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.
Millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 from today – as the government continues to help drive the UK’s recovery.
Factsheet about Access to Work and how it can help overcome barriers to starting or keeping a job if you have a disability or long term health condition.
Sets out how to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK. You will not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK. Added link to guidance ‘Self-isolating after returning to the UK: your employment rights’.
How grades for GCSE, AS, A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths will be awarded this summer.
Governance Advice & Updates
After years in the making, DSC's latest research on armed forces charities will be published on Thursday, 20 August. If you're interested in those charities that serve people in active service, veterans, or their families, this is need-to-know information - and it's free!
Sector Insight: Armed Forces Charities provides key insights into an important part of the charity sector which serves around 6 million people in the UK and generates over £1bn annual income. It shines a light on over 1800 charities providing a huge array of vital services from health to housing, education to employment, families to finance - often in partnership with other charities.
Want to learn more? Register your interest here and join DSC live online at 14:00 on 20 August for a presentation and live Q&A session.
In this article for the journal Devex, DSC Trustee Andrew Purkis examines the vital role small development charities can play in responding to COVID-19. Their skill and reach into parts of the world that may suffer the worst of the pandemic is much needed, but the lack of UK government support for their work leaves many at risk of closure.
The steering group for the Charity Governance Code has said it plans to refresh the code, rather than do a full rewrite, after consulting with the sector. This week it published the summary of the responses to the consultation that took place between November 2019 and February 2020. Almost 800 people responded, and 85% agreed with the proposal to 'refresh' the code this year.
The webinar will be presented by Sharon Kearns, Casualty Risk Consultant at Zurich. It will discuss the importance of risk assessments and how effective risk assessments can demonstrate that appropriate health and safety measures are being adopted during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The webinar will cover:
This paper uses the 360Giving dataset to find and explore grassroots non-profit organisations operating at the local community or neighbourhood level. Such organisations are vital to UK civil society but often fall ‘below the radar’, and have previously been under-represented in research and statistics. This paper demonstrates the value of data-sharing in bringing them into the spotlight.
The third and final round of the Independent Age Grants Fund has now opened. Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the pandemic.
The Derbyshire County Council Public Health Emergency Fund will support voluntary and community sector organisations with funding up to a maximum value of £2,000 for constituted groups and £250 for non-constituted groups, to allow them to play a key role in the local response. Organisations will be eligible to receive funding if they meet the criteria below.
To be eligible for funding, organisations must:
Any proposed use of the Emergency Funding must be linked to an existing Public Health work programme/theme, for example to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, increase social connectedness, or to prevent demand on statutory services.
To apply for Emergency Funding, organisations will need to return the application (download the application HERE) to the Assistant Director of Public Health giving details of the funding they require, its purpose, and confirmation that they meet the eligibility criteria.
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