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

 

 
 

Date:  22/08/2020

                             Issue: 107

 

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

You can view responses to this survey via the following link:

Survey Responses


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

Visiting care homes during coronavirus

Awarding organisation appeals and complaints links

Surge in smokers trying to quit see increased success rates in 2020

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

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Allocation of COVID-19 swab tests in England

New measures in response to the acceleration of coronavirus

Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Medical Officer briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19): 21 September 2020

Update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the COVID-19 alert level

Childcare to be exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions in local areas of intervention

HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 statistics monthly

Governance Advice & Updates

Supporting trustees during COVID-19

Charity Leaders' Summit Online

The Barr Foundation’s Journey to Become an Antiracist Organisation

Charities near reporting compliance, but work to do says regulator

Here to Help #HeretoHelpAlways

NCVO Newsletter

OCS - 18th September Newsletter

ACAS - Mock Mediation Workshop

Funding News

Petplan Charitable Trust - Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Festival UK R&D Fund

Funding Successes

The Asian Association of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire - Saffron Kitchen

Government Updates


Visiting care homes during coronavirus

Guidance for making arrangements for limited visits for care homes with the support of their director of public health. Added a note to say that the guidance will be updated following publication of the adult social care winter plan.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus 


Awarding organisation appeals and complaints links

Contact details for complaints to awarding organisations offering vocational and technical qualifications in England. Version updated with new links to provide more accurate information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-organisation-appeals-and-complaints-links 


Surge in smokers trying to quit see increased success rates in 2020

This year’s Stoptober campaign is calling on smokers to put their lungs first and breathe easier ahead of flu season.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/surge-in-smokers-trying-to-quit-see-increased-success-rates-in-2020 


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.

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


Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

The Environment Agency’s priority is to protect people and the environment, and to support those we regulate during the coronavirus pandemic. Our offices and Applying for a permit sections updated.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-environment-agency-update 


Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements. Added updated document ‘Reporting template: annex E of circular’ and updated deadline to 30 September 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-fund 


Allocation of COVID-19 swab tests in England

The government’s allocation of testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/allocation-of-covid-19-swab-tests-in-england 


New measures in response to the acceleration of coronavirus

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about the government response to the recent acceleration of coronavirus, including an isolation support payment and testing allocation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/new-measures-in-response-to-the-acceleration-of-coronavirus 


Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Medical Officer briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19): 21 September 2020

Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty gave a data briefing on coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chief-scientific-advisor-and-chief-medical-officer-briefing-on-coronavirus-covid-19-21-september-2020--2 


Update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the COVID-19 alert level

A joint statement from the UK CMOs recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 3 to level 4.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-covid-19-alert-level 


Childcare to be exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions in local areas of intervention

Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary has announced today.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/childcare-to-be-exempt-from-interhousehold-mixing-restrictions-in-local-areas-of-intervention 


HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 statistics monthly

Monthly statistics providing data of COVID-19 in HM Prison and Probation Service in England and Wales.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-monthly 


Governance Advice & Guidance


Supporting trustees during COVID-19

With the resurgence of Coronavirus, it's clear that charity leadership is going to remain challenging for many months to come. For a different perspective on governance during COVID-19, and how the role of charities is changing, check out these Charity Chat podcasts from DSC Chief Executive Debra Allcock Tyler, and DSC Trustee Andrew Purkis

https://www.charitychat.org.uk/post/e88-supporting-trustees-during-covid-19-with-debra-allcock-tyler 


Charity Leaders' Summit Online

Charity Leaders' Summit Online on Tuesday 20 October. Spend the day learning from exceptional leaders and hear how they overcame challenges similar to those you’re facing. This one-day online conference is perfect for those responsible for shaping the direction, mission, policies, and major programmes of their organisations, including: executive-level charity leaders, not-for-profit board members and senior leaders in the charity and not-for-profit sector.

