Weekly Update from ERVAS – 31.07.2020


Weekly Update from ERVAS – 31.07.2020

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 now request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.

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Fortnightly Bulletin *5th UPDATE*

ERVAS Services Update

East Riding Virtual Youth Conference
This week we held our youth conference, it was a great success and we covered:

  • 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

You can now watch the conference again, this is available on our website

Register and watch the conference

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? Monday 17 August at 2 pm
Where?  Via Zoom

Book your place online

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

COVID-19 Sector Impact Survey
We have been asked by NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) and NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) to understand the local voluntary sector response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We recognise that everyone is extremely busy at this current time, however your response will help us to identify any areas of unmet need and enable us to work with statutory and voluntary sector services to ensure wherever possible that need is met.

Complete the Survey

Volunteen Project Update
The Volunteen Annual Report from April 1st 2019 to 31st March 2020 has now been published. This report covers the work we have been involved in.

Despite the challenges that have affected us all during the last weeks of March 2020, the 12 months covered by this report have been a busy and successful one for our young people in terms of volunteering and getting involved in social action.

You can view the full report on our website (its best to view using google chrome).

View the report

Voluntary Sector Updates

Voluntary Sector Jobs
There are currently two jobs advertised on our website in the voluntary sector, you can view all the vacancies here or click the headings below:

Greatfield Big Local Project

Volunteer Co-ordinator Emmaus

Don’t forget, you can also Submit a Vacancy on our website too.

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

HEY Confident Futures Update

The 2nd HEY Confident Futures Newsletter is now available.  We are keen to receive your feedback on the newsletter and the network, including what you enjoyed and any suggestions for things you would like to see featured in the future.  Do please get in touch if there is any information, events or news you would like to share with the network.

Read more

University study launched to explore perceptions of plastic amid COVID-19

People are being asked whether COVID-19 has changed their use and perceptions of plastics as part of a new University of Hull study.

The pandemic has seen people turn to protective equipment such as face masks, gloves and gowns – commonly made of plastic – as a way of keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.

Environmental experts, including the University’s Professor Dan Parsons, have recently warned COVID-19 could also have a dramatic effect on the usage and consumption of single-use plastic.

Now, a team at the University have launched a new national online survey to explore the subject, and how the pandemic has altered how people view the use and consumption of plastics across the country.

Read more

National Voluntary Sector Updates

National Helplines launch #ReadytoTalk campaign as lockdown eases

Find out more

NAVCA Update

Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of COVID-19
The Department of Health and Social Care has published a list of areas in England that have additional local COVID-19 restrictions (currently Leicester, Blackburn with Darwen and Luton).

Additionally they have produced information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak should local restrictions be applied to your area.

Click here for the full information

Bring UK Parliament into your community
parliament is offering a series of workshops for community and youth groups.

The aim is to disengaged audiences from across the UK, showing them how UK Parliament works and how they can make their voices heard about the issues that matter to them.

Click here for more details

Communities vs. Coronavirus: The Rise of Mutual Aid
This report from the New Local Government Network argues that the recent Mutual Aid response is a powerful demonstration what’s possible when communities come together. Yet for community collaboration to outlast this crisis and make our places more resilient in future, lessons must be learnt.

The report offers a series of recommendations and lessons that can be used to help make this possible.

Click here to see the report

Being A Patient
The Patient Association has launched a report based on their work looking at patient experience.

The report found that the approaches used to measure patient experience were quite narrow and focused on receiving care.

Other approaches have been suggested with the report identifying some “promising avenues for exploration”.

Click here to read the report in full

Social distancing guidance for young people
In line with new Government guidelines, the advice on social distancing for young people has been updated.

This guidance has been written in collaboration with young people in order to identify the key areas where other guidance may not be as clear.

Click here to see the guidance in full

Webinar: The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) – ‘Welcome to NHS Cadets’
The NHS is working in partnership with St. John’s Ambulance to develop 10,000 new ‘NHS cadets’ within the next three years.

They aim to provide young people with invaluable life skills, offering a route into a career in the health service and deliver on the Long Term Plan to double the number of volunteers in the NHS by 2021.

They are holding an introductory webinar exclusively for the VSCE on 11 August at 2pm. To register for the webinar please e-mail england.voluntarypartnerships@nhs.net 
stating he name of your organisation and which of the sessions you would like to attend.

Trustee Vacancies with The Institute for Voluntary Action Research

As an independent research charity that works closely with people and organisations that are striving for social change, IVAR is looking for people who bring life experience and a passion for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. They are hoping to build a board that reflects the diversity of communities that they seek to serve.

Further information can be found here and you can download a Trustee application pack to apply.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday, 1 September, 2020.

Last Chance with the National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund Community Covid Response Fund will be closing on the 17th August 2020.

If you’re planning to apply for the Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), you must apply by 12 noon on 17 August 2020. The National Lottery Community Fund is aiming to finish distributing these funds by the end of October 2020.

After this, you can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19. The focus however will be on funding for organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, specifically for user-led equality groups supporting:

  • Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) communities
  • Disabled people.

