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

 

 
 

Date:  14/07/2020

                             Issue: 69

 

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


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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5TJ8RW6


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

HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out

PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

Financial assistance abroad

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Coronavirus (COVID-19): disposing of waste

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

COVID Summer Food Fund

97.5% of in-person coronavirus (COVID-19) tests returned next day

How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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

Governance Advice & Updates

ACAS - East Midlands e-connect Newsletter

ICO cookie rules, COVID-19 and what it all means

Sport England - Review of Code for Sports Governance

Funding News

The Social Enterprise Support Fund

Inspiring Futures

Government Updates


HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out

Registrations for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme started yesterday (13 July 2020). 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-invites-hospitality-industry-to-register-for-eat-out-to-help-out 


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. Visors can now be ordered from the portal.

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


Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms

Advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to England to pick fruit and vegetables on farms, and their employers.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coming-to-the-uk-for-seasonal-agricultural-work-on-english-farms 


Financial assistance abroad

Guidance on what you can do and who you can contact if you need financial help abroad, including during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Updated to reflect changes in how to apply for an emergency loan if you’re abroad and in need due to coronavirus restrictions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-assistance-abroad 


COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Translations added:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): disposing of waste

How to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-disposing-of-waste 


Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person. Translations added:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person 


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.
Updated with further information on providing food parcels and free meals in further education.

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


97.5% of in-person coronavirus (COVID-19) tests returned next day

Statistics covering the 5th week of operation (25 June to 1 July) of the NHS Test and Trace service have been published today. Added Co-op Funeralcare to list of businesses representing high-contact professions that are taking part in the trial of asymptomatic testing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/975-of-in-person-coronavirus-covid-19-tests-returned-next-day 


How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you’re self-employed or member of a partnership find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme. Added details about what supporting evidence you may be asked for if having a new child affected the trading profits you reported for the tax year 2018 to 2019.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-different-circumstances-affect-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme 


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.
Updated to confirm that the online service for the first grant is closed. Included further information about the second and final grant.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


ACAS - East Midlands e-connect Newsletter

The latest employment law updates featuring the most frequently-accessed advice topics, online training sessions and closed training for your workplace.


ICO cookie rules, COVID-19 and what it all means

We are living through exceptional times, and thinking about whether your website cookie policy is compliant is probably quite low down on your priority list. Fortunately, if you haven’t already updated the cookie policy on your website in line with the latest ICO rules, you still have enough time to make your website compliant. 

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/ico-cookie-rules-covid-19-and-what-it-all-means/ 


Sport England - Review of Code for Sports Governance

Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance will undergo a joint review to look at areas where it would benefit from further development, including around equality, diversity and inclusion. 

The review of the code, which is jointly produced by Sport England and UK Sport, will begin immediately and cover three areas:

  • Where the code would benefit from further development, including a substantive review of its elements that support equality, diversity and inclusion – particularly those that focus on the boards of sporting organisations, aimed at ensuring greater representation of people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, disabled people or people with a long-term health condition, as well as female representation.
  • A general review of other elements of the code, drawing on more than three years of experience of using the code and with more than 200 bodies now having been assessed 
  • A check against current governance best practice from other sectors, recognising that thinking may have moved on and further improvements found in sport and other sectors over the last three years.      

Organisations the code applies to will be part of the wide and inclusive consultation, as well as other organisations involved in improving governance, diversity and inclusion.

https://www.sportengland.org/news/joint-review-code-sports-governance 


Funding News


The Social Enterprise Support Fund - Round 1 Deadline: 1:00pm on Monday 20th July 2020

The Social Enterprise Support Fund launched yesterday, providing grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID-19.

Big Issue Invest, The Key Fund, Resonance, UnLtd and SSE will jointly deliver £18.7m in grants, with support from CAF Venturesome, the Young Foundation and Ashoka.

This has been made possible thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund is aimed at social enterprises supporting people at high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19.

https://socialenterprisesupportfund.org.uk/


Inspiring Futures - Deadline: 11:30am on Friday 31st July 2020

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation have partnered to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. Not-for profit organisations in the UK will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020. Funding will be for project and organisational costs and will support between 12 and 18 months of delivery. In England projects can work with children and young people aged 10 to 24 and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland aged 10 to 18.

https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/inspiring-futures/ 

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