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

 

 
 

Date:  15/10/2020

                             Issue: 122

 

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 
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

Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire moving to High Tier Covid Alert Level from midnight Friday night/Saturday morning

COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes

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

COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

Vulnerable children and young people survey

Kickstart Scheme: promotional materials

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

Governance Advice & Updates

Charities warned over 'reactive and fragmented' approach to environmental, social and governance issues

Andrew Purkis offers an analysis of the Charity Commission chair's recent speech

World Poverty Day Special - Poverty, Housing & Homelessness Meet Up

HMRC Employer Bulletin - October 2020

National Lottery Good News Bulletin

Funding News

Voice4Change England

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grants Scheme

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Small Grants Scheme

Government Updates


Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire moving to High Tier Covid Alert Level from midnight Friday night/Saturday morning

The Health Secretary has just announced that from midnight Friday night/Saturday morning, both North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield districts will move into the high tier of the covid alert system, joining South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and parts of High Peak that are already there now.

Both North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield have seen a significant increase in positive test rates for coronavirus over recent weeks. North East Derbyshire’s rate has increased seven-fold over the last month (from 20 positive tests per 100,000 residents to around 170) and Chesterfield’s rate has more than tripled (from 30 to around 140).

This means that, from tomorrow night, additional restrictions will be in place in our area. The major change is that people will no longer be able to mix indoors (either at home or elsewhere) other than within your bubble or for specific still-permittable reasons (such as caring or childcare). Where possible, you are also being asked to reduce journeys. More detail is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high 


COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes

Reports assessing the impact of COVID-19-related physical distancing measures on delivery of childhood vaccination programmes in England. Added latest report covering vaccine counts to week 39 and vaccine coverage to August 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-impact-on-vaccination-programmes 


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 the ‘Making an order for additional coronavirus tests’ with additional information for schools and FE providers in particularly high risk areas who may be eligible for an additional delivery of test kits.

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


COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England. Guidance updated to incorporate changes in regulations, as they affect weddings and civil partnerships, announced by the Prime Minister on 12 October 2020.

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


Vulnerable children and young people survey

Summary of local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on children’s social care. Added data for waves 1 to 10 and re-added waves 1 to 4, which has been reissued, as it contains analysis of the open text questions that is not repeated in the waves 1 to 10 document.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-and-young-people-survey 


Kickstart Scheme: promotional materials

Use these materials to promote the Kickstart Scheme to employers and potential job placement participants. Added Kickstart Scheme posters to the available promotional materials.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/kickstart-scheme-promotional-materials 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

Privacy notice for NHS Test and Trace virus testing for all users of the service. Updates to the the following documents to bring them in line with the current testing programme: Testing for coronavirus: privacy information: quick read and Testing for coronavirus: privacy information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacy-information


Governance Advice & Updates


Charities warned over 'reactive and fragmented' approach to environmental, social and governance issues

Research conducted by the business consultancy C&E Advisory for its annual Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer report, which assesses the state of partnerships between companies and charities, indicates that many voluntary sector organisations do not have a holistic approach to ESG issues. Third Sector further reports that Manny Amadi, chief executive of C&E Advisory, said many non-profits could be leaving themselves open to serious risks, as well as justifiable criticism in the future.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/charities-warned-reactive-fragmented-approach-environmental-social-governance-issues/management/article/1697155 


Andrew Purkis offers an analysis of the Charity Commission chair's recent speech

The Charity Commission’s online annual public meeting was a splendid opportunity for the Commission to reach out to an unusual number of attendees, but the chair’s keynote speech garnered indignant reactions on social media and beyond. What went wrong?

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/voices/andrew-purkis-baroness-stowell-s-apm-speech-what-went-wrong.html 


World Poverty Day Special - Poverty, Housing & Homelessness Meet Up

Friday, October 16, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

A special online meeting to mark World Poverty Day

Especially for World Poverty Day the Small Charities Coalition is partnering with the Money Advice Service (MAS) for a special session on how small charities can help their beneficiaries with accessing money advice and support.

The MAS is an arm’s-length body, funded by levies from the financial services industry and pensions schemes. Sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, the MAS, is committed to ensuring that people throughout the UK have the guidance and access to the information they need to make effective financial decisions over their lifetime.

This short session will provide an overview of the support the MAS can provide and opportunities to get involved in their work during the next stage of the pandemic.

This session is suitable for the trustees, staff and volunteers of small charities.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-poverty-day-special-poverty-housing-homelessness-meet-up-tickets-123050325837 


HMRC Employer Bulletin - October 2020

HMRC’s Employer Bulletin (October 2020, Issue 86) includes all of the latest COVID-19 updates to help you continue to meet your payroll obligations to HMRC, including recent government announcements of additional support for businesses and employees.

They’ve included the latest update on both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Job Retention Bonus, the new Job Support Scheme, support for home working, updates on the UK Transition, and changes to Off-Payroll Working rules.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-bulletin-october-2020 


National Lottery Good News Bulletin

Featuring:

  • #NLAwards Winner
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • Film Club Friday
  • And more

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/National%20Lottery_1.pdf 


Funding News


Voice4Change England

Applications to the Voice4Change Covid-19 Grants Programme open today (14 October) at 4pm. The grants programme is for Black, Asian and Minority (BAME) led community groups and organisations in England, working primarily with BAME communities, with an annual income of less than £200,000. In exceptional cases, organisations with larger incomes will be considered, so all BAME community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply. All grant awards will be in the region of £5,000 to £10,000.

https://voice4change-england.com/covid-19-grants-programme/ 


Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grants Scheme

The Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant Scheme is open for applications from small groups for funds to cover running costs. 

Click here to download the Small Grant application form and guidance notes.

During these COVID19-affected times, there will be no closing date for applications.  We will aim to get back to you with a decision within two weeks of receipt of your form.  The maximum amount you can apply for is £1,000, but grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £500-£600.  We will pause or close applications if necessary.

Please be aware that groups can only receive funds from this scheme once in any 12 month period - therefore if you have previously received a Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant you have to wait a year before applying again.  Please contact us if you are unsure when you last received a Small Grant.

If you are applying for the first time and new to Derbyshire Voluntary Action please complete the membership and database form below:

Click here to download the Derbyshire Voluntary Action membership form

Click here to open the Derbyshire Voluntary Action database form


Derbyshire Councty Council Public Health Small Grants Scheme

 

Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Small Grants Scheme is available in each Derbyshire locality to support groups and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Grant funding up to £1,000 is available. 

Priority will be given to new projects which respond to the COVID19 crisis or applications to adapt existing projects to enable them to operate under the new conditions imposed by the COVID19 crisis.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  We will aim to give a decision within two weeks of receipt of application.  The application window will be paused or closed if necessary.

Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme 

Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme guidance notes

Healthy North East Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme

Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the North East Derbyshire District Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme guidance notes

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844
Email info@linkscvs.org.uk