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Children’s Commissioner: The state of children’s mental health services 2020/21

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Published 28th January

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, is today (Thursday) publishing her fourth annual report on the state of children’s mental health services in England. The analysis examines the progress that has been made over the past five years as well as looking at the impact the Covid crisis has had on children’s mental health.

The report finds that while there has been an expansion of children’s mental health services over the past four years, such was the poor starting point that services are still nowhere near meeting the needs of many hundreds of thousands of children. The Children’s Commissioner argues this is because of a lack of ambition in improving children’s mental health services, despite numerous Government announcements on children’s mental health.

However, the main positive from the analysis is that some individual local areas are improving above and beyond what central Government has expected of them and delivering vastly improved services for children.

The data in the report largely covers the period up to end of March 2020, showing a system without the necessary capacity or flexibility to respond to the pandemic, which has been such a seismic event in the lives of children.

You can read the full press release here

You can read the report in full here



Fitmums and Friends Virtual Activity Sessions

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Fitmums and Friends are currently offering virtual activity sessions to encouraging people to stay active, to improve both your physical and mental health. They hope these will go some way to supporting you through this difficult time.

The sessions are led by their trained and qualified coaches and instructors and are delivered live via Zoom, and then later uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted item (private video, only viewable by link on request).

Each session combines the workout and a chance to connect with Fitmums and Friends members, all in the comfort of your home.

  • Monday 6.30pm
  • Thursday 7.10pm
  • Thursday 7.30pm
  • Sunday 4.30pm

If you would like access to these weekly sessions please contact Vickie at admin@fitmums.org.uk  stating which organisation you are working with.

They also have a series of 8 “Work from Home Wellness” sessions – 10-minute movement sessions to help you if you are working from home and beginning to feel aches/strains/niggles – or to prevent them from starting.

These can been found here

Exciting Opportunity for BAME Organisations across the UK

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Each Probation region has been given funding which can be made available to Voluntary and Charity sector organisations who work with/ led by Black, Asian Minority Ethnic members of the community involved with the criminal justice system. The purpose of this funding (up to £10,000 per successful applicant) is intended to strengthen the capacity of those organisations who engage with BAME service users but may need some additional help to further develop their work.

To access this funding, you will need to have a clear priority of around working with ethnic minority service users and be a specialist in this field. This funding also includes organisations working with GRT communities.

This funding is not solely intended for organisations already working with the criminal justice system but could be used to build capacity for these organisations to work in criminal justice. For example, a service currently offering mentoring services to BAME service users may be eligible for funding.

This funding aims to prepare organisations to participate fully in new probation arrangements (in place from June 2021) and other opportunities that may be provided by the co-commissioning of services by probation regional directors with PCCs and other statutory partners, to improve rehabilitation outcomes and divert young people from the criminal justice system.

These funds are available to spend before 31st March 2021.

If you are interested in applying for this funding, please contact the Regional Equality Manager for your area:  Terry Loughrey- Yorkshire and the Humber- Terry.Loughrey@justice.gov.uk

COVID-19 graphics to download

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Please feel free to download and use the VCS SAFE graphic below (right click the images to save, or download the pdf versions)






Stay SAFE graphic as a pdf

The #HullTogether graphics








Hull Emergency pdf version






COVID emergency 2 pdf version

Government posters as downloadable pdfs




Additional Restrictions Grant (Hull)

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Hull City Council announces further support for businesses impacted by lockdown restrictions

Businesses that have been adversely affected by national lockdown restrictions, but which are not required to close, can now apply for financial support.

One-off business grants of up to £3,000 will be available through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). This scheme complements the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) which was launched last week for those businesses that have been required to close and are registered for business rates.

The ARG will support businesses supplying or reliant on the leisure, hospitality, non-essential retail and events sector, including those that are directly linked to these sectors.
The scheme therefore covers many different businesses from food wholesales/suppliers and food and drink processors, to cleaning contractors and door security.

