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UN report compares Tory welfare policies to creation of workhouses

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From the Guardian

In his final report on the impact of austerity on human rights in the UK, Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty, accused ministers of being in a state of denial about the impact of policies, including the rollout of universal credit, since 2010. He accused them of the “systematic immiseration of a significant part of the British population” and warned that worse could be yet to come for the most vulnerable, who face “a major adverse impact” if Brexit proceeds.

He said leaving the EU was “a tragic distraction from the social and economic policies shaping a Britain that it’s hard to believe any political parties really want”.

The New York-based lawyer’s findings, published on Wednesday, follows a two-week fact-finding mission in November after which he angered ministers by calling child poverty in Britain “not just a disgrace but a social calamity and an economic disaster”.

Now he has accused them of refusing to debate the issues he raised and instead deploying “window dressing to minimise political fallout” by insisting the country is enjoying record lows in absolute poverty, children in workless households and low unemployment.

You can read the rest of the article here

You can read Philip Alston’s full report here as an online pdf

Welfare Cuts Mean Families Go Hungry

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Government cuts to welfare over the past decade have resulted in tens of thousands of poor families in England left without enough food to eat, a clear breach of the government’s duty to ensure adequate food, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday 20th May

The 115-page report, “Nothing Left in the Cupboards: Austerity, Welfare Cuts, and the Right to Food in the UK,” examines how deep, austerity-motivated cuts to the welfare system, exacerbated by the introduction of the Universal Credit system and other changes, have left many families with children in England going hungry and dependent on food aid from charities. Many of these families are single parent households led by women. Human Rights Watch found that the UK government is failing to meet its duty under human rights law to ensure the right to adequate food.

For more information and to read the full report go to the Human Rights Watch website

Paying for bid-writing – a guidance sheet

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As a voluntary and community sector membership organisation offering support, advice and information, operating across Yorkshire and the Humber,  we offer funding and governance advice, training, and evaluation support to a wide range of civil society organisations, from residents’ associations to national charities.

Like many similar charities, we want to build the capacity and skills of VCSE organisations to fund their work. This includes providing training sessions on writing good grant applications and tenders, and offering a ‘critical friend’ service to read through applications before they are submitted and give feedback. We also recognise that some organisations choose to pay for grant-writing and tender-writing services, particularly for things like large capital projects.

Using our experience of providing Sector Support services, we have written this guidance sheet for groups that are considering paying an individual or agency to undertake bid-writing on their behalf. You can downoad the guidance as a pdf below

Paying for bid writing – guidance sheet

Connect Well social prescribing grants Round 5

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Support to BME and migrant communities

Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 17th June 2019. Applications received after this time and date will not be accepted.

A briefing and networking session will be held Monday 20th May 10am – 12 noon, at Centre 88, Saner Street, Anlaby Road, Hull. You are strongly recommended to attend if you are considering making an application.

To register for a place please contact Jane Thompson, Grants Officer , on 01482 499035 or Jane.thompson@nbforum.org.uk

Round 5 Outcomes

The challenges faces by people from BME and migrant communities, (and the solutions to these) are many and complex, e.g: language barriers; lack of awareness of local services and eligibility to these; the specific health and well-being challenges affecting particular communities; lack of awareness or understanding, or racism/prejudice on the part of service providers.

In this round the panel wishes to promote improved health and wellbeing, care and independence of members of Hull’s BME and migrant communities by:

  • Supporting and facilitating better access to services that promote improved health and wellbeing, care and independence
  • Raising awareness among BME and migrant communities about eligibility and access to services that promote improved health and wellbeing, care and independence
  • Enabling members of BME and migrant communities to overcome the barriers they face to improved health and wellbeing, care and independence

The panel invites applications from:

  • projects and services that promote BME and migrant communities’ improved health and wellbeing, care and independence
  • and from those that need to enable increased access to their services by BME and migrant communities

Eligible projects must be targeted at people aged 16+ living in Hull, and/or registered with a Hull GP.

