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



Date:  02/10/2020

                             Issue: 114


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 will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: Mobile: 07889 726846..
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

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:

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 -

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 -

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 Guidance & Updates

Governance News

Funding News

Remote Education

Government Statistics

Government Guidance & Updates

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. Additions to Elite sport – return to cross border competition guidance, including FAQs (Annex B). 

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 saunas and steam rooms (section 2.1.3) 

Coronavirus Act two-monthly reports

Two-monthly reports on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active. 

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings. Guidance updated to reflect changes in legislation to track and trace. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, Poland and Turkey will be removed from the England travel corridors list at 4am, Saturday 3 October 2020. 

DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our online services have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are running as normal. Updated information on services, expected timescales for responses, and sending identity documents. 

Human Rights Council 45: Statement for Item 9 General Debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance

UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French’s statement during the Item 9 General Debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance

Governance News

The new Corporate insolvency and Governance Act: what does it mean for charities and social enterprises?

Changes to timeframes in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 came into force on 29 September. The Act introduced several temporary measures due to expire on 30 September 2020, which have now been extended:

  • Provisions enabling companies and certain other qualifying bodies (including English/Welsh CIOs) to hold virtual AGMs are extended until 30 December 2020
  • Restrictions on statutory demands and winding up petitions are extended until 31 December 2020
  • The small supplier exemption from restrictions on terminating supply contracts are extended to 31 March 2021
  • Modifications to the new moratorium procedure (including eligibility conditions) are extended until 30 March 2021

Other provisions have not been extended. The temporary rules offering trustees/directors some protection from ‘wrongful trading’ expire on 30 September 2020 after which they will no longer be effective. Trustees/directors could be liable to contribute personally towards the debts of their company if it is heading towards insolvency and they fail to take steps to minimise losses. 

Charity Commission strongly criticised after annual public meeting

The DSC are turning out thoughts to leadership this month, something the Charity Commission completely failed to provide at its AGM yesterday. Sitting through it, Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research, "veered between despair, fury, resignation, uncontrollable laughter, and feeling like it was just an hour of my life I will never get back.” 

Community Match Challenge oversubscribed

Over 30 charities, funders and philanthropists applied for a share of the government’s Community Match Challenge, with bids totalling £130m, Civil Society reports. The 19 successful bids for £82 million were announced on Saturday. The remaining £3 million will still be spent on helping the charities respond to the crisis, but the government has not said how.  The aim of the fund was to incentivise funders to release additional money for charities by doubling the total amount available for grantees with match funding. 

Business Interruption Insurance

Do You Have Business Interruption Insurance? Most insurers refused to pay out, but the FCA have brought a test case and the court has just found in favour of policy holders.

If you're one of them, this may be of interest (but not if you just have basic BI cover): 

Funding News

East Midlands Funding Forum E-Bulletin October 2020

The latest E-bulletin from the East Midlands Funding Forum featuring:

  • Local Community Foundations
  • British Cycling - Places to Ride Grants
  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • And more 

Local Giving Magic Little Grants - Deadline: 31st October 2020

Applications are still open for Local Giving’s Magic Little Grants Programme. Grants of £500 are available to community projects across Great Britain that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. The programme is happy to support projects that help people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. 

Film and TV Charity

The Film and TV Charity has announced a new COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support people in the industry most affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £4,500 over a period of 6 months are available to active workers in film, TV and cinema who have been affected by the crisis and are most at risk professionally and personally.

Remote Education

Remote education webinars

How to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice. New dates for webinars for teachers added. 

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on managing Department for Education (DfE) devices provided for children, families and young adults most in need. Updated ‘Device ownership and responsibilities’. 

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

How schools, colleges, academy trusts and local authorities can access digital devices for children who are learning remotely.
Updated to include further information on device allocation, when and when not to order devices and help on ordering. 

Remote Education Temporary Continuity Direction: explanatory note

An explanation of the Coronavirus Act 2020 Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction. 

Remote education good practice

Good practice to support school leaders in developing their remote education contingency plans 

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Updated section on remote education expectations and support. 

Get help with remote education

Information, guidance and support for teachers and leaders on educating children during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated information about remote learning support, schools’ duty and expectations. 

Government Statistics

Monitoring emissions from some environmental permitting activities: RPS C20

When you can delay and reschedule some emissions to air and water monitoring and other environmental monitoring because of COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions. 

Interim results from largest COVID-19 study published

Over 80,000 volunteers tested in England between 18th and 26th September as part of the country’s largest study into COVID-19. 

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 1 October 2020

Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources and experimental methods. 

COVID-19 regulatory position statements

Environment Agency regulatory response to coronavirus (COVID-19). We have added Monitoring emissions from some environmental permitting activities: RPS C20 and Reporting for installations, radioactive substances and waste permits: RPS C21. These replace RPS C7 and RPS C10 which have been withdrawn. 

NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 17 September to 23 September 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 17 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England and coronavirus testing (UK). 

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology

How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact-tracing data in its weekly reports. Updated to include methodology for additional local authority data published for pillar 2 tests processed. 

Monthly results for REACT-1 studies

Monthly results for the REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission. 

Wider impacts of COVID-19 on health monitoring tool

National monitoring tool that brings together metrics to assess the wider impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on health.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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