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

 

 
 

Date:  26/06/2020

                             Issue: 61

 

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

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online

Thousands to be offered repeat testing in care homes

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID Summer Food Fund

Protecting rough sleepers and renters: government response to the Select Committee report

Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants

The R number and growth rate in the UK

COVID-19 infection survey, England: provisional results, 25 June 2020

COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England

Has coronavirus killed globalisation: speech by Laura Clarke

NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology

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

National COVID-19 surveillance reports

Governance Advice & Updates

Directory of Social Change - Freedom of Information request

Charity coalition calls for temporary rise in Gift Aid rate

Alert for charities - the importance of transparent and accountable governance

Apprenticeship system failing people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Funding News

Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Thanks to a campaign by Toby Perkins MP, Chesterfield residents can now access tests at the Proact Stadium on the national portal.

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


European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-coronavirus-covid-19-response 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online

Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New information on apps to help children stay safe online.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online 


Thousands to be offered repeat testing in care homes

10,000 residents and staff across over 100 care homes will be given coronavirus tests as part of a new surveillance study.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-to-be-offered-repeat-testing-in-care-homes 


Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Information about employees who have transferred under the TUPE regulations has been added. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 


COVID Summer Food Fund

Guidance for schools and local authorities on providing vouchers to support pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-summer-food-fund 


Protecting rough sleepers and renters: government response to the Select Committee report

A response by the government to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on protecting rough sleepers and renters.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-rough-sleepers-and-renters-government-response-to-the-select-committee-report 


Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants

More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-support-for-pubs-cafes-and-restaurants 


The R number and growth rate in the UK

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 25 June 2020.

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


COVID-19 infection survey, England: provisional results, 25 June 2020

This release provides initial data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Public Health England. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/covid-19-infection-survey-england-provisional-results-25-june-2020 


COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information

Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/covid-19-number-of-outbreaks-in-care-homes-management-information 


COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing 


COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Updated guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing 


Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment. 

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


Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests to restart in England

Driving lessons and theory tests will restart on Saturday 4 July 2020 in England, and car driving tests will restart from Wednesday 22 July 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-lessons-theory-tests-and-driving-tests-to-restart-in-england 


Has coronavirus killed globalisation: speech by Laura Clarke

British High Commissioner Laura Clarke ponders the changes that COVID-19 has brought to the world and if it has destoryed globalisation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/has-coronavirus-killed-globalisation-speech-by-laura-clarke 


NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology

How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact tracing data in its weekly reports. Added new 2 new sections on testing, and new sections on ‘Number of people providing details of one or more recent close contacts’ and ‘Notes on interpreting against other statistics’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-methodology


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

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK. As of 9am on 25 June, there have been 8,710,292 tests, with 167,023 tests on 24 June. 307,980 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 24 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 43,230 have died.

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


National COVID-19 surveillance reports

National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems.  Added week 26 report, infographic and data table.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


Directory of Social Change - Freedom of Information request

The DSC have received strong indications from multiple different sources that Ministers are unnecessarily slowing down the distribution of the Coronavirus Community Support Fund  for small charities.

To try to shed some light on the process they have submitted a Freedom of Information request to the National Lottery Community Fund about the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

You can read the FOI request below:

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/ministers-need-to-stop-interfering-and-let-the-lottery-do-its-job/   


Charity coalition calls for temporary rise in Gift Aid rate

An alliance, led by CAF, the IoF, the Charity Finance Group and the Charity Tax Group, plus a number of charities is asking the government to increase the effective amount of Gift Aid that charities receive to 33 percent from 25 percent for the next two years, which could boost sector finances by £450m.

https://nmn.org.uk/2020/06/24/gift-aid-emergency-relief-package/ 


Alert for charities - the importance of transparent and accountable governance

The Charity Commission has written to all large charities warning of the importance of 'transparent and accountable governance'. The Commission says this is particularly important during COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alert-for-charities-the-importance-of-transparent-and-accountable-governance 


Apprenticeship system failing people from disadvantaged backgrounds

The number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds starting apprenticeships has fallen by more than a third, according to the Social Mobility Commission.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-and-social-mobility-fulfilling-potential


Funding News


Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up

Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-funding-for-service-charities-as-veterans-support-is-stepped-up 

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