Funded places on the ILM Coaching and Mentoring qualification

Through the Humber Coast and Vale Integrated Care System, NHS England are providing up to 25 funded places for a Level 5 Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification in coaching and mentoring. The places will be split across the Humber Coast and Vale systems and area (e.g. a mix of people from health care, social care and VCSE). Applications for places will open in April, but anyone who is interested is advised to book on to one of the planned briefing sessions to find out more. The sessions are on the following dates; they are all the same so you only need to attend one:

March 1st 4.00pm
March 4th  8.30am
March 10th  3.30pm
March 15th  8.30am
March 18th  12.30pm

If you register for a briefing session, the form will ask for your organisation. Please select ‘Other’ and complete the name of your charity/company (unless you work for one of the named organisations). Under Job Role, select ‘Other’ if necessary. Under ‘Agenda for Change Pay Band’, you can write N/A if you do not work in the NHS. And finally, under ‘Are you eligible to attend this event’, you can select ‘other’ if necessary.

Wellbeing/Self Care for VCSE staff

After discussions with several VCSE organisations it is clear the COVID pandemic seems to have ‘shed a light on’, brought to the fore some really complex and/or crisis issues for members of our community.  As a result staff and volunteers are supporting individuals and families with more complex issues than ever before.  The staff/volunteers that are on the ‘front line’ and managing these cases often only have their line managers to go to – who are doing a great job of supporting them.  However there is gap  – a need for additional support so that front line organisations, their staff and volunteers are supported to continue the great work they are undertaking. 

With this in mind I have gathered together some information with regard to self-care for staff when supporting people in crisis/with complex needs.

After discussion with Dan Pyrah, Wellbeing Service Manager, North East Lincolnshire Council and Vicky Ayres Clinical Lead – Adult Crisis Home Treatment Team and Single Point of Access 24/7 Telephone Support for Northern Lincolnshire I have put together the attached information and confirmed/arranged the following support.  This information/support is relevant to VCSE organisations working and based in North East Lincolnshire. 

If your organisation does not have access to Mental Health First Aiders Dan Pyrah and Adam Johnson have agreed to be Mental Health First Aiders for North East Lincolnshire’s VCSE sector.  It is the choice of each individual organisation/group if they wish to engage with this offer.  The role of a Mental Health First Aider is to be a point of contact for a member of staff who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. 

A number of fully funded places on the Mental Health First Aid course have also been offered.   This would be with a view to building capacity in the VCSE sector.  Therefore ideally any individual in the sector who takes up the offer of a free training place would agree to be a VCSE Sector Mental Health First Aider and have their contact email added to the Self Care Information attached and maintain the confidentially of those individuals they support.  The organisation they work for would also need to agree for them to undertake his role and confirm their agreement. 

I am now building a waiting list for this training – contact if you wish to be added to this list.

In addition SPA Option 3 have confirmed that front line VCSE workers are considered as key workers when accessing mental health support.  See attached the document called ‘Self Care when supporting people in crisis’ for further information of how to access this service and some posters that can be printed and displayed or shared.

We have been made aware of an increase in individuals presenting with suicidal thoughts.  If your organisation would like further information about Suicide Prevention services and Bereavement by Suicide, including NELC’s Pathways Document and a document outlining other useful information

Any questions please get in touch.     

STEM Skills Fund

Deadline 30th April 2021

Ørsted’s East Coast Skills Fund and its Walney Extension Skills Fund are now back open to applications. A total of £150,000 will be available through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related training or education courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events.

EU Settlement Scheme – support in North East Lincolnshire

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Government information on the scheme is available here

Local support is available for people who need assistance with their application from Citizens Advice North East Lincolnshire and CPO.

Citizens Advice North East Lincolnshire are able to offer advice and guidance on the application process. Please telephone 0800 144 8444 or email

CPO are acting as a digital support service for people who are struggling to complete the application online. If you need digital assistance you can telephone CPO on 01472 236680, or 07394 560581, or email

For anyone supporting EU/EEA citizens, please see this link for a series of free information workshops.

Testing centres open for asymptomatic key workers

From NELC:

Access to rapid coronavirus tests that give a result within half an hour are being rolled out next week to key workers who have to go out to work despite the current lockdown. 

Testing centres have been opened at Grimsby Town Hall and the Knoll in Cleethorpes, with plans for a further site in Immingham to be opened in the future, subject to demand.

The focus is on those key workers who are not showing any symptoms (asymptomatic) but who may be unwittingly carrying and transmitting the virus. Around 1 in 3 COVID cases are thought to be asymptomatic.

