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COVID- 19: lifting lockdown in Hull

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The COVID 19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the work of the voluntary and community sector in Hull. Overnight we have had to make changes to the services we deliver and how we deliver them in line with Government guidance and other restrictions. We have all shown how adaptable and flexible we can be in how we support our most vulnerable communities and the contributions the local voluntary and community sector has made over the past three months has been outstanding. Thank you for everything you have done and for what you continue to do.

As lockdown eases, we know that some of you are starting to return to delivering services but in different ways. We are keen to get an understanding of what you are doing and how people can continue to access your services. With your permission we want to share this widely via our website and email update to make sure that everyone is aware that the voluntary and community sector in Hull is open for business.

This short survey will allow us to gather this information. We appreciate that things are changing all the time so please keep us regularly updated on your services as they develop.

We are also aware that the end of lockdown presents some key challenges to all voluntary and community sector organisations working in the Hull. We want to understand these and look at how we can support you to continue to grow and develop.

You can update your information at any time by contacting Ali Middle – ali@nbforum.org.uk.

If you have any questions about this survey or the wider support offer please contact Jason Stamp, Chief Officer on jason@nbforum.org.uk.

You can take part in the survey here (opens in a new tab)

Third Sector Trends in Yorkshire and the Humber 2020 released

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The survey took place between June and December 2019. A total of 3,158 responses were received.  

Responses in each region are as follows: North East England, 1,094, North West England, 1,212 and Yorkshire and Humber, 852.  

Third Sector Trend samples between 2010 and 2019 have very similar structures which means that reliable comparisons can be made between waves of the study. The report provides detailed analysis on a wide range of issues. Some of the key findings from the 2019 study are presented below. 

It is estimated that in 2019 there were 38,250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in North East England, 87,500 in Yorkshire and Humber and 115,000 in North West England and across the North there were 240,750 FTE employees.  

In Yorkshire and Humber, it is estimated that there are 350,500 volunteers who deliver 25m hours of work. The replacement value of such work by employees would be between £207m (at National Minimum Wage) and £344m (at 80% of average wages). 

Reliance on public sector finance (such as contracts from local authorities, the NHS or government departments) becomes much stronger as TSOs grow in size. Only 23% of micro TSOs rely primarily on public sector finance compared with 59% of the biggest TSOs. 

The overall picture, at the time of study, was one of considerable optimism amongst TSOs when assessing their prospects of winning financial and volunteer resources they need to maintain or increase their activities. Of course these views were expressed before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.  34% of TSOs expect income to increase over the next two years. TSOs in North West England are the most optimistic (37% compared with 32% in North East England and 32% in Yorkshire and Humber). Optimists are more common than pessimists – only 16-17% of TSOs expect income to fall across the regions. 

You can read the full report as an online pdf here (opens in a new tab) 

Coronavirus and anxiety

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Published 15th June

The number of people reporting high levels of anxiety has sharply elevated during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This article will provide insights into which socio-demographic and economic factors were most associated with high levels of anxiety during the first weeks of lockdown.  

Main points, from data covering 3 April to 10 May 2020: 

Main points 

  • The factors most strongly associated with high anxiety during lockdown include loneliness, marital status, sex, disability, whether someone feels safe at home or not and work being affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
  • Feeling lonely was the factor most strongly associated with reporting high anxiety – people who “often or always” felt lonely were almost five times more likely to report high anxiety than those who “never” feel lonely. 
  • The percentage who reported high levels of anxiety significantly increased for people who are married or in a civil partnership during lockdown to 39%, up from 19% in the last quarter of 2019; prior to the pandemic, the percentage reporting high anxiety was lowest for people who are married or in a civil partnership compared with all other marital status groups. 
  • Those who are married or in a civil partnership are more likely to be balancing homeschooling alongside other commitments, with 1 in 4 people homeschooling during the pandemic, compared with approximately 1 in 10 people who are single, separated or divorced. 
  • Those aged 75 years and over were almost twice as likely as those aged 16 to 24 years to report high anxiety during lockdown; analysis of data prior to lockdown suggests anxiety tends to be lowest among those aged from their mid to late 60s, remaining relatively stable in later years. 
  • For people reporting high anxiety during the pandemic, over 1 in 5 said that their work had been affected because they were finding working from home difficult. 

