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



Date:  09/11/2020

                             Issue: 134


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

Governance Advice & Updates

Government Statistics

Government Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Replaced ‘graphic summarising testing for care homes’ with updated version that reflects that individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not be included in testing until after 90 days of their initial onset of symptom or, if asymptomatic when tested, their positive test result. 

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.
The R number range for the UK is 1.1-1.3 and the growth rate range is +2% to +4% per day as of 6 November 2020. 

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.
Guidance updated following national restrictions from 5 November under which wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations are not permitted to take place. 

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. 

Governance Advice & Updates

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

  • Has COVID increased the connection between faith organisations?
  • Is the perceived anti faith stance of some funders and government a barrier to the growth and development of faith based activity
  • How do we address internal challenges within the community to build back better cooperation and understanding?

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


  • New report: How society shapes and reinforces negative attitudes to ageing
  • News & Information
  • Vacancies, resources and events 

Office for Civil Society - 05/11/2020 Newsletter


  • New National Restrictions in England
  • Information on the New National Restrictions
  • New Statement From the Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising 
  • The Charity Retail Association Guidance on Closing Charity Shops
  • Trustees’ Week: 2 – 6 November 2020
  • Comic Relief’s New Global Majority Fund
  • EU Exit: Preparing for the End of the Transition Period 

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.

Government Statistics

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.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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