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

 

 
 

Date:  24/07/2020

                             Issue: 76

 

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

Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

Coronavirus and shielding of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 24 June to 6 July 2020

Get more information about the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

COVID-19 travel behaviour during the lockdown

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): 9 July to 15 July 2020

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology

Over £100 million cash boost to manufacture millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Coronavirus: driving tests

The Insolvency Service newsletter: Summer 2020

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

Wider impacts of COVID-19 on health monitoring tool

Progress report on the OSCE Gender Action Plan: UK statement

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak

Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter

UN Human Rights Council 44: UK's closing statement

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 23 July 2020

National COVID-19 surveillance reports

Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics

Governance Advice & Updates

Directory of Social Change - Freedom of no information

Collaborative work is a total pain – but a necessary one

Charity Commission annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020

Charity Shop reopening pack updated

Should you start a podcast? And how to do it

How Sense used video & email automation to tackle loneliness

Funding News

Crowdfunder 

Clinks

Derbyshire County Council - Good news for community groups

Government Updates


Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-coverings-mandatory-in-shops-supermarkets-shopping-centres-and-enclosed-transport-hubs-from-friday


Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

This page explains when to wear a face covering and how to make one. This page has been updated with information about face mask exemptions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own


Coronavirus and shielding of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 24 June to 6 July 2020

Analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical well-being.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-shielding-of-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-people-in-england-24-june-to-6-july-2020 


Get more information about the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Get more help with registration, eligibility and how to offer the discount for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Updated to include information that businesses can apply the discount to soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are for immediate consumption on the premises.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme 


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. The service you’ll use to find a restaurant will be available by 31 July.

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


COVID-19 travel behaviour during the lockdown

Study into the travel behaviour of people during the lockdown period.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-travel-behaviour-during-the-lockdown 


NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): 9 July to 15 July 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 7 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-9-july-to-15-july-2020 


NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology

How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact tracing data in its weekly reports. The methodology has been updated to include details of the new breakdowns in this week’s release. These include pillar 1 turnaround times, the number of household close contacts, and the time taken for contacts to be reached from the time that the positive case that referred them is transferred to the contact-tracing system. Also included are more details about what a close contact is and how these figures can be used.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-methodology 


Over £100 million cash boost to manufacture millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine

New state-of-the-art centre to scale up COVID-19 vaccine and gene therapy manufacturing gets £100 million investment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/over-100-million-cash-boost-to-manufacture-millions-of-doses-of-covid-19-vaccine 


COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Guidance updated to reflect changes to wider government and public health advice.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities 


Coronavirus: driving tests

Check when driving tests and motorcycle tests restart in England, Scotland and Wales, and find out what changes to expect when you take your test. Added information about the government’s decision to not extend theory test certificate validity beyond 2 years in the ‘If your theory test certificate expires’ section.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests 


The Insolvency Service newsletter: Summer 2020

The summer 2020 edition of The Insolvency Service newsletter is now available.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-insolvency-service-newsletter-summer-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. Added weekly data and infographic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/covid-19-number-of-outbreaks-in-care-homes-management-information 


Wider impacts of COVID-19 on health monitoring tool

National monitoring tool that brings together metrics to assess the wider impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on health. Added new table of indicators and commentary.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wider-impacts-of-covid-19-on-health-monitoring-tool 


Progress report on the OSCE Gender Action Plan: UK statement

Delivered by Nicola Murray, Deputy Head of Delegation, at the OSCE Permanent Council on 23 July 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/progress-report-on-the-osce-gender-action-plan-uk-statement 


COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK. Added recommendations for the use of face masks in primary care.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control 


Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice

Notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure.  Updated to reflect the change to the guidance on working from home.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-covid-19-secure-in-2020-notice 


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 


Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak

As an emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve developed a service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally. Service updated with the latest release to allow a selection of insolvency forms.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sending-your-forms-to-companies-house-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak


Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter

Providers will work to vaccinate more than 30 million people during this flu season – millions more than received it last year.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/most-comprehensive-flu-programme-in-uk-history-will-be-rolled-out-this-winter 


UN Human Rights Council 44: UK's closing statement

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon welcomes conclusions of the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/un-human-rights-council-44-uks-closing-statement 


Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 23 July 2020

Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources and experimental methods.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-the-latest-indicators-for-the-uk-economy-and-society-23-july-2020 


National COVID-19 surveillance reports

National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports 


Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics

The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, cases and deaths in the UK. Updated daily figures.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


Directory of Social Change - Freedom of no information

It’s been nearly four months since the Chancellor announced an ‘emergency’ package of funding for charities affected by COVID-19, including £310m for small charities. It’s been over two months since the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) started taking applications from small charities for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF), which should have comprised nearly half of the Chancellors £750m total ‘funding package’.

