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: email@example.com 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.
Prime Minister announces new local COVID Alert Levels
Details on new local COVID Alert Levels set out by the Prime Minister.
Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions
The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced today, 9 October. Amendments to the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme and rateable value of properties.
Rough sleepers to be helped to keep safe this winter
Support will give local areas the tools and funding they need to protect people from life-threatening cold weather and the risks posed by coronavirus.
Ethnic minority communities and the elderly called upon to bolster the fight against coronavirus
Researchers are calling on more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and the over 65s to volunteer for clinical studies through the NHS Vaccine Registry.
Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know
Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.
Full list of local COVID alert levels by area
The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.
Local COVID Alert level: Medium
Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the Local COVID Alert level is Medium.
COVID-19: provision of night shelters
Operating principles for commissioners and providers of night shelters for people experiencing rough sleeping.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents
This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. Updated ‘Applying for a visa if your VAC is closed’ to add that customers can now apply for a visit visa from any VAC.
Test and Trace Support Payment scheme: claiming financial support
Who can claim the support and how to apply.
Local authority powers to impose restrictions under coronavirus regulations
Supports the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 that come into force on 18 July 2020. Added to ‘examples of premises which would form part of essential infrastructure’: ‘individual hospitality settings’ and ‘where safe and feasible, delivery takeaway options should be allowed to continue operating’.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. Adding instructions about using the NHS COVID-19 app.
Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check what you need to do after 31 July 2020 if you chose to defer your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year. We have updated the guidance on what you need to do after 31 July 2020 if you chose to defer your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.
Coming to the UK for seasonal agricultural work on English farms
Advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to England to pick fruit and vegetables on farms, and their employers. Updated with a link to guidance on COVID-19 alert levels.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely
Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. Updated with links to local COVID-19 alert levels.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals
Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only. Updated with a link to local COVID-19 alert levels.
Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for providers of supported living settings. Added COVID-19: guidance for supported living: easy read.
Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: report on first phase of COVID-19 pandemic
This report sets out the progress and learning from the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in informing advice and recommendations to government and the social care sector. Added easy-read version of How Coronavirus has affected people with learning disabilities and autistic people.
Qualifications in COVID-19 support packages
The qualifications Education and Skills Funding Agency will fund to support economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. An updated list of the level 2 and level 3 qualifications included in the high value courses for school and college leavers offer has been added.
Vocational and technical qualification assessments in 2021
Ofqual publishes regulatory arrangements on adapting vocational and technical qualifications and assessments in 2021.
MFL 2021 – technical consultation on implementing confirmed changes
Consultation on the criteria teachers should use when assessing speaking skills in GCSE modern foreign languages.
Battle on the Board
Debra Allcock Tyler’s new book It’s a Battle on the Board covers:
It gives readers all the advice they need, whether they are experienced trustees or just starting out, to be the brilliant board members their charity deserves.
Individual knowledge and expertise are important in good governance, but if you don’t get the relationship with your fellow trustees right, your charity will suffer and very quickly you’ll have a battle on the board.
Tackling racism in the UK with Race On The Agenda (ROTA)
Six months after the tragic death of George Floyd, where is the UK when it comes to tackling racism? ROTA has teamed up with Channel 5 News to create this survey, to better understand racism in the UK.
Tell the government how your charity has been affected with Pro Bono Economics' (PBE) latest Covid Charity Tracker Survey
With charities left out of official statistics, the PBE Covid Charity Tracker has been the sector's leading source of economic analysis throughout the coronavirus crisis. They have helped calculate the £10 billion funding gap charities are experiencing, as well as to estimate that 60,000 jobs may be at risk.
Small Charities Coalition Newsletter
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Rights and Justice (UK)
The Funding priorities for this scheme are the protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK; promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism; and the promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants.
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