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

 

 
 

Date:  18/09/2020

                             Issue: 106

 

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

New plan to help protect care homes from coronavirus over winter

New measures to improve patient care ahead of winter

More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing

Coronavirus tests booked or ordered by or for people under 20: 1 August to 10 September 2020

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

COVID-19: guidance for those leading a nomadic way of life

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Privacy notice for maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 17 September 2020

Governance Advice & Updates

Trustee Roles and Responsibilities

Free Webinar: Ageing and Ageism in the Commonwealth

Funding News

MSE Charity’s ‘Building and Developing Resilience’

Government Updates


New plan to help protect care homes from coronavirus over winter

A new adult social care winter plan will aim to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in care settings throughout the winter months.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-plan-to-help-protect-care-homes-from-coronavirus-over-winter


New measures to improve patient care ahead of winter

A&Es in 25 hospitals will receive a share of £150 million in funding to upgrade, reduce overcrowding and improve infection control ahead of winter.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-improve-patient-care-ahead-of-winter


More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter

Care providers will be given an extra £546 million to bolster infection control and help protect residents and staff throughout winter.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-than-500-million-for-social-care-to-reduce-coronavirus-transmission-over-winter


Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Sets out what further education (FE) providers need to know for the autumn term so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full. Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if a student is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision


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 the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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


Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing

Information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus. Removed link to antibody testing service and added that DHSC is working directly with organisations in the adult social care sector in order to offer tests.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests 


Coronavirus tests booked or ordered by or for people under 20: 1 August to 10 September 2020

Information about the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests booked or ordered by or for people aged under 20 from 1 August to 10 September.

NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 3 September to 9 September 2020 Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 15 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England and coronavirus testing (UK).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-tests-booked-or-ordered-by-or-for-people-under-20-1-august-to-10-september-2020 


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Performing arts – Updated guidance on social gatherings of more than 6 people (sections 3.3 and 3.12) and mandatory test and trace requirements (sections 1.3).

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


Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants

Guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-the-possession-action-process-guidance-for-landlords-and-tenants 


COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

Guidance to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities and includes a checklist for special religious services and gatherings. Updated guidance for the safe use of places of worship to incorporate changes in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 which came into effect on 14 September 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july 


COVID-19: guidance for those leading a nomadic way of life

Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for those leading a nomadic way of life.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-those-leading-a-nomadic-way-of-life/covid-19-guidance-for-those-leading-a-nomadic-way-of-life 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. Singapore and Thailand to be added to the England travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020. Guadeloupe and Slovenia to be removed from the list at 4am Saturday 19 September.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Added link to register a home test kit before a hospital procedure.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 


Privacy notice for maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

This privacy notice describes how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will process personal data from venues and establishments to support contact tracing. Updated to reflect that the use of customer logs in designated venues to support NHS Test and Trace will be mandatory from 18 September 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/privacy-notice-for-maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace 


Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 17 September 2020

Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources and experimental methods.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-and-the-latest-indicators-for-the-uk-economy-and-society-17-september-2020


Governance Advice & Updates


Trustee Roles and Responsibilities

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Understand what it means to be a charity trustee.  Join Pothecary Witham Weld Solicitors for an overview of what it means to be a trustee, your roles and responsibilities and crucially they will explain what success looks like as a trustee. We will address the following important questions:

  • What is a trustee?
  • Who can be a trustee?
  • What are fiduciary duties and why are they important?
  • What obligations does the Charity Commission put on trustees?
  • Are there any potential liabilities?
  • What does success as a trustee look like?
  • What happens when you stop being a trustee?

This session is suitable for those who are new to being a trustee, or those thinking of becoming a trustee.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trustee-roles-and-responsibilities-tickets-119616475097 


Free Webinar: Ageing and Ageism in the Commonwealth

30 September 2020 - 15:00-16:30

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the rights and needs of older persons. While everyone has been affected, evidence shows that older people are among those most at risk of complications from the disease, with fatality rates for those over 80 years of age five times the global average. They are also at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. Older persons have been hit particularly hard by the virus itself but it has been the failure to protect their rights in the response that has led to unnecessary deaths, unmet health and care needs, increased isolation, discrimination and stigma.

This webinar will:

  • Recognise the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing and dignity of older persons across the Commonwealth
  • Raise awareness of ageism, stigma and discrimination against older people in the COVID-19 response and the need to foster intergenerational connections across the Commonwealth
  • Reflect on how The Commonwealth needs to adapt to ensure the rights of its citizens of all ages are respected

https://www.govconnect.info/ageing-commonwealth 


Funding News


MSE Charity’s ‘Building and Developing Resilience’ - Deadline: 25th September 2020

The MSE Charity is funded by Money Saving Expert and gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

The Charity holds two funding rounds each year, with a different theme for each round.

In response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Charity has modified some of the funding criteria for the September 2020 round but has kept the overarching theme the same as in previous years. The Charity will fund projects that focus on building financial capability skills for those who need it most, to support people recovering from the results of the pandemic and equip them to move forward.

The maximum grant is £7,500. The applications most likely to be successful are those that ask for funding for a specific activity cost rather than a general contribution to running costs or a much larger project. Organisations can include requests for up to £500 for IT equipment that is essential for the delivery of the project in their application.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply.

https://www.msecharity.com/home   

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