Weekly Update from ERVAS – 15.05.2020

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

Scams, Fraud and Cybercrime Workshop – We will be hosting a Scams, Fraud and Cybercrime Workshop on Wednesday 20 May at 10am, via Zoom.

The workshop will be delivered by Devan Witter from ERVAS, Detective Sergeant Ben Robinson from the Humberside Police Economic Crime Unit and PC Alistair Kennedy who is currently the lead in Cyber Crime at Humberside Police. We are expecting this to be a popular event, given the current climate.

A representative from the National Trading Standards Scams Team will also be attending to provide an update from a national level.

All the details and to book a space can be found on our website, social media and via Eventbrite.

Book you place today

Local-Links Networking and information event and Youth Coalition
We will be hosting another virtual Local-Links and Youth Coalition meeting on the 3 June.

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

As before Detty will continue the Youth Coalition when the funders have spoken. You can register for one or both of the meetings, via the same link.

Once you have registered you will automatically be sent a unique link to gain access.

Book your place today.

Physical Health Event
Once again we have teamed up with Healthwatch East Riding to put on a Virtual Health Event for young people🎈

This time we will focus on physical health.

‪Aged 10-25 and want to get involved? It will take place on Thursday 4th June at 1pm 📅

Register your interest

E-learning – We have recently developed a range of free e-learning courses, this now includes a training course developed by Charity Digital on keeping your charity secure during COVID-19, as well as our Back to Basics: Introduction to Youth Work course.

Access our e-learning

Do-It.org  Calling all volunteers, Why not volunteer for one of the fantastic organisations, that support others in the East Riding of Yorkshire, All volunteers can find opportunities via the do-it.org website which is administered by ERVAS within the East Riding.

Find an opportunity

Voluntary Sector Updates

Beverley Puppet Festival – coming to a kitchen table near you

As the coronavirus hit the UK in March bringing with it the cancellation of all live events, the biennial Beverley Puppet Festival, due to take place over three days in July, was one of those casualties. But, if the Festival was a casualty, it refused to be a victim.

They have an entirely new on-line festival offering two months of puppetry workshops delivered online via their dedicated website supported by a new festival app.

Find out more

Impact of COVID-19 on outdoor learning among children studied by university PHD researcher

Katie Parsons, from the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University, is investigating the changes brought about to normal school routines by the global pandemic. She has launched a survey aimed at 4 different groups.

  • Children and Young People
  • Parents and Carers
  • Teachers
  • and members of the Children’s workforce

Complete the survey

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Updates

Keep telling the world why your organisation is #NeverMoreNeeded than now
Let’s make a significant social media noise using the hashtag #NeverMoreNeeded. Share your stories – tag us in it (@NAVCA) if you want us to give it a retweet etc. And please, also ask the organisations in your network to do the same.

If you’d like to download the official logo click here. For the Twitter logo its here and finally there is a LinkedIn one here.

Community Transport during Coronavirus
The Community Transport Association surveyed over 200 of their members to build a picture of the impact the virus has had on the sector.

The report shows a significant drop in demand for community transport services, plus the usual funding streams have reduced. However the report shows that the sector has adapted by offering food/medicine deliveries etc.

Updated and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis for charities and funders
Think NPC has built an interactive dashboard to help charities see which places are currently suffering the most from Covid-19, and where underlying factors such as age, health, ethnicity, as well as economic indicators, may indicate greater risk.

Take a dive into their website and let us know what you think.

The Government has launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.

As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5m funding.

There is also a toolkit, resources and advice page on their website which you can delve into.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund
Frontline food aid charities can now apply for a grant of up to £100k to provide food to vulnerable people within your community.

Eligible organisations are those who are unable to meet the increasing demands for food and can distribute food purchased by 9 August. This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.

The grant scheme closes on 6 July. Full details here.

Enabling collaboration between funders in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
The impact of Covid-19 is being felt across society. The pandemic is a health, social and economic crisis. Civil society reaches people in need and helps make sure that everyone’s voices can be heard. But civil society’s capacity for action is being limited as its income dries up due to the current restrictions.

Read more

Updates from NCVO

Making the government’s coronavirus support schemes work better for charities

Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the improvements we’re pushing for.

DCMS select committee report calls for urgent action to support charities

After hearing evidence from NCVO and many other charities, the committee’s recommendations include a stabilisation fund for the sector and a review of existing support schemes.

Young Minds

YoungMinds is commissioned by NHS England to support embedding participation into work to improve children and young people’s mental health.

Their current focus has been on a series of open access webinars which they will be delivering in the coming weeks – one focused on parent/carer participation and two focused on participation in governance. More information and registration forms can be found on the Amplified events page.

Find out more

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

An updated warning on charity fraud

Action Fraud has updated its charity fraud page to include new trends and issues to look out for.

It is worth sharing this information to ensure beneficiaries and donors know that your charity is legitimate. See the full details here.


When in isolation, how can human relationships continue without access to, or an ability to use, a smartphone?

Reason Digital is now able to repurpose Android phones as a simple ‘one button video call service’. They call it HelpinHand. Could it benefit your volunteers or service users? If so, please reach out to them here.

A guide to staying connected

Local Trust has produced a guide to staying connected and a digital toolkit to help those of us who maybe aren’t as confident in the big wide world of digital.

They also talk about using Zoom – which has now become so widespread it’s almost trendy to use an alternative system. Maybe Google Hangouts? Or Webex…do you remember them?

See the full guide here

Report Phishing Emails – NCSC

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) reporting tool for phishing emails, in the past you have needed to report phishing emails directly to organisations that have ‘sent’ an email, but now you can send them all to one place.

