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

 

 
 

Date:  29/09/2020

                             Issue: 111

 

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

New recruitment drive to help 10,000 people with serious mental illness

Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

Coronavirus: How to help safely

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today

Human Rights Council 45: Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of The Human Rights Council

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

Public sector insurance survey

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey: characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, September 2020

Governance Advice & Updates

Directory of Social Change - October Courses

Male charity bosses are still paid more

Only 54% of the public have given in past 3 months

Kruger Report - Levelling up our communities

Directory of Social Change - Danny Kruger’s report inspires a sense of meta-policy-deja-vu

What colour is identity?

NCVO Governance Round-Up

Office for Civil Society Newsletter

Funding News

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Force for Change

Funds Online free webinar

Government Updates


New recruitment drive to help 10,000 people with serious mental illness

£27 million has been announced for mental health charity Think Ahead to expand their mental health social work graduate programme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-recruitment-drive-to-help-10-000-people-with-serious-mental-illness 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

Jobs that qualify for exemptions from self-isolation or passenger locator form requirements.
Updated exemption for elite sportspersons and added exemptions for National Lottery and advertising productions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules


Coronavirus: How to help safely

Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation. Changes to face coverings regs and workplace guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures

Our approach to school and college accountability, performance tables and data during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Added link to how the Regional Schools Commissioners will make decisions without summer 2020 data.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-school-and-college-performance-measures 


COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Updated guidance, providing more information on types of gloves.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes 


Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated information to reflect that all pupils can now return to education full-time and that further information has been published about possible local interventions.

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


New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today

From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Removed information that said that a UK-wide scheme for self-isolation payment being explored would be delivered through local authorities.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-legal-duty-to-self-isolate-comes-into-force-today 


Human Rights Council 45: Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of The Human Rights Council

The UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered this statement on behalf of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/human-rights-council-45-annual-discussion-on-the-integration-of-a-gender-perspective-throughout-the-work-of-the-human-rights-council 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates. Update to bank helpline opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-farmers-landowners-and-rural-businesses 


Public sector insurance survey

GAD has published the results of its survey into how public sector organisations are managing their commercial insurance risks, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-sector-insurance-survey 


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Heritage locations – Updated guidance on thinking about risk (section 1), keeping your customers, visitors and contractors safe (section 2), who should go to work (section 3) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings (section 6).

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


COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19. Updated the exemption of PCR retesting period from 6 weeks to 90 days.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings 


COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Replaced links to social distancing guidance and easy-read counterpart with updated guidance on staying alert and safe, coronavirus outbreak FAQs and guidance on meeting with others safely.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-providing-unpaid-care-to-adults-with-learning-disabilities-and-autistic-adults 


Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated to remove out of date summer references, added a section of links to venue-specific guidance and updated Test and Trace section to reflect launch of the NHS COVID-19 app.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey: characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, September 2020

Data about the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Public Health England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-covid-19-infection-survey-characteristics-of-people-testing-positive-for-covid-19-in-england-september-2020


Governance Advice & Updates


Directory of Social Change - October Courses

Financial governance for Trustees - Thursday 1 October

Introduction to Corporate Fundraising – Monday 5 October

Moving into Fundraising – Wednesday 7 October

Mastering Time Management - Wednesday 7 October

Tools and Techniques for Problem-Solving & Decision Making - Thursday 8 October

Duties of a Company Secretary - Thursday 8 October

Creating an organisational strategy: practical, engaging and inspiring - Monday 12 October

Managing for Managers - Tuesday-Thursday 13-15 October (Face to face)

Proposal Writing for Beginners - Thursday 15 October

Income Diversification - Friday 16 October

Support and Supervision of Staff - Tuesday 20 October

Essentials of Individual Giving - Wednesday 21 October

Finance for Non-Finance Managers - Thursday 22 October

Communications and Branding - Thursday 22 October

Proposal Writing: Developing your Skills - Thursday 22 October

Moving into Management - Thursday 22 October

Fundraising with Digital Marketing - Friday 23 October

Lone working - Wednesday 28 October

Emotional Intelligence for Managers and Leaders - Thursday 29 October


Male charity bosses are still paid more

Male charity chief executives remain considerably more likely than their female counterparts to be paid more, lead larger organisations, receive an appraisal and get feedback from their chair, Acevo’s Pay and Equalities Survey 2020 shows. It also shows that women are more likely to lead small charities, while men dominate the larger ones.

https://www.acevo.org.uk/2020/09/pay-and-equalities-survey-2020/ 


Only 54% of the public have given in past 3 months

Just 54% of the public have given to charity in the past 3 months, a 15 percentage-point drop from January alone, and the lowest level of giving research group nfpSynergy has ever recorded.