You’d think this would be long enough to not just get these ‘emergency’ grants out the door to charities in crisis, but to start getting some hard data about the programme so far. But you’d be wrong. Instead, this critical initiative looks more and more like a total mess; wrapped up in bureaucratic red tape and Ministerial incompetence.

Sadly its small charities – and more importantly their beneficiaries – that will pay the price. Read on for the DSC’s take on this developing scandal, including the NLCF’s non-response to their initial Freedom of Information request!

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/freedom-of-no-information/ 


Collaborative work is a total pain – but a necessary one

Increased collaboration across the charity sector is a good thing but hard work. Charities need to be distinctive but working together effects change that can’t be done alone, DSC CEO Debra Allcock Tyler writes.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/collaborative-work-is-a-total-pain-but-a-necessary-one/ 


Charity Commission annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020

The Charity Commission is to launch a new online register of charities, replacing the two that are currently available. Civil Society reports the regulator's accounts state that it has been working on improvements to its register.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-commission-annual-report-and-accounts-2019-to-2020 


Charity Shop reopening pack updated

The Charity Retail Association has published a 6th version of its reopening pack for charity shops, including the revised reduction in quarantining donations and returned stock to 48 hours and face covering guidance.

https://www.charityretail.org.uk/reopening-pack-version-6-published/ 


Should you start a podcast? And how to do it

Bex Rae-Evans, co-founder of Tech for Good Live, gives first-hand advice on how best to get your podcast up and running.

https://www.thecatalyst.org.uk/blog/should-you-start-a-podcast-and-how-to-do-it 


How Sense used video & email automation to tackle loneliness

Find out how the charity used video content and an email marketing automation funnel to take their users on a learning journey.

https://www.thecatalyst.org.uk/blog/how-sense-used-video-and-email-automation-to-tackle-loneliness


Funding News


Clinks - Deadline: 9:00am on Monday 17th August 

CLiNKS has launched phase two of its COVID-19 Response Grants, targeted towards recovery, as opposed immediate needs. Applications are welcomed from voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with an annual income of less than £500,000.

https://www.clinks.org/community/blog-posts/covid-19-response-grants-looking-towards-recovery 


Derbyshire County Council - Good news for community groups

The proposed £53,000 increase would bring the total for infrastructure groups – umbrella organisations which offer information, support, guidance, training and funding to the local charitable sector – to more than £450,000.

The move follows a 12-week consultation by us into new funding principles for distributing grants to Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) infrastructure organisations.

Proposals outlined in the consultation suggested grants could be given out:

  • equitably across Derbyshire
  • based on what each group achieved
  • over a longer period to encourage sustainability

But due to the impact of COVID-19, we say now is not the time to redistribute funding which could have seen some areas gain while others lose out.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Carol Hart praised the local voluntary and community sector for their work throughout the pandemic, which helped us care for Derbyshire’s most vulnerable residents.

Councillor Hart said: “Their support and help has been outstanding.” “We’ve always acknowledged how important their work is, but never has it been as vital as during these difficult times. I’d like to thank them and all the volunteers who have helped us support local people during the pandemic for all their hard work.”

More than 800 people responded to our consultation, broadly agreeing with the principles of creating a fairer approach to funding, encouraging organisations to work together while creating stability through longer-term funding.

By adding an extra £53,000 to the funding pot we are ensuring that areas that would have gained from a fairer distribution of funding would not miss out.

We are set to take forward principles outlined in the consultation and we are proposing to extend funding for another 12 months to give us and the VCS groups time to embed the work.

Councillor Hart added: “More than ever, COVID-19 has highlighted the need to ensure that in future there is a core, consistent offer of support to the community and voluntary sector across all parts of the county.

“But now is not the time to introduce proposals which could have reduced funding to some infrastructure providers.

“We will continue to work with them in the coming months to ensure the new principles are being applied. This will include taking stock of the last 4 months and understanding and applying the learning from COVID-19."

The new funding proposals are due to be discussed by our Cabinet on Thursday 30 July 2020.

Cabinet is also being asked to ensure we continue to support the third sector during the difficult months ahead by extending grants to voluntary and community groups totalling almost £1 million. These groups deliver a wide range of services including dementia support and advocacy, furniture projects and support for BME communities. 

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