NHS Test and Trace COVID App – message to businesses

The NHS Test and Trace COVID App will be released for mass use on the 24th September.

The app is a vital part of the overall NHS Test and Trace service and the two biggest lessons learnt from the pilot’s are the incredible power of local networks and that giving businesses the opportunity to get ready and launch QR posters is key

Businesses and venues across England and Wales who will require QR code posters are being requested  to use the time between now and the launch date to get prepared.

Help is being requested:

1. To lead the way in helping relevant businesses and venues in your local community to start generating and displaying NHS QR posters, so visitors and customers can start checking in safely and securely to those settings from the 24th September. This is the main priority for the next two weeks and I attach some further information for your teams to support.

2. To use your communications channels to promote the app and drive awareness amongst your local communities when it is launched. Your advocacy really matters to us and your considerable networks will help us to reach as many people as possible.

The more people who use the app, the better it will work – and it will help us get ahead of the virus, preventing a second wave, further local lockdowns, and further disruption to the economy. You have all been incredible partners in NHS Test and Trace so far and on behalf of the entire NHS Test and Trace team, I’d like to express our sincere thanks for your commitment to playing your part and supporting us on our mission.

For latest Covid-19 information and support please see:


Humber Aid FREE Training Course Dates & Firefighting Equipment

Humber Aid are offering FREE training course and firefighting equipment to charities and non-profiting making organisations.

The application forms are attached and course details are below.

If groups have any queries they should contact Humber Aid.

Switchboard: 01482 398521


Training course dates below;

20/11/2020Fire Extinguisher 0.5 DayHumber Emergency Planning Centre, Humberside Airport
04/12/2020Manual Handling 0.5 DayTraining Centre, Fire Service HQ, Hessle
17/12/2020Fire Marshal 1 DayHumber Emergency Planning Centre, Humberside Airport
07/01/2021 and 8/01/2021First Aid at Work2 DaysHumber Emergency Planning Centre, Humberside Airport
15/01/2021Emergency First Aid at Work1 DayHumber Emergency Planning Centre, Humberside Airport

Courses are funded by Humber Aid for Charities and Non-profitmaking organisations.

Can you help ensure that young people have a voice?

  • Help them to vote in the ‘Your Voice Your Vote’ annual vote for young people’s priority issues
  • Help them to vote for the name of the Youth Zone.


I hope you are all doing well. 

I appreciate the way we are all connecting with the children and young people we work with is very different at the moment.  I also appreciate the time and energy you give to ensuring they are supported in their right have a voice and be heard in decisions that affect them (Article 12 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). I am asking for your help in ensuring we are able to represent as many young people as possible in the ‘Your Voice Your Vote’ annual vote for young people’s priority issues and voting for the name of the Youth Zone.

It is the time of year again where we ask for a little of your help to influence a lot of impact for young people aged 11-19 years through Your Voice Your Vote.  I have planned this to be as efficient and take as little time and effort for you as possible to give the children and young people you work with the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence priorities and decisions that will impact on their lives locally.  The results will also be sent nationally to help with the work of the British Youth Council UK Youth Parliament.  Last year’s report is attached for your information. 

This year young people have the addition of being able to choose which name and brand young people would like to see on the upcoming OnSide Youth Zone planned for Grimsby.  This will be a state-of-the-art facility providing young people aged 8-19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs, with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. Young people in the area have been busy so far this year in creating two options for the name and brand of the Youth Zone.  They are asking for your pupils to vote on which they prefer as this is going to be ‘their’ Youth Zone.  More information and images along with the tally sheet are attached.  They have created a film for you to show to young people to help with voting https://youtu.be/Jpp6_66dCbQ

Due to the restrictions that Covid-19 has brought about we are planning on trying to gather the votes in a slightly different way (for some of you) to previous years.

We have created a quick link for each of the votes, voting should take just a few minutes.

‘Your Voice Your Vote’ annual vote on young people’s priority issues https://yvyv.questionpro.eu

Grimsby Youth Zone vote for the name and brand https://www.onsideyouthzones.org/grimsbyvote

There are a number of ways you could help to give the young people you connect with a vote.  You could :

  • Post the link on your social media with a short post giving young people who follow you the option to take a couple of minutes to influence the priorities for the area from young people and/or the name and brand for the Youth Zone.
  • Share the link with more information in an email
  • Send the young people’s vote in for them using the links whilst you are having a planned connection with them.
  • Voting is open to 25th October 2020.  Results should be available from November 2020

Voting is also being encouraged in schools and colleges, youth groups and projects working with young people.

The results will be sent automatically through the link as soon as they are submitted. Once we have the results we will create and share a summary report of the views of all young people locally. The results  of Your Voice Your Vote are used by our local youth social action group, Youth Action, shared with full council and children and lifelong learning scrutiny panel for them to consider the priorities from young people and use this to help them plan too.

Rather than coming to you separately we hope that by sending the voting options as a joint opportunity, it will save lots of time and energy whilst still giving as many young people as possible the opportunity to have their say on this. 

