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

 

 
 

Date:  30/07/2020

                             Issue: 79

 

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

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

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

Governance Advice & Updates

"Terry the Terrible" and "Beryl the Brilliant"...

Life in the time of Coronavirus – a trustee’s experience

Espresso Express - Keeping your trustee’s informed

Covid-19: The Neighbours Next Door Report

Funding News

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET)

Postcode Community Trust

Government Updates


£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

£20 million new funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/20-million-in-new-grants-to-boost-recovery-of-small-businesses


MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are producing guidance and information for industry, healthcare professionals and patients covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mhra-guidance-on-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.  Updated information if you’re in the UK and your leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation

This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available.  Providing evidence as a witness during the coronavirus outbreak document updated.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation 


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published every Wednesday.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

This is advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors in the UK who are sponsoring those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated guidance on scanned documents.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-tier-2-4-and-5-sponsors 


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.
Updated VTQ guidance for centres and awarding organisation data information added.

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


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. ‘If you have not claimed enough’ section amended to clarify that before 31 July, you must make sure to include all eligible employees on claims that you still need to make for periods up to 30 June.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


"Terry the Terrible" and "Beryl the Brilliant"...

The relationship between senior management and trustees is vital.

Debra Allcock Tyler is a trustee at In-Kind Direct, and has been CEO at DSC for over a decade. She has great experience at being on both ends of the trustee/senior management relationship.

Debra has written a handy guide to help you and your trustees.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Trustees-10-things.pdf 


Life in the time of Coronavirus – a trustee’s experience

Phyllida Perrett, Trustee at DSC, talks about being a trustee during the current pandemic.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/life-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-a-trustees-experience 


Espresso Express - Keeping your trustee’s informed

CEO of DSC, Debra Allcock Tyler, gives you some important and key guidance on keeping your trustees informed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zP6GVdeadw


Covid-19: The Neighbours Next Door Report

This report from Muslim Charities Forum highlights the inspiring story of Muslim organisations, local groups and volunteers responding to the COVID-19 crisis up and down the UK and their dedication to helping those in need.

https://www.muslimcharitiesforum.org.uk/covid-19-the-neighbours-next-door-report/ 


Funding News


The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET)

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET) is repeating its own funding scheme in 2020/21. In view of the Coronavirus pandemic there is a preference for awarding a larger number of small to medium sized grants, thereby benefiting a greater number of organisations, rather than one or two larger awards. The Scheme has operated annually since 2016/17 and a decision about future years will be made in due course. Applications will be considered from not-for-profit community/environmental organisations and parish/town councils. The minimum grant request of £2,500, maximum of £15,000.  Examples of the type of project that would be eligible include the provision, maintenance and repair of: children's play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas, sports fields and other recreational facilities, nature reserves, footpaths/bridleways, community centres/village halls.

Contact: Derbyshire Environmental Trust, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG, Telephone: 07787 266 578 (Sarah) or 07812 472 979 (Sally), email: det@derbyshire.gov.uk.

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/civicrm/persist/contribute/files/det-funding-scheme-2020-21-guidance-notes.pdf


Postcode Community Trust - Opens: 4th August 2020

Postcode Community Trust is delighted to announce that applications for funding open on the 4th August 2020 for community groups and good causes across Great Britain. Applications will remain open until the 19th August 2020, with groups able to apply for awards from £500 up to £20,000 to support a whole host of activities that benefit their communities. 

https://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/ 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

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