There will be many other types of businesses severely impacted by lockdown restrictions and Hull City Council is urging them all to make an application.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can be made on the Hull City Council website

Developing a BAME COVID Network in Hull – Report and Recommendations

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Forum are  pleased to be able to share with you a report providing an overview of the development of a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) COVID Network in Hull.

This work was funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation and delivered in partnership between Forum and Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA).

The development of this work was as a result of the coordinated voluntary and community sector activity as part of the initial COVID 19 crisis response, where the needs of our BAME communities were highlighted as a key priority.

The recommendations in this report have been developed through ongoing consultation and engagement with BAME organisations and community representatives and provide some key points for consideration in terms of our short-term COVID response and our longer-term partnership work around health inequalities and supporting BAME communities.

If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Gail Baines, Operations Manager on gail@nbforum.org.uk.

BAME Covid Network Report October 2020

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 October 2020

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The main points of this ONS report are

  • Among those who have met up with people from outside their household either outdoors or indoors, the majority (82%) said they always or often maintained social distancing; the total proportion of those who said they did so sometimes, not very often, or never has stayed fairly consistent over the last three months and was 17% this week.
  • A high percentage (99%) of those who wore a face covering in the past seven days while shopping, reported that they always or often wear a protective face covering while inside the shop to help slow the spread of the coronavirus; however, when asked about other shoppers a lower percentage (87%) said they saw everyone or almost everyone wearing protective face coverings.
  • This week, around 7 in 10 (74%) adults were very or somewhat worried about the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on their life right now; the same proportion as two weeks ago, which was the highest proportion since the end of April.
  • A higher percentage of those in local lockdown reported lack of freedom and independence (67%) as their main concern, compared with 56% of those not in local lockdown.
  • This week, 65% of working adults travelled to work (either exclusively or in combination with working from home) in the past seven days, compared with 62% last week; this is the highest percentage since national lockdown restrictions started easing at the end of May.

To read the full report go to the ONS website

B&Q Foundation

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B&Q Foundation provides grants to registered charities who support people experiencing poor quality housing and homelessness or are looking for help with a project to improve homes and community spaces.

Your application should support these criteria:

  • Your organisation is a registered charity
  • The funds will help people in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, other disadvantage or distress) in the UK or Ireland.
  • The project is to provide, maintain, repair or improve housing or community space; or to support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness

Typically grants awarded will be one-off grants, up to the value of £5,000; however, the B&Q Foundation will consider awarding higher value grants.

You can register interest in receiving a grant in the next round of funding from the B&Q Foundation here

Major charity retailers saw income and profits fall ahead of coronavirus, survey finds

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From Civil Society

Income and profits fell overall last year at the largest charity shop retailers, according the latest Charity Shops Survey.

The report, published by Civil Society Media’s Charity Finance magazine, compiles data on 30 charity retail chains. This includes the four with the most charity shops in the UK: the British Heart Foundation (BHF); Cancer Research UK; Oxfam GB; and Sue Ryder.

BHF was the only one of these charities to see rising income from its charity shops, growing by a little over 1% between March 2019 and March 2020. Its total retail income is just under £200m.

The other three charities all saw their income drop by around 1%. A small reduction in charity retail income broadly matches the trends for the high street in general, where research shows sales dropped by under 1% last year

To read the full article go to Civil Society

NHS Reset: A New Direction for Health and Care

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Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership’s  NHS Reset campaign has involved six months of engagement with health and care leaders, including a new survey of 250 NHS leaders.

This report summarises the insights from the engagement so far and identifies five key factors. At the time of publication, the NHS is starting to see an increase in emergency department attendances and the number of COVID-19 infections.

The NHS is not out of the woods and focus will rightly be on how to manage the extra demand on services as we head into winter. However, with an eye on the longer term outlook, there has been one enduring message that the Partnership have heard from NHS leaders: the health and care system must build on the remarkable progress of recent months to chart a new course. From this, they have identified five factors they believe will be fundamental to achieving a sustainable health and care system:

  1. Honesty and realism
  2. Extra funding
  3. A lighter, leaner, culture
  4. Integrating health and care
  5. Tackling health inequalities

You can read the report as a pdf below

NHS Reset: A New Direction For Health and Care

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