The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846..
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.
New ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely.
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.
Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment.
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers.
This guidance sets out details and eligibility criteria for:
It informs local authorities about the operation and delivery of the 3 funding schemes.
Governance Advice & Updates
Instagram has launched a new function that allows viewers to donate to charity while watching Instagram Live events.
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.
Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value – Thursday 21 May
DIY in Difficult Times – Staying confident and assertive at work – Thursday 28 May
Managing Yourself and Wellbeing – Thursday 4 June
The DSC have filmed some tips that might help you whilst you're working from home too.
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.
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.
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:
Services must meet all of these aims to be eligible for this funding. The application form and further guidance is available below.
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.
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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