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

 

 
 

Date:  19/08/2020

                             Issue: 90

 

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

The future of public health

Find examples to help you calculate your employees' wages

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

The Skills Toolkit: submit a new course

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts on visits: CC/FS1k

Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Ofqual statement on grading of VTQs, 18 August 2020

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

Huge boost to national testing study will offer new COVID-19 insights

PHE data series on deaths in people with COVID-19: technical summary

NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 30 July to 5 August 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 13 August 2020

HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey: characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020

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

Governance Advice & Updates

The ‘insider approach’ to government is not working

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance applications 2020

VAT and digital advertising

Beyond Charities: Looking at Wider Civil Society

Funding News

Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

The Barrow Cadbury Trust - COVID-19 Support Fund

Funding Talk: Fat Beehive Foundation

Government Updates


The future of public health

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke at Policy Exchange about the future of public health.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-future-of-public-health 


Find examples to help you calculate your employees' wages

Check examples to help you calculate your employee’s wages, National Insurance contributions and pension contributions if you’re claiming through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Examples have been added for September and October for working out how much to claim for a flexibly furloughed employee.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/find-examples-to-help-you-work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages 


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 ESF Q&A has been updated to provide clarity to a number of existing questions. See the dates next to the questions for updates.

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


The Skills Toolkit: submit a new course

How providers will be assessed for the courses they submitted Removed details on submitting an application – applications have now closed.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-skills-toolkit-submit-a-new-course 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts on visits: CC/FS1k

This factsheet provides information about impacts on visits due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-impacts-on-visits-ccfs1k 


Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection

A brand new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is being established by the government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-creates-new-national-institute-for-health-protection


COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19. Updates made to section 4 to include guidance on when health and social care staff can be exempt from being considered a contact for the purposes of Test and Trace.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings 


Ofqual statement on grading of VTQs, 18 August 2020

The statistical standardisation approach used in A levels and GCSEs was not used in most vocational and technical qualifications, including BTECs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-statement-on-grading-of-vtqs-18-august-2020 


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 new guidance for young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding.

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


Huge boost to national testing study will offer new COVID-19 insights

Infection survey to expand from testing 28,000 people per fortnight to 150,000 by October.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/huge-boost-to-national-testing-study-will-offer-new-covid-19-insights 


PHE data series on deaths in people with COVID-19: technical summary

Summary of the PHE data series on deaths in people with COVID-19, outlining what the changes mean and how the data compare to other COVID-19 death data series. Related deaths time series spreadsheet updated with latest figures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phe-data-series-on-deaths-in-people-with-covid-19-technical-summary


NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 30 July to 5 August 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 10 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England and coronavirus testing (UK).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-england-and-coronavirus-testing-uk-statistics-30-july-to-5-august-2020 


Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 13 August 2020

A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March to Friday 17 July and early years settings from Thursday 16 April to Thursday 12 August.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak


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 16 August) for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey: characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020

This release provides data about the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester, Public Health England and Welcome Trust.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-covid-19-infection-survey-characteristics-of-people-testing-positive-for-covid-19-in-england-august-2020 


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. Updated with weekly stats.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hm-treasury-coronavirus-covid-19-business-loan-scheme-statistics


Governance Advice & Updates


The ‘insider approach’ to government is not working

The 'insider approach' to government isn't working, Directory of Social Change CEO Debra Allcock Tyler writes in her latest blog. "When it becomes obvious that the normal rules of influencing are not working, then it seems to me that openly speaking truth to power must take priority.”

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/the-insider-approach-to-government-is-not-working/ 


VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance applications 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and Improvement, and Public Health England (PHE) are inviting applications from VCSE organisations to join the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The Health and Wellbeing Alliance is part of the Health and Wellbeing Programme to promote health equalities and reduce health inequalities. The closing date for applications is midday on 6 November 2020. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vcse-health-and-wellbeing-alliance-applications-2020 


VAT and digital advertising

HMRC has changed its policy on ‘digital advertising’ which could result in significant VAT savings for some charities. VAT is no longer considered due on the majority of internet search browsing advertisements. However, all advertising sent to a social media address that is a ‘personal account’, or where the recipient has paid a subscription for the site continues to be treated by HMRC as standard rated for VAT purposes.

https://www.charitytaxgroup.org.uk/press-release/changes-hmrc-policy-digital-advertising-following-charity-tax/ 


Beyond Charities: Looking at Wider Civil Society

What does the term ‘civil society’ mean to you? For some people it will conjure up images of charities and volunteers. For some, it means trade unions, political parties or pressure groups. Others may think of social enterprises or mutually owned businesses. Maybe to you it means universities, or religious groups.

Today NCVO have published their latest briefing, Beyond Charities, which gives a fuller picture of the size, scope and finances of civil society in the UK. The full report is free to read online. This blog summarises the key trends they’ve identified.

https://publications.ncvo.org.uk/beyond-charities/ 


Funding News


Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

Emergency funding of up to £60,000 available to nonprofits in England that are committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks.  This fund is aimed at organisations whose work has been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services. It will support them to develop the digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable.

https://www.thecatalyst.org.uk/covid-digital-fund 


The Barrow Cadbury Trust - COVID-19 Support Fund

The Barrow Cadbury Trust’s COVID-19 Support Fund has re-opened with much broader eligibility criteria. The scheme is now open to organisations with an income of between £10,000 to £3 million providing support for refugees and migrants.

https://www.barrowcadbury.org.uk/ 


Funding Talk: Fat Beehive Foundation

Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

The Fat Beehive Foundation Grant for Digital Services

Improving your digital presence can be transformational, but it’s really tough to secure funding in this area. The Fat Beehive Foundation exists to change that, offering small grants of up to £2,500 to charities with a turnover of less than £1 million.

Come and find out more about what they fund and how to apply

[Booking via Eventbrite] https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/funding-talk-fat-beehive-foundation-tickets-117383817157?aff=erelexpmlt 

https://www.fatbeehivefoundation.org.uk/ 

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