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National Lottery People’s Projects Competition

Voting is now open for local groups to receive grant funding of up to £50,000 for their projects. For information about the projects, in our area please go to the People’s Project website

Voting closes at midday on the 30th April 2018.

Business Support Officer, Healthwatch Hull

Deadline 4th May

Healthwatch was established in April 2013 to become the consumer champion for health and social care services. Each Local Authority area in England has its own Healthwatch and Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull is the consumer voice for health and social care issues for the population of Kingston upon Hull.

Forum has been contracted by Hull City Council Council to deliver Healthwatch in Hull.

We are seeking a skilled business support officer to work alongside our current Healthwatch team.

You will be responsible for providing administrative support to Healthwatch Hull and to act as a first point of contact for general public communication by all methods including telephone, e-mail, post and Social Media.

You will have significant proven administrative skills and experience of communicating with a diverse range of people. This role will also provide the opportunity to work on the wider projects within our Healthwatch Team

You will also use your skills to raise and maintain the profile of Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull across key stakeholders and the local community, ensuring key messages and information are effectively communicated through social media.

For further information about this role please contact Gail Baines on 01482 499033.  For an application pack for this role, please contact:

Gail Baines, Delivery Manager, Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull, Room 2, Pod 4, The Octagon, Walker Street, Hull, HU3 2RA gail@nbforum.org.uk

Closing Date:    Friday 4th May 5pm         Interviews to be held:   Tuesday 22nd May

Adult mental health urgent care services improved

Improvements have been made to adult mental health urgent care services in Hull and East Riding after care commissioners gave the provider vital additional funds.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has invested the money after securing it from Hull and East Riding clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.

Trust managers hope the funding will reduce the pressure on hospital services and prevent patients from having to leave the area for care.

The money has paid for:

  • Five new beds at Mill View Court, a ten-bed inpatient unit in Cottingham for men and women over 65. Four of the beds have opened this month and a fifth will be available in June;
  • The continuation of the ‘Crisis Pad’, a sanctuary staffed by Humbercare in Hull for people suffering severe emotional distress. The daily sanctuary is continuing to open from 6pm until 2am, instead of from 8pm until 2am, following a successful winter trial;
  • An additional bed at a ‘step-down’ service in Hull for patients who lack suitable accommodation or support to be discharged from inpatient units. Delivered by charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, the service is now offering five beds to patients following a successful pilot. Each patient can stay for up to 28 days and receive help with daily living, mental health and tenancy issues;
  • An extended Mental Health Liaison Service for people with mental health problems at Hull Royal Infirmary, including those who attend the accident and emergency department and patients on general medical wards. Funding from NHS England has paid for extra staff including support workers, care co-ordinators, a psychologist, a consultant psychiatrist and a specialist practitioner.

Hull and East Yorkshire residents urged to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes

Hull and East Yorkshire residents are being urged to eat healthily and be more active in order to help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes during Diabetes Prevention Week (16-22 April 2018).

It is estimated that around 54,000 people in Hull and East Yorkshire are currently at risk of developing type 2 diabetes; which can lead to other serious conditions including strokes, heart disease, limb amputation, blindness and early death.

Diabetes and its complications cost over £6 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital has diabetes. Around nine out of 10 people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes which is closely linked to obesity and yet is largely preventable by eating healthily, being more active and losing weight.

GPs and other healthcare professionals in Hull and East Yorkshire are using Diabetes Prevention Week, which starts today, to urge residents to find out if they are at risk and take action to improve their future health.

From July 2018 the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will be available in Hull and East Yorkshire.  The Diabetes Prevention Programme is a free local service for those who are at risk of type 2 diabetes. The Programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions, including education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes. Dr James Crick, Associate Medical Director for NHS Hull CCG said: “Since 1996 the number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to 3.3 million and it is estimated that 5 million people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Both Hull and east Riding of Yorkshire CCG’s are committed to supporting the reduction in the number of people developing this disease.”

Dr Gina Palumbo, Local GP and East Riding of Yorkshire CCG Chair said: “For those people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, simply making small lifestyle changes can have a very positive impact on their future health. This is why GP practices throughout Hull and East Riding are keen to take part in the prevention programme to help empower patients to improve the management of their health and wellbeing.”

