environment Event

1 July at 1pm

Registration Link
Facebook Event Page

Keeping Safe Youth Voice Event
9 July at 1:30pm
Registration Link
Facebook Event Page
East Riding Youth Parliament Event
22 July at 4pm
Registration Link
Facebook Event Page
East Riding Virtual Youth Conference

Voluntary Sector Updates

Kooth Session Reminder
Kooth allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their mental health and wellbeing.

To find out more about Kooth please register to attend any of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 24th June 12pm – 1pm
  • Wednesday 2 July from 1pm
To register please contact Emma Handford
Email: ehandford@xenzone.com


Talking about Loss

Our June podcast features Pocklington woman Steph Marshall talking for the first time about the premature death of her sister, five years ago, and how she has coped with the tragedy. Hear her inspiring story in the TAL Podcast, a monthly feature from the East Yorkshire charity, Talking about Loss.

Access the podcast

Our next Zoom wellbeing social will be on Saturday 20th June at 4pm but you can email us directly for our e-brochure: manager.tal43@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, we have a new Twitter address: Please follow us @TALcommhub.

East Riding town centres reopening survey released

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has released a short survey to find out how residents feel about the reopening of retail and other local facilities, after the Government recently announced the planned changes to services which have not been available during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The survey – which has been launched with multiple choice and should only take a few minutes to complete.

Complete the survey

Feedback from the survey will be used to help with planning the safe management and reopening of town centres as social distancing becomes an essential part of everyday life.

The Government has also launched a new Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, to enable councils to put measures in place in public areas, and support business communities with information, advice and guidance as they prepare to reopen in town centres and high streets which have, before the COVID-19 pandemic, been busy and bustling places.

Find out more about the fund

Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief? You can now request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

Just complete the webform with details of the support you need.

Types of support available:

  • Transportation or delivery including medicine
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Financial support and advice
  • Specialist training
  • Guidance
  • Mental health support and wellbeing
  • Volunteers

Go to the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership request support service: redcross.org.uk/vcsep-support.

Refugee Week Event this Tuesday 

As part of refugee week, Hull Help for Refugees have organised a free showing of the film, A Syrian Love Story followed by a discussion with the director Sean McAllister and people featured in the film. The film is available up to 48 hours before the event. Please register for tickets and find out more information by clicking  the link below.

Find out more

East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)

Zoom coffee sessions – Our first Zoom coffee session was successful and we received useful feedback from parent carers that we have used to put questions to the Local Authority and we await answers that will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions on the East Riding SEND Local Offer and EYPCF website.

For the next EYPCF Zoom coffee session please visit our website for more details and to book: the booking form takes a couple of seconds to display on screen. Please click the link below.

Web: https://eypcf.co.uk/coffee-session
Dates: Wednesday 24 June 2020
Times: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Contact: EYPCF on tel: 07813 676941 or email: admin@eypcf.co.uk

Home-Start Goole & District

Home-Start Goole & District are open for business and welcome referrals: Whether it be a much needed supportive chat with a parent/carer, some ideas of how to keep the children entertained or sign-posting to other services; we will do whatever we can to support families through these challenging and worrying times.

Tel:         01405 769 966
Email:         office@hsgoole.org.uk
Website:     www.hsgoole.org.uk
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/homestartgoole
Twitter:       https://twitter.com/HomeStartGoole

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Updates

**NEW** Web Hub Launched
As you may have seen from social media, a new hub has been launched for the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.

Head over to www.nmn.org.uk for downloadable resources including logos, banner images, briefings, template letters for MPs and press releases!

There will be more material added to the site over the next week (and further ahead) and it is very much a work in progress BUT please pass on information to all the charity and voluntary organisations in your networks to help grow the campaign.

We all believe the work of our sector adds to our society and changes people’s lives – as a result of coronavirus, following many years of austerity, we truly are #NeverMoreNeeded

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) Updates

We are aware that COVID-19 has left some people struggling financially and loan sharks may look to take advantage of those who have found themselves in a vulnerable position and feel they have nowhere else to turn for help.

We are committed to helping victims of illegal money lending and providing support that is immediate, practical and tailored to their needs.

Our specialist team are still here to help 24/7, in the same way we always do. If you are concerned that a client, resident, or service user may be a victim of illegal money lending, you can make a referral to our services here.

