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

 

 
 

Date:  08/09/2020

                             Issue: 99

 

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


Venues open after lockdown survey

Some groups are finding their meeting place is not big enough to allow social distancing.  We would like to hear from venues who may be able to offer them alternative facilities.

Link to survey here -

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RXZ9NWS


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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

COVID-19: long-term health effects

Weight management services during COVID-19: phase 1 insights

New voluntary calorie guidelines to help industry tackle obesity

COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 20 August to 26 August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Vocational and technical qualification assessments in 2021

Responsibility for autumn exams

SARS-CoV-2 RNA testing: assurance of positive results during periods of low prevalence

Islands policy introduced to travel corridors

Kickstart Scheme employer contacts

Governance Advice & Updates

Support for fundraisers made redundant

Show the Salary' campaign launched

Three ways to improve your digital project's chance of success 

HMRC Webinars

#NeverMoreNeeded Campaign Pack

What are funders looking for from charities in the wake of coronavirus?

National Lottery Good Causes Bulletin

Funding News

The Health Foundation: Strengthening Social Care Analytics

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Added link to register a home test kit.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 


COVID-19: long-term health effects

Information and guidance on persistent health problems reported following acute COVID-19 disease.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-long-term-health-effects


Weight management services during COVID-19: phase 1 insights

The impact of COVID-19 on children, young people and adults living with obesity, tier 2 and 3 weight management provision and next steps for recovery.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/weight-management-services-during-covid-19-phase-1-insights 


New voluntary calorie guidelines to help industry tackle obesity

Food industry encouraged to help people move towards and maintain a healthier weight by reducing excessive calories in everyday foods by up to 20% by 2024.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-voluntary-calorie-guidelines-to-help-industry-tackle-obesity


COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

Advice on how you can help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Added translations in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-reducing-transmission-what-you-can-do-to-help 


NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 20 August to 26 August 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 13 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-20-august-to-26-august-2020 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-looking-after-people-who-lack-mental-capacity 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Added ‘What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Sets out what further education (FE) providers need to know for the autumn term so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full. Added ‘What to do if a student is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision 


Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Added ‘What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 


Vocational and technical qualification assessments in 2021

Ofqual confirms decisions following consultation on arrangements for vocational and technical qualification assessments in 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vocational-and-technical-qualification-assessments-in-2021


Responsibility for autumn exams

A guide for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams. It also explains the support DfE is giving for exam fees, sites and invigilators. Updated responsibilities guidance with information about entering students for maths and English language GCSE and links to wider guidance for conducting exams. Added DfE exam support service guidance about paying for exam fees, booking alternative sites and booking exam invigilation.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/responsibility-for-autumn-gcse-as-and-a-level-exam-series 


SARS-CoV-2 RNA testing: assurance of positive results during periods of low prevalence

Guidance for procedures to be implemented in laboratories to provide assurance of positive SARS-CoV-2 RNA results during periods of low prevalence.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sars-cov-2-rna-testing-assurance-of-positive-results-during-periods-of-low-prevalence 


Islands policy introduced to travel corridors

People arriving in England from Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos or Zakynthos from 4am Wednesday 9 September will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/islands-policy-introduced-to-travel-corridors 


Kickstart Scheme employer contacts

List of regional contacts for employers applying for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme. Added breakdown of English counties to the local employer contact list.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/kickstart-scheme-employer-contacts 


Governance Advice & Updates


Support for fundraisers made redundant

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has moved to ensure that as many fundraisers as possible have access to learning and development opportunities, should they be made redundant. Existing individual members who are made redundant will be offered three months worth of free membership, and fundraisers facing redundancy who want to join will get three free membership.

They are also offering organisational members the opportunity to buy individual membership for fundraisers they are making redundant at a discounted rate.

https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/guidance/redundancy-support 


Show the Salary' campaign launched

A campaign has been launched to encourage charities to always publish the salary for roles they are advertising (and a number of other things that help prevent the perpetuation of salary inequalities).

https://showthesalary.com/ 


Three ways to improve your digital project's chance of success 

Catalyst look at how to focus your approach, understand different types of value and build a strong team

https://www.thecatalyst.org.uk/blog/success 


HMRC Webinars

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing

HMRC will provide an overview of the scheme, including flexible furloughing, examples of how to work out the amount you can claim and the changes for September and October.

They will also share information on the Job Retention Bonus, including how to check if you’re eligible.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8528021499696163331 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Get the latest information on:

  • who can claim
  • who you can claim for
  • how to make a claim
  • what you may be entitled to, and more.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/3667545685723120643 


#NeverMoreNeeded Campaign Pack

Want to be part of making sure charities get the support they need right now? The Never More Needed campaign has made it even easier for you to share the fantastic work you do, so that we can inform and inspire the politicians, policy makers, decision makers and supporters that we need on our side.

You can now download a campaign pack with template letters, great copy that you can just paste into your existing communications, and a whole host of critical facts and figures to help tell the story of how now, more than ever, charities are #NeverMoreNeeded.

https://nmn.org.uk/information/2020/09/NeverMoreNeeded-Campaign-Pack-4.pdf 


What are funders looking for from charities in the wake of coronavirus?

Josephine McCartney from Kent Community Foundation explains what expectations funders have of charities in light of the pandemic.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/voices/josephine-mccartney-what-are-funders-looking-for-in-these-times.html 


National Lottery Good Causes Bulletin

You can read the latest (and last) Good Causes bulletin from the National Lottery below.

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/National%20Lottery.pdf 


Funding News


The Health Foundation: Strengthening Social Care Analytics - Deadline for EOI: 2nd October 2020

The Health Foundation has launched a new programme aiming to fund projects that demonstrate how data analytics can be used to improve social care. New £300,000 funding programme launched for projects addressing a key challenge to help the social care sector respond to COVID-19 and its aftermath.

They’re looking for projects that can demonstrate how data analytics can be used to improve social care and help to catalyse further change in the social care data analytics system by sharing their findings and methods with our community of practice.

The Strengthening Social Care Analytics programme will support up to five teams across the UK with funding of up to £60,000 per project for up to 12 months.

Closing date: EOIs 2 Oct 2020.

https://www.health.org.uk/funding-and-partnerships/programmes/strengthening-social-care-analytics 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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