Reopening of Public Services in North East Lincolnshire

From Grimsby Job Centre:

For information – this note explains about the face to face appointments within Jobcentre from today. Jobcentres are open to all customers who need to see their work coach whilst priority will be given to new customers and young people (aged 18-24) who are at risk of long term unemployment. This will be done within Government health and safety guidelines eg around social distancing etc. so numbers attending the Jobcentre will be small initially but will be reviewed regularly.  Customers will not need to attend the Jobcentre unless they are asked to.


Lincs Inspire Libraries are open again for the public. Customers must book a time slot on the numbers below to book a pc or they will not be allowed access;

  • Grimsby Library. (01472) 323600.
  • Cleethorpes Library. (01472) 323650.
  • Immingham Library. (01472) 323631.
  • Waltham Library. (01472) 323656.

The website address is www.lincsinspirelibraries.com with further information.

Proceeds of Crime Act: Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

From England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT):

The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is now open for applications!

Community organisations, charities and groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) for projects to help tackle loan sharks. Collaborative bids between multiple agencies are also welcome.

The funding comes from money seized from convicted loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Projects must raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks, reduce crime and disorder and have a positive impact on communities.

Read the full story and learn how to apply on our website at www.stoploansharks.co.uk/groups-urged-to-bid-for-share-of-loan-sharks-confiscated-cash/

For information on expenditure we will and will not fund and to see a list of previous successful applicants, please visit www.stoploansharks.co.uk/poca-funding/

The deadline for POCA applications is Wednesday, 30th June 2021.

Please note we are not accepting paper applications this year. You will need to download and complete an application form from the Stop Loan Sharks website.

If you have any questions or would like further support with completing your application, please feel free to contact us at partner@stoploansharks.gov.uk or speak to your local LIAISE officer.

£18 million announced for cycle training for children and their families

Department for Transport and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP published a news story (9 April) as COVID-19 restrictions lift, Transport Secretary invests in the Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme so that more people can feel confident cycling.

  • government invests record £18 million toward cycle training for children and families
  • funding will ensure children are cycling-confident and whole family groups can receive bespoke training sessions through the Bikeability programme
  • as restrictions are cautiously lifted in line with the coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap, government encourages parents and pupils to choose active travel as a safe and healthy way to get around

Click here for the full news story.

Charity Commission seeks views on updated responsible investments guidance

The Charity Commission is consulting on draft guidance on responsible investments.

‘Responsible investments’ refers to financial investments that align with a charity’s mission and purpose. The regulator announced the review in January, after an informal listening exercise last year found that the way responsible investment is outlined in its existing guidance does not give all trustees sufficient confidence that they can consider, or that the Commission supports, this approach to investment.

It has now published a draft of updated guidance, supported by refreshed legal analysis, and is asking charities and others to say whether the changes are clear, and make the guidance easier to use.

Click here to read the full press release.

Free rapid COVID tests to be made available to everyone in North East Lincolnshire

From NELC:

Everyone in North East Lincolnshire is to have access to free, rapid COVID testing from 9 April.

The move to offer twice-weekly testing to everyone in the UK was announced by the Government earlier this week.

The tests, which will be available to take at various testing sites across the borough or to collect and carry out at home, can detect the virus in people who are not showing symptoms. Around 1 in 3 people who have the virus are asymptomatic.

Lateral flow tests produce a result within about 30 minutes.

The tests have been vital in identifying positive cases early, allowing them to self-isolate and reduce the spread of the virus.

Click here for the full news story.

Understanding local patterns of volunteer activity during COVID-19

Together with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), The Young Foundation is conducting new research to understand the various ways in which volunteers have been (and continue to be) active within local authority areas across England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This research will create a greater understanding of the ways in which volunteers have been active over the duration of the pandemic. By sharing your experiences, registering your interest for workshops and sharing this with your networks, you too can contribute to building the knowledge around this important and impactful research.

Click here to find out more.

Sustaining Support for Armed Forces communities

Deadline 4th June 2021

This programme will award grants of up to one year grants of £100,000 for existing charitable projects to help charities to sustain activities and services that people from Armed Forces communities use and value.

To be eligible to apply, your organisation must be one of the following.

  • An Armed Forces charity.
  • A registered charity with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities and have been registered for at least one year at the time of your application.

To find out more click here.