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

 

 
 

Date:  01/10/2020

                             Issue: 113

 

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

Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 September 2020

Coronavirus: Environment Agency update

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Governance Advice & Updates

Building a Successful Organisation

Show the Salary campaign update

Are your Board meetings online?

Catalyst Bulletin

Funding News

Chesterfield Borough Council - Community Infrastructure Levy

The Linnean Society - UK Nature Engagement Grants

Enterprise Development Programme - Equality

Viridor Credits

The Prince's Countryside Fund

FCS Associates Newsletter

Government Statistics

An assessment of the impact of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on the UK’s Institutional Sector accounts: Quarter 2 (Jan to Mar) 2020

COVID-19: background information

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

PHE data series on deaths in people with COVID-19: technical summary

Abortion statistics during the coronavirus pandemic: January to June 2020

Government Updates


Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 September 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-30-september-2020


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 regulatory role section updated.

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


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

Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated Easy Read guidance to reflect latest rules on social contact and face coverings.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. Return to recreational team sport framework updated with 24 September guidance changes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation 


Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

Guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings. Updated the travel and transport section.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses 


Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus. The YouTube video for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – how to claim the second grant has been updated.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19 


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities – Updated guidance on keeping your customers and users of sports and gym/leisure facilities safe (section 2), social distancing (section 4) and and face coverings (section 7.1).

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Added ‘students on clinical placements’ to list of essential workers and those prioritised for testing (England only).

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


NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

Guidance on NHS Test and Trace for employers, businesses and workers. Corrected an error implying that the NHS COVID-19 app is mandatory, which it isn’t.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance 


PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated order limit information for all sectors to reflect recent increases and removed order information on type II masks.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ppe-portal-how-to-order-emergency-personal-protective-equipment 


Governance Advice & Updates


Building a Successful Organisation

Charities are #NeverMoreNeeded, but they are also never more challenging to manage.The Directory of Social Change’s Building a Successful Organisation series of six half-day, online workshops begins next week.

Designed for anyone moving into more senior roles in the not-for-profit sector or for new trustees (or anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge), the series provides a comprehensive guide to building, improving, or scaling your organisation in a time of uncertainty and change.

Each module is a standalone workshop, but we recommend all six to give you holistic knowledge and skills to improve your organisation’s resilience.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/building-a-successful-organisation-all-6-half-days-2/ 


Show the Salary campaign update

Nearly 30 charities have signed the Show The Salary campaign’s pledge that commits to always include salary details in their job adverts. Pledgers are also “strongly encouraged” to avoid asking candidates about their previous salary or requiring a degree, unless absolutely necessary for the role. The Show The Salary campaign launched on 2 September to encourage organisations in the sector to be fairer and more transparent in their recruitment processes.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/twenty-eight-charities-pledge-to-show-the-salary-in-job-adverts.html 


Are your Board meetings online?

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 which (among other things) allowed online Board meetings and made some temporary changes to insolvency and corporate governance law, hasn’t been renewed.

https://bateswells.co.uk/2020/09/corporate-insolvency-and-governance-act-2020-extensions-relating-to-corporate-governance-and-insolvency-law-requirements/ 


Catalyst Bulletin

The latest bulletin from Catalyst (Helping charities build digital skills and improve their services) featuring:

  • Strengthening the digital ecosystem
  • Report to the prime minister recommends strengthening data on civil society
  • Join Beyond: powering nonprofits with design and digital skills
  • Digital Leaders Week
  • And much more

https://mailchi.mp/thecatalyst/questions-to-ask-about-cyber-security-and-more-4996334?e=ae3adab44e 


Funding News


Chesterfield Borough Council - Community Infrastructure Levy

Chesterfield Borough Council has opened applications for up to £15,000 of neighbourhood funding through the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The funding can be used by local charities and community groups to support projects across Chesterfield. Funding can be used for one off projects, such as developing a new community hub, or a sustainable project such as community tree planting, but it can also be used to fund maintenance and repairs or to support existing local services. Organisations are able to submit multiple applications for funding.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund is open to projects in non-parished areas of Chesterfield Borough. Neighbourhood funding in parished areas of the Borough is managed separately by Staveley Town Council and Brimington Parish Council for their respective areas.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The community infrastructure levy is a key source of funding for a variety of projects that support our local communities. We want to fund community led approaches which help address local needs and aspirations and we hope that this money can be used to maximise match funding opportunities from other funding.

“I urge charities and local community or voluntary groups to assess their needs and submit applications as soon as possible. There have been some incredible initiatives from community groups in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and I hope that groups will use this funding to support these projects.”

The funding will be awarded to facilitate projects, services and activities that improve the overall quality of life and wellbeing of residents in Chesterfield Borough, in line with the priorities of the Council Plan: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/media/1030535/council-plan-2019-2023-updated-2020.pdf. 

