Weekly Update from ERVAS – 28.08.2020



Weekly Update from ERVAS – 28.08.2020

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

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?

You can still request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

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ERVAS Services Update

FREE Workshop:- Understanding Validation, Mental Health and Resilience with Josh Connolly
Josh will talk through his journey from a childhood involving trauma, an unsettled early adulthood to where he is now. Recognising his strengths and building on them he has turned his life around. He will tell you his story, talk through what adults can do to help young people but also about the importance of looking after yourself too.

When? Thursday 3 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

Local-Links and Understanding Partnerships Workshop
We will be hosting another virtual Local-Links meeting on the 10 September.

As part of this event, we will hold a local-links meeting from 10 am while 11:20 am .

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).

We will then follow on from the local-links meeting for the partnerships workshop from 11:30 am.

You are more than welcome to join us for both sections. Please be aware that upon joining this event, you will be sent two Zoom links as the first half will be run as a normal meeting, however the workshop will be held as a webinar.

When? Thursday 10 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

East Riding Virtual Youth Network
Do you work or volunteer in East Riding with young people?
Do you want to find out more about how we can all work together to deliver our local youth services during this challenging time?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then YOU are invited to this FREE Virtual Networking and Information Session.

When? Thursday 10 September at 10am
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

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

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

Free Youth Voice Sessions – East Riding
Does your organisation work with young people?

We are offering some free youth voice sessions to find out what young people think about a number of issues including:

  • The Environment
  • Keeping Safe
  • Mental Health & Healthcare
  • Things To Do

If you think your group may be interested in hosting one of these sessions, please contact Devan Witter, to book your session today.

Email: devan@ervas.org.uk
Call: 01482 871 077

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

Voluntary Sector Updates

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.

Apply today

Volunteering Matters – Journey Makers

Together with the Department of Transport, Volunteering Matters is working with local partners, community organisations and volunteers to co-ordinate a nationwide volunteer support programme to assist travellers at transport hubs as the government eases COVID-19 restrictions.

On behalf of the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, Volunteering Matters is coordinating this scheme. We appreciate that there are over a million experienced volunteers in the UK who want to give their time and energy to support others. We believe that these volunteers with their skills, energy and commitment, are going to be key in keeping people on the transport networks safe as lockdown restrictions are being lifted.

They are looking for volunteers in Hull to join the scheme.

Find out more

Local Business & Community Settings Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocol & Reporting Process

Please complete this form (click here) on the notification of a confirmed or suspected absence identifying COVID-19 as the cause. This information will be sent to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Public Health Team.

On notification of an absence identifying a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 as the cause, please immediately notify the Public Health England Yorkshire and Humber Health Protection Team:

  • Public Health England: 0113 3860300 Monday – Friday 9.00- 17.00
  • Public Health England: 0114 3049843 Monday – Friday and weekends 17:00 – 9.00

To download the protocol, click here.

Explaining Coronavirus to Children

Hull City Council have shared with us a link to materials and guidance on talking to children about Coronavirus.  The story written by children from around the world for children has been translated into numerous languages so that we can teach children about Covid 19.

You can access the materials here, please feel free to share them with any families you work with.

Get ready for Lonely Not Alone 2020 

Early this spring, a group of young people – many of whom had never met before – got together online to create year two of our Lonely Not Alone campaign to tackle the stigma of youth loneliness.

Social distancing restrictions imposed in lockdown had been a timely reminder that, for young people in particular, loneliness can be a daily reality. In fact, stats from the Mental Health Foundation show that since lockdown began, young people have been the most likely age group to experience loneliness.

Suddenly, the issue was at front of people’s minds and our young co-designers used this as inspiration to develop some truly brilliant ideas for our campaign this year.

You can now sign up to a special Lonely Not Alone newsletter to find out first what these ideas are, and how you can get involved.

Read more

Two Ridings Community Foundation Online Workshop

Predicting your financial future – a brief introduction to budgeting and cash flow forecasts, and why they help your organisation and your funding applications.

Meetings will be online via Zoom

Thursday 3rd September 14:00-15:00 
Tuesday 8th September 14:00-15:00

Meetings can be booked by emailing Isabelle Clough, Philantrophy Associate iclough@tworidingscf.org.uk

Please mention the date that you would like to attend in your email.

