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

 

 

Date:  13/05/2020

                             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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places – urban centres and green spaces

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

Government expands expert team to rapidly roll out coronavirus test and trace programme

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Business Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 12 May 2020

New guidance on spending time outdoors

Governance Advice & Updates

DSC: Support and supervise your team in a virtual world - webinar

A quarter of charities cannot take digital donations, CAF poll finds

Most charities 'experiencing falling donations and worsened cash flow’

Impact of coronavirus on the charity sector survey

Buying and selling property in a challenging market - webinar

Funding News

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: Food Charities Grant Fund

Funding Successes

Deaf-initely Women

Relate Chesterfield & North Derbyshire

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-transport-and-travel-guidance


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings

A summary of how many children and teachers attended education and childcare settings since Monday 23 March.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places – urban centres and green spaces

This guidance provides the owners and operators of public spaces with information and examples of measures that may be undertaken to adapt and manage public spaces in order to help social distancing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-public-places-urban-centres-and-green-spaces


Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced yesterday.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october 


Government expands expert team to rapidly roll out coronavirus test and trace programme

The government has announced the expansion of the expert team leading on the rapid nationwide roll-out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) test and trace programme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-expands-expert-team-to-rapidly-roll-out-coronavirus-test-and-trace-programme 


Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis. They have now added a large print version of the roadmap.

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


Business Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 12 May 2020

Business Secretary Alok Sharma gave the 12 May 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/business-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-12-may-2020 


New guidance on spending time outdoors

Details on a range of outdoor activities which will be allowed in England from 13 May 2020 subject to social distancing rules. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-on-spending-time-outdoors


Governance Advice & Updates


DSC: Support and supervise your team in a virtual world - webinar

Thursday 14 May 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm

Managing others can be stressful and challenging at the best of times. While most of us work from home these challenges become more acute. This workshop looks at good practice in support and supervision, outlining how we can make the necessary adjustments to accommodate our current situation. They will cover:

  • Why Support and Supervision always matters
  • Golden Rules for great 121 meetings
  • Useful Questions for 121 meetings
  • Ways to provide support outside of 121
  • Frameworks to make tricky conversations easier

This workshop takes place from 11.30-12.30, tomorrow (Thursday 14 May) and costs £20.  

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/support-and-supervision-in-a-virtual-world/ 


A quarter of charities cannot take digital donations, CAF poll finds

A survey of almost 400 charities finds that 23 per cent of them do not have the facility to receive any kind of digital donation.  Please note you have to register to read the article, it is free.  

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/quarter-charities-cannot-digital-donations-caf-poll-finds/fundraising/article/1682841 


Most charities 'experiencing falling donations and worsened cash flow’

Acevo, in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health, has published the first results of a monthly tracker survey on key financial indicators for charities. The first one found that 7 out of 10 charities reported donations and new business falling in the past month, with nearly 6 out 10 saying cash flow had worsened.  Please note you have to register to read the article, it is free.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/charities-experiencing-falling-donations-worsened-cash-flow/finance/article/1682847


Impact of coronavirus on the charity sector survey

The Institute of Fundraising on the impact of Coronavirus on the charity sector.  

This one builds on a survey done at the onset of lockdown, with questions on financial impact and forecasts for the year ahead. As with other data being collected, it feeds into the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ImpactCov19 


Buying and selling property in a challenging market - webinar

Thursday 21st May 2020, 11:00am-12:00pm

Many charities have been seeking to sell properties in recent months to take advantage of what has been a buoyant market, as they seek to release funds to invest in their charitable mission or to meet ever increasing core costs. The outlook is now much less certain, and trustees are faced with some complex strategic decisions as to whether or not to proceed with or renegotiate planned transactions. However for those with money to invest now may be a unique opportunity to acquire properties on favourable terms.

In this webinar speakers from Russell Cooke and Gerald Eve will consider the key legal and valuation property issues facing charities looking to buy and sell land and buildings, including:

  • Should I put my Property on the market?
  • Complying with the Charities Act, what are “the best terms that can reasonably be obtained” at the moment?
  • Preparing property ready for sale. 
  • I exchanged contracts just before lockdown, now the buyer wants to reduce the price and extend the completion date or they will pull out. How should I respond?
  • Is now really a good time to buy? 

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7632317545514351628 


Funding News


Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs: Food Charities Grant Fund

Front-line food charities are now eligible to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help them continue to provide food to vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis as part of Defra’s new Food Charities Grant Fund. The fund is operating on a first come first served basis with Defra assessing applications in the order that they come in.

Charities are eligible for the grant if they are unable to meet the increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals and supporting charities and have the capacity to distribute all the food purchased with this grant by 9 August 2020. The grant can be used to purchase food for people who are unable to afford food or have moved into contemporary accommodation due to Covid-19, such as domestic abuse victims, those recently released from prison, or newly homeless people. The fund cannot be used to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, as they are being supported by the government.

To apply, charities have to have registered with the eSourcing portal and apply through that.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-apply-for-the-food-charities-grant-fund 


Funding Successes


Deaf-initely Women

Congratulations to Deaf-initely Women who have secured £32,088 from the Arts Council for six months for COVID-19 work with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing women. 

https://www.deafinitelywomen.org.uk/ 


Relate Chesterfield & North Derbyshire

Congratulations to Relate Chesterfield & North Derbyshire for being awarded two new grants from the National Lottery Community Fund and Connect Bolsover Small Grants Scheme.  They can now offer anyone aged 70+ or with underlying health conditions living in our area free counselling via telephone or webcam without any waiting list.  For more information about Relate’s services please go to their website - https://relatechesterfield.org.uk/


Please let us know if you have received any funding for the vital work you are doing during this unprecedented time.  

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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