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

 

 
 

Date:  11/08/2020

                             Issue: 85

 

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

PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

The fairest possible way to recognise students’ achievements this year – by Roger Taylor, Chair

Keeping court and tribunal buildings safe, secure and clean

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers

NHS Test and Trace service to strengthen regional contact tracing

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): 23 July to 29 July 2020

Governance Advice & Updates

Freedom of Information request to DCMS

The plight of refugees and asylum seekers during COVID19 needs attention

Fundraising Regulator’s new webinar on the Code of Fundraising Practice

Nesta - Better Together: How startups and the third sector can collaborate

Expresso Express - The Directory of Social Change

Funding News

Lloyds Bank Foundation: Covid Recovery Fund - Get Grants Meet the Funder Event

Comic Relief - Change Makers

The Phoenix Fund

Government Updates


PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment

Healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up their existing supplies for COVID-19 in an emergency. Added hand hygiene to the list of items that can be ordered.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ppe-portal-how-to-order-emergency-personal-protective-equipment 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Added 2 documents to the ‘home testing’ section: ‘coronavirus home test: step-by-step guide’ and ‘coronavirus test guide: how to test on a child’

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


COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Added paragraph clarifying the position for travelling to work in local lockdown areas.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 


The fairest possible way to recognise students’ achievements this year – by Roger Taylor, Chair

Article by Ofqual Chair, as first published in Sunday Telegraph 9 August 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-fairest-possible-way-to-recognise-students-achievements-this-year-by-roger-taylor-chair 


Keeping court and tribunal buildings safe, secure and clean

This page provides details about security, cleaning and social-distancing arrangements in court and tribunal buildings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Guidance updated. Face coverings to be worn in all public and communal parts of buildings in England.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/keeping-court-and-tribunal-buildings-safe-secure-and-clean 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health and social care settings, other non-clinical settings, and for the general public. Updated to reflect changes to self-isolation period and face coverings regulations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance 


Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers, employees and suppliers
Companies House has robust plans in place to maintain services for our customers and protect the welfare of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Companies House to resume the compulsory strike off process from 10 October 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-guidance-for-companies-house-customers-employees-and-suppliers 


NHS Test and Trace service to strengthen regional contact tracing

NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England will extend its partnership with local authorities to reach more people testing positive and their contacts.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-test-and-trace-service-to-strengthen-regional-contact-tracing 


NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): 23 July to 29 July 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 9 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-23-july-to-29-july-2020 


Governance Advice & Updates


Freedom of Information request to DCMS

The Directory of Social Change are trying again to get key information about the Coronavirus Community Support Fund into the public domain – and don’t forget you’ve still got time to get your bid in this week if you haven’t already.

The update at the end of July by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) was helpful but key questions remain unanswered. So last week they have made another Freedom of Information request, this time to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed 


The plight of refugees and asylum seekers during COVID19 needs attention

It is no secret that disadvantaged households and families in our society have been disproportionately affected by the COVID19 outbreak. Refugees and asylum seekers have been particularly hard hit due to isolation (many don’t have access to phones or internet) and from being cut off from the support services they rely on. 

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/the-plight-of-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-during-covid19-needs-attention/ 


Fundraising Regulator’s new webinar on the Code of Fundraising Practice

Have you watched the Fundraising Regulator's new webinar? It introduces charity staff, volunteers and trustees to the Code of Fundraising Practice, which sets the standards for fundraising. Watch the short video now.

https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/more-from-us/resources/webinar-introduction-code 


Nesta - Better Together: How startups and the third sector can collaborate

Read the latest report from NESTA on how the voluntary sector and start-ups can collaborate and how charities and start-up organisations can begin to maximise these benefits and minimise barriers.

https://www.nesta.org.uk/report/better-together-how-startups-and-third-sector-can-collaborate/ 


Expresso Express - The Directory of Social Change

Funding Top Tips 

Jay Kennedy and the DSC research team give you some handy funding tips. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezaZ83qbgdE 

Top tips for managing funder relationships in a crisis

Director of Policy and Research, Jay Kennedy, gives you 7 top tips for managing funder relationships in a crisis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9C7C5hpWHk 


Funding News


Lloyds Bank Foundation: Covid Recovery Fund - Get Grants Meet the Funder Event

Wednesday 19th August, 9:30am – 10:30am

Get Grants will be joined by the Lloyds Bank Foundation team to explore their new COVID Recovery Fund with attendees.

This new fund seeks to support registered charities beyond the immediate crisis by offering them unrestricted funds to recover from this complex period. The Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and receive insights direct from Lloyds Bank Foundation about the new COVID Recovery fund.

Where: Zoom – meeting ID and password will be emailed to you prior to the event.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-virtual-meet-the-funder-event-lloyds-bank-foundation-tickets-115383849199 


Comic Relief - Change Makers

This funding opportunity is about looking to the future and making a bigger change. We’re looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector – for example, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work. We are looking for change making efforts that are relevant to our social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. 

Themes funded:

  • Children Survive & Thrive
  • Gender Justice
  • Safe Place to Be – Homelessness 
  • Safe Place to Be – Migration
  • Global Mental Health

Funding of £150,000 to £600,000 is available.  

https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/funding-opportunities/change-makers/ 


The Phoenix Fund

The £1m Phoenix Fund will support Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are four short application windows with deadlines on 21 August, 2 September, 16 September and 13 October. 

https://globalfundforchildren.org/the-phoenix-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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