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

 

 

Date:  18/05/2020

                             Issue: 39

 

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

COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

UK aid boost for charities fighting coronavirus

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak

Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Government publishes latest R number

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes

New taskforce developing plan to reopen places of worship

COVID-19 detection dogs trial launches

Government begins large scale study of coronavirus immunity

Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre to open 12 months ahead of schedule

Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 May

Governance Advice & Updates

NCVO - The government's Covid-19 recovery strategy: implications for charities

NCVO - Financial support taking too long to arrive

Cross-party support for #FurloughForGood

Preparing to reopen your office premises?

Funding News

Derbyshire County Council - Community Action Grants

Rural Hardship Support Fund

Government Updates


COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased

Advice to assist people required to manage bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased 


COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

This guidance outlines COVID-19 advice for commissioners and service providers involved in assisting people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol or both.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-commissioners-and-providers-of-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-or-alcohol 


COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 


UK aid boost for charities fighting coronavirus

International Development Secretary announces which charities and NGOs have received UK aid funding to help fight coronavirus in the developing world.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-aid-boost-for-charities-fighting-coronavirus 


Providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance 


Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education’s response to issues raised regarding the science on coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overview-of-scientific-information-on-coronavirus-covid-19 


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 


Government publishes latest R number

The Government Office for Science has published the latest R number range for the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-latest-r-number 


Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

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. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes

Sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-care-homes 


New taskforce developing plan to reopen places of worship

Faith leaders and government agree to develop plan to enable phased and safe reopening of places of worship.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-taskforce-developing-plan-to-reopen-places-of-worship 


COVID-19 detection dogs trial launches

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-detection-dogs-trial-launches


Government begins large scale study of coronavirus immunity

Major long-term study will track spread of coronavirus in general population. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-begins-large-scale-study-of-coronavirus-immunity 


Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre to open 12 months ahead of schedule

Race to manufacture millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine boosted with a multi-million-pound government investment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vaccines-manufacturing-and-innovation-centre-to-open-12-months-ahead-of-schedule


Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 May

Education Secretary on the Government’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus and plans to begin returning to school safely

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-16-may 


Governance Advice & Updates


NCVO - The government's Covid-19 recovery strategy: implications for charities

Elizabeth Chamberlain considers the phased plan for easing the lockdown and what it might mean for staff, volunteers and services.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/05/12/the-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy-implications-for-charities/ 


NCVO - Financial support taking too long to arrive

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.

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


Cross-party support for #FurloughForGood

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

https://www.firstuk.org/cross-party-support-for-furloughforgood/ 


Preparing to reopen your office premises?

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! 

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


Funding News


Derbyshire County Council - Community Action Grants - Deadline: 31st May 2020

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.

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery-funding/action-grants/action-grants-programme/action-grants-programme.aspx 


Rural Hardship Support Fund

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.

  •  They are in severe financial hardship (unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, household bills, rent etc) and
  • They are unable to access other support such as government schemes or are waiting for payment from such schemes or
  • They are in severe emotional distress or poor mental health, anxious, lonely, depressed and with no current treatment plan or referral to mental health services.

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.

https://www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/news/rad-launches-hardship-fund 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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