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

 

 
 

Date:  12/08/2020

                             Issue: 86

 

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

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

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications and Other General Qualifications in 2020 to 2021

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

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

DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes

Public Health England's COVID-19 Review: letter to stakeholders

HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

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

Governance Advice & Updates

Changing your use or occupation of property - Webinar

HMRC - Payroll Webinar

Summer Reading List - Best practice guides

Seven in 10 charities could make redundancies in next year, poll indicates

NCVO - Latest Newsletter

Race & Equality

Fadi Itani: There has been an overwhelming silence about Muslim communities' response to Covid-19

The plight of refugees and asylum seekers during COVID19 needs attention

Funding News

Derbyshire County Council - Youth Action Grants

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s - Force for Change Programme

Theatre Reopening Fund

Government Updates


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 EAFRD Q&A has been updated. See the dates next to all questions for recent updates and additions.

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


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 document updated. VTQ awarding organisation appeals and complaints links guidance added to General resources for Vocational Qualifications section.

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


Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications and Other General Qualifications in 2020 to 2021

Advice on vocational and technical qualifications, and other general qualifications.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/arrangements-for-the-assessment-and-awarding-of-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-and-other-general-qualifications-in-2020-to-2021


Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020

What local authorities will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020


Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus. The YouTube video about how to participate in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme has been amended and information about what has changed for parents – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, has been added.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19 


COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance updated in line with the Health Protection Regulations 2020 and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic 


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 to add information on if your endorsement has expired for a Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa.

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


DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our online services have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are running as normal. Updated driving licence extension information

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/dvla-coronavirus-covid-19-update 


COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes

Review into how different factors have affected COVID-19 risk and outcomes. Added 8 spreadsheets to provide further data from the review. Updates made to main report which include new updates and corrections log.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-review-of-disparities-in-risks-and-outcomes 


Public Health England's COVID-19 Review: letter to stakeholders

Minister for Equalities Kemi Badenoch’s letter to stakeholder engagement participants to the Public Health England Review, to thank them for their work and invite them to further engage with government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-health-englands-covid-19-review-letter-to-stakeholders 


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 9 August) 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


Governance Advice & Updates


Changing your use or occupation of property - Webinar

Tuesday 25 August, 11:00-11:45am

Many charity landlords and tenants will be thinking about changing their use or occupation of property post-Covid 19, e.g. by reconfiguring, sharing or offloading space or changing their activities carried out from the property.

Clare Garbett from Russell Cooke will provide an insight into the legal matters to consider when doing this and the legal pitfalls to avoid.

https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/2ME9-313/changingyouruseoroccupationofproperty 


HMRC - Payroll Webinar

Thursday 8th October, 9:45-10:45am

For many employers, payroll tasks continue. Almost all benefits in kind can now be payrolled meaning no more forms P11D.

Payrolling – tax employees’ benefits through your payroll: You can register for payrolling benefits in 2021-22 up to 5 A‌pr‌il 2021. This webinar will explain how to register, what advantages there are and examples of how to deal with some of the most common benefits.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4013726924002708236?source=Campaign-Aug-1 


Summer Reading List - Best practice guides

The Directory of Social Change’s Key Guides give you everything you need to know about the most important parts of running a successful charity, and if you’re managing and leading staff or volunteers, Debra Allcock Tyler’s books could be just what you need to boost your inspiration.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/publications/ 


Seven in 10 charities could make redundancies in next year, poll indicates

Research carried out by the charity leaders body Acevo and the Centre for Mental Health shows 33 per cent of the 85 charities surveyed said they expected to have to make job cuts in the next 12 months. But a further 36 per cent of respondents said they were unsure if they would have to make redundancies, meaning at worst almost seven in 10 charities could be cutting jobs over the next year.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/seven-10-charities-redundancies-next-year-poll-indicates/management/article/1691544 


NCVO - Latest Newsletter

NCVO’s latest newsletter includes information and expert guidance from partner organisations that we work with frequently across four key areas:

  • Funding
  • People
  • Volunteering
  • Governance

http://links.ncvo.org.uk/m/1/37861233/p1-b20224-8c795b8fc8224270bdb47db0a58b0c42/6/788/ac5c64e0-dec2-4d61-8d5a-51780f69b0a1 


Race & Equality 


Fadi Itani: There has been an overwhelming silence about Muslim communities' response to Covid-19

While those communities have often been accused of a lack of integration, the response from Muslim charities is nothing short of active citizenship. In March, lockdown plunged the UK into crisis. The coronavirus pandemic that we are all now too familiar with, wreaked havoc on the charity landscape as need for aid escalated and donor streams simultaneously plummeted.

Many charities were stretched to their limits, working day and night in dangerous conditions to deliver support to isolated and vulnerable people.

An overwhelming sense of community spirit began to emerge in all communities, and among these the Muslim community were no stranger to the effort.

But while charitable response across all sectors as been phenomenal, for Muslim-led groups the overwhelming silence about their valuable contribution has been almost deafening.

To cast a spotlight on the work of Muslim-led community organisations responding to critical need, the Muslim Charities Forum produced a report titled The Neighbours Next Door. 

To read the report please click the link below:

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


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/ 


Funding News


Derbyshire County Council - Youth Action Grants

These grants are aimed at projects for children and young people aged 0 to 19, or up to the age of 25 if they have a disability. The following are examples of the things we are looking to fund:

  • New activities such as short-term holiday programmes, and the costs involved
  • Developing the quality of existing provision via such things as staff training, new equipment, or improvements to buildings.
  • Expanding the range of existing provision through more equipment, or the creation of new activities.
  • Equipment and resources which support Derbyshire’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Events, specialist training or other ways to encourage different groups of young people to attend activities.
  • Increasing attendance rates

If you’d like to check whether the project and items you are requesting funding for are eligible please email yag@derbyshire.gov.uk 

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery-funding/action-grants/youth-action-grants/youth-action-grants.aspx 


Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England. 

The following support is available:

  • A basic grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
  • An additional grant of £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £18,000.
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed.

https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/ 


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s - Force for Change Programme

The Force for Change Programme has been set up in response to the findings of a recent Trust consultation which indicated that the three areas most in need of support are: mental health, veterans at risk of isolation and support for Armed Forces families.

Established registered charities or community interest companies with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; Armed Forces unit or bases; local authorities; and schools can apply for grants of up to £20,000 for projects lasting up to a year.

Projects must fit under one of two main themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/armed-forces-covenant-fund-force-for-change-programme/ 


Theatre Reopening Fund

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed their small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to not-for-profit theatres across the UK to help make Covid-19 related adaptions and prepare for re-opening. The scheme will run an a rolling basis throughout 2020.

http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/how-we-help/grants-funding/theatre-reopening-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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