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



Date:  22nd May 2020

                             Issue: 43



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:

COVID-19 Book: Share Your Story - submit your photos, art, poems and short stories

Respect Our Local Communities Say Derbyshire Leaders

Information about celebrating EID

Future Housing Group - supporting tenants throughout the Covid-19 crisis

Healthwatch Derbyshire Service During Covid-19

Explore Chesterfield Museum from home

Child Safety Week 1-7 June 2020

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is to publish a book documenting the Covid-19 Pandemic as seen through the eyes of Chesterfield, North East and Bolsover residents…but we really need your help in doing this.

  • Do you have interesting photos of bad haircuts, VE Day celebrations, volunteer’s delivering food parcels, deserted streets and queues outside supermarkets?
  • Have you kept a diary during this time or have you expressed yourself in a short story or poem?
  • Have you or your children created rainbows for your windows or a scarecrow in your garden?
  • Maybe you now feel inspired to create something?

Submissions will be welcomed from amateur and professional artists, poets, photographers, creative writers, crafters, whether you are the young, the elderly, volunteers, survivors of Covid-19 or the bereaved…everyone has their own unique story that deserves to be told and preserved for future generations. This book aims to unite us through a common goal, celebrating how we rose to an unprecedented challenge and showed that community spirit is alive and kicking.

Allow your creativity to record your experience and consider the ways you’ve dealt with the changes, the ups and the downs, the feelings of isolation and loneliness and let’s not forget the heart-warming stories, the acts of kindness towards strangers and elements of lockdown we may not want to lose!

With your permission the work you submit will be featured in the Covid-19 book, our Network magazine, Derbyshire Voluntary Action website’s COVID 19 page, social media platforms and when it is safe to do so, an event for us all to meet and view the array of submissions.

Please send your submissions to

As Derbyshire leaders we are joining together to ask visitors to respect local communities this coming bank holiday weekend and to consider if they could come later in the year instead. 

Many local people were left feeling vulnerable and at risk following large numbers visiting the Peak District and other parts of Derbyshire last weekend.

Our message is clear – please respect our communities and please put off your visit until later in the year when Derbyshire will be fully open for business and will be able to welcome you properly. 

If visitors are coming to Derbyshire to exercise, then they need to be aware that public toilets are still expected to be closed and - like the rest of the country - pubs, restaurants and cafes are also closed.

Visitors need to use some common sense, particularly when in areas where social distancing can be difficult.

In many parts of Derbyshire, particularly rural villages, social distancing is difficult with large numbers of visitors. Matlock Bath was one village reporting large numbers of visitors last weekend, making social distancing extremely difficult.

In some parts of the county car parking is limited. Areas around Ladybower reservoir have very limited parking as the roads closest are mainly clearways which mean no stopping at all, and the local visitors centre and car park run by Severn Trent won’t open until early June.

Parking is being enforced, and those parking on a clearway or double yellow lines can expect a parking ticket. These areas need to be kept free so that emergency vehicles can get through when they need to. Visitors are also asked not to park on pavements and not block gates.

Parks are also expected to be busy, including Elvaston Country Park and Markeaton Park in Derby. Visitors are asked to remember social distancing and to take their litter home.

Derbyshire is a beautiful county and we understand people’s desire to visit, but a visit later in the year will help protect our local communities and give you the full Derbyshire experience. We look forward to welcoming you then.


Message Sent By

Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

Information about celebrating EID

General informartion:


Coronavirus has made life difficult for many people, including our tenants across Derbyshire and the East Midlands. Being forced to stay inside the house and not be with friends and family is extremely challenging. As an organisation we quickly responded to the crisis, with our major concern being the welfare our of tenants and staff.

We’re exceptionally proud of our staff who have gone above and beyond to provide help and support to tenants. We’ve made over 1600 calls to vulnerable customers, delivered over 100 care packages, and our income and customer services teams are helping people with money and employment concerns. While our Beep Assist team, who operate our independent lifeline service, have helped to keep people connected with friends and family by installing fall pendants, GPS devices and sensors.

Many tenants have got in touch to say thank you to staff for going the extra mile.

“I’ve just spoken to a customer and she wanted to say thank you to the income team. She said she rang up a couple of weeks ago regarding her rent and that she was dreading making the call but the team were really lovely and reassuring and made her feel much better about the situation! She also wanted to say she thought it was really nice we were making calls to customers.”

A lockdown birthday is no fun for anyone, but one tenant received a special birthday care package complete with balloons delivered to her door! 

We’re regularly updating our website with information on how we’re helping tenants in addition to posting updates on our social media channels. 

If you’re a Futures tenant and need support, then contact our customer services team on 0300 456 2531.

Healthwatch Derbyshire Service During Covid-19

Although Chesterfield Museum is closed, they’ve put together some things for you to do at home. Click HERE to discover craft items, quizzes, experiments, poetry and lots more.

You can also visit the Museum without leaving home on a virtual tour. Keep an eye on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page where they’ll be showcasing individual items from their collection with the stories behind them.

Child Safety Week 1-7 June 2020

To view information please click link below

Parents' pack

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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