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

 

 
 

Date:  28/07/2020

                             Issue: 77

 

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

Major new campaign encourages millions to lose weight and cut COVID-19 risk

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Your results, what next?

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Accessing food and essential supplies

Councils awarded £800,000 to build on digital advances made during pandemic

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Government's approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

Governance Advice & Updates

Twitter strike

Directory of Social Change - Zoom Talks

Funding News

Local Giving - Magic Little Grants 2020

North East Derbyshire District Council - Community Action Grants

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust - COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

Government Updates


Major new campaign encourages millions to lose weight and cut COVID-19 risk

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-new-campaign-encourages-millions-to-lose-weight-and-cut-covid-19-risk 


COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

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.

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


Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 


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. You can now find restaurants that are registered for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme online.

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


Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Find out how to claim the reimbursement for discounts given to diners with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-money-back-through-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals 


Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020 


Your results, what next?

Understanding your qualifications grades this summer. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/your-results-what-next 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Accessing food and essential supplies

How to get food and other essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Updated with guidance on wearing a face covering in shops.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-accessing-food-and-essential-supplies


Councils awarded £800,000 to build on digital advances made during pandemic

Communities across the country are set to benefit from better local services as councils receive a share of £800,000 for innovative digital projects.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-awarded-800-000-to-build-on-digital-advances-made-during-pandemic 


Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-fund 


Government's approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks

An overview of the government’s approach to managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/governments-approach-to-managing-local-coronavirus-outbreaks 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. Added section on looking after grandchildren.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do 


Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reporting-outbreaks-of-coronavirus-covid-19 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel

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

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors 


Governance Advice & Updates


Twitter strike

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.  


Directory of Social Change - Zoom Talks

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 do’s and don’ts of successful board – executive communication during the crisis - Monday 24 August

The end of the office as we know it? - Wednesday 26 August


Funding News


Local Giving - Magic Little Grants 2020 - Deadline: 31st October 2020

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. 

https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/ 


North East Derbyshire District Council - Community Action Grants - Deadline: 30th September 2020

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.

https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/community/community-action-grants


The Coalfields Regeneration Trust - COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund - Deadline: 11th September 2020

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.

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/covid19-ccip-funding-support/ 

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