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Your opinions matter – Get involved in the ‘Hull Together Project’

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We are carrying out some face-to-face research for Hull City Council and are looking for people to take part in a focus group about community safety, employment, migration, community cohesion and integration and want to understand more about challenges, issues and opportunities, from different perspectives. We want to talk to people who are native to Hull (born here, or from elsewhere in the UK but living here for most of their lives).

Each participant will reactive a £10 shopping voucher and the details are as follows:

• Location: North Bransholme Community Centre

• Date: Monday 28th September

• Time Group 1: 1.30pm – 3pm

• Time Group 2: 3.30pm – 5pm

• Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

You only need attend one of the groups and if there is the demand to take part online, it may be arranged that one of the sessions is administered via Zoom. Please state your preference on enquiry.

Please register your interest by emailing pippa@nbforum.org.uk or calling 07791 040433 as soon as possible as places are limited.

You can find more information about the project here

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)

Wildlife expert chat

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Monday 11th May at 11am

As part of the Neighbourhood Network’s ‘keep connected’ series whilst we are in this lockdown period, they are pleased to bring you a second opportunity to chat with wildlife expert Andrew Gibson, who is volunteering his time to answer your burning questions on all things wildlife!

Andrew is hoping to talk all things hedgehogs, swifts, house sparrows and butterflies – and how to embed nature into an urban environment. There will be a Q&A at the end of the session, but questions can be submitted beforehand if you prefer.

If this is something that you want to take part in, please email office@nnetwork.org.uk  or call 01482 826061 so they can email out a link to join in. Zoom will need to be downloaded onto your tablet, laptop, phone prior to the session.

COVID-19 Funding Support

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Reviewed 6th August

PRS Sustaining Creativity Fund    Deadline 10th August 

Strengthening Civil Society programme: new funding to support civil society through the pandemic     Deadline 11th August

Clinks – Covid-19 Response Fund     Deadline 17th August

Common Call COVID Fund     Deadline 31st August

The Lloyds Bank Foundation Covid Recovery Fund    Deadline 11th September 

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund, Round 2     Deadline 14th September

Volant Trust Covid 19 response fund     Deadline 31st December

Active Humber – Tackling Inequalities Fund-COVID-19

The Albert Hunt Trust

Alpkit Grass Roots Support

Asda Foundation – COVID-19 Hygiene and Holiday Grants

COSARAF Charitable foundation: Hardship Grant

COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Foyle Foundation small grants

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship fund


Morrisons COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

National Lottery Community Fund and COVID-19

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Seafarers UK Covid-19 Emergency Fund  

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society COVID Response Fund

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

The Young Women’s Trust Emergency Fund

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund currently paused

The British Muslim Covid-19 Fund  (temporarily suspended)

Hope for the Young – COVID-19 Emergency Fund   Temporarily paused

TRCF Coronavirus Community Fund Phase 2     Temporarily paused

Sport England Coronavirus funding    Temporarily paused

Other sources of funding information

Brevio launches to help charities find funds faster

Free COVID19 Funder Database

CAF has a list of available COVID 19  funders

Hull Voluntary Sector Service Availability 

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We are still working with Hull City Council to pull together a list of services currently being delivered by the Voluntary sector. Some of you may have received an email from me today (Friday) asking you to fill in a 5 minute survey to tell us what you are doing for your communities. I know you have had a few requests, some conflicting, but we really would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to read the email and follow the link 😊  

If you haven’t received an email from me, but have services you would like us, and the Council, to know about, please click on this link  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RGBCWGR  (opens in a new tab)

Forum office closure

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Following the release of further Government guidance on the COVID 19 outbreak, we have taken the decision to require all Forum staff across all of our offices to now work from home rather than continue to use our office bases.

As an organisation the health and safety of our staff and the people we work with remains our priority and I am confident that we will be able to continue to provide a high level of service by working more flexibly for the near future.

We have taken the decision to cancel all events and training in the short term. If you have appointments booked with our staff we will be in touch to make alternative arrangements which may include telephone meetings or online facilities.

We will continue to respond to emails as soon as possible.

We are currently working with Hull City Council to identify how we can help support local communities at this time. Additionally, we are keen to hear from our member groups and organisations around the impact of the current situation on their work.

We hope that you remain healthy and safe over the coming months and look forward to continuing to work with you.

Jason Stamp

Chief Officer

Social Prescribing Day!

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12th March is Social Prescribing Day

Social Prescribing links people with appropriate, person-centred, non-clinical support and advice to improve health and wellbeing, promote independence and reduce isolation.

If you need assistance or support to access health & wellbeing services, social groups, and/or get more active please contact:

Connect Well Hull

T: 01482 217 670

E: enquiries@connectwellhull.org.uk

W: www.connectwellhull.org.uk (opens in a new tab)

OR contact your GP surgery to book an appointment with a Link Worker.

Channel 4 investigates celebrities accepting payment from charities

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From Civil Society

The investigative TV programme Dispatches has been investigating celebrities who accept payment in return for supporting a charity. Channel 4 aired an episode on Monday called Celebs for Sale: The Great Charity Scandal . According to TV listings, reporter Antony Barnett went undercover and set up a fake charity. “Big-name stars from the worlds of reality TV, sport and entertainment, and one of the most famous women in the world”, will reportedly accept payment in return for supporting the charity. Daniel Fluskey, head of policy and external affairs at the Institute of Fundraising, tweeted that he was going to be interviewed for the programme and asked for fundraisers’ views on the topic.

You can read the rest of the article here  (opens in a new tab)

You can watch the episode here (opens in a new tab)

You can also read Civil Society’s response to viewing the programme here (opens in a new tab)

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