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

 

 
 

Date:  01/07/2020

                             Issue: 63

 

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

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Ofqual publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 25 June 2020

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from Minister Hall to local authorities on funding support for those in emergency accommodation and EEA rough sleepers

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

COVID Summer Food Fund

HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

HM Treasury coronavirus (COVID-19) business loan scheme statistics

Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Governance Advice & Updates

ACAS: Redundancy: getting it right - digital event

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public fundraising guidance

Regulation guidance places 'undue burden' on volunteer Trustees

Updated Charity Shop Reopening Pack

Care Quality Commission - Our work on closed cultures

Funding News

Frugi’s Happy Childhood Fund

ESF Community Grants - East Midlands

Biffa Award - Partnerships Projects

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

Government Updates


COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities 


Ofqual publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements

Ofqual’s consultation on draft statutory guidance on exam boards’ arrangements for appeals this summer and decisions on GCSE, AS and A level autumn exams.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-publishes-more-details-on-appeals-and-confirms-autumn-exam-arrangements 


Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 25 June 2020

Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak-23-march-to-25-june-2020 


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. The Q&A for the European Social Fund has been updated. See notes next to question numbers to view updated or newly published questions.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from Minister Hall to local authorities on funding support for those in emergency accommodation and EEA rough sleepers

Letter to all local authorities in England to update them on funding to support interventions for those placed in emergency accommodation, and support for EEA rough sleepers. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-from-minister-hall-to-local-authorities-on-funding-support-for-those-in-emergency-accommodation-and-eea-rough-sleepers 


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 


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. Added Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores, to list of supermarkets you can order eGift cards for.

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


HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

HMRC data about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and the VAT payments deferral scheme.  Published updated data (up to end of Sunday 28 June) for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and published updated data for the VAT payments deferral scheme (for the filing and payment due date of 7 June).

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics 


HM Treasury coronavirus (COVID-19) business loan scheme statistics

HMT management information about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and Future Fund Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hm-treasury-coronavirus-covid-19-business-loan-scheme-statistics


Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus. Chesterfield Borough Council’s allocation was £27,698,000 of which £25,395,000 has been granted to 2,175 businesses as of 28th June.  North East Derbyshire District Council’s allocation was £19,690,000 of which £18,545,000 has been granted to 1,652 businesses as of 28th June.


Governance Advice & Updates


ACAS: Redundancy: getting it right - digital event

Should your business be facing redundancies, it’s important to get the basics right. Not only to avoid costly employment tribunals but to help maintain good workplace relations and employee engagement throughout. 

ACAS experts will explain the legal and practical aspects of managing redundancies. They will also share good practice, so that you can confidently handle a redundancy situation in your workplace.

Includes: 

  • Planning and alternatives
  • Collective redundancy process including consultation
  • Individual redundancy and consultation
  • The redundancy selection process
  • Selection criteria
  • Legal considerations

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public fundraising guidance

The Fundraising Regulator has said fundraising should only restart when it can be done safely, it has issued new guidance highlighting issues to consider.

https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/more-from-us/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-public-fundraising-guidance 


Regulation guidance places 'undue burden' on volunteer Trustees

There is an “undue burden” placed on trustees by the volume and tone of Charity Commission guidance, according to members of the Charity Law Association, Civil Society Reports. 

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-law-association-members-criticise-regulators-public-expectations-stance.html


Updated Charity Shop Reopening Pack

The Charity Retail Association has updated its Charity Shop Reopening Pack to include the very latest government guidance. 

https://www.charityretail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CRA-charity-shop-reopening-pack-V5-June-29-2020.pdf 


Care Quality Commission - Our work on closed cultures

A closed culture is a poor culture which has an increased risk of harm – including abuse and human rights breaches.They're more likely to develop in services where people are removed from their communities, where people stay for months or years at a time, where there is weak leadership and where staff often lack the right skills, training or experience to support people.

We've been concerned about the quality and safety of mental health and learning disability wards for a long time and we've highlighted examples of the concerns we have in our reports, including our State of Care in Mental Health Services 2014–2017. The BBC Panorama programme in 2019 on Whorlton Hall highlighted shocking abuse of people with a learning disability and autistic people in hospitals, reinforcing the need for rapid improvements in care. 

Since then we've written to providers  and asked them to consider what steps they can take to better protect the human rights of people in their service. This month we've released guidance on closed cultures, to further strengthen our approach. Read more about what we've done so far.


Funding News


Frugi’s Happy Childhood Fund - Deadline: 7th July 2020 at 12:00 noon

Grants are available for small UK charities for projects which support children living in poverty. Their main focus is on three pillars: Hunger, Shelter and Nature. 

https://www.welovefrugi.com/customer/frugi/making_a_difference/happy-childhood-fund 


ESF Community Grants - East Midlands

Grants are available for small third sector organisations to offer local skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals aged 16 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive and from the hardest to reach communities in the East Midlands. 

https://www.the-futures-group.com/grants-available-for-east-midlands-community-organisations-to-support-the-unemployed-into-jobs.html 


Biffa Award - Partnerships Projects

Expressions of Interest are invited for both the Built Environment and Natural Environment Partnership Grants Scheme in the second of two rounds in 2020.

The Partnership Projects scheme offers grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 for inspiring projects that will create a significant impact.

The funding is for large-scale projects that address the following:

  • Built Environment projects should transform cultural, heritage or visitor centres. They should inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation on a grand scale.
  • Natural Environment projects should restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it, promoting nature’s recovery. Projects should be working to Biodiversity 2020, England’s Biodiversity Strategy to reduce biodiversity loss, its successor, or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.

https://www.biffa-award.org/partnerships/ 


Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is now open for new enquiries.

Our Trustees recognise the incredible response our coalfield communities have had to the COVID-19 crisis, and have allowed us to alter the funding support we offer to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services.

We are still offering grants of up to £10,000 that can address local needs during this difficult time.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.

More details on new guidance and deadline dates can be found here https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/covid19-ccip-funding-support/ 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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