For more information go to the ONS (opens in a new tab) 

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

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Published 12th June

Under the current law places of worship are permitted to open solely for the following purposes: 

  • funerals, in line with restrictions on those who can attend as per Regulation 7(2)(b) 
  • to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast 
  • to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services, including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions, or support in an emergency 
  • for early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 

This law is enacted through the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 

From 13 June 2020 places of worship have been permitted to open for the following additional purpose, depending on the most up to date scientific advice of the risk posed by the virus: 

  • Individual prayer within a place of worship – this is defined as a person or household entering the venue to pray on their own and not as part of a group, led prayer or communal act. They should be socially distanced from other individuals or households. Collective or communal prayer and regular scheduled services are not permitted at this time as set out in Regulations. This includes a Minister of Religion or lay person leading devotions or prayer of any sort.  
  • Those in charge of running a place of worship should engage and communicate with worshippers and the wider community to explain what activity is permitted and what is still prohibited. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

The Church of England has produced a useful Q&A about individual prayer which might be adapted for other places of individual worship. You can read it as an online pdf here (opens in a new tab) 

Faith Associates has produced guidelines for Mosques and Islamic Centre buildings which can be read here (opens in a new tab) 

The Network of Sikh organisations has published guidance on the re-opening of Gurdwaras which can be read here (opens in a new tab) 

The United Synagogue has produced guidelines on the re-opening of synagogues which can be read here (opens in a new tab)  

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel guidance for passengers

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Published 11th June 

This new guidance covers 

  • Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak 
  • Social distancing 
  • Hand washing 
  • Face coverings 
  • Before you fly 
  • Online check-in 
  • Arriving at the airport 
  • At check-in 
  • At the security checkpoint 
  • At the departure lounge/ terminal airside area/ arrival areas 
  • On board the aircraft 
  • On arrival in the UK 
  • Safer air travel infographic 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

Further funding uplift announced for councils caring for children seeking asylum

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Published 8th June 

For the third time in 4 years, the Home Office has significantly increased financial support for councils who look after children. 

There will be a significant uplift in funding for all local authorities providing ongoing support to those unaccompanied asylum seeking children leaving care. The new rate (£240 per person per week) replaces the previous rates of £150 and £200 per week, representing a 20-60% increase. 

There will also be a targeted 25% uplift in funding for local authorities across the UK who are currently looking after the highest numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children when compared to their child population. They will receive a tariff of £143 per child per night instead of the standard rate of £114 per child per night. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

Leeds Mind Vacancies

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Mental Health Employment Specialists x 2

They are recruiting for two exciting positions within the WorkPlace Leeds team:

  • Mental Health Employment Specialist (Maternity cover)
  • IPS Mental Health Employment Specialist

Salary: NJC Scale 5 points 12-17 (£21,589 – £23,836 per annum)

Hours:  37 hours per week

Base: Workplace Leeds, De Lacey House, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, LS5 3HS.

Contract Length: Fixed Term until March 2021

Closing Date: Monday 18th May 2020 at 9am

Interview Date: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Peer Support Team Leader – Maternity Cover

Salary: NJC Scale SO2 points 26-28 (£29,636 – £31,371 per annum pro rata)

Hours:  22.5 hours per week across 3 days

Base: Clarence House, 11 Clarence Road, Leeds, LS18 4LB

Contract Length: Maternity Cover (up to 12 months)

Closing Date: Thursday 28th May 2020

Interview Date: Wednesday 10th June 2020

For full information, and application packs, go to the Leeds Mind website (opens in a new tab)

We’re all in this together? local area profiles of child vulnerability

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The essential public health measures that have been taken to stop the spread of Covid-19 have affected everyone in the country, and many families are struggling with additional financial and social pressures. But there are some children, who before this crisis were already vulnerable or living in precarious situations, who are facing particular hardship. These children have been cut off from many of the sources of support that they might previously have had – schools, children’s centres, health visitors, networks of family and friends, home visits from social workers – at the same time as their families are under new stress and strain from lockdown requirements.

The Children’s Commissioner’s local area profiles of child vulnerability provide a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those groups. It also provides a framework for central government to target additional resources at the areas most in need. Local authorities should be factoring this information into their decision making when it comes to Covid-19 responses – for example if 26% of the children in your area live in crowded homes (as is the case in Newham), making sure there is space for them to play outdoors, or getting them into schools, should be a priority.

The Commissioner is publishing this work in order to better identify vulnerable children who need help both during the lockdown and once the crisis has passed. The current unprecedented crisis is opening the eyes of many to the generational problems that have blighted the life chances of millions of our children for decades. Intensive support for vulnerable children – to protect them now and to help them do well at school and in life in the future – must be a key part of the ‘new normal’.

You can download the report ‘’We’re all in this together?’  and the local area profiles here (opens in a new tab)

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