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

 

 
 

Date:  22/06/2020

                             Issue: 57

 

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) related mortality by religion, ethnicity and disability: England and Wales, 2 March 2020 to 15 May 2020

Update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK alert level

Code of practice for the commercial property sector

Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to social housing residents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to directors of public health from Jo Churchill

Government publishes coronavirus (COVID-19) R value and growth rates

National COVID-19 surveillance reports

Financial Support for Businesses - Job Retention Scheme

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

Governance Advice & Updates

Charities face £12.4bn shortfall 

NCVO Refreshed Guidance

NCVO - Webinars

NAPA Benefit Concert – Lily Armstrong and Friends

Funding News

Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19) related mortality by religion, ethnicity and disability: England and Wales, 2 March 2020 to 15 May 2020

This release will provide a descriptive overview of deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) among people identifying by religion group, ethnic group and disability status. It will contain death counts, age-standardised rates and odds ratios by age and sex for religion groups, ethnic groups and those restricted or not restricted in daily activites.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-covid-19-related-mortality-by-religion-ethnicity-and-disability-england-and-wales-2-march-2020-to-15-may-2020 


Update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK alert level

An update from the CMOs for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the alert level in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-uk-alert-level 


Code of practice for the commercial property sector

Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-commercial-property-sector


Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England

Actions for local authorities and social care providers following a coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of an employee or volunteer in adult social care.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/steps-to-take-following-the-death-of-a-person-who-worked-in-adult-social-care-in-england 


Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-environment-agency-update 


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

How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak. This document has been updated throughout in line with the care homes support package announced on 15 May and the latest advice on testing, and infection prevention and control. The changes are set out in full in the document.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to social housing residents

Letter from the Minister of Housing setting out the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the next phase towards reopening society.  Added easy read version of the letter.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-social-housing-residents 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care

A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-reducing-risk-in-adult-social-care 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to directors of public health from Jo Churchill

The health minister’s letter thanks directors of public health and their teams for their response to COVID-19 so far.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-directors-of-public-health-from-jo-churchill 


Government publishes coronavirus (COVID-19) R value and growth rates

The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK. The R number range for the UK is 0.7-0.9 and the growth rate range is -4% to -2% as of 19 June 2020. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-number-in-the-uk 


National COVID-19 surveillance reports

National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports 


Financial Support for Businesses - Job Retention Scheme

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Added information about exceptions for military reservists or if claiming for more than 100 employees.. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19 


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 38 new papers.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


Charities face £12.4bn shortfall 

A report published by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising shows that charities are expecting a reduction of 24% to their total income for the year - a total loss of £12.4bn if applied to the sector as a whole.

https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/news/charities-are-facing-a-124bn-shortfall-in-income-for-the-year/


NCVO Refreshed Guidance

NCVO have refreshed two key sections of our coronavirus guidance to reflect the latest advice:

 Contingency planning and financial implications

  • Developing a contingency plan and your insurance 
  • Financial management and solvency
  • Coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing)
  • Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS)
  • Bounce back loan
  • Charity funding from government
  • Other funding opportunities for charities
  • Webinars on contingency planning and finance

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/coronavirus/contingency-planning-and-financial-implications 

Supporting staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to stay safe

  • Prevention and social distancing
  • Risk assessment
  • Returning to work safely
  • Continuing your operation
  • Cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures  
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  
  • Supporting beneficiaries/service users 
  • Supporting staff and volunteers to work from home  
  • Employees rights and sick leave entitlement  
  • Supporting members of the community facing discrimination  
  • Taking an inclusive approach to Covid-19   
  • Guidance for trustees
  • Webinars on protecting staff, volunteers and beneficiaries

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/coronavirus/supporting-your-staff-volunteers-and-beneficiaries-and-keeping-safe


NCVO - Upcoming and Past Webinars

Upcoming

Easing of lockdown: Legal/practical considerations for returning to work - 24th June, 11:00am

Rewatch


NAPA Benefit Concert – Lily Armstrong and Friends

The National Activity Providers Association are holding an online Charity Benefit Concert to support the helpline they have set up to support activity staff (and others) in care homes. The concert will take place on 3rd July 2020 online at 7pm with all donations/proceeds going to NAPA.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/napa-benefit-concert-with-lily-armstrong-and-friends-tickets-109958203948 


Funding News


Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund

Details of the £7.6 million Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund and how to apply. Added ‘The Vulnerable Children National Charities Strategic Relief Fund: clarification document’ and an updated version of the application form.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-national-charities-strategic-relief-fund 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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