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: email@example.com 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 -
You can view responses to this survey via the following link:
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.
The government has today announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England.
Information on meeting with others safely. Page updated in line with the latest government guidance.
The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives. Page updated in line with the latest government guidance.
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.
Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. Update to reflect new legislation on social contact and the requirement for passengers to wear face coverings in taxis and private hire vehicles.
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. The guidance on testing kits has been re-written for both patients and the public and for manufacturers to make it clearer to understand.
New Public Health England research suggests that people infected with both viruses between January and April were more at risk of severe illness and death.
How we are delivering our services during the coronavirus outbreak. Added a link to the new Practice guide 80: useful information for conveyancers.
The EDSAB-HOME research study is evaluating the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies using home testing kits.
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Added new content on face coverings, toothbrushing, local lockdowns, music, dance and drama, pregnant women, visitors, visits, informal childcare, EYFS disapplications, supporting wellbeing, SEND legislation, journeys, dual settings, reopening of building emergency first aid, Job retention Bonus Scheme. Updated information on funding to align with other funding guidance, employer health and safety and equalities duties, shielding and safeguarding, managing COVID-19 cases.
Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Added back in information to confirm that ITT trainees are included in the definition of a critical worker. ITT mentors and tutors are considered visitors to a school and are not critical workers.
Actions for schools and further education colleges when using the NHS COVID-19 app in education settings.
Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff. Updated content to confirm that schools and FE providers ordering additional test kits will be provided with one box of 10 kits per 1,000 pupils or students.
Provisional analysis of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) by occupation where the infection may have been acquired either before or during the period of lockdown.
Governance Advice & Updates
There is a lot of misinformation about charity reserves and that is particularly true as Covid-19 has decimated some charities’ reserves whilst others have hung on for grim death to their pre-Covid policies. Likewise, charities do not help themselves when coming up with suitable policies and allocation of funds so that potential funders do not get the correct picture of a charity’s reserves when making decisions about funding. Now is a good time for all charities to be reviewing their Reserves Policies. To read more please go to the below link.
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Community Action Grants enable groups operating in North East Derbyshire to access up to £500 grant funding to support residents to tackle local issues in the District that support their Council Plan - https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/component/edocman/council-plan-2019-2023
In the past small groups which were not constituted were precluded from the scheme, but they can now apply if they get a sponsoring organisation like a parish or town council to vouch for them.
The Community Action Grants which are available from the authority are for helping those leading initiatives to help improve their local area or raising awareness of important issues such as climate change and reducing littering.
The grants will be awarded to projects which relate to the Council Plan and help or promote awareness of the benefits physical activity, successful community events, local community improvements, reducing social isolation, raising awareness of climate change, improving recycling rates and reducing litter, enhancing biodiversity, supporting development of local volunteers and groups, addressing parking issues and reducing anti-social behaviour.
The British Science Association is accepting applications from community groups for funding to support activities taking place during British Science Week 2021. Grants of either £500 or £2,000 are available for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity, such as:
The funding can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport or other costs of activities or events celebrating British Science Week.
The £25 million fund is designed to support mid to large scale cultural organisations in the UK to help them restart work, re-engage with audiences, adapt to changed circumstances and generate revenue. The fund is specifically for charitable organisations with a pre-COVID regular annual income of £500,000 or greater; smaller organisations will be able to apply for the regular grants programme via the Foundation’s website as usual.
Commenting, Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, said:
“The UK’s performing and visual arts are among the best in the world but they have been hit hard by the pandemic. It became very clear to our Trustees that while we have seen some incredibly creative responses to COVID-19 many cultural organisations need support to restart their important work and bring audiences back. Arts organisations are desperate to re-open and get back to what they do best and we hope that this new Fund will help them do exactly that.”
Full details of the fund will be available on the Foundation’s website on 5 October 2020. Applications will be accepted from that date until 9 November 2020 with notification of decisions by the end of January 2021.
In the meantime, further information about Garfield Weston Foundation and its grants programme can be found on its website.
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