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

 

 
 

Date: 18/11/2020 

                             Issue: 139

 

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

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

New film shows importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19

Response to media coverage of the UK government’s procurement of the Moderna vaccine

COVID Support Force: the MOD’s continued contribution to the coronavirus response

Data on COVID-19 visits: schools

Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities

Coming to England for seasonal poultry work on farms and processing sites

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Governance Advice & Updates

BBC Children in Need’s 2020 appeal raises more than £37m on the night

Roles and duties of trustees

Property in the time of Covid

Government Updates


COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings. Guidance updated to reflect new national restrictions in England from 5 November.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities


New film shows importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19

New short film released by the government shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces, and how to keep your home ventilated.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-film-shows-importance-of-ventilation-to-reduce-spread-of-covid-19


Response to media coverage of the UK government’s procurement of the Moderna vaccine

The government, through the work of the Vaccine Taskforce, has put the UK in an extremely strong position if and when a vaccine meets robust standards of safety and effectiveness

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/response-to-media-coverage-of-the-uk-governments-procurement-of-the-moderna-vaccine


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 17 November 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-support-force-the-mods-continued-contribution-to-the-coronavirus-response


Data on COVID-19 visits: schools

Data about Ofsted’s visits to schools during the interim phase of our return to inspection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-on-covid-19-visits-schools


Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities

A list of local authorities across England issued with rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests by the Department of Health and Social Care. Added the following local authorities to the list: Barnsley, Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Croydon, Derbyshire, Ealing, Havering, Hounslow, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Medway, Northamptonshire, Rotherham, Sheffield and Thurrock.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/roll-out-of-lateral-flow-tests-to-local-authorities


Coming to England for seasonal poultry work on farms and processing sites

Advice for seasonal poultry workers coming to England to process poultry on farms and their employers.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coming-to-england-for-seasonal-poultry-work-on-farms-and-processing-sites


COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Guidance updated to reflect new legislation to prevent enforcement of evictions in England during the period of national restrictions and over the Christmas period.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities


Governance Advice & Updates


BBC Children in Need’s 2020 appeal raises more than £37m on the night

A total of £37,032,789 was raised on the night, with the final total expected to be announced soon. Civil Society have reported that money is expected to come in from thousands of fundraisers already held, or scheduled to happen, across the UK.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/bbc-children-in-need-s-2020-appeal-raises-more-than-37-million.html


Roles and duties of trustees

Trustees play an important role in making sure charities are well managed and able to achieve their aims. Understanding your duties as a trustee will help you to run your charity effectively, keep to the law and make a bigger difference.

In partnership with the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), NCVO have created an accessible, interactive trustee eLearning course that you can study at your own pace, at a time that suits you.

This course will equip you with the basics of being a trustee. It offers an overview and understanding of the roles and main duties of trustees. And most importantly, it can fit around your schedule and priorities. 

Once you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Identify what charity status, liability and legal form means
  • Describe your role and main duties as a trustee
  • Review the six main duties set out in the Charity Commission’s The Essential Trustee
  • Have the confidence to apply your trustee duties in real life
  • Consider common difficulties faced by trustees

The course is designed to take approximately half a day to complete in full, including exercises. You can complete the course at your own pace within your access period (30 days) and can pause at any point and come back to where you left off as your progress will be saved.

https://booking.ncvo.org.uk/training/event_series/e-learning


Property in the time of Covid

Thursday 26 November, 11:00 - 12:30

What property will charities need in the future? How should they be looking at what they have already got?

Covid has brought property right up to the top of the agenda for charities, and has highlighted in many cases the need for a fundamental shift in how they use and occupy land. This also has implications for what charities should be looking at in respect of their existing premises.

This virtual roundtable will be chaired by partner Andrew Small of Russell-Cooke with Dr. Peter Damesick, Chair and Antonia Swinson CEO of The Ethical Property Foundation and Catherine Flexer, associate from Russell-Cooke. The discussion will explore these topics in light of the results from the '2020 Charity Property Matters surveyed', conducted by EPF and sponsored by Russell-Cooke.

  • Do charities still need offices for all their staff? (where the property is used only as an office, as almost 50% are)?
  • If they do, is CV19 an opportunity with so many properties being left empty and favourable terms being offered?
  • Almost 50% of the charities surveyed are based in London – is this still necessary with all the expenses that involves?
  • Do charities have the expertise and capacity to make these decisions? How to boost that capacity?
  • The cost of compliance. What needs to be done to existing premises to make them Covid secure and to meet ever more stringent environmental requirements? Who does that work and who pays for it?
  • What can charities do to get rid of excess space.

This meeting will be an interactive session. You will be virtually introduced to the speakers and have the opportunity to ask questions

https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/2ME9-364/property-in-the-time-of-covid

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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