The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846..
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 -
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.
Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)
‘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.
The funding will provide interim accommodation and support as part of the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping.
Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020 helping businesses to protect jobs.
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.
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.
The Taking Part Survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS.
Estimates of cultural, digital and sporting engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic
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).
Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK. Added IPC highlights quick reference guide.
Non-statutory guidance for local authorities in England and Wales on public health funerals.
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’.
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.
Information on the distance travelled for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test in England from 1 September to 14 September 2020.
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.
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’.
Translations of the information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.
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.
Governance Advice & Updates
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
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