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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use these materials to promote the Kickstart Scheme to employers and potential job placement participants. Added Kickstart Scheme posters to the available promotional materials.
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.
Governance Advice & Updates
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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