Weekly Update from ERVAS – 29.05.2020

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
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

Virtual Parent Drop-in Sessions with East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership (ERSCP)
We have joined up with ERSCP to provide some Virtual Parent Drop-in sessions. This event will be launched via the initial drop in on Tuesday 2 June at 11 am and again at 7 pm.

Further sessions will be held on the following dates:
All sessions will be held at 11 am and a further session at 7 pm

  • Tuesday 16 June
  • Tuesday 14 July
  • Tuesday 28 July

Find out more

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

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

The session will be run using the Zoom software (www.zoom.us), so your laptop, mobile phone or tablet device will need this downloading beforehand. This session will be recorded and made available via our e-learning platform. Upon joining your microphone and camera will be disabled.

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

Book your place today

Events for Young People
We have added further events for young people to take part in, please share these events far and wide:

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

Voluntary Sector Updates

Home-Start – Goole and District are looking for trustees

We need YOUR help!  Perhaps you have some time to give at the moment.

Would you like to work with a dedicated team that believes every child deserves the best possible start in life?

Home-Start Goole and District is a family support charity with 25 years’ experience assisting families in our locality.

We are recruiting trustees with the enthusiasm to help others and to participate in shaping the direction of our organisation.

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

oneHumber online events week

The oneHumber online events week – focused on helping businesses to rethink and rebuild as the coronavirus lockdown continues to affect trading conditions – now has a full calendar of events ready to book.

National Business Response Network

The National Business Response Network has been set up for businesses and organisations to post offers of support and for charities and voluntary organisations and schools to post requests.

Visit: https://businessresponsecovid.org.uk/

National Voluntary Sector Updates

NAVCA Updates

Keep telling the world why your organisation is #NeverMoreNeeded than now
We are getting a good number of you now tagging us in your #NeverMoreNeeded posts – which is great, but we can always use more!!

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.

NAVCA is one of 12 organisations that have contributed to the newly launched My Community website.

The platform aims to unleash the outpouring of community spirit seen across the country as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Latest research from partner organisation Power to Change shows that an overwhelming 68% of UK adults don’t want to lose the renewed sense of community spirit and are pledging to do more in their local area when the crisis finally ends.

Click here to head over to the website and tell us your thoughts – especially if they are nice ones.

A handy place for all your Government funding updates and info
The Government has created a page which brings together all the different funding pots linked to the £750m support package for the VCSE, plus other ones.

There’s nothing that we’ve not seen before but it is a handy place to bookmark so you can see all the different funding programmes and announcements.

Click here for the website

Did you know you can find your local NAVCA member through our website?
Click here and head to our map and see all those fabulous members of ours and how to contact them. Don’t forget to give your local member a shout out on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or even out the window.

NCVO Updates

We want to make sure that you have the chance to share your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, so we would love it if you could join our free online discussion events in partnership with Tortoise.

Each one will cover a specific topic that gives you a chance to share the challenges you face, the decisions you’re making and the solutions you’re finding with your colleagues in voluntary organisations. It’s also a nice opportunity to connect with other NCVO members from around the country.

The future of fundraising: threats and opportunities
2 June | 14:00 – 15:00
Building organisational resilience: what do we need to think about?
9 June | 14:00 – 15:00
Lessons learnt from the pandemic: planning for a new normal
16 June | 14:00 – 15:00
Lessons learnt from the pandemic: planning for a new normal
23 June | 14:00 – 15:00
Working together to move forward: opportunities and challenges
7 July | 14:00 – 15:00
What do we want the future of the sector to look like?
14 July | 14:00 – 15:00

Fraud, Scams and Digital Updates

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams aim is to protect and prevent people becoming victims of scams. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown and the increased number of people spending more time at home during the day, there is a real risk more people could fall victim to scammers.

In response Friends Against Scams have produced a short information leaflet with helpful tips and advice for people to follow to protect themselves from scams.

To download the poster, please click here.

Please support Friends Against Scams by sharing the poster with as many people as you can.
You can also complete an online scams awareness session to become a Friend Against Scams.

Access the Friends Against Scams Training

Questions to ask about cyber-security

The National Cyber-Security Centre has produced several pieces of guidance for charities on how to avoid cyber-security issues during lockdown. Read about them here.

Adopting digital experiences to boost your virtual fundraising

In this webinar, Charity Digital and Acquia examine how charities can use personalisation and marketing automation technology to promote outreach activities, drive fundraising campaigns, and more importantly, make sure you’re being heard.
Watch the webinar now

Social Media Updates

Twitter and Facebook up their messaging and group chat game
Twitter and Facebook are making some big changes to their messaging functions to compete with the likes of Zoom etc.

First Twitter – whose DM (direct messaging) service has always been a bit clunky – is changing to a live chat set up which will look similar to LinkedIn’s chat function.

Find out more here.

