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

 

 
 

Date:  02/12/2020

                             Issue: 145

 

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

UK authorises Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Guidance for the Christmas period

Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family

Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic

COVID-19 Winter Plan

COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Visiting arrangements in care homes

Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Coronavirus: driving tests

Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

Care home residents to be reunited with families by Christmas

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social care plans from September 2020

Making a childcare bubble with another household

Making a support bubble with another household

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers

COVID-19: guidance for those leading a nomadic way of life

Festive travel tips for people considering overseas travel

Governance Advice & Updates

Chesterfield Borough Council - Tier 3 Services Affected

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Meet-Up

NCVO news and resources for charities

Top five marketing tips for social organisations

Leadership during the pandemic: managing with care

Voluntary sector undervalued by £160bn, report concludes

ACAS e-Connect Newsletter

SCC December Monthly Training Bulletin

Government Updates


UK authorises Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Government authorises first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of medicines regulator

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


Guidance for the Christmas period

Guidance for the Christmas period.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-the-christmas-period


Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family

Meeting friends and family over the Christmas period – forming a Christmas Bubble. Update to guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family


Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-warns-of-risk-to-children-out-of-sight-during-pandemic


COVID-19 Winter Plan

The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the winter. Summary translations and large print versions added

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan


COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july


Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for providers of supported living settings. Added easy read version of the guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supported-living-services-during-coronavirus-covid-19


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. 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).

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


Visiting arrangements in care homes

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus


Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Sets out how care homes can support residents of working age on visits outside of the care home.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/arrangements-for-visiting-out-of-the-care-home


Coronavirus: driving tests

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-driving-tests-and-theory-tests


Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers

This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-grassroots-sports-guidance-for-the-public-and-sport-providers


Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-grassroots-sports-guidance-for-safe-provision-including-team-sport-contact-combat-sport-and-organised-sport-events


Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-homecare-workers


Care home residents to be reunited with families by Christmas

New guidance will safely allow indoor visits to care homes across England as the country moves back into tiered restrictions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/care-home-residents-to-be-reunited-with-families-by-christmas


COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

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


Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus


Social care plans from September 2020

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).

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/social-care-plans-from-september-2020


Making a childcare bubble with another household

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-childcare-bubble-with-another-household


Making a support bubble with another household

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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household


COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

Guidance for commissioners and service providers for those dependent on drugs or alcohol. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-commissioners-and-providers-of-services-for-people-who-use-drugs-or-alcohol


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. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December. 

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


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers

How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Local tier restrictions apply in England.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers


COVID-19: guidance for those leading a nomadic way of life

Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for those leading a nomadic way of life. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-those-leading-a-nomadic-way-of-life


Festive travel tips for people considering overseas travel

People thinking about going abroad over the festive period should read the following advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/festive-travel-tips-for-people-considering-overseas-travel


Governance Advice & Updates


Chesterfield Borough Council - Tier 3 Services Affected

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.

https://www.chesterfield.gov.uk/tier-3-services-affected


International Day of Persons with Disabilities Meet-Up

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 .

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-meet-up-tickets-130677007447


NCVO news and resources for charities

Featuring:

  • The next chapter for NCVO 
  • Latest updates to our coronavirus guidance
  • Second wave of results from UK’s largest study of voluntary organisations published
  • Spending review 2020
  • New eLearning course on the roles and duties of trustees
  • And more

http://links.ncvo.org.uk/m/1/37861233/p1-b20332-f9afdcc6a64749c781f78573c73ce51c/2/316/a4ced56a-2a8d-4116-a1a1-a52006057060


Top five marketing tips for social organisations

Robert Foster, Associate Trainer at DSC gives us his five top tips for marketing your social organisation.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/top-five-marketing-tips-for-social-organisations/


Leadership during the pandemic: managing with care

Chrissie Wright, Associate Trainer at DSC gives tips on managing during a pandemic with some wise words from Debra Allcock Tyler.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/leadership-during-a-pandemic/


Voluntary sector undervalued by £160bn, report concludes

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.

https://www.probonoeconomics.com/Handlers/Download.ashx


ACAS e-Connect Newsletter

Featuring:

  • Checking holiday entitlement 
  • Managing absence at work - Acas training for employers
  • Flexible working policy template
  • Working from home
  • Signposting mental health in the workplace
  • And more

SCC December Monthly Training Bulletin

The Small Charities Coalition will be running their online training until the 10th December.  Take a look here if any interests you.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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