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

 

 
 

Date:  03/10/2020

                             Issue: 146

 

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): advice on accessing green spaces safely

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI, 2 December 2020

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

UK medicines regulator gives approval for first UK COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Winter Plan

How your circumstances affect eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

School governance update

Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people

Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)

Ofsted: phased return to inspections

Governance Advice & Updates

Catalyst Bulletin

New Work Foundation analysis: Downturn in workers' mental and financial wellbeing during Covid-19

Tackling Youth Unemployment - Public Policy Exchange

Government Updates


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. Updated with guidance from 2 December 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-accessing-green-spaces-safely


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only. Updated with guidance from 2 December 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals


Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: advice from the JCVI, 2 December 2020

Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020


NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

Guidance on what to do if you or someone you employ is contacted by NHS Test and Trace, including self-isolation and financial support.
Updated to reflect the end of the national restrictions on 2 December 2020 and the reintroduction of the tiered system.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance


UK medicines regulator gives approval for first UK COVID-19 vaccine

The first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has today been given approval for use following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance


COVID-19 Winter Plan

The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the winter. Easy read version added.

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


How your circumstances affect eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership find examples of how your circumstances can affect your eligibility for the scheme. Update to provide clarity on verifying your eligibility with HMRC after having a new child.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-different-circumstances-affect-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme


School governance update

Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England. Added ‘School governance update: December 2020’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-governance-update


Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Updated to reflect the new local tiered system implemented on 2 December 2020. If your venue can open in the tier it is in, you must continue to follow the guidance on this page. If your venue must close in the tier it is in, you must follow this guidance when you are allowed to reopen.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace


COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people 

Reference-only version of letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Added YouTube link to British Sign Language version.

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


Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) supports businesses that have been severely impacted due to temporary local restrictions. Payment period changed from 28 to 14 days.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-open-businesses


Ofsted: phased return to inspections

Ofsted’s return to inspection in 2021 will happen in phases, with no graded inspections for education or social care providers planned before the summer term.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-phased-return-to-inspections


Governance Advice & Updates


Catalyst Bulletin

Featuring:

  • How to engage leaders with digital
  • SCVO masterclass: making projects run smoothly with sprints
  • A guide to online fundraising platforms
  • Tell us your digital story of 2020
  • And more

https://mailchi.mp/thecatalyst/newsletter-5028354?e=ae3adab44e


New Work Foundation analysis: Downturn in workers' mental and financial wellbeing during Covid-19

This briefing analyses biennial Understanding Society survey data alongside monthly waves conducted over spring and summer 2020, to explore the extent to which falls in income are impacting mental wellbeing.

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/work-foundation/publications/reports/mental-health/


Tackling Youth Unemployment - Public Policy Exchange

Thursday 14th January 2021

Program

  • Analyse the impact of the coronavirus on unemployment trends relating to young people
  • Examine how a furlough schema that will only protect “viable” jobs may disproportionately impact young people
  • Look at how young people will be affected by the economic disruption in the years following the pandemic
  • Engage with the latest policy developments aimed at tackling youth unemployment including the Kickstart scheme and efficacy of institutions like the National Careers Service
  • Understand the effectiveness of apprenticeship and traineeship schemes in the UK, and how they can be improved
  • Develop viable solutions to boost youth employment and create quality jobs with the support of employment services and employer’s organisations
  • Strategise to minimise skills mismatches in the current labour market
  • Understand the importance of vocational training
  • Participate in interactive and constructive discussions with key stakeholders in the field of youth employment
  • Discuss ways to make a smoother transition from the educational to the work environment and bridge the gaps between education providers and employers

If you are unable to open/download the attached registration form, please click here to register online.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

 
     
 
                                       
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