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.

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You can find the survey here.

The Census Is Coming

Message sent on behalf of the ONS Office for National Statistics:

The Census is coming

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it. 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.  

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available. 

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

If you need help or have any questions, visit

NHS Workshop re building an inclusive PCN

“Today, a partnership of voluntary sector organisations launched an online Inclusion Health Self-Assessment Tool. This simple and quick online tool is aimed at supporting Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and will highlight those people and communities within their populations whose voice they may not be hearing.

The tailored report received on completion of the tool, outlines many different resources and contacts to support PCNs to plan their approaches to reaching out to those communities and addressing health inequalities.

Register for a webinar on Wednesday 17th March, 3:30-5pm to watch a live demonstration of the tool, hear advice for partner organisations and participate in a Q&A. 

The tool was funded by NHS England and Improvement and developed by Friends, Families and Travellers, Homeless Link, Doctors of the World, National Ugly Mugs and Stonewall Housing, with input from Primary Care Networks, organisations specialising in work with Inclusion Health groups and people experiencing health inequalities.”

Creative organisations sought to deliver ambitious programme

From NELC:

How would you like to be a part of delivering a brand new creative programme in Grimsby for 2021 and beyond?

Grimsby Creates will fund up to four major creative activity projects which will take place in Grimsby over the next two years.  

The four funded projects could include one-off events, or a series of activities, artists’ residences or public art.  The vital aim is that creative work is ambitious, and of a scale and quality which hasn’t been seen in Grimsby before.

From the proposals, it is expected that a creative programme of free activities and events will happen throughout town centre spaces, within heritage buildings and found spaces throughout Grimsby town centre. 

The aim of this programme will be to celebrate shared pride in local origin, heritage, food and future in new, exciting and innovative ways, and increase participation in creative activity.

The four key themes for the creative programme are:

  • Origins: local legends, myths inspired by Grimsby’s unique heritage and place, based on telling the story of one of the legends of Grimsby’s origin the story of ‘Grim and Havelock’.  
  • Food: Grimsby is nationally and internationally renowned for its food and specifically food linked to the sea. This presents an exciting platform to increase focus on Grimsby as a town that is still a key area for the food industry.
  • Heritage: Our heritage as a fishing port, including all the associated heritage assets in the dock area have a significant place in Grimsby’s story of life and place.
  • Future: Grimsby has huge significance with the renewable energy sector through its relationship with major international organisations.

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‘Dost’ project – Launch of BAME Wellbeing and Signposting service

From Smile Foundation:

We hope this email finds you well and safe. As our region tackles yet another Covid-19 lockdown and its impact, we recognise how important it is to continue ensuring the mental and physical wellbeing of all.

Here we would like to present our ‘Dost’ project, a befriending and signposting service for our BAME communities in the East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire regions. As the name ‘dost’ – Hindi for friend – suggests, we are here to provide friendly support and signposting to our clinical and non-clinical pathways. Our aim is to reduce health and wellbeing inequalities for our communities that have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

We are supported by our partner NHS Trusts and are therefore able to signpost beneficiaries to the various clinical services. Some areas of special consideration are:-

  • Mental Health
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Perinatal Mental Health Services
  • Suicide Prevention

In your positions as leaders of communities, groups, and service providers, we would encourage you to share our BAME helpline number 01482 215929 (option 2) with your members and organisations. Simply dial the number and select the correct option, and myself or an appointed Smile Foundation volunteer will be happy to offer information and signposting to our clinical and non-clinical pathways.

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

Note: If any of your community members require translation or interpretation services, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to discuss the necessary arrangements.

We hope you can share this information widely with your community members. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to drop me an email or ring our helpline on 01482 215929 (option 2). Please note: ‘Dost’ is not an emergency service. In an emergency always ring 999. For more information on the Urgent and Emergency Care Services, please click here.

Humberside Police Positive Action

Humberside Police:

Humberside Police Positive Action (Via Lincoln Marfo at Humberside Police) – Humberside Police is recruiting new Police Officers from 1st MARCH 2021. In line with our commitment to creating a more diverse force that increasingly reflects the Community it serves, we are seeking to engage with our local communities who have traditionally been harder to reach in terms of seeing Policing as a career of choice.

As a result and leading up to the start of the recruitment window; the Positive Action Team at Humberside Police will be running a series of virtual  familiarisation events in the region with various communities. The purpose of the sessions is to outline the eligibility requirements, future career pathways and allow for questions and answers. If you lead or are part of any such community and would like a bespoke session to take place, please contact the Positive Action officer at your earliest convenience; PC Lincoln Marfo at

EU nationals in North East Lincolnshire urged to apply for residency before June deadline


EU nationals living in North East Lincolnshire are being urged to complete an application to the EU Settlement Scheme before the June 2021 deadline.

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.

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or already have indefinite leave to remain.

A Council spokesperson said: “Local residents from EU countries need to submit an application before 30 June 2021 to apply for settled or pre-settled status.

“We have some incredibly talented Europeans living in our area who have made North East Lincolnshire their home and become part of the fabric of our communities.

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