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



Date:  18th May 2020

                             Issue: 39


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:

Asian Association - Request of Online Survey

Bereavement Document from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Derbyshire Mental Health Network Newsletter

News from Derbyshire County Council

Mental Health Awareness Week - 18-24 May 2020

Your Sexual Health Matters - Service Update May 2020

Museum - Things to Do

African Caribbean Community Association - Newsletter & Wellbeing booklet

Transfer Recruitment Open

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire energy advice line

Request of Online Survey

We would like your views on our proposed activities specifically in these difficult times. We are confident that once we receive the funding, we will establish a Meals on Wheels Service to provide fresh and healthy food for elderly population during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic. This service will not be restricted to only the Asian Community but will be open for all local residents living 3 miles radius from Hasland & Grassmoor.

We will be grateful if you could complete a brief survey. It will take approximately 5-7 minutes. The link to the survey is: 

Thank you for your time!

Bereavement Document from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Please find link below around bereavement support for children and young people


To view information please click link below


News from Derbyshire County Council

Mental Health Awareness Week - 18-24 May 2020


Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18 to 24 May 2020, and the theme this year is ‘kindness’.

The Mental Health Foundation have produced a Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 Supporter Pack which includes lots of acts of kindness ideas to inspire you including keeping connected with family and friends and ideas for acts of kindness at home, in the community and at work.

To help you get involved the Mental Health Foundation has also produced a range of free downloadable resources including social media graphics and posters available HERE. They are also encouraging you to share your ideas, stories and (with permission) pictures of kindness using the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Your Sexual Health Matters - Service Update May 2020

To view information please click links below

YSHM Service Update COVID19 May 2020

Message from DCC Public Health May 2020

Museum - Things to Do

The Museum have created a Things to do section on the website, why not have a look to see if you are interested


Wellbeing booklet

We’re looking for current serving officers, or rejoiners, who are wanting to make a move to join us here at Derbyshire Constabulary. Whether that be due to life changes or because they are seeking a different challenge.

We are a force that offers fresh opportunities. We’re focused on ensuring our staff feel valued, safe and rewarded. Development is important to us, and we do everything we can to provide learning opportunities and training so that there can be continued growth within our staff's policing careers, and as individuals.

How to apply

Our ideal candidates would show dedication, have experience and a drive to support a diverse community.

If you know of anybody considering a transfer or rejoining please refer them to our careers website where they will find information on the recruitment process and more information about what we can offer them as a force.


Message Sent By

Rebecca Malpass (Police, Content and Social Media Officer, Media team)

The ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ energy helpline 0800 677 1332, supported by DCC and Derby City council, provides free impartial energy bills/tariffs/efficiency advice through the Covid-19 crisis.

We’d very much like to let people know we’re still available – especially as many will be worrying about higher bills given so many of us are stuck in the house. It’s harder than ever to get through to energy companies, prepay customers will be anxious about going out to top-up, while many more people find themselves on reduced incomes and Universal Credit.

In summary we can :

  1. 3-way phone call negotiations with energy companies and customers
  2. Phone /video-call support & advice as appropriate
  3. Postal delivery – info leaflets, small measures (LED bulbs, insulation tape etc) , thermometers
  4. Crisis fund  - for top ups, warming devices, other costs where people are desperate (some verification by referral agent or other advocate may be required)
  5. Take details for post-Covid referral for loft & cavity-wall insulation etc if wanted
  6. Referral for emergency central heating (ECHO) – getting broken systems fixed/replaced

Call 0800 677 1332

Find us on Facebook: Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Twitter @WarmerDerbys


Please click link below to view flyer

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Flyer

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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