The Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire Programme

Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, a programme led by North East Lincolnshire Council are looking to help organisations fund an energy saving project. They’re helping businesses to make simple changes to save them money on their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. The energy saving projects could include changing to energy efficient LED Lights, Solar PV, heating solutions, installing a building management system and much more.

The programme offers a wide range of support from:

  • Free expert advice and support from the team of experts
  • Free onsite visits and energy saving report with recommendations
  • Workshops with a free energy saving gift worth £500 (Please note 12 hours of contact time including the workshop will need to be completed in order to claim funding)
  • A 38% Grant to help cover the cost of an energy saving project
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Opportunity to support the VCSE sector and become a sector representative

The VCSE Sector has been asked if it would like a place on several groups/boards. 

If you think may be interested in attending any of the following on behalf of the VCSE Sector with the responsibility of feeding back key information to the VCSE Forum please read:

  • The relevant Terms of Reference (ToR)
  • The VCSE Sector Role Description

Then complete the attached Expression of Interest, stating clearly which group you are interested in, and return to Amy@nbforum.org.uk by 2nd March 2020 

  • The North East Lincolnshire Migration Group
  • The North East Lincolnshire Modern Slavery Group
  • The North East Lincolnshire Multi Agency Prevent Board

The information will then be shared with a small panel made up of VCSE representatives that attend the Forum.  Should there be more than 1 application for each board/group a scoring process will be applied.

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Universal Credit Prescription form (FP10) updated

The prescription form (FP10) now contains an option for ‘Universal Credit’

A workaround has been in place since the beginning of UC, that meant any UC claimants wishing to claim free prescriptions had to complete the FP10 by selecting the ‘Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance’ option.

From this week, all new FP10s that are ordered by healthcare providers will be the updated form with the new ‘Universal Credit’ option – so anyone in receipt of UC, who meets the qualifying criteria*, must select this box when using the new form.

The existing stock of FP10s without this option will still be in circulation for some time until they are all used up, so anyone using these older forms must continue using the workaround above.

The new FP10 can be seen in the link below. Option ’U’ is the new UC one.

https://media.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/resources/sample-image-new-fp10-paper-prescription-form

*Next to the ‘Universal Credit’ option, there is a short webpage address where people can go to for more information on whether they meet the qualifying criteria:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/uc

For anyone that does not qualify under these criteria, they are still able to apply for help via the NHS Low Income Scheme

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-low-income-scheme

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Healing School Careers Day

Healing School are delivering a Careers Day for their Year 7 students on Friday 7th February, part of the day will incorporate a Business Afternoon from 2:15-3:15. You will be on a table in one of the halls with no more than 10 pupils who will engage in a discussion with you regarding your career journey so far.

Humberlep would then like it if you would support pupils with a reflective task on employability skills (more information to follow) then finally there will be a short pub style quiz with prizes for teams.

Would you be able to support or know anyone else that would like to get involved? If anyone is interested could they let Lucy, details below:

Lucy’s contact details are T: 01482 485244 E: l.gray@humberlep.org

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SparkFund Independent Awards Panel

SparkFund is an ERDF funded innovation and research grants programme available to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across North Yorkshire and the Humber sub-region.

The Independent Awards Panel: All SparkFund Grant Applications are assessed and scored independently by the Panel which has been in place since July 2017 and has a strong and responsive membership which brings a range of knowledge and experience of innovation, key aspects of business or particular sectors to the assessment of Grant Applications.

If you are interested in helping SMEs to grow through innovation and R&D and would like to be considered as a panel member, please click the link below:

https://www.spark-fund.co.uk/news-and-events/sparkfund-independent-awards-panel/

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Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects can get grants of up to £2,000.

Following the vote, grants will be awarded as follows:

  • First place – up to £2,000.
  • Second place – up to £1,000.
  • Third place – up to £500.

The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations with projects that deliver physical environmental improvement and encourage the use and long-term sustainability of outdoor spaces.

For more information, please visit the website here.

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