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



Date:  3rd June 2020

                             Issue: 49


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 - The future of care homes in Derbyshire

Arts Derbyshire News

Severn Trent 

Impact of COVID on the VCS and other charitable organisations in Derbyshire survey 

Princes Trust - Enterprise Digital Webinar in Derbyshire

Thank you to Derbyshire's volunteers

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

Deaf-initely Women job vacancy

The results of our consultation on the future of 10 of our homes for older people will be considered at a Cabinet meeting on 4 June 2020.

The future of care homes in Derbyshire

Arts Derbyshire News

Here are your news items for this week:

The next steps in Arts Council England's plans in response to the coronavirus are set out here -

The government has set up a Cultural Renewal Taskforce -

52 Weeks Festival

To view information please click link below:

We need your help to save water and support local charities

Impact of COVID on the VCS and other charitable organisations in Derbyshire - Survey

We are aware that the voluntary and community sector have been absolutely essential in continuing the support to the vulnerable throughout the pandemic. As economic recovery plans are being developed by the LEP and within Economic Regeneration and Employment & Skills teams at Derbyshire County Council, we are keen to try to capture some of the experiences of your organisations so that it can inform our next steps and understanding of what provision and resources might be needed moving forward.

A Survey Monkey of 10 questions has been developed, and we would be extremely thankful if you could complete it on behalf of your VCS and charitable/support organisation.

The link to the survey can be found here:

We would like the survey to have been completed by Friday 26th June please.

Princes Trust - Enterprise Digital Webinar in Derbyshire!

It’s Volunteers' Week and Derbyshire County Council are sending a huge thank-you to all those residents who volunteer and make such a difference to their local communities –showing true Derbyshire Spirit.

During the coronavirus pandemic many people have been eager to help out and the numbers of volunteers have grown across the county.

The Derbyshire County Council Community Response Unit (CRU) was set up in response to the pandemic with 40 partners from other authorities, agencies and the charity and voluntary sector working together to co-ordinate efforts and make sure support reached those who needed it most.

A major role for the CRU was finding volunteers to help people in their local communities who have no one else to call on. Since it was set up, the unit has recruited more than 1,000 people who have been helping with food shopping, collecting prescriptions and checking up on the elderly and vulnerable by phone.

There have also been many creative projects in towns and villages across the county as people have pulled together, with seasoned volunteers welcoming people who had never volunteered before and were desperate to help.

Volunteers' Week takes place annually during the first week of June and is now in its 36th year. It is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and to encourage people across the country to help out in their local areas.

Read the full press release from Derbyshire County Council HERE.

Combat Stress have developed online self-help resources aimed at keeping veterans in good mental and physical shape until the lockdown is lifted.

Although aimed at veterans, the resources may be useful for others too.

Apply now:

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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