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

 

 
 

Date:  02/07/2020

                             Issue: 64

 

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 Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Universities Minister calls for true social mobility

Coronavirus: driving tests (England)

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Flexible furlough scheme

Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Insufficient evidence for vitamin D preventing or treating ARTIs

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers progress data

Governance Advice & Updates

Acting in Absence

Coping with the crisis checklists

NCVO Governance Round-up

Funding News

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grants Scheme

Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Small Grants Scheme

The Radcliffe Trust 

Government Updates


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Many changes have been made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. For the latest updates please visit the page below.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-childrens-social-care-services 


The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020

How the measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act and The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 will affect your filings at Companies House.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-companies-etc-filing-requirements-temporary-modifications-regulations-2020 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Updated 2 attachments to reflect changes to the registration system for these testing kits: ‘guidance on Randox testing’ and ‘how to use Randox test kits’.

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


Universities Minister calls for true social mobility

Speaking to the NEON summit on widening access and mobility, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, outlines a new approach to social mobility. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/universities-minister-calls-for-true-social-mobility 


Coronavirus: driving tests (England)

Car driving tests will restart in England on 22 July 2020 with safety precautions in place – other types of tests will restart before then.  Theory tests will restart on 4th July.  

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests 


Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 


Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 


Flexible furlough scheme

Businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time from today as part of the government’s plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flexible-furlough-scheme-starts-today 


Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings

What schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders, early years and other educational settings need to do if there’s a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-lockdowns-guidance-for-education-and-childcare-settings 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-people-receiving-direct-payments


Insufficient evidence for vitamin D preventing or treating ARTIs

NICE and SACN have reviewed available evidence on vitamin D and the risk of acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) and COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/insufficient-evidence-for-vitamin-d-preventing-or-treating-artis 


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


Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers progress data

Information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data


Governance Advice & Updates


Acting in Absence

It’s not a holiday if the work’s still piling up and people are still calling and emailing you. And if nobody’s covering for you, someone’s missing an opportunity! Having a clear procedure for what happens when you (or any member of staff) are on leave is important for a number of reasons. 

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/acting-in-absence 


Coping with the crisis checklists

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a whole host of new and difficult challenges for charities.

The way we carry out some of our fundamental activities has changed, at least temporarily. Some challenges are practical, like how to meet and manage staff remotely.

Some are financial like how to balance falling income with increasing demand. Many are about how and how well we communicate with our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

To help you to make sure you’re getting the basics right, the Directory of Social Change have created a series of simple Coping with the Crisis checklists.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/crisischecklists 


NCVO Governance Round-up

In NCVO’s governance round-up for charity trustees this month:

  • importance of transparent and accountable governance
  • evidence and recommendations from a recent report into racism in charities
  • helpful provisions in the new corporate insolvency and governance bill
  • and more…

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/06/30/governance-round-up-june-2020/ 


Funding News


Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grants Scheme

The Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant Scheme is open for applications from small groups for funds to cover running costs

Click here to download the Small Grant application form and guidance notes.

 During these COVID19-affected times, there will be no closing date for applications.  We will aim to get back to you with a decision within two weeks of receipt of your form.  The maximum amount you can apply for is £1,000, but grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £500-£600.  We will pause or close applications if necessary.

Please be aware that groups can only receive funds from this scheme once in any 12 month period - therefore if you have previously received a Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant you have to wait a year before applying again.  Please contact us if you are unsure when you last received a Small Grant.

If you are applying for the first time and new to Derbyshire Voluntary Action please complete the membership and database form below:

Click here to download the Derbyshire Voluntary Action membership form

Click here to open the Derbyshire Voluntary Action database form


Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Small Grants Scheme

Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Small Grants Scheme is available in each Derbyshire locality to support groups and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Grant funding up to £1,000 is available. 

Priority will be given to new projects which respond to the COVID19 crisis or applications to adapt existing projects to enable them to operate under the new conditions imposed by the COVID19 crisis.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  We will aim to give a decision within two weeks of receipt of application.  The application window will be paused or closed if necessary.

Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme 

Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme guidance notes

Healthy North East Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme

Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the North East Derbyshire District Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme guidance notes


The Radcliffe Trust - Deadline: 14th September 2020

The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education, especially for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and for projects at secondary and higher levels. Conscious of the fact that traditional performance-based projects will be impractical in the foreseeable future in the light of the current pandemic, the Trust has temporarily amended its grant-making programmes. 

https://theradcliffetrust.org/ 

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Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844
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