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

 

 
 

Date:  10/09/2020

                             Issue: 101

 

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): What has changed – 9 September

Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

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

Educational psychologists: support for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery

Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings

Slides on coronavirus: 9 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus indoors this winter

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Making a support bubble with another household

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

ESF action notes: 2014 to 2020 programme

Governance Advice & Updates

Russell Cooke Webinar: My charity is unincorporated - should we incorporate?

The Charity Accountants' Online Conference - 14th-18th September

Charitable think-tanks: a man’s world?

Funding News

Social Enterprise Support Fund

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-9-september


Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign

Mental health campaign supports the wellbeing of children, young people and their parents.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-england-launches-new-every-mind-matters-campaign


COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings. Amended to reflect up coming changes to rules on social gathering

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities


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.
Document updated in line with the latest government guidance.

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


Educational psychologists: support for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery

The Department for Education wants to build temporary educational psychologist capacity in England to support schools and colleges returning in September.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/educational-psychologists-support-for-coronavirus-covid-19-recovery 


Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. Added instructions for public sector organisations and exempt charities without a Companies House or Charity Commission number.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-grant-through-the-kickstart-scheme 


COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK. Removed ‘Considerations for acute personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control 


COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of council buildings

Guidance for those managing council buildings. Updated to reflect changes in rules on gatherings, and on track and trace.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-council-buildings 


Slides on coronavirus: 9 September 2020

Slides on coronavirus from yesterday’s press conference.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/slides-on-coronavirus-9-september-2020 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. Updated guidance on meeting other people.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-accessing-green-spaces-safely 


New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus indoors this winter

The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter 


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. 5 steps to working safely – This section has been withdrawn.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 


Making a support bubble with another household

How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household 


Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing 


Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings. Updated HE provider guidance and added Higher Education coronavirus (COVID19) NHS Test andTrace handbook.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses 


ESF action notes: 2014 to 2020 programme

Action notes to inform European Social Fund (ESF) grant recipients of an action they must complete. ESF Action Note 054/20 – Clarification on the requirement that only participants achieving RQF-accredited qualifications be counted when reporting on the qualification-related ESF result indicators has been added.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esf-action-notes-2014-to-2020-programme


Governance Advice & Updates


Russell Cooke Webinar: My charity is unincorporated - should we incorporate?

Tuesday 22 September 2020 - 11:00 - 11:45

The financial impact of Covid-19 has led many unincorporated charities to reconsider their legal structure, given the potential for personal trustee liability.

Gareth Roy will consider the benefits of incorporating your charity, including the protection it offers to trustees, and will explain the process of incorporating into either a charitable company or a charitable incorporated organisation.

https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/2ME9-32R/my-charity-is-unincorporated-webinar 


The Charity Accountants' Online Conference - 14th-18th September

Nearly 200 charity sector colleagues have signed up so far for a week of inspiration, updates and information on all things finance, leadership and governance.

Book your space now to watch 3 sessions a day live, take in plenty of pre-recorded video content to view at your leisure and much more besides. Even if you have commitments when some of the sessions are running, you won't miss out as you will be able to access recordings of any sessions you may have missed. 

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/charity-accountants-conference-2020/ 


Charitable think-tanks: a man’s world?

Think tanks try to influence the climate of opinion and the direction of public policy. So anyone who cares about women’s rights, their distinctive challenges and future opportunities, will want to know that think tanks are equipped to understand these and take them thoroughly into account.

https://andrewpurkis.wordpress.com/2020/09/08/charitable-think-tanks-a-mans-world/ 


Funding News


Social Enterprise Support Fund - Deadline: Thursday 17th September at 1:00pm

Opens for round 3 applications on Thursday 10th September at 1pm, for one week exactly.

The fund provides grants of £10,000 to £300,000. It's for:

  • Social enterprises based in England
  • Annual income of £25,000 - £1.5m pre-Covid
  • At least one year old
  • Reliant on trading for impact
  • Working in one of our priority areas for funding
  • Meet the full eligibility criteria (see application guidance)

https://socialenterprisesupportfund.org.uk/apply 

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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