If you receive a phishing email from anyone, you can forward it on to report@phishing.gov.uk, each time you get an email. This will then be picked up, and will be investigated, and where needed, be removed or taken down.

Find out more

Health Updates

Updates from the East Riding CCG

Coronavirus FAQs: What you can and can’t do
On Sunday 10 May, the government set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

To read the Government’s full strategy, please click here.

The government has also published staying safe outside your home for guidance on what the new rules will mean. These will take effect on Wednesday 13 May 2020. To explain this further, Gov.uk have published a series of FAQs to help explain and inform the public and help you prepare for these changes.

To read the FAQs please click here.

Stay Alert, Control the virus, Save lives.

#CovidCommunityHeroes Campaign
In recognition of the amazing work-taking place within communities across Hull and the East Riding we have launched a new campaign called #CovidCommunityHereos to celebrate and thank those people who are going above and beyond to help make a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you know someone who has made a positive difference to their local community, or you have been helped by someone and you would like to say thank you, please let us know

Hull residents, please email: hullccg.contactus@nhs.net
East Riding residents, please email: ERYCCG.ContactUs@nhs.net

Please click here to view the campaign artwork.

Community Safety Updates


Commissioner Blog and Office Update 11/05/2020
Another week, another blog.  Certainly currently there are enough new things happening to ensure these weekly blogs contain enough information that may be of either interest or value to make them worthwhile.  I promise I will stop writing and distributing them when that isn’t the case and of course I look forward to that time.  I do so, not because I won’t have to take the time to write them but because it will mean things have settled down somewhat and, hopefully, we will be in a position where far fewer people are catching and suffering badly, or dying, from Covid 19.

At the moment this remains an ongoing tragedy, with families and friends every day in this region mourning the loss of loved ones because of this new and dangerous health threat.

You can read my latest blog in full by clicking HERE.

New home schooling resource to protect young people from grooming on-line

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Humberside, Keith Hunter, has today launched a new home schooling resource to support parents and guardians in protecting their children from grooming.

Please click HERE for more details and to download the materials, films and access more information.

DVAP the East Riding Domestic Abuse Service now have an online chat service available for anyone wanting confidential support or someone to talk to online for support around domestic abuse. It is available from 10-2pm Mon – Fri and can be found on the DVAP ERYC website.

Find out more

Keeping Young People Safe

Children England has two critical surveys for children and young people, and those who work with them. They are still open and we urge you to complete them or share them as appropriate:
What are children’s experiences with systems such as health, housing and education – and what change do they want to see?

What are children’s front line professionals seeing arising in their practice?

Call for young people to aid research into the impact of Covid-19 on young people’s lives
The Nuffield Foundation has funded Ecorys and the University of Huddersfield to examine how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting children and young people’s lives. The research will inform the development of appropriate tools and measures to safeguard children’s rights during the crisis. The study will be carried out in seven countries, and will take place entirely online, using video, diaries and participatory methods. Please share the link above to any young people aged 14-18 that may be interested in being part of this project.

Become – Coronavirus and its impact on care-experienced young people
Become has published two pieces of work highlighting the issues surrounding children in care and care leavers. This includes:

CEOP and Parent Info Updates
Should you worry about how much work your child is doing during lockdown?
Many parents now find themself in a situation where they’re trying to hold down their job, keep their household in order and – on top of everything else – be in charge of their child’s education.
But should parents be worrying about how much progress their child is making with schoolwork? We take a look at what the experts say.
Read now

The hidden benefits of playing video games in lockdown
If you’re not a gamer yourself, you might not know about some of the many benefits that games have to offer families.
Here, video games expert Andy Robertson runs through some of the positive experiences you can have while playing.
Read now

Child online safety during lockdown: where to report
Technology has been a life-saver throughout the lockdown period and it has enabled children to stay connected to their friends and school community. But despite all the benefits, online risks have not gone away.
We’ve pulled together a list of support services that might be useful if a child has had a troubling online experience or need to report inappropriate content.
Read now

Facebook Gaming: what parents should know
As game streaming has seen a surge in popularity during the lockdown period, Facebook has launched a new, standalone app for its own streaming platform, aiming to give users a more pure gaming experience.
Here’s everything parents need to know about the new Facebook Gaming app and advice on how to help their child use it in a safe and enjoyable way.
Read now

Funding News

Two Ridings Community Foundation launch second grant
Two Ridings Community Foundation has launched a second grant in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 2 of their grant making strategy focuses on the needs of key community organisations. In this phase they will be offering larger grants of up to £10k and will also welcome larger partnership bids from groups that are seeking to come together to provide a strategic solution to a particular issue for example, food provision in a particular geographical area or support for people affected by homelessness. They will also prioritise groups that are working with the most marginalised and underrepresented people in our communities.

Read more

GOV.UK Updates


Countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse during the coronoavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
The Minister of State for Security writes to industry partners on countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.

£16 million for food charities to provide meals for those in need
Programme will be delivered through charity partners including WRAP, FareShare and other food distributors, building on generosity of the food industry.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): increased risk of fraud and cybercrime against charities
This alert provides information and advice for charities about coronavirus (COVID-19) related fraud and cybercrime.

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020).

Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemic
Defence Minister Johnny Mercer announces extra funding to support frontline armed forces charities across the UK.

Check your vehicle for these five things before driving
If you are using your vehicle for the first time in several weeks – while following Government advice – Highways England has an important message for you: check it!

Charity Commission responds to Select Committee questions
The Charity Commission has responded to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee’s questions on ‘the work of the Charity Commission.’

Over 1000 jobs promoted to local job seekers at National Careers Service virtual jobs fair
The virtual jobs fair was held to help address the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on employment across the country