Click here to book your place

In the Loop – Youth Work Update

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

Puppy walkers – we need you?
  • Do you live in or the villages between Selby and Holme on Spalding Moor ?
  • Who could say no to a cute guide dog puppy!
  • All puppies are special, but our little ones are puppies with a purpose!
  • Many of our pups will go on to be qualified guide dogs, helping to open the world up to a visually impaired person.

To find our more, please contact Linda Conway for a chat on 03451430207 or linda.conway@guidedogs.org.uk

  • The initial stages of training are crucial, and it takes the support of a very special volunteer to help our puppies thrive.
  • Puppy walkers are given a dog at 6 weeks old and over the course of about 14 months they will introduce the pup to the wider world, ensuring that they follow basic commands while helping them to become familiar with as many situations as possible.
  • Our pups are superheroes in training, so we need them to be prepared for whatever the world has in store for them!
  • The Puppy Walker role is such a rewarding role, watching your puppy develop knowing that you’re contributing to their future career as a guide dog.
  • There will be plenty of puppy cuddles to go around but this is a demanding role which takes a great deal of commitment.
  • The puppy will be with you 24/7, cannot be left alone for more than 3 hours and you must have an enclosed garden with a suitable area for the pup to do its business.
  • Not forgetting the classic puppy cheekiness so be prepared for the odd accident on the carpet or a chewed slipper.
  • If you can meet the criteria and are looking for a rewarding challenge, we would love to hear from you.
  • Full training is provided including monthly puppy training classes.
  • All food and vet bills are covered by Guide Dogs.

To find our more, please contact Linda Conway for a chat on 03451430207 or linda.conway@guidedogs.org.uk.

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Update

DCMS survey on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on organisations
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued a survey to understand the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on organisations in the digital, culture, media, sport, gambling, telecoms and tourism sectors and their engagement with the available government interventions.

Click here to complete the survey

Landing a grant: ten top tips
Ian Pembridge, Senior Researcher at DSC (Directory of Social Change) has used his and DSC’s years of experience of studying grant-making charities to publish his top ten tips on landing a grant.

Click here for the full ten

Free tool to guide charities facing financial difficulty
Bates Wells has launched a free tool for charities, social enterprises and other non-profit entities facing financial difficulty and unsure of the next steps to take.

Decision Tool, developed following consultation with NCVO on the sector’s needs, gives organisations detailed guidance and information on issues including insolvency advice and mechanisms, mergers, collaborations, cost cutting, raising finance, and other relevant content.

Users need to answer up to six questions to receive a tailored report on the options.

Click here for more information

Loneliness Monetisation Report
DCMS has published the Loneliness Monetisation Report which estimates the monetised impacts associated with loneliness stemming from subjective wellbeing, health and productivity.

The report states that the combined wellbeing, health and productivity impacts associated with severe loneliness are estimated to be at least £9,976 per person experiencing severe loneliness per year.

These estimates are calculated using best-practice techniques endorsed by the HM Treasury Green Book.

For more information and to read the report please click here

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
Updated in line with the latest advice – here is guidance for community centres, village halls, and other multi-use community facilities that support a wide range of local activity.

This guidance sets out:

  • Core principles for safely reopening community facilities
  • Permitted activities in multi-use community facilities: signposting to relevant guidance
  • Enforcement

It states that this is national guidance of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. In the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

Click here for more details

£5 million for social prescribing to tackle the impact of COVID-19
The National Academy for Social Prescribing has been awarded £5 million in funding to support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with the Arts Council England, Natural England, Money and Pensions Service, NHS Charities Together, Sport England and NHS England, the academy will support a range of local community activities.

The funding will connect people to initiatives in their local communities to improve their mental health and wellbeing in response to the impact of COVID-19, including improved green spaces, singing and physical activities as well as access to tailored debt advice.

Click here for more information

NCVO Update

Free webinar with NCVO and Zurich: Safeguarding through Covid-19, and beyond

17 September, 10:30 – 11:30 | Register now

As the voluntary sector begins to resume normal activity after pausing due to COVID-19, many organisations are facing new safeguarding challenges as the lines between work and home have become blurred.

If you’re responsible for safeguarding within your organisation, sign up to this free webinar we’re running in partnership with our Trusted Supplier Zurich.

About the webinar
We will explore some of the emerging safeguarding risks that charities need to consider as part of your continued efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your staff and volunteers.

We have a limited number of places available, so make sure you secure your place today (registrations will be processed by Zurich).

Office for Civil Society Update

£5m Covid-19 Digital Response Fund

The Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response Fund is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and Centre for The Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST), with support from the Catalyst network. The £5m fund is now open for applications, aimed at organisations in England whose work has been affected by Covid-19 and who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services.

