ERVAS, East Riding of Yorkshire
ERVAS is an infrastructure organisation which provides support to the voluntary, community and not for profit sectors (VCS). Their membership includes a wide variety of organisations, which are primarily based in the East Riding of Yorkshire. They have a formal membership of 442 organisations.
They assist VCS organisations in setting up their services and help them to create policy documents, manage their accounts, recruit volunteers, conform to legislation and fulfil their safeguarding requirements. They assist VCS organisations to apply for funding and facilitate the sharing of information across their membership network. They also manage youth coalition meetings across the East Riding of Yorkshire, which are multi-agency forums that meet regularly to share information, co-ordinate youth work, identify gaps in local youth services and meet the needs of young people within an area.
The Tribune Trust is pleased to be able to support ERVAS in providing four ‘Back to Basics – an introduction to Youth Work’ sessions across key areas of the East Riding. The courses will enable members of local community youth clubs to develop the skills needed to run positive activities for young people. It will assist youth workers to keep young people safe, reduce negative and risk-taking behaviours, share ideas and best practice and come together to plan future provision.
Each individual taking part in the course will be given information on how to support someone who has been the victim of a crime, especially those relating to Hate Crime and various forms of bullying / cyberbullying. The course will also ensure that youth workers can raise awareness of the impact of offending on young people’s lives, which will help to reduce the likelihood of them carrying out crimes in the future.
The course will provide youth workers with the resources and information they need to be able to help young people to work towards gaining new skills and building a positive lifestyle.
Youth workers will be provided with information on the various sport and team game activities they can get their young people involved in, as well as organisations/services that they can work with. They will be informed about the various ways that they could have discussions with young people to encourage them to lead a healthier lifestyle. They will also support attendees with applying for additional funding to secure resources to help run sport and healthy recreation activities.
One of the aims of the course is to help youth workers to deliver exciting and engaging projects to young people, which help to reduce the number of young people becoming involved in offending and anti-social behaviour,. As part of the sessions youth workers will also be provided with the tools and information needed to manage and respond to challenging behaviour presented by young people.
The High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Mrs Sue Stephenson, is shown presenting a cheque to Devan Witter, who is one of the ERVAS Development Officers.