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



Date:  15th May 2020

                             Issue: 38


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 -

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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:

Police Appeal To Visitors To South Derbyshire Beauty Spot To Park Legally and Safety

Coronavirus Update and Advice for Helpline Areas

Transition Chesterfield

First Art Press Release

Tell us about your experience during coronavirus lockdown

Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing

Help for Heroes Charity Mental Health & Wellbeing website

Children's Services information

Children's Activities

Derbyshire Countuy Council - Covid 19 info - Teenagers

Supporting young people's mental health booklet

De-escalation Leaflet for families

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

Adult Community Education News May 2020 edition 3

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We are issuing a plea to those travelling to exercise in a South Derbyshire beauty spot, to make sure they park their cars legally and safely.

The appeal comes after our local Safer Neighbourhood Team have been forced to issue more than 100 Traffic Offence Reports (TOR), that carry a £60 fine, to vehicles parking on a Clearway, near the entrance of Elvaston Park in South Derbyshire. This despite the fact that the beauty spot’s car park is now open and free to use.

PCSO David Marley, from the team, explains: “There is no doubt that Elvaston Castle Country Park is a lovely place to visit. What we would ask though, is that before travelling there to exercise, people consider that they can do so whilst abiding by the new government advice and that when they get there that they park in an area that is both safe and legal.

“This week we have seen an increase in visitors with people parking their cars illegally on the road, close to the entrance to the car park on Borrowash Road. The road in this area has been designated as a ‘Clearway’ and so parking there attracts a £60 fine.

“However, more worryingly this parking is also causing a danger to other road users as it narrows an already narrow road and means that pedestrians are walking on the road to avoid cars parked blocking the footpaths.

“On Wednesday (13 May) the car park at the country park re-opened and is free to use at the moment and yet at one point we had around 40 cars parked illegally, some dangerously, on the road.”

Rule 240 of the Highway Code states that you MUST NOT stop or park on a Clearway.

PCSO Marley, continued: “The message is clear, that although the park is now open, we would urge visitors to use the car park that is also open and free to use, rather than park illegally and attract a fine.”

Message Sent By

Paul Cannon (Media team, Staff, South Division)

Please find our latest advice to help protect your communities from hate incidents.


First Art Press Release 

Tell us about your experiences during coronavirus lockdown

We want to hear about your experiences during the current coronavirus lockdown.

  • How are you doing?
  • What have you, or your group/organisation been doing?
  • How are you taking care of your mental wellbeing?
  • Tell us about any meaningful conversations you’ve had.
  • Has someone made a difference to your life?
  • Do you have any funny stories to share?
  • What are you looking forward to?

Your experiences will contribute to the next issue of our Network newsletter, which is focusing on taking care of our mental health and wellbeing. If you have anything you are happy to share with us please email

New website that has been launched, called

Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing

Help for Heroes Charity Mental Health & Wellbeing website

Children's Services information

Support for young people who are misusing substances or are effected by those who do in the current climate. Please see the links below to Space4U and CGL who are still offering support and advice at this current time.

All these services are local in Derbyshire and have been updated in line with the current COVID 19 situation.

Children's Activities

Please find below useful websites

To view information please click link below: 

Supporting young people's mental health booklet

To view information please click link below


De-escalation Leaflet for families

To view information please click link below


Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

To view information please click link below



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Chesterfield Equality and Diversity Forum - date for your diary

Although we do not know for sure when we will next be able to meet in person, we wanted to get a potential date in the diary for our next meeting, which we hope to hold on Wednesday 26th August at 10am. We hope to be able to meet at the town hall, however, we will make arrangements for online participation if this is necessary.

We are also hoping to continue with our events and activities this year, although we might have to adjust them slightly.  We are assuming that this is likely to mean having three events/activities this year, rather than the four we had originally planned.  We are currently also researching opportunities for potential online activities too, and also any emerging equalities related community issues/trends. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.

We will be in touch again soon when we have more news.

Katy Marshall

Chesterfield Borough Council

Policy Officer

(01246 959645)


Message below from Sue Mcdonald – Career Coach – Derbyshire County Council

I just wanted to let you all know that my contract was terminated on the 1st of May and today is my last day as I have leave to take. 

I just wanted to say it’s been great working with you all and thank you for your support, I’m just sad that I am leaving and can’t say goodbye to any one in person. 

Take care and keep well.

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