The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846..
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.
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Guidance updated to reflect amended regulations and changes to wider government and public health advice.
A letter from the Social Security Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State in response to COVID-19.
Next steps for the phased wider opening of educational and childcare settings. Updated to reflect the announcement by the Prime Minister that the government’s 5 tests have been met and the decision, based on all the evidence, to move forward with wider opening of education and childcare settings.
Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement protective measures.
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. Addition of question and answer 1.4, Can I meet people outdoors if I also have a carer from another household?
List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
On 18 March the Defence Secretary announced new measures to enable armed forces personnel to support public services in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Updated in accordance to the MOD’s coronavirus (COVID-19) support contributions as of 28 May 2020.
Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person.
The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.
Governance Advice & Updates
With lockdown restrictions being relaxed, and plans for the re-opening of schools and non-essential shops emerging, there's a palpable shift in focus for many of us, but don't just focus on the policies and procedures, take time to think about the people.
Charity Retail Association have released an updated version of their Reopening Pack, specifically for charity shops planning to open from 15 June following the latest announcement from government.
You've been telling us how the easing of the lockdown is affecting you. Elizabeth Chamberlain summarises the key issues and highlights practical support.
17th June - 2:00pm
The Charities Aid Foundation, as part of their Resilience Programme, has identified six characteristics of resilience for small and medium sized charities. In this webinar, based on these characteristics, NCVO will share policy insights and practical tips to help strengthen and support small charities in such a challenging climate. They will be joined by Beth Clarke, CAF’s Resilience Programme Manager as well as policy and impact experts at NCVO.
The following Coronavirus advice pages have received a large number of visits in the last few weeks:
The information that care homes submit to CQC about the deaths of people in their care is published on a weekly basis as part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reporting on deaths. We are now doing further work on this data so that we can better understand the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on specific groups of people, including autistic people and people with a learning disability.
In July, The 7 Stars Foundation is launching an unrestricted grant funding programme open to charities with a turnover of less than £1.5m across the UK who are working with at-risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; and homelessness; and for those who are supporting young child carers. The charity is offering grants of up to £2,500, which can be directed towards overheads; salary costs; and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to apply the money to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future.
In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Asda Foundation has created two new grant schemes to support communities: the Hygiene Grant and the Healthy Holiday Grant.
The Hygiene Grant is intended for residents and patients in facilities who are struggling or unable to provide their own toiletries and the Foundation expects applications to come from care homes, hospices, hospitals, and homeless shelters.
The Healthy Holiday Grant is intended for groups who would normally be providing summer holiday activities for children that would ensure they are provided with a hot meal but may be unable to do this now due to social distancing measures. If social distancing measures are relaxed before the summer holidays, community groups should apply for the standard Transforming Communities Improving Lives grants, but if social distancing measures haven’t relaxed then the Healthy Holiday Grant becomes applicable to allow groups to deliver provisions to children at home.
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