Chance to bid for loan sharks’ seized cash
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is cracking down on loan sharks across the country and stripping them of their ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) legislation.

The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is open again for bids from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities.

The Fund is made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks, which is made available to groups through a bidding process and grants are awarded to successful applicants.

Each group will be able to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 for their project that meets the IMLT eligibility criteria.

For more details on how to apply for a POCA grant, visit our website.

Keeping to the facts

The Government has produced a handy checklist for anyone to use before they like or share material on social media.

Remember the suggestion that you might be able to treat coronavirus by drinking bleach? (Please don’t do this!)

When shared, false information can take on a life of its own and have some serious consequences. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. It’s not always easy to spot, so use the SHARE checklist to make sure that you don’t feed the beast.

Follow this link for more information and the checklist

Health Updates

Healthwatch East Riding – New themed surveys

Healthwatch East Riding have been asked to produce some new themed surveys by ERYC which aims to target specific areas of our community who have been living in and experiencing different circumstances throughout the covid-19 pandemic.

We are asking the members of East Riding communities to complete the appropriate survey/s to them, so we can quickly learn best practice and areas for improvement to enable the joint approach to work to its full potential in support of the people who need the help.

Download the surveys

Updates from the East Riding CCG

Mental wellbeing website Kooth supports Pride Month
Despite COVID-19 putting a stop to all pride celebration events, throughout June, communities will continue to celebrate Pride Awareness Month 2020, that includes local mental wellbeing support website, Kooth. Kooth, which offers young people (aged 11-25) free, anonymous online mental wellbeing support ,is now highlighting the resources available to support young LGBTQ+ people and their friends and families.

The Kooth website includes articles to support LGBTQ+ young people, offers peer to peer support through discussion boards and forums and has the option to get support from wellbeing practitioners and counsellors through an online chat. With the current difficult circumstances that we are all encountering, Kooth hopes it can be a beacon of light for some of the young people within our communities to reach out to for support.

You can find out more here: https://www.kooth.com/

Updated Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19
The government has recently updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels have decreased over the last few weeks.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing.

If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart.

Please click here to read more information on the updated guidance.

KCOM offer support to vulnerable residents
With COVID-19 meaning that we must all communicate and use services differently, such as contacting relatives or even having a virtual GP appointment, KCOM are offering additional support to help keep vulnerable customers connected.

If you need some additional support, you can contact KCOM to explain your situation so that they can offer the most appropriate support.
This might include:

  • Arranging a priority engineer visit if there is a problem with their KCOM service
  • Arranging a payment plan if someone is in financial difficulty due to the loss of a job or being unable to work
  • Making low-cost internet access available so they can Skype their doctor, renew a prescription, apply for Government aid or book an online shopping delivery.

If you need support, you can contact KCOM via: 01482 602168 or at care@kcom.com. Find out more here.

CAMHS Service Refresh – Survey for Professionals
The NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, are responsible for ‘buying’ health services for the people of the East Riding – For more information on the CCG please click  here.

In partnership with Hull CCG we are currently refreshing the CAMHS service, looking at ways we can improve the service, whilst making provision equitable across both boundaries.

In the coming weeks we will be looking to talk with children and young people (CYP) about:

  • What they think about mental health – is it important to them, do they feel they have good mental health etc?
  • What their trusted information sources are, and where they go to get information about mental health?
  • How they access that support – online, face to face, telephone etc.
  • Their experience of the CAMHS services (if they have any) as well as their perception of the service if they have not used it.
  • We also want CYP to have a sense of ownership over the service, so we will also be engaging with them on what the name of the service should be.

How can you help?
We would like to capture your thoughts on what you think are the best ways to engage with CYP, this will help inform our engagement plan, so when we are ready to engage with CYP the ways we do it are meaningful, accessible and appealing. Having the right conversations with the right CYP will really help us shape and develop a service which CYP in our area can easily access and be proud of.

