The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Date: 9th June 2020
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk/carers-week-2020
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
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
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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