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

 

 
 

Date:  24/09/2020

                             Issue: 109

 

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

Diary of a nation: life in lockdown

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own

Taking Part 2019/20: statistical release

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium: provisional allocations

COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

NHS Test and Trace: how it works

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information

COVID-19: safer travel guidance for passengers

NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales

Governance Advice & Updates

Mothertongue sets up Pásalo free online resource

Community Business Mutual Aid 

‘Rule of six' applied to adult indoor team sports - Sport England

Free Webinar: Resetting the NHS: Re-framing Services for the Future

Power to Change - Power Up! Grantee Events

Funding News

Alec Dickson Trust: COVID-19 Call for Applications Round Two

D2N2 Business Investment Fund

The Community Business Trade Up Programme

Government Updates


Diary of a nation: life in lockdown

Six months since coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures were introduced in the UK, this article examines our attitudes towards the pandemic, and how these have changed, using responses to weekly Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. As well as quantitative data, this article includes people’s experiences of lockdown in their own words.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/diary-of-a-nation-life-in-lockdown 


Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own

This page explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. Changes have been made to the following sections: ‘When to wear a face covering’, ‘Enforcement measures for failing to comply with this law’, ‘When you do not need to wear a face covering’ and ‘Face coverings at work’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own 


Taking Part 2019/20: statistical release

The Taking Part Survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS. Data tables for Charitable Giving and Volunteering estimated have now been added.

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


Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Added link to guidance on free school meals from the Lead Association for Catering in Education.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium: provisional allocations

Details the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium provisional allocation tables and conditions of grant for the academic year 2020 to 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium-provisional-allocations


COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

Advice on how you can help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Added easy read version.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-reducing-transmission-what-you-can-do-to-help 


Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support. Updated document to explain that the virtual work experience opportunity is unavailable until further notice.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/package-of-support-for-students-who-have-to-defer-their-studies 


NHS Test and Trace: how it works

An overview of the NHS Test and Trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
Added a second phone number that contact tracers will call people from.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works 


COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Updated to include new legal requirements for self-isolation due to come into effect on 28 September 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance 


NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information

Privacy notice and data protection impact assessment for the NHS COVID-19 mobile app. Added new and updated privacy notices for national launch of the app, including an updated data protection impact assessment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-covid-19-app-privacy-information 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. Fines for not wearing a face covering on public transport or in enclosed areas of transport hubs have increased.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers 


NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app launches to help control coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-covid-19-app-launches-across-england-and-wales 


Governance Advice & Updates


Mothertongue sets up Pásalo free online resource

Mothertongue, the multi-ethnic counselling service, has set up the Pásalo Project, a free online resource to help people understand the Social Response Cycle. The website aims to help people who are concerned about social justice to build their confidence to take socially responsive action when they identify a need. Although the action is therapeutically framed, the principles and ethics  apply broadly to all initiatives which involve people.

https://www.pasaloproject.org/


Community Business Mutual Aid 

The Community Business Mutual Aid group is run by and for community-led businesses in the UK. It is about solidarity, inspiration and practical peer support during COVID-19 and beyond.

This month will be focused on co-operative and mutual finance & exchange.  As usual, there will be a choice of break out rooms, each hosted by community businesses and focused on a particular topic.  Details are:

Room 1 - Neighbourhood Investment: Jess has recently been investigating the possibility of a large-scale and long-term neighbourhood investment fund for the White Rock area in Hastings. In this session she’ll summarise the findings so far and seek input, ideas and challenges from call participants.  Host: Jess Steele, White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures, Hastings

Room 2 - The Wicked Spreadsheet: Looking to take over a building or a space in your community? This room will use a real life example of an empty doctors surgery in Coalville to discuss how a purchase model with a community share offer, and a capital partnership LLP framework model might work to help build a 'creative community hub’. The session with include using the Wicked Spreadsheet developed by TH!NK FC & C.A.N. (Cooperatives Assistance Network Ltd), to look at how both options affect the finances including the long term community wealth generating potential of each.  Hosts: Deana Willdgoose, THINK FC, Chris Cook, The Institute of Strategy Resilience and Security, Mick McGrath, Locality

Room 3 - Beyond the Balance Sheet: Kindred is a new, innovative approach to building an inclusive economy in the Liverpool City region. The session will discuss the importance of people and social impact in community-led financing.. Host: Christine Spriggs, Kindred

Room 4 - TBC Host: Martin Lawson, Resonance

Room 5 - TBC Host: Daniel Oliver, Bath SetSquared

Room 6 - The Solidarity Room: A room with no fixed agenda-a space for peers from the CB network to chat and offload Host: Bindie Wood, Momentum Hackney

The break out rooms finish at approximately 12.30, at which point everyone gets back together for a whole group discussion in the Revolution Room, which finishes at 13.15. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUsduytqDosGNfZD19R4mKQqU9wMmryx0VH 


‘Rule of six' applied to adult indoor team sports - Sport England

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of new rules for adults playing team sports indoors, we’ve pulled together answers to some of the key questions around what is and isn’t allowed. 

