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Free resuable face-shields for community organisations in Hull

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The University of Hull has donated 200 reusable face shields to the voluntary and community sector in Hull, and Forum are now assisting with the distribution of this equipment.  

If you are a VCS organisation that has staff or volunteers that are currently working with members of the public, or if you are planning to re-open some services that require face-to-face contact in the near future, please email Gail Baines gail@nbforum.org.uk.

You will need to give your group’s name, a contact name and telephone number, and the volume you require – to a maximum of 5 per organisation. We will add your name to a list and contact you regarding collection/delivery. 

BAME Covid 19 Network Development Partnership

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Recent national research has evidenced that BAME communities are significantly more at risk in terms of contracting COVID 19 and are less likely to appropriately access health services upon developing symptoms of the disease.

Working in partnership, North Bank Forum (Forum) and Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA) will jointly develop a BAME COVID Network within Hull that begins the process of addressing the issues raised as part of the initial mapping and enables the local BAME community to become an integral part of the ongoing plans for the Hull COVID 19 recovery plan.

This partnership will bring together the skills and expertise of two key organisations in the City. These include network development, data collection and analysis, community engagement, funding advice and support and existing key relationships in terms of both networks and BAME communities.

Jason Stamp, Chief Officer, North Bank Forum for Voluntary Organisations Limited said

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with HANA to develop this important piece of work. Supporting BAME communities during the COVID recovery phase is a priority for the City and we are grateful for the support of the Two Ridings Community Foundation to enable us to make this happen”

This will be a time limited three-month project, commencing in June 2020 and all engagement activity will be completed by the end of August 2020.

The work will be carried out in a number of ways, taking into account current restrictions in terms of COVID 19 guidance.

At the end of this work we will coordinate and produce an impact report which outlines the key findings and identified proposals for potential next steps in terms of developing and sustaining the BAME COVID Network. This report will be shared with funders and commissioners and made publicly available through the North Bank Forum and Humber All Nations Alliance websites and existing membership and distribution mechanisms.

If you require any further information or would like to discuss the work further please contact: Gail Baines, North Bank Forum, 07398 141818, gail@nbforum.org.uk

VCS Response to COVID 19 in Hull April – May 2020 Interim Report

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Forum has acted as the lead partner in the coordination and mapping of voluntary and community sector provision in terms of the wider crisis response to the challenges of COVID 19. Through this work Forum have led on a comprehensive mapping exercise to identify the range of community support services being delivered across the City and established a number of key voluntary and community sector networks to promote a joined up approach and a sharing of learning that will better inform the longer term plans for COVID 19 recovery which are currently being developed by Hull City Council

An Impact Report has now been produced to provide an overview of the contribution the VCS has made to the COVID 19 response in Hull over a two month period (March – May 2020) and to make a series of key recommendations around the contribution the VCS can continue to make as part of the Citywide plans around recovery.

It is based on direct responses from 15 VCS groups and organisations involved in frontline delivery of COVID 19 support services and from information gained through regular online support calls with VCS organisations. We recognise that this only provides a snapshot of what has been achieved and that a large number of smaller, community-based organisations have not been captured within this initial report, so it is likely that the estimated numbers referenced in this report are higher.

Forum have now submitted this report on behalf of the sector to Hull City Council and NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group in order to begin discussions around additional support to sector groups and organisations through the recovery period and to begin planning around future support in the long-term.

If you would like any further information about this report please contact Jason Stamp, Chief Officer on jason@nbforum.org.uk

VCS COVID Interim Report – May 2020 (pdf)

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

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Opens  22nd May, 10:00am

Government has committed £200m for small and medium sized charities and social enterprises. Funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand.

Funding is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, alongside its own funding, and applications will open Friday 22 May, at 10am.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  1. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs, in light of COVID-19.

For more information, and to apply, click here (opens in a new tab)

Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund – open now

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Hull City Council has launched a new business grant fund to help businesses that may have missed out on previous support during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund is to help small businesses and charities not eligible for the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund.

You can find more information, and apply, here (opens in a new tab)

The fund will allow small businesses and charities that have suffered loss of income due to Covid-19 to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The discretionary fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs.

It will prioritise businesses including those in shared or flexible workspaces without their own business rates assessment, such as those in units in industrial parks and business centres.

Regular market traders with fixed building costs are also eligible, as are small charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief.

Bed and breakfasts eligible to pay council tax rather than business rates can also apply for the grants. Other small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and which missed out on the earlier schemes can also apply.

This scheme is limited to one grant per business. 

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “The council has already distributed more than £40 million to support thousands of businesses in Hull. The two earlier rates-related grants were based on having a business rates assessment, which unfortunately excluded a number of businesses from accessing grant support.

“Although the top-up funding provided for this new scheme is more modest, it could provide a lifeline for those businesses that are not eligible for the existing schemes.

“The council has chosen to award the grant at a maximum level of £10,000 per grant to maximise the number of businesses which can be supported. In many cases, the grant, if awarded, will be under £10,000.

“The level of the award will be determined in a fair and transparent manner in accordance with national and local criteria.”

Managing your VCSE organisation through Covid – funding, furlough and more

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Date: Friday, May 29th

Time: 10am till 12pm

Presenters: Pippa Robson, Claire Etheridge 

Forum’s Sector Support services would like to invite you to a free webinar offering advice and guidance on managing your group, charity, or social enterprise during the Covid-19 crisis. With so much information out there, we are aware that many groups require a clear summary of the support available.  

