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



Date:  28/05/2020

                             Issue: 44


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 will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: Mobile: 07889 726846..
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

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 -

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 -

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:

Governance Advice & Updates

HMRC Webinars

Directory of Social Change Webinars

Volunteering Matters coordinate scheme to help keep public transport safe

Locality - Resources for community organisations

Funding News

The George Bairstow Charitable Trust

The Community Justice Fund

Sport England - £1 million crowdfunding support for clubs and organisations

Severn Trent Community Fund – Virtual Workshop

The only advice you need when applying for a grant

Governance Advice & Updates

HMRC Webinars

HMRC has a range of online support to guide you through the new measures, announced by the Chancellor, to help deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

As part of the government’s commitment to support businesses and individuals, the coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live on GOV.UK.  These webinars cover the support available.  

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more. 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim: This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim. 

There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now.

Directory of Social Change Webinars

Managing Yourself and Wellbeing

Thursday 4 June - 2:00pm 

Coaching for Performance 

Thursday 11 June - 10:30am 

Supporting Others through Change

Tuesday 16 June - 11:00am 

Personal Effectiveness WFH

Tuesday 23 June - 11:00am 

Volunteering Matters coordinate scheme to help keep public transport safe

Volunteers, called Journey Makers, will be offering guidance, providing friendly advice, reminding passengers about social distancing measures, preventing overcrowding and helping vulnerable passengers on their journeys. 

Locality - Resources for community organisations

Locality have a great selection of resources for your community organisation such as:

  • Marketing and Community Engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Business Planning
  • Good governance
  • Ownership of land and buildings
  • Monitoring and impact measurement
  • Financial management 

Funding News

The George Bairstow Charitable Trust

GBCT makes grants to UK registered charities for the provision of Emergency Aid in communities; the encouragement of volunteering among young people; and the enhancement of skills among young people. The Trustees of the GBCT acknowledge the unique challenges faced by the world at this current time and remain 'open for business', welcoming new grant applications. 

The Community Justice Fund

The Community Justice Fund has been formed by a partnership of key representative umbrella bodies to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations to cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and lay the foundations for longer term renewal. The first wave, which is now open and will run for six months, will provide flexible grants to organisations that meet the eligibility criteria and priorities. Grants are likely to be between £25,000 and £75,000, but could be larger in certain circumstances. The Fund aims to assess applications on a weekly basis and decisions received within ten days of an application being submitted. 

Sport England - £1 million crowdfunding support for clubs and organisations

Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder.

Through the 'Active Together' partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. They'll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised. 

Severn Trent Community Fund – Virtual Workshop

17th June - 10:00am

As we cannot get together to run a funding workshop in person just yet Sue Heyes, fund officer for the Severn Trent Community Fund, is offering a virtual workshop which will take you through the Community Fund, what it will support and how to apply.

The workshop will be from 10am on Wednesday 17th June and you will need a laptop or tablet and access to wifi.  To book a place and receive the details of how to log into the session please email Sue at

Each session will be limited to 25 people so depending on demand Sue may need to add another date.

Once you have booked your place you will be sent all the details you need to access the session.

The only advice you need when applying for a grant

Read the guidance. That’s it! This interesting report from the Directory of Social Change shows the extent of how many ineligible applications were made to grant making trusts in the last year. 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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