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



Date:  2nd June 2020

                             Issue: 48


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:

Asian Association - Request of Online Survey

Community Chesterfield - Mental Health Toolkit: free 1 hour online session

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well

Derbyshire County Council - This year's summer reading challenge at Derbyshire libraries goes digital

Our Vision Our Future receives the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Plastic Free Chesterfield

Stand Up to Racism Posters

Request of Online Survey

We would like your views on our proposed activities specifically in these difficult times. We are confident that once we receive the funding, we will establish a Meals on Wheels Service to provide fresh and healthy food for elderly population during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic. This service will not be restricted to only the Asian Community but will be open for all local residents living 3 miles radius from Hasland & Grassmoor.

We will be grateful if you could complete a brief survey. It will take approximately 5-7 minutes. The link to the survey is: 

Thank you for your time!

Community Chesterfield in partnership with the University of Derby presents

A Free Online training session:

Mental Health Toolkit


Tuesday 16th June 3.00-4.00pm

Booking Essential

Mental Health Toolkit - Wellbeing & Work

A FREE online session for staff & volunteers from Community & Voluntary sector organisations or groups in Chesterfield and/or students based at St Helena's Campus Chesterfield.

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a time of uncertainty and concern that is affecting people’s mental health. It is essential that individuals have the tools to manage their mental health and wellbeing and to feel able to support others too. Therefore, the University of Derby Online Learning Department has developed a mental health toolkit webinar, to assist employers and employees.

Good health and wellbeing are highlighted in the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. However good wellbeing cannot be achieved without good self-care, as identified in the University of Derby's research.

This course will introduce;

1. The current state of mental health in the workplace

2. Research findings

3. Importance of self-care

4. Exercises that can be practiced by busy workers in their workplace.

Yasuhiro Kotera is Academic Lead for Counselling, Psychotherapy & Psychology at University of Derby Online Learning. As an Accredited Psychotherapist, he has worked with diverse client issues in Japan, America, and the UK. His research focuses on self-care and mental health in workers and students in the healthcare settings. Currently he is exploring interventions to support self-compassion and self-care.

Dr Pauline Green is Course Director at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She is also a registered Social Worker with Social Work England and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. Her research on emotional resilience has been published in the British Journal of Social Work and presented at conferences and seminars both nationally and internationally. Pauline delivers resilience training for health and social care sector staff.

If you'd like to book a space on the course, please click below. 

If you need any further information, do get in touch with us on

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy and Well

If you're a Live Life Better Derbyshire client then did you know that we're holding online exercise sessions everyday?

You'll need to be logged into Skype to take part and signed upto our Live Life Better weight management service.

The current session times are:

Monday           4pm – 4.45pm  

  Tuesday          2pm – 2.45 pm   

 Wednesday     6pm – 6.45pm   

Thursday        4pm – 4.45pm

        Friday             9.30am – 10.15am

To find out more email


Our libraries are supporting this year’s summer reading challenge which is going digital – with events and activities happening online.

This year’s summer reading challenge at Derbyshire libraries goes digital

Our Vision Our Future receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Our Vision Our Future is a voluntary group based in Chesterfield Derbyshire. We have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Please click links below for more information

Queens Award press release

QAVS  June 1 2020 power point


International oceans campaigner to give virtual talk on plastic pollution 

Chesterfield campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is marking it's one year anniversary of the group with an online webinar featuring a special guest speaker on Wednesday 10th June.

Joining the webinar will be Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK and author of 'How to Give Up Plastic', which will be the topic of the talk.

As Head of Oceans, Will has been working with governments and companies to prevent our plastic crisis, as well as researching what consumers can do to reduce plastic pollution. He set up, and is leading, the global Greenpeace campaign to create the world’s largest protected area in the Antarctic Ocean. He has campaigned at sea and on land for many years for sustainable fisheries, healthy oceans and wildlife protection.

Will has put everything he’s learnt into his accessible guide, 'How to Give Up Plastic', and in this webinar will share tips and tricks to help you reduce your plastic footprint.

Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age: around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. For the last year, Plastic Free Chesterfield have been working with local schools, businesses and community organisations to reduce their single-use plastics.

Plastic Free Chesterfield Community Lead, Greg Hewitt, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have Will McCallum join us at a special webinar to mark the first anniversary of our group. We've already made a big impact in Chesterfield and even though we are in a pandemic, plastic pollution is still a huge issue and not going away anytime soon. We really look forward to working with the Chesterfield community to create a green recovery, build back better and create the 'new normal' that so many people desire".

The free webinar will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 10th June at 7.30pm with registration now open and limited spaces available.

For more details please contact:

Greg Hewitt, 07885 907757 or


Make a poster or download a poster.  Take a photo. Post it on social media

Stand on your doorstep with your poster (maybe for 9 minutes, the time it took to kill George Floyd).

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