The research in August found the public are more concerned about the financial impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, hotels and tourism, pubs and restaurants, than charities. They are, however, more concerned about charities than airlines or banks.

https://nfpsynergy.net/blog/percentage-general-public-giving-to-charity-record-low 


Kruger Report - Levelling up our communities

Back in June the Prime Minister asked MP Danny Kruger to come up with proposals for how community action seen during lockdown could be maintained and boosted. Last week his 'Levelling Up' report was launched, including some very important elements aligned with ideas that the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign has been calling for, including:

  • A Community Recovery Fund, building on the £750m in governemnt funding for charities announced in April.
  • A Levelling Up Communities Fund, endowed with the estimated £2bn in stranded financial assets to support long-term transformational projects in communities, with community ownership at its core.

https://www.dannykruger.org.uk/sites/www.dannykruger.org.uk/files/2020-09/Levelling%20Up%20Our%20Communities-Danny%20Kruger.pdf 


Directory of Social Change - Danny Kruger’s report inspires a sense of meta-policy-deja-vu

Although the report is called ‘Levelling Up’ it doesn’t say much about equality and human rights, or communities that are systematically marginalised or neglected and how they can access power or shape their own solutions.

It's also left DSC Director of Policy Jay Kennedy, who is sure he has seen lots of the proposals before, with 'a profound sense of meta-policy-deja-vu’.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/danny-krugers-report-inspires-a-sense-of-meta-policy-deja-vu/ 


What colour is identity?

"2020 is a year unlike any other....it has led to a reawakening and collision of worlds in terms of my identity, my professional work and how both of those elements of my personality are communicated in my everyday walk." Peter Cunnision, Manager West Midlands at Lloyds Bank Foundation, reflects on race and identity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement.

https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/our-impact/news-and-blogs/what-colour-is-identity 


NCVO Governance Round-Up

In NCVO’s governance round-up for charity trustees this month:

  • recommendations from the Levelling Up Our Communities report
  • an upcoming webinar on cyber security
  • a user research opportunity (below)
  • information on this year's Trustees Week (2-9 November) 
  • and more...

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/09/23/governance-round-up-september-2020 


Office for Civil Society Newsletter

  • Government launches new social value model
  • Covid-19: Further national measures as of 22 September
  • Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue
  • Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan and Job Support Scheme
  • Danny Kruger MP publishes Levelling Up Our Communities report
  • Webinar: People Power Shift - Redesigning 21st Century Public Services
  • Survey: Barometer - Covid-19 & VCSE organisation responses
  • Survey: Designated safeguarding leads in youth organisations

https://mailchi.mp/dcms/ocs-for-info-25-september-2020?e=02d76c2be6 


Funding News


The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust  - Deadline: 11th October 2020

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust is accelerating its annual Hospice Fund programme, in recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing due to COVID-19. One-off grants of up to £5,000 are available to support hospices’ core costs. Applications are only accepted from hospices that are UK-registered charities and are members of either Hospice UK or Together for Short Lives.

https://julesthorntrust.org.uk/programmes/hospice-fund/ 


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Force for Change - Deadline: 30th November 2020

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has launched the second round of its ‘Force for Change’ programme, which is designed to support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that help to reduce social isolation.

https://covenantfund.org.uk/programme/armed-forces-covenant-fund-force-for-change-programme/ 


Funds Online free webinar

We've mentioned it above, but it's so popular it's worth saying again! Our free Funds Online webinar is back on Wednesday. Whether Funds Online is your go-to resource or you've never tried it before, George Knight will teach you all the tricks and hacks to help you get your hands on a slice of £8 billion from 8,000 lenders.

Funds Online features:

  • 4,000+ funders supporting social welfare
  • 700+ funders specifically supporting environmental causes
  • 1,100+ funders supporting community services and development
  • 2,600+ funders supporting General Charitable Purposes

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/funds-online-webinar-2/ 

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