  • Get sound advice from those who are where you want to be
  • Revel in the passion and experience of fellow charity leaders and future-shapers
  • Debate the critical strategic issues facing the charity sector today
  • Ask questions, get answers and perfect your game plan

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/charity-leaders-summit-leading-through-challenging-times/ 


The Barr Foundation’s Journey to Become an Antiracist Organisation

In the first of a series of conversations between PEAK Grantmaking President and CEO Satonya Fair and members of the PEAK community, she spoke with Jim Canales, President and Trustee of the Barr Foundation.

https://www.peakgrantmaking.org/insights/the-barr-foundations-journey-to-become-an-anti-racist-organization/ 


Charities near reporting compliance, but work to do says regulator

The Fundraising Regulator has reported that analysis of how well charities are meeting the requirements of section 13 of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 shows near compliance in some areas, but said there is still work to do to improve reporting. The regulator said many charities are reporting on fundraising approach and to a lesser extent on voluntary regulations and schemes, and complaints. But most organisations are not providing enough information about the reporting of monitoring of fundraising activities carried out on behalf of the charity, numbers of complaints and, crucially, what they are doing to protect vulnerable people and other members of the public while fundraising.

https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/more-from-us/resources/charities-act-2016-analysis-compliance-june-2020 


Here to Help #HeretoHelpAlways

Association of Charitable Organisations is raising awareness of grant-giving charities that can provide assistance to people who need support, in anticipation of more redundancies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's Job Retention Scheme ending. The Here to Help Campaign (#HeretoHelpAlways) will be working with key advice and referral agencies, charities and other organisations that work closely with people who may be in need of assistance, along with the media, to raise awareness of the services available from grant-giving charities.

https://www.aco.uk.net/page/Home-Here-To-Help-Campaign 


NCVO Newsletter

Featured in NCVO’s newsletter this week:

  • join the campaign to help hard-pressed charities get more from Gift Aid
  • a reminder about free resources for non-members
  • how to prepare for Brexit uncertainty.
  • new tool to help you improve the impact of your volunteers 
  • a chance for small charities to get help with HR
  • upcoming online training.

http://links.ncvo.org.uk/m/1/37861233/p1-b20262-852729d34a3a44b882d7c1ab7faaa868/9/457/4f101358-e7ca-468d-97cc-6ff586303dfd 


OCS - 18th September Newsletter

In this Office for Civil Society Newsletter:

  • Guidance: Rule of 6
  • Let's Talk Loneliness campaign
  • Survey: Mobilising Volunteers Effectively during the pandemic
  • Safeguarding portal: Call for user testers from small charities
  • Consultation: Serious Violence Reduction Orders
  • EU Exit: Preparing for the end of the transition period

https://mailchi.mp/dcms/ocs-for-info-18-september-2020?e=02d76c2be6 


ACAS - Mock Mediation Workshop

29th September - 9:30am-12:30pm

This interactive and informative digital event will give the opportunity, within a safe environment, to see how mediation works and the positive outcomes an effective mediation process can achieve.  
The mock mediation will be based on a real-life scenario involving a dispute between a manager and a team member whose relationship breakdown has deteriorated, in part, as a result of COVID-19 related workplace issues.

https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=203441 


Funding News


Petplan Charitable Trust - Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund - Deadline: 16th October 2020

Petplan Charitable Trust, in partnership with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council, has created a COVID-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund for smaller UK equine welfare organisations with an annual turnover of less than £500,000. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000, with Petplan expecting the average grant to be around £2,500.

https://petplancharitabletrust.org.uk/covid-19-equine-emergency-fund/ 


Festival UK R&D Fund

Festival UK will be a nationwide festival taking place across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales throughout 2022. It will comprise a collection of ten large-scale projects that will showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation to the world.

The Festival’s Research and Development (R&D) Project is a structured, self-directed, creative project for 30 ‘creative teams’ comprising talent drawn from the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), from across the four nations of the UK.

These teams should be capable of developing mass public engagement concepts and ideas to be presented to a selection panel to shortlist to a final ten which will be fully commissioned as a national or UK-wide project for the festival.

This is a £3 million R&D opportunity. A total of 30 teams will each receive up to £100,000 to create compelling and ambitious and ideas for projects that have the potential to reach millions of people. The money can be spent on fees, access, administration and the presentation of the final concept, including associated documentation.

https://www.festival2022.uk/r-d-opportunity 


Funding Successes


The Asian Association of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire - Saffron Kitchen

Congratulations to the Asian Association for being awarded a grant of £1996 from Derbyshire County Council Covid-19 Fund. They will use the grant for digital development costs and a sessional worker for publicity purposes. 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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