The funding will support organisations to develop their digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable. Emergency funding of up to £60k is available to nonprofits in England that are committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks.

They are particularly interested in applications from user-led organisations and organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic; Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and/or women-led groups). 

There are two strands to the fund – discovery and development. Application deadlines:

  • 7th September 2020, 5pm (Discovery Programme)
  • 20th September 2020, 5pm (Development Programme)

Find out more and apply here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme calculations
The government’s guidance has been updated to provide examples to help calculate your employees’ wages if claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

You can now check examples to help you calculate your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you’re claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for September and October. For more detailed information click here.

Heritage Fund Update

£1m boost for digital

So far, our Digital Skills for Heritage initiative has directly supported nearly 6,000 people working in heritage, from 885 organisations.

Josie Fraser, our Head of Digital Policy, describes how an additional £1million of Government funding will enable us to further increase resilience and support the heritage sector’s recovery.

Read the blog

Is your website accessible?

Online accessibility is about understanding how disabled people engage online. Inclusive design minimises barriers for everyone.

Alistair McNaught, education and accessibility consultant, has produced our new guide to online accessibility. He explains how you can help make your digital content open to all.

Read the blog

NYA Update – Readiness level Amber for the Youth Sector

The readiness level for youth sector has now changed from Red to Amber. This means several things have changed, some of the principle points are:

  • 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

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

NTS Scam Alert

Urgent warning of ‘fake police’ scam in North Yorkshire
Residents across North Yorkshire are being targeted by a scam caller claiming to be DC Mason Greenwood from West Yorkshire Police, with over 20 reports in the last two weeks alone.

North Yorkshire Police is issuing an urgent warning to anyone receiving a call of this nature to hang up immediately. more

The worrying rise in SMS phishing scams
The latest scam campaign focuses on self-employed professionals who may be receiving assistance through the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, leveraging SMS messages to warn of potential eligibility for a tax refund. more

Big increase in ‘money flipping’ investment scams with Instagram users scammed out of thousands
Action Fraud said it received 164 reports in June from people falling victim to fraudulent investment schemes, referred to as a ‘money flipping’ service offered by users on the Instagram social media platform. These reports have amounted to a combined financial loss of £358,809. more

Greater Manchester Police warns over ‘money mules’ and online ‘get rich quick’ scams
Criminals will often use fake job adverts or create social media posts about opportunities to make money quickly, in order to lure potential money mule recruits.

The money mule will then agree to share their bank details so that cash can be deposited into their account for them to follow instructions to send it into another bank account, keeping a small amount of the money for themselves. more

Reports suggest spike in vaccine-related phishing campaigns
When the COVID-19 pandemic picked up steam in its initial spread across the world in March, instances of pandemic-related phishing campaigns were rife across the internet, but the more recent ones are exploiting hopes for a vaccine.

In these campaigns, attackers send emails with subject lines that include deceptive vaccine-related content, which inevitably conceal malicious links in the body. These links lead to a malicious file usually in the form of .exe, .xls or .doc. more

COVID-19 Council Tax reduction email scam
Officials from Stratford-on-Avon District are warning residents, following reports of an email hitting inboxes claiming to be from GOV.UK, offering a council tax reduction.

The email is covered in the branding of the UK government and is signed off by the ‘Government Digital Service Team’. more

Three men in a van scamming Saltcoats and Stevenston residents
The trio reportedly turn up at a resident’s door wearing work safety clothing and offer to carry out gardening work.

They agree a price and do the work before demanding more money for waste disposal. more

Catalyst Update

Ten days left to apply for the Discovery programme 
Applications for Catalyst & The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response’s Discovery programme close on 7th Sept; apply here.

Calling all digital, data and design agencies and trainers
We’re looking for multiple partners to support charities’ digital development across 4- and 10-week programmes. There are contracts of up to £25,000 to work with charities, plus tenders to work alongside Catalyst – full details here.

New interactive guide to combat digital exclusion
Nominet’s Chris Ashworth introduces Reboot, an interactive guide for charities, local voluntary networks and schools to combat digital exclusion.

Forty tools for creating human connection through digital 
Catalyst collaborator Deepr has launched an amazing resource that any charity can use to improve people’s wellbeing when delivering services online.

The right cyber security solutions for blended working
New from Charity Digital: specific cyber security measures that charity staff returning to the office need to take, to keep their organisations secure.

