Weekly Update from ERVAS – 19.06.2020

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

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

Cyber Aware – keeping young people safe online workshop
On Wednesday 17 June, Devan Witter and PC Alistair Kennedy delivered another workshop, this time raising awareness of potential harmful situations and discussing how to keep our young people safe online.

If you missed this workshop and would still like to take part in the training, you can now find all the information on our e-learning platform.

Take part now

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

In the Loop – Youth Work Unit, Yorkshire & the Humber
The Youth Work Unit for the Yorkshire and the Humber have launched another newsletter this week. It’s full of all the news and information you need for the youth work sector. Be sure to check it out online.

Read more

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

Warehouse and charity shops now open
Our warehouse is now open again to accept donations. The Charity Shops in Beverley & Bridlington both opened on Monday 15th June.

We are currently NOT accepting Books/Electrical Items/Furniture/Children’s Toys & Equipment.

We are ONLY collecting Medical Supplies from people’s houses in the local area.

In line with the Government guidelines we have implemented distancing and all the other required measures to keep our Staff, Volunteers & Public safe.

As many of our Volunteers are 70 plus & are not able to return yet, we are short of people at the Warehouse site, especially those with medical experience.

So we would welcome anyone who has some time and is able to join us.

For more information please contact:
Jacob’s Well Appeal
Jacob’s Well Yard, Swinemoor Lane, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 0JX
Phone: 01482 881 162
Email: office@jacobswellappeal.org
Web: www.jacobswellappeal.org

Hull & East Riding: “Keeping People Connected” project

This is a free service for those aged 18+ who live in Hull, the East Riding, and North Lincolnshire.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, North Lincolnshire Council local authorities and Inclusion North are co-ordinating an urgent response, in relation to Covid-19, to support neurodivergent people (i.e., those with Autism, and/or ADHD, and/or a Learning Disability) who do not usually access local services or support, for whatever reason, and who are vulnerable in terms of their disability, learning or mental health needs.

Some people who have a Learning Disability, and/or Autism, and/or ADHD, may be having difficulty in dealing with the adjustments and compromises demanded by the current health emergency. The new “Keeping People Connected” project aims to help this group of people by connecting with them during this current situation; to provide information, up-to-date guidance, reassurance and practical support. Choices & Rights Disability Coalition, alongside colleagues at Autism Plus, Matthew’s Hub, Cloverfield Advocacy and Healthwatch North Lincolnshire, are participating in this new, free service for those aged 18+ who live in Hull, the East Riding, and North Lincolnshire.

For more information please contact:
Text: 077 155 62 488
Phone: 077 155 62 488 (4pm – 8pm)
Office: 01482 878 778 (10am – 4pm)
Email: catherine@choicesandrights.org.uk
Web: choicesandrights.org.uk

Free bespoke cycle training on offer to East Riding residents

During the lockdown, many residents have been walking and cycling as part of their daily exercise.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is keen for people to continue as the restrictions are eased and its Road Safety Team is offering safe, free personal cycle training to support residents in this transition.

The sessions will help to give adults and children aged 11 and over the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to cycle more regularly as workplaces, shops and schools begin to reopen.

The council’s Road Safety Team would like to see walking and cycling become a ‘new normal’ for people who only have short, daily journeys.

For more information, advice or to discuss free cycle training requirements, please email: road.safety.training@eastriding.gov.uk.


In response to the COVID-19 crisis, at Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) we have suspended our regular social gatherings and have created a new service for older people called call companions.

The guests in our existing groups are receiving calls from volunteers and we now have volunteer capacity to reach more older people and want call companions to be a permanent addition to our work.

Our call companion’s idea is very simple: a volunteer call companion calls the same older person between two and four times a month at a mutually agreed time for an informal chat. Calls will last for around 30 minutes. Just like our social gatherings, the call companions programme is aimed at people who are:

  • 75 or older
  • living alone or in sheltered housing with little or no contact with family or friends
  • struggle to leave their house in normal times

In addition, for call companions we ask that the older people have sufficiently good hearing to take on regular phone conversations.

At the time the older person is referred, we’ll ask a general question about the older person’s interests or hobbies to make sure we match them with a volunteer and to help spark conversation.

Our volunteers all receive training, which includes safeguarding, signposting to other services, and how to engage in difficult conversations. Call companions are supported by call coordinators who monitor the success of the partnership for both the older person and volunteer. If an older person takes part and subsequently decides it is not for them, there is an easy way for them to leave.

If you know anyone who would benefit from call companions, please refer them using our simple online form. Don’t forget to get the older person’s consent first. You can find the form on our website at  Refer an older person to CC Once we receive the application, we will start the process of matching the older person with a volunteer and you will hear back from us shortly.

Call companions offers a crucial link to older people who are at risk of falling further into social isolation as a result of quarantine measures. We look forward to receiving referrals from you.

Puppets mean prizes! Beverley Puppet Festival launches online competition

Beverley Puppet  Festival is now halfway through its ground-breaking online programme of puppetry activity videos for all ages. Photos and videos have been flooding in from audience members young and old, who want to share the puppets they have made.

Now the Festival has launched a competition for all those creative puppetry fans out there. Prizes for both the adult and a kids/family categories are two passes for the next live festival which will be held in Beverley in 2022. There are additional prizes of branded Festival tote bags and camping cups for the best submission for each of the 25 workshop activities.

