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



Date:  10th June 2020

                             Issue: 54


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:

Mental Health Toolkit - FREE 1 Hour Session

Pcc Praised By Community Volunteers Marking Neighbourhood Watch Week 

Derbyshire County Council - Plenty of ways to get information from your county library

Derbyshire County Council - Help still available for those in need

Derbyshire County Council - Two Booklets to support the voluntary sector during Covid 19

CAMHS - Supporting bereaved children during the outbreak of Covid 19

#NeverMoreNeeded Campaign

Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Bolsover TV

WORKPays - Free Courses You Can Do At Home

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Double Celebrations for Deaf-initely Women

Online Centres Network

Power to Change's Community Business Markey 2020 Survey

Tech4Good BT Young Pioneer Award

First Art

Be you own boss courses - Delivery during the Coronavirus outbreak

Thanks to Links

Community Chesterfield in partnership with the University of Derby presents 


A Free Online training session: Mental Health Toolkit – Wellbeing & Work

Tuesday 16th June 3.00-4.00pm

Booking Essential

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 here:

If you need any further information, get in touch with Community Chesterfield on

Crime prevention volunteers in Derbyshire have thanked the county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Hardyal Dhindsa for his unwavering support as the nation marks Neighbourhood Watch Week.

Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch works in close partnership with the Commissioner and played a pivotal role in the relaunch of Derbyshire Alert in 2016.

Since then, the PCC has continuously supported the organisation to increase safety across the county and ensure NHW volunteers play an active role in decision-making processes impacting on public safety.

The Commissioner's support enabled the organisation to launch a Neighbourhood Innovation Fund during 2019/20 to allow NHW schemes to apply for funding to introduce new ideas to promote safety.

Grants awarded through the scheme helped fund a new community allotment, dash cams in an area impacted by antisocial driving and NHW dustbin stickers for several schemes to advertise the organisation's presence in the community.

In addition, the PCC has agreed to fund a new website for Derbyshire NHW to encourage people to sign up to Derbyshire Alert which is due to launch in July.

A short video about Neighbourhood Watch Week and the Neighbourhood Watch Innovation Fund is available here.

Lynn Farrar, Chair of Derbyshire NHW, said: "We hold NHW events throughout the year and can always count on Hardyal to attend, especially our AGM which is held in November.

"He always praises the work our volunteers carry out and makes an extra effort to reward those who have gone the extra mile.  He has also invited members of our Board to attend the Strategic Priorities Board with the Chief Constable's management team which has provided us with an insight into the work of both the Police and the Commissioner's team.

"Communications and relationships are much improved as a result of us understanding the requirements the Home Office sets for the Police and how they are required to report to the PCC. We are very grateful for Hardyal's support."

Neighbourhood Watch Week is taking place between June 7-14 and this year's theme is Let's Stay Connected in tribute to the outpouring of kindness and neighbourliness shown during the pandemic.

In support of the week, Mr Dhindsa said: "I'm delighted to be working so closely with Derbyshire NHW and would like to thank volunteers for the huge contribution they make to safety in the county.

"Their passion and drive has ensured Derbyshire Police is better connected to the communities it services and is able to reach vulnerable people who might otherwise be suffering alone or in isolation.

"NHW is also driving down crime rates in the neighbourhoods it is active and I've no doubt it is reducing fear of crime for many residents. I will continue to do everything I can to increase the number of groups in Derbyshire and support the organisation's activities. NHW is a vital partner and resource for the county, helping to reduce the opportunity for criminals to operate."

Message Sent By

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

Residents who are not online but still want to find information about our library service, get help with enquiries or basic digital skills are being encouraged to ring a dedicated call-back information line for support.

Plenty of ways to get information from your county library

Residents in need of help and support to get food or prescriptions can still register for help if they have no friends or family to call on.

Help still available for those in need

Derbyshire County Council - Two booklets to support the voluntary sector during COVID-19

Talking about Mental Health and Wellbeing – a booklet for volunteers around the promotion of mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. Includes a poster outlining some of the wellbeing support available to volunteers

Supporting Volunteer and Staff wellbeing – a booklet for managers and coordinators within the voluntary sector to support around staff wellbeing, and the development of a safe evidence-based offer of support during COVID-19.

CAMHS - Supporting bereaved children during the outbreak of


The outbreak of Covid-19 means that many aspects of our lives have changed. School is closed for most, lots of families are working from home, and we are all having to spend more time apart. The news is full of talk of the virus and the effect it is having.

Many children and young people will have questions and worries about the virus, but those who have experienced the death of someone important or who have an ill family member might be particularly worried.

This has been created to provide information to help professionals feel more informed about how best to support children, young people and their families with bereavement.

To view full information please click link below

CAMHS - Supporting bereaved children during the outbreak of Covid-19

This morning we received information that the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign has launched a new website to help communicate the message and champion the vital role the charity sector plays to improve people’s lives. On the site you’ll find briefings, research and actions you can do today to help – like template letters for writing to your MP - so check it out!