High risk groups includes those from certain ethnic backgrounds including South Asian, Black African and Black Caribbean.

You can check to see if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes here

Hull Social Prescribing Grants Round 2: Support for Carers

The deadline for the second round is 5pm on the 29th of May 2018.

Carers are people who support other people, often a family member, and often in their own home, who need support and assistance due to illness, disability, advancing age or life-limiting conditions. Carers themselves need support, ranging from information and advice on their rights, to practical help and support for their own wellbeing.

In this round, applications are sought for activities and services that focus on supporting carers, and that meet the following outcomes:

  • maintenance of independence through access to advice, information and resources to help them in their caring role.
  • avoiding the breakdown of care resulting in hospital or residential admissions
  • maintaining carers’ wellbeing such as access to social and healthy activities, support for their mental health, and to reduce isolation.

Applications are welcome for projects focused on carers supporting people with specific conditions or disabilities, or more general projects addressing issues faced by carers, as well as projects focused on carers’ own physical, emotional or other welfare needs. Projects may provide support to carers, or may be peer led or focus on developing peer led support by and for carers.


Connect Well Hull is the new ‘social prescribing’ service for people who live in Hull or are registered with a GP (doctor) in Hull. The service is delivered in partnership by Citizens Advice Hull & East Riding and North Bank Forum. It helps people to access support and guidance on a range of issues, including linking people with community services and advice on money, benefits or housing problems.

The programme was commissioned by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Hull City Council. In addition to providing advice and support, the service will help to identify gaps in services across the city.

To help address these gaps, commissioners are making a further investment in health and wellbeing outcomes through a targeted grant fund over the next three years.

Support and Information

For further information, please see the accompanying application form and guidance which contains information about who is eligible to apply.

Social Prescribing Grants guidance notes

How to answer our questions


A briefing and networking session will take place in early May, providing potential applicants with an opportunity to find out more about the fund, the Connect Well service and how to apply as well as a chance to network with other potential applicants to discuss gaps and ideas. Please email Jane Thompson to express your interest in attending.

Details will be confirmed subject to numbers.

Applications will be assessed by a panel that includes representatives from NHS Hull CCG and Hull City Council.

Jane Thompson, Grants Officer

Tel: 01482 499035

Email: jane.thompson@nbforum.org.uk

The Enterprise Zone – Office Space Available

The Enterprise Zone which has 11 business units is located on the corner of Armstrong Street and Rendell street Grimsby. Some of the units are still up for rent.

  • It is a 5 minute walk from the Grimsby Town centre
  • The units range from 750sq ft to 1150sq ft
  • Suitable for business
  • Offer flexible leasing terms to a 5 year lease to offer security tenture
  • High specification facilities

To find out more or arrange a viewing please contact:

Email: enquiries@the-enterprise-zone.co.uk 

Call: 01472 268890

Website: www.the-enterprise-zone.co.uk


Mercers’ Company Launches New Grant Funding Programme

Grants are being offered, as part of the Company’s new funding strategy and priorities, to charitable groups supporting people in disadvantaged communities in London, and the East and North East of England.

Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, community groups, charities, church groups and those of other faiths whose work addresses its four key themes – LEARNLEADLOVE and LIVE – and will support the following priority groups:

  • Children and young people
  • Older people
  • Church and communities

Applications are being accepted under the LIVE theme only at this time. Under this theme, support is available for activities that:

  • Offer access to the arts, creativity, nature and the outdoors, providing positive experiences where people can express themselves and feel more connected to others and the environment around them.
  • Reduce isolation and develop new connections between people and link them better with relevant networks of support and services.
  • Promote spirituality as well as emotional wellbeing. (In this context, ‘spirituality’ means an ability to search for meaning and make connections beyond ourselves.)

Grants of £20,000 to £50,000 are available for up to two years for project or core funding and priority will be given to organisations working in areas with high levels of disadvantage and low levels of participation in creativity and the arts or access to nature and the outdoors.

For Adults & Families (in our Church and Communities Programme), grants are available for work in London,
Norfolk, Lincolnshire and the North East of England (County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Teesside)

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information please visit the website here.

Power to Change Community Business Fund

Deadline 22nd May

The Community Business Fund provides grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.