NAVCA Digital Update

Social Media Marketing Examples of What to Stop, Start, and Keep Doing in 2020
If you are in charge of a social media account – both organisational or personal – this is an excellent article to refresh your mind after what has been a very frenetic few months on social media.

This gives you space to pause, re-evaluate and think about how to connect with your audience going forward.

Click here to read the full article

How to Optimise Your Social Posts for the Visually Impaired
It is very easy to miss a section of your audience by not being aware of their needs. Here we learn about how to make social media posts so visually impaired people can really benefit from them – and more importantly not be irritated by the verbal description of 5 or 6 of the same emoji!

So this article gives you tips and tools to make your social media content accessible to everyone. Thanks!

How to Create a Winning Video Marketing Strategy in 2020
Here’s a handy reference guide for anyone wanting to create a video to promote their organisation.

Whether it’s 20 seconds or 20 minutes long these points are a good way to ensure the right messages are coming across clearly to the right audience.

For those who prefer consuming video content, there’s a great video that you can watch with all this information – or you can stick to the traditional reading method. Up to you. Click here for both

Health Updates

Young people in East Riding reminded they can access online mental health support from Kooth

Kooth is a free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service to help children and young people living in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

People aged between 11 and 25 can register to use Kooth, where they can receive one-on-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, receive and provide peer-to-peer support through online forums, read and contribute articles, keep an online journal and track their wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker. There are no waiting lists or thresholds for use, so people can use the service as soon as they register.

Visit kooth.com for more information.

East Riding CCG Update

Invitation to NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG virtual Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 15 September 2020 from 5pm

We would like to extend a warm welcome to you to join us for our 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is taking place online next month through our YouTube and Facebook channels. There will also be an option to listen via telephone.

We usually hold our AGM at a venue within East Riding of Yorkshire and encourage partners, colleagues and members of the public to attend. This provides us with the opportunity to meet with the East Riding of Yorkshire public to share key highlights from during the previous year, answer questions and discuss concerns.

Previous AGMs have been well attended, last year was standing room only at Goole Courtyard, because of this, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to hold this year’s AGM virtually. This will not only help us to keep people safe, it will also allow a larger audience to attend and remove the need for travel across our large geography. There are a few ways you can join us and these are detailed within the enclosed invitation document.

Whilst the format may be different, the agenda will be familiar. We will look back on highlights and achievements from 2019/20 before discussing the future and the challenges it will bring, including the response and recovery to Covid-19. We will also discuss our financial performance from the previous year, with a focus on how and where our budget was spent.

As per previous years, we will finish with a question and answers session. However, due to the way we are holding the event this year we are asking for all questions to be submitted beforehand. There are a number of ways questions can be submitted which are explained within the enclosed document. All questions and answers will be published on our website following the AGM. Any further questions received based on the content of the event will also be answered and published.

Community Safety Updates

ERSCP Effective Support Briefing 

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families In The East Riding of Yorkshire: Thresholds, Referrals & Consent
These sessions will introduce the updated Effective Support Model for

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

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.

*There are several changes to this programme so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new programme includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can. To book onto one of the below workshops please complete the form through our website.

Please note that due to the current situation all Application Development workshops will be delivered via Zoom and therefore places are limited to 1 per organisation, with a maximum of 10 places. You will receive a link to the workshop once you have successfully booked a place.

Places are limited – so please book early:

  • Wednesday 26th August 1:00pm – 3.00pm (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2:00pm – 4:00pm (via Zoom)

GOV.UK Updates

Charity regulator issues Official Warning and Order against school where children were exposed to terrorist propaganda
A charity that operates an independent school in which children were exposed to Daesh propaganda has been issued with an Official Warning.

More than half a billion pounds to help people return home from hospital
People needing additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital will be supported by a £588 million fund to cover adult social care or the immediate costs of care in their own home.

Culture Recovery Fund saves 135 grassroots music venues with emergency grants
135 at risk grassroots music venues have been saved by emergency funding as part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Fraudulent calls from GLD’s number
GLD’s general enquiry number is being used fraudulently to target members of the public.

Charity regulator launches inquiry into church found promoting fake Covid-19 protection kits
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Kingdom Church GB.

Charity regulator disqualifies individual as trustee over death threats and incitements to murder
Investigation into Nottingham-based Muslim Foundation UK leads to 10-year disqualification of former trustee, and findings of misconduct and/or mismanagement.

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