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

 

 
 

Date:  17/11/2020

                             Issue: 138

 

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

Janssen to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials in the UK

Government secures 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine

UK government’s response to Moderna’s publication of efficacy data for its COVID-19 vaccine

Two new megalabs to open in 2021 to transform the UK’s diagnostic facilities

Royal Mail to collect COVID-19 test kits 7 days a week

Cohort pool testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

£12.2 million boost for genomic surveillance to help stop transmission of COVID-19

Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Education and childcare settings: national restrictions from 5 November 2020

Veteran community response to COVID-19 support

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Governance Advice & Updates

HMRC Webinars

Open OD Newsletter

Directory of Social Change New Training

Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age

Are your passwords secure?

Office for Civil Society Newsletter - 13th November 2020

Government Updates


Janssen to begin Covid-19 vaccine trials in the UK

Pharmaceutical company to begin trials of UK vaccine from 16 November

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/janssen-to-begin-covid-19-vaccine-trials-in-the-uk


Government secures 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine

Vaccine could be delivered to the UK from Spring 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-secures-5-million-doses-of-moderna-vaccine


UK government’s response to Moderna’s publication of efficacy data for its COVID-19 vaccine

Biotech company Moderna has published positive efficacy results from its Phase 3 studies of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-governments-response-to-modernas-publication-of-efficacy-data-for-its-covid-19-vaccine


Two new megalabs to open in 2021 to transform the UK’s diagnostic facilities

The labs in Leamington Spa and Scotland will add 600,000 to the UK’s daily testing capacity when operating at full capacity, meaning faster turnaround times for test results.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/two-new-megalabs-to-open-in-2021-to-transform-the-uks-diagnostic-facilities


Royal Mail to collect COVID-19 test kits 7 days a week

Royal Mail is introducing a weekend extension for some priority postboxes from 21 November.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal-mail-to-collect-covid-19-test-kits-7-days-a-week


Cohort pool testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information on pooled testing for universities taking part in the pooled testing pilot.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cohort-pool-testing-for-coronavirus-covid-19


£12.2 million boost for genomic surveillance to help stop transmission of COVID-19

The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium will use the funding to expand whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/122-million-boost-for-genomic-surveillance-to-help-stop-transmission-of-covid-19


Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This guidance applies to people moving into homes in England, whether as owner-occupiers, private or social renters. Guidance updated to reflect new national restrictions in England from 5 November.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak


Education and childcare settings: national restrictions from 5 November 2020

How national restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings. We have updated the guidance on out-of-school activities and wraparound childcare, clinically extremely vulnerable children and staff, and extra-curricular activities in schools, and added clarification on when face coverings should be worn.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-and-childcare-settings-new-national-restrictions-from-5-november-2020


Veteran community response to COVID-19 support

This page contains examples of how the UK’s veteran population mobilised to support their community as well as frontline services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/veteran-community-response-to-covid-19-support


Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have added information on support for clinically extremely vulnerable pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals, the Covid Winter Grant Scheme and the expansion of the Holiday Activities and Food programme. We have also updated the content on school food contracts.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance


PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updated order limits for domiciliary care providers and children’s residential special schools.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-local-contacts-for-care-providers


Governance Advice & Updates


HMRC Webinars

You can now claim for periods starting 1 November under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is running until the end of March for all parts of the UK.

You will still need to submit all final claims for periods up to 31‌‌‌ ‌October on or before 3‌‌‌‌0 November.

Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar, which includes:

  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to calculate what you can claim
  • how to make a claim for all periods.

They will continue to update their webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available.

Register here 

They are also running monthly webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on: 

  • who can claim 
  • who you can claim for 
  • how to make a claim 
  • what you may be entitled to, and more.

Register here


Open OD Newsletter

This project aims to provide a space for a community of people who are passionate about better organisational development, so please join the conversation. Included in this newsletter:

  • Exploring radically better organisational development
  • Research insights: Part 1
  • Where does Organisational Resilience finish and Organisational Development begin?
  • Free workshops
  • And more

https://mailchi.mp/021a74ecf7ca/open-od-the-november-newsletter?e=34d4da8a53


Directory of Social Change New Training

Check out the DSC’S brand new courses here: 

Running a Digital AGM – Thursday 3 December (10.00-11.00)

Chairing & Leading Virtual Meetings – Thursday 21 January (10.00-12.30)

Process Mapping: Organise your processes effectively – Tuesday 26 January (10.00-11.00)


Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age
Online conference, 11th-14th January 2021

Digital technology continues to evolve at an extraordinary rate, providing children and young people with countless opportunities for learning, development and socialisation. It also presents ever increasing threats to their wellbeing and safety, which have intensified during the Covid pandemic.

Safeguarding young people today requires all practitioners, parents and carers to be up to speed with how to safeguard online. Children & Young People Now has assembled some of the country’s leading online safety experts and safeguarding professionals for the 4th national Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age conference.

The event, originally scheduled for earlier this year, will now take place online over four consecutive days from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th January 2021 between 1pm and 3pm each day. The sessions will equip you with the understanding, skills and confidence to ensure children and young people stay safe in the digital age. 
The registration fee of £99 (+VAT) will give you access to:

  • All eleven of the live sessions across the four days
  • Live Q&A with the presenters
  • On-demand access to all sessions for up to three months after the live conference date
  • Opportunities to engage online with a range of exhibitors and view their products or services

http://www.safeguardingdigital.co.uk/programme


Are your passwords secure?

What make a password secure? The Charity Learning Consortium have tips and tricks on making sure your passwords are protected.

https://charitylearning.org/2020/05/passwords-secure/


Office for Civil Society Newsletter - 13th November 2020

Featuring:

  • Coronavirus Community Support Fund awarded to 8,250 charities
  • International development charities: chance to double donations as new UK Aid Match round opens
  • DWP launches £170m Covid-19 Winter Grant Scheme and additional funding for food distribution charities
  • Charity Commission launches a new set of guides to help trustees
  • Black Funding Network launch 
  • National Youth Agency Covid-19 guidance for England 
  • EU Exit: Preparing for the end of the transition period

https://mailchi.mp/dcms/ocs-for-info-13-november-2020?e=02d76c2be6

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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