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



Date:  19th May 2020

                             Issue: 40


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:

NHS Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing Toolkit

Derbyshire County Council - Woodland festival and countryside events cancelled

Derbyshire Voluntary Action - Here for you and open for business

Support Bereaved Children During The Outbreak of Covid-19

A 5 minute video on practical steps for dealing with emotional impact of Covid-19

Meaningful May - Action for Happiness

Derbyshire County Council - Emotional Health and Wellbeing Webpage

Joined up Care Derbyshire Public-Facing Wellbeing Webpage

Derbyshire Mental Health Support Line

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service Helpline

Talking Therapies

Vita Minds

Mental Health Together Survey

Reminder: Online Meeting for Climate Change-focused Community Groups tomorrow

NHS Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing toolkit

Emotional health and mental wellbeing affect all aspects of our lives and health choices. Mental wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well, as individuals and as communities. It is also about our ability to cope with life’s challenges and making the most of life’s opportunities.

The toolkit has been designed collaboratively by professionals who work across Derby & Derbyshire to help plan and deliver care & support for people who are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or just want to feel happier.

The toolkit is designed for professionals, members of the public, children and young people who wish to access local services or just require further information on the services that are available to them.

Click HERE to visit the NHS Derby & Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing toolkit website

We have cancelled Derbyshire Woodland Festival, due to take place on 19 and 20 September at Elvaston Castle Country Park, along with many other events planned for our countryside sites.

Woodland festival and countryside events cancelled


View the PDF of our review so far here:

Derbyshire Voluntary Action - Here for you and open for business

Visit our new website here:

View the Chesterfield COVID-19 Support Directory here:

Find our about the grants we have on offer here:

Support Bereaved Children During The Outbreak of Covid-19

The outbreak of Covid-19 means that many aspects of our lives have changed. School is closed for most, lots of families are working from home, and we are all having to spend more time apart. The news is full of talk of the virus and the effect it is having.

Many children and young people will have questions and worries about the virus, but those who have experienced the death of someone important or who have an ill family member might be particularly worried.

This paper has been created to provide information to help professionals feel more informed about how best to support children, young people and their families with bereavement.

To view this paper please click link below


A 5 minute video on practical steps for dealing with the emotional impact of Covid-19

To view video please click link 

Meaningful May - Action for Happiness

Meaningful May - Action for Happiness' new Meaningful May calendar. Small and meaningful gestures and activities you can do to look after yourself and those around you. 

‘Remember, it's okay to feel whatever you are feeling right now, whether that's just focusing on making it through each day, making time for self-care, tackling something you've been meaning to get round to for ages, or trying out something new.’ 

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can" Arthur Ashe.

Derbyshire County Council Emotional health and wellbeing webpage - includes information on websites, support lines, videos, and apps with some great tips to help you to look after your emotional health during the coronavirus outbreak information    

Joined up Care Derbyshire public-facing wellbeing webpage, with information on ways to boost your wellbeing at this time 

The Derbyshire Mental Health Support Line - for anyone, of any age, experiencing more distress at this time. Call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week. For more details visit

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service helpline provides emotional support, reassurance, a listening ear & signposting. Helpline No: 01773 734989, Monday to Friday 09.00 - 17.00. Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service website.

Talking Therapies

Talking therapies can provide free and evidence-based support for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, mixed depression and anxiety and a range of other conditions. 

All the Talking Therapy services (IAPT Services) can help you to manage depression, low mood, stress or panic, click this link to find out more about all the local service

Vita Minds is a new IAPT service. People can refer themselves by calling 0333 0153 496 or by the self-referral form HERE.

Mental Health Together Survey 

MHT have put together an online survey to help gather feedback.  Please do give MHT the benefit of your experience and pass on the survey to anyone who might want to respond: 

Reminder: Online Meeting for Climate Change-focused Community Groups tomorrow

Wednesday 20th May, 7pm-8pm (log on from 6:45pm if you’re new to Zoom and would like some help with understanding how it works)

Log on via this link:

Meeting ID: 837 4197 1389

Organised by Community Climate Action Network/Marches Energy Agency

This will be:

  • A follow up on our meeting last month
  • An informal opportunity to ‘meet’ with people from other climate change-focused community groups in the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire/Derby/Derbyshire area.
  • A chance to hear about what other community groups are doing
  • An opportunity to talk about what support you might want from the Community Climate Action Network in the next few months (while life is very different to normal) and in the future. This could be more Zoom meetings, more content on our website or something else.
  • A chance to meet the new project lead - Peter Burgess - Allen. Peter will now be running our work in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, especially with the Local Authority Energy Partnership and community groups.

There was a strong sense that many of you would like to be in better communication with similar groups in the region and with your local MPs.  We are planning ways in which we can support your communications with local MPs and make sure your concerns are being raised with relevant policy makers in your region. We’ll let you know about that soon!

In the meantime, we are aiming to run Zoom meetings regularly to give community groups a chance to informally meet and share ideas. Our next Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday 20th May from 7pm till 8pm. This will also be an opportunity to let us know what support you would like from us. 

As an example of the kind of support we might offer, we organised a Zoom conference on the topic of Community-led Sustainable Transport back in June 2018. You can see a recording of it here. There is the potential for us to run this kind of event again (with different topics) if groups feel it would be of use in this time.

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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