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



Date:  07/10/2020

                             Issue: 116


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 News

Governance Advice & Updates

Funding News

Schools and Education

Government News

COVID-19: guidance for food businesses

Advice for food businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK. Updated to include businesses closing at 10pm, collecting NHS Test and Trace information and working from home. 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and find out how to claim. ‘Check if you can claim the Job Retention Bonus from February 2021’ has been added. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary measures to support customers

How the Land Registry are delivering their services during the coronavirus outbreak. Added information on how to request an application to be expedited. 

PHE statement on delayed reporting of COVID-19 cases

A technical issue, now resolved, resulted in cases between 25 September and 2 October not being included in the reported daily COVID-19 figures. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Small amendment made to how to register a home test kit for clarity. 

How different circumstances affect the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you’re self-employed or member of a partnership find out how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme. Information about how to ask HMRC to verify you had a new child which affected your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme before you make a claim has been added. 

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. The ESF Q&A has been updated. See the dates next to the questions for updates. 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – Updated guidance on the operation of soft play and indoor play areas (section 2.1) and taking payment in licensed venues (section 2.2). 

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

Guidance to enable the safe reopening of places of worship for a broader range of activities and includes a checklist for special religious services and gatherings. Updated the Special religious services and gatherings COVID-19 checklist – to incorporate changes in regulations, as they affect special religious services and gatherings, announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020. 

Government invests in UK-developed antibody tests from UK Rapid Test Consortium

The government has signed a deal with the UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC) for 1 million antibody tests, Health Minister Lord Bethell has announced today. 

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 information on pharmacy order limits.

Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests

How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK. Small amendments made to first 2 paragraphs in ‘National technical validation process for manufacturers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests’ for clarity. 

Comparing methods used in the COVID-19 Infection Survey and NHS Test and Trace, England

The methods used in the coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey and NHS Test and Trace in England and why the data cannot be directly compared.

Governance Advice & Updates

Directory of Social Change - Policy and Procedures Templates

With government advice recently changing back to "work from home if you can", managing and inducting new staff virtually could remain a necessity for many of us for some time. Inducting new staff online can perhaps be more tricky than in-person, but DSC’s got policies and procedures that can help! 

The handy policy documents have got what you need, whether it’s working from home COVID-19 protocols, or annual leave, induction and volunteer policies (and everything in-between). 

Charity mergers up by a third following lockdown

Charity mergers across the sector rose by nearly a third during the first three months after lockdown, figures indicate. The social sector consultancy Eastside Primetimers has analysed Charity Commission data between March and June and compared it with the same period last year. 

CBI to launch new campaign for racial diversity on boards

The Confederation of British Industry is launching the ‘Change the Race Ratio’ campaign to improve racial and ethnic diversity on company boards and senior teams. 

Charities must invest in improving racial equality, says ACEVO CEO

Charities need to invest time and money if they are serious about improving race equality in the sector, according to ACEVO boss Vicky Browning. 

HMRC Webinars

Expenses and benefits for employers – employee travel: HMRC look at travel and subsistence payments to employees, including mileage payments for using their own vehicle for work and how to treat them for tax and National Insurance purposes.

Register here

Expenses and benefits for employers – if your employees have more than one workplace: This webinar looks at various workplaces, including permanent and temporary depots, business journeys, the 24-month rule and applying the 40% test.

Register here

Small Charities Coalition Training and Events Newsletter

Featuring all of their latest training and events. 

ACAS e-Connect Newsletter


  • Redundancies
  • Advice and resources available
  • Homeworking training
  • Equality Act - ten years on
  • And more

CFG Gift Aid Awareness Day webinar

As part of Gift Aid Awareness Day Charity Finance Group is hosting a free Gift Aid webinar, with experts from HMRC and accountancy and HR consultancy Buzzacott to answer any questions you might have on this tax relief. The webinar will also provide an update on CFG's joint campaign to introduce emergency Gift Aid Relief.

Funding News

Recovery from alcohol and drug dependence grant

Grants are now available to organisations in Derbyshire which support people to achieve and sustain recovery from drug or alcohol dependence. You can apply for a single, non-recurring grant up to a maximum of £40,000 including VAT and all other costs. The activities or project proposed must cover a 2-year period, which we will only fund the first year.

Recovery is about individuals gaining and maintaining control of their lives, improving their physical and mental wellbeing, having purpose in life and being able to fulfil their potential. 

The Garfield Weston Foundation - Deadline: 9th November 2020

The Garfield Weston Foundation launched its £25 million Weston Culture Fund on 5 October. The fund has been established to help arts organisations reopen and find ways to engage with their audiences - ‘helping the sector to get back on its feet again’. The fund is for charities and CIOs with a pre-COVID turnover of over £500,000. The grants range from £100,000 to £2 million, based on the size of the organisation.

Education and Schools

Ofsted: School leaders determined pupils won’t become 'the COVID generation'

Ofsted has published the first reports on how schools and children’s homes are addressing the needs of children at this time. 

COVID-19 series: briefing on schools, September 2020

Evidence from pilot visits to schools between 14 and 18 September.

Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Page updated with reference to local restrictions and links to new resources.

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. Added links to resources for Ministry of Defence, University Officer Cadets, Network Rail/TfL, Volunteering Matters, coronavirus testing centre jobs opportunities and contact details for Bombardier.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student sponsors, migrants and short-term students

Guidance for Student sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings

Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Added links to the latest advice on travel for children under 18 organised by educational settings.

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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