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



Date:  13th May 2020

                             Issue: 36


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 will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: Mobile: 07889 726846.
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

Help Needed in Chesterfield 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.

Link to survey here -

Directory of national and local support, advice and guidance

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 -

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.’


Included in this bulletin:

Derbyshire County Council - Recycling centres to open for waste that cannot be stored safely at home

Derbyshire County Council - Chatsworth shows Derbyshire Spirit to help NHS Staff

Think Wellbeing!

Free counselling at Relate Chesterfield and North Derbyshire

3 Fantastic Free Fundraising Sessions with Beth Crackles

Active at Home - Support to Schools

Insight Healthcare - Talking Therapies

Chesterfield Employment Support Provision

Weekly Vacancy Sheet

Reuben's Retreat

Warm and Safe Homes Advice - Offer from National Energy Action

Banks during Covid 19

Shopping information

Shopping Advice for Volunteers during Covid-19

Any Other Business

Our household waste recycling centres will reopen with restrictions in place from Monday 18 May – but residents are only advised to visit them if they have waste they cannot store safely at home

Recycling centres to open for waste that cannot be stored safely at home

We’ve teamed up with Chatsworth Estate to offer free accommodation to frontline NHS staff to support them in their roles and help them isolate from vulnerable family.

Chatsworth shows Derbyshire Spirit to help NHS staff

Think Wellbeing!

Please click link below to see the information, which you may find of interest for your own Wellbeing or useful in supporting others

Think Wellbeing Tips for you & others COVID-19

Free counselling at Relate Chesterfield and North Derbyshire

People can book free sessions by calling 07384762877 or 07401343817 or e-mailing At the moment we can offer free or subsidised counselling to:


  • Young people aged 11-18 years old
  • Individuals with anxiety or depression
  • Couples where one person has anxiety or depression
  • Individual/Couples aged 70+
  • Individual/Couples with underlying health conditions
  • Civil Servants, Chartered Accountants, Bank employees (and families of all of these categories)
  • Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Marines (serving or veterans and family members)

There have never been more ways to access our service for free and we can currently see people within 1-2 days of their initial call.  We just need to get the word out so people can start benefiting from this service.

If you can help us to let local people know we can help, we would be so grateful.

Community Chesterfield presents

Three free fundraising-themed courses for the Chesterfield

community and voluntary sector from Beth Crackles,

Independent Fundraising Consultant 

Wednesday 10th June  9.00am-12.00pm

Tuesday 23rd June  9.00am-12.00pm

Tuesday 14th July  9.00am-12.00pm

Booking Essential

These are interactive Zoom session led by Beth Crackles of Cracking Charity Support.   Participants can sign up to any or all of the sessions while places remain, with a maximum of two participants per organisation please.

Session one:  Corporate Partnerships for Social Change

Wednesday 10th June 9.00am– 12.00pm

Looking for money from business? Beth would argue that's the wrong way to approach corporate partnerships. Come along to this half-day session to start thinking about what your charity's proposition for businesses could be - with your organisation's purpose and values at the fore - how to identify and develop relationships with businesses and collaborate to achieve social change.

Individual feedback is available for work submitted within 7 days.

Session two: Developing Your Case for Support

Tuesday 23rd June 9.00am – 12.00pm

If you find yourself reinventing the wheel and writing similar but different information for high value funding proposals over and over again, this is the session for you!  A traditional two-page Case for Support isn't much use when you need detailed service/programme information, which is why Beth works with organisations to create Case for Support Toolkits. In this practical session, you'll have time to think about: your purpose and the difference that you make, and what your elevator pitch could be.  You'll then start putting together a detailed toolkit comprising a compelling and consistent narrative for your organisation - and all the fiddly bits that high value funders ask for too!

Individual Feedback is available for work submitted within 7 days.

Session three: Funding Strategy and Income Diversification

Tuesday 14th July 9.00am – 12.00pm

This course will give participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to: analyse their own funding, think about where to diversify and how to approach it, and start to write a funding strategy. We'll use key strategic tools, a funding strategy template (that you'll adapt and tailor) and have lots of chat so that we make the most of the experience of everyone in the “room” and people can turn their thinking into real outcomes.This is an interactive course led by Beth Crackles of Cracking Charity Support.

After you have booked on, you will receive links to two pre-recorded webinars covering the first half of the Funding Strategy & Diversification training. These will arrive by the 29th May.

As part of the second of these webinars there will be exercises to complete and send back to the trainer, Beth. These need to be returned to her by the 26th June.Space You will then receive individual feedback from these exercises, prior to the live session.

On the 14th July 9.00 – 12.00 there will be a live 2.5-3hr interactive session for the second half of the training.

Individual Feedback is available for work submitted within 7 days.

Beth Crackles’ Biography

After 10 years working in the voluntary sector for regional and national charities, in 2017 I began working with charities on a freelance basis, providing specialist strategy and funding support. I was previously Head of Development at Toynbee Hall, responsible for all voluntary income including a large capital appeal and securing the organisation’s first six-figure gifts from corporates and major donors. I have previously worked for NCVO, Friends of the Earth and RNIB, and provided consultancy support to arts, health and social organisations. I have also been a charity trustee.

