Children’s Transport Survey

Deadline 22nd July 2022

North East Lincolnshire Council are currently reviewing their Children’s Transport Services and would like to hear about the thoughts and experiences of those families that currently use transport paid for by North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC).

This survey is about the transport your child uses that is paid for by NELC. This could include going to and from school, family contact time and activities. NELC would like to encourage you to fill this survey out with your child present to help capture their views.

Click here for they survey.

Travel and Leisure in Grimsby Town Centre

Deadline 4th July 2022

In July, North East Lincolnshire Council will bid for monies from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund 2, (LUF) to further their work within Grimsby Town Centre. One bid will focus on leisure, retail, and entertainment developments. The other must relate directly to transport.

NELC would like to ask for the public views again. They would like to now ask residents, business owners, workers, and visitors to the town centre of their thoughts.

The following information gathered of what the public would like to see with past surveys evidence by hundreds of people:

  • 438 local people took part in the 2020 Grimsby Masterplan consultation. You said you wanted to see ‘more green spaces and places to relax’, Riverhead Square as a community meeting place, better use of the waterfront, and more leisure opportunities. More news on the Riverhead is coming soon. 
  • In 2021 research was carried out, which included a survey about bus usage and 452 of you took part. You said you wanted a bus station in the town centre; improved bus shelters & better waiting facilities, measures to stop antisocial & inebriated behaviour, and improved live bus information and timetable presence.

Click here for the survey.

European Skills Survey on Sport Volunteering

From Sport +Recreation Alliance:

The survey is a unique attempt to reach out to the broadest range of sport organisations of all shapes and sizes (clubs, associations, federations etc.) across Europe to find out more about how the sector recruits, trains and manages its volunteers.

Available in 18 European languages, it hopes to identify the skills needs of volunteers in the many roles they play, the challenges sport organisations face regarding volunteering and hear about possible solutions.

Anyone willing to share ideas on sport volunteering is invited to take part, and we’d encourage you to share the survey with your members and network of contacts to ensure the research is as comprehensive as possible. 

The more responses we receive, the more hard evidence we will collectively have to promote sport volunteering and develop the innovative tools to help with volunteer recruitment, training, management and retention.

Click here for the survey.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Have Your Say

North East Lincolnshire is to receive a total of £5 million over the next three years through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund – and we want to hear your ideas about how you think it should be used.

The Fund is a key part of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda, providing money for local councils to invest in:

•    Local communities and places
•    Support for local businesses
•    People and skills

To help us focus the funding where it will make the most impact, we want to hear from you so that we can understand what local communities / organisations would like the money to be spent on and what will work best locally.  We are inviting ideas on projects or initiatives that you think could bring real improvements in the three priority areas. We would also like to hear about local grassroots organisations who you think could play a valuable role in the delivery of this work.

The attached document lists the objectives, outcomes and outputs of the fund.  (Not all have to be met).  You can find more on the UK Prosperity Fund here –

We welcome your views, so please share your ideas – everyone’s input is important.  Please e-mail your suggestions to

Please respond with your views no later than the 24th June.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund – Interventions, Objectives, Outcomes and Outputs

Third Sector Trends in England and Wales 2022

Complete this year’s Third Sector Trends Survey

We need your support to complete this year’s Third Sector Trends Survey. The survey, which is coordinated by Durham University is the longest running study of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in the UK and aims to map ‘trends’ within the sector including key topics such as employment, volunteering, sector finance and assets.

Why it’s so important to complete the survey…

Findings from the survey are widely used by local authorities, combined authorities, NHS partnerships and VCSE infrastructure organisations in their strategic work and in local decision making. So, it’s crucial <Place> VCSE organisations are represented in the survey results so we can evidence, at a local level:

  • The extent to which the pandemic has reshaped and refocused VCSE sector activity
  • The positive role the VCSE sector can play in ‘levelling up’, ‘localism’ and ‘community wealth building’ agendas
  • The contribution the VCSE sector can make to public health and, specifically, healthy life expectancy
  • How the VCSE sector helps to secure economic and social wellbeing in localities.

Complete the online survey –

Funding secured for walking and cycling improvements in North East Lincolnshire – have your say

Written and sent on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council:

Deadline 24th June 2022

North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, EQUANS, have been awarded £346,000 funding from the Department for Transport to support the delivery of high-quality cycle and pedestrian infrastructure near Grimsby Town Centre.

The route identified through the council’s Cycling and Walking Improvement Plan, includes Ainslie Street, Park Avenue, Park Drive and surrounding areas.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We’re happy to have secured this funding from the Department for Transport as this means we can improve our cycle and pedestrian routes in the town centre.”

The council is now seeking the views of residents and cyclists using the route to support the ongoing scheme design, followed by further engagement on the draft design.

Click here for the full article.

NPC: Local needs databank

From NPC:

We have built a regularly updating and interactive databank, to help charities and funders better understand needs in communities around the UK. This is our Local needs databank.

We’ve created this resource because there are large amounts of readily available data which can tell us a lot about the health of places across the country, but this data is spread across numerous sources and it can be difficult to compare.

Below the Local needs databank, we have the Explore and compare dashboard, which you can use to produce your own tailored, interactive data reports on the places and needs that matter most to you and your work. Learn more about the places where you work and compare them to areas facing similar levels of need.

Take part in our survey and tell us your thoughts on this resource. Your feedback will help us to keep improving this tool.

Click here for the NPC website.

Mental health and wellbeing plan: discussion paper and call for evidence

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a discussion paper and call for evidence to seek views on what can be done to improve mental health and wellbeing and build understanding of the causes of mental ill-health.

The government is seeking views from:

  • children and young people, adults, and older adults who have experienced mental ill-health
  • people who have cared for someone affected by mental ill-health
  • people who work or volunteer in health and social care services who support people with their mental health
  • people who work or volunteer in places where they meet people who are affected by mental ill-health (such as schools, job centres and housing associations)
  • academics and experts who work on mental health

The discussion paper asks people to consider:

  • how can we all promote positive mental wellbeing?
  • how can we all prevent the onset of mental ill-health?
  • how can we all intervene earlier when people need support with their mental health?
  • how can we improve the quality and effectiveness of treatment for mental health conditions?
  • how can we all support people living with mental health conditions to live well?
  • how can we all improve support for people in crisis?

The government has committed to develop a new cross-government, 10-year plan for mental health and wellbeing for England to support its objective to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly for people who experience worse outcomes than the general population, as a key part of its commitment to ‘level up’ and address unequal outcomes and life chances across the country.

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 5 July.


Call for evidence:

Cost of living and rural community organisations: How are rising costs impacting your charity?

Deadline 24th June 2022

Sent on behalf of Jeremy Leggett, ACRE:

The Civil Society Group, a coalition if national organisations that support voluntary and community activity, having been trying to get a fix on the impact of the current surge in inflation on community organisations.  We have had some input into the design of a very short survey (I fully realise that there can be a tendency towards ‘survey fatigue’ at the moment).  It consists of just two questions with multiple choice answers and we have tried to ensure, through discussion on the Community Buildings part of Basecamp, that the questions are relevant to rural organisations that own and run buildings.

I would be very grateful if you would both distribute this link far and wide and also encourage people to complete it.

By way of motivation, the last survey that we collaborated with NCVO over was the one on banking issues for small organisations.  They expected 200 replies, they received 1200.  Over half of these were from small rural organisations as a result of our distribution of the survey.  This all gives us at ACRE a much more powerful voice in policy forums that tend to be dominated by urban voices.  Its worth doing!