Weekly Update from ERVAS – 26.06.2020


Weekly Update from ERVAS - 26.06.2020

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 1 pm

Book your place online

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

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

Launch of 'Request Help as a Local Organisation' service from the VCS Emergencies Partnership
Over the last few weeks, ERVAS, has been working with the national VCS Emergency Partnership to assist with establishing, developing and managing the 'Request Help as a Local Organisation' service, ERVAS is supporting as a Local Liaison Lead.
The service has now launched across the North and organisations can use an online form to request support when local support organisations are unable to find the solutions required.
Find out more

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme regarding Furlough
As you are aware there are changes coming to the CJRS scheme.  Phase 1 of the scheme will close as of 30 June 2020 and there will be a new scheme starting from 1 July 2020.

Voluntary Sector Updates

Beverley Community Lift
The team at Beverley Community Lift (BCL) is celebrating an award shortlisting in its 50th anniversary year. 

The community transport service is one of three organisations in the running for the Group category in Chairman’s Awards by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The annual ceremony will be different this year, owing to the pandemic, and will take place virtually on Tuesday 28th July.
Current Chairman Councillor Pat Smith said: "I am delighted to be able to announce that the 2020 Chairman's Awards will be going ahead – albeit in a very different format due to the coronavirus.
"Everyone has worked hard behind the scenes to ensure a virtual ceremony can take place which will give us all the opportunity to recognise all the effort and work people have put into their communities to make it a better place.”
Beverley Community Lift serves Beverley, Cottingham, Market Weighton, Holme Upon Spalding Moor and Pocklington plus surrounding areas with shopping services, transport to medical appointments and a programme of excursions. It started life as Beverley Community Care Service in 1970.

Talking about Loss
This Saturday’s wellbeing social Zoom from the bereavement support charity, Talking about Loss,  features a creative writing challenge, set by one of our contributors, Paul Hickman. He is asking participants to come up with a 100-word story – that’s quite a task!
This “Flash” story invites us to use six of the following words in the tale but only in the order in which they appear – there can be no going back once the six have been selected:
  • Shadows
  • Flint
  • Shimmer
  • Stealthy
  • Jealous
  • Priest
  • Steal
  • Mother
  • Candle-wax
  • Harbour
Please join us from 4pm on Saturday. For the Zoom login details, message us or email manager.tal43@gmail.com.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector
Last week ACEVO has published their final report from its Making Diversity Count project which is in collaboration with Voice4Change England.

The report - 'Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector' - does not ask if there is a problem with ‘race’ equity in the charity sector. It has long been known that there is an under-representation of BAME people working in the charity sector, and that under-representation is worse in senior leadership roles. Instead, this report looks to reframe the ‘diversity’ debate, saying that racism is a significant and unresolved issue in the charity sector just as it is in the rest of society.

Download the report

As well as reading the report you can listen to a special podcast where Kristiana Wrixon – Head of Policy at ACEVO – talks to Dr Sanjiv Lingayah, lead author and Voice4Change England associate, and Sufina Ahmad, director at John Ellerman Foundation and a member of the ACEVO race advisory group, about the making of the report as well as their personal impressions about the findings and recommendations.

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.

Find out more
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.
Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published information to help village and community halls reopen once government coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are also some practical resources including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.
Find out more
Coronavirus and loneliness
The Office of National Statistics has published its analysis of loneliness in Great Britain during the pandemic.

The study looks at two groups:

  • Those with "Chronic loneliness” – who feel lonely “often or always”
  • And those with “Lockdown loneliness” – who said their well-being had been affected during lockdown

Read the analysis

NCVO Update

Campaign to increase the amount of Gift Aid charities can claim
We've joined with other sector bodies to ask the government for a temporary increase of the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed on donations.

This would provide a boost to charities' fundraising income, helping them to increase the vital support they're provide for communities hit by the economic and social consequences of the pandemic.

Learn more about the campaign from our funding lead Paul Winyard.
Online events and webinars
Easing of lockdown: practical considerations for managing and supporting staff
29 June | 15.00 | Register to get the viewing link 
Join the webinar to get:

  • updates on the furlough scheme and tips on how to manage the furloughing of staff
  • key HR considerations for employers such as policies you may want to review
  • tips and tools for managing and supporting the wellbeing of staff
  • signposted to useful tools and resources 

Ideas for keeping volunteers engaged during coronavirus
The lockdown has presented lots of challenges for volunteer managers with many of the people they normally support having to take a step back.
Jarina Choudhury from our volunteering development team explains six ways that organisations including Mencap, MND Association and Parkinsons UK have adapted.

Children England Update

How have children found lockdown?
As restrictions start to lift, Noori has been thinking about how lockdown has been for different households and what the world should look like going forward. She will be curating a special lockdown series for Make the Most of Monday and, for the first in the series, would love to feature views from children and young people. What have the last three months felt like to them? What do they hope will change now?
Interested or know someone who is? Email Noori here.

New CYP Now campaign
CYP Now has launched #Chances4Children, a new campaign to highlight the challenges disadvantaged children and families face as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and the work being done to provide them with support, however big or small. They say:

Tell us about the great work you and your team are doing during the current crisis and any new or innovative initiatives you are involved in so we can highlight the important role individuals and teams are playing.

Share your news with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn by using the hashtag #Chances4Children or email your stories to cypnow@markallengroup.com

New youth work guidance
The National Youth Agency has produced guidance in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive to support local providers, youth sector leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging with youth sector activities. This document will be updated on a regular basis, so it is important to check for changes. This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework, which will be updated weekly according to the readiness level, and existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to. There is also a short video to explain the measures needed and the readiness framework.