Clients over the past couple of years include The Stroke Association, Artis Foundation, Spitalfields City Farm and Kensington & Chelsea Social Council. I develop and deliver fundraising training: both my own and that which I deliver on behalf of NCVO (to the grantees of the Premier League Charitable Fund) and Community Chesterfield.

I hold an MSc (Distinction) in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School, the IoF’s Certificate in Fundraising and the CIM’s Diploma in Communications, Advertising and Marketing. I am a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention Board, helping to organise the 2020 National Convention. In 2018 I launched my podcast, Cracking Charity Chat. Please see my website for testimonials:

Places are limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment, and we ask that you book a maximum of two people per organisation.

The Zoom link and password will be sent out before the event - please use the link on the online event confirmation and also scroll down to the bottom of your booking confirmation email to see the Zoom link and password.

Active at Home - Support to Schools

The link below provides more details, but in short the programme provides weekly activities targeted at schools to help parents and carers keep young people active whilst at home.

Insight Healthcare - Talking Therapies

Insight Healthcare is free and confidential service commissioned by the NHS to provide talking therapies to those who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health issues.  This includes common issues such as low mood, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, trauma and or bereavement.  We offer a range of therapies, advice and support to help people understand, work through their feelings and develop strategies for coping better. We are available to anyone over the age of 18 years (16 years in Derbyshire).

Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, It is crucial that during this time of uncertainty, people are still able to access talking therapies to support them with any issues they are experiencing around their mental health, especially those who are key workers and being impacted by COVID-19 on a daily basis. 

Currently we are unable to offer any face-to-face support, however we are able to provide therapy via telephone, skype and online to you, your families, friends, colleagues and clients/patients.

To self-refer to Insight Healthcare:

1.Call 0300 555 5582 and leave a message stating they wish to make a referral – someone will call back to book an assessment.  If risk is disclosed, we can have a practitioner call back the same day to assess.

2. Complete an online referral at

3. Send an email with your name and contact details to:

Our current estimated waits for therapy are as follows:


CBT -  4 weeks

Counselling - 4 weeks

Mid Notts:

CBT  - 3 Weeks

Counselling - 5 Weeks

Greater Notts

CBT – 2 Weeks

Counselling  -  7 Weeks

Please feel free to circulate this email to ensure that anyone who needs support at this time – help us to let people know that support is there, should they need it, and provide them with details of how to access it.

If you require any referral packs, leaflets, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you use Social media and would like us to forward you some content to share with your followers, please let me know.  We would also appreciate your support to share information about our service via your website, e-bulletins and newsletters – if you need us to provide content, please do not hesitate to contact:


Tracie Swinson

Administration Manager

Insight Healthcare

Tel: 0300 555 5580


Chesterfield Employment Support Provision

Please click link below to a summary of all (most of) the employment support available in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Provision and Contacts

Weekly Vacancy Sheet

Please see a weekly bulletin from the job centre. It details available jobs and support.

Reuben's Retreat

Reuben's Retreat provides emotional and practical support to families and individuals for as long as needed.

Whilst working remotely, their team will be supporting 143 beneficiary families.

Warm and Safe Homes Advice

National Energy Action is the leading fuel poverty and energy efficiency charity with a free support service providing advice to vulnerable householders living in England on their energy bills and keeping warm and safe in their home.

What is on offer

  • Telephone/online support for householders and case workers
  • Supported e-learning for frontline staff

They can help you with

  • Warm Home Discount and Priority Service Register information
  • Support with gas and electricity accounts including fuel debt
  • Switching suppliers
  • Energy efficiency
  • Trust fund applications
  • Water rates
  • Benefits advice and income maximisation
  • Information for frontline workers on current advice agency and fuel supplier support for customers in relation to Covid-19

Or email or call  0800 304 7159

Banks during Covid 19

Thanks to High Peak CVS for this information.

Please click link below to view bank information

Banks during Covid 19

Shopping Information

Thanks to High Peak CVS for this information.

Shopping Advice for individuals during Covid-19

Whilst some of this may be useful for residents in Chesterfield & North East some may only be relevant for High Peak residents, for instance local shops.

There is a list of local shops for our area on the Directory of national and local support, advice and guidance

This is the link  

Shopping Advice for Volunteers during Covid-19

Thanks to High Peak CVS for this information.

Shopping Advice for Volunteers during Covid-19

Any other Business

Links are continuing to provide bulletins to keep you up to date with issues locally and nationally.

We have been very pleased to receive positive feedback from various sources and thank you all for your support

Finding your bulletins incredibly helpful at this time and pleased to say we have had some funding success through some of the links that you have shared.  We have had 2 funding successes in the last week meaning we can offer anyone aged 70+ or with underlying health conditions living in our area free counselling via telephone or webcam without any waiting list. 

From Amy Harris at Relate

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Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

Company Limited by Guarantee No.4294079 / Registered Charity No.1089963
Tel 01246 274844