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

 

 
 

Date:  18/08/2020

                             Issue: 89

 

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

Million of self employed to benefit from second stage of support scheme

Access to Work: factsheet for customers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

Statement from Roger Taylor, Chair, Ofqual

Governance Advice & Updates

Fresh research on armed forces charities live online this week 

UK government is pushing small aid charities to the brink of closure

Charity Governance Code steering group plans 'refresh'

NCVO - New risk management webinar series with Zurich 

Local Trust - Below the radar: Exploring grants data for grassroots organisations

Funding News

Independent Age Grants Fund

The Derbyshire County Council Public Health Emergency Fund

Government Updates


Million of self employed to benefit from second stage of support scheme

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/million-of-self-employed-to-benefit-from-second-stage-of-support-scheme 


Access to Work: factsheet for customers

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.
Updated guidance under heading ‘Claiming Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-to-work-factsheet 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

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’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk 


Statement from Roger Taylor, Chair, Ofqual

How grades for GCSE, AS, A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths will be awarded this summer.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-roger-taylor-chair-ofqual 


Governance Advice & Updates


Fresh research on armed forces charities live online this week 

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.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KnNH3C7DSVqZdyDJw6hv2Q 


UK government is pushing small aid charities to the brink of closure

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.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/grant-funding-4m-offered-help-charities-access-coronavirus-loan-scheme/finance/article/1691697 


Charity Governance Code steering group plans 'refresh'

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.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-governance-code-steering-group-plans-refresh.html 


NCVO - New risk management webinar series with Zurich 

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: 

  • Reviewing the risk environment and identifying key operational risks
  • Benefits of a risk assessment approach
  • Risk control hierarchy and selection
  • Risk assessment and liability defence

https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/event_series/ncvo-zurich-webinar-assessing-risk-in-uncertain-times 


Local Trust - Below the radar: Exploring grants data for grassroots organisations

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. 

https://localtrust.org.uk/insights/research/below-the-radar/ 


Funding News


Independent Age Grants Fund

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.

https://www.independentage.org/community/grants-fund 


The Derbyshire County Council Public Health Emergency Fund

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:

  • not have an existing contractual agreement in place with the Public Health department
  • be supporting the response to COVID19
  • be known to the Public Health team through previous partnership working, be known to the Council’s Community Response Unit, or be known to the network of District Forums that support the work of the Community Response Unit
  • provide a minimum level of detail, including geographic area covered, contact details for lead individual, and bank details for transfer of funding

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.

Application forms to be returned by email only to: iain.Little@derbyshire.gov.uk and sue.Rattigan@derbyshire.gov.uk

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