This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100K.

Come and listen to officers from the Lottery explain eligibility, criteria and the process.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Attend the event

Funding Talk – Homeless Link’s COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund
£5.5million in a second round of grants for Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19

Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link.

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

This session will explain the current funding programme, eligibility, criteria and the application process.

Facilitated by Amy Walton
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Attend the event

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

EE launches new identity check platform to tackle fraud
EE has launched a new Digital Identity platform aimed at helping businesses protect their customers from fraud and identity theft. The service offers online checks in order to verify a customer’s identity in real time, along with other tools for combating fraudulent activity. more

Face masks scam as criminals imitate police
Criminals targeting residents of the Outer Hebrides have been claiming to be police and castigating people for not wearing face masks. more

Warning as criminals send thousands of authentic-looking but bogus TV licence payment demands
TV Licensing chiefs and Sussex Police have warned the public to be on their guard as criminals have been sending out thousands of authentic-looking but bogus TV licence payment demands by email. more

Warning issued over Amazon Prime phishing scam
A scam where criminals pose as Amazon customer service staff to steal personal information has been flagged by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).

It warns that people are being contacted with emails and phone calls claiming they have opened an Amazon Prime account. more

Dodgy Lego site disappears after taking orders
Bigger brands can be easy targets for fraud, in some cases you’ll be paying for counterfeit goods while other sites simply list non-existent bargains before disappearing with your money. more

ICO: Taking action against COVID-19 scammers

We have been working hard to stop companies using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse for nuisance marketing.

We are:

  • taking enforcement action against one company;
  • monitoring five companies for unlawful practices; and
  • advising nine companies to help them improve their marketing practices.

Every complaint helps us to take action against nuisance marketing. You can report spam texts, calls and emails on our website.

COVID-19 insurance scams on the rise
The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) have reported a rise in insurance claims scams. Fraudsters are calling members of the public to make them aware they’re entitled to compensation for any money they have lost due to COVID-19; they then offer to help process the compensation claims. Victims are asked to provide their personal and financial information, which the scammers then use to commit identity theft.


  • If contacted out of the blue, never provide personal or financial information.
  • Report any suspicions of insurance fraud to the IFB’s confidential Cheatline service.

Take steps to protect personal data from being stolen to help to prevent being targeted. Guidance can be found on our website.

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau unveils key cyber crime statistics

Important data on cyber crimes reported by Action Fraud is now available on a configurable, interactive online database.

Whilst using the system users can filter the results based on location and crime, and can easily find out the most commonly reported crimes and how these were reported.

To increase usability, the platform includes an “About the Data” tab which answers key questions about what this data shows and any limitations.

The data is updated each month and covers a 13-month period. Therefore the current month can be compared to the same month last year.

The NFIB is a police unit which is responsible for gathering and analysing intelligence relating to fraud and financially motivated cybercrime.

Find out more

NAVCA Digital Update

What to do when your content stalls
As the tidal wave of digital engagement begins to reduce as we come out of our lockdown states, social media managers across the country are starting to feel the last few months catching up with them (at least that’s what we feel and hear from our comms group!).

So this is for all of you who feel like that – a handy look at reviewing and planning new content going forward.

Click here and enjoy

13 Hashtag generator tools to fire-up your social media strategy
Got a campaign, article or project you’d like to promote but not sure which hashtag to use to generate interest? Take a peep at these hashtag generators.

Essentially you put in a topic or a hashtag that you want to use or like and it suggests a number of trending ones to fit. Works well for Instagram especially. Some of these generators have a cost but most do offer a free version too. We love a free version!

Click here to check them out

Catalyst Update

Seven pearls of wisdom from charity digital old-timers
We talk to charities who’ve been through a digital transformation process about what they learned, and what lessons others can take away.

How Help for Heroes used online gaming to help service users
An article from our partners at Charity Digital, looking at how Help for Heroes has been staying connected with veterans in need of support.

Digital safeguarding podcast
This week our partners at SCVO are looking into safeguarding online, including a podcast with the creators of our DigiSafe guide.

Take Five: the best content from around our network
Our weekly round-up of digital content and events produced by the Catalyst network and beyond.

Health Updates

NHS Seek Views of Young People
The NHS in Hull and East Riding want to hear your views and experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to improve services for the future.

You can complete a survey online by following this link. The survey will work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

If you would prefer a paper survey please request one by following this link

Or you can join us on a virtual focus group on Wednesday 5th August, 1pm-2.15pm sign up here

East Riding CCG Update

Public Health England launch new obesity campaign

On Monday 27 July, Public Health England launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment of health.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. But this extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.

By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.

To improve health and wellbeing, individuals should aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.52. NICE recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to avoid risks to health.

To support people to live healthier lives, Public Health England’s Better Health campaign will provide a variety of tools and apps to help you make healthier food choices, become more active and prevent future weight gain. One of these tools is a Weight Loss Plan app, which provides 12 weeks’ worth of engaging content that can be personalised and tailored to the goals and needs of the individual. Later down the line, support will also be made available to help people quit smoking, cut down their drinking and look after their mental health.

