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

 

 
 

Date:  09/09/2020

                             Issue: 100 

 

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): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey, expectation responses over time, UK: 1 June to 23 August 2020 (Waves 6 to 11)

Kickstart Scheme

PPE deliveries (England): 31 August to 6 September 2020

Bounce-back plans launched for consumer and retail industry

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

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing surveillance: Spotlights

Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Governance Advice & Updates

Getting on Board bursaries for people of colour

Macmillan's Coffee Morning fundraising down by £20 million this year

HMRC issues important Brief on VAT and digital advertising by charities confirming that location targeting services can be zero rated

Funding News

The Alpkit Foundation: Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Grant

Metro: LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund

Souter Charitable Trust

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Information updated to show Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier applications and applications to the Farming Recovery Fund are now closed. Removal of information about Bank Holiday opening hours.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-farmers-landowners-and-rural-businesses 


Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey, expectation responses over time, UK: 1 June to 23 August 2020 (Waves 6 to 11)

This article follows turnover expectations of the same businesses over time, using the final results of Waves 6 to 11 of the voluntary fortnightly Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS), covering the period 1 June to 23 August 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/business-impact-of-coronavirus-covid-19-survey-expectation-responses-over-time-uk-1-june-to-23-august-2020-waves-6-to-11 


Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. Added employer contacts page to the collection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme 


PPE deliveries (England): 31 August to 6 September 2020

Experimental statistics showing the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items distributed for use by health and social care services in England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/ppe-deliveries-england-31-august-to-6-september-2020 


Bounce-back plans launched for consumer and retail industry

A ‘bounce-back’ plan of trade measures for the consumer and retail industry has been announced today to help support businesses impacted by Coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bounce-back-plans-launched-for-consumer-and-retail-industry 


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 couple of existing questions. There is one additional new question. See the dates next to the questions for updates.

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


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 daily for the return to school period.

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


COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report

This report compiles routinely updated indicators from multiple sources and summarises important findings from ongoing surveys.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report 


COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing surveillance: Spotlights

These Spotlights describe variation in the mental health and wellbeing of the population by a particular characteristic, such as age or gender.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-spotlights 


Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are seeking views on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Updated to reflect all responses received by email as well as responses received directly through the online platform. This does not make a significant difference to the outcome of the consultation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-adoption-and-children-regulations-coronavirus-covid-19 


Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND). Updated guidance to reflect the actions special schools and other specialist settings need to support full opening from the start of the autumn term. The main changes are listed at the start of the document.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings 


Governance Advice & Updates


Getting on Board bursaries for people of colour

Getting on Board is offering six full bursaries to people of colour to participate in its Charity Board Leadership Programme. People of colour represent only 8% of trustees, compared to 14% of the population. In the largest charities, that falls to 6%. Getting on Board wants to help people from all walks of life become trustees by working with charities to change their attitudes towards diversity and by working with aspiring trustees to better equip them to secure and thrive in a trustee role.The bursary offer deadline is Sunday 13 September.

https://gettingonboard.formstack.com/forms/charity_board_leadership_programme_bursary 


Macmillan's Coffee Morning fundraising down by £20 million this year

Macmillan Cancer Support has warned that it's Coffee Morning fundraising is likely to drop by £20 million - or more than 70% - due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which takes place across cafes, shops, schools, offices and hospitals around the UK every September, was the second biggest mass-participation fundraiser organised by a charity in 2019 raising £27.5 million.

https://medium.com/macmillan-press-releases-and-statements/flagship-coffee-morning-fundraiser-facing-its-toughest-year-in-more-than-a-decade-macmillan-af7033086dc0 


HMRC issues important Brief on VAT and digital advertising by charities confirming that location targeting services can be zero rated

HMRC has now issued Revenue & Customs Brief 13 (2020): VAT charity digital advertising relief . The change is that HMRC now accepts that ‘Location Targeting’ is also within the zero rate.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenue-and-customs-brief-13-2020-vat-charity-digital-advertising-relief/revenue-and-customs-brief-13-2020-vat-charity-digital-advertising-relief


Funding News


The Alpkit Foundation: Go Nice Places, Do Good Things Grant

The Alpkit Foundation is prioritising  funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the pandemic. The grant generally supports direct action projects that work towards removing the barriers to getting outdoors. However, their grants of between £50 and £500 are now available for individuals, groups and schools that are responding to the crisis. The Foundation’s trustees consider applications every two months.

https://alpkit.com/pages/foundation 


Metro: LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund - Deadline: 22nd September 2020

Grants are available for grassroots, local groups and organisations who can support LGBTQ+ communities through the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Four levels of funding are available:

  • Micro grants of up to £500 or £1,000.
  • Small grants of up to £5,000.
  • Medium grants up to £10,000.
  • Large grants of up to £15,000.

https://metrocharity.org.uk/LGBTQfundapply 


Souter Charitable Trust - Deadline: 18th September 2020

Grants are available to registered charities for projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK or overseas, particularly those with a Christian emphasis and ethos. There is no application form. Applications should be made in writing and submitted by post or email to application@soutercharitabletrust.org.uk.

Applications should be no more than two sides of A4. Applicants should also send audited accounts.

https://www.soutercharitabletrust.org.uk/ 


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust - Deadline: 8th October 2020

Grants are available for UK registered charities working in the UK in the areas of advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare, and improvement or protection of the environment.  Grants generally range from £500 to £5,000.  The majority of grants are one-off grants for one year. Occasionally longer term grants (usually up to three years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.  The Trust offers funding to UK registered charities whose work addresses its charitable objectives, which are:

  • The advancement of the arts.
  • Health and medical welfare.
  • Environmental protection or improvement.

http://www.doylycartecharitabletrust.org/ 

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