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: email@example.com 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.
Advice to assist people required to manage bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance outlines COVID-19 advice for commissioners and service providers involved in assisting people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol or both.
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).
International Development Secretary announces which charities and NGOs have received UK aid funding to help fight coronavirus in the developing world.
Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated information about claiming for additional costs, providing meals or food parcels through your food provider and ordering vouchers to cover multiple weeks.
The Department for Education’s response to issues raised regarding the science on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Check if you can claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and find out how to claim. This page is a handy collection of all guidance released by the Government so far.
The Government Office for Science has published the latest R number range for the UK.
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance including adding a new section clarifying the position on welcoming back all children to early years settings from 1 June, information on when childminders can reopen to more children, and what provision they can currently provide, information on testing for essential workers, and information for parents on temporary changes to the 30 hours free early education entitlements.
What schools need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance with the actions that schools will need to take in preparation for the wider reopening of schools on 1 June 2020.
Sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Faith leaders and government agree to develop plan to enable phased and safe reopening of places of worship.
Trials for specially-trained ‘COVID dogs’ that may be able to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in humans, even before symptoms appear, are set to begin as part of new research.
Major long-term study will track spread of coronavirus in general population.
Race to manufacture millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine boosted with a multi-million-pound government investment.
Education Secretary on the Government’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus and plans to begin returning to school safely
Governance Advice & Updates
Elizabeth Chamberlain considers the phased plan for easing the lockdown and what it might mean for staff, volunteers and services.
The chancellor's package of support for charities was announced over a month ago. Progress in distributing it has been too slow, says NCVO’s chief executive Karl Wilding.
Baroness Tyler and 14 cross-party members of the House of Lords have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer seeking urgent clarification of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow charity employees to volunteer for their organisation
The Charity Retail Association have updated their excellent advice for charity shops on how to re-open safely when they are allowed to do so. It's brilliant, and lots of it will apply to any organisation currently planning to reopen, so it's well worth a read even if you are not a charity shop!
Applications are still being accepted for the above grants. The criteria stays the same. The only theme that is spent up is the small up to £500 Community Activity theme.
If you have received a Community Action Grant but have not been able to start or continue the activity you can put the money aside until the lockdown period ends. If it was for a festival or annual event this can be carried over into 2021.
Rural Action Derbyshire has launched a Rural Hardship Support Fund to help people in rural areas of Derbyshire suffering extreme hardship as a result of Covid-19.
Many people in rural areas are struggling at this difficult time. Household income has been significantly reduced for some families and we want to make sure people don't go hungry and can cover essential household bills.
Applications to the Rural Hardship Fund will be by referral (list of referral organisations on their website). Individuals will also need to meet the following criteria to qualify.
In all cases, individuals must be living or working in a rural area of Derbyshire.
We are particularly targeting people associated with the farming industry including farmers and workers in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and countryside services and people living in isolated rural areas who have been adversely affected by Covid-19. The fund can provide regular food parcels and assistance with some critical household expenses. People will also be able to access information on other support available to them relative to their specific needs.
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