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

 

 
 

Date:  03/07/2020

                             Issue: 65

 

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

Emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations

Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021

Comprehensive new funding package for councils to help address coronavirus pressures and cover lost income during the pandemic

Coronavirus and the economic impacts on UK: 2 July 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job

NHS test and trace statistics (England): 18 June to 24 June 2020

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits

COVID-19: guidance for taking swab samples

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

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

Governance Advice & Updates

Webinar on charity solvency and survival challenges

Reporting serious incidents during the coronavirus pandemic

HR mentoring support for small charities – CIPD offer to NCVO members

Free governance resources on Knowhow

The Ubele Initiative - Covid-19: Supporting BAME Communities

Support for co‑operative businesses

New Crisis Funding To Support Victims of Violence In Coronavirus

Funding News

The Dream Fund

Government Updates


Emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations

Funding allocations for emergency active travel schemes for local authorities in the region of the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Actual allocations for phase one released.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emergency-active-travel-fund-local-transport-authority-allocations 


Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021 

Proposals to modify the assessment requirements for some GCSEs, AS and A levels in response to disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposed-changes-to-the-assessment-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2021 


Comprehensive new funding package for councils to help address coronavirus pressures and cover lost income during the pandemic

Major new support package to help councils respond to coronavirus announced as part of comprehensive plan to ensure councils’ financial sustainability for the future.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/comprehensive-new-funding-package-for-councils-to-help-address-coronavirus-pressures-and-cover-lost-income-during-the-pandemic 


Coronavirus and the economic impacts on UK: 2 July 2020

New experimental data on the UK economy detailing the impact on businesses from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Data is from the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey; a 2-weekly survey designed to estimate the impact over the previous 2 weeks and the expectations for the following 2 weeks.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-the-economic-impacts-on-uk-2-july-2020 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


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 


Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 


Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work

Guidance for people who are employed and cannot work due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Added that interviews and assessments are by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre if asked to do so.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-employed-and-cannot-work 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job

Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Added that interviews and assessments will be done by telephone. You should only go to a jobcentre when asked to do so.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-you-were-employed-and-have-lost-your-job 


NHS test and trace statistics (England): 18 June to 24 June 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 4 of NHS test and trace contact tracing in England. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-18-june-to-24-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 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits

Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-already-getting-benefits 


COVID-19: guidance for taking swab samples

Videos and instructions for how to take swab samples for COVID-19 testing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-taking-swab-samples 


Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-environment-agency-update 


Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

This prospectus provides prospective bidders with information on how to apply for funding and how the assessment process will work. Added outcome of the second cycle of the rolling fund.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-covid-19-emergency-support-fund 


Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace 


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

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK. As of 9am on 2 July, there have been 9,914,663 tests, with 252,084 tests on 1 July. 283,757 people have tested positive.

As of 5pm on 1 July, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 43,995 have died.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 


Governance Advice & Updates


Webinar on charity solvency and survival challenges

In the face of an uncertain future, many charities are currently assessing their solvency and mapping out survival strategies, while also trying to support staff and beneficiaries. Join a free webinar from Bates Wells and the Directory of Social Change to explore the challenges faced by (and options available to) leaders in this position. 

https://bateswells.co.uk/event/difficult-decision-making-for-values-driven-organisations/ 


Reporting serious incidents during the coronavirus pandemic

The Charity Commission has published guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-serious-incidents-to-the-charity-commission-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic 


HR mentoring support for small charities – CIPD offer to NCVO members

Navigating the workplace and people challenges caused by Covid-19 can be difficult. This is particularly the case for small charities – many of whom have a limited HR function.

To help address this, CIPD (the professional body for HR) is offering free HR mentoring support to NCVO member charities during this difficult time. The mentoring will be provided by a volunteer HR professional, directly recruited by the CIPD from their network of 155,000 members. This could be particularly beneficial if you are a small charity, with a sole HR resource, looking for guidance from a fellow HR professional on your people-related challenges such as employee health and wellbeing, managing change, or workforce planning. 

The mentoring is expected to take place for 1-2 hours a week (via telephone, email or video chat) for a maximum of 6 weeks. You do not need to be a CIPD member to access this resource.  

To register your interest in taking part in this scheme, please email your interest to Charlotte Haynes at CIPD (c.haynes@cipd.co.uk) before 1 September 2020. The CIPD will then do their best to match you with a suitable volunteer mentor within a maximum of 2 weeks.


Free governance resources on Knowhow

Get free and full access to all the guides and tools on our practical advice website so that your board members can govern effectively during the crisis.

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/governance 


The Ubele Initiative - Covid-19: Supporting BAME Communities

How to write effective responses to emergency funding applications?

The Ubele Initiative provide fundraising and organisational development support to BAME organisations who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis via webinars and 1:1 support calls.

https://www.ubele.org/fundraising-support-for-bame-groups 


Support for co‑operative businesses

Co‑operative businesses impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic can benefit from our partnership with Co‑operatives UK:

  • Access FREE resources and guidance relating to co‑operative businesses and COVID‑19, which is being updated regularly.
  • The Hive, our business support programme for co‑operatives, in partnership with Co‑operatives UK has a dedicated support package set‑up specifically due to the COVID‑19 crisis. Contact a relationship manager if this could help your business.

https://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/business/community/the-hive 


New Crisis Funding To Support Victims of Violence In Coronavirus

Victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Derbyshire will have access to increased support as part of an emergency funding package in response to the coronavirus.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has allocated £439,275 in grants to charities and non-profit organisations which are safeguarding victims of violence and supporting their emotional recovery during the pandemic.

The funding has been shared between a host of charities and non-profit organisations across the county, helping them to meet the increased cost of adapting services according to social distancing rules, increased staffing and an expansion of safe accommodation for desperate victims and their families. 

For detail of victim services in Derbyshire visit the Core website:

https://www.core-derbyshire.com/ 


Funding News


The Dream Fund

The Dream Fund exists to unlock and resource the bold, creative, regenerative* dreams that are inside us and move them into the everyday consciousness of many.

It is their priority to get funds to a range of incredible practitioners at the fringes of support across the immediate and longer term, because we know these visions for the future we want to see must be plural, and actively challenge who, by circumstance, time and privilege, are resourced to dream for themselves, their communities and more broadly.

https://civicsquare.cc/dreams/fund/ 

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