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

 

 
 

Date:  12/11/2020

                             Issue: 137

 

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

Boost for restaurants, pubs and cafes as Jenrick extends takeaway services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

HMRC issue briefing: how HMRC will continue to support customers and the economy

Vulnerable children and young people survey

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business

Oxford University and PHE confirm high-sensitivity of lateral flow tests

Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Governance Advice & Updates

DSC weekly policy update

10 reasons why charities should use e-learning 

Government Updates


Boost for restaurants, pubs and cafes as Jenrick extends takeaway services

Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-restaurants-pubs-and-cafes-as-jenrick-extends-takeaway-services 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information

Privacy notice for NHS Test and Trace virus testing for all users of the service. Updates to the documents ‘Testing for coronavirus: privacy information’ and ‘Testing for coronavirus: privacy information – quick read’ to reflect changes to the contact process of research organisations and to mirror updates to the wider testing programme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-privacy-information 


HMRC issue briefing: how HMRC will continue to support customers and the economy

This briefing sets out how HMRC will continue to support customers and the economy over the coming months. The issue briefing has been updated to reflect HMRC’s latest position on supporting taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmrc-issue-briefing-how-hmrc-will-continue-to-support-customers-and-the-economy 


Vulnerable children and young people survey

Summary of local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on children’s social care. Added ‘Vulnerable children and young people survey: waves 1 to 12’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vulnerable-children-and-young-people-survey 


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. Added updated easy-read guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 


Tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business

You must tell Ofsted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your nursery, childminder business or other day care. You should also tell us if you have to close your setting as a result.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tell-ofsted-if-you-have-a-covid-19-incident-at-your-childcare-business 


Oxford University and PHE confirm high-sensitivity of lateral flow tests

Extensive clinical evaluation shows lateral flow tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/oxford-university-and-phe-confirm-high-sensitivity-of-lateral-flow-tests 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity. Updated 2 attachments to reflect the latest guidance and advice for professional visits during the national lockdown, which began on 5 November 2020. The attachment ‘The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ has been updated in the section ‘Supervisory bodies (local authorities in England, and local health boards and local authorities in Wales’ and a summary of these changes is reflected at the end of the ‘Summary of key points’.The attachment ‘The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance’ has been updated in the section ‘Continuing to carry out your role as a DoLS independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) or relevant person’s representative (RPR)’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-looking-after-people-who-lack-mental-capacity 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 14 days have passed since you were last in a non-exempt country or territory. Changes refer to the new national restrictions and how they affect the requirements on international arrivals when returning from exempt and non-exempt destinations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk 


More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme – with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-than-19000-jobs-created-by-kickstart-scheme-so-far 


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

JRS be extended until the end of March‌‌‌ 2021 for all parts of the UK. For claim periods running to 31‌‌‌ January 2021, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The UK Government will review the policy in January to decide whether economic circumstances are improving enough to ask employers to contribute more.
It was also confirmed that the Job Retention Bonus will no longer be paid in Fe‌‌‌bruary 2021, as CJRS will be available at that time. An alternative retention incentive will be put in place at the appropriate time.

What you need to do now

If you intend to claim under the CJRS, please look at information published today on how you can check if you’re eligible to claim, and what you need to agree with your employees. You can find this on GOV‌‌‌.UK by searching 'Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme'.
This latest information applies for CJRS claim periods from 1 November 2020. The final date for claims for the period up to 31 October is still 30‌‌‌ November 2020. Claims can be made from 11‌‌‌ November 2020.

Further support

Guidance and live webinars offering you more support on changes to CJRS, and how they affect you, are available to book online – go to GOV‌‌‌.UK and search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.

HMRC’s phone lines and web-chat remain very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you need is on GOV‌‌‌.UK.

Protect yourself from scams   

Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic. Search 'scams' on GOV‌‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 6‌0599.   

Access the National Cyber Security Centre’s new guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself or your business against cyber crime by searching 'Cyber Aware' on GOV‌‌.UK.


Governance Advice & Updates


DSC weekly policy update

Last week was a busy week in the media with the US Presidential Election taking centre stage. Catch up on the charity news you may have missed with our summary from DSC's research team.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/dsc-policy-update-week-commencing-9-november2020/ 


10 reasons why charities should use e-learning 

The Charity Learning Consortium has put together 10 reasons to use technology to support L&D in the third sector. See the great things that can happen when charities incorporate eLearning into their training mix.

https://charitylearning.org/10-reasons-download/ 

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