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



Date:  16/10/2020

                             Issue: 123


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: 
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 & Guidance

Education & Children

Governance Advice & Updates

Funding News

Government Statistics

Government News & Guidance

Coronavirus: How to help safely

Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation. Changes to advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people volunteering outside of home in high alert areas 

COVID-19: update on changes to Veterans UK Services

Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, there are changes to Veterans UK services. You can find the latest information here. 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. The visitor economy – Added guidance for event organisers and local authorities on outdoor events (Annex A – Outdoor events) 

How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work

The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. A Target Product Profile for Laboratory-Based SARS-CoV-2 Viral Detection Tests has been added. 

PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Added instructions and infographic on getting free PPE. Changed delivery times section – orders will be delivered by Royal Mail within 5 days. 

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Added search by postcode link. 

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Amended information on ‘Local outbreaks’. 

Visiting care homes during coronavirus

Guidance for making arrangements for limited visits for care homes with the support of their director of public health. Updated guidance with reference to local COVID alert levels and measures set out in the adult social care winter plan. 

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. Guidance amended to incorporate the changes to regulations announced by the Prime Minister on 12 October. 

Italy removed from travel corridor list and Crete added to list for England

From 4am Sunday 18 October, people arriving in England from Italy will need to self-isolate. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity. 

Education & Children

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated with information about local COVID alert levels. 

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings. Updated with information about local COVID alert levels.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children. Updated ‘Vulnerable children attendance at educational settings’ section of ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children’s social care services’.

Governance Advice & Updates

Catalyst Weekly Bulletin


  • Charity Digital Journeys report
  • Could you help shape the Data Collective? 
  • How to make charity & digital agency relationships work
  • Free group training and peer support in design and digital
  • And more 

Leading digital change in uncertain times: A webinar for Not For Profits 

Ian Patterson, a leading expert in digital change and recent panelist at Access All Areas, will be live discussing digital maturity and its relevancy within the Not For Profit sector. Regardless of where you are on your digital journey, this webinar will be informative as Ian explores the various aspects of digital change, the digital mindset and leadership expectations for an organisation.

Ian will also discuss the findings in our soon to be released Digital Maturity Report, which outlines the results from our survey of over 200 charities, of all sizes, to understand the current level of digital maturity in the sector. As well as how to use the Digital Maturity Playbook and discussion guides to drive your organisation forward.

The webinar will be followed by 15 minutes of live Q&A with Ian.

'The toughest months are ahead of us' says CEO of Volunteering Matters

Paul Reddish was speaking at the Westminster Social Policy Forum about priorities for encouraging volunteering and the role volunteers had played in the response to COVID-19. Third Sector reports Reddish said there is "a tough winter coming up" as "this crisis is far from over yet". "What strain is that going to put on the sector, at a time when the sector is already strained and the resources are depleted, and everybody is fatigued," he questioned. 

#CharitySoWhite Survey

#CharitySoWhite, a grassroots campaign that aims to tackle the issue of institutional racism in the charity sector, launched two listening campaigns this month - one for BAME people and one for white allies in the charity sector. They have reached maximum responses for the white allies survey, but the survey for BAME people is still open. The closing date is Monday 26 October. 

Funding News

PCC Unveils Pioneering Fund To Fight Crime and Vulnerability

Vulnerable people at risk of harm will receive unparalleled support to solve their problems and increase their safety thanks to a new fund which is the first of its kind in the county.

In an innovative move, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has developed a new Vulnerability Fund - worth £485k - as part of a dedicated effort to tackle the social problems known to increase the risk of crime or victimisation.

The scheme will unlock the door to funding worth up to £25,000 for community organisations, charities and non-profit groups who share the PCC's vision to build safer and stronger communities and to reduce the risk of crime.

It is designed to empower communities to develop practical solutions to the problems occurring in their areas and take fresh approaches to old issues to protect individuals and families.

Micro-grants from £50 to £1,000 will be available from local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) for projects such as target hardening to improve security at the homes of vulnerable people including repeat victims of crime and those who are isolated through age, frailty, poor mental health or mobility issues.

Larger grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 will be available for communities, charities, voluntary and non-profit organisations to make a real and lasting difference in their areas. This may include projects providing support for vulnerable people coming out of lockdown; services, advice or self-help groups offering emotional and practical support to prevent people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and those that help and encourage vulnerable people who have lost their jobs or income during the pandemic to get back into work or training to minimise their risk of becoming involved in crime.

"This is a hugely ambitious scheme and will provide help for communities in a way that has never been done before," said Mr Dhindsa. "Social isolation, poor health, lack of opportunity and disability increase the risk of exploitation. The pandemic has exacerbated those challenges and created additional pressure for those on low incomes, the unemployed and those shielding.

"This fund will directly target vulnerability as means of protecting people and lessening the threats they are exposed to. It focuses on the individuals, families and communities that require urgent support to safeguard lives and prevent harm. It also empowers communities themselves to take action and work together on the issues which impact on residents most. Having police officers who are accessible and visible in our communities is critical for public safety but there are valuable and effective community services out there which can help build resilience in individuals, promote cohesion and prevent personal crisis. It's all about teamwork."

Information and guidance to help people understand how the fund can help them is available on the PCC's website and there will also be opportunities to discuss problems and potential solutions with neighbourhood policing teams, Neighbourhood Watch groups and local CVS in the coming weeks.

The PCC will also be working closely with Derbyshire Constabulary and local CVS' across the county to identify areas of local need where vulnerable people face a higher risk of crime or disadvantage. The scheme will allocate funding to Amber Valley CVS, Bassetlaw CVS (Bolsover), Links Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire CVS, Derbyshire Dales CVS, Erewash VA CVS, High Peak CVS, Community Action Derby and South Derbyshire CVS for distribution of local grants. 

Support will be provided to help groups offering positive social, leisure, artistic, cultural, spiritual or physical activities that bring people together remotely or in socially distanced ways to prevent people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime. 

Other grants will provide help for young people, particularly those who are vulnerable to becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime due to their family or life circumstances, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental health conditions, or those with a history of or vulnerability to substance misuse.

Applications for larger grants can be made between 15 October 2020 and 13th November 2020 via the PCC's Office while smaller grants can be applied for from CVSs between 14 October and 1 March 2021.

The criteria and application form for the smaller grants can be downloaded from here - Criteria & Application Form

For more information and to download an application form for the larger grants, visit the PCC's website by following this link:

Government Statistics

Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society: 15 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. 

DHSC testing and tracing statistics: information for users

A summary of explanatory information to support users of DHSC coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and tracing statistics. Added information on the new methodology for people tested and people testing positive. 

NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 1 October to 7 October 2020

Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 19 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England and coronavirus testing (UK). 

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 with details on the new methodology for people tested and people testing positive. Added details about the NHS COVID-19 app. 

NHS Test and Trace statistics for 1 October to 7 October

New figures show that the number of people testing positive increased by more than 35,000 during the first week of October. 

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. 

Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published

National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses. 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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