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Hull Business Discretionary Grant Fund – open now

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.

An online application form is now live here

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.”

Keeping People Who Are Autistic And/Or Have ADHD Connected

(For people aged 18+ who live in Hull, East Riding, North Lincs or North East Lincs and are autistic and/or have ADHD (either formally diagnosed or waiting for a diagnosis], and do not have a learning disability)

Many people who are autistic and/or have ADHD will become increasingly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 crisis. In response to this, the new “Keeping People who are Autistic and/or have ADHD Connected” project is being launched with a focus on people who are not known to services or are not accessing support. It aims to help this group of people by connecting with them during this current situation.

It is co-ordinated by Inclusion North, Humber Transforming Care and Matthew’s Hub. The project will run for 8 weeks from Wednesday 20th May – Wednesday 1st July 2020.

Matthew’s Hub will assess how safe a person is, what additional help they may need, and then support them to access this help. The individual will receive contact from specialist staff who will support them with understanding information relating to Covid 19, talk through their worries and offer reassurance. They may be signposted to local services to be able to access support with any practical issues, advice, and resources. If a person is in crisis, they will be referred to the appropriate services with the person’s consent.

If you or someone you know may benefit from this project, please contact Matthew’s Hub by:

Call/Text: 07857 351170 Email: gill@matthewshub.org or sophie@matthewshub.org

If the person consents and would prefer to be contacted by us, please email us their details with ‘Keeping People who are Autistic and/or have ADHD Connected’ as the subject. They will be given options for their preferred method of communication at initial contact. Follow up contact can be made if needed.

If you are not sure if a person is Autistic and/or has ADHD, but it is clear they are feeling isolated and in need, you can refer them to Matthew’s Hub

Impact of COVID-19 on outdoor learning among children

Katie Parsons, from the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University, is investigating the changes brought about to normal school routines by the global pandemic. She has launched a survey aimed at 4 different groups:

  • Children and Young People
  • Parents and Carers
  • Teachers
  • Members of the Children’s workforce

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

Consultation – Impact of Covid 19 on Arts and Culture Sector in Hull

Arts Development are in the process of assessing the impact that Covid 19 has had on Hull’s arts and culture sector.

They would like to hear about the impact of the current pandemic on artists, arts organisations, and the voluntary arts sector locally. This will help them to form an overall picture to ensure that the Arts and Culture are included in the Council’s understanding of the economic impact of Covid 19.

They are aware that the situation is constantly changing and developing so they plan to organise a follow up survey later in the year.

Please follow this link to share your situation (opens in a new tab)

Latest resources available to social enterprises

The Humber Business Growth Hub and Humber LEP have produced a comprehensive guide to all of the national and local assistance available at the moment.

You can download this very useful 54 page document as a pdf below

Business_Support_Interventions_for_Covid_19_At_A_Glance (opens in a new tab)

Managing your VCSE organisation through Covid – funding, furlough and more

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.

New Humber Jobs Fuse service for job seekers and employers

Jobs Fuse is a new service helping those whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus crisis in the local area get back into employment – while supporting key regional employers with gaps in their staffing due to the pandemic. The service is a joint partnership created by Education Development Trust (a prime contractor for the National Careers Service), the Department for Work and Pensions and the Humber LEP.

Services for employers

The service is available to local employers due to make who can contact a dedicated telephone number to find out about the careers advice and additional support available to staff. In addition the service promotes local vacancies to individuals across the area who are immediately available to start work.

For further information call 0808 196 3596

Supporting individuals affected

Jobs Fuse offers support to those whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic through its dedicated telephone enquiry services – which offers free, impartial and professional careers advice and guidance – including practical aspects such as helping people understand their skills, explore job opportunities as well as local labour market information and access to training.

For further information call 0800 100 900

Groundwork Questionnaire

Groundwork have developed a very short questionnaire that they would love people to complete.

It is looking at how people may have been affected by COVID 19, to help them to understand the impact, and also trying to find any positives things, no matter how small, that people may have done during this very difficult time.

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


Social Prescribing Link Worker vacancy with Forum

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

Relationship Matters – tips and advice for family relationships

Hull City Council and 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber have worked together to support families, with the launch of a new website named Relationship Matters.

The website is being launched to offer families information, tips and advice as the coronavirus pandemic is leading to big changes in the way people live their everyday lives and manage relationships.  Disagreements and arguments are completely normal but if they become a problem then help is at hand.

The Relationship Matters (opens in a new tab) website provides tips, information and help to stay calm and work out what needs to happen, as well as signpost to receive any further help.

Relationship Matters focuses on relationships where things are mostly respectful, equal and cooperative, but difficulties are being experienced.

Anyone with concerns over controlling or coercive behaviour, violence or fear, families should seek advice from the Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership on 01482 318759.