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



Date:  13/10/2020

                             Issue: 120


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 Guidance


Governance Advice & Updates

Funding News

Government News

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. 

Government Guidance

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.

Governance Advice & Updates

Battle on the Board

Debra Allcock Tyler’s new book It’s a Battle on the Board covers:

  • Understanding your role as a trustee
  • Working with fellow trustees and the CEO
  • Dealing with information and finance
  • The psychology of decision-making
  • Managing risk and handling crisis

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


  • News from Civil Society
  • Resources
  • Policy, Consultations and Surveys
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equity
  • Funding News
  • And more

Funding News

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. 

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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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844