With coronavirus (Covid-19) cases increasing, people aged 18 and over will need to adhere to the ‘rule of six’ if they’re playing team sports indoors – this means playing in a group of no more than six people. 

Team sports that have already had guidance approved by the government for the safe playing of their sport can continue to use that guidance, provided they now limit the number of people aged 18 and over playing indoors to six.

Sport England have collated answers to some common questions (FAQs) on their website, but below is a summary of what can continue: 

  • Indoor team sports involving children aged under 18, played formally and under government-approved guidance 
  • Use of indoor sport and leisure facilities, including gyms and swimming pools 
  • Organised indoor activities or exercise classes (these can take place in larger numbers, provided groups of more than six do not mix and the facility meets the government’s indoor facility guidance)
  • Outdoor sports played formally and under government-approved guidance 
  • Outdoor sport and physical activity events following event-organiser guidance 
  • Informal indoor or outdoor sport and physical activity in groups of six or fewer while social distancing and following government guidance, and guidance from the sport’s governing body. 

This week's announcements will also be difficult for elite sport, particularly the continued restrictions preventing crowds returning to sporting events, and they’re involved in conversations with the government and a number of sporting organisations about how they can help. 

They are also supporting leisure operators in their conversations with the government about possible financial support.

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play/frequently-asked-questions-return-sport-and-activity 


Free Webinar: Resetting the NHS: Re-framing Services for the Future

24 September 2020 - 13:00-14:00

As the NHS recovers from the first wave of the covid-19 crisis, many organisations and health systems are not seeking to return to their pre-covid ways of working. Instead, they should use the recovery as an opportunity to transform. They are building on the changes brought about by the crisis to enhance patient care and lock-in operational improvements, while also managing the backlog of non-covid patients and building resilience for future covid waves.

This webinar will highlight positive elements of the covid-driven transformation while acknowledging that some new ways of working must be discontinued due to unsustainability or quality risks. The NHS needs to build resilience for a potential second wave, embedding the lessons learned into ways of working, business continuity plans, and future pandemic responses.

https://www.govconnect.info/resetting-the-nhs 


Power to Change - Power Up! Grantee Events

All the community businesses Power to Change invests in are invited to our Power Up! events. There you’ll find out how to maximise your relationship with Power to Change, and build connections with other community businesses across England.  Join Power to Change online for an interactive, fun and inspiring session where you will have the chance to share your challenges, creative solutions and get advice from other Power to Change grantees who have faced and overcome similar hurdles in recent months. 

https://www.powertochange.org.uk/events/ 


Funding News


Alec Dickson Trust: COVID-19 Call for Applications Round Two - Urgent Deadline: Sunday 27th September 2020

The Trust welcomes applications of up to £500 from UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19.  Applications must also align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic.

http://www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/apply/ 


D2N2 Business Investment Fund

This fund from the D2N2 growth hub is open to social enterprises & can fund up to 35% of projects costing between £10,000 and £57,000:

The Business Investment Fund forms part of the D2N2 Growth Hub offer, which exists to help businesses find the support they need to grow and evolve. The Business Investment Fund allows the Growth Hub to offer direct support to SMEs to achieve their aspirations for growth. This fund will see a total of £6m of funding invested into the D2N2 economy between 2019 and 2022.

https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/grow/managing-finance/funding-for-your-business/access-to-local-finance/d2n2-business-investment-fund/ 


The Community Business Trade Up Programme

Community businesses! The Community Business Trade Up programme is coming your way real soon.  It’s a FREE learning programme with a Trade Back grant of up to £10,000. It’ll give you the skills to grow your income from trading, have more impact and be sustainable. 

Run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs with partners Power to Change we’re prioritising applications from communities hit hardest by Covid-19 including BAME-supporting organisations and those working in deprived areas.

https://www.the-sse.org/courses/community-business/ 

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