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

Zoom Update
Starting July 19th, Zoom will require that all meetings have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled. 
We have designed these security measures to give you control over your meeting security options while keeping the join experience as frictionless as possible.
  • For meetings that do not have either a Passcode or Waiting Room enabled by July 19th, Zoom will enable a Waiting Room for you
  • You can customize the Waiting Room experience with an approved list of domains that can bypass the Waiting Room and directly join the meeting
  • You can find meetings that are scheduled without a Passcode by pulling the following report 
  • For meeting join information, we are renaming “Passwords” to “Passcodes” to better align with its role of allowing people in a meeting
For more details, including a comprehensive FAQ document, please visit our Support page.

Catalyst Update

DigiSafe - our free digital safeguarding guide for charities
Launched this week, DigiSafe provides comprehensive digital safeguarding advice for charities designing new services or taking existing ones online.

Two new free Charity Digital Code of Practice webinars
Join The Charity Digital Code of Practice and CAST for two new ‘What’s next?’ webinars, designed for charity trustees, leaders and professionals – 8th and 13th July; book your free place

NAVCA Digital Update

The best digital survey tools for charities
Be honest with us, when was the last time you completed or ran a survey? I think we all got a bit survey-heavy during lockdown - but they are really important. Well most are anyway.
So next time you are thinking about running that all important (and quick - because they are never marketed as being long) survey then you might want to throw your eyes across this guide on the surveying software out there.
17 Engaging ideas for what to post on Twitter
Ever been stuck for what to write on Twitter? Unsure what's the best way to reach out to your followers?
Sprout Social has some good ideas which can help change your approach, thinking or just give you that spark of creativity that you need - especially when you are having to come up with fresh content daily.
View the full list

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

Public Health England

Wellbeing Webinar Tuesday 30th June  10.00-11.30am
This live 1.5-hour webinar is a great opportunity for you to spend a bit of time thinking about your wellbeing and the wellbeing of young people you work with during these very challenging times. The session will be based on the 5-ways to wellbeing and how we can make small changes in our lifestyles to look after ourselves and each other. Come prepared to get involved in some fun, light-hearted activities that may be useful to use try out with other colleagues, youth groups and partners you are working with.

Booking Link – you will get the zoom link to the course once you’ve signed up
Mental Health Conversations During Covid Thursday 2nd July 15.30-17.00
This live 1.5-hour Mental Health live webinar aims to give an overview of how the current pandemic is impacting on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We will give top tips and ways in which to start a conversation about mental health with a young person, if you feel you need to, and show some practical examples of how you might respond to common challenges of the moment. We will also look at what you might be able to keep an eye out for, even remotely, if a young person is struggling with their mental health and provide you with some safe and reliable places that you can signpost them too if you or they feel that further support or advice is needed.

Booking Link  - you will get the zoom link to the course once you’ve signed up

Community Safety Updates

Documentary ‘Behind Alfie’s Story’

Yesterday the North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner were proud to launch a documentary ‘Behind Alfie’s Story’.
This contains a first-hand description of the life of a young person exploited by crime groups and why the previous ‘Alfie’s Story’ films were made to educate our children and young people.  It illustrates the partnership approach for addressing the issue of child criminal exploitation and the support available for these young people to get them away from the grip of the exploiters.
A great education for the wider community in why it is so important to support victims of exploitation and why tackling crime groups is so important.
Find out more
To view the videos:
  • ‘Behind Alfie’s Story’ contains offensive language and is intended for an adult audience (18+). VIEW IT HERE
  • The original Alfie’s Story film, aimed at young people age 11+ is in four parts and can be viewed at Part 1 & 2 
  • Part 3: (parental guidance – may not be suitable for under 16s)
  • Part 4: (parental guidance – may not be suitable for under 16s)
ERSCP - Private Fostering Information

Private fostering
Many parents or private foster carers of children and  young people who are living in a private fostering arrangement are not aware that there is a legal requirement to notify the Local Authority of such an arrangement for their child. 
What is a Private Fostering Arrangement?
A private foster child is a child who has been placed, through a private arrangement, with a family which is not related to the child, and the following conditions are met: 
  • The child is aged under 16 years, or in the case of a disabled child is under 18 years;
  • The child is being cared for and accommodated by a person other than a parent, a person with parental responsibility, or a relative. A relative means a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full blood or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent;
  • The child has been, or will be, cared for and accommodated by the person concerned for at least 28 days;
  • The child is not looked after by a local authority or on behalf of a voluntary organisation;
  • The child is not living in premises in which a parent, a person who has parental responsibility for the child, or a relative who has take on the care of the child, is living. 

What to do if you think a child may be living or cared for by someone other than their parents?
If you know  or suspect a child  is living in a Private Fostering Arrangement please contact the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub on 01482 395500.
Further information

Funding News

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION AND FUNDING SCHEME - protecting places of worship from hate crimes
Government consultation on protecting places of worship – all are invited to comment on proposed changes, deadline now extended to 28th June: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/protecting-places-of-worship-consultation

Places of Worship funding scheme fifth round of funding is now open to applications (deadline 9th August) : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/places-of-worship-security-funding-scheme

GOV.UK Updates


Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up
Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

RNIB failures led to some children in the charity’s care being harmed, says watchdog
Charity Commission investigation finds serious mismanagement at the charity exposed some children in the charity’s care to harm and others to undue risk

Improved training to reduce conflict in youth custody
Prison officers will receive improved training on how to resolve conflict without resorting to the use of force, and when they should temporarily separate children from others in youth custody for everyone’s safety, following recommendations from reports commissioned by the Ministry of Justice.

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