The move towards wider rollout out follows trails with some public sector staff, including officers from Humberside Policy and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Regular rapid testing will identify if someone has coronavirus, triggering isolation requirements as quickly as possible. The tests will enable eligible key workers to continue to provide vital goods and services, whilst protecting others from the virus and wider transmission into the community..

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Lateral Flow Tests offer a much quicker result time that conventional COVID tests because they do not need to be sent off to a laboratory.

“These tests will help us to identify coronavirus cases in those without symptoms that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise.  Isolation of those cases means  we can reduce the spread of COVID, whilst also enabling critical services to continue.

“These tests will be a valuable addition to our fight against coronavirus  It is still important that if anyone has any of the 3 principle symptoms of coronavirus, then they should arrange for a regular test via NHS.UK or by calling 119.”

Eligible key workers in North East Lincolnshire will be able to book a test by calling the booking line on: 01472 326903 and will be offered to take two tests per week.

Key workers are defined, under Government lockdown rules, as anyone leaving home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance

The Government has also announced a centrally driven rapid testing offer for businesses and organisations with more than 50 employees who cannot work from home. Further details can be found here:

For organisations with 50 or less eligible employees, visit or email for further information and booking.

Humber Businesses Hold the-Key to the UK Green Recovery

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), designed by Aura and the University of Hull,– The Future Net Zero Survey  seeks to understand how the region’s businesses are preparing to ‘build back better’ after the twin challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit and how they are innovating and working towards meeting the 2050 Net Zero targets set by the UK Government on all carbon emissions.

The results will feed into a significant study which will provide the region – through the Aura Innovation Centre and its partners in the survey (including KCOM, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, business and experts from the University) – with a unique insight into how SMEs in the region are addressing the barriers and issues to meet Net Zero targets.  It will highlight how companies are seizing opportunities to tackle and transform the way we do business and help ensure that the UK stays at the forefront of the green industrial revolution.

Click here for more information.

You can find the survey here.

Charity shop kicks off funding blitz for grassroots teams

Freshney Place charity shop, Sports Traider, is offering financial support to help local clubs and community groups.

North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership is supporting Sports Traider to provide funding to grassroots clubs across the borough.

Payments of up to £1,000 are available for new and existing grassroots clubs, to provide clothing and equipment so vulnerable adults and children take part in sporting activities.

Sports Traider founder, Lance Haggith, said:

“We’re excited to launch the Sports Traider Encouraging Participation (STEP) Fund, which we hope will encourage young people to participate in sporting activities no matter what their background or abilities.

“Our key target groups are grassroots clubs who need financial support, clothing or equipment to increase activity amongst vulnerable adults and children.

“The community pot generated by the store is kept local, and applications are sought from anyone in North East Lincolnshire.

“The more customers we have, the more funding can be channelled into the local community.

“We want people to be aware of the store in Freshney Place and that everything in store is £5 or less.”

Applications for funding can be submitted from Wednesday 17 February 2021.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 18 March 2021, and successful groups will be notified on 31 March.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This is a great example of a local business giving something back to the community.

“Having access to grassroots sports can benefit people’s health and wellbeing, and can create strong communities who have a sense of ownership over their club or team.

“If there is a community leader or parent out there who wants to start a new group, club, or activity, Sports Traider would like to hear from them about their ambitions, plans and needs to get started.

“The offer is universal to all current clubs across the borough.”

The store in Freshney Place is currently closed, in-line with COVID restrictions, but application forms are available online at

You can also email for more information or to request an application form.

Funding bids are submitted to a panel, made up of members of North East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, who can then award the money to successful groups.

Subsequent rounds of funding are planned to take place every three months, which means more chances to apply.

The amount of funding available depends on the profitability of the Sports Traider store in Freshney Place, which opened in September 2020.

Sports Traider works on a not-for-profit basis, which means profits from the store will be returned to support local community activities and engagement in physical activities and sports clubs.

The Sports Traider Charity has connections with leading sporting brands and is able to obtain new stock via charitable donations and reduced costs.


Pari Dhillon: Equality, diversity and inclusion is good governance

From Civil Society:

Over the last six months, we have worked with the Charity Governance Code steering group to create a revised Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Principle for the Code. 

As part of the research process, we held interviews and focus groups with people across the sector who have experience in governance, EDI expertise and bring lived experience. I’d like to share with you the seven key learnings from those sessions to support your good practice for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in governance.

Click here for the full information.