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

 

 
 

Date:  16/09/2020

                             Issue: 104

 

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

UN Human Rights Council 45: statement for the Interactive Dialogue on COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation

Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up

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

Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

More domestic abuse charities to benefit from government funding boost

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Governance Advice & Updates

Building a Successful Organisation Courses

Pro Bono Economics’ monthly tracker survey

Free data protection webinar

HMRC - Webinars

Funding News

Government Launches £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Enterprise Development Programme

KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme

Community Shares Booster Programme

Government Updates


UN Human Rights Council 45: statement for the Interactive Dialogue on COVID-19

The UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement during the Interactive Dialogue on COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/un-human-rights-council-45-statement-for-the-interactive-dialogue-on-covid-19 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. Sports added to the team sports guidance list.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation

This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available. Additional guidance for regular court users and witnesses providing evidence during coronavirus document updated.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/keeping-court-and-tribunal-buildings-safe-secure-and-clean 


Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up

Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 UK Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6-million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. Three new charities added.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-funding-for-service-charities-as-veterans-support-is-stepped-up 


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. Added example of exceptional circumstance which may permit you to leave your place of self-isolation: if you have a health condition or a disability that would be seriously exacerbated if you were not able to leave your accommodation (and its outdoor areas) where you are self-isolating to take exercise.

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


Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

This prospectus provides prospective bidders with information on how to apply for funding and how the assessment process will work.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-covid-19-emergency-support-fund 


More domestic abuse charities to benefit from government funding boost

A further 25 charities will receive a share of £1 million boost as part of the government’s £10 million emergency fund.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-domestic-abuse-charities-to-benefit-from-government-funding-boost-1 


Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 10 September 2020’.

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


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


Governance Advice & Updates


Building a Successful Organisation Courses

The Building a Successful Organisation series, a collection of six half-day courses covering governance, marketing, strategy, income diversification and leadership, is back next month.

Each workshop will give insight, practical guidance and examples to improve a particular area of the organisation. Workshops can be booked individually, however you'll maximise your knowledge and skills by attending all six to help you build your organisation’s resilience.

Monday 5 October – Characteristics of successful, resilient and sustainable organisations

Friday 9 October – Legal, governance and risk management

Monday 12 October – Creating an appropriate organisational strategy that is practical, engaging and inspiring

Friday 16 October – Income diversification

Monday 19 October – Dynamic leadership approaches

Thursday 22 October – Communications and branding

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/building-a-successful-organisation-all-6-half-days-2/ 


Pro Bono Economics’ monthly tracker survey

The Pro Bono Economics and Civil Society Media COVID-19 Charity Impact Survey, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Finance Group, is now open and will run until Sunday 20 September. The monthly tracker is designed to shine a light on the pressures that COVID-19 has placed on the charity sector. In August it showed that most charities expect to scale back their activities, despite demand for services being on the rise, leading to a £10.1 billion funding gap over the next six months.

https://www.probonoeconomics.com/impact-covid-charity-sector 


Free data protection webinar

Unsure about GDPR in the new Covid-19 world? TrustLaw are hosting a free webinar on Thursday 17th September to address the legal implications of Covid-19 on data protection for UK-based nonprofits and social enterprises. This is an opportunity to address your legal concerns and receive expert advice directly from lawyers.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trustlaw-webinar-data-protection-and-covid-19-england-tickets-119122710233 


HMRC - Webinars

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing

We’ll 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.

We’ll 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

More dates have now been added. 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 


Funding News


Government Launches £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund who is managing the fund on behalf of Defra is accepting applications for projects taking place in England that contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • Nature conservation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration and species recovery.
  • Nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Connecting people with nature.

Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs, creating opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people. The fund will create a broad range of jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations, and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.

A total of £40 million is being made available with grants ranging from £50,000 to £5 million. The funding can be used for both capital and core costs during the period 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2022.

The deadlines are:

  • 24 September 2020 (noon) - expressions of interest for grants of £250,000 to £5 million
  • 2 October 2020 (noon) - applications for grants of £50,000 to £250,000.

https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/green-recovery-challenge-fund


Enterprise Development Programme

The Enterprise Development Programme offers grant and learning support for charities and social enterprises looking to increase their sustainability by developing or growing their enterprise. It is open to organisations in a range of sectors including mental health and equality, and at different stages of development, from those in a testing phase to those at a stage of scale.

To find out more about the Enterprise Development Programme and complete an expression of interest by 25th September (for mental health) or 29th October (for equality) click on the link below.

https://www.enterprisedevelopmentprogramme.org.uk/ 


KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme - Deadline for EOI: 25th September 2020

The KFC Foundation provides grants to support grassroots organisations in the communities where KFC’s restaurants are located. Grants are intended for organisations who are empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work, and social skills. The Foundation aims to fund work that helps young people create firm foundations, by addressing their needs through early intervention. Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available.


Community Shares Booster Programme

Development grants and matched investments are available for new and existing community businesses, with charitable purposes, that are based in England and are planning to make, or have recently launched, community share offers. The programme offers three levels of support, dependent on an applicant's stage of development:

  • Pathway one - an initial development grant of up to £10,000 to help applicants prepare their community share offer, followed by the chance to secure matched investment of up to £100,000 for their share offer.
  • Pathway two - a matched investment of up to £100,000 for community share offers, at least three months ahead of the offer launch date.
  • Pathway three - a matched investment of up to £100,000 for community share offers that are less than three months ahead of launching or are open for investment.

Applications from areas in greater need (for example areas in the top 30% of the UK Government's Indices of Multiple Deprivation) are encouraged and given priority.

https://communitysharesbooster.org.uk/ 

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