Councillor Terry Gilby, cabinet member for economic development, said: “The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge that is applied to new developments. It allows the council to ensure the developer is committed to the community and also helps ensure that any negative effects created by the new development are limited.”

Applying for funding through this scheme is different depending on how much money each project requires.

For projects that will cost up to £1,000, applicants will need to complete a short application form. The form and further details are available on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/community-infrastructure-levy-funding 

The closing date for the first round of applications to this fund is Friday 30 October 2020. If your bid is successful you will be notified within one month of the closing date.

There are further opportunities to apply for this funding, for the details of further funding rounds and closing dates for applications please visit: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/community-infrastructure-levy-funding 

Any organisation wishing to apply for funding to the value of £1,000 and £5,000 will need to speak to a variety of local stakeholders and provide more detailed information. More details on the application process are available on our website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/community-infrastructure-levy-funding 

For funding applications valued between £5,000 and £15,000 applicants must submit an expression of interest form and if this is approved to proceed to the next stage a council officer will help guide through the process to submit a formal bid. More details on the application process are available on our website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/community-infrastructure-levy-funding 

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge that local authorities in England and Wales can require of certain types of new development in their area in order to pay for the infrastructure needed to support development. Community Infrastructure Levy charges are based on the size, type and location of the proposed new development.

For further information on applying for funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy, please contact Wendy Blunt, Health and Wellbeing Officer, wendy.blunt@chesterfield.gov.uk  or 01246 959657.


The Linnean Society - UK Nature Engagement Grants - Deadline: 1st November 2020

Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature. Grants of up to £1,000 are available, however applications for significantly lower amounts are welcome. Grants 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/events. 

https://www.linnean.org/the-society/medals-awards-prizes-grants/our-local-nature-grants 


Enterprise Development Programme - Equality

Support is available to charities and social enterprises working in the equality sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.

To be eligible, applicants must be a legally constituted charity, voluntary sector organisation, or social enterprise which:

  • Has the primary aim, mission, purpose or strategy to:
  • Achieve systemic social change by advancing equality and/or human rights in policy or in practice in relation to race, disability, LGBT+ and/or women’s equality, or a combination of these.
  • Address discrimination, prejudice or inequality, or lack of human rights because of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex, or a combination of these (this mission must be evidenced by and stated in the organisation's governing/constitutional documents).
  • Demonstrates a desire and potential to generate income through enterprise.
  • Can demonstrate clear social impact.
  • Is based in England along with the majority of its beneficiaries.

https://www.enterprisedevelopmentprogramme.org.uk/equality/ 


Viridor Credits

Funding is available to non-profit organisations for community, biodiversity or heritage projects that benefit local communities in areas within the vicinity of a Viridor site in England. They fund capital expenditure .  Their main grants scheme funds up to £50,000 whilst their large grants scheme funds from £50,001 to £100,000

https://www.viridor-credits.co.uk/ 


The Prince's Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications from UK based not-for profit organisations that are working to create resilient rural communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to build on projects that came about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must be completed by March 2022. Applications close at 12pm 3 November. 

https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme


FCS Associates Newsletter

The latest newsletter from FCS Associates featuring:

  • Small Business Leadership Programme: Fully Funded
  • SHU Short Workplacements: Fully Funded 
  • Digital Innovation Grants
  • Rapid Recovery Challenge
  • Leaders With Lived Experience 

https://mailchi.mp/fcsassociates/latest-grant-opportunities-for-businesses-and-charities-3251562?e=5d6a5be13e


Government Statistics


An assessment of the impact of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on the UK’s Institutional Sector accounts: Quarter 2 (Jan to Mar) 2020

The nationwide lockdown measures and social distancing policies introduced in the context of the pandemic had major impact on the UK’s institutional sectors in Quarter 2 (April to June) 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/an-assessment-of-the-impact-of-the-effects-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-outbreak-on-the-uks-institutional-sector-accounts-quarter-2-jan-to-mar-2020 


COVID-19: background information

Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Updated global case numbers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information 


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

To monitor the use of the transport system during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DfT provides statistics on transport use by mode. Latest data table update added.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-use-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic 


PHE data series on deaths in people with COVID-19: technical summary

Summary of the PHE data series on deaths in people with COVID-19, outlining what the changes mean and how the data compare to other COVID-19 death data series. Updated related deaths time series spreadsheet with latest figures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phe-data-series-on-deaths-in-people-with-covid-19-technical-summary 


Abortion statistics during the coronavirus pandemic: January to June 2020

Statistics on abortions performed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from January to June 2020. Added new document: ‘Abortion statistics during COVID-19: supplementary analysis, freedom of information requests and other data releases’. This includes 4 new files: 1) age by gestation weeks, 2) ethnicity by gestation weeks, 3) marital status by gestation weeks, 4) number of women they are aware of who have gained access to medical abortion pills past the current 10-week limit on ‘home’ abortion and the 24-week legal limit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/abortion-statistics-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-january-to-june-2020 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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