To take part, all you need to do is submit pictures or videos (of up to 2 minutes) of your creations based on any of the festival activity videos.

Don’t worry if you missed any. All the subtitled activity videos will remain available online at the website https://www.beverleypuppetfestival.com and you can see the puppets and puppetry performances that have already been submitted there as well.

The competition will remain open until Sunday 19 July, a week after the last video activity is posted on the website. The winners will be announced on the following Saturday 25 July.

So get online, get crafting, photographing and filming, and send in your creations for a chance to be part of this year’s exciting activities and be the lucky winner of your free pass to the Beverley Puppet Festival, back live and in person in 2022.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

Groundwork Update

We want to know how COVID-19 is affecting your community group. Take part in our survey and let us know how we can support you more effectively.

Take survey

Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities.The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

Find out more

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

Coronavirus-Related Scams – How To Protect Yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:
There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 – Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk

2 – Shopping online
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 – Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:
The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:
Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​

NTS Scam Alert

‘Deep clean’ Oxford scam warning to businesses
Rogue traders may try to con Oxford businesses into getting deep cleans to help them reopen. Criminals might profess to have ‘demisting’ equipment which sucks vapour out of the air, or offer decontamination services without being qualified. more

North Yorkshire Police warn about phone number spoofing scam
This scam will make it appear that the phone number you are being called from is that of your bank, building society or the police but is in fact criminals who will use this method to obtain your personal details. more

Hackers targeting self-employed with HMRC phishing scam
Cyber criminals have launched a new phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial details of millions of self-employed workers using the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The scam, uncovered by litigation specialists Griffin Law, begins with a text message sent to self-employed workers offering a tax rebate purporting to be from HMRC. more

Man arrested over online sales of fake coronavirus testing kits
A man from Birmingham has been arrested for allegedly selling fake coronavirus testing kits on the dark and open webs as the National Crime Agency (NCA) continues to target criminals exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic. more

Catches of the month: phishing scams for June 2020
Action Fraud estimates that Britons were scammed out of £3.5 million in the first two months of lockdown, with cyber criminals cashing in on the uncertainty that the pandemic has caused. more

New phishing campaign disguises malware as CV attachments
Organisations are being warned about bogus CVs being sent to workplace emails, containing malicious files attached in Microsoft Excel format. more

Health Updates

Updates from the East Riding CCG

Council launch campaign to help with COVID-19 isolation drinking

It’s easy to drink more than usual whilst social distancing. You may be feeling more anxious or worried than normal and drinking more to help with this. But, alcohol can actually make feelings of anxiety and worry worse. It can reduce the quality of your sleep and have a bad impact on your mental and physical health.

  • Make connections – Reach out and talk to professionals, family or friends who can help you to feel better.
  • Enjoy your free time – Make the most of your time by trying new foods, exercise, hobbies and interests.
  • Create a new routine – Plan your day and stay motivated with alcohol-free treats to keep you on track.
  • Sleep well – Soothe yourself with a warm drink, restful music or a good book to aid sleep.

Find out more
Loneliness Awareness Week – more important now than ever

This week is loneliness awareness week, something which is affecting more of us now than ever before.

Every Mind Matters have provided some really helpful advice on what to do if you feel lonely during the coronavirus outbreak.

  1. Explore new ways to spend time together
  2. Be more social and check in regularly
  3. Share your feelings – but don’t compare to others
  4. Do more things you enjoy
  5. Stay busy by learning something new
  6. Volunteer to help others
  7. Join an online community

Find out more

Charity shares Q&A to let local people know about their 24/7 mental health support line
Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has shared a series of questions and answers to let local people know about the kind of things they can get in touch about. The Q&A comes shortly after the charity recently announced that they are now working 24/7 to support local people with their mental health.

The 24 hour information line, which is funded by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, is for anyone in the local area that wants to talk about how they are feeling, what is happening in their life right now or just generally struggling with their mental health. Additionally, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind encourage calls from people who are worried about family or friends who may be struggling with their mental health.

The charity recognises that people in the local area may not want to get in touch with the information line due to the stigma attached to mental health, or confusion about what they can help with. To help with this, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have produced Q&As for local people, please click here to view on their website.

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


Surrender scheme for illegal weapons to be launched
The government will launch a surrender scheme for certain firearms and weapons after legislation has been put to parliament making them unlawful to own.

Water and energy networks could be used to deliver nationwide gigabit broadband
The government could give broadband firms access to more than a million kilometres of underground utility ducts in order to boost rollout of next-generation broadband.

Culture Secretary and the Duke of Cambridge join sports stars to talk mental health across UK sport
Culture Secretary and the Duke of Cambridge join sports stars to talk mental health across UK sport to discuss the issue of mental health across UK sport

Loneliness Minister: Write letters to people isolating at home
Public urged to reach out to vulnerable groups this Loneliness Awareness Week.

Self-employed new parents can claim support grant
Further details of the change for self-employed parents will be set out by the start of July in published guidance.

Universities Minister announces mental health support for students
Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, talks to HEPI about the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and mental health support for students during this time.

Armed Forces week
Armed Forces Week 2020 begins on Monday 22 June 2020 and supportive employers across the UK are gearing up to show the whole of the Armed Forces community some much deserved recognition.

Places of Worship Protective Security Fund open for applications
A £3.2 million fund to improve security at places of worship at risk from hate crime attacks has opened for applications.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)
The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Information added regarding Coronavirus Community Support Fund and update on section regarding Furlough