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



Date:  07/07/2020

                             Issue: 66


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 will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: Mobile: 07889 726846..
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

Summer Activities for Children in Chesterfield Survey

Are you organising summer activities for children and families?

We would like to hear about them so that we can spread the news.

If you would like to be included please complete the survey below.

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 -

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 -

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:

Governance Advice & Updates

National Lottery Community Fund: Funding the Crisis

Funding Focus: support by and for BAME-led organisations and causes

Difficult decision making for values-driven organisations - free webinar

NCVO Online Training

Funding News

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust - Charity Survival Fund

Aviva Community Fund

Governance Advice & Updates

National Lottery Community Fund: Funding the Crisis

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, The National Lottery Community Fund

This is the first in a series of blogs from funders, giving their perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it has had on their grant making. 

Funding Focus: support by and for BAME-led organisations and causes

Non Frenguelli looks at DSC's research into COVID-19 response funding, highlighting innovative and boundary-pushing BAME-funders, and organisations for groups and individuals in the BAME-community, that are challenging how the funding sector responds to crises. 

Difficult decision making for values-driven organisations - free webinar

14th July - 2:00-3:00pm 

With challenging times ahead, how can charities approach difficult decisions while staying true for their organisation's values? Bates Wells and Directory of Social Change's Debra Allcock Tyler explore the issues in this webinar. 

NCVO Online Training/Webinars

UK civil society almanac launch 2020

9th July

Making use of time series data from the UK Civil Society Almanac (sponsored by Sarasin and Partners), this free webinar will give you an overview of the state of the charity sector and what those trends mean in the current context. 

Writing successful bids

21st July

In this course you will learn how to write solid funding applications with confidence and with focus with a knowledgeable fundraiser. 

Key principals of fundraising in the voluntary sector

29th July

This interactive, online course will help you understand the fundamentals of fundraising. We will look at the key principles and how to apply them to your organisation. 

Funding strategy and diversification post Covid-19

5th August

This course will help you understand and analyse the current funding situation of your organisation and teach you how to plan for the future. 

Charity trustee induction and refresher

12th & 14th August

This interactive, online course will give an overview and understanding of charity governance, regulation and best practice. These sessions offer unique networking opportunities with other trustees and access to our expert trainers. 

Implementing Trusted Charity workshop

19th August

Trusted Charity is a straightforward quality standard designed to help you run your organisation more effectively and efficiently. If you are new to Trusted Charity and need some help getting started, or if you have come to a standstill with your self-assessment and need some motivation to get going, then this 90 minute online workshop is for you. 

Good practice in volunteer management

9th September

This course introduces you to the key principles of good practice in volunteer management and how to apply them to your organisation. 

Funding News

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust - Charity Survival Fund - Deadline: 27th July 2020

The philanthropists Julia and Hans Rausing have launched a £10m “survival fund” aimed at helping charities through the coronavirus pandemic. 

The couple said it would be the first time that their eponymous trust would be open to accepting funding applications from charities. 

The fund will provide core funding to help charities overcome the effects of Covid-19 and is open to UK-registered charities with annual incomes of less than £5m. 

Grants are expected to range between £1,000 and £250,000, with the aim of supporting about 200 charities. 

Aviva Community Fund - Deadline: 28th July 2020

The Aviva Community Fund have broadened their criteria of their funding to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.  

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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