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

 

 
 

Date:  02/06/2020

                             Issue: 45

 

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): getting tested

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

COVID-19: Letter to Secretary of State from SSAC

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

COVID Support Force: the MOD’s contribution to the coronavirus response

Guidance for contacts of people with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Governance Advice & Updates

DSC - Supporting staff and volunteers back to work after COVID-19

Opening your premises soon?

NCVO - Lifting the lockdown – the challenges our members face and how we are helping

NCVO Webinar - Building Organisational Resilience: Things for Small Charities to Consider

Popular ACAS Advice

CQC - The impact of coronavirus on autistic people and people with a learning disability

Funding News

The 7 Stars Foundation

Asda Foundation

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 


COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities 


COVID-19: Letter to Secretary of State from SSAC

A letter from the Social Security Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State in response to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-letter-to-secretary-of-state-from-ssac 


Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement protective measures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings 


Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

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?

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do


Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision 


COVID Support Force: the MOD’s contribution to the coronavirus response

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. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-support-force-the-mods-contribution-to-the-coronavirus-response


Guidance for contacts of people with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person 


Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 


Governance Advice & Updates


Directory of Social Change - Supporting staff and volunteers back to work after COVID-19

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.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/supporting-staff-and-volunteers-back-to-work-after-covid-19/ 


Opening your premises soon?

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.

https://www.charityretail.org.uk/we-have-published-our-reopening-pack/ 


NCVO - Lifting the lockdown – the challenges our members face and how we are helping

You've been telling us how the easing of the lockdown is affecting you. Elizabeth Chamberlain summarises the key issues and highlights practical support.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/05/29/lifting-the-lockdown-the-challenges-our-members-face-and-how-we-are-helping/ 


NCVO Webinar - Building Organisational Resilience: Things for Small Charities to Consider

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.

https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/event_series/ncvo-webinar-building-organisational-resilience-things-for-small-charities-to-consider 


Popular ACAS Advice

The following Coronavirus advice pages have received a large number of visits in the last few weeks:
Using holiday - https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/using-holiday
Vulnerable people and those at high risk - https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/vulnerable-people-and-high-risk
Furlough and pay - https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/furlough-scheme-pay
Returning to the workplace - https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-to-the-workplace
Sick pay and self-isolation - https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-sick-pay


CQC - The impact of coronavirus on autistic people and people with a learning disability

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.

https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/understanding-impact-coronavirus-autistic-people-people-learning-disability 


Funding News


The 7 Stars Foundation

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.

https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/ 


Asda Foundation

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.

https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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