The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846.
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:
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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings
List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated link to the new national restrictions which came into force on Thursday 5 November 2020.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Social distancing
Information on social distancing. Updated in line with latest government guidance.
DVLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Our online services have not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are running as normal. Updated information regarding impact of lockdowns, and to signpost to DVSA for MOTs and driving tests.
Coronavirus guidance for Companies House customers
How we’ve adapted the way we work to maintain our services for the public and protect the welfare of our employees. Added a link to ‘appeal a late filing penalty’ online service.
Making a childcare bubble with another household
How you can get informal childcare for children aged 13 or under from friends and family you do not live with.
The R number and growth rate in the UK
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.
Making a support bubble with another household
How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Amended the definition of ‘what a support bubble is’. Added information about childcare bubbles. Added guidance about forming or maintaining a support bubble if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable.
Evaluating detection of SARS-CoV-2: AntiBodies at Home study
The EDSAB-HOME research study is evaluating the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies using home testing kits. Updated the What we have discovered so far section.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons
Guidance for families and friends of people in prison in England and Wales during the coronavirus pandemic. New information relating to national restrictions beginning on 5 November.
New National Restrictions from 5 November
Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available. Updated in line with latest government guidance.
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term. Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.
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). Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.
COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic
Guidance to provide advice on how places of worship can open, for limited permitted activities, in a manner that is safe and in line with national restrictions. ‘COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic’ updated to incorporate the changes announced by the Prime Minister on 2 November, coming into force on 5 November 2020.
COVID Support Force: the MOD’s continued contribution to the coronavirus response
Military personnel are supporting public services across the UK to assist with the response to COVID-19. This page has the latest information on the MOD’s activities. Updated: the MOD’s continued contribution to the coronavirus response page as of 6 November 2020.
Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in education and childcare settings
Actions for leaders and staff when using the NHS COVID-19 app in education and childcare settings. The requirements on displaying QR codes have been updated alongside the information classified as necessary or required. Links to wraparound care and early years providers guidance have also been added.
Support for university research and innovation during coronavirus (COVID-19)
The UK’s research work plays a vital role in our economic prosperity but is at risk from a range of income losses as a result of coronavirus. Updated with final details of the fund to inform potential applicants.
COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships
Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England.
Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. New options available to top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments, or pause repayments.
Getting support outside of your home
If you need support while outside your home, this guide explains what you and the people helping you should do to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance has been updated to reflect the introduction of national restrictions.
Coronavirus: driving tests
Find out how driving tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your driving test. Updated the information about cleaning your car before the test to make it clearer what you have to do. Added information about windows having to be open during the test.
Travel ban implemented to protect public health following Denmark COVID-19 mink outbreak
The Home Office has announced that from 4am, Saturday 7 November visitors from Denmark arriving in the UK will be denied entry.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors
List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. Germany and Sweden removed from travel corridors exempt list 4am, Saturday 7 November.
Interfaith Week 2020 Special - Faith and Religious Small Charities Meet Up
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This Interfaith Week (8-15th November) we are hosting a special online meeting and ask
To help the discussion we will be drawing on key academic research into the issue
Suitable for all of those with an interest in faith, and leaders, staff and volunteers of faith based organisations. We would also love you to share for this meeting positive examples, film footage, photos of your work during COVID.
We will also be looking to share the event with a wider audience to help expand our collective understanding of faith based small charities, their needs and concerns
Equally Ours Newsletter
Office for Civil Society - 05/11/2020 Newsletter
Trustee’s Week Podcast - Directory of Social Change
In a #TrusteesWeek2020 exclusive, here is a podcast for you from Dr Andrew Purkis, DSC Trustee and Debra Allcock Tyler, DSC CEO. The podcast is the perfect listening material while you work. Dive into Battle on the Board with Andrew and Debra as they discuss all things trustees; how to get into the role and what to expect from it.
Civil society urges Chancellor to urgently make job scheme fit for purpose
A coalition of civil society leaders, including DSC CEO, Debra Allcock Tyler, has written to Rishi Sunak to urge him to develop a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CRJS) fit for purpose for social change organisations.
It's time to rethink trusteeship
People are volunteering as charity trustees in greater numbers than ever, and they’re coming from more and more diverse backgrounds. Penny Wilson, CEO at Getting on Board, is here to say: perhaps you should think about becoming a trustee?
100 funders pledge renewed support to charities ahead of second lockdown
The pledge is called “still standing with the sector”, and follows the original “we stand with the sector” pledge, which was launched by London Funders in March and went on to gather over 400 signatures from funders across the UK, reported by Civil Society.
Andrew Purkis asks who do we deserve as the next Chair of the Charity Commission
The current system for appointing the Chair is deeply flawed. The Charity Commission is accountable to Parliament and is a Non- Ministerial Public Body. Yet Ministers have excessive influence over the process and take the final decision.
Recruit a new Commission chair who can rebuild trust with charities, leaders tell MPs
The next chair of the Charity Commission needs to be truly politically neutral so that they can rebuild trust with the sector, charity leaders have said in a letter to MPs.
Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 6 November 2020
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 28 October to 1 November 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 6 November 2020
Estimates for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This survey is being delivered in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust.
National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses. Updated the uptake percentage for pregnant women in the 2020 to 2021 season from 30.7% to 25.3% in week 45 report. This is due to the addition of available data.
SAGE meetings, October 2020
Minutes and papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meetings held in October 2020. Added in new documents and collection.
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