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Ali Middle

Lateral Flow Testing (Hull)

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As you may be aware, Hull City Council is offering access to Lateral Flow Testing at the following sites –

– Endeavour Learning and Skills Centre, Beverley Road, Hull

– Ennerdale Leisure, Sutton Road, Hull.

– Woodford Leisure Centre, Holderness Road, Hull

These sites are supported by both staff (from both Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure) and a team of trained volunteers recruited and supported by the Smile Foundation.

Access to twice-weekly Lateral Flow Testing is an important part of tackling the COVID 19 pandemic and in supporting vulnerable local communities. The opportunity to access Lateral Flow Tests at these sites is being offered to voluntary and community sector groups and organisations who are providing frontline support within communities.

Access to Lateral Flow Testing is via pre-booked appointments following registration on the Hull City Council portal

The portal will also help determine your eligibility to access Lateral Flow Testing at this time.

Lateral Flow Testing is relatively quick and easy and help and guidance is available at all three Testing sites for those people who need it.

We are also aware that some voluntary and community sector groups and organisations may already have staff who have received the first COVID 19 vaccination. Please note that a vaccination does not mean that Lateral Flow Tests do not need to be carried out, and that you should consider registering all staff, including those who have been vaccinated.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hull City Council via the Lateral Flow Testing portal.

Hull charity narrows the Digital Divide for children in East Yorkshire

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Hull-based charity, Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University, has helped 800 children get online this lockdown by donating devices which allows them to access online lessons and resources.

HEY Children’s University started their “Stop the Digital Divide” campaign at the beginning of the third lockdown after reaching out to schools in Hull and East Yorkshire to see how many families were currently without a laptop or tablet in their homes. The total number of requests the charity received from schools was a startling 865.

A study conducted by Deloitte found that 1.8m children in the UK did not have access to a laptop or tablet at the start of lockdown and more than 800,000 households did not have access to the internet. This is much more common in low income households, with 18% of them not having a device other than a mobile phone.

The Sutton Trust found that teachers in the most disadvantaged schools reported that 1 in 5 of their pupils were lacking devices, compared to just 5% at the most affluent state schools.

“This Digital Divide” is set to widen the gap in attainment between disadvantaged children and those from more affluent areas as many children are unable to access their online lessons.

The Government has pledged to distribute 1.3m laptops to disadvantaged children and whilst they have currently delivered just over 800,000, there are many children that are still waiting for their device.

For more information about the work of the Children’s University go to their website

The Pixel Fund

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Grants are available for UK-based charities and community interest organisations to support projects that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults.

The Fund generally offers first grants of between £500 and £5,000. However, no single grant is ever more than 5% of annual income.

Applications may be made at any time.

Applications will be accepted from registered charities and community interest organisations based in the UK.

The Fund’s focus is the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults, and it will not grant to projects or organisations that are not core-focused on mental health related matters.

Trustees have a strong preference for organisations with annual income of under £10 million.

For more information go to the Pixel Fund website

Yorkshire Water 2021 biodiversity programme – call for projects

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Deadline 16th April

The YWS Biodiversity Enhancement Programme is a programme of funding available to enable biodiversity enhancement schemes across the region and across the function of YWS’s operations. The primary interest of the programme is to work in partnership with others, to conserve and enhance biodiversity in our operational area through projects in alignment with Biodiversity 2020 (DEFRA, 2011) and the Government’s 25 year Plan for the Environment

YWS are anticipating funding several projects up to a maximum value of £50,000, though they encourage applications for any value below this and there is no minimum value. Only one grant is available per scheme. Projects can extend across financial years, but must be able to evidence beneficial completion by December 2024. It should be noted that there should be further calls for funding in 2022 and 2023.

Who is eligible to apply

The Programme can only accept proposals from constituted groups and organisations who meet Yorkshire Water’s vendor requirements, be they private, public, voluntary or educational. You can contact biodiversity@yorkshirewater.co.uk  with any questions relating to what this entails.

Projects must lead to a resulting benefit to priority habitats and/or species in Yorkshire water’s operational area

Plus they must achieve at least one of:

  • Facilitating the recovery of sites of a high value for nature, from issues associated with the impacts of Covid-19
  • Facilitating the recovery of groups protecting nature, from issues associated with the impacts of Covid-19
  • Assisting in the economic recovery of the region
  • Increased regional ecological resilience for nature
  • Increased resilience for regional groups protecting nature
  • More connected ecological networks
  • Increased public engagement with nature 

For more information and  for an application form please contact biodiversity@yorkshirewater.co.uk.