You can download the guidance, application form and budget spreadsheet below

Social Prescribing Grants guidance notes (pdf)

BME Migrant Social Prescribing Survey summary (pdf)

budget sheet (Excel spreadsheet)

Application-form-Social-Prescribing-grants (Word)

Hull Truck Theatre champions access for all

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Hull Truck Theatre have recently launched a bespoke new access guide for audiences who require additional access support.  The six-page access guide includes information about the building and its facilities, the types of assisted performances offered and information about how best to access the theatre and purchase the appropriate tickets.

The development of this piece of literature is just one of the initiatives that the theatre is working on as they move towards a truly accessible offer to audiences. Hull Truck Theatre’s front of house and box office teams have undergone extensive dementia training to become part of the Dementia Friends programme. They are also part of the Alzheimer’s Society, the Safe Place Scheme supported by Humberside Police, the Breastfeeding Friendly Premises Award Scheme and Talking Tables.

Hull Truck Theatre have teamed up with local accessibility groups, including ‘Elephant in the Room’ to develop a suite of materials that are fit for purpose for those with access needs, including specific show related collateral where appropriate.

Go to their website for more information about access at Hull Truck Theatre 

The access guide is available from the Box Office and also as a pdf download online.

Record 1.6m Food Bank Parcels Given To People In Past Year

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From The Trussell Trust

New data released on 25th April shows April 2018 to March 2019 to be the busiest year for food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network since the charity opened. During the past year, 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in the UK; More than half a million of these (577,618) went to children. This is an 18.8% increase on the previous year, meaning that the number of food parcels given out across UK has soared 73% in five years.

The main reasons for people needing emergency food are benefits consistently not covering the cost of living (33%), and delays or changes to benefits being paid.

Universal Credit is not the only benefit payment people referred to food banks have experienced problems with, but issues with moving onto the new system are a key driver of increasing need. Almost half (49%) of food bank referrals made due to a delay in benefits being paid in UK were linked to Universal Credit.

From this data, and other insights from food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network, the charity believes ending the five week for a first Universal Credit payment should be the Government’s first priority to help create a future without food banks.

For more information go to the Trussell Trust

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – less than one month to go

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It’s less than one month to go until the Tour de Yorkshire 2019.

The fifth edition of the men’s race will take place between 2nd-5th May. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in 150 villages, towns and cities along the way.

The Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will take place between 3rd-4th May meaning that for the first time ever, it will be held on a Friday and Saturday.

The full routes for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race can be seen here

Congratulations to Second Thoughts East Yorkshire

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‘Second Thoughts East Yorkshire’ (STEY) has been awarded a £9,970 grant from the Big Lottery ‘Community Fund’.

Based in Barmby Moor, STEY’s aim is to promote good mental health for people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull. The charity has no fixed training room, but responding to need, it hires venue across East Yorkshire so that people living in the suburbs and rural areas can access support near their home.

Supporting people with mental health problems and their carers, the charity delivers life skill support workshops including confidence building, assertive communication, anxiety management, skill awareness and effective communication.

The sessions run over 4 weeks for around 3 hours per week and all of the workshops are free to participants. STEY has already run many sets of workshops in Hull, Willerby, Anlaby, Hessle, Beverley, Driffield, Goole, Pocklington, Hornsea and Withernsea and with this grant, from 1st April 2019 they can continue to deliver many more across the county.

A set has started in Beverley, with more arranged to start in Pocklington and Hornsea within the next month.

As well as supporting people managing mental health issues ranging from mild anxiety to depression to more enduring conditions, STEY also works with the carers of people managing their mental health problems and with employers too. Through supporting employers with mental health awareness and advice on effective management in this area, STEY helps employees to retain their jobs and so avoid long periods of absence and subsequent reduction in quality of life.

For more information about STEY go to their website

Key Worker needed

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A young man has been in touch with us regarding support beyond August of this year. The organisation that currently supports him with a key worker will be losing its funding, meaning that he will have no support beyond that month.

Currently he does 2 hours a week as a volunteer dealing with reception and routine admin duties, and is confident in his role, and is keen to maintain this into the future.

If any of our member organisations feel that they can help, can they contact me, Ali Middle, on 01482 499031 or e-mail ali@nbforum.org.uk and I will liaise