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

 

 
 

Date:  08/10/2020

                             Issue: 117

 

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing)

Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

Third year of industry progress to reduce sugar published

COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers

The Global Travel Taskforce

COVID-19: Local authority compliance and enforcement grant

Income loss recovery scheme for Home Office police forces

Governance Advice & Updates

Shadow Charities Minister plans review of Charity Commission

NCVO advice on how to close your organisation

Kickstart Scheme - 3SC

Funding Successes

Ashgate Heritage Arts

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing)

Information on meeting with others safely. When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should meet in groups of 6 or less. In England, this limit of 6 includes children of any age.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing 


Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

If you want to make an LPA now, you can still do so while observing government guidance on social distancing, self-isolating and shielding. Changes to links to social distancing and local lockdown. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-and-registering-an-lpa-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Third year of industry progress to reduce sugar published

Public Health England publishes third annual report on industry action to reduce sugar levels in products that contribute most to children’s sugar intakes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/third-year-of-industry-progress-to-reduce-sugar-published 


COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England. Updated guidance on wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations. Changes cover the rules on face coverings, distance between tables, singing in groups of more than 6, dancing, music volume and enforcement.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships 


COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

Advice on how you can help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Removed reference to number of households allowed to meet.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-reducing-transmission-what-you-can-do-to-help 


Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. Updated ‘early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications’ to reflect that the original disapplications ended on 25 September and the new regulations which came into force on the 26 September.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers

Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff. Updated to provide further information on the distribution of test kits for symptomatic staff and how schools and FE providers can look up their unique organisation number (if they have not received it).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-home-test-kits-for-schools-and-fe-providers 


The Global Travel Taskforce

Global Travel Taskforce to consider steps to enable the safe and sustainable recovery of international travel.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-global-travel-taskforce 


COVID-19: Local authority compliance and enforcement grant

Information and guidance on the £30 million grant to local authorities for compliance and enforcement activities. Chesterfield & North East

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-local-authority-compliance-and-enforcement-grant 


Income loss recovery scheme for Home Office police forces

Guidance for Police and Crime Commissioners on how to access the income loss recovery scheme for lost sales, fees and charges as a result of COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/income-loss-recovery-scheme-for-home-office-police-forces


Governance Advice & Updates


Shadow Charities Minister plans review of Charity Commission

Rachael Maskell MP, the Labour shadow minister for the voluntary sector and charities, said she will carry out a review of the Charity Commission, Civil Society reports. Maskell told the Association of Charitable Organisations’ annual conference: “We need to really think what the point of the Commission is, and get back to basics.” She said it is important that the regulator is properly resourced and that charities are being supported.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/shadow-charities-minister-to-carry-out-review-of-charity-commission.html 


NCVO advice on how to close your organisation

2020 has been a tough year for many and has left some organisations needing to close their doors for the final time. If this has affected you take a look at NCVO's steps on how best to close your voluntary organisation with advice for helping your team, planning your closure and carrying out a closure check list.

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/organisation/closing-your-organisation 


Kickstart Scheme - 3SC

3SC are looking for partners who want to access funding through the Kickstart Scheme but do not have a minimum of 30 placements in their organisation so are unable to access funding by themselves. 

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/KickStart%20-%20How%20To%20Access%20Funding%20Through%203SC.pdf 


Funding Successes


Ashgate Heritage Arts

Congratulations to Ashgate Heritage Arts who been awarded an Arts Council Project Grant (R &D) to develop “The Crooked Spire - a medieval, murder mystery musical” further. They are calling it Stage Two which will involve a short film telling the main part of the story and an online meet and greet with the actors.

You may also like to know that their Buxton Fringe showcase is now on at the Brighton Fringe Online at £3 a ticket.

https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/the-crooked-spire-a-medieval-murder-mystery-musical-151251/b

There is also an "In Conversation” Q&A with the show writers on Chesterfield Theatre Friends website (donations appreciated):

https://www.chesterfieldtheatrefriends.co.uk/news/virtual-in-conversation-how-to-write-a-musical-in-quarantine/?fbclid=IwAR1O1o1rZwWP4p7RD2J52kFuqMBWK4-ybSVahPhyWW_8T7q_ByZ-mi4E87I 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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