The 2-hour session will cover:

  • Funding: Current and emerging information about Covid-specific funding, crowdfunding, loan programmes and other sources of income
  • Financial planning: Key factors to consider, including prioritising payments, accounting deadlines and making decisions to increase sustainability
  • Supporting staff and volunteers: Furlough and sick leave, understanding government guidance
  • Organisational planning: New work, new roles and new priorities – what does it all mean for your group or organisation?
  • Returning to a ‘normal’ working environment: Understanding vulnerabilities and employee/volunteer rights, checklists to assess practicalities including buildings, vehicles, meetings, PPE and hygiene measures

All participants will receive copies of any slides, checklists or free resources used during the presentation. 

You will have an opportunity to post/ask questions in an organised way, any queries that we cannot answer on the day will be followed up by our staff. 

We may need to limit places so please register to ensure you receive joining instructions for the event. Anyone that wants to attend but cannot make the date will be added to a list as we will run the session again if required. 

To register, please email Amy Hallett at amy@nbforum.org.uk.

If you have additional needs that make it hard for you to attend webinars e.g. sensory impairments please contact us. 

If you have any questions about whether or not the event will be useful for you, please contact Pippa Robson on 07791 040433.

Social Prescribing Link Worker vacancy with Forum

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Deadline 5pm 29th May

Salary £20,867pa; Full time 37hours pw

28 days leave plus statutory holidays

We are seeking a skilled Social Prescribing Link Worker to work across GP practices in Hull on behalf on one of Hull’s Primary Care Networks.

The successful candidate will be employed by Forum to offer ‘social prescribing’ support to patients in Hull. This role provides support to individual users of the Primary Care Social Prescribing service and their families and carers and refers them into a wide range of voluntary and community services and activities. 

This role requires significant communication skills and experience of communicating with a diverse range of people.

If you wish to find out more about this role you can ring Gail Baines, Operations Manager, Primary Care on 07398 141818 or email Gail@nbforum.org.uk

Deadline: 5pm 29th May

Interviews, conducted using Microsoft Teams: 15th June (pm)

Please note we do not accept CVs

For more information and to apply, download the documents below:

Covering Letter         About Social Prescribing       Job Description – Link Worker

NBF Job Application Form- Link Worker     Privacy Notice recruitment

Recruitment Process          Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Please send application form and equal opps form to ali@nbforum.org.uk

How do I get tested for COVID-19 as a care worker?

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The government has committed to provide a COVID-19 test to all care workers who need one 

This commitment covers all social care staff, including staff and voluntary workers in residential care settings and providing home care support.   

Over 20,000 social care workers have already been referred for testing. Find out how to get tested below.    

I am a care worker. How do I get tested?   

Front line care workers in England who would like to be tested should speak to their employer.    

How does the testing process work?   

Tests are currently carried out through a network of drive-through regional testing sites. Government are also piloting mobile testing units. These mobile units will provide kits directly to care homes with a significant or urgent need.   

When will I get my results?   

They aim to return test results within 48 hours of a swab being taken.   

Where can I go to get more information?   

More information is available on GOV.UK. (opens in a new tab)

For Care workers in our area, there are testing sites at:

  • Northern Lincolnshire – drive thru swabbing site, currently located at Brigg (soon to be relocated/expanded)
  • Hull & East Riding – drive thru swabbing site at Castle Hill Hospital
  • York/North Yorkshire – swabbing facilities at York, Easingwold and Scarborough

Two regional testing centres are being established to create additional testing capacity for staff and key workers across the Humber Coast and Vale region, over and above that provided by local laboratories.

  • The first site will be located at the Humber Bridge Car Park (North), Ferriby Rd, Hessle, HU13 0JG.
  • The second site will be located at Poppleton Bar Park and Ride, Roman Rd, Upper
    Poppleton, York YO26 6QF.

You can download more information here as pdfs

COVID19 – Key Worker Testing Flyer HCV

HCV COVID-19 staff testing regional centres

Booking Process_Humber

COVID-19 advisory letters in multiple languages

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Humberside Police have produced  advisory letters which have been translated into several  languages. 

These letters, which you can download at the bottom of this page, explain Humberside Police’s approach to enforcing the government’s Covid-19 legislation on social gathering and breaches thereof 

As Chief Constable Lee Freeman has stated several times,their approach is via community engagement and policing by consent, using the following system which they call the four E’s; 

  • E – Engage 
  • E – Explain 
  • E – Encourage 
  • E – Enforce 

Coronavirus & Communities 

Dear Sir/Madam 

We understand the current situation is concerning for all of our communities and I wanted to write to you with some guidance around what we are doing as a police force during this time. 

Everyone has their part to play in following the rules of the government to help us protect the NHS and save lives. 

To allow this to happen the government has issued new rules to allow the police force to protect the NHS and save lives and these rules are as follows: 

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes 
  1. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces 
  1. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public 

We are built on policing by consent, active engagement with our communities and a mutual respect between the public and the police. I want to assure you that during the current crisis this has not changed. However to ensure these rules are followed we are taking the approach to engage with, explain and encourage the public to respect these laws, reinforcing why they have been established in the first place. 

Unfortunately there will be instances where these rules are ignored and we, along with other relevant authorities, have the power to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply. 

Whilst we do hope that the need to use these powers will be minimal, as your police force we do reserve the right to enforce the law and we will do so. We have been granted new powers to ensure that the NHS is protected, social distancing rules are abided by and lives are saved and as such we will fine or arrest anyone directly ignoring the rules. 

We thank you in advance for your compliance with the new rules. 

Kind regards, 

Paul Anderson 

Assistant Chief Constable 

Please take a moment to download the letters (in the most appropriate language) and pass them and their advice throughout your networks. 

You can read/download the letter as a pdf in: 



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