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

 

 
 

Date:  29/07/2020

                             Issue: 78

 

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

Government further boosts chances of UK receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Eat Out to Help Out – look for the logo

HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

HM Treasury coronavirus (COVID-19) business loan scheme statistics

The Skills Toolkit: submit a new course

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care

ESF action notes: 2014 to 2020 programme

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Coronavirus Act 2020: equality impact assessment

Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Tell HMRC and pay the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant back

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

Stay alert and safe: social distancing guidance for young people

Penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant overpayments – CC/FS48

If you've claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Governance Advice & Updates

Latest Charity Financials Income Spotlight

Funding News

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Arts Council: Culture Recovery Fund

The Arts Council: Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Covid Recovery Fund

Ofcom - Community Radio Fund

Government Updates


Government further boosts chances of UK receiving COVID-19 vaccine
Deal announced which will secure early access to a promising new coronavirus vaccine, enhancing the UK’s growing portfolio of vaccine candidates.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-further-boosts-chances-of-uk-receiving-covid-19-vaccine 


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 restaurant finder tool now shows results within a 5 mile radius of the postcode used.

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


Eat Out to Help Out – look for the logo

Diners who eat-in will benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eat-out-to-help-out-look-for-the-logo 


HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

HMRC data about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and the VAT payments deferral scheme. Published updated weekly data (up to end of Sunday 26 July) for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics 


HM Treasury coronavirus (COVID-19) business loan scheme statistics

HMT management information about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) and Future Fund Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hm-treasury-coronavirus-covid-19-business-loan-scheme-statistics 


The Skills Toolkit: submit a new course

How providers can submit course content to be included on The Skills Toolkit.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-skills-toolkit-submit-a-new-course 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care

Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated the guidance on face coverings, face masks and protective clothing. The following information has been added: examples of essential care under ‘Caring for someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable’; guidance on how to get tested; and contact details for NHS Volunteer Responders.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care 


ESF action notes: 2014 to 2020 programme

Action notes to inform European Social Fund (ESF) grant recipients of an action they must complete. Hourly rate salary costs for project staff who are self-isolating/ill due to COVID-19 and unable to work, has been updated and republished.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esf-action-notes-2014-to-2020-programme 


European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. The ESF Q&A has been updated to provide clarity to a number of existing questions. See the dates next to the questions for updates.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-coronavirus-covid-19-response 


Coronavirus Act 2020: equality impact assessment

Sets out the equality analysis undertaken for the Coronavirus Bill to enable ministers to fulfil the requirements placed on them by the Public Sector Equality Duty.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-act-2020-equality-impact-assessment 


Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020

A guide for those receiving qualification results in England this summer. Added BSL signed version of the guide.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-guide-to-post-16-qualification-results-summer-2020 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Updated to reflect that there is now a single GOV. UK testing service for people who have symptoms and want to get tested.

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


Tell HMRC and pay the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant back

If you made a claim in error as you were not eligible for the grant, have been overpaid or would like to make a voluntary repayment, tell HMRC and pay some or all of the grant back. Information about when you must tell HMRC and pay the grant back has been added, also included details about when you may have to pay a penalty.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tell-hmrc-and-pay-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-back 


Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. Updated to reflect the extension of the validity of current PFA certificates.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2 


Stay alert and safe: social distancing guidance for young people

The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.
Page updated in line with the most recent government guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-guidance-for-young-people 


Penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant overpayments – CC/FS48

If you’ve received a grant but were not eligible or you’ve been overpaid, find out what penalties you may have to pay if you do not tell HMRC.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/penalties-for-not-telling-hmrc-about-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-grant-overpayments-ccfs48 


If you've claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out what you need to do if you’ve claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/if-youve-claimed-too-much-or-not-enough-from-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 


Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Contact section has been updated with information about complaints.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 


Governance Advice & Updates


Latest Charity Financials Income Spotlight

The 2020 edition of the Charity Financials Income Spotlight reports that in the 2018-19 financial year charity income in England and Wales grew by 2.2% to £79.2 billion. Just 89 charities reported income over £100 million. These 'super charities' made up less than 0.1% of all charities but generated almost a third of the total income.

https://www.charityfinancials.com/insights/reports/charity-financials-income-spotlight-report-2020 


Funding News


The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. We have seen a significant rise over recent years in the coalfields of the number of projects providing food to those who cannot afford it. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem with more people being referred to food banks, and tens of thousands of children skipping meals due to family income being too low.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the UK’s former coal mining communities, has joined forces with Company Shop to award fast track funds to projects responding to these growing challenges. Company Shop is the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of food and household products, and sells surplus food and household items from well-known retailers and brands at hugely discounted prices.

Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/the-coalfield-food-insecurity-response-fund/ 


The Arts Council: Culture Recovery Fund - Opens: 10th August 2020

This grants programme is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19. This fund will support cultural organisations. This fund is to enable cultural organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat, providing them with support over a 6-month period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or operating on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date.  

This funding is available to:

  • Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England that are properly constituted and are registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission, and are able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.
  • Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services can also apply. 

Organisations can apply for grants between £50,000 and £3 million.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/CRFgrants#section-1 


The Arts Council: Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund - Deadline: 3rd August 2020

The Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund is intended to help England’s live music venues that are at imminent risk of insolvency because of trading restrictions caused by COVID-19. This initiative forms part of a £1.57 billion Government funding package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sector during the pandemic. 

There is a total budget of £2.25 million available. Grants ranging from £1,000 to £80,000 can cover operational costs incurred between 4 August and 30 September 2020. It is expected that most of the awards will be around £15,000 and that around 150 venues will receive funding.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/emergency-grassroots-music-venues-fund#section-1 


Lloyds Bank Foundation - Covid Recovery Fund - Opens: 3rd August 2020

Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced a £7.4 million COVID recovery fund for small and medium-sized charities that support people with complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. Around 140 charities will be given a two-year grant of up to £50,000 as well as a development partner. To ensure funding is distributed equally, at least a quarter of the funding will be given to charities that are led by, or that benefit people from BAME communities.

https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/about-us/covid 


Ofcom - Community Radio Fund - Deadline: 3rd August 2020

The Community Radio Fund, administered by Ofcom, has opened a second round of funding. Emergency cash grants are available to support Ofcom-licensed community radio stations that are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/information-for-industry/radio-broadcasters/community-radio-fund 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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