Complete the survey

Community Safety Updates

Commissioner Blog 10 June 

Every week I will be updating you on the work of myself and my office as we move through the current situation of the Covid-19 lockdown. You can read the latest update by clicking HERE

There are now over 30,000 people signed up to My Community Alert, receiving regular updates from Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and my office. Now, more than ever, it is essential we all keep in touch so please spread the word and encourage your friends and family to sign up at www.mycommunityalert.co.uk/

Funding News

Tackling Inequalities Fund-COVID-19 Funding Support
Sport England have identified from their physical activity attitudes and behaviours survey during COVID-19 the widening gaps in the activity levels across the key priority audiences. This clearly shows that some of the target audiences are suffering more from the impact of the disease than is the case with the wider population. These groups are people from Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions.

Sport England want to deepen and further widen the reach of their funding to the under-represented audiences listed above. Sport England are doing that through the introduction of a funding programme called the ‘Tackling inequalities through awards to sector partners’ to help reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and tackle the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

Active Humber has received £80,000 from Sport England Tackling Inequalities fund to distribute between June and October 2020. (nb. The grant application process is planned to be minimal / funding will range from £50 to max £10,000)

What is the intended impact of this fund?

  • To minimise the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring that the physical activity participation inequality gap does not widen during this period in targeted communities.
  • Enable community groups working with target audiences to continue to exist and retain the resources and capability to recover at the appropriate time.
  • Provide funding for community groups working with Sport England target audiences to remain connected with their participants and keeping them active in the COVID-19 lockdown and early recovery stages.
  • Strengthen relationships between system partners and community bodies working with under-represented groups.

Use of Funding
Types of activity that might be funded could include:

  • Hardship through funding support.
  • Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping their target audience active in this period.
  • Offering advice and training support
  • Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies

Please contact Active Humber at info@activehumber.co.uk if you want to know more details about this fund.

Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund awards over £1.5 million to worthy causes

Over 120 local projects, community groups and charities have been awarded a share of over £1.5 million from the Ørsted East Coast Community Fund.

This comes as eleven deserving local organisations are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants from the seventh round of Ørsted’s East Coast Community Fund.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted’s Hornsea One and Race Bank offshore wind farms. Each year, until 2037, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives.

The community groups will each receive a share of the windfall, which is available every six months through an open application process.

The Fund was launched by Ørsted in December 2016 and, across both the main fund and skills fund, has so far donated over £1.5 million to more than 120 projects. In total, over the twenty years, up to £9.3 million will be made available for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

There are two application rounds each year for groups to apply to, and the next closing date is 29 July 2020.

The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape. For further details of how you can apply to the next round, please visit GrantScape’s website www.grantscape.org.uk or call 01908 247634.

GOV.UK Updates


Households urged to play their part in preventing waste crime
Don’t become a victim of dodgy waste carriers

Over 100 frontline domestic abuse charities given government funding
Over 1,500 bed spaces will be provided to support survivors of domestic abuse at risk during the pandemic backed by £8.1 million government support.

NHS volunteers extend support to frontline health and social care staff
Frontline health and care staff will be able to access support from the hundreds of thousands of NHS volunteer responders, Minister for Care Helen Whately announced today.

Charities to benefit from support for rough sleepers during pandemic
Over 130 charities are set to benefit from £6m of government funding to allow them to continue their work supporting rough sleepers during the pandemic.

Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers
Online resources and charity grants to help schools and colleges respond to the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing

Highways England’s pumps £85 million into getting people back on bikes
Get pedalling! That’s the message from Highways England as it reveals the latest areas to benefit from a multi-million-pound investment in cycling.

Government to review support in the workplace for survivors of domestic abuse
Business Minister Paul Scully launches review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse.

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough
People on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme, HM Treasury announced today (9 June).

New powers for councils to keep cyclists safe
Local authorities will be given new tools to support cyclists to create a greener and more resilient transport network.

CT training at your kitchen table
Tens of thousands of people across the UK have been undertaking counter terrorism training from their kitchen tables during the lockdown.

Government invests £10 million to help make future technologies more secure
Academic researchers from universities across the UK to develop solutions to strengthen security of digital devices and services

Data charges removed for websites supporting victims of crime
Access to websites supporting some of the most vulnerable victims of crime will be free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a new deal brokered by the Government.

Education Secretary accelerates T Level roll-out
Eighty-eight more providers selected to deliver pioneering qualifications from September 2022 taking the total to over 180 across England.

Asset recovery scammers target investors during coronavirus pandemic

The Official Receiver is warning Essex and London Properties creditors that scammers are using coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to scare people into handing over funds.