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

 

 
 

Date:  27/08/2020

                             Issue: 95

 

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


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

New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

Coronavirus and crime in England and Wales: August 2020

Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Vulnerable children and young people survey

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

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

COVID-19: potentially infectious people

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Summary guidance on appeals for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): home test kits for schools and FE providers

Governance Advice & Updates

HMRC Webinars 

3SC - August Newsletter

Directory of Social Change - Increasing Corporate Support and Sponsorship

Government has given sector "loose change at the bottom of the pocket"

NCVO - Governance Round-up: August 2020

Funding News

Commonwealth Foundation

Government Updates


New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-payment-for-people-self-isolating-in-highest-risk-areas 


Coronavirus and crime in England and Wales: August 2020

Crime against households and adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, using data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales telephone survey and Home Office police recorded crime.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-crime-in-england-and-wales-august-2020 


Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support. Updated guidance links in the section ‘Supporting staff members at higher risk from COVID-19’, removed section on when to furlough workers and edited section on ‘Managing workers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19’.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/overview-of-adult-social-care-guidance-on-coronavirus-covid-19 


Vulnerable children and young people survey

Summary of local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on children’s social care.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-and-young-people-survey 


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode, published every Wednesday.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic 


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. Clarifies the exceptional circumstances in which a non-exempt international arrival could leave their home while self-isolating.

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


Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance to show that the Amendment Regulations will expire on 25 September 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-law-on-education-health-and-care-needs-assessments-and-plans-due-to-coronavirus 


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 the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing has been updated.

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


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. Updated related deaths time series spreadsheet with latest figures.

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


COVID-19: potentially infectious people

How public health officers apply Schedule 21 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minor updates made to Annex written notices A and C.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-potentially-infectious-people 


Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated with details of guidance on face coverings in education institutions that teach people in Years 7 and above

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do 


Summary guidance on appeals for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2020

GCSE, AS and A level grades in England – summary guidance on appeals, malpractice and maladministration complaints.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/summary-guidance-on-appeals-for-gcse-as-and-a-level-summer-2020 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): home test kits for schools and FE providers

Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-home-test-kits-for-schools-and-fe-providers 


Governance Advice & Updates


HMRC Webinars 

Record keeping for the self-employed: Whether you use cash basis or traditional accounting, this webinar covers how to set up a record system, typical records you should keep, the advantages of accurate records and how long to keep them.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3859496228951503883 

Expenses and benefits for employers – phones, internet and homeworking: During the past few months, many employers have asked employees to work from home – sometimes providing mobile phones and internet to help them. Using examples, we’ll show you how to deal with tax and National Insurance when an employer provides a mobile phone, internet connection or homeworking expenses.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1346588792121820428 


3SC - August Newsletter

3SC’s August newsletter featuring:

  • Tower House Horses
  • Neuro Diverse Strategy Coaching
  • Employability Support for those with Disabilities
  • Women's Turnaround
  • And more

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/3SC%20Newsletter.pdf 


Directory of Social Change - Increasing Corporate Support and Sponsorship

Good corporate support isn't about simply asking hopefully. The best corporate-charity partnerships - and the ones that pay off - are all about building relationships. This practical short online course will show you how.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/increasing-corporate-support-and-sponsorship-19/ 


Government has given sector "loose change at the bottom of the pocket"

Shadow Minister Rachael Maskell MP also says there has been a 'servant-master relationship between charities and the government.  The article below requires a membership with Third Sector to read.  

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/government-given-sector-loose-change-bottom-pocket-shadow-minister-says/policy-and-politics/article/1692704 


NCVO - Governance Round-up: August 2020

In NCVO’s governance round-up for charity trustees this month:

  • advice and a new tool for any trustees considering partnerships or mergers
  • changes that can improve the Charity Governance Code
  • online training options for trustees
  • and more...

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/08/25/governance-round-up-august-2020/ 


Funding News


Commonwealth Foundation (UK & the Commonwealth) - Deadline: 18th September 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Foundation is launching a special call for proposals to enable quicker and more efficient support to be delivered to Commonwealth civil society organisations. Through the Special Grants Call: Covid-19, awards of between £10,000 and £30,000 will be made available to registered, not-for-profit civil society organisations from all Commonwealth Member States to support national initiatives that engage constructively with government to strengthen relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. Applications should relate to one or more aspects of the COVID-19 situation and response. Applications can be made from 1pm on the 1st September 2020 until 1pm on the 18th September 2020.

http://commonwealthfoundation.com/grants/ 

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