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Connect Well social prescribing grants: Moving on from COVID 19

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The seventh round of the Connect Well social prescribing grants focuses on supporting people who have experienced the greatest challenges because of the pandemic and social distancing restrictions. Funding is for work to restore their health, wellbeing and independence which have been impacted during the pandemic.

Grants of up to £40,000 for projects lasting up to a year will be made to increase the capacity of providers of community focused activities and services, to help them reach the people in greatest need.

Eligible projects will be those lasting up to one year, and supporting adults aged 16 and over who are living in, or are registered with a GP in the city of Hull. They will be run by applicants with a track record of strong engagement in the local community.

email Ali@nbforum.org.uk for an application pack

The deadline for applications is 12 noon Monday 26th April 2021. Applications received after that time will not be accepted.

A briefing session will be held on Tuesday 6th April 10am on Zoom. You will need to register via this link if you want to attend.


For more information or clarification about this round, contact:

Gail Baines Forum Operations Manager 07398 141818

Gail will be able to give you strategic guidance to help you position your project as we move towards recovery from the pandemic

Jane Thompson, Grants Officer, 07908 285952.

Jane will be able to give you guidance and assistance with the application forms and application process

Successful applicants will be informed by mid – late May 2021. It is envisaged that projects will start from June 2021.

Budget 2021: supporting documents

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Budget to Parliament on 3 March 2021. This is the Budget in full and with supporting documents.

Distributional analysis

This document sets out the distributional impact on households of tax, welfare and public service spending decisions announced since Spending Round 2019. It also presents analysis of the wider economic context, focusing on trends in employment, earnings and household incomes – this includes estimates of the impacts of COVID-19 on working households’ incomes, as of the end of November 2020, according to emerging household survey data.

Policy costings

This document sets out the assumptions and methodologies used in the government’s costing of policy decisions announced since Spending Review 2020. For each decision it contains a description of the measure, the base, and the methodology for the costing (including relevant adjustments for behavioural responses). It highlights main areas of additional uncertainty.

Data sources

This document details all of the data sources used throughout the Budget 2021 document. In order to be transparent, it informs readers of the Budget 2021 document where the data used in the charts, tables and text comes from and how it has been calculated.

Also publishing alongside Budget 2021:

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.

Self-harm among young children in UK doubles in six years

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From The Guardian

The rate of self-harm among young children in the UK has doubled over the last six years, according to a new analysis.

The number of children aged nine to 12 admitted to hospital having hurt themselves intentionally rose from 221 in 2013-14 to 508 in 2019-20, data analysed for BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme has found.

This means an average of 10 hospital admissions every week. With population changes taken into account, the rate has doubled over the past six years.

The finding comes as experts say the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on young people’s mental health. A Guardian investigation in October found a rise in the number of children with sleep problems and eating disorders, and long waits for treatment.

Keith Hawton, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, told File on 4 the data on self-harm was “in keeping with what we’re finding from our research databases. It’s almost as though the problem is spreading down the age range somewhat.

You can read the full article here

National lockdown: Stay at Home 

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You can find your local council’s advice and information on CORONAVIRUS here

Hull City Council

East Riding Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

North Lincolnshire Council


Government News

National lockdown: Stay at Home     Updated  regularly


Updates for the latest lift in lockdown  

Covid grant scheme for ‘most vulnerable’ extended     14th April

New government service launched to support quarantine compliance     Published 13th April

National lockdown: Stay at Home     Updated 12th April

Government announces easing of coronavirus restrictions for charity fundraising     Published 9th April

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do     Updated 12th April

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities     Updated 12th April

COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships     updated 12th April

Reopening businesses and venues in England     Updated 12th April

Step 2 COVID-19 restrictions posters: 12 April 2021     Direct link

Recovery Loan Scheme launched     Published 6th April

Further easing of Covid restrictions confirmed for 12 April     Published 5th April

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England     Published 5th April

Government announces pilot events to pave way for larger audiences at sport, theatre and gigs this summer     Published 5th April

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do     Updated 5th April

Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit to continue supporting businesses     Published 1st April

‘Missed Me?’ – New Not in Our Community awareness film

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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Safer Hull Partnership have launched a new film to raise the awareness in the dangers faced by young people when they go missing. 

‘Missed Me?’ is the latest film developed as part of the Not In Our Community (NIOC) anti-grooming campaign, funded by the PCC, that helps young people protect themselves and friends against grooming that can lead to sexual and criminal exploitation. 

The film tells the intertwining stories of four young people through which the viewer learns about the push and pull factors leading to the dangerous situations Billy, Tabby, Rosie and Lisa find themselves in. It is hoped that the film will raise awareness of the reasons behind young people going missing and present them as victims rather than perpetrators of crime or the cause of situations including poor mental health, sexual and criminal exploitation. 

Using money from the Early Intervention Youth Fund, the Safer Hull Partnership commissioned the short film in response to the number of young people going missing in Hull and the risk this poses to those young people. It focuses on why children and young people in Hull might go missing and is based on real cases locally. 

The film aims to help young people and communities understand that there is often more to the story and how each of us can have a role to play in being the ears and eyes of the community. 

Whilst the film was funded by the Safer Hull Partnership and is shot on location in areas within the city (Pearson Park, West Park and also Orchard Park estate), the issues highlighted within the film are national issues and like all NIOC resource, the film is relevant and is encouraged to be used across the Humber area.

You can watch the film on YouTube here

New National Restrictions from 5 November

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Updated 6th November to provide more detail of the restrictions

Subject to debate on the 4th November, these new restrictions will come into place on Thursday 5th November:

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday. 

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action: 

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes. 
  1. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes. 
  1. Closing certain businesses and venues. 

These new measures are intended to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work. 

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data. 

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.  

It covers:

1. Stay at home

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

3. Meeting with family and friends

4. Businesses and venues

5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

6. Going to work

7. Going to school, college and university

8. Childcare and children’s activities

9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

10. Visiting relatives in care homes

11. Travel

12. Financial support

You can read the guidance here

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