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

 

 
 

Date:  01/12/2020

                             Issue: 144

 

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Coronavirus: How to help safely

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

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Boost for high street as Jenrick extends opening hours for Christmas shopping

COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people

Local restriction tiers: what you need to know

The health, economic and social effects of COVID-19 and the tiered approach

NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information

Community testing

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to register an EPA during the coronavirus outbreak

Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response

Governance Advice & Updates

Confidence: Getting ourselves back on track

The real experiences of virtual recruitment

Survey of Chairs and Vice-Chairs from the Association of Chairs

Small Charities Trustees Meet Up: Good Governance

Management Resolutions Webinar

Small Charities Coalition Newsletter - 2nd November 2020

ACAS National e-Connect Newsletter

Office for Civil Society Information

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. Updated guidance.

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation. Update to Elite sport Stage Five – return to competition: safe return of spectators, covering new local restriction tiers information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation


Coronavirus: How to help safely

Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation. Update to reflect new tier system

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2


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. Updated guidance to reflect the tier system in England from 2 December.

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


Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. Updated to reflect new tier system

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/enabling-safe-and-effective-volunteering-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Boost for high street as Jenrick extends opening hours for Christmas shopping

Retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-high-street-as-jenrick-extends-opening-hours-for-christmas-shopping


COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people

Reference-only version of letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Replaced letters to extremely vulnerable people with latest version and removed alternative formats.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-letters-to-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-people


Local restriction tiers: what you need to know

Sets out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier. Added translations: Slovak, Polish, Bangla (Bengali), Welsh, Urdu, Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Somali, Persian (Farsi) and Punjabi (Gurmukhi).

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know


The health, economic and social effects of COVID-19 and the tiered approach

Sets out the evidence and analysis in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the health, economic and social effects of the government’s tiered approach.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-health-economic-and-social-effects-of-covid-19-and-the-tiered-approach


NHS COVID-19 app: privacy information

Privacy notice and data protection impact assessment for the NHS COVID-19 mobile app.
Updated privacy notices to detail the recent changes to the app and digital contact tracing functionality (provided by Apple and Google). Includes updates on the use of local authority and postcode district, the updated digital contact tracing and analytical data set.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-covid-19-app-privacy-information


Community testing

Community asymptomatic testing helps identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms. Added the attachment ‘Community testing: a guide for local delivery’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-testing-explainer


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Performing arts – Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19


How to register an EPA during the coronavirus outbreak

If you need to register an EPA now, you can do so as long as you follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, and local restrictions. Amends due to tier system 2/12/20

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-register-an-epa-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak


Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

If you want to make an LPA now, you can as long as you follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, and observe local restrictions.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-and-registering-an-lpa-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response

This page provides guidance on how OPG is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. It will be updated when new information is available. Amends for local tier restrictions from 2 December 20

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-office-of-the-public-guardian-response


Governance Advice & Updates


Confidence: Getting ourselves back on track

Many of us are feeling low in confidence due to the tough environment we are living and working through. Cathy Shimmin, DSC Senior Training Consultant explores why this is and how we can make positive steps towards improving our wellbeing.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/getting-ourselves-back-on-track/


The real experiences of virtual recruitment

Prospectus spoke to the Genevieve Laurier, Managing Director at TSIP to hear what it's really like to go through a virtual recruitment process. What challenges did they face and how did they overcome them?

http://www.prospect-us.co.uk/about-us/thoughts-opinion/the-real-experiences-of-virtual-recruitment/


Survey of Chairs and Vice-Chairs from the Association of Chairs

The Association of Chairs has launched a survey for Chairs and Vice-Chairs of non-profit organisations. It includes questions on Chair motivation/morale; changes in board and CEO relationships and on time spent on chairing pre and post COVID-19. All of the data will be analysed and shared to provide another perspective on the impact of the pandemic on charities.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BXCFH8J


Small Charities Trustees Meet Up: Good Governance

Saturday 5 December  2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join the Small Charities Coalition for the second of their new series of Trustee Meet-Ups.

On the agenda this quarter:

  • The Charity Commission for England and Wales trustee Guidance
  • The new Governance Code
  • Digital priorities for trustees
  • Governance priorities for 2021

Suitable for trustees of small charities

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-charities-trustees-meet-up-good-governance-tickets-130416516311


Management Resolutions Webinar

Wednesday 2 December 2020 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - £5.00

How have you found being a manager this year?

2020 has put our conventional understanding of management to the test. Managers (paid and unpaid) have had to meet with a host of new challenges within the context of a fast changing external environment.

This end of year special session will reflect and explore the best and worst in management experiences, trends and how to learn from what has happened this year and to build back better management systems post COVID. The session will look specifically at :

  • Changes in management style and communication as a result of COVID
  • The need for new types of relational and online working
  • How small charities can remain agile

Suitable for trustees, staff and volunteers of small charities who have management responsibility for colleagues and/or resources

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/management-resolutions-for-2021-tickets-130390546635


Small Charities Coalition - 2nd November 2020 Newsletter

Featuring:

  • The State of Digital Maturity Report for Not for Profit Organisations
  • UK Giving and Covid-19 - CAF
  • How to become a Charity Trustee
  • Brexit self audit for Charities
  • And much more

https://linkscvs.org.uk/sites/default/files/SCC%20Weekly%20Newsletter.pdf


ACAS National e-Connect Newsletter

Featuring:

  • Simplifying TUPE Webinar
  • Mental Health at Work – Current Challenges Webinar
  • And more

Office for Civil Society Information

Featuring:

  • Charitable services exempt from all local restriction tiers
  • Thousands of women and girls to benefit from £15m Tampon Tax Fund
  • Spending Review 2020 announcements
  • Survey: impact of Covid-19 on VCSE organisations
  • Updated volunteering guidance
  • ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign
  • #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign
  • Community safeguarding leaflet
  • EU Exit: Preparing for the end of the transition period

https://mailchi.mp/dcms/ocs-for-info-27-november-2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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