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

 

 

Date:  15/05/2020

                             Issue: 38

 

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

Housing Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 13 May 2020

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): local death management

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): charter for safe working practice

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June

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

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Governance Advice & Updates

Charities forced to stop helping people if they want to survive - DSC Survey Results

Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value Webinar

Greater Manchester VCSE leaders are asking the Government for urgent help

Action for Trustee Racial Diversity – Why focus on racial diversity?

ACAS - Transition from lock down: key employment considerations for workplaces in England

Funding News

Coalfields Regeneration Trust - COVID 19 Recovery and Resilience Fund - Capital Funding Revision

Children in Need Update

The Rank Foundation

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Government Updates


Housing Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 13 May 2020

The Housing Secretary on the government’s response to COVID-19 and the plan to safely restart, reopen and renew the housing market.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/housing-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-13-may-2020


Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): local death management

Statutory guidance for local authorities in England on Schedule 28 to the Coronavirus Act, which provides powers to support local and national death management.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-local-death-management 


Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  This has been updated to reflect that children of critical workers are encouraged to attend school, and to reflect plans for wider opening of schools from 1 June, at the earliest. Updated information defining vulnerable children, in line with existing guidance, for the purpose of continued education.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): charter for safe working practice

A Charter, co-produced by the government and the Home Building Federation, committing signatories to safe working whilst COVID-19 remains prevalent.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-charter-for-safe-working-practice 


Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June

A planning guide for primary school leaders to help prepare them to open their schools for more pupils during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june


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 


Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care 


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.  Other updates include vulnerable young people, safeguarding and mental health support.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


Charities forced to stop helping people if they want to survive - DSC Survey Results

The Directory of Social Change’s recent survey asked charities whether they had accessed various sources of financial support during the COVID19 pandemic.  It has shown that most of them are having to stop supporting their beneficiaries, communities and causes in order to survive.

The key findings are presented on the link below.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/charities-forced-to-stop-helping-people-if-they-want-to-survive/ 


Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value Webinar

Thursday 21 May 2020 - 10:30am-12:00pm

This 90-minute interactive Zoom workshop is suitable for anyone who works in the charity, social enterprise or voluntary sector that needs to demonstrate the value and outcome of their work. It is particularly valuable for chief executives, trustees, project managers and operational members of staff.

This webinar is hosted by the Directory of Social Change and will cover:

  • A brief introduction to the vocabulary and theory of social impact
  • The difference between impact measurement, impact management, and monitoring and reporting
  • Participants will have an opportunity to present their own project for critique
  • All presenting participants will receive a practical impact action plan
  • Between each section there will be an opportunity for discussion and Q&A, as well as an extended Q&A at the close of the session

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


Greater Manchester VCSE leaders are asking the Government for urgent help

Chairs of GMCVO, the GM VCSE Leadership Group, the GM BAME Network and GM BAME SE Network and the GM Social Enterprise Network have written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, asking for more support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/news/gm-vcse-leaders-are-asking-government-urgent-help 


Action for Trustee Racial Diversity – Why focus on racial diversity?

Malcolm John recently joined the Association of Chairs’ board of trustees. He is also Chair of the Young Harrow Foundation and is leading a campaign to increase the racial diversity of trustee boards. He writes about the benefits, goals and barriers around diversity. 

https://www.associationofchairs.org.uk/2020/04/15/action-for-trustee-racial-diversity-why-focus-on-racial-diversity


ACAS - Transition from lock down: key employment considerations for workplaces in England

ACAS have put together a new digital training session designed to address the key issues that employers are facing in navigating from lock down through to transition and beyond.

These sessions will be delivered by Zoom, with small delegate numbers to allow the opportunity to ask questions of their knowledgeable trainers and to also allow for delegates to share their own experiences and explore the key issues they may be facing.

28th May - 10am till 12pm

https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=202965 

2nd June - 10am till 12pm

https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=202966 

11th June - 10am till 12pm

https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=202967 


Funding News


Coalfields Regeneration Trust - COVID 19 Recovery and Resilience Fund - Capital Funding Revision

Please find information on the CRT website regarding the revised criteria for capital funding.

Organisations can now apply for capital costs up to 50% of the CRT request to enable the organisation to make adaptations to premises to ensure the health & safety of the public is catered for or if you require equipment for direct delivery purposes or to support your wider project as listed in the guidance notes.

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/covid19-ccip-funding-support/ 


Children in Need Update

BBC Children in Need are temporarily pausing their current grant programmes to launch two new Covid-19 Response Grants to enable organisations to continue to support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and under. The funding will be open to current grantees and new applicants to help them to respond and adapt to the impact of the coronavirus. From the 18th May 2020 current grant-holders will be able to apply for funding of up to £5,000 over a six-month period through the Covid-19 2020 Booster Grants Programme. From the 8th June registered not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply to the Covid-19 Large Grants programme for funding of up to £80,000 over an 18-month period. Details on both funds will be made available shortly.

https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/ 


The Rank Foundation

The Rank Foundation remains operational during the COVID-19 pandemic and has made the following funds available to members of its existing network of current and past grant recipients: a) an Emergency Fund for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships; b) A Resilience Fund for grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income challenges relating to the current COVID-19 related climate.

https://rankfoundation.com/ 


The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is inviting emergency applications from charities which the Trust has previously supported. To benefit from emergency funding, your organisation must have less than three months’ projected expenditure in cash funds available. See here for further details of eligibility and how to apply.

https://www.jeansainsburyanimalwelfare.org.uk/applications/ 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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