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

 

 

Date:  14/05/2020

                             Issue: 37

 

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

Government announces roadmap taskforces

Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

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

How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – local authorities

Governance Advice & Updates

Instagram Live

Workplace guidance developed by the Charity Retail Association

Directory of Social Change - New online training dates coming up

Top Working From Home Tips

NCVO - This is taking too long

Funding News

The COVID-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities - Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020

£5 Million Loneliness COVID-19 Grant Fund - Deadline: Friday 29th May at 12:00pm

Update on Sport England's Community Emergency Fund

Update from the Martin Lewis Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Government Updates

Government announces roadmap taskforces

New ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-roadmap-taskforces 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

Sets out how health and care systems and providers should change their discharging arrangements and the provision of community support during the coronavirus situation. Now with added easy read leaflets.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-hospital-discharge-service-requirements 


Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision 


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 


How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-tests-and-testing-kits-for-coronavirus-covid-19-work 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – local authorities

This guidance sets out details and eligibility criteria for:

  • Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)
  • Local Authority Discretionary Fund

It informs local authorities about the operation and delivery of the 3 funding schemes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding 


Governance Advice & Updates


Instagram Live

Instagram has launched a new function that allows viewers to donate to charity while watching Instagram Live events.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/28/instagram-now-allows-users-to-fundraise-for-nonprofits-while-livestreaming/ 


Workplace guidance developed by the Charity Retail Association

The CRA is the umbrella body for charity shops, and is an important member of the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign. They have published a ‘reopening pack’ offering guidance on opening charity shops which has been reviewed by health and safety experts. This might not all apply to your charity, but lots of it will be a useful reference point for decision-making for many charities as we hopefully move out of social lockdown. The CRA will issue updated versions as the situation changes.

https://www.charityretail.org.uk/we-have-published-our-reopening-pack/


Directory of Social Change - New online training dates coming up

Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value – Thursday 21 May

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/impact-understanding-and-quantifying-your-social-value-online/ 

DIY in Difficult Times – Staying confident and assertive at work – Thursday 28 May

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/diy-in-difficult-times-staying-confident-and-assertive-at-work/

Managing Yourself and Wellbeing – Thursday 4 June

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/managing-yourself-and-wellbeing/ 


Top Working From Home Tips

The DSC have filmed some tips that might help you whilst you're working from home too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXLKkrA0Jyc 


NCVO - This is taking too long

It's been well over a month since the government announced its £750m package of support for charities. Getting the right system in place for distributing this funding is really important – but I'm worried about the length of time this is taking, and the lack of transparency in how decisions about its allocation are being made. And together with other representative bodies, we're continuing to make the case for further support as the pandemic impacts the finances of charities everywhere.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/05/12/government-support-getting-the-balance-right/ 


Funding News


The COVID-19 Impact Programme for Armed Forces Communities - Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020

The Ministry of Defence has announced £6 million of funding for armed forces charities doing vital work to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants of up to £60,000 (or £125,000+ in exceptional circumstances) are available. 

https://covenantfund.org.uk/2020/05/12/emergency-funding-for-frontline-armed-forces-charities-working-with-armed-forces-communities/ 


£5 Million Loneliness COVID-19 Grant Fund - Deadline: Friday 29th May at 12:00pm

The Government (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Office for Civil Society and Baroness Barran MBE) has launched a £5m fund today to tackle loneliness resulting from the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. National organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of the £5m funding to continue and adapt their critical work. Grants of between £500,000 and £1m will be awarded to successful applicants whose services:

  • can reach people in ‘cold spots’ where informal neighbourly support and small local charities are not able to fully meet needs around social connection;
  • serve the needs of groups particularly at risk of loneliness, including those noted in ONS analysis and Community Life Survey and Active Lives Survey data;
  • continue, adapt or expand existing provision where there is a track record of successful delivery; AND
  • cannot be provided without this additional funding.

Services must meet all of these aims to be eligible for this funding. The application form and further guidance is available below.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/5-million-loneliness-covid-19-grant-fund 


Update on Sport England's Community Emergency Fund

Please note, Sport England has announced that this fund will be paused to new applications at 11:59pm on Thursday 14 May.

If your club or group has a role in supporting the nation to be active but is experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis, then this fund might be able to help. Grants are up to £10K to support organisations up to July 2020. Submit your bid before 11:50pm on 14th May. 

https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/news/2020/05/update-on-sport-englands-new-community-emergency-fund 


Update from the Martin Lewis Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Just thought it would be good to give you all an update on the outcomes of the applications to the above fund. As you may know, we received 7,000 applications in just under a week. In the end we had about £3.4m in the fund - both from Martin himself and a few other generous donors.

The first grants were awarded within 7 days of the fund being open for applications and today we have authorised the final batch of grants. CAF are now processing those and will be distributing those grants as soon as they are able.

In the past few days we have started to email those who have been unsuccessful in their applications. 4,000 of those emails have been sent so far. As we said from the outset, we would inform everyone of the outcome, be that positive or negative.

The final grants should hit people's bank accounts in the next 5-7 days.

We have funded a total of 417 organisations across the UK, from all regions and countries and from all different communities including faith communities from all of the major religions.

The average grant awarded was £8,383.

This was a tough gig for us, having to make these discussions in such a short space of time. I hope we have got the balance right.

For all of those who were unsuccessful, I am sorry, it wasn't that your projects weren't excellent, it's just we had quite specific criteria for the immediate alleviation of poverty.

To all those who were successful, I wish you the very best of luck with your projects.

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