Second is Facebook who, in an attempt to compete with the boom of Zoom, has launched CatchUp which is essentially Messenger in live group chat form.

Find out more here.

Social media image size guide – Infographic
Ever wanted to design a really good profile pic or image header for your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn page but couldn’t quite get the dimensions right?

Then click here. This is a handy guide setting out the dimensions for each profile/header image across all the main social media sites. We recommend bookmarking it for multiple uses (or, if you’re really old school, print it out).

Free digital communications support for charities

Media and marketing experts are offering their time and expertise for free to help charities meet the digital communications challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The support is being offered through the Media Trust’s Volunteer Platform, which matches communications experts with charities in need of help.

The Media Trust has also made a digital resource hub available to offer further help.

The Media Trust’s guide to volunteering helps those in the media and creative industry learn more about employer supported skills based volunteering initiatives.

Health Updates

Updates from the East Riding CCG

Mental Health Support
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and it was great to see so many people getting involved to spread kindness. However, mental health is something that affects us all year round and it’s important to know what support is available.

If you, a friend or family member needs professional support to help with mental health, there are NHS services available to help.

On NHS.uk, you can access an online crisis line finder. It’s a great tool which helps people access the 24/7 mental health crisis line available in their area. If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent assistance, advice or support, you can now find your local 24/7 NHS mental health crisis number online.

If you’re registered with an East Riding GP, you can contact the Emotional Wellbeing Service for support where you will be offered a choice of therapies to suit you. Click here for more details.

Exercises at your desk
Keeping physically well is just as important as keeping mentally well. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) produced a helpful leaflet with some desk-based exercises that you can work into your day. Click here to view.

Active Humber physical activity survey
Active Humber have launched a local survey to find out what impact the Coronavirus is having on physical activity levels and attitudes during this time.

Current research suggests that the majority of adults believe it is now more important than ever to stay active. Their aim is to hear directly from adults living in the Humber area to find out more about their attitudes and behaviours to physical activity and understand the local picture.

Click here for the survey, and please feel free to share it with others. They have also provided the opportunity to win one of five cash prizes for all those who complete the survey.

Extra support for Children and Young People’s Mental Health services

At this time, it is understandable that children and young people may be feeling anxious and upset. Their lives may feel unpredictable and out of control and their usual mechanisms of support through friends, family members and professionals will have changed and may be more limited.

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan (the NHS’s Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health) has written two articles advising how to approach these potential issues.

Community Safety Updates

Neighbourhood Watch Update

The Neighbourhood Watch June ‘Our News’ enewsletter is out!

With the lockdown remaining fully in place in Wales and measures in England altering, Neighbourhood Watch groups continue to support individuals and their communities to adapt, stay safe and manage the situation.

The annual Neighbourhood Watch Week, 7th – 13th June is fast approaching, and there is lots of information in this newsletter on how to get involved and get active in celebrating your neighbours.

Commissioner Blog 27th May 

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 family and friends to sign up at www.mycommunityalert.co.uk.

County lines – what is it and who is at risk?

School closures have left vulnerable children who would ordinarily be supported in the day at greater risk of exploitation by criminal gangs in ‘county lines’ operations. Here’s what you need to know about the subject.

Read more

Funding News

NLCF COVID-19 applications – INUNDATED but still apply!
The Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, managed by the National Lottery Community Foundation, has been inundated with applications.

However the fund is still OPEN for applications.

Full details of how to apply can be found on the NLCF website.

Larger grants now available from the Heritage Emergency Fund
The Heritage Emergency Fund are now welcoming applications for grants of £50,000-£250,000 to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. These new grants are in addition to the existing £3,000-£50,000 level we launched in April. Applications for both are open until 30 June.

Read more

East Riding Council Funding Updates:
Funding Available for Tree-Planting Projects in UK
C-19 Bright Ideas Support Fund for Current Grantees
Funding for Creative Projects for Armed Forces Communities in Isolation
Tampon Tax Fund Deadline Extended by a Week

GOV.UK Updates

PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown
PM Boris Johnson announced groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

Hundreds of arrests and deal lines closed as police crackdown on county lines gangs
The Home Secretary has today welcomed the impact of a major police crackdown on county lines gangs.

Charity Commission appoints Nick Baker as new Chief Operating Officer
Nick Baker is Deputy Chief Constable at Staffordshire Police Force

Up to £15 million to support the Citizens Advice service during COVID-19 pandemic
Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland to receive funding boost of up to £15 million to help them deal with increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

6000 new supported homes as part of landmark commitment to end rough sleeping
Radical plans to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic.

Charities encouraged to bid for £15 million Tampon Tax Fund
Organisations supporting women and girls are today invited to apply for a share of £15 million from the Tampon Tax Fund
Change made
updated to show extension of application deadline to 7th June 2020

Social workers to work with teachers in schools
£6.5 million to put social workers in schools to support children at risk