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



Date:  21st May 2020

                             Issue: 42


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 & North East Derbyshire 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 & North East Derbyshire.

Link to survey here -

Chesterfield COVID-19 support directory

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 - Free support offered for workers, employers and students

Derbyshire County Council - Mental Health Awareness Week special edition

Derbyshire Carers Association Update & Services

P3 Job Opportunity

Festivity News

Arts Derbyshire News

Our careers coaches are giving free help to groups who have been affected by the current situation.

Free support offered for workers, employers and students

Derbyshire County Council - Mental Health Awareness Week special edition

It's Mental Health Awareness week and this year the theme is kindness.

Coronavirus is testing us all and it’s normal to feel stressed, upset or even angry at the moment.

But looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing is vital during these uncertain times.

We’re all doing our best, but sometimes it’s ok to not be ok.

However there’s plenty of help and advice out there, from telephone helplines to online courses, easy every day wellbeing ideas to simple meditation and breathing exercises.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone support line for Derbyshire residents experiencing increased distress or anxiety.

It's staffed by mental health professionals and you can call 0300 790 0596 between 9am – midnight daily.

The NHS has a national mental health support campaign running called Every Mind Matters.

You can find advice and help, including a free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, online at

You can find also find lots of support information online at Derbyshire County Council at

Online help for mental health

You may be worried about your health, the health of your loved ones, concerned about money or feeling stressed at home.

The good news is that there are lots of things that we can all do to look after our emotional health, even at this time.

Most of the ideas don't cost anything and we can start many of them right now.

We've collected together a list of websites, support lines, videos, and apps with some great tips to help you to look after your emotional health.

Find lots of ideas for keeping your mental health in good shape online here.

Derbyshire Helpline

Mental health support is now available to Derbyshire residents of all ages through a new mental health support line thanks to Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week.

The mental health support line is for Derbyshire people of all ages who are experiencing increased mental health needs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This includes:

  • People who are currently supported by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with their ongoing mental health needs
  • The carers of those currently being supported by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Other Derbyshire residents who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety at this time.



Kindness is the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness week and this means to yourself as well as others.

You can get lots of inspiration and ideas on how to be kind on our Derbyshire Spirit website here.

We're gathering together stories of the amazing work that Derbyshire residents are doing during these difficult times.

If you've got a story to share then drop us an email at


New mental health support website

A new website has launched that aims to bring together lots of local and national support and advice around emotional health and wellbeing.

Visit the new Derby and Derbyshire Emotional health and wellbeing website here.

Derbyshire Carers Association Update & Services

Derbyshire Carers Association have received comments from Young Carers and their family’s. Please see comments below:


‘Huge thank you for the gift pack’

‘We’ve been using them for family games. Great fun’

‘She (YC) was so excited to get it’

‘I just got the anti-stress pack from you. I LOVE IT! The ball most of all. Coincidentally, it arrived just as I finished my SATs. What excellent timing!’

‘Thank you she (YC) loves it’

‘Thank you for the parcel. I’ve shared it with my twin and will be using the things for my school work.’

‘Thank you for the pack. I really enjoyed it and it was nice to have something through the post to look forward to.’

‘We’ve really enjoyed the pack. I enjoyed the activity books, can we have more word searches and crosswords next time?’

‘I loved the play dough. I like making things with it and it’s good because if it goes wrong I can start again and make it better.’



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P3 Charity Job Opportunity

News from some of our festivals below

There is an open discussion on Friday with the Creative Festivals Partnership about how to adapt to the crisis; you can register here -

Arts Derbyshire News

Here are your news items for this week:

Fleet Arts is launching a stop frame animation project, Moooovie; see poster


  • The National Portrait Gallery is inviting submissions to its Hold Still community project, to create a unique photographic portrait of the crisis -

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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