 ESF Community Grants Round 5

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Deadline 26th March

Humber Learning Consortium (HLC) are pleased to announce the launch of the 5th round of their ESF Community Grants

Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) program 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. Applications would be welcomed from North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available

Deadline for application receipt is Friday 26th March 2021 – 14:00.

For more information, and to apply, go to the HLC website

The online application 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 program 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 program 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 the HLC 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:

  • Tuesday 9th March 13:00 – 15.00 (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday 10th March 13:00 – 15:00 (via Zoom)

National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio – Growing Great Ideas Programme

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Supporting transformational, long-term change

This is a UK Portfolio funding programme. The UK Portfolio is where the National Lottery explore new approaches, experiment with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future-focussed.

The Growing Great Ideas programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change, looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. They expect these initiatives to be generating an infrastructure through which many things are possible.

At application stage, they’re interested in hearing about your ideas and plans, rather than a detailed project description. The funding will reflect the stage of your ide, which they’ll discuss this with you if you’re shortlisted to submit a full application.

The minimum grant size is £150,000. The minimum length is two years. Funding can be available for up to ten years in some circumstances.

Proposals need to:

  • Be about people, communities and organisations working together to further a mission or purpose that goes beyond anything a single project or organisation can achieve alone.
  • Clearly demonstrate something transformational, alternative and able to challenge the current rules and create the conditions for change.

Click here for the NLCF website.

Community First Yorkshire Chief Executive

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Deadline 5th March

After 10 years, the current Chief Executive is moving on to pastures new. This means Community First Yorkshire  are looking to recruit an inspirational Chief Executive to manage the organisation and enable it to fulfil its charitable objectives.

The purpose of the role is to manage and build the staff team, generate income, ensure project and service plans are successfully implemented, measure the impact of the charity’s work whilst managing external stakeholders, and, confidentially representing the charity in a diversity of settings.

Part of this  role will be to continue to push the rural agenda in North, South and West Yorkshire.

Application deadline: 5 March

For more information go to the website

Free tablets to improve lives of thousands of people with learning disabilities

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Published 25th February

The government has set up a £2.5 million fund to provide devices, data and digital support to people with learning disabilities who can’t afford to get online.

The new Digital Lifeline scheme will fund 5,000 internet tablets preloaded with data and free tech support for those facing a combination of digital exclusion: cost as a barrier to internet access and increased social isolation caused by coronavirus.

  • To be eligible for a device and data from Digital Lifeline, applicants must: live in England; be 18 years old or over; have a learning disability or learning disabilities – mild, moderate or severe (also includes disabled people who have additional learning disabilities); be digitally excluded – this means they can’t afford internet access and their own appropriate device. An appropriate device is one that is suited to their needs and so can enable them to easily and confidently perform key online tasks, for example joining a group video call or booking a GP appointment.
  • Individuals cannot apply directly to the Digital Lifeline Fund themselves, or on behalf of a person with learning disabilities. The Digital Lifeline fund will be delivered through participating organisations. If any member of the public is interested and wants to find out more, they should contact their nearest self-advocacy group, online centre, or support provider to see if they are participating in the fund.

Organisations can find out more and apply here

To read the full press release go to the Government website

Reopening businesses and venues in England

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Published 24th February

England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law, and follow the rules in the National Lockdown guidance. You should refer to the closures guidance for the latest rules for closing certain businesses and venues in England.

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This is a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England cautiously.

Due to the current relatively uniform spread of the virus across the country, the four steps set out in the roadmap are designed to apply to all regions. The indicative, ‘no earlier than’ dates for Steps 2, 3 and 4 of in the roadmap are all contingent on the data and subject to change.

To read the guidance go to the Government website

Powered Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter (PWMS) User Survey

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British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) is conducting a Powered Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter (PWMS) User Survey.

This survey is for use by members of the public who have purchased mobility equipment, the purpose being to ascertain their satisfaction with their purchasing experience, particularly around the retailer attitude towards safety, insurance, training and suitability. This is to assist with the provision of local services ranging from Shopmobility to Clinical Assessments – and points in between such as retailer training, insurance services, transport advice and guidance, and tackling the loneliness agenda.

To take part click here

For more information about the BHTA go to their website



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