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

 

 
 

Date:  21/07/2020

                             Issue: 73

 

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

New production lines will make millions of face coverings each week

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

Tri-service regulations for expenses and allowances (JSP 752)

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

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

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Next stages in the NHS Test and Trace plan

Excess mortality in England: weekly reports

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

Governance Advice & Updates

How to support staff wellbeing during coronavirus

Equity, diversity and inclusion news and resources

NCVO webinar: UK Civil Society Almanac 2020: What the latest data tells us

Zurich - The Climate Change Challenge

Charities send Five Point Plan to Chancellor

Directory of Social Change - Transparency on the Government’s £750m emergency funding

Funding News

Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Barrow Cadbury Trust’s COVID-19 Support Fund

The Energy Redress Scheme

Government releases latest tranche from £750m coronavirus package for charities 

Funding Successes

The Asian Association of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire

Government Updates


New production lines will make millions of face coverings each week

A government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started at two sites in England and Wales, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has announced today.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-production-lines-will-make-millions-of-face-coverings-each-week 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Updated 2 documents in section ‘Documents for care homes using the online application portal’: ‘guidance on Randox testing’ and ‘guidance on non-Randox testing’. These have been updated to reflect changes to clinical guidelines that people testing positive will need to be retested after 6 weeks. The ‘guidance on Randox testing’ document also includes a note to say that Randox test kits should not be used for testing until further notice.

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


Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
Edited- ‘Other Source of funding’ – Voluntary and Communities Sector Emergencies Partnership – £4.8 million added ‘Other Source of funding’ – Community Match Challenge – £85 million added

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-support-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-vcse-organisations-to-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19 


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. Added information on how to request a replacement visa for if your 30 day visa to work, study or join family has expired.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and children’s social care.
Explained how wearing a face covering may affect communication with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings 


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.  Sections on bathing water sampling and angling updated. 

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


Tri-service regulations for expenses and allowances (JSP 752)

JSP 752 is the policy document for expenses and allowances for regular and reserve UK armed forces personnel. Addition of: Directed letter – continuity of education allowance (CEA) – detailed advice for the administration of repayments of CEA brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tri-service-regulations-for-expenses-and-allowances-jsp-752 


Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT). Temporary guidance changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-criteria 


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. Revised to reflect permission to host small wedding receptions from 1 August.

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


Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus outbreak

How local authorities can use their dedicated schools grant (DSG) funding differently in exceptional circumstances during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to ensure they have enough places for children of critical workers and vulnerable children.
This guidance has been updated to set out the government’s plans for funding local authorities and providers in the 2020 autumn term – this is in section 1. The previously published guidance on early years funding is still valid until the beginning of the autumn term – this is in section 2. Section 2 has been updated to clarify that it refers to the period from the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak until the start of the autumn term, and certain paragraphs have been removed to avoid duplication with other, more up to date guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-free-early-education-entitlements-funding-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)

What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19 


Next stages in the NHS Test and Trace plan

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about measures to increase testing and support the NHS this winter, and the latest vaccine developments.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/next-stages-in-the-nhs-test-and-trace-plan 


Excess mortality in England: weekly reports

Weekly excess mortality in England broken down by age, sex, region, ethnic group, level of deprivation, cause of death and place of death.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excess-mortality-in-england-weekly-reports 


COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Updated guidance to include recommendation for the use of face masks and coverings in carehomes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes 


COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Updated guidance to include recommendation for the use of face masks and coverings in social care settings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care 


Governance Advice & Updates


How to support staff wellbeing during coronavirus

NCVO have spoken to charity leaders and managers about the various approaches they've used to help their teams cope with the mental stress of the pandemic.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/07/07/how-to-support-staff-wellbeing-during-coronavirus 


Equity, diversity and inclusion news and resources

In a new regular update, the members of NCVO’s internal EDI working group share what they’ve been reading and thinking about over the last month.

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/07/14/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-edi-round-up-july-2020/ 


NCVO webinar: UK Civil Society Almanac 2020: What the latest data tells us

NCVO ran a webinar about this year's Civil Society Almanac data. They considered financial, workforce and volunteering trends and what they might suggest about the big picture for charities in the aftermath of Covid-19.  You can watch this webinar on YouTube below.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leSBUl1_MoE& 


Zurich - The Climate Change Challenge

Zurich have published a new report looking at possible strategies to help public and voluntary organisations manage and mitigate climate change risk.

https://newsandviews.zurich.co.uk/the-climate-change-challenge/ 


Charities send Five Point Plan to Chancellor

A group of charity umbrella bodies has come together to send the Chancellor proposals for a Five Point Plan to provide urgent and much needed support to the sector as part of the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.  

The Five Point Plan calls for these actions:

  1. Implementation of a flexible approach and appropriate extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  2. Introduction of the Gift Aid Emergency Relief Package
  3. Repurposing of and access to the National Fund to support charity services
  4. Ensuring effective and efficient distribution of the Shared Prosperity Fund
  5. Creation of a Community Wealth Fund using Dormant Assets

https://nmn.org.uk/2020/07/07/charities-send-five-point-plan-to-chancellor/ 


Directory of Social Change - Transparency on the Government’s £750m emergency funding

The DSC has written to the Chair of the DCMS Select Committee, Julian Knight MP, to ask that the committee investigate the serious delays and lack of transparency around the government’s £750m ‘emergency’ funding package for charities – specifically the cash earmarked for small charities through the National Lottery Community Fund. And they are still waiting for a response from the National Lottery Community Fund to their freedom of information request about this.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/ministers-need-to-stop-interfering-and-let-the-lottery-do-its-job/ 


Funding News


Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CIC’s in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. The funding is being made available through the Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000. Applications can be made at any time.

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/comic-relief-apply-for-capacity-grant/ 


Barrow Cadbury Trust’s COVID-19 Support Fund - Deadline: 2nd August 2020

Charities and not for profit organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services. The funding is being made available through the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s COVID-19 Support Fund in partnership with the National Lottery Communities Fund. A total of £5 million is available. The funding is available to charities and not for profit organisations with an income of between £10,000 and £1 million in their most recent year of operations. The closing date for applications is the 2nd August 2020.

https://www.barrowcadbury.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes/covid-19-support-fund/ 


The Energy Redress Scheme - Deadline: Thursday 30th July at 5:00pm

The Energy Redress Scheme, managed and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, has reopened for its eighth funding round and offers charities grants to deliver energy related projects to help address the impact of COVID – 19 on vulnerable households. There are two separate funds:

The Main Fund contains £6.5 million and is aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £1 million.

The Small Project Fund contains £500,000 and is aimed at projects seeking grants of between £20,000 and £49,999.

https://energyredress.org.uk/announcements/round-8-ofgem-energy-redress-scheme-make-ps13-million-available-charities-support 


Government releases latest tranche from £750m coronavirus package for charities 

The Community Match Challenge opened over the weekend, and is funded from the £750m coronavirus support package for charities announced by the Treasury in April. The scheme will be open until 31 August and charitable funders can apply for a share of £85m. It is also available to individual philanthropists, and the government anticipates matching applications in the range of £5m to £20m.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-match-challenge-and-voluntary-and-community-sector-emergencies-partnership 


Funding Successes


Congratulations to the Asian Association (again!)

The Asian Association have been awarded £1643 from the Tackling Inequality Fund from Active Partners Trust for their Yoga sessions. These Free Yoga sessions are held on Zoom and open for all! The sessions are held every Wednesday (5.45 PM to 6:30 PM) and Saturday (8 AM to 9 AM). Please click the following link to participate in the Yoga session (No password required):

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78086087332 

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