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Hull Together – Social Inclusion programme outline

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What we are doing

Forum has been commissioned by Hull City Council to carry out research to develop a social inclusion strategy for Hull. We are using a broad definition of social inclusion for this project – that people have opportunities to get involved, access services and feel part of society, whatever their background or circumstances. 

We will be undertaking primary research across September and October 2020, which will include surveys, conversations, interviews and focus groups. We will be talking to migrants and people from diverse cultures that live in Hull, and people that are native to Hull. We will also be talking to people who work in frontline services, for example housing, police and health.  If you think you can help with this element of the work, please get in touch – we have a budget for voluntary sector partners who can assist the project, for example by helping their service users to complete surveys.

We will also be reviewing and analysing existing data to help us identify what is known, and what the gaps are. This might include data from schools, council departments, health bodies and voluntary and community sector organisations.

How you can help

If you have any data you can share with us, please let us know. Data might include:

  • Feedback from any surveys or consultations you have done with people or communities in Hull, about topics like feeling safe, accessing services or how they feel about their neighbourhood
  • Data from any projects you have carried out within the last 2 years that demonstrates what issues, challenges, opportunities or assets are important to people in Hull
  • Data specific to your area of work, e.g. housing or education, that would not normally be available on public databases – for example data about young people’s aspirations or concerns

It does not have to relate specifically to migrant or ethnic minority groups, but if you do have any data from those groups that would be welcomed.

Please do not share any data that is not anonymized.

Finding out more

Please contact Pippa Robson, the project lead for the Hull Together Social Inclusion programme, for more information or to discuss data sharing:


07791 040433

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020

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Published 11th August

This guidance will apply from the start of the autumn term. It applies to local authorities in England. It will also be of interest to schools, further education providers and transport operators in England.

It provides guidance on:

  • managing capacity and demand on public transport
  • taking measures to reduce risk on dedicated home to school or college transport

For more information go to the Government website

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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You can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19. They will be focusing 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.

Other National Lottery funding will be available again later this year.

For more information, and to apply, click here

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

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