This is very timely and fits in with the article written by yours truly that we included in our bulletin yesterday - 


At Links we are asking you to go to the website and join the campaign

Please keep us posted about your involvement with the campaign.

Sandra Pink

Advice & Project Manager


Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Please see below the latest Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire to share

Community update vol2 Bolsover 8.6.2020

Thanks to Tina Eltringham for this information

The latest programme on our Bolsover TV channel has now gone live.

In this episode we speak to Junction Arts about their latest projects, visit the Brook Church and Centre and Clowne Community Association to see how they are helping vulnerable people in their communities, speak to 90-year old local artist Ken Brown about taking his classes online and give some good news to Pinxton residents as plans to reinstate the former Maid Marian train line took a step closer to becoming reality.

Programmes are aired every two weeks and can be viewed on our website - – we hope you enjoy watching it and we would welcome any feedback.

The channel is not just about what we as a council are doing. It’s also about the District and our communities and we want to showcase what is happening, what community groups are available for people to join in with, what tourist attractions we have on offer, what businesses are doing and what events are taking place. So if you or you know someone that would like to be featured on a future programme of Bolsover TV then please ask them to contact me or complete the online form via our website.

I would be very grateful if you could help spread the word about the programme and channel and if you have any queries or questions about Bolsover TV or any of our marketing activities please do not hesitate to contact me.


Scott Chambers

Communications, Marketing and Design Manager Transformation (Communications, Marketing and Design) Bolsover District Council

Tel: 01246 242323  Mobile: 07772 867113

Join us for a training session on how to successfully engage with the media around COVID-19


16 June 10:30am-12pm. Covid-19: Top tips for engaging with the media.

This session, delivered by Media Consultant and ex-BBC Journalist Philippa Budgen will give you the tools and confidence to engage with the media in a time of fast-moving news. Philippa will help you to understand how the pandemic is presenting media opportunities and how you can use your compelling stories to create change. This will be an interactive session with a mix of breakouts and whole group work; the session will include:

How to tell your story and effectively work with journalists

Top tips about engaging with different forms of media

A case study from a charity who will share their experience of successfully working with the media during the pandemic and the chance to ask them questions

The opportunity to discuss with other small charities practical ways to get your voice heard about the impact of COVID-19 and how you can push for change

Registration page link -


Covid-19 has led to huge change and loss, and with loss comes grief. Join us as we share how you can cultivate resilience as lockdown eases.


23 June 10:30am-12pm. Covid-19: Building resilience whilst navigating change and loss

Covid-19 has led to huge change and loss, and with loss comes grief. As lockdown eases and we all look ahead being able to respond to this change, loss and grief with resiliency will be important. This session will be delivered by Elloa, from Bird. Elloa will discuss some tools and strategies you can use to build your resilience and support others to do the same. During the session we will support you to:

Feel safe to explore your feelings and thoughts around loss in relation to COVID-19

Develop tools to process your feelings of grief and strategies to build resilience

Feel confident to support and encourage others to cultivate their resilience

The session will be delivered in a way that means you can participate anonymously, if you'd prefer, creating a safe space for you to share your thoughts, ask questions and for this conversation to take place.

Registration page -


Double Celebrations for Deaf-initely Women!

All staff and Management Committee members at Deaf-initely Women are celebrating at being chosen as finalists for two East Midlands Charity Awards:

The Best Social and Digital Media award 

Small Charity: Big Impact award.

Deaf-initely Women is a local charity for all deaf females including B.S.L. users, deafblind and hard of hearing women.  The charity is run by deaf women and delivers services to their peers across Derby and Derbyshire through provision of accessible events, workshops and classes.

Teresa Waldron, Managing Director, who is deafblind herself said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as finalists for both East Midlands Charity Awards. It is a testimony of staff and volunteers’ commitment and hard work in making this charity the success it is today.”

Please find link below to press release

Deaf-initely Women Press Release Double Awards

We want to help fight Covid-19 but we can’t re-tool and make ventilators or supply doctors or nurses. However, we do know communications.

We want to put our network and capability at the disposal of organisations that urgently need help with their communications and lobbying.

Get involved now!



"The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on everyone of us and for communications professionals this scheme is a contribution to the national effort. I’m really grateful to all who volunteer, helping NHS facilities across the country. Please do think about joining the scheme."

Simon Enright
Director of Communications - NHS England and NHS Improvement

We will connect (free of charge), expert communicators (volunteering their services) with critical organisations who either cannot afford their help or are simply too snowed under communicating the fighting against Covid-19.

We are offering this service to charities and other organisations involved in health, social care, education and social housing. These organisations might need extra help with employee communications, crisis communications, or lobbying local and national government. We have already heard of communicators in critical organisations who are becoming exhausted working around the clock, who would enormously appreciate extra help.

