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

 

 

Date:  20/05/2020

                             Issue: 41

 

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 & North East Derbyshire 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 & North East Derbyshire.

Link to survey here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NRRNR9G


Chesterfield COVID-19 support directory

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

Latest figures show millions benefitting from Treasury coronavirus support schemes

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes

£40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups

Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Governance Advice & Updates

Upcoming Webinars 

Podcast: Supporting charities during and after the COVID-19 outbreak

Civil Society Blog Post

Funding News

Independent Age

Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

Innovate UK Announces COVID-19 Continuity Grants and Loans

Funding to Prepare Football Pitches for Resumption of Games and Training

Funding Successes

The Volunteer Centre

Government Updates


Latest figures show millions benefitting from Treasury coronavirus support schemes

New figures on the UK-wide government support schemes for individuals and businesses have been published yesterday, Tuesday 19 May 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/latest-figures-show-millions-benefitting-from-treasury-coronavirus-support-schemes 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings

A summary of how many children and teachers attended education and childcare settings since Monday 23 March.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings


Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.  Updated the guidance to add a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) as a symptom of coronavirus. The changes are in Section 2, Annex A and Annex B.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-admission-and-care-of-people-in-care-homes 


How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-tests-and-testing-kits-for-coronavirus-covid-19-work


Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response


Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes

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

Now with attached template for local authorities to return by 29 May as part of local care home support planning.

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


£40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups

Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40m-boost-for-cutting-edge-start-ups 


Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.  Chesterfield Borough Council’s allocation was £27,698,000 of which £22,410,000 has been granted to 1,929 businesses as of 17th May.  North East Derbyshire District Council’s allocation was £19,690,000 of which £17,970,000 has been granted to 1,608 businesses as of 17th May.  


Governance Advice & Updates


Upcoming Webinars 

Zurich/NCVO - Assessing health & safety risks in uncertain times 

20th May - 10:00am

https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/event_series/ncvo-zurich-webinar-assessing-risk-in-uncertain-times

NCVO - Financial Management During Covid-19

27th May - 10:00am

https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/event_series/webinar-financial-management-during-covid-19-top-tips-and-scenario-planning 

Good Finance - Navigating loan finance during COVID-19

27th May - 2:00pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5xnu0XC6RD-qmkKejklR9A 

HMRC - Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Multiple dates available

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3667545685723120643 

HMRC - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim

Multiple dates available

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/87281838429017601 

DSC: DIY in Difficult Times – Staying confident and assertive at work

28th May - 2:00pm - £20

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/diy-in-difficult-times-staying-confident-and-assertive-at-work/ 


Podcast: Supporting charities during and after the COVID-19 outbreak

Explore the challenges that are being faced on a daily basis during this crisis by charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and how they can help and support them and each other.

https://www.phoenixs.co.uk/podcast/episode-20-supporting-charities-and-non-profits-during-and-after-the-covid-19-outbreak/ 


Civil Society Blog Post

Some of you will have noticed Chancellor Rishi Sunak waxing lyrical about the ‘gentleness of charities’ when he launched his £750m support package in early April.

As the distribution of this urgently needed funding drags into its seventh week, charity folk across the country will be feeling anything but gentle at the government’s dithering.

Andrew Purkis points out in his latest blog piece, charities are a diverse bunch. Some are indeed gentle – or purveyors of ‘gentleness’. Others not so much – and rightly so – which is just one reason why it’s so hard to say anything sensible about charities in general.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/voices/andrew-purkis-why-is-it-so-difficult-to-say-anything-sensible-about-charities.html 


Funding News


Independent Age - Deadline: Thursday 4th June 2020

Independent Age provides advice and support for older age people. The trustees have released £2 million of funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the current pandemic. There will be four rounds of funding, in each of which £500,000 will be made available for grants of up to £15,000 per application. Applications for the first round opened yesterday, Monday 18 May.

https://www.independentage.org/ 


Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

The Small Charities Challenge Fund makes project grants of up to £50,000 to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations that are seeking to address the Global Goals (officially known as Sustainable Development Goals) to create a better world by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.

https://www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf/ 


Innovate UK - COVID-19 Continuity Grants and Loans

Innovate UK (IUK) is aiming to sustain existing and continuing innovation in the UK’s research and development (R&D) intensive companies through the current coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges,

and the resulting longer-term economic impact.

Continuity grants - Deadline: Friday 29th May 2020

Up to £90 million is available in continuity grants, paid upfront, to SMEs that are existing IUK award holders at risk of abandoning their project due to a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds directly related to COVID-19. These grants are for organisations that expect to have a funding gap (between £25,000 and £250,000) in the remaining period of their project because they are facing loss or damages, such as reduced access to capital, cancelled orders or

increases to costs, and are therefore seeing cash flow disrupted as a result of COVID-19.

Continuity loans

Up to £210 million is available in continuity loans to SMEs that have a challenge in continuing a live project for which they have an award from IUK. This loan may be suitable for those needing funding of between £250,000 and £1.6 million.

Individuals, academic institutions and research organisations are not eligible. Only single businesses can receive the grant or loan, so each participant in a consortium funded through collaborative R&D must apply separately.

Continuity loans will be open for applications until all the money is allocated or 31st December, 2020 - whichever is earlier.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-coronovirus-business-innovation-support-package 


Funding to Prepare Football Pitches for Resumption of Games and Training - Deadline: Monday 25th May 2020

A funding pot of £9.56 million is available for football clubs and organisations to prepare their pitches for when football training and games can resume after the coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and for any work that has been completed since the FA suspended football on 16th March, 2020.

The following are eligible for funding:

  • Grassroots football clubs (including Step 7).
  • FA National League System clubs (from Steps 1 to 6).
  • FA Women’s Pyramid clubs (Tier 1 to 5).
  • County FAs.
  • Professional Club Community Trusts.
  • Leisure Trusts (with an annual turnover of less than £500,000).

The grants can be used for covering the costs of aeration, chain harrowing, consumable materials, fertilising, flail mowing, grass cutting, line marking, over seeding, turfing, weed killing, vertical decompaction. For 3G pitches the funding can also be used for deep cleaning, FA pitch testing and maintenance.

https://footballfoundation.org.uk/news/football-comes-together-to-give-9-5m-boost-for-clubs


Funding Successes


The Volunteer Centre Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire

The Volunteer Centre give their sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to THE LABOUR GROUP of the council. Their £1,000 donation will make an incredible difference to their projects, volunteers and clients.  

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