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

 

 
 

Date:  26/11/2020

                             Issue: 143

 

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

Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire in Tier 3 Restrictions from 2nd December

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

Testing to release for international travel: minimum standards for testing

Living in the Philippines

Governance Advice & Updates

Free Webinar: Advancing Mental Health Equalities

Catalyst - Latest Bulletin

5 takeaways from Spending Review 2020 for charities

Directory of Social Change January 2021 Training Announced

Five top tips for managing the human side of the furlough extension

Helpful tips to onboard remote employees from Prospectus

Rapid online induction

Demonstrating Your Organisation's Impact in 2020 – End of Year Reflection

Government Updates


Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire will be in Tier 3 Restrictions (Very high alert).

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions


Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support.  Added information about High Speed 2 virtual work experience opportunities.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/package-of-support-for-students-who-have-to-defer-their-studies


Testing to release for international travel: minimum standards for testing

Sets out the minimum standards that private sector providers of COVID-19 testing for ‘Testing to Release for International Travel’ must meet. Added link to request to be added to the list of providers of ‘Testing to Release for International Travel’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/testing-to-release-for-international-travel-minimum-standards-for-testing


Living in the Philippines

Advice for British people moving to and living in the Philippines Updated the advice for British people moving to and living in the Philippines.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-the-philippines


Governance Advice & Updates


Free Webinar: Advancing Mental Health Equalities

The advancing mental health equalities strategy published in September 2020 outlines the core enabling actions NHS England and NHS Improvement will take with the support of the Advancing Mental Health Equalities Taskforce – an alliance of sector experts, including patients and carers, who are committed to creating more equitable access, experience and outcomes in mental health services in England. It sits alongside the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20–2023/24 and as such is similarly focused in scope. This strategy is also an important element of the overall NHS plans to accelerate action to address health inequalities in the next stage of responding to COVID-19.

This webinar lead by Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE will introduce advancing mental health equalities strategy and summarise the core actions that NHS England and NHS Improvement will take to bridge the gaps for communities fairing worse than others in mental health services

https://www.govconnect.info/advancing-mental-health-equalities


Catalyst - Latest Bulletin

Featuring:

  • How to get staff on board with digital
  • The 2021 Data4Good Festival has officially launched!
  • Join us for a free digital networking session 
  • Zara’s story: from wedding to digital deep-dive
  • Still time to apply for the Sector Challenge Programme
  • The best webinar platforms for charities

https://mailchi.mp/thecatalyst/newsletter-5024426


5 takeaways from Spending Review 2020 for charities

Following the government's Spending Review that took place today, Jay Kennedy from Directory of Social Change spotted five main takeaways for charities.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/5-takeaways-from-spending-review-2020-for-charities/


Directory of Social Change January 2021 Training Announced

Moving into Management - Tuesday 12 January

Finance for Non-Finance Managers – Tuesday 12 January

Introduction to Trust Fundraising – Wednesday 13 January

Introduction to Impact Measurement – Thursday 14 January

Duties of a Trustee – Thursday 14 January

Working wherever you are – Monday 18 January

Communicating to Influence – Tuesday 19 January

Essential Presentation Skills – Wednesday 20 January

Minute Taking Skills – Wednesday 20 January

Chairing & Leading Virtual Meetings – Thursday 21 January

Fundraising with Digital Marketing – Friday 22 January

Duties of a Company Secretary – Friday 22 January

HR for Non-HR Specialists – Monday 25 January

Proposal Writing: Developing your Skills – Tuesday 26 January

Process Mapping: Organise your processes effectively – Tuesday 26 January

Business & Strategic Planning – Wednesday 27 January

Managing Volunteers – Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 January

Support & Supervision of Staff 1 – Thursday 28 January

Mastering Time Management – Friday 29 January


Five top tips for managing the human side of the furlough extension

These top tips are for leaders currently trying to manage the human side of the furlough extension – they are applicable for those who are currently on full time furlough, those who are flexibly furloughed and for those who will soon be returning from furlough.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/5-top-tips-for-managing-the-furlough-extension/


Helpful tips to onboard remote employees from Prospectus

With the flexible working trend increasing and the current COVID-19 circumstances meaning the majority of the workforce now work from home, employers need to consider new processes and ways of working - one of these being onboarding remote workers.

http://www.prospect-us.co.uk/about-us/thoughts-opinion/helpful-tips-to-onboard-remote-employees/


Rapid online induction

Staff and volunteers are rapidly being recruited by charities throughout lockdown, which calls for a creative approach to induction. The Charity Learning Consortium's Gill Chester shares some hints and tips for creating a new style induction, and fast.

https://charitylearning.org/2020/04/rapid-online-induction/


Demonstrating Your Organisation's Impact in 2020 – End of Year Reflection

Wednesday 2nd December 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

When it comes to reporting on this year, what information will you need to capture, and how should you best present it?

2020 has been a year that none of us will forget. The short session will look at :

  • What good impact reporting looks like?
  • How trustees and beneficiaries can get involved in demonstrating and communicating your impact?
  • How to use impact reporting to make the case for more funding for your organisation

With access to new and free templates and resources, especially designed for Small Charities Coalition members.

Suitable for trustees, staff and volunteers of small charities.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/demonstrating-your-organisations-impact-in-2020-end-of-year-reflection-tickets-130286960807

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Tel 01246 274844
Email info@linkscvs.org.uk