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

 

 

Date:  19/05/2020

                             Issue: 40

 

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to social housing residents

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Staying safe outside your home

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

£37 million to support children with complex needs

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

Governance Advice & Updates

Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value Webinar - Few spaces remaining

Mental Health Awareness Week

Donations to NHS and hospices on the rise while giving to other causes falls 

NCVO: The Inside Track - May 2020

Funding News

Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund - Deadline: 27th May 2020

Clinks’ Covid-19 Response Grants

Funding Successes

Links CVS

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to social housing residents

Letter from the Minister of Housing setting out the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the next phase towards reopening society.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-social-housing-residents


Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020

All individuals should now self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.  Many articles we included in yesterday’s Advice & Guidance bulletin have now been updated to include the additional symptom including:

  • COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
  • COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
  • COVID-19: guidance for educational settings
  • COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-an-update-to-coronavirus-symptoms-18-march-2020 


COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

This guidance is for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have received a letter telling them they’re in this group or been told by their GP.

It’s for situations where a clinically extremely vulnerable person is living at home, with or without additional support. This includes clinically extremely vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities for the elderly or people with special needs.  This now includes updated information on the symptoms.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 


Staying safe outside your home

This guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What schools need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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


Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

Everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/everyone-in-the-united-kingdom-with-symptoms-now-eligible-for-coronavirus-tests 


£37 million to support children with complex needs

The multi-million-pound settlement will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs


Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-statutory-sick-pay-rebate-scheme-set-to-launch 


Governance Advice & Updates


Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value Webinar - Few spaces remaining

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/ 


Mental Health Awareness Week

The Coronavirus pandemic can impact anybody’s mental health, which is why the mental health charity Mind have launched a new campaign called #SpeakYourMind. Reach out to someone who needs a friend with a positive message, or share your top tips for coping to help someone feel they don't have to face things alone.

https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week 


Donations to NHS and hospices on the rise while giving to other causes falls 

The latest Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) polling shows that more than a third (35%) of those who had given to charity in the previous four weeks had donated to hospital charities and hospices – a significant increase against the long-term average (21%) and March figures (22%). However, fewer people than previously said they had donated to animal charities, for medical research, or support for disabled people.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/donations-to-nhs-and-hospices-on-the-rise-while-giving-to-other-causes-falls.html


NCVO: The Inside Track - May 2020

Politicians from across the political spectrum have been raising concerns about the impact of coronavirus on charities over the last few weeks.

Chris Walker - Senior External Relation Officer at NCVO monthly update covers this, and looks at why MPs are expected to be told they’ll have to turn up in person if they want to contribute to debates when the House of Commons returns after Whitsun recess.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/05/15/the-inside-track-may-2020


Funding News


Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund - Deadline: 27th May 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced a fund of £6 million for homeless charities directly affected by Coronavirus. This fund was launched on the 14 May and is being administered by Homeless Link.

Frontline organisations where over half of their beneficiaries are experiencing homelessness and have a turnover of less than £5 million are eligible to apply for funding, the deadline for which is Wednesday 27 May. The awards must be spent by 30 October 2020.

Guidance: https://homeless.org.uk/sites/default/files/site-attachments/FINAL%20Guidance%20MHCLG%20Homelessness%20COVID-19%20Response%20Fund.pdf 

Application Form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4824316 


Clinks’ Covid-19 Response Grants

Clinks, which supports charities working in the criminal justice system, is administering a small grants programme on behalf of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). To be eligible, organisations must have an existing relationship to HMPPS, an annual income of under £500,000, and must deliver, or have delivered, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community. The scheme will remain open until all funding has been allocated, which is anticipated to be within 6 months – all funds must be spent by 30 November 2020.

https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19 


Funding Successes


Links have received £10,000 from the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund administered by Chesterfield Borough Council.    


Please let us know if you have received any funding for the vital work you are doing during this unprecedented time.  

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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