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.
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Page updated to tell employers about changes to the rules from 1 August 2020.
Find out if you can claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for individuals who are not employees.
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). The information call out has been updated to tell employers about changes to the scheme from 1 Aug 2020.
Calculate how much you have to pay your furloughed employees for hours on furlough, how much you can claim for employer NICs and pension contributions and how much you can claim back. Deleted information about claim periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 and information about backdating claims to 1 March, as this is no longer possible.
Find out what steps you need to take before you calculate how much you can claim for furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees. Deleted sections on working out claims on or before 30 June 2020 and on calculate your claim for pension contributions for claim periods up to and including 30 June 2020.
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings.
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. Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings and amendments to 1 August 2020 easings.
This guidance is designed to assist people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England. Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings. Amendments to the roadmap for wedding receptions.
Guidance on the different types of coronavirus test available. Updated guidance to reflect current advice to self-isolate for 10 days from when symptoms start.
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 to reference that most UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) have resumed services where local restrictions allow.
Eligibility for animal welfare grants for licensed zoos and aquariums affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). New details on how to get support from the Zoo Animals Fund.
Proposals to modify the assessment requirements for some GCSEs, AS and A levels in response to disruption to education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Final outcomes and details of decisions added, as well as an analysis of responses and an annex to explain planned changes for individual subjects and qualifications.
Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched today (3 August).
Theory tests have restarted in England, Scotland and Wales – find out what to expect when you take your test. Changed England social distancing information to read that it has been reduced to 1 metre, and other guidelines to reduce risk.
Guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures, and on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in July and August 2020. Updated to reflect additional requirements on face coverings and amendments to 1 August 2020 easings.
Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
Record of the discussion that took place at SAGE’s forty-sixth meeting.
Governance Advice & Updates
The Directory of Social Change have been pushing the government for months to get emergency funding for charities out the door more quickly, to keep critical services that people depend on going during the pandemic and beyond. The press are now picking up the issue again, most recently about the much-delayed Coronavirus Community Support Fund in the Guardian.
In May and June 2020, Pro Bono Economics ran a weekly survey which helped shine a light on the pressures that COVID-19 has placed on the charity sector – finding that charities are facing a £10.1 billion funding gap over the next six months.
A new survey is now open to update the data, running until Friday 7 August, with analysis and results due in September. This will be critical to make the case to government about the importance of charity services now and in the future – especially as we approach the conclusion of the Spending Review and the run up to the Budget. It only takes about 5-10 minutes.
Runnymede is the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. Their latest newsletter features such articles as Beyond Banglatown, Racism in Secondary Education, Immigration and the Lottery of Belonging and much more.
There is a lot of pressure on charities to be special. The Charity Commission is constantly saying it. And many of us in the sector also say it: charities should be valued because they are, and contribute something, distinct from other sectors of society. But what is so special, bearing in mind that lots of wonderful voluntary organisations are not charities? Find out more from Andrew Purkis, DSC trustee.
Whether you are a new subscriber to Funds Online or a seasoned veteran, join DSC's Funds Online expert George Knight for a 30 minute webinar exploring some tips and tricks to help get you access to the funding you need today.
The programme will cover:
Session One - Legal duties and responsibilities of charity trustees
Session Two – Improving governance at Board and Senior Management level
Session Three - Trustees’ responsibilities for financial governance
Applications have opened for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is open to heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction; private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction; organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections; businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers; organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections; and non-accredited museums are eligible.
The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the deadline for applying to Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) is 12 noon on the 17th August 2020. Until then, the CCSF can fund activities supporting people and communities in England affected by COVID-19 as well as supporting organisations to overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic. After this date organisations can still apply for National Lottery element of the fund to help user-led equality groups supporting black, asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + communities; and disabled people. This is for six months’ emergency funding, for small and medium organisations and for between £300 and £100,000. Other National Lottery funding will be available again later this year.
The Trust will be accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding will be available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.
The BFI has announced the £30 million Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England, which will offer support to non-profit and independent cinemas who are facing challenges due to COVID-19.
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