Everything we think you need to do the voting is attached to this email.   If there is anything you might need to help you share and encourage young people you work with to vote over the coming 5 weeks please get in touch and I will do all I can to help. Feel free to share this email and links to others you know who are working with young people in the area.

Many thanks as always for your support.


Pippa Curtin, Voice and influence co-ordinator, North East Lincolnshire Council

Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes DN35 8LN

01472 323298 / 07584 150229 | pippa.curtin@nelincs.gov.uk | www.nelincs.gov.uk

The rough sleeper annual snapshot – can you support this annual count?

From North East Lincolnshire Council:

The rough sleeper annual snapshot will take place on the night/morning of Tuesday 27th October. 

We are looking for volunteers , including anyone who is independent (someone not commissioned or funded by North East Lincolnshire Council) to take part in the rough sleeper annual snapshot.

This is carried out annually and is run by Homeless Link for Central Government.   https://www.homeless.org.uk

We are conducting an evidence based estimate, including a spotlight count. This is because we have information provided by Harbour Place Outreach Team, who are out and about North East Lincolnshire on a daily basis and they know where most rough sleepers are. This also helps with the count as on the night/morning we do not have to worry about going into places that may not be safe – derelict buildings, parks, etc.

The spotlight count is to see if there are any other people rough sleeping, who are not seen during  the daytime.

  • Everyone who is taking part in the count will meet at Harbour Place, Hope Street  at 11.45pm for a briefing on health & safety Do’s and Don’t’s
  • You must be able to arrive at Harbour Place using your own transport
  • You will be paired/in small groups with an experienced member of the Harbour Place Outreach Team and given an area to do the count
  • You will need torches, hi vis jacket/gilets (these will be given out if you don’t have them), and you must wear suitable footwear
  • The count will start approx. 12.15am and will end at 1.30am at the latest
  • Everyone is expected to sign in and sign out at Harbour Place

The co-ordinator will collect the information from the count and will cross reference with the daytime evidence to ensure there is no duplication.  The collective information will then be verified by Homeless Link.

Please could you forward this to your staff and known volunteer groups  you may work with.

I look forward to hearing from you if you would like to participate.



Mandy Shann, Home Options Gateway Lead Officer, Improved Health, People Directorate, North East Lincolnshire Council

Municipal Offices,Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU

01472 326412    mandy.shann@nelincs.gov.uk | www.nelincs.gov.uk

New Covid Emergency Fund for DPOs

Disability Sheffield have published information on The National Emergencies Trust that have announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the covid-19 needs of disabled people.

The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. Inclusion London and ROFA are the national partners for England and they have announced that Disability Sheffield has been chosen as the regional partner for South Yorkshire and the Humber.

To read the full information click here.

Update on the NHS VCSE Leadership Programme in Humber, Coast and Vale

Health and Care Partnerships (HCP) were created to bring together health and social care commissioners and providers to plan services and make the healthcare system more integrated. North East Lincolnshire is in the Humber, Coast and Vale HCP. To ensure the voluntary and community sector can play an active role in the development of the partnerships, there is now a VCSE Leadership group for the area, which Pippa Robson from Sector Support NEL attends. The document below is a report into the first five months’ of activity in setting up the group.

Invite to partner with ERA

Invite from ERA:

Could you offer a 6 month job placement to a young person? Could you support them to succeed in some relevant training? Are you interested in attracting young people to work in in community and voluntary organisations?

ERA is thinking of applying to the government’s Kickstart scheme www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme and is looking for partner organisations across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Our initial thinking is that ERA would coordinate access to training linked to the job placement such as Business Administration, Digital Marketing, Community Organising or Community Development (if you wanted us to) and also support the young people to look for long term work, interview preparation and access to employability skills. You would be responsible for day to day supervision.

The scheme will pay 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus associated employer contributions and there is a placement fee to cover training costs and other support.

If you could offer a job placement and want to find out more please get in touch with Paul paul.gutherson@centre4.org.uk or Rachel rachel.button@centre4.org.uk

This is a great way to build capacity and interest amongst young people in working in the sector.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and University of York people’s panel

The University of York, Humberside Fire and Rescue
Service is undertaking a research project to evaluate its
safety visits, known as Safe and Well visits.

They are looking for people 65 and over to be a part of a panel to answer some questions and look at information materials that are provided at the visit.

If any groups/charities want to find out more they can contact Rachel Cunningham-Burley rachel.cunningham-burley@york.ac.uk

SSAFA Armed Forces Charity Support

SSAFA offers all kinds of help and are very focused on the needs of families and their children.

The Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF)  https://www.ssafa.org.uk/get-help/disability-support/additional-needs-and-disability-support

Short Breaks https://www.ssafa.org.uk/get-help/military-families/short-breaks-and-holidays-for-service-families

Adoption https://www.ssafa.org.uk/news-articles/ssafa-adoption-service-announce-outstanding-ofsted-rating

Adoption for LGBT+ https://www.ssafa.org.uk/get-help/military-families/adoption/adoption-for-lgbt-families

You can contact Mark TrainorHonorary Divisional Secretary

Email: Mark.Trainor@Lincolnshire.ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01472 278140 / 07464 208921