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



Date:  27th May 2020

                             Issue: 44


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:

Virtual Violin Music with Arun and Priya: 28 May 2020, at 5:30pm

Key Worker Bike Services

Community Chesterfield Free Training Courses - Book Your Place

Derbyshire County Council - Schools in Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

New Call Hate Out Materials

Derbyshire Provision - Employment and Skills/Training/Mental Health Support

New Apprenticeship Vacancy

Weekly Vacancy Sheet

Rural Action Derbyshire

Physical Activity Survey

Princes Trust

Any Other Business

Virtual Violin Music with Arun and Priya: 28 May 2020, at 5:30pm

Priya (9 years) and Arun Kumar Saini (13 years), children of our member Jyoti and Vijay Kumar Saini will be playing Violin to lift the spirits in these uncertain times of lockdown.

Please join us for this musical treat and encourage them for this performance.

Via Zoom tomorrow, Thursday, 28 May 2020, at 5:30 pm.

Asian Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 829 4652 6380

Key Worker Bike Services

Inclusive Pedals has been given funding by Cycling UK to provide a number of free basic bike services for key workers (as defined by the government list).

It includes collection and delivery within 10 miles of Chesterfield, if more extensive work is requiresd it will act as part payment.

More details on

We are also restarting the popular Dr Bike workshop in the Queen’s Park north car park on Saturday June 6th. Again this provides free repairs but for anyone, any new parts used are charged at more or less cost. We are operating a booking system to aid social distancing although you can just turn up but may have to wait.

Slots can be booked here

Community Chesterfield FREE Training Courses - Book Your Place

Community Chesterfield have LOTS of WONDERFUL FREE training courses (for Chesterfield’s Voluntary & Community Sector) to sign up for and complete virtually.

5S The secret to productivity and efficiency – June 3rd 

Corporate Partnerships for Social Change – June 10th 

Mental Health Toolkit - Wellbeing & Work – June 16th 

Developing your 'Case for Support' Toolkit – June 23rd

Funding Strategy and Income Diversification – 14th July

To find out more and book your place visit:

Statement from Councillor Alex Dale, Cabinet Member for Young people at Derbyshire County Council:

Schools in Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Provision - Employment and Skills / Training / Mental Health Support

Please find below the most up-to date provision documents

Derbyshire Employment and Skills Provision

Derbyshire Training Provision Map

Derbyshire Mental Health Provision Map

Apprentice countryside warden

Want to work outdoors? We have a vacancy for a level 2 apprentice countryside warden.

The position is based at Clay Cross countryside centre and the closing date is 14 June.

Find out more and apply

Weekly Vacancy Sheet

Please see a weekly bulletin from the job centre. It details available jobs and support.

Rural Action Derbyshire

Phased Re-opening of Village & Community Halls

Physical Activity Survey

Active Derbyshire in partnership with local organisations have launched a new survey to better understand how physical activity levels may have been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey, which is being launched across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, aims to get a further understanding of whether resident's frequency of exercise has been affected positively or negatively, and to explore the possible reasons for this.

The survey will run until Friday 6 June and anyone who participates will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

Anyone can participate and is encouraged to share with as many friends and families as possible so more communities can be reached.

To take part in the survey please visit:

Any Other Business



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Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844