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

 

 
 

Date:  20/11/2020

                             Issue: 140

 

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs

Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: overarching documents

Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: MHRA statement

Expanded study tests immune response of care home staff and residents

Governance Advice & Updates

Key Guides: Effective Fundraising

Government publishes new rules for volunteering during lockdown

Free DSC Zoom Talks

NAO to investigate government emergency support for charities

NCVO - The Inside Track: November 2020

NCVO - Upcoming Training

Catalyst Newsletter

Third Sector Tech Summit 2021

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Updated the attachment ‘Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants’ and easy read, and the attachment ‘Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: the most important things to know’. The updates reflect current national policy and add sections on mental health support, accessing the winter flu vaccination and testing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-people-receiving-direct-payments


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 translations in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs

Actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-taxis-and-phvs


Help the government increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity

The government wants help from businesses to increase testing capacity in the UK as part of its strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. In ‘Contact’ section, updated email address and removed phone numbers.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-the-government-increase-coronavirus-covid-19-testing-capacity


Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care

A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. Updated guidance to include new clinical advice; removed easy read and translated versions pending up-to-date documents being created.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-reducing-risk-in-adult-social-care


Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: overarching documents

These documents relate to the Immigration Bill 2020. The Bill received Royal Assent and is now an Act. Added the Consequential SI impact assessment.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-bill-2020-overarching-documents


Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: MHRA statement

The safety of the public will always come first.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-mhra-statement


Expanded study tests immune response of care home staff and residents

An expansion of the current Vivaldi study will test thousands more care home staff and residents for their immune response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/expanded-study-tests-immune-response-of-care-home-staff-and-residents


Governance Advice & Updates


Key Guides: Effective Fundraising

For a limited time only, Key Guides: Effective Fundraising is just 1p (plus postage). Get your physical copy now to get help with:

  • How to work out your fundraising strategy
  • Who the targets for your fundraising should be, and why
  • How to approach and raise money from individuals
  • What kinds of events and activities you can do to raise money
  • How to raise money from grant-making charities, companies and online
  • How to think creatively about your fundraising

The offer ends Wednesday 2 December.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/publication/effective-fundraising/


Government publishes new rules for volunteering during lockdown

Civil Society has reported that charity volunteers in England are exempt from rules about mixing households during the pandemic but should volunteer from home if possible, according to the latest government guidance.

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/government-publishes-new-rules-for-volunteering-during-lockdown.html


FREE DSC Zoom Talks

An opportunity to get together for an honest discussion of the topical issues facing our sector today.

Giving yourself the edge

Their panel will be giving tips and tricks on job hunting in the charity sector both internally and externally, including how to give yourself the edge, interviewing skills and some essential do's and don'ts. Wednesday 25 November between 17.00-18.00 is the date and time to have in your diary.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/dsc-zoom-talk-giving-yourself-the-edge/

Racism: Not in our sector? (Part 2)

The recent backlash on Twitter following Barnardo's guidance on understanding white privilege with your children and the issues of racism and inequality we are seeing in our government today has left us questioning: is it getting worse? And as a charity sector: what can we do? This talk is taking place between 17.00-18.00 on Wednesday 9 December. 

https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/dsc-zoom-talk-racism-not-in-our-sector-part-2/


NAO to investigate government emergency support for charities

Earlier this week the National Audit Office announced they would be investigating government funding to charities during the COVID19 pandemic, specifically the £750m funding package announced in April, which is still being rolled out.

Readers will know that DSC has repeatedly called for greater transparency and speed in the delivery of this funding, regarding the Coronavirus Community Support Fund in particular, which will come under the scope of this review. Keep an eye out for the NAO’s report which is due in the spring. Keep up to date with the #NeverMoreNeeded below.

https://nmn.org.uk/


NCVO - The Inside Track: November 2020

Featuring:

  • More support for charities?
  • People news
  • What does the departure of Dominic Cummings mean for charities?

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/11/16/the-inside-track-november-2020/


NCVO - Upcoming Training

Featuring:

  • Charity finance for non-financial managers
  • Funding strategy and diversification in the current climate
  • Writing successful bids
  • How to create your next strategy
  • Managing people in the voluntary sector
  • And much more

http://links.ncvo.org.uk/m/1/37861233/p1-b20324-2029730859b34b87819f0acce005e801/1/564/c2bc72a4-3f80-4f18-b816-41e69a7d72de


Catalyst Newsletter

Featuring:

  • Sector Challenge Programme grants
  • Sector Challenge Programme briefs
  • Data collective: free support for charities on how to use data
  • Network learning programme: help us learn
  • Lessons for digital trainers from the discovery programme
  • Free DigiShift session - look how far you've come

https://mailchi.mp/thecatalyst/newsletter-5020874?e=ae3adab44e


Third Sector Tech Summit 2021

11th February 2021 - 9:00am-4:00pm

Third Sector’s Tech Summit will bring together senior leadership, product, technology, HR, and digital teams to discuss how to optimise the use of technology to operate a successful modern charity.

With case studies from leading organisations in the digital space, find out how your charity can boost efficiency, increase engagement and create more impact by leveraging the power of existing and emerging technology.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/tech-summit/agenda

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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