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

 

 
 

Date:  19th October 2020

                             Issue: 144

 

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 Mobile: 07889 726846.
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

We will keep you updated as we receive more information.


 

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.’


PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR SERVICE

Included in this bulletin:

Job Advert - Service Development Co-ordinator

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire

Money & Pensions Service

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Online Training

News from Derbyshire County Council

Citizens Advice Mid Mercia

Rural Action Derbyshire

Derbyshire Healthcare Support

Black History Month 2020

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby and Derbyshire

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. This is the link to the results so far.

If you have a venue that you would like to be included, please complete survey below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RXZ9NWS

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money. Talk Money Week 2020 will take place on 9-13 November.

Join the conversation on social media at the hashtag #TalkMoney.

Each November we encourage the UK to talk about managing money – from pocket money right through to pensions – and celebrate the work done by thousands of organisations to build financial wellbeing across the country.

The week provides a platform to have a conversation about money between families and friends, at work or at school or any other walk of life. Our goal is to turn talking about money from one of the UK’s least favourite topics into something commonplace.

For more information, click here.

News from Derbyshire County Council


Derbyshire People's Voice Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey


Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service are running an excellent series of online sessions in conjunction with Chris Calladine for people considering setting up in self-employment & "Being their Own Boss".

 

This month's schedule:

Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October

Day 1 Starts 10am until 2.30pm with a break

Day 2 Starts 10am until 11.30am

 

Tuesday 27th October and Wednesday 28th October

Day 1 Starts 10am until 2.30pm with a break

Day 2 Starts 10am until 11.30am  

 

Reserve your place now:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/be-your-own-boss-tickets-115864542967

Online Gambling Awareness Training

Citizens Advice Mid Mercia have organised two online webinars for the 'Brief Introduction to Gambling Harms' session, both scheduled towards the end of this month. Please find the sign-up links below:

1) Thursday 22nd October 10am-11.30am

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-brief-introduction-to-gambling-harms-22nd-october-2020-online-webinar-tickets-124054009883

2) Wednesday 28th October 10am-11.30am

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-brief-introduction-to-gambling-harms-28th-october-2020-online-webinar-tickets-124055474263

Once signed up, you should receive a confirmation email, with an e-ticket which contains the link to the online session. You will receive a link to the online meeting a couple of days before the session to ensure you've got the correct details!

They’d be really grateful if you could circulate the information to others that you think would benefit from the training, particularly frontline workers (i.e food bank volunteers/staff, community outreach officers, welfare/debt/housing advisers). If interest is high, they would be more than happy to schedule further sessions.

Suicide Awareness Training & new funding to improve mental health and suicide awareness

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) are now relaunching Suicide Awareness Training (SAT) as a new package of digital learning consisting of individual e-learning via a video link and group virtual training delivered on Zoom

On behalf of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council successfully applied for £200,000 of funding which aims to help reduce the number of suicides across Derbyshire and Derby city.

Click here for more information


ACRE information sheets - updated 1st October 2020


Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link https://forms.gle/VuwaNGSVf2ScZqRj9 or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

Please view flyer

 

If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor https://bit.ly/2L93LAH   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

www.mea.org.uk

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