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

 

 
 

Date: 22/10/2020 

                             Issue: 127

 

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


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

Jenrick confirms allocations of £1 billion funding for councils this winter

Secretary warns of long-term effects of COVID-19 as new film released

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local COVID alert level update for South Yorkshire

Coronavirus briefing, situation report 19 October 2020

COVID-19: background information

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response – participants

Governance Advice & Updates

More devolution will prevent the 'Uberisation' of the voluntary sector, says Danny Kruger

Charities that don't keep people safe should not get aid money, regulator tells MPs

HMRC - National Minimum Wage Webinar

Managing and Preventing Fraud in Small Charities

Government Updates


Jenrick confirms allocations of £1 billion funding for councils this winter

Allocations confirmed for individual councils from the £1 billion of additional support announced by the Prime Minister earlier this month.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-emergency-funding-for-local-government


Health Secretary warns of long-term effects of COVID-19 as new film released

New data suggests long COVID affects around 10% of 18 to 49 year olds who become unwell with COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/health-secretary-warns-of-long-term-effects-of-covid-19-as-new-film-released


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Performing arts – Updated guidance on staging and capacity (section 3.2)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 


Local COVID alert level update for South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Saturday 24 October.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-covid-alert-level-update-for-south-yorkshire 


Coronavirus briefing, situation report 19 October 2020

Data slides for South Yorkshire.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-briefing-situation-report-19-october-2020


COVID-19: background information

Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Updated global case numbers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information 


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Updated information on Prevention, Other considerations (system of controls), Response to any infection, Pupils travelling from abroad, Attendance, Workforce, Safeguarding, School uniform, Wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, Behaviour expectations, Hospital schools and Contingency planning for outbreaks.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 


Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On 16 October 2020 – amended information on local COVID alert levels and tiers of restriction (section 3), staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable (section 3), children who are shielding (section 4) and informal childcare (section 5).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 


Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response – participants

List of participants of SAGE and related sub-groups. A new Ethnicity Subgroup has been added along with its participants.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response-membership


Governance Advice & Updates


More devolution will prevent the 'Uberisation' of the voluntary sector, says Danny Kruger

The MP says larger charities have a big role to play in supporting local infrastructure in a way that does not exclude smaller organisations. Third Sector have reported that the wide-ranging review, published last month, made 20 suggestions, including that the government should make £500m from the National Fund charity available as emergency funds to support the voluntary sector and create a longer-term £2bn endowment to support disadvantaged communities.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/devolution-will-prevent-uberisation-voluntary-sector-says-danny-kruger/policy-and-politics/article/1697692 


Charities that don't keep people safe should not get aid money, regulator tells MPs

Helen Stephenson, chief executive of the regulator, told MPs yesterday that safeguarding should be a “number one priority” for global development organisations, and that charities should face consequences if they fail to protect beneficiaries from harm. Civil Society further reported Stephenson said: “I think, particularly for charities working internationally, that if charities cannot keep people safe then they should not be in receipt of overseas aid. It is that fundamental to me.”

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-commission-warns-global-aid-charities-about-safeguarding-failings.html 


HMRC - National Minimum Wage Webinar

Wages can be complex and different elements of pay affect the National Minimum Wage differently. Misunderstanding of what can be included in minimum wage calculations is a common cause of underpayment – even amongst employers who think they are paying minimum wage rates or above.

HMRC is offering two live webinars covering elements of pay that cause the most confusion to employers.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/5919310318237941520 


Managing and Preventing Fraud in Small Charities

Friday, October 23, 2020 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Managing the risk of fraud should be a priority for every small charity but knowing how and where to start can be confusing. Join us for this 90 minute introductory session where we will look at:

  • What fraud is and how it can affect small charities
  • Common risks and warning signs
  • Basic tips and hints to keep your charity safe

This session includes plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences. It will be of interest to staff and trustees of small charities who want to know more about preventing fraud.

This session is presented as part of charity fraud awareness week 2020 and is for SCC Members only.

You can become a member for free here - https://www.smallcharities.org.uk/join-us 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-and-preventing-fraud-in-small-charities-tickets-125021090447 

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844
Email info@linkscvs.org.uk