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

 

 
 

Date:  03/11/2020

                             Issue: 131

 

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

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Local authority preparations for Remembrance Sunday

Guidance on searching for archaeological finds in England during COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Government increases support for self-employed across the UK

Coronavirus: How to help safely

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: receiving payments you were not entitled to

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

500,000 daily testing capacity reached in ongoing drive to boost test and trace

Governance Advice & Updates

ACAS e-Connect Newsletter

Have your say in the SMK Campaigner Survey 2020

Too many barriers to trustee roles for young people

Trustees Week: Governance & the principles of equality, equity & diversity

Webinar: Workplace Mental Health & Well-being

Government Updates


COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Updated guidance on the use of gloves.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care 


COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Updated guidance on use of gloves.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes 


Local authority preparations for Remembrance Sunday

Information for councils in England on how to ensure those hosting local Remembrance events can do so safely. Added link to guidance on new national restrictions from 5 November.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday 

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Remembrance Day 2020 event will not be open to the public due to the new restrictions.  The council encourages members of the general public to stay safe at home this year, and instead join them virtually via a livestream that will be available on the day.

Members of the public will be able to watch the proceedings from their own homes via a livestream, the link for this will be posted on the following page and promoted across the council’s social media pages.

https://www.chesterfield.gov.uk/your-council/mayor-and-consort/remembrance-day-2020


Guidance on searching for archaeological finds in England during COVID-19

Guidance for members of the public (including metal-detectorists) searching for archaeological finds in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. National restrictions information applied.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-searching-for-archaeological-finds-in-england-during-covid-19 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. Added ‘national restrictions’ callout box to guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation


Government increases support for self-employed across the UK

The government is increasing its support to the self-employed over the coming months and ensuring people get paid faster than previously planned, it was announced today, 2 November.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-increases-support-for-self-employed-across-the-uk


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. National restrictions alert box added.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2 


Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: receiving payments you were not entitled to

Find out information about repaying Eat Out to Help Out Scheme payments.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eat-out-to-help-out-scheme-receiving-payments-you-were-not-entitled-to 


Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support. ‘Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)’ section of document updated.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/package-of-support-for-students-who-have-to-defer-their-studies 


Coronavirus: driver and rider trainer guidance

Guidance for driving instructors and motorcycle trainers about the restart of driver and rider training and tests, including working safely.  Added information about the suspension of driving lessons and driving tests in England from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-restarting-driver-and-rider-training-and-tests 


Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund

This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The application deadline has been extended to January 31 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund 


500,000 daily testing capacity reached in ongoing drive to boost test and trace

The UK’s daily coronavirus testing capacity passed the 500,000 mark on Saturday 31 October.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/500000-daily-testing-capacity-reached-in-ongoing-drive-to-boost-test-and-trace


Governance Advice & Updates


ACAS e-Connect Newsletter

Featuring:

  • Mock employment tribunal
  • Mock redundancy
  • Lots of training sessions
  • Black History Month podcast

Have your say in the SMK Campaigner Survey 2020

Every year, SMK publishes a snapshot of what the world is like for campaigners. In 2020, as we imagine the UK post-pandemic and post-Brexit, it’s critical that we understand the campaigning environment. Whether you're a campaigner, activist, organiser, volunteer or trustee... if you work to create social change, this survey is for you. Closes 16 November.

https://smk.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-research/policy-and-research-amplifying-voices/ 


Too many barriers to trustee roles for young people

Young people looking for trusteeships are being deterred by the language used in adverts. Bronwen (Bron) Edwards, DSC, Executive Office Manager discusses her journey to gaining her trusteeship and the difficulties she faced along the way.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/too-many-barriers-to-trustee-roles-for-young-people/ 


Trustees Week : Governance & the principles of equality, equity & diversity

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

According to research from Getting on Board:

  • The average age of a trustee is 60-62 and only 0.5% of trustees are 18-24, despite making up 12% of the population. 2/3 of charity trustees are over 50. 51% of trustees are retired.
  • 6% of trustees are women
  • People of colour represent 8% of trustees (vs 14% of wider population). Other minority groups: disabled people and other minorities are likely to be under-represented (but no stats are available).
  • 30% of trustees have a postgraduate education, 60% of trustees have professional qualification, 75% of trustees are from households above the national median for household income

In support of the many varied discussions about equality and equity in the charitable and not for profit sector, this special session will look at how boards, and management committees can address equality, diversity and create an inclusive environment for the recruitment and retention of trustees.

This short online session will explore

  • The use of language
  • The need for and tools for a structured approach for addressing equality on your board/ management committee
  • How to avoid accusations of 'tokenism' when promoting equality and diversity

This session is suitable for trustees and senior staff in organisations.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trustees-week-governance-the-principles-of-equality-equity-diversity-tickets-125902524841 


Webinar: Workplace Mental Health & Well-being

This webinar will review the key factors in workplace well-being, and examine these through the lens of Covid-19 and new ways for working. We will discuss the emerging needs of workforces, both psychosocial and practical, before addressing strategies and approaches to support staff during these challenging times.

The session will also include an overview of the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service delivered by Able Futures. It will looks at the service’s aims, eligibility criteria and referral process, plus what support and workplace adjustments are available at home, in an office, or other place of work.

https://www.govconnect.info/workplace-mental-health 

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
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