The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited

 

 

Date:  12/05/2020

                             Issue: 35

 

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Links Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily close the office until further notice in order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and VCS group representatives in support of the official attempt to slow down the pandemic. If there are any changes, we will keep you informed.

Please note that the staff will be working from home and can be contacted on the details below during our usual office hours 10:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday. Our email address info@linkscvs.org.uk will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: sandra.pink@linkscvs.org.uk Mobile: 07889 726846..
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email: martin.conlan@linkscvs.org.uk
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: sushri@btinternet.com Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email: james.lee@linkscvs.org.uk


Help Needed in Chesterfield Survey

We know about the community groups that operate and the good work that you all do.  Sadly, we understand that many of you have had to close down due to the Coronavirus crisis.

We are now mapping the help that is available in your residential area. 

However, there are still people needing help, mainly for shopping, collecting prescriptions, someone to talk to; and they could be your neighbours. 

Are you doing this in your local area or do you know of any people who have got together and are offering neighbourly support to people in need?

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey so that you can be added to the list of help in Chesterfield.

Link to survey here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NRRNR9G


Directory of national and local support, advice and guidance

Comprehensive directory providing details such as:

  • national and local resources
  • support on how to stay active as well as health and wellbeing information
  • where to get home food deliveries as well as emergency food provision
  • personal and business financial support and guidance
  • resources for children and parents

The directory can be accessed here - http://ow.ly/Nqir50zjdrz

Please use the contact link at the top of the page to suggest corrections or contributions to the information in the directory, making sure you select ‘other.’


Below you can find a range of sources for advice and guidance on the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak for individuals and organisations.  These websites are updated regularly so to ensure you have most updated guidelines please check them frequently. Please forward this on to anyone you think may find this helpful.

Included in this bulletin:

Government Updates

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Staying safe outside your home

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work

Government launches new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020

Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Governance Advice & Updates

NCVO - Making the government’s Coronavirus support schemes work better for charities

Government’s emergency funding too little, too late to protect charities from Covid-19 crisis

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

Local Funding Received by Local Groups

Severn Trent Community Fund

Government Updates


Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

The most important thing we can all do in fighting coronavirus is to stay alert. We must control the spread of the virus, in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing 


Staying safe outside your home

This guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home 


The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy 


Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

The most frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do 


Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces

The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces where you may be more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, the government announced yesterday.  

After careful consideration of the latest scientific evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the government confirmed face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission in some circumstances.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-advised-to-cover-faces-in-enclosed-spaces


New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work

New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible.

Five key points:

  • Work from home, if you can
  • Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment, in consultation with workers or trade unions
  • Maintain 2 meters social distancing, wherever possible
  • Where people cannot be 2 meters apart, manage transmission risk
  • Reinforcing cleaning procedures 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-launched-to-help-get-brits-safely-back-to-work 


Government launches new portal for care homes to arrange coronavirus testing

All care home staff and residents are now eligible for testing with priority for those in homes that look after the over-65s. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-new-portal-for-care-homes-to-arrange-coronavirus-testing 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

This guidance is for anyone who works in adult social care. It provides advice on how you can manage your personal mental health in the current circumstances.

It also provides adult social care employers with guidance, tools and advice on how to take care of the wellbeing of staff at work.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-health-and-wellbeing-of-the-adult-social-care-workforce 


What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers


Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020

Latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, including information on:

  • year groups in first phase of wider opening
  • the latest science
  • managing risk and rate of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020


Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.  Chesterfield Borough Council’s allocation was £27,698,000 of which £21,580,000 has been granted to 1,861 businesses as of 10th May.  North East Derbyshire District Council’s allocation was £19,690,000 of which £17,670,000 has been granted to 1,584 businesses as of 10th May.  


Governance Advice & Updates


NCVO - Making the government’s Coronavirus support schemes work better for charities

Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain from NCVO explains the improvements they are pushing for.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/05/05/making-the-governments-covid-19-support-schemes-work-better-for-charities/ 


Government’s emergency funding too little, too late to protect charities from Covid-19 crisis

After hearing evidence from NCVO and many other charities, the DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media & Support) committee’s recommendations include a stabilisation fund for the sector and a review of existing support schemes.

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/378/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/146310/governments-emergency-funding-too-little-too-late-to-protect-charities-from-covid19-crisis/


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

This step by step guide explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It also describes the processes involved.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-step-by-step-guide-for-employers


Funding Received by Local Groups


Severn Trent Community Fund

The unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on all of our daily lives in one way or another, but particularly those most vulnerable.  At Severn Trent we’re committed to supporting our communities, which is why we re-focused some of our fund to support charities directly helping those affected by corona-virus.

The total amount for Derbyshire was £63,000 Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire received £10,000.

Severn Trent funded the following organisations in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire:  

  • Chesterfield Community Food Hub
  • Gussies Kitchen
  • Living Hope Foodbank
  • Rykneld Homes
  • Chesterfield Volunteer Centre

Well done to those groups and many thanks to Severn Trent.

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