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

 

 
 

Date:  30/06/2020

                             Issue: 62

 

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 and shielding of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 9 June to 18 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

Shielding update: letter to patients, 22 June 2020

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Major changes to insolvency law come into force

Dstl release research on stability of COVID-19 in the air

HMCTS telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes

Modification notice: education, health and care plans legislation changes

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes

Local action to tackle coronavirus

Governance Advice & Updates

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act

Spend now for a brighter future – time, energy (and money)

Fundraisers have a duty to ask for donations despite the pandemic

It is a word that government and funders have avoided for years – infrastructure

Electronic signatures – is this a way out of lockdown difficulties?

Funding News

Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine Scheme

Severn Trent Community Fund

Government Updates


Coronavirus and shielding of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 9 June to 18 June 2020

Information about individuals that are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable to coronavirus in England. How has their health condition, healthcare and mental health changed since being advised to shield? Are they, and those they live with, following guidance and what support is helping, or is needed, to help shield? 

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-shielding-of-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-people-in-england-9-june-to-18-june-202 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers 


PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

Healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up their existing supplies for COVID-19 in an emergency.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ppe-portal-how-to-order-emergency-personal-protective-equipment 


Shielding update: letter to patients, 22 June 2020

Translations and accessible formats of a letter from the government sent to patients who are shielding. 

Translations available are:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese simplified
  • Chinese traditional
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/shielding-update-letter-to-patients-22-june-2020 


Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on how to get digital devices, internet access and support to provide remote education and access to children’s social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated with various clarifications, including emphasising that devices are for education and social care, adding information on protecting children and young people online, and linking to guidance on loaning or gifting devices.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-technology-for-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19 


Major changes to insolvency law come into force

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act has received Royal Assent and came into force on 26 June 2020. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-changes-to-insolvency-law-come-into-force 


Dstl release research on stability of COVID-19 in the air

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) research on the stability of the COVID-19 virus in the air also supports the scientific advice provided to the Government on COVID-19 control measures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dstl-release-research-on-stability-of-covid-19-in-the-air 


HMCTS telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak

Information about how Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hmcts-telephone-and-video-hearings-during-coronavirus-outbreak 


Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. Added information that MOT extensions will only be applied for MOTs due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. Added information on what to do if your MOT is due on or after 1 August 2020. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020 


Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts

Find out how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine, and how to recognise phishing or bogus emails and text messages.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/genuine-hmrc-contact-and-recognising-phishing-emails 


Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education issues a third notice about changes to state-funded school inspections requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disapplication-notice-school-inspections-legislation-changes


Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education issues a third notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disapplication-notice-school-attendance-legislation-changes 


Modification notice: education, health and care plans legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education issues a third notice to modify the duty relating to education, health and care (EHC) plans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modification-notice-ehc-plans-legislation-changes


Modification notice: school registration legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education issues a third notice to modify pupil registration requirements when providing education on a temporary basis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modification-notice-school-registration-legislation-changes 


Local action to tackle coronavirus

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about local measures to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Leicester.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/local-action-to-tackle-coronavirus 


Governance Advice & Updates


The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act came into force on 26 June 2020. It is intended to give breathing space to organisations by altering the legal requirements relating to insolvency, the holding of AGMs and filing. Amongst other things, it retrospectively applies so that AGMs held by charitable companies and charitable incorporated organisations between 26 March and 30 September can be held electronically regardless of whether the organisation’s constitution permits this.

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2019-21/corporateinsolvencyandgovernance.html 


Spend now for a brighter future – time, energy (and money)

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, writes about investing now for a better future. Specifically, he writes about leadership development, credible research and improved collaboration in the sector.

https://www.charitytoday.co.uk/spend-now-for-a-brighter-future-time-energy-and-money/ 


Fundraisers have a duty to ask for donations despite the pandemic

Fundraisers have a duty to ask for donations on behalf of beneficiaries despite the economic woes caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, according to fundraising think tank Rogare.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/fundraisers-duty-ask-donations-despite-pandemic-report-finds/fundraising/article/1687921 


It is a word that government and funders have avoided for years – infrastructure

Ed Mayo from Pilotlight makes the case for celebrating, and investing in, infrastructure.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/voices/ed-mayo-it-is-a-word-that-government-and-funders-have-avoided-for-year-infrastructure.html 


Electronic signatures – is this a way out of lockdown difficulties?

The lockdown is causing difficulties for a number of our clients in signing and completing physical documents. Some people may lack the facilities to print/scan documents or to receive physical documents. This article gives a brief overview of the use of electronic signatures in some common scenarios. 

https://www.russell-cooke.co.uk/insight/briefings/2020/electronic-signatures-is-this-a-way-out-of-lockdown-difficulties/ 


Funding News


Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine Scheme - Deadline: 6th July 2020

UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to help them respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and to adapt and reimagine ways of working in the future. Through the Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine Scheme  grants are available to provide immediate practical support connected to reopening such as staffing, equipment, training, or planning for future activities, and to provide opportunities for organisations to help them adapt for the future.

https://www.artfund.org/assets/supporting-museums/respond-reimagine/rrg-applicant-guidance.pdf 


Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent have re-opened their Community Fund to general applications. The aims of
the fund are focused on improving community well-being and they are looking to fund new
projects, rather than general organisational running costs.
To be eligible for a grant your organisation must be a registered not for profit, and the
project you would like funding for must benefit Severn Trent customers.
The programme distributes grants of £2,000 to £250,000 for local initiatives that meet the
following aims:
  • People - Projects that facilitate healthier lifestyles and skills development
  • Place - Projects that help create better places to live in and use
  • Environment - Projects that facilitate a healthier natural environment, greater access to that environment or support the preservation of water

There are three sizes of grants:

  • £2,000 - £10,000 (open to many types of groups and orgs)
  • £10,001 - £75,000 (to apply for over £10,000 you must be a registered charity, local authority, parish council or business registered with Companies House
  • £75,001 - £250,000
Grants of over £10,000 must be match funded with at least 10% of your own funds.
Panel meetings are held in March, June, September and December. They recommend
that you allow a minimum of five months between submitting your application and project
start date to allow time for processing and decision making.

https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/severn-trent-community-fund/how-to-apply/ 

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