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

 

 
 

Date:  11/11/2020

                             Issue: 136

 

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

European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes

More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Vaccines trials in Chile and the UK’s role to tackle the pandemic

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

Help employers apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant (Kickstart gateway)

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019: Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): guidance for local authorities

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

Governance Advice & Updates

Globally civil society stepped up during the pandemic, but often unrecognised

Top tips for learning transfer from The Charity Learning Consortium

Data Protection for voluntary organisations

Government Updates


European Structural and Investment Funds: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19. The ESF Q&A has been updated. See the dates next to the questions for updates.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-coronavirus-covid-19-response 


COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes

Reports assessing the impact of COVID-19-related physical distancing measures on delivery of childhood vaccination programmes in England. Added Health Protection Report 14(21) fifth report.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-impact-on-vaccination-programmes 


More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

600,000 lateral flow tests to be sent out this week to kick-start the significant expansion of testing, followed by weekly local allocations. Added list of local authorities where directors of public health will be issued with lateral flow devices.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-rapid-covid-19-tests-to-be-rolled-out-across-england 


COVID-19: guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Updated guidance in line with 5 November national restrictions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic 


Vaccines trials in Chile and the UK’s role to tackle the pandemic

The UK has been doing all in its power to support vaccine development and the fair distribution of future vaccines.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vaccines-trials-in-chile-and-the-uks-role-to-tackle-the-pandemic 


Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). What you can claim has been updated for employees who have been advised by letter to shield because they’re clinically extremely vulnerable.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 


Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. Amended the content on early years foundation stage coronavirus disapplications to reflect the updated arrangements that were put in place from 26 September 2020, and national restrictions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2 


Help employers apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant (Kickstart gateway)

Information for organisations who want to be a Kickstart gateway and help employers apply for the Kickstart Scheme. Added note to say that requests to be added to the Kickstart gateway list will no longer be accepted after 16 November 2020. Kickstart gateways can submit a Kickstart Scheme grant application even if they’re not on the list.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-employers-apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant-kickstart-gateway 


Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019: Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)

Legislation and guidance on the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) and the latest information on progress towards their implementation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mental-capacity-amendment-act-2019-liberty-protection-safeguards-lps 


Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): guidance for local authorities

This is guidance for local authorities on paying grants to support businesses during the November to December 2020 national lockdown and periods of local restrictions. Local Restrictions Support Grant strands and the Additional Restrictions Grant explained.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-restrictions-support-grants-lrsg-and-additional-restrictions-grant-arg-guidance-for-local-authorities 


Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses

How higher education (HE) providers can minimise risk, and information about NHS test and trace channels. Added guidance on student movement and plans for the end of term.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses


Governance Advice & Updates


Globally civil society stepped up during the pandemic, but often unrecognised

A global alliance for civil society organisations, Civicus, published Solidarity in the time of Covid-19 last week, Civil Society have reported that this calls on charities in the UK and around the world to focus their efforts on helping society recover from the global coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/civicus-praises-uk-civil-society-response-to-pandemic.html 


Top tips for learning transfer from The Charity Learning Consortium

At a recent networking event, members of the Charity Learning Consortium ‘crowd sourced’ solutions to the challenges they face. Find out more about their ideas for learning transfer 

https://charitylearning.org/2019/12/top-tips-for-learning-transfer/ 


Data Protection for voluntary organisations

Available to pre-order now for January 2021.

Key Guides: Data Protection for voluntary organisations is fully revised and updated for current data regulation and law.

Set a shining example of best practice for your charity and learn how to:

  • Understand the key principles and elements of data protection
  • Recognise your responsibilities as a data controller
  • Distinguish when you need consent from individuals to hold and use their data (and when you don’t)
  • Ensure that your organisation’s security measures are appropriate
  • Appreciate what the rights of the data subject are

https://www.dsc.org.uk/publication/key-guides-data-protection-for-voluntary-organisations/ 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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