The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
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Summer Activities for Children in Chesterfield Survey
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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.
A new national campaign is under way to encourage millions of adults to kick start their health and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19.
This guidance is designed to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities and includes a checklist for special religious services and gatherings. Added checklist for special religious services and gatherings.
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated to reflect changes in legislation to the 30 hours free entitlement and information on the validity of Paediatric First-Aid certificates.
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. You can now find restaurants that are registered for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme online.
Find out how to claim the reimbursement for discounts given to diners with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only. Updated with information about a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a cat in England.
Information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020. Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers: Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths updated to reflect the information we released following our summer symposium.
Understanding your qualifications grades this summer.
How to get food and other essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Updated with guidance on wearing a face covering in shops.
Communities across the country are set to benefit from better local services as councils receive a share of £800,000 for innovative digital projects.
Sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.
An overview of the government’s approach to managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks.
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Guidance updated to provide more advice and clarity on some aspects of the return to school in the autumn.
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. Added section on looking after grandchildren.
Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19). Added links to specific coronavirus resource centre sections.
The FCO updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. Spain – update to advise against all non-essential to Spain, now including the Balearic and Canary Islands
List of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines added to the exempt list.
Governance Advice & Updates
Social media can be a space for connecting and sharing positive information but also sadly for spreading messages of hate and abuse. Many people and organisations have stopped tweeting until Wednesday morning in support of the worldwide 48-hour boycott of Twitter, in response to their lack of robust action on anti-semitic and racist comments made recently on the platform. Links is supporting the strike and will refrain from tweeting until Wednesday.
Charities are navigating serious challenges relating to COVID-19 but also other long-term problems – such as racial inequality and racism not just in society but within our own sector.
To help you meet these head-on, the DSC running a new series of free Zoom Talks, on topics ranging from dealing with racism, to how to set up your office in the new environment, to getting your board communication right. Zoom Talks are free to attend.
Racism: Not in our sector? - Wednesday 12 August
The Covid Crisis CEO: How to get it right - Wednesday 19 August
The end of the office as we know it? - Wednesday 26 August
Local Giving is awarding grants of £500 to charities for projects that inspire and support people to partake in sports and exercise, with the primary aim of improving physical health. Due to the current climate, the Magic Little Grants programme welcomes applications for projects that support people to stay active whilst social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software (Zoom, Skype) or Youtube.
Community Action Grants enable groups operating in North East Derbyshire to access up to £500 grant funding to support residents to tackle local issues in the District that support their Council Plan - https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/component/edocman/council-plan-2019-2023
In the past small groups which were not constituted were precluded from the scheme, but they can now apply if they get a sponsoring organisation like a parish or town council to vouch for them.
The Community Action Grants which are available from the authority are for helping those leading initiatives to help improve their local area or raising awareness of important issues such as climate change and reducing littering.
The grants will be awarded to projects which relate to the Council Plan and help or promote awareness of the benefits physical activity, successful community events, local community improvements, reducing social isolation, raising awareness of climate change, improving recycling rates and reducing litter, enhancing biodiversity, supporting development of local volunteers and groups, addressing parking issues and reducing anti-social behaviour.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is supporting local causes through its COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects in the top 30% most deprived areas in the former coalfields area. Guidance on which wards are eligible for funding can be seen on the website. Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have adapted their services to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.
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