Guidance for asking about domestic abuse in virtual settings

The following guidance is to support health professionals to safely ask patients about domestic abuse (DA) in virtual settings for example on the telephone or online.

It sets out five simple steps to help you identify and respond to people who might be at risk. It can be applied in services which use routine enquiry, for example maternity services, as well as services using clinical enquiry, such as general practice.

Young Dads Collective – “Ask a Dad” project

The YMCA are working in collaboration with Coram Family and Childcare and Lincoln University to bring the Young Dads’ Collective – “Ask a Dad” project.

Aim: To bring together a group of young fathers who have experienced fatherhood or pending fatherhood before the age of 25 and provide them with the tools and the skills to share their experiences with the people who provide services; practitioners, managers and policy makers.

By helping young dads’ articulate and share their stories, and bringing them together with the service providers, the project will provide learning experiences for all, with the aim of improving the way services are organised and delivered so that young dads’ are better engaged and outcomes for children are improved.

Research into the Social Economy of Greater Lincolnshire

Bishop Grosseteste University update:

Bishop Grosseteste University are involved in a piece of work funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership to draw up a strategy for the social economy of Greater Lincolnshire. As a part of this work, the LORIC team would like to speak to representatives from a number of local social economy organisations to gather information on their organisations, and on their experiences of working in the social economy.

Due to the varied nature of this sector, we are keen to speak to representatives from both formally constituted organisations, such as charities, mutuals and community interest companies, as well as more informal groups, such as time banks and other forms of exchange.

This research will be conducted by telephone interview and each interview is expected to last between 45mins -1hour. If your organisation would be interested in participating, please email and we will be in touch with you over the next few weeks with full details of the research project and to book an interview.

Loyal to Local

Sent on behalf of our parent company E-Factor

North East Lincolnshire Council have joined forces with E-Factor and now the Investment Hub NEL to support our local economy to survive and thrive through a brand new Loyal to Local NEL campaign which is running across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We are welcoming all types of businesses to get involved and thank those who have contributed to the campaign already; please feel free to continue to do so. Our main aim is to encourage local spend and supply, and we will be highlighting new services, collaborations, launches, diversification, innovation and other exciting offers and stories. With plans for weekly themes and industry spotlights, we really hope that you will get behind this campaign and help to spread the Loyal to Local NEL message with us by tagging and sharing @LoyaltoLocalNEL and letting people know about your trusted local suppliers, services and shopping recommendations.

We are also offering incentives for businesses and consumers to interact with the campaign and help us to reach wider audiences. Followers will be able to win monthly shopping vouchers to spend locally with participating businesses so we are asking if you would be happy to display a window poster [please see attached which can be printed] and/or stickers to show that you are involved in the scheme so that people can spend their vouchers with you!

If you would like us to deliver branded stickers or posters to your workplace, please feel free to drop us a line. We hope you will get involved and support the campaign.

Thank you for your time and please remember to stay @LoyaltoLocalNEL #whereyourspendmatters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated.

To find out more, take a look at the recent press article:

Company Shop Group match-funding Government Free School Meal Vouchers

Community Shop and Company Shop have recently become registered providers of the Government’s Free School Meal Voucher scheme.

With the following donation they have taken the decision to match-fund the Government’s Free School Meal voucher, meaning that for every £15 voucher provided by the Government, they will provide a further £15 to double spending allowances each week. 

This offer can be claimed across both Company Shop and Community Shop, including both stores in Grimsby. In terms of eligibility:

  • It is open to both members and non-members
  • For those in receipt of government funded FSM vouchers, all they need to do is provide proof and then they can collect their voucher
  • Despite the Government scheme not including children under 5, we are providing £15 for all families with children and receiving means tested benefits (they just need to show child benefit, passport, birth certificate for example).
  • Families do not need to have spent their Government issued FSM voucher with us to receive the additional £15, we are offering the voucher to any family who is in receipt of FSM or means tested benefits.

Launch of Grimsby Creates

Grimsby Creates, North East Lincolnshire’s cultural development programme, has secured two places at the sought-after National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS) residential programme in November and is inviting local creatives to apply to fill the space.

The programme is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). it is to provid a unique opportunity to transform Grimsby into a vibrant town centre where heritage and creativity are enjoyed.

Click here for the full launch details

further information on Grimsby Creates

COVID 19 – Prevention and Support to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities – a message from North East Lincolnshire Council

North East Lincolnshire Council is asking for help from the community to ensure that information about COVID-19 reaches all corners of the borough.

The Council has written an open letter to communities across the borough to find out whether the information they are receiving is clear and that they know where to go for support or to get a COVID-19 test.

As part our response to COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring our approach is inclusive of black, Asian and minority ethnic and our Eastern European communities. We know that certain groups can be at greater risk of COVID, for a variety of reasons.  We therefore want to reach out to our various communities to ensure we are doing all we can to fully support them during this time and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To do this, the Council needs help to understand:

  1. Whether people have the right information about COVID-19 that makes sense to them
  2. Whether people know how and where they can get tested if they develop symptoms, and know what the results mean for them.
  3. Whether people know where they can get help and support if they have to self-isolate.
  4. Any other concerns or questions people may have relating to COVID-19

We have various existing translated material to support and test out some of these queries. Any insights community members are able to provide will flag up any issues we need to focus more on. We would also really welcome people from our communities to work with us to develop appropriate solutions.”

If you are interested in joining a webinar to discuss these important issues, get in touch with the Council. Email

with your name and contact details and we will be in touch. Please share this message with your networks and colleagues to get them involved.

Thank you for your continued support.