The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846.
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 -
You can view responses to this survey via the following link:
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.
Government authorises first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of medicines regulator
Guidance for the Christmas period.
Meeting friends and family over the Christmas period – forming a Christmas Bubble. Update to guidance.
The Chief Inspector of Education and Children’s Social Care has warned that the invisibility of vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a matter of national concern
The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the winter. Summary translations and large print versions added
Guidance to provide advice on how places of worship can open, for limited permitted activities, in a manner that is safe and in line with national restrictions. Guidance amended in line with regulations being laid before Parliament on 1 December to re-introduce Tiered restrictions in England.
Guidance for providers of supported living settings. Added easy read version of the guidance.
A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. Added ‘COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework – easy read’ and 10 language formats (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu).
Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents from 2 December. Updated in line with restrictions that will apply from 2 December and added a summary of the guidance.
Sets out how care homes can support residents of working age on visits outside of the care home.
Find out how driving tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your driving test. Updated to confirm driving tests will restart in tier 1 and 2 areas in England on Wednesday 2 December, and in tier 3 areas on Thursday 3 December.
This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions.
This guidance sets out information on grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions including the team sport framework, contact combat sport framework, and advice on organised sport participation events.
Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff. Added Chinese and Polish translations of summary poster.
New guidance will safely allow indoor visits to care homes across England as the country moves back into tiered restrictions.
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Updated to reflect introduction of local tier restrictions.
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. The visitor economy – Updated guidance covering new local restriction tiers information.
Guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, if they are legally permitted to travel internationally. Updated to reflect the latest Tier-based COVID-19 rules for England.
Guidance for children’s social care providers about Ofsted’s phased return to inspection. Removed information about our work during the national lockdown (5 November up to 2 December).
How you can get informal childcare for children under 14 from friends and family you do not live with. Added guidance on how to switch your childcare bubble.
How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Amended the eligibility criteria for a support bubble and added guidance on how to switch your support bubble.
Guidance for commissioners and service providers for those dependent on drugs or alcohol. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December.
Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December.
How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Local tier restrictions apply in England.
Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for those leading a nomadic way of life. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December.
People thinking about going abroad over the festive period should read the following advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
Governance Advice & Updates
Chesterfield – along with the whole of Derbyshire – will be under the highest level of local restrictions when the national lockdown ends on 2 December. Chesterfield Borough Council remains committed to doing all it can to keep essential services running for local people. While some services which are currently closed under national lockdown restrictions will be able to re-open from Wednesday, some changes to services will still be in place.
Thursday, 3 December 2020 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an annual event promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 per cent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with disability. Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities.
This session will hear from three SCC members all working in the field about their work, their views and what they think the future brings for people with disabilities.
They shall also explore what we can all do to show support and solidarity with the protection of rights and services for people with disabilities .
Robert Foster, Associate Trainer at DSC gives us his five top tips for marketing your social organisation.
Chrissie Wright, Associate Trainer at DSC gives tips on managing during a pandemic with some wise words from Debra Allcock Tyler.
The paper, called Civil Action, was published today by the research charity Pro Bono Economics, to mark the start of its Law Family Commission on Civil Society. Third Sector have reported that the commission is a two-year initiative that aims to examine how the potential of civil society can be unleashed in the UK.
The Small Charities Coalition will be running their online training until the 10th December. Take a look here if any interests you.
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