For help and support to lose weight, visit www.nhs.uk/BetterHealth.

Face coverings: when to wear one and exemptions

Recent changes mean that in England, unless exempt, you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave. You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • to eat or drink if reasonably necessary
  • in order to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law. To find out more about face covering guidance, click here.

Healthwatch East Riding

Tell us about your experience of leaving hospital during COVID-19

To make room for the sudden need for more beds as a result of the coronavirus, the NHS changed the way it discharged people from hospital. But what was your experience? 

Take just 10 minutes to tell us about your experience and help the NHS know how to improve care for all.

Complete the survey

Sexual Health Report
This report documents the findings of research, which took place from during the last school year, which examined young people’s attitudes to issues relating to sexual health, and their experiences of sexual health services.

Manager Julie Dearing said ‘We were delighted to work with pupils in the East Riding again, the young people we worked with were extremely forthcoming with their views and were open and willing to talk about what could be a sensitive subject, which has helped to produce an insightful report’.

Read the full report

Provide your feedback
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

Community Safety Updates

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:

  • 3rd August 2020
  • 2nd November 2020
  • 1st February 2021

Find out more and apply

First Ever National Impact Survey Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

We are delighted to launch the first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey.
This is a survey open to all members of the public including our supporters and members and we are asking our partners to share across their public networks.  It will enable us to look at how Neighbourhood Watch impacts in our communities and identify the concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit.

We ask that you share the survey IMPACT SURVEY with friends, neighbours, colleagues and your partners, to ensure that we get a good mix of responses.  You can do this in various ways through email, using social media and any other methods that you may have.

We have included an image for you to use on Social Media

Facebook & Twitter: Neighbourhood Watch Network is excited to launch our first National Impact Survey and we want EVERYONE to take part. It doesn’t matter if you are part of Neighbourhood Watch or not, we want your views.  It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.  Click on the link https://bit.ly/2XbuX8J.

We have also included a poster for you to share on your emaiis.

To learn more about the background to the survey
Please click on the following link Measuring our impact

We look forward to receiving your responses on our survey which needs to be completed by 21st August 2020.

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NCDV July Newsletter

Keeping you up to date with the hottest topics on domestic abuse and violence stories from around the world. This month we feature the planned overhaul for family courts to protect DA survivors. We also have a new Share your story page on our website for you to check out.  Click on the relevant article titles to read the news in full or you can also read the NCDV magazine online:


We have also had lots of posters being posted around the country so thank you to everyone that has been in touch with us.

Read the full newsletter

Funding News

Youth Futures Foundation
This is a £90 million endowment from the Reclaim fund, (dormant accounts) wanting innovative grants programme that will form just one part of the ambitious strategy. They are on the hunt for cutting edge solutions and like-minded people to harness the potential of all young people missing out on meaningful employment.
Find out more

2021 GSK Impact Awards
Charities are facing significant challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, while continuing to provide vital services to keep people healthy and connected.

This year, more than ever, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000, plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.
View the guidelines and access the application
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020.

Grants of up to £100,000 Available for Community Facilities
Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities. This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums. The funding is being made available through the FCC Community Action Fund and is available to projects located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment site.

The closing date for applications at 5pm on the 2nd September 2020.

Find out more

Tackling Inequalities Fund – £30,000 invested into fantastic projects in the Humber
Active Humber opened the Tackling Inequalities fund at the beginning of June. The fund is in place to support organisations working with those in four target groups, which are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, lower socio-economic groups, disability and those with long term health conditions to enable them to be active during this time. We know the people within these target groups are more likely to be inactive and also are significantly more affected by the Coronavirus and therefore we have a dedicated fund to support them. So far Active Humber has invested around £30,000, there is more funding still available to groups, the process is simple, please email us on info@activehumber.co.uk to register your interest and we can schedule a phone call with you to discuss your project.

You can read more about the Tackling Inequalities Fund on their website.

East Riding Council Funding Update:

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage Opens for Applications in England
£30m to Reignite England’s Independent Cinemas After COVID-19 Shutdown
Fund for Cultural Organisations in England Affected by COVID-19 to Open Soon
European Commission Pilot Project Call to Develop Artificial Intelligence for Diagnosis and Treatment of Paediatric Cancer
Arts Council England Launches £2.25m Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund
Launch of 2020 European Drug Prevention Prize

GOV.UK Updates

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments
Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate.

NHS recovery to put staff wellbeing at its heart
The Health Secretary welcomes the launch of the new NHS People Plan as he launches a new bureaucracy-busting drive so staff can spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients.

NHS Test and Trace launches campaign to encourage everyone with symptoms to get a free test
NHS Test and Trace will launch the new campaign alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.

More than 4,000 extra police officers to fight crime as recruitment continues
Police have already recruited 22% of 20,000 officer target while workforce stats show largest annual increase in officer numbers since 2003 to 2004.

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