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

 

 
 

Date:  25/06/2020

                             Issue: 60

 

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

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus and travel to work: June 2020

Staying safe outside your home

Guidance for Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) sectors in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)

New government guidance supports reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on 4 July

Civil servants have risen to the occasion of the pandemic

Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak

Hot weather warning issued to people shielding and more vulnerable groups

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

Review of two metre social distancing guidance

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen from 4 July

School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alternative provision: year 11 transition funding

Online education resources for home learning

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics and analysis

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Furloughing of workers across UK businesses: 18 May to 31 May 2020

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) Past Papers

Governance Advice & Updates

Ministers need to stop interfering and let the Lottery do its job

Inaction on racial justice

Great Ormand Street Hospital 

Show your support for the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign

Funding News

Hilden Charitable Fund

Funding Successes

Sight Support Derbyshire

Government Updates


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 


Coronavirus and travel to work: June 2020

This release provides contextual data on travel to work patterns from the Census and Annual Population Survey. It provides data on method of travel to work and distance of travel to work split by industry sectors and workplace location.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-travel-to-work-june-2020


Staying safe outside your home

The principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible. Updated to reflect newly announced guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home 


Guidance for Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) sectors in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for DCMS sectors in response to coronavirus. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-dcms-sectors-in-relation-to-coronavirus-covid-19 


New government guidance supports reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on 4 July

Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy, published today, will help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays and visit attractions on days out.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-government-guidance-supports-reopening-of-tourism-and-visitor-attractions-on-july-4 


Civil servants have risen to the occasion of the pandemic

Civil servants have stepped up to and met the challenges of this unprecedented time head on.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/our-civil-servants-have-risen-to-the-occasion-of-the-pandemic 


Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers 


Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak

As an emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sending-your-forms-to-companies-house-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Hot weather warning issued to people shielding and more vulnerable groups

Public Health England issues a heat warning encouraging vulnerable people to take care during the exceptionally hot weather forecast this week.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hot-weather-warning-issued-to-people-shielding-and-more-vulnerable-groups 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated ‘hospital discharge and testing’ section to state “anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, which includes individuals receiving home care. This can be accessed through the digital portal or by calling 119 to book testing”. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-home-care 


Review of two metre social distancing guidance

Review of two metre social distancing guidance and summary of review findings. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-two-metre-social-distancing-guidance 


Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen from 4 July

Practical guidelines published to help restaurants, pubs and hairdressers reopen safely 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pubs-restaurants-and-hairdressers-to-reopen-from-4-july 


School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on funding available to schools to support them with costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). Added information on the impact of schools’ financial reserves on eligibility for this funding and details of what support schools can access for the loss of self-generated income, as it is not covered by this fund.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-schools 


Alternative provision: year 11 transition funding

Sets out the financial support available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/alternative-provision-year-11-transition-funding


Online education resources for home learning

Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Updated with further resources and additional tips to help parents and carers with home education. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources


Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics and analysis

Data sources of numbers relating to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-statistics-and-analysis


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published every Wednesday.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic 


Furloughing of workers across UK businesses: 18 May to 31 May 2020

These tables provide analysis of Wave 6 of the Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS). This complements the analysis of BICS by focusing on the workforce furloughed across responding businesses.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/furloughing-of-workers-across-uk-businesses-18-may-to-31-may-2020


Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) Past Papers

Many more past papers have now been released.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies


Governance Advice & Updates


Ministers need to stop interfering and let the Lottery do its job

It’s now been a full 12 weeks since the Chancellor announced £370m in funding for small charities, to be delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund and other distributors in the home nations. And it’s been over a month since the Coronavirus Community Support Fund opened for applications in England, with £200m of that amount.

Even though this is supposed to be emergency funding to mitigate the impact of COVID19, we still have no idea when or how the remaining funds will be released, despite the NLCF reporting record numbers of applications for the first tranche. Why?

To our knowledge no data has been released about how many applications have been received, how many have been successful, whether the initial £200m has already run out, or whether any funding has been awarded at all. This needs to be in the public domain – it isn’t fair to current or prospective applicants not to provide it as soon as possible.

The fund is supposed to support small charities in crisis, but it's increasingly obvious that the Government has hamstrung the NLCF’s expertise and process with red tape and Ministerial diktats. Small charities – and most importantly the people who depend on them – need transparency and action, not more dithering and delay.


Inaction on racial justice

Fatima Iftikhar, of the anti-racism campaign group CharitySoWhite, said recently that in the foundation sector “inaction on racial justice is an active choice”. She added that if the sector does not change existing systems to make them more equitable for BAME people, it is coming up to face a moment of reckoning.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/moment-reckoning-near-foundations-charitysowhite-warns/management/article/1687515 


Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity expects to lose up to £25m in income as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The forecasted loss makes up more than a quarter of its income.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/gosh-charity-faces-25m-loss-in-income-this-year.html 


Show your support for the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign

The Great Ormond Street Children's Charity story above is one of many charities reporting loss of income during the current pandemic. The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is asking for more support from government as charities are facing more demand than ever before, under extreme operating conditions.

https://nmn.org.uk/ 


Funding News


Hilden Charitable Fund - Deadline: 17th July 2020

Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).  Applications are currently being accepted again after being closed to the initial coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.hildencharitablefund.org/ 


Funding Successes


Sight Support Derbyshire

Congratulations to Sight Support Derbyshire who have won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public. Sight Support Derbyshire will use this award to fund its work providing practical advice, information, services and emotional support to adults and children in Derby and Derbyshire who are blind or partially sighted. Anyone experiencing difficulties related to their sight loss during this time should call 01332 292262 or email enquiries@sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk

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