COVID-19: New and replacement bus pass changes

In response to the Step Two easing of lockdown from Monday 12 April, the bus pass issuing sites will be following the renewal processes to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

  • Centre4 – continuing with existing arrangements
  • AGE UK Cleethorpes – re-opening to the public from Monday 12 April
  • Immingham Civic Centre Community Hub – re-opening to the public from Monday 12 April
  • Grimsby Central Library – re-opening to the public from Tuesday 13 April
  • NELC Contact Centre

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Businesses now have longer to apply for free COVID tests

From NELC:

Businesses in North East Lincolnshire have been given more time to apply for free rapid lateral flow coronavirus home test kits for their employees.

The application process, which originally planned to close at the end of March, has seen it’s deadline extended to 11:59pm on Monday 12 April.

Local businesses are encouraged to take up the offer of free workplace home testing kits to help reduce the spread of the virus and allow people to self-isolate more quickly if they test positive.

The tests provide a result within about 30 minutes, and can detect the virus in people who have no symptoms (asymptomatic).

You can register to order tests if:

  • your business is registered in England
  • your employees cannot work from home
  • you have more than 10 employees

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Still time to sign up for Winsby Community Lottery first draw

From NELC:

In the first few weeks following the launch of Winsby Community Lottery, more than 100 people have signed up to play with more than £5000 already earmarked for good causes in the area.

This is an opportunity for residents to support wholly local good causes and stand the chance of winning the £25000 jackpot and other cash prizes.

Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.

The first draw takes place on Saturday 8 May 2021, with 60p from every £1 ticket going to local charities and good causes.  With nearly 30 charities and good causes already registered with the site, there’s plenty of options for you when it comes to choosing a charity to support.

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New Health and Wellbeing Portal Aims to Improve Information and Advice

From North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group:

There is a lot of information on the internet about health and care but knowing what to trust can be overwhelming.

This is why a new web portal has been developed in North East Lincolnshire with a whole range of resources to help local people plan ahead and tackle difficulties or concerns before they turn into a crisis.

The new website came about because local residents told us that health and social care is an area they find confusing and often only look for help when they are in a crisis.

The website offers up-to-date local resources and reliable national information and advice for people who want to take steps to improve their health and wellbeing or find support for health conditions and everyday living.

Livewell is a bright, accessible website that aims to make it easy for people to find the advice, information and support they need without going around the houses. There is also information on what to do if you are concerned about someone else’s wellbeing, interactive sections on living with dementia or a sensory impairment and a link into the new social prescribing portal for North East Lincolnshire which puts people in touch with practical support to help them overcome emotional or social difficulties that have come about as a result of health conditions.

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Webinar for businesses to take place ahead of COVID restriction easing

From NELC:

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Public Health team are to host a webinar for businesses ahead of the lifting of national COVID-19 restrictions.

From Monday 12 April additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying.

This includes non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms).

The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events.

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EU nationals living in North East Lincolnshire have less than 100 days to apply for settled status

From NELC:

There is less than 100 days to go until the deadline of the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme.

The scheme has received over 5.1-million applications already, with 4.8-million now processed.

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. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

You must also register your children if applicable as they will not automatically be included in the application even if you’ve registered yourself. Please visit Apply settled status for child for more details.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The scheme is free to apply to, and if your application is successful, you will get either settled or pre-settled status.

The deadline to apply to the scheme is 30 June 2021. You must usually have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

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Birdhouse: Spring Activities

From Birdhouse:

School’s out and spring is in the air and whilst we are a little restricted on where we can go to, there are no restrictions on how much creative fun we can have.

This Easter holiday, Birdhouse are bringing you some creative activities that will allow your children’s imagination to explore the wonder of nature and celebrate all things spring.

**Spring Stories** 
Enjoy our wonderful Spring Stories and learn all about different birds and their different sounds. For both 2-5 and 3-9 years, inviting your children to join in and “shake your tail feather”

**Digital Crafting** 
Make your own birdfeeder with our simple step craft video  

**Watch the Birdy**
Download our bird identification sheet to take out on your walks or in your garden and have fun bird spotting

All available on our web site, please click here

Get involved and share your creations with us on our social media @birdhousetheatre

CERT: Fundraising Apprenticeships

From CERT:

If ever there was a time to take on an apprentice it is now. Give your organisation’s fundraiser an extra set of hands and bag up to £4,000 in employer cash grants.
May seem too good to be true? But this “no strings” offer is the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs and a pathway out the economic mire left in the wake of the pandemic. It also presents a great opportunity to Third Sector organisations trying to re-build.
If you need a fundraising apprentice then this is your golden opportunity, so don’t miss out!
We launched our new Fundraiser apprenticeship during National Apprenticeship week and we have had a phenomenal response from charities across Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber.
Our first two apprentices have already started at two charities in North East Lincolnshire and we are recruiting for three other organisations at the moment. To ensure quality, we will only working with a maximum of 20 organisations each year so if you want to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity then now is the time as the incentives end on 30 September 2021.
So you get an idea of costs here’s an example:
Have a look at our ready reckoner to see what it would cost you if you employed a fundraiser apprentice and paid them the National Minimum wage for 30 hours per week for the duration of the apprenticeship (21 months).

Gross pay*Year 1Year 2GrantEmp NIC*Total Cost

*Year 2 is for 9 months There is no Employer NIC payable for apprentices.
NMW rates based on April 2021 but a subject to increase

The only other cost is £400 contribution towards the training which is waived if the apprentice is aged 16 to 18 and you have less than 50 employees. To help with your cashflow we will not invoice you for this until you have been paid your first cash grant after the apprentice has been in post for 3 months.

Learn more:

Alternatively, get in touch today to arrange a call or zoom to see how we can help you grow your capacity and your organisation in one go.

People Power Partnership – international dance project 18-25

From Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture:

My name’s Melissa and I’m working on an international dance project called People Power Partnership (PPP) as part of the Grimsby Creates programme. It’s a fantastic opportunity for 8 young adults (aged 18-25) from NE Lincs to work with 14 other partners across Europe to create and perform a hip-hop dance piece.

I have attached our info pack for your perusal – please do share with your network and anyone else you think might be interested in this opportunity.

You can read more about the project (including timeline, FAQs and other partners) on our website:

We will be welcoming sign-ups for our auditions from the end of April.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss the project further.

Many thanks,


Melissa Hommel (she/her)

SO Festival & People Power Partnership Project Coordinator

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture

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