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

 

 

Date:  21/05/2020

                             Issue: 42

 

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

Coronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Oliver Dowden's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 20 May 2020

Governance Advice & Updates

Natwest Coronavirus support: clubs, societies and not-for-profits

ICAEW charity sector support hub

Charities and COVID-19: let's walk in beneficiaries' shoes

Funding News

Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

Sue Heyes - Severn Trent Community Fund

Aviva Community Fund - Deadline: 28th July 2020

Grant boost to help Derbyshire visitor economy businesses bounce back 'stronger than ever'

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings

Guidance for schools and other educational settings about coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated to provide guidance on what schools and colleges should be thinking about as they plan for more children to return from week commencing 1 June – especially around updating the child protection policy, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers


Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014

Changes to the Care Act 2014 to help local authorities prioritise care and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014


Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response

The national and global response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to develop quickly and our collective knowledge of the virus is growing by the second.  Now updated the list of evidence provided to SAGE with reports from the COVID-19 Clinical Information Network (CO-CIN). 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-scientific-evidence-supporting-the-uk-government-response 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

How local authorities and social care providers can tell the Department of Health and Social Care about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-informing-dhsc-of-the-death-of-a-worker-in-social-care


COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Advice on appropriate infection prevention and control (IPC) precautions for stepdown in hospital or discharge to home or residential settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-stepdown-of-infection-control-precautions-within-hospitals-and-discharging-covid-19-patients-from-hospital-to-home-settings 


What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education. Added information about the bank holiday and half term. Updated information on 30 hours free childcare, transport and SEND.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 


Oliver Dowden's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 20 May 2020

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary gave the 20 May 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oliver-dowdens-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-20-may-2020 


Governance Advice & Updates


Natwest Coronavirus support: clubs, societies and not-for-profits

Natwest want to help community organisations access the support, funding and digital services that are available.

www.business.natwest.com/business/support-centre/service-status/coronavirus/support-for-charities.html 


ICAEW charity sector support hub

The ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) looks at how charities are overcoming the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. They also examine the new sources of funding available for charities to assist their work during the pandemic and analyse the contribution the charity sector makes to the public sector.

https://www.icaew.com/insights/insights-specials/charity-special 


Charities and COVID-19: let's walk in beneficiaries' shoes

“What can you do as accountants to help charities survive?” asks Debra Allcock Tyler, when recently interviewed by the ICAEW. “This is about vulnerable people not charities per se.” She continues: “It’s the services charities provide that matter; not the jobs, not the revenue, but the impact on citizens.”

https://www.icaew.com/insights/features/2020/may-2020/charities-and-covid19-lets-walk-in-beneficiaries-shoes 


Funding News


Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund 


Sue Heyes - Severn Trent Community Fund

Good morning all,

Hope you are all safe and well.

This is just a quick email to let you all know that our Community Fund will be reopening for applications on 1st June 2020.

I am also offering virtual workshops or phone call support for applicants that some of you will already be aware of and have booked with me – if you think a virtual workshop would be useful please contact me and we can get something sorted.

Stay safe all and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

With best wishes

Sue Heyes

Community Fund Officer

Severn Trent

07814803337

Sue.Heyes@severntrent.co.uk 

For more information about the Severn Trent Community Fund please go to the below link:

https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/severn-trent-community-fund/


Aviva Community Fund - Deadline: 28th July 2020

The Aviva Community Fund have broadened their criteria of their funding to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need. 

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding#criteria 


Grant boost to help Derbyshire visitor economy businesses bounce back 'stronger than ever'

Visitor economy businesses in Derbyshire are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to rebuild their business and develop valuable digital assets in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire is offering business grants to support a range of activities such as website development, new photography, the creation of virtual tours and the implementation of cashless payment systems to help businesses bounce back and drive the recovery of the sector. 

The grant programme is part of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s European Regional Development Fund project, and has been recently updated to reflect new business needs that have emerged as a result of the current climate. Alongside digitalisation, grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are also available in the following areas: 

  • Accessibility – e.g. accessible equipment and facilities for people with disabilities. 
  • Environmental – e.g. electric car charging points, e-bikes or a water system for use by visitors that replaces the need for plastic bottles. 
  • Cycling – e.g. secure cycle storage and maintenance equipment for use by visitors.
  • Internationalisation – e.g. website translation or the implementation of online booking/cashless payment systems to encourage international visitors.

https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/industry 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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