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



Date:  9th June 2020

                             Issue: 53


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 - Changes to Gold Card Service

Carers Week 8-14 June 2020

Share Your Views on Community Cohesion In Your Area with this Survey

Stand Up to Racism

#NeverMoreNeeded By Sandra Pink, Advice & Project Manager, Links CVS

Chesterfield Citizens Advice helps hundreds of people during the coronavirus pandemic

Temporary changes to our Gold Card service – the county’s concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled people - will come to an end on Monday 15 June.

Changes to Gold Card service

Carers Week 8-14 June 2020

Health, social care and voluntary sector organisations across Derbyshire and Derby are coming together during Carers Week to share the message that #CarersMatter

The COVID 19 pandemic has been hard for everyone, but it's been especially tough if you look after a family member or friend who relies on you for support.

However, local services are still here to offer support to carers, over the phone and via online groups and events.

If the person you care for lives in Derbyshire, for information, advice and support contact Derbyshire Carers Association.

You can find COVID-19 advice for local carers on the Carers in Derbyshire website.

Simple acts of kindness and compassion towards carers can make a huge difference in feeling valued and supported in their community. So this year Derbyshire Carers Association is challenging you to a random act of caring. This can be a phone call to someone you know who cares, creating a care package, fundraising, donating goods and services to local carer groups or organisations.

Due to the current situation Derbyshire Carers Association are unable to do their usual activities for Carers that they have done in the past, so their engagement team has been working hard to come up with a host of alternative Carers week activities that can be safely done from home.

To find out more about these activities and how to join in please visit the Derbyshire Carers Association website:

It is important for public organisations to understand how the public experience community and which factors might impact upon feelings of belonging and inclusion, social problems and access to public agencies.

Such findings help public organisations know more about particular areas when planning their service provision.

We would be grateful if you could take the time to share your opinions in the following anonymous survey from Nottingham Trent University.

This research is intended to examine how people experience community within their local geographical area.  The survey will touch on recent developments including Brexit and the Covid-19 Pandemic in order to consider their effect on respondent's ideas about community and identity.

The survey closes at the end of July.

Thank you for your time and participation.

Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

Update from Chesterfield and North Derbyshire

Stand up to Racism

We had 220 at Chesterfield Black Lives Matter on Saturday June 6th...completely circled the donut car park, took the knee, then walked to town hall approach and lined the path up and around with speakers, read the list of names and took the knee again. Sang, “Which side are you on.” Tricia Gilby did a very good introductory speech. 

Take the Knee Protests

Black Lives Matter- remember George Floyd, take the knee

Wednesday 10th June 

6pm at Chatsworth Road, Newbold Road and Sheffield Road

6.45pm. Brampton

Call Jeannie on 07919486101 for further details

All protests will be socially distanced and stewarded, if attending please wear gloves and masks.

People not able to make them are doing it outside their homes and posting selfies on Social Media.

More young people are becoming involved which is great

George Floyd Pic

BLM George Floyd selfie sign

SUtR Black Lives Matter with social media

Chesterfield Citizens Advice helps hundreds of people during coronavirus outbreak

A Chesterfield charity has helped hundreds of people who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Data from Citizens Advice Chesterfield shows it has supported 942 people with 3,078 issues between March 9 and April 30.

The issues mainly related to Universal Credit, benefits and tax credits, debt and money issues, and employment

Chesterfield Citizens Advice's office may be closed - but staff and volunteers are still helping many people during the current crisis. Copyright: Other 3rd Party

People needing the charity’s help to access emergency food, cash or other vital essentials has been five times higher than the same time last year.

A spokesperson for Citizens Advice Chesterfield said: “In many cases, the pandemic is having a devastating effect on households.

“It’s vital that people understand the protections available to them – and, for many, the chance to talk through their concerns and worries.”

The way the charity delivers advice changed almost overnight in March amid the coronavirus outbreak.

It closed its drop-in office on Broad Pavement and suspended all face-to-face appointments.

However, staff and volunteers have been working hard from home to continue giving residents free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a range of subjects.

Nationally, between March 16 and May 6, Citizens Advice’s website amassed a total of 13 million page views – an increase of 29 per cent on last year.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “We’re living in an extraordinary time and it’s important people know they’re not alone.

“We’re here to help in this time of national crisis.”


Thanks to Derbyshire Times for this article

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