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



Date:  14th May 2020

                             Issue: 37


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:

Voyage of Discovery

Derbyshire Carers Association

Changes to DFRS Telephone befriending service

Amazing range of free training available to all!

Supporting young people to be active

Help with utility bills and council tax 

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy and Well

Get Started in Health and Social Care

Meal Planning

Family Activities to do at home - Chesterfield Theatres

Arts Derbyshire News

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - appointed voluntary sector governor

Mental Health Together Survey & Meaningful May

Communnity Update Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Junction Arts are thrilled to launch a brand new project called Voyage of Discovery. Children and young people everywhere can enjoy learning by doing their Discover Arts Award.

By taking part they will have fun being creative, researching an artist and sharing their discoveries with others. The log book or worksheet for younger children, can be downloaded from the Junction Arts website, or it can be posted out if you haven’t got a printer at home.

Junction Arts will be on hand to offer any support and advice to help everyone succeed and once the award has been completed, they will receive an certificate from Trinity College, London!

This really is a great way for children to express themselves and at the same time, receive official recognition for their hard work. Here is the link to the Voyage of Discovery on the Junction Arts website

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service set up a temporary telephone befriending service soon after lockdown measures were imposed. This was initially open to individuals known to us through our own community work and was then opened out to other agencies and professionals. The service aims to help vulnerable people through the imposed period of isolation/shielding. You may have already been referring service users to us.

A number of statutory and community/voluntary sector organisations have been working extremely hard over the past few weeks to put support services in place ranging from food parcels to dog walking. Now that these support services, referral pathways and recording mechanisms are in place across the board, work is being done to streamline services to avoid duplication and multiple referral pathways. To this end we have been asked to take referrals directly from the both the Derby City Covid Community Response Hub and the Derbyshire County Council Community Response Unit. This means DFRS will no longer accept direct referrals via the phone or via the  email address.

The contact details for both City and County services are given below. They will then contact the individual you have referred to offer them a holistic range of support services, including befriending calls, and they will be referred to us from the local VCS lead. (In most cases this will be the local CVS/Community Action.)

Getting help

Anyone on the Shielded list and who has registered with the Government for help is contacted directly by the Hubs to discuss what help they may need.

An individual can register for help with the Hub themselves or a relative, friend, professional can register a vulnerable person on their behalf.

Derby Covid Community Response Hub

Tel: 01332 640000


Open: 9.00am to 6pm – everyday

Derbyshire Community Response Unit

Register using our Online registration form

Or Tel: 01629 535091

Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm/Saturday 9am to 1pm

This will also support our exit strategy as some of our volunteers resume their full time roles and may be less able to make these befriending calls. The central hubs can then re-allocate the calls to CVS’s and other befriending services, which operated before Covid 19 lockdown and will continue to do so after things return to some level normality.

We sincerely hope this does not cause any inconvenience, and you can appreciate that in the long term this is the best way forward.

Kind regards

Pam Thindal, Partnership, Funding & Marketing Officer, Prevention & Inclusion, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

Community Chesterfield have information about an amazing range of free training available to all which you can find on their website: Their website includes information about their own upcoming training in May and June.

Community Chesterfield are doing their best to keep it regularly refreshed and hope it will continue to be useful

The School Games Organiser Network and Active Derbyshire are working together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to help schools to support parents and carers to maintain an active routine for children and young people whilst at home.

Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. This weekly resource will give ideas on how to be physically active with a different sport theme for 30 minutes each day.

Ideas on how to achieve the remaining 30 minutes can be found HERE.

Help with utility bills and council tax

In these uncertain times paying bills can be a worry for many. Below is information about where you can get help & advice.

Council Tax

The following link is to Chesterfield Borough Council where you can get advice about Council Tax. 

The following link is to North East Derbyshire District Council where you can get advice about Council Tax 

Utility Bills  


Derbyshire County Council - Healthy and Well

As of Wednesday May 13th the government has brought in new guidance around exercise.

You can now:

  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish but still follow social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as tennis or basketball courts or a golf course with members of your household, or with one other person while staying two metres apart

You can not:

  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre
  • play contact sports such as football or rugby
  • go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground

For the latest guidance on what you can and can't do, visit the Government's website here.

This amazing opportunity is available to anyone aged 16 – 30 that lives in East Midlands. This Get Started in Health and Social Care programme is designed to support work-ready young people looking to excel and develop new skills and learn about employability skills for live vacancies within the East Midlands. A knowledge or prior experience of health and social care is not essential and the course welcomes any young people interested in both clinical and non-clinical roles within Health and Social Care.

Eligibility: Aged 16-30? I NOT in Education, Employment or Training

Programme:         Tuesday 26th May – Thursday 28th May 2020

Location:              Microsoft Teams

Taster Session:   Thursday 21st May 2020

  • A 3 day programme to learn about the values, skills, and attitudes required for a job in health and social care.
  • An introduction to life in health and social care, including possible roles and responsibilities
  • CV support and interview advice
  • A speed interview for live vacancies
  • Up to 6 months of mentoring support if wanted
  • LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE | To join the course or find out more call for Free on 07940 284 192 or 0116 2550400

Meal Planning

Below are some useful information for families who might need a bit of inspiration and help planning meals.

Family Meal Planner - Issue 1

5 Day Lunch Planner - Issue 2

Fact File - Cooking Know How

Family Activities to do at home - Chesterfield Theatres

Please click link below to family activities to do at home.!.aspx#.Xr0VhmhKg2w

Arts Derbyshire News

Please click link below to view items from Arts Derbyshire

Arts Derbyshire News

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - appointed voluntary sector governor

As some of you may be aware, after many years of service to the voluntary sector, Roger Kerry is retiring at the beginning of June. For over two years, Roger has been the appointed voluntary sector governor for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, along with his colleague Angela Kerry (Derbyshire Mental Health Forum).

Roger will no longer be continuing as a governor after his retirement. With this in mind, we would like to put forward Rachel Bounds, Mental Health Liaison Service Lead at Derbyshire Voluntary Action, to continue in his place.

We hope you support this decision, if you have any comments about this please get these to us by close of business on Friday 28th May.

Message from Mental Health Together

We'd like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has already completed our survey to gather feedback around the changes to mental health support in Derby and Derbyshire during the COVID-19 pandemic (either online or over the phone with Aileen).

We have received 93 responses to date, all giving us important feedback to highlight where improvements can be made as well as identifying some positive changes that people would like to retain in the future.

If you've not yet had the chance to complete the survey or share it with people you think would like to have a say, it's not too late. Simply click on the link below to give us your feedback:

Alternatively, our involvement officer, Aileen Power, has been talking to people over the phone regarding the mental health support they are/aren't currently receiving.  If you or someone you know would prefer to talk to Aileen rather than complete the survey online, please give her a call on: 07704 005303 (Tuesday-Friday) or email

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Action for Happiness create monthly calendars packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.

This Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 to help us respond to this global crisis with a sense of purpose and meaning.

You can sign up to receive monthly calendars and there are also other language versions available too:

Community Update Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

This information is for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire.

However you may find useful information if you live in Chesterfield.

Community Update - Bolsover & NED

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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