Date:  7th December 2020

                             Issue: 178

 

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

We will keep you updated as we receive more information.


 

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.’


PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR SERVICE

 

BULLETIN NOTICE

Tomorrow we will be hosting our AGM & the Vulnerability Fund workshop.  This means there will not be any bulletins tomorrow.  However we will be back to normal on Wednesday.

Included in this bulletin:

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire

Freelance Publicity & Social Media Marketing Opportunity

Asian Association

Business Support Chester's Toy Appeal

Improve Your Cyber Security By Taking Six Actions

News from Derbyshire County Council

Children & Young People Now News

Deaf Initely Women

Tech Buddies Scheme

Virtual Santa Experience

Chesterfield Museum - Memory Boxes

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. This is the link to the results so far.

If you have a venue that you would like to be included, please complete survey below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RXZ9NWS

The Zoom link for the talk:

Asian Association of Chesterfield is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Covid and Us

Time: Dec 10, 2020 02:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87984125600

Meeting ID: 879 8412 5600

Businesses Support Chester's Toy Appeal

Chesterfield Spireites Trust have launched a toy appeal.  They are looking for donations of toys but also need to know if you know of anyone who is struggling this Christmas who would really appreciate a toy for their child.  Share and pass onto anyone you know please.

Contact details for the project - Bridget Ball BridgetBall@chesterfield-fc.co.uk

Press Release

Due to coronavirus, more people will be doing their festive shopping online this year.

This means more opportunities for hackers to carry out cyber attacks. They often do this by targeting people and businesses using:

* email and website scams

* malware - software that can damage your device or let a hacker in

* If hackers get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your business.

You can improve your cyber security by taking six actions:

1 - Use a strong and separate password for your email

If a hacker gets into your email, they could:

* reset your other account passwords

* access information you have saved about yourself or your business

* Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.

 

2 - Create strong passwords using 3 random words

When you use different passwords for your important accounts, it can be hard to remember them all.

A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words.

Do not use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”

 

3 - Save your passwords in your browser

Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.

This can help:

* make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords

* protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites

It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.

 

4 - Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication (2FA) helps to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

 

5 - Update your devices

Out-of-date software, apps, and operating systems contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack.

Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.

 

6 - Back up your data

Backing up means creating a copy of your information and saving it to another device or to cloud storage (online).

Backing up regularly means you will always have a recent version of your information saved. This will help you recover quicker if your data is lost or stolen.

 

For more information, and step-by-step instructions, please visit cyberaware.gov.uk  

 

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News from Derbyshire County Council


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Children & Young People News

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Youth Justice News from Children & Young People Now brings you the top stories from youth offending teams and others in the youth justice sector.

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Tech Buddies Scheme

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service are launching their new ‘Tech Buddies’ project!

The project aims to pair those who are too anxious or maybe unable to use technology and as a result are becoming digitally excluded from staying connected with friends / family / support network with a dedicated volunteer who can provide support to learn these skills. 

They are rolling the scheme out in 2 phases. Phase 1 is to recruit volunteers who are confident using technology (zoom/facebook/teams etc.) so that they have a bank of individuals trained and ready to pair up when they roll out Phase 2, which will be when they start receiving referrals into this scheme. 

If you know of someone who may be interested in BECOMING a volunteer for this project please get in touch with ellie.scott@rethink.org

Download the Tech Buddy Information Sheet HERE

Download the Tech Buddy Volunteer Application Form HERE

Chesterfield Museum - Memory Boxes

Memories are so important to who we are and our memory boxes are a wonderful way of reminding people about their past.

Chesterfield Museum realise how important objects are in helping people rekindle their memories and talk about their life, especially people who are living with dementia.

Unfortunately the Museum can't currently hire out their memory boxes, but they have made a series of short videos which showcase the different boxes they have and which can hopefully inspire lots of discussion and reminiscing.

Click on the link below to watch the videos…

Going Shopping

Our Working Life

Dressed to Impress

Swinging Sixties

Holidays

In the Kitchen

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link https://forms.gle/VuwaNGSVf2ScZqRj9 or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

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If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor https://bit.ly/2L93LAH   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

www.mea.org.uk

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