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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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:
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): www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/result-fca-business-interruption-test-case
East Midlands Funding Forum E-Bulletin October 2020
The latest E-bulletin from the East Midlands Funding Forum featuring:
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 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.
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.
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.
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