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



Date:  29th May 2020

                             Issue: 46


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:

Call Companions

Weston Park Cancer Charity - Volunteer Drivers

Art is Where the Home is

Women and Gambling Related Harm - Free Online Training

Free Counselling Support for Derbyshire

Three Outreach Vacancies - Crossroads Derbyshire

Street Outreach Worker - P3

Virtual Violin

Derbyshire Carers Association Update & Carers Week

News from Derbyshire County Council

Active Derbyshire - May 2020 News

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) have suspended their regular social gatherings and have created a new service for older people called call companions.

Guests in existing groups are receiving calls from volunteers and we they have volunteer capacity to reach more older people and want call companions to be a permanent addition to their work.

The call companion's idea is very simple: a volunteer call companion calls the same older person between two and four times a month at a mutually agreed time for an informal chat. Calls will last for around 30 minutes.

The call companions programme is aimed at people who are:

- 75 or older

- living alone or in sheltered housing with little or no contact with family or friends

- struggle to leave their house in normal times

They ask that the older people have sufficiently good hearing to take on regular phone conversations.

At the time the older person is referred, Re-engage will ask a general question about the older person’s interests or hobbies to make sure they match them with a volunteer and to help spark conversation.

All volunteers receive training, which includes safeguarding, signposting to other services, and how to engage in difficult conversations. Call companions are supported by call coordinators who monitor the success of the partnership for both the older person and volunteer. If an older person takes part and subsequently decides it is not for them, there is an easy way for them to leave.

If you know anyone who would benefit from call companions, please refer them using the simple online form: . Don’t forget to get the older person’s consent first. Once Re-engage receive the application, they will start the process of matching the older person with a volunteer and you will hear back from them shortly.

For further information contact Jane Murphy, Support Officer – North East, Yorkshire and East Midlands  01274 753003 / 07442 096145 or

Read the leaflet HERE

Kirsty Scarborough, Project Manager, Weston Park Cancer Charity, is project managing the takeover of the Nenna Kind service in Chesterfield and part of that includes a free bus service between Chesterfield and Sheffield for cancer patients which is staffed by a small number of volunteers.

Currently the service isn’t running due to the Covid situation, Weston Park Cancer Charity would like to recruit some more volunteers and have a wider ‘pool’ to draw from.  If you are interedted in volunteering please contact Kirsty Scarborough, Project Manager, Weston Park Cancer Charity on 07496 964517 or

You can read the Support Centre Driver Volunteer Role Profile HERE

Firstsite have created a number of activity packs featuring contributions from artists such as Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley. Ideal for those who are housebound, it’s free to download and requires no special equipment.

Visit: Art is Where the Home Is

GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling. There are around 500,000 problem gamblers in the UK, up to 20% of whom are women. For every person who has a problem with gambling, up to 10 other people can be affected, and women are disproportionately at risk of experiencing gambling-related harm. Gambling-related harm can include debt, relationship difficulties, housing issues, gender-based violence, health problems, depression and anxiety, feelings of isolation, and suicidality.

Their FREE training is usually offered face-to-face, but they now have a 1 hour 45 minute session which they are delivering online via Zoom. Individuals can register to attend the training at their convenience, using a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

During the training session, they will talk about gambling-related harm, risk factors, impacts, and how to recognise and support people affected. Learn about their treatment network and how to refer clients to their free treatment services. This training is essential for any professionals who work with women and families.

Sessions currently available:

Tuesday 9 June - 2.00pm to 3.45pm

Thursday 18 June - 9.30am to 11.15am

Wednesday 24 June - 1.30pm to 3.15pm

Book your place using Eventbrite:

Free Counselling Support for Derbyshire

Relate Derby has been commissioned by NHS England to provide counselling services free to residents of Derby and Derbyshire and these can be accessed immediately.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Relate Derby ( are delivering all counselling services remotely via webcam and telephone.   Contact them on 01332 349177 or 07741193484  email

Support for children and young people's (age 5-18) emotional health and wellbeing.

If you know a child or young person who is experiencing depression, low mood, stress, panic or anxiety, or need wider emotional support due to the impact of the Covid -19 pandemic then please refer them to Relate Derby. Specially qualified counsellors are ready to assist. This is a free service, currently with no waiting list, so people can get access to a qualified counsellor straight away.

Counselling for people affected by Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

Relate Derby has a special project called 'Living Well with Autism' (LWA) which supports people with ASC who are wanting to explore their own relationships and people who have a family member with ASC. This service  is free to people who are living in Derbyshire. For more information  please  visit  the dedicated website

Free Telephone Helpline (0808 178 9363)

This has been extended and is now running on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am -1pm.  Thanks to Foundation Derbyshire for their financial support. The helpline gives people the opportunity to speak directly to an experienced Relate trained counsellor without having to make an appointment.  Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles. If you are not sure whether or not you will be charged, check with your mobile provider to confirm that 0808 calls are free before calling.

Three Outreach Vacancies - Crossroads Derbyshire

Organisation: Crossroads Derbyshire

In order to help meet the increasing demand resulting from Covid-19 Crossroads Derbyshire are looking to recruit the following:

Complex Needs Worker 22.5 hours

Adult Outreach Worker 37 hours

Children's Outreach Worker 37 hours

All posts have a deadline of Monday 22 June at 9.30 am. Interviews will be held week commencing 29 June 2020.

Street Outreach Worker - P3

Organisation: P3

Street Outreach Worker to work with people across Derbyshire, who need support to find safe and secure accommodation.

Virtual Violin

Many thanks to Priya (9 years) and Arun Kumar Saini (13 years) for the virtual performance yesterday.  Their parents, Jyoti and Vijay Kumar Saini are members of the Asian Association.

It was very enjoyable and certainly lifted our spirits.

Well done I hope to see you performing in public in the future when all this is a distant memory!

We would love to see any other activities that you have been taking part in during lockdown.

We will share them with DVA to be part of the Covid-19 book.

See link here for more information.


Carers Week

News from Derbyshire County Council

Active Derbyshire - May 2020 News

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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