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



Date:  05/11/2020

                             Issue: 133


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: Mobile: 07889 726846.
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 Updates

Education & Children

Governance Advice & Updates

Government Updates

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. Updated guidance in line with national restrictions commencing 5 November 2020. 

Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated guidance in line with new national restrictions

Further precautions advised on top of the tougher national measures being introduced, as cases continue to rise. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read this page for regular updates. Added 4 November 2020 lockdown update. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Accessing food and essential supplies

How to get food and other essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Updated with guidance on accessing food during the lockdown. 

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own

This page explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. Text added to ‘When to wear a face covering’, ‘When you do not need to wear a face covering’ and ‘Staff in indoor settings’ to make people aware that from 5 November some of the settings listed may not be open because of the national restrictions. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak. Added note that this guidance will be updated soon and directed users to guidance updated ahead of the 5 November national lockdown. 

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. Policy update following national restrictions. 

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance in line with national restrictions commencing 5 November 2020. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. Updated with guidance on accessing green spaces during lockdown. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only. Updated with guidance on caring for animals during lockdown. 

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Updated to include information on the new restrictions coming into force for England on 5 November 

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Guidance updated to reflect new national restrictions in England from 5 November. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. National restrictions information added. 

NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information

Privacy notice and data protection impact assessment for the NHS COVID-19 mobile app. Updated privacy notices and information, and data protection impact assessment to reflect the changes in the app and work to support digital contact tracing apps across England, Gibraltar, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Education and Children

Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

How New National Restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings. 

Social care plans from September 2020

Guidance for children’s social care providers about Ofsted’s phased return to inspection. Added information about how we will carry out our work during the national restrictions starting on 5 November. 

Education plans from September 2020

Guidance for education providers about Ofsted’s phased return to inspection. Added information about how we will carry out our work during the national restrictions starting on 5 November. 

New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown

Care homes will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect. 

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

How higher education (HE) providers can minimise risk, and information about NHS test and trace channels. Updated the information on sports and activities.

Governance Advice & Updates

Charity Commission chair: sector leaders call for party political neutrality in the appointment process

ACEVO has coordinated a letter from ten charity sector organisations, including DSC, to the chair of the DCMS Select Committee. The signatories request that transparency, accountability and political neutrality be prioritised in the appointment process for the next chair of the Charity Commission. 

Maximising the value of a governance review

Did your last governance review lead to a huge leap in board effectiveness or was it a tick box exercise that gave the board a false comfort that it is working as well as it could? Here is Mike Hudson’s best guidance on maximising the effectiveness of governance reviews. 

A Trustee’s 2020 in three simple words - align, stretch, pivot

2020 has brought new and unexpected insights into the Trustee role Paula Hamilton holds at Abortion Support Network. 

Directory of Social Change Training

Duties of a Company Secretary 

Monday 23rd November

Duties of a company secretary is a half day online course on Monday 23 November. Learn about the role of Company Secretary and understand your impact and duties as company secretaries of charities in relation to the Charity Code. Sign up here.

Financial Governance for Trustees

Monday 30th November 

Develop your financial governance skills by discovering which areas you should supervise and manage, learn how to improve your communication skills, how to mitigate risks, and much more. Financial governance for trustees is a half day online course aimed at existing, aspiring trustees and anyone in a governance role as well as senior managers within charities. 

New Chief Executive - New Challenges

Friday 4th December

And for any new CEO's out there, expert advice on how to handle this challenging but exhilarating promotion. New chief executive - new challenges will teach you how to plan and implement change in your organisation while looking after yourself in your new role. The course is taking place on Friday 4 December for one day, online. Sign up here. 

Small Charities Budgeting: What's it going to cost?

Monday, November 9, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Free)

What's it going to cost and how will we pay for it?

It is tricky to work out how to translate what you are going to do into how much it is going to cost; particularly at the moment when there are so many unknowns. This 90-minute session will revisit the principles of budgeting and look at:

  • why writing a budget is useful
  • who to involve in building it
  • how to do it – ideas, tips and signposts

The session includes plenty of opportunity to ask about your budgeting queries.There is only time for a brief reference to full cost recovery and allocation of project costs. If this is a popular topic we can provide specific training at a later date.

The session is led by Rachel Cooper and Liz Pepler, two experienced charity finance professionals with over 40 years combined experience in the sector.

This session will be of interest to those managing the finances of small charities, be they employed staff or trustees. 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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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