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

 

 
 

Date:  16/07/2020

                             Issue: 71

 

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

Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Largest testing programme for coronavirus publishes its initial findings

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home

Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

Access to Work: factsheet for customers

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings

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

Government acts to protect jobs in every part of the UK

Governance Advice & Updates

DSC Online Training

Furlonteer

CAF - Six characteristics of a resilient charity

Community business in England: Learning from the Power to Change Research Institute 2015–19 

Locally Rooted: The Place of Community Organising in Times of Crisis

Traineeships to triple in £111m boost for young people's training opportunities

Common Vision Newsletter

Funding News

The Art Fund

MSD’s UK Covid-19 Grants Programme

Power to Change - Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

Food Solidarity Fund

Football Foundation - Club Preparation Fund

Government Updates


Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Users can request to have the authentication code sent to a home address instead of the company’s registered office. This is a temporary service in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers 


Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance and application form for the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups. This includes the increase in the income threshold from £16,190 per annum to £31,500 per annum for London and £28,200 for areas outside of London.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance 


Largest testing programme for coronavirus publishes its initial findings

Over 120,000 volunteers tested across England between 1 May and 1 June as part of the country’s largest study into coronavirus. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/largest-testing-programme-for-coronavirus-publishes-its-initial-findings 


COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home

This guidance covers the cleaning of environments outside the home. Guidance updated with advice on cleaning and waste management that does not relate to a suspected or confirmed case, taking into account current levels of community transmission.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings 


Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme 


Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

‘What happens next’ section updated to include the registration information that is available to the public. The ‘Register’ section now gives more information about which Government Gateway ID you can use.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eat-out-to-help-out-scheme


COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities. 

Added translations in the following languages: 

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Polish
  • Portugese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Somali
  • Urdu

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july 


Access to Work: factsheet for customers

Factsheet about Access to Work and how it can help overcome barriers to starting or keeping a job if you have a disability or long term health condition. Updated the guidance on claiming travel costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to remove the line explaining you do not need to get evidence to support your claim.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-factsheet 


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 


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. Amended to reflect upcoming changes to the rules on wearing face coverings.

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


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.  Added guidance on supporting vulnerable young people and specific advice for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to ‘What FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision 


COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings

Guidance for those managing council buildings. Amended to reflect upcoming changes to the rules on wearing face coverings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-council-buildings 


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.  Updated the amendments to regulations section of the guidance for children’s social care services.

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


Government acts to protect jobs in every part of the UK

Measures will protect the UK’s economy by preventing new burdens on business and provide certainty to support coronavirus recovery. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-acts-to-protect-jobs-in-every-part-of-the-uk 


Governance Advice & Updates


DSC Online Training

July

Creating an appropriate organisational strategy  - Monday 20 July

Fundraising with digital marketing - Thursday 23 July

Moving into leadership - Friday 24 July

Income diversification - Monday 27 July

August

Dynamic leadership approaches - Monday 3 August

Support and supervision of staff - Friday 7 August

Communications and branding - Monday 10 August

Finance for non-finance managers - Wednesday 12 August

Essential presentation skills - Thursday 13 August

Communicating to influence - Friday 14 August

Minute taking skills - Friday 14 August

Innovation and maximising opportunities - Thursday 20 August

Introduction to impact measurement - Wednesday 26 August

September

Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value - Monday 7 September


Furlonteer

Your charity could request help from furloughed people working remotely to help you to resolve some of the challenges you are facing.

https://www.furlonteer.com/


CAF - Six characteristics of a resilient charity

Running a programme designed to increase the resilience of small charities is a fantastic job, but one of the biggest challenges is measuring resilience. In reality, whether a charity is resilient can only be known when a they face difficult events or changing times. Just like those we're living through at the moment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

So what does a resilient charity look like? Through the CAF Resilience programme and our wider work with charities, we’ve noticed six characteristics that show an organisation has the potential to be resilient. We use these to help a charity reflect on their resilience – so how does your organisation measure up to them?

https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/blog-home/charities-blog/six-characteristics-of-a-resilient-charity 


Community business in England: Learning from the Power to Change Research Institute 2015–19 

New research study from Power to Change Institute on community businesses.

https://www.powertochange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Compendium_Report_FA.pdf 


Locally Rooted: The Place of Community Organising in Times of Crisis

It is widely acknowledged that neighbours have played an essential role in supporting their local communities through the COVID-19 crisis. 

http://www.corganisers.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Locally_Rooted-the_place_of_co_in_times_of_crisis.pdf 


Traineeships to triple in £111m boost for young people's training opportunities
The government is pledging to provide 30,000 new traineeships to get young people in England into work, as fears about mounting unemployment increase

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53301076 


Common Vision Newsletter

Designing a recovery based on community resilience, intergenerational support and cross-sector collaboration . 

https://mailchi.mp/covi.org.uk/moneytrendspaper-a-1051866?e=d9c37046d2 


Funding News


The Art Fund - Deadline: Monday 17th August 2020

The Art Fund have funding available through their Respond and reimagine grants. These grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to challenges connected to the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants are available UK wide, from £10,000 up to £50,000.

https://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/programmes/respond-and-reimagine-grants


MSD’s UK Covid-19 Grants Programme - Deadline: 5:00pm on 31st July 2020

MSD have launched a Covid-19 dedicated Grants Programme to support health charities and vulnerable populations around the UK. Grants are available up to £20,000 or 20% of the charity’s annual turnover (whichever is the lowest amount).

https://www.msd-uk.com/partnerships/partnerships.xhtml#grants 


Power to Change - Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

The Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme will offer grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations that are providing vital support to communities and are struggling financially because of Covid-19. The £9.5 million scheme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses, who are particularly encouraged to apply.

https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/covid-19-community-led-organisations-recovery-scheme/ 


Food Solidarity Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified a global crisis of food security. Around the world, Social Gastronomy organizations are responding to address the inequities in the food system and re-imagining a more sustainable, equitable, and healthy future.

The Food Solidarity Fund was designed to support these organizations from our trusted network, who are developing solutions for relief and recovery, using the power of food to create social change.

Objectives: 

  • Provide critical financial assistance to Social Gastronomy organizations responding to the food insecurity challenges during and post COVID-19 
  • Connect Social Gastronomy organizations to foster collaboration and  innovation
  • Raise awareness about the power of food in building more resilient local communities

http://www.socialgastronomy.org/sgm-food-solidarity-fund 


Football Foundation - Club Preparation Fund

£500 grants available to community football clubs to help them to re-open.  

https://footballfoundation.org.uk/grant/club-preparation-fund 

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.

We are happy for you to send this information to other groups, but please acknowledge the source.

Privacy Notice

Part of our work is to provide groups with up to date information. You can view Links CVS Privacy Policy here to see how we store your data.       

 

 

 

 

 

View this mailing as a web page
Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list / Click here to unsubscribe from all Links CVS mailings
Links: The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council For Voluntary Service and Action Limited

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

Company Limited by Guarantee No.4294079 / Registered Charity No.1089963
Tel 01246 274844
Email info@linkscvs.org.uk