Please help raise awareness of this service by sharing and using #C19commsvolunteers.

A huge thank you to ClerksWell for building this website (donating it) in just a few hours. Over the coming days the sites functionality etc. will grow. To find out more about how this will work and who’s supporting it click here.

Applications now open to become a Census Support Service Centre 

Good Things Foundation has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the delivery of the next Census in England and Wales.

In 2021 the Census will be ‘digital first’ and Good Things Foundation will provide support to ensure those without skills or access can participate.

We’re working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to build a network of Census Support Centres who can support people to complete the census, ensuring everyone has the chance to complete the census.

We’re looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census online between March and May 2021. You’ll be required to deliver the service across a set amount of hours each week with the possibility of additional delivery covering evenings, weekends and the census weekend.

We will be asking some Census Support Service centres to work with us during November and December to test the end to end service, with volunteer Census participants. Additional grants will be available to organisations who assist us in this testing period.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 19 June at 5pm.

Click here to read the full guidance and to apply.

Welcome to Power to Change’s Community Business Market 2020 survey, managed by CFE Research (CFE). In addition to understanding more about the community business market, Power to Change also wants to know how it can best help community businesses through the difficulties created by the Covid-19 virus. We are keen to receive your survey response even if your community business has stopped operating following the Coronavirus outbreak. The findings will inform a public report of opportunities and challenges facing community businesses like yours.

The survey is entirely voluntary and includes mostly tick box questions. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can use the arrow buttons at the bottom of each page to move through the questions.

Click here to complete the survey

Now in its 10th year, the AbilityNet Tech4GoodAwards celebrate digital pioneers who use technology to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. There are eight categories, including the BT Young Pioneer Award, which aims to uncover brilliant new tech ideas from 9-18 year olds to tackle the big issues young people care about.

Have you come up with a brilliant new tech idea – from loneliness caused by the Coronavirus lockdown, to the damaging effects of climate change? yes? Apply! Or do you know anyone who has, yes? Get them to Apply! 

How it works:

Each year the award – which is part of BT’s Skills for Tomorrow programme – offers kids, parents and teachers a chance to showcase the tech projects they’re proud of – whether they have been working on them at school or at home.

The winner gets up to £10,000 in funding and the support of BT experts to help develop their idea and bring it to life. For example, BT are still working with last year’s winner Mihika Sharma. Her ‘Smart Stick’ helps blind and visually-impaired people walk more safely and with greater independence by using smart sensors, sounds and vibrations.


Open for nominations: 27th May 2020

Nomination close: 30th June 2020 at 5pm

Click here for more information

Take a look at what's happening throughout June for Remote Access, part of Go the Distance Festival.

This is a chance to give some new things a try, to have a giggle, and to get that Friday-night-out feeling without leaving the house.

There are live shows, video-shorts, puppet mini-series, workshops and circus antics all up for grabs.

All shows and events are free but some you'll need to book. For those that need to be booked, people living in Ashfield, Mansfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire we'll be giving priority to (as this is the patch where we work, after all).

So, log on, tune but don't hang about if you want to book - tickets are limited!

Click here for more information

We are offering a blend of support to anyone interested in starting their own business through a blend of
·     Live on-line Delivery and Phone support
To access this support, submit details to our booking site

or email on


 We`ll then make contact direct and offer the most appropriate support

   Available to anyone 19+

and drawing the following benefits: Jobseekers Allowance,

Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance

or on a low wage

Thanks to Links

Links are continuing to provide bulletins to keep you up to date with issues locally and nationally.

We have been very pleased to receive positive feedback from various sources and thank you all for your support


Feedback Below


Joe Roberts' comment to your NeverMoreNeeded post on Facebook.

"Well written Sandra, to the point and with your full understanding and support. Thank you for your continued support of all groups and the advice you pass on. The team you are part of continues to promote all that is good in all the group's you mention. Some may be able to assist more than others however, all are worthy of support."


I like your words Sandra, very true.


Jessica Popplewell-Barker


I have just read your brilliant #NeverMoreNeeded article in the Links update bulletin. What a powerful piece of writing, you hit the nail right on the head with how successful the response from the  voluntary sector has been and how we definitely need to capitalise on this going forward. Well done Sandra it was a very stirring read!

I have just read your brilliant #NeverMoreNeeded article in the Links update bulletin. What a powerful piece of writing, you hit the nail right on the head with how successful the response from the  voluntary sector has been and how we definitely need to capitalise on this going forward. Well done Sandra it was a very stirring read!


Dawn Lee

Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator


I would like to take the time to thank you on behalf of ACCA and its members for the above heading on one of your recent newsletters highlighting the current happenings and ongoing struggles of racism and inequality we face as Black people. It is greatly appreciated as you are also helping to spread awareness of the issue as your newsletter is sent to various organisations.



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