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



Date:  09/10/2020

                             Issue: 118


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 Updates

Governance Advice & Updates

Funding News

Government Statistics

Government Updates

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 guidance to incorporate changes in regulations, as they affect places of worship, announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020. 

NHS Test and Trace: how it works

An overview of NHS Test and Trace, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Updated to reflect that the requirement to self-isolate if you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate has changed from guidance to law. 

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 reflect the new breakdown on cases and contacts reached by phone or online. 

File your Companies House accounts online to avoid delays

We have reduced numbers in our offices following government coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance – so it will take much longer to process paper documents sent by post. 

500 test sites now open as new lab partnerships boost capacity

Partnership with alliance of London university labs will add capacity for tens of thousands more coronavirus tests over the coming months. 

About the Upload a document to Companies House service

We’ve developed a service to upload certain Companies House forms digitally, instead of sending them to us on paper. Latest release of the service allows users to upload share capital documents. 

School governance update

Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England. Added ‘School governance update: October 2020’. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers

Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes. Annex B added as an additional document. Annex A also moved from main publication and added as a separate document. 

Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. The FAQ for the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund has been updated. 

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. Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos and Zakynthos will be added to the England travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 10 October 2020. 

Governance Advice & Updates

Chair of regulator is again unavailable for questions after speech

The chair of the Charity Commission, Baroness Stowell, has once again caused a stir as she will not be answering questions after she delivers a key-note speech at the Charity Law Association Annual Conference, Third Sector reports. She was recently criticised for unanswered questions at the regulator's annual public meeting this week. Jay Kennedy said in a recent blog post that the commission was uninterested in examining its own performance and wanted to put its failings back into charities. You may need an account with Third Sector to read this article. 

Rethinking the Economy for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future

Launched today, ‘Rethinking the Economy for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future’ offers an evidenced-based set of recommendations for action and investment on four specific priority sectors: the social economy, the self-employed and micro businesses, the care sector, and the green economy. While the report is based on the Liverpool City Region, the sectors involved carry weight throughout the UK. 

Funding News

African Health Policy Network (UK) - Deadline: 30th October 2020

BAME-led charities, voluntary or community groups and organisations, and faith groups across the UK can apply for funding to help them continue to respond to the needs of their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The African Health Policy Network are making three levels of funding available of between £500 and £100,000 to help small and medium Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and their communities build wellbeing, resilience and capacity following the pandemic. The amount awarded will be dependent on annual income for each group/organisation. Funding can support a number of things including project staff salaries, project activities, engagement activities, running costs, and equipment. 

Buttle UK - The COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund 

Buttle UK has established The COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund with the support of National Lottery funding.

A total of £5m is available, before the end of March 2021, to provide an emergency response directly to children living in poverty and crisis who are at risk of being left behind by the pandemic.

Buttle UK is encouraging frontline support workers to make applications for support if they are working with children or young people in crisis who meet the Fund's criteria.

Chances for Children grants of up to £2,000 are for those who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in their life. They can fund items and activities to improve social and emotional wellbeing and capacity to engage in education and learning. 

Government Statistics

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 8 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. 

Deaths due to COVID-19 compared with deaths from influenza and pneumonia

Analysis of the characteristics of people who died from the coronavirus (COVID-19), compared with people who died from influenza (flu) and pneumonia. Includes analysis of COVID-19, flu, and pneumonia deaths by date of death occcurence, and breakdowns by demographic characteristics such as sex and age. 

Coronavirus and the economic impacts on the UK: 8 October 2020

New experimental data on the UK economy detailing the impact on businesses from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Data is from the Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey; a 2-weekly survey designed to estimate the impact over the previous 2 weeks and the expectations for the following 2 weeks. 

Coronavirus and the non-UK workforce

Estimates of the numbers and characteristics of those non-UK employees who could be considered as potential “key workers” in the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Number of COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces 2020

Summary statistics on the number of defence personnel who have had a COVID-19 test; and for the UK Armed Forces, the number of positive cases of COVID-19. Added COVID-19 tests in defence and positive cases in the UK Armed Forces: 24 September 2020 data. 

National Travel Attitudes Study: Wave 4 (provisional)

Public attitudes on travel and transport during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 24 September to 30 September 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 18 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England and coronavirus testing (UK). 

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. Updated with new data release. 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: September 2020

Time series and statistics as at 31 July on the CJRS, including analysis by scheme size, sector, geography and on flexible furlough. The date of the next release has been changed to 22 October 2020. This has been amended from 16 October. 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme statistics: September 2020

The number of individuals claiming the SEISS grant up to 31 August 2020 by age, gender, industry sector and geography. The date of the next release will now be published on 22 October 2020. This date has been amended from 16 October. 

National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports

National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses 

Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy: August 2020

An analysis of monthly growth for the production and services industries between July 2020 and August 2020, highlighting the impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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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