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



Date:  5th June 2020

                             Issue: 51


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:

Links Activity during the Covid-19 pandemic period: 16th March - 29th May 2020

Derbyshire County Council - Leader hails staff efforts during coronavirus outbreak

Traffic Queries on Major Roads

National Volunteers Week A Thank You To Our Cadets

Coronavirus in Derby and Derbyshire - online information hub

Cruse Bereavement Care

Rhubarm Farm

Stand Up to Racism

Justice for George Floyd tomorrow, National rally Sunday, Local meeting Monday

Transition Chesterfield

The Big Lunch

If any viewing problems please refer to link below

Huge efforts by staff who have stepped up to support vulnerable people across Derbyshire during the coronavirus outbreak have been hailed by council leader Barry Lewis.

Leader hails staff efforts during coronavirus outbreak

With the various businesses now re-opening we ask that people are sensible when it comes to queuing - particularly where queues may form on main roads.

The impact of queues can be serious - in particular for emergency service vehicles. Marshals should be in place and you should take directions from those members of staff to ensure the safety of everyone.


Message Sent By

Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

Our Cadets are incredible young people. They commit themselves early to a policing life, work hard to be the best they can be, and help to spread the message about keeping safe to our communities.

Every Thursday night, our Cadet groups across the county usually meet. For the last 11 weeks they have not been able to do so, and instead have been keeping busy from home.

They’ve been taking part in arts and crafts, video chats, undertaking free online courses, and designing content for a Time to Smile Tuesday campaign which is being co-ordinated by our Youth Engagement Officer and posted on their Instagram account

A few weeks ago, we told you about Senior Cadet Nicole Lander selling her pictures to raise money for the NHS. Other Cadets have completed litter picks in their local area, they’ve sat a PDSA Petwise course, and also joined in with a Forensic Facial Reconstruction ran by the University of Sheffield called Finding Mr X.

Some Cadets have written letters to local care homes to let them know they are not forgotten, and have been doing shopping for the elderly and vulnerable. They also joined in with socially distanced VE Day Celebrations, have written poems, created rainbows and window messages, and have been reporting suspicious activity they observed whilst out exercising.

In this video, our Cadet Leaders have a special message for all of their groups, thanking them for doing their bit over the last 11 weeks as we live with new socially distanced guidelines, and for their work every other week of the year where they all do us proud.

To our Cadets - thank you for everything you do, and for all the help and support you provide to our officers and staff. It never goes unnoticed.

Watch the video here:-


Message Sent By

Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

Coronavirus in Derby and Derbyshire – online information hub

A new ‘Public Information’ area on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website provides information, resources and service updates for patients and members of the public during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The site is available at:

Residents without online access: Joined Up Care Derbyshire appreciate that many people will not have family or friends to help them access information from the website or may have difficulty finding the information they need. Healthwatch Derbyshire are available by phone to help Derbyshire residents access the latest health and social care information, and to get assistance with locating information from the Joined up Care Derbyshire website.

Healthwatch Derbyshire: 01773 880 786  - Mon – Fri 10am – 3.30pm (leave a message if lines are busy for a call back).

Cruse Bereavement Care, Chesterfield & North Derbyshire branch

Bereavement support offered free to all adults struggling following the death of a loved one. Our trained bereavement support volunteers are here to provide telephone support. Self referral is by phoning our office and on the answer phone leave your name and contact number.

We are checking the phone regularly and a Cruse volunteer WILL phone you back.

There is a lot of information about how to cope with a bereavement and your emotions on our charity's national website

Contact details:-

phone: 01246 550080 and leave name and contact number



Please could you pledge a small amount of money to help Rhubarb Farm?

Aviva have supported us with a crowdfunding page.

We have asked for £2,000 towards the salary of our Food Support Worker, to co-ordinate our food bag deliveries and cooked meals project. We hope to raise more, but we are being modest in our main target amount.

We will appreciate all donations, because every little counts.

Please follow this link to the funding page

Around 60 people took part in a socially distanced vigil organised by Chesterfield Stand Up To Racism in Rykneld Square by the Crooked Spire at 6:00pm on Wednesday 3rd June.

James Eaden who helped organise the event said: “We organised our event to ensure the safest possible conditions were put in place to facilitate the vigil and send a message from Chesterfield to say “Justice for George Floyd—Black Lives Matter”.

“Due to the COVID crisis, and in particular due to the disproportionate impact of COVID on the BAME community, the Chesterfield demonstration was a strictly socially distanced event.

“There were a number of speakers from representatives of the black and ethnic minority communities in Chesterfield. It was important for us all to come together to express our solidarity.

Links would like to add its voice to the message from Chesterfield to say 'Jusice for George Floyd-Black Lives Matters'


Justice for George Floyd tomorrow, National rally Sunday, Local meeting Monday

Thank you everyone who came to the protests on Wednesday. In Derbyshire hundreds of people joined events in Chesterfield, Matlock, Wirksworth and Glossop. Many posted online too.

In Chesterfield we marked out the area, by the Tourist Information Office, with chalk stars at 2m intervals to keep everyone safe.

We called out the names of over 60 people who have died in Police Custody in the US and here. We had speeches from Lud and Lorna (Chesterfield African and Caribbean Association) and  from Farooq (Chesterfield Muslim Welfare Association). Simon sang a Requiem for George Floyd and we all 'took the knee'. 30,000 people have viewed our photos on facebook!


Stand up to Racism nationally is asking local groups to plan a managed, socially distanced, event for Saturday.

We are going for a poster parade at (hoping to miss the worst of the rain)    Please email me for the location so we have some ideas of numbers.

This is the facebook event, please share.  

This is the Eventbrite link to register.


Stand up to Racism nationally is hosting a big live online rally at 6pm. Get the details here:   


Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Stand up to Racism Organising Meeting online on Zoom at 7pm.

Please come along to get involved

Meeting ID: 864 6837 0817

Password: 786277   


Jeannie Robinson




This summer, for the first time in its 10-year history, The Big Lunch will become The Big 'Virtual' Lunch, with residents being encourage to host a mini event and share images and video or even letting others log in to your Big Lunch using an online video sharing platform (such as WhatsApp and Zoom), on the weekend 6-7 June.

The Big Lunch is about celebrating community connections and getting to know each other better. Now more than ever we need to make time for each other so let's get the nation talking over a cuppa and a bite to eat. Please join the annual thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities and have fun with The Big 'Virtual' Lunch on 6-7 June.

There are many people in our communities self-isolating at this time, so to ensure everyone's invited to 'The Big Lunch' here are some ideas you can use to celebrate community connections with your neighbours and friends. You might know someone down your road that this would make a huge difference to. Your local big lunch event can be as big or small as you want it to be. It's up to.

There are lots of ways to get involved online<> on the phone <> or on your doorstep <>.  Find out how at<> and download free resources and The Big Virtual Lunch pack here<>.

If you want to share your support and encouragement you can do it right now by posting a Tweet or Facebook post samples below:

We're delighted that #TheBigLunch<> will be going ahead this year and are proud to be supporting it - although it will look a little different! Join in on 6-7 June to keep your community connected with the #BigVirtualLunch. Find out more from @edencommunities and online at<>

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