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

 

 
 

Date:  17/09/2020

                             Issue: 105

 

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

Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

274 councils set to receive housing support for vulnerable people

Government extends support to stop business evictions this year

Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Taking Part 2019/20: statistical release

Taking Part Web Panel Data: Engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Public health funerals: good practice guidance

Vulnerable children and young people survey

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

Distance travelled for a coronavirus test in England: 1 September to 14 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

Guidance on searching for archaeological finds in England during COVID-19

Early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term: translations for parents and carers

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Governance Advice & Updates

Rural Action Derbyshire: Interpreting changes to the Social Distancing rules

In Kind Direct Speaker Series

Small Charities Coalition Newsletter 

Russell Cooke Charity Law e-Update

The National Lottery Good Causes Newsletter

Funding News

Aviva Community Fund

Government Updates


Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)
The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
Summary: Updated all sections to reflect: passed application deadlines; details of grants awarded; changes to HM Treasury financial support. 

‘Funds distributed by central government departments’ added to provide updates on the £360 million funding package allocations. 

‘Treasury financial support’ section updated to reflect changes to the furlough scheme from 1st September. 

‘Treasury financial support’ section updated to reflect changes to the self employment income support scheme – applications for the final grant are now open. 

‘Treasury financial support’ section updated – HMT Future Fund is open until the end of September. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-support-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-vcse-organisations-to-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19


274 councils set to receive housing support for vulnerable people

The funding will provide interim accommodation and support as part of the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/274-councils-set-to-receive-housing-support-for-vulnerable-people


Government extends support to stop business evictions this year

Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020 helping businesses to protect jobs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-support-to-stop-business-evictions-this-year


Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back

Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve over-claimed, or if you do not need the grant and want to make a voluntary repayment. The guidance from ‘If you’ve claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ has been moved to this guide. This guide has also been updated with links to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme repayment service.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-grants-back 


Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for some of your employee’s wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Moved the section called ‘If you have not claimed enough’ into this guidance from the page ‘If you’ve claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’, which has now been unpublished.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme 


Taking Part 2019/20: statistical release

The Taking Part Survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/taking-part-201920-statistical-release 


Taking Part Web Panel Data: Engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Estimates of cultural, digital and sporting engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic
Added a report – which summarises the three waves of findings from May to July.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-part-web-panel-data-engagement-during-the-covid-19-pandemic 


Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
From 26 August 2020 you can claim for employees who have been notified by the NHS to self-isolate before surgery.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 


COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK. Added IPC highlights quick reference guide.

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


Public health funerals: good practice guidance

Non-statutory guidance for local authorities in England and Wales on public health funerals.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-health-funerals-good-practice-guidance 


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. Replaced ‘waves 1 to 4’ file with waves ‘1 to 8’.

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


COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

Added statement on hands, face, space; updated guidance on return to school; added links to social distancing and what you can and can’t do; amended to reflect change to 6 people meeting.


Distance travelled for a coronavirus test in England: 1 September to 14 September 2020

Information on the distance travelled for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test in England from 1 September to 14 September 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-commissioners-and-providers-of-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-or-alcohol 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. Updated guidance on applying for a visa if your VAC is closed, for those who have already applied online and now wish to submit their application at a different VAC than the one they selected. Updated ‘If you’re in the UK’ to note that if conditions allowed you to work, study or rent accommodation you may continue to do so during the period of your exceptional assurance.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents 


Guidance on searching for archaeological finds in England during COVID-19

Guidance for members of the public (including metal-detectorists) searching for archaeological finds in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes to ‘Being outside’ and ‘Events’.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-searching-for-archaeological-finds-in-england-during-covid-19 


Early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term: translations for parents and carers

Translations of the information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term-translations-for-parents-and-carers 


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). Amended the information on risk assessments for those with an education, health and care plan.

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


Governance Advice & Updates


Rural Action Derbyshire: Interpreting changes to the Social Distancing rules

The Government's 'Covid 19: safe use of multi-purpose community facilities' guidance was updated again on 14th September. This follows the changes made on 9th September to reflect the new rule of 6. This has resulted in ACRE's Information Sheet (version 6) being further delayed. For this reason, ACRE can only offer an interpretation of the current situation for activities taking place in village halls.

From the increased number of enquiries recently received, we are very aware that the 14th September guidance, section 3c, has unfortunately given rise to further misunderstanding and confusion, with halls cancelling planned activities and even delaying the reopening of charitable community halls.

ACRE is advising that:

Community halls are able to remain open and to host formal and informal clubs and hobby groups and amateur choirs and orchestras. The Government guidance stresses that activities and clubs must be limited to attendance in groups of no more than 6 people following social distancing rules. Only “where there is a significant likelihood of groups mixing and socialising (and where it will be difficult to prevent mingling and therefore breaking the law)” should activities not take place in a community facility”.

To read the full update please go to the below link

https://mailchi.mp/5d41e5d81c32/village-halls-training-5139865?e=a41d2b7893 


In Kind Direct Speaker Series - Wednesday 23 September 11.00 - 12.00

The spotlight this month for this popular free series is on brands. The session will cover how the effects of the pandemic have made us all think differently and why it’s now more important than ever to unite brand aims with the needs of local communities. 

https://www.inkinddirect.org/events/speaker-series-september-2020/ 


Small Charities Coalition Newsletter - 14th September

This newsletter features:

  • Loneliness Update 
  • News from Civil Society
  • Resources
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion & Quity
  • And more

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/SCC%20Weekly%20Newsletter%2014.09.2020.pdf 


Russell Cooke Charity Law e-Update

This newsletter features:

  • Charity Commission increases range of charity information shown on the public register
  • Court ruling: Members of a charitable company must act in the best interests of their charity’s objects
  • Charity lotteries: Recent changes to the rules
  • Returning to the workplace from lockdown
  • Upcoming events

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/Russell%20Cooke.pdf 


The National Lottery Good Causes Newsletter

This week’s newsletter features remembering an inspiring Olympic story, catching up with a Paralympic athlete hoping follow in his father’s footsteps, celebrating Heritage Open Days with some amazing free events, learning about a pair of star-crossed lovers, and recommending a fab film club pick.

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/National%20Lottery_0.pdf 


Funding News


Aviva Community Fund - Deadline: 13th October 2020

For the current round of funding that closes on 13 October, Aviva are especially keen to attract applications focusing on:

  • Climate/environmental issues
  • Financial resilience and inclusion
  • Using innovation to bring about change and build communities.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding/ 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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