Since it launched in April 2016, more than 90 organisations across England have been awarded grants with a combined total of £16 million. The funding has supported a wide range of community businesses, such as community hubs, ferryboats, cafes, a community-run cinema, and a lobster hatchery.

Projects and organisations must be incorporated, based in England and share the following four key features of a community business:

  • Locally rooted – they are rooted in a particular geographical place and respond to its needs, for example high levels of urban deprivation or rural isolation.
  • Accountable to local community – they are accountable to local people. This can be demonstrated in many ways but the organisation must have evidence of regular community influence on the business.
  • Trading for benefit of local community – they are businesses and their income comes from activities like renting out space in their buildings, trading as cafes or selling the produce they grow.
  • Broad community impact – they benefit the community as a whole and can clearly evidence the positive social impact on the broader community.

Projects must be ready to start within six months and can last between 18 months to three years in total. They also must share one or more of the following seven impact goals:

  • Reduce social isolation.
  • Improve health and wellbeing.
  • Increase employability.
  • Create better access to basic services.
  • Improve local environment.
  • Enable greater community cohesion.
  • Foster greater community pride and empowerment.

The grants can be used for the following:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.

The funding cannot be used for retrospective costs, existing day to day running costs or costs which someone else is paying for, whether in cash or in kind.

Round 5 applications will be accepted from 10 am on 24 April 2018 to noon on 22 May 2018.

For more information please visit Lincolnshire Funding Portal here.

Revised opening hours for libraries – North East Lincolnshire

Revised opening hours of the four core libraries in North East Lincolnshire will come into place from 1 April.

Following public consultation last year, which attracted nearly 800 responses, the new opening hours have been set around current use, historic footfall figures from the last year, and user’s views.

The opening hours for the four libraries currently providing the statutory service, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and Waltham are:

  • Cleethorpes Library: Open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Open Saturday 9am to 1pm. Closed Friday and Sunday.
  • Grimsby Library: Open Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Open Saturday 9am to 1pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Immingham Library: Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm (closed for lunchtime). Open Saturday 9am to 1pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Waltham Library: Open Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 5.30pm (closed for lunchtime). Open Saturday 9am to 1pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

The libraries are supported by the home library service, catering for those unable to access the buildings, and development work on the provision of digital and on-line services. Five libraries have also been transferred to community ownership and are providing additional facilities around the borough.

Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder with responsibility for libraries  said: “We’re committed to keeping our libraries open and providing the best service we can for residents across North East Lincolnshire.

“However, people are changing the way they access the library services and what they access when they are there.

“We need to provide a modern-day library service that makes the best use of the decreasing budget available. We are starting a full review of our library service this year but the current proposals will enable the service to deliver the savings required from April 2018.”

NHS Stop smoking brief intervention training

The East Riding Stop Smoking Service is pleased to offer this training to all those working with patients, carers, professionals and organisations who may be required to speak to individuals who smoke or who may be looking to kick their smoking habit.

This is a 2 hour free training course and is available across the East Riding with dates throughout the year, (see below). The course is aimed at ‘making every contact count’ and having the skills and knowledge to support someone to start to quit with the help of the Stop Smoking Service.

The course covers how you can refer, how you can support someone who is considering stopping smoking and also a brief overview of what the service can offer, for example, free nicotine replacement therapy etc.

If you want to attend the training please email HFT.TRstopsmokingtraining@nhs.net with the date and venue of your choice and you will be sent a booking form to complete.


Thursday 21st of June                               ERCH     13:00 – 15:30

Tuesday 11th of September                      ERCH     09:30 – 12:00

Wednesday 28th of November                 ERCH     13:00 – 15:30


Friday 1st of June                                         Bridlington Leisure Centre           13:00 – 15:30

Wednesday 19th of September                   Bridlington Leisure Centre           09:30 – 12:00

Thursday 6th of December                          Bridlington Leisure Centre           13:00 – 15:30


Wednesday 13th of June                             Bartholomew    09:30 – 12:00

Monday 3rd of September                          Bartholomew    13:00 – 15:30

Thursday 22nd of November                      Bartholomew    09:30 – 12:00


Monday 4th of June                                    Withernsea Pavilion        09:30 – 12:00

Thursday 27th of September                      Withernsea Pavilion        13:00 – 15:30

Tuesday 4th of December                           Withernsea Pavilion        09:30 – 12:00