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



Date:  11th June 2020 

                             Issue: 55


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:

Community Climate Action Network

Sport England

Derbyshire Veterans Group Wellbeing Walk

Free Business Webinar - self-employment and setting up your own business

Help getting back to work

Opening doors into Health and Social Care Careers

D2N2 VCSE Board Member Recruitment



Derbyshire Veterans Group Wellbeing Walk

Free Business Webinar: self-employment and setting up your own business


Free Business Webinar: self-employment and setting up your own business

Eligibility: Aged 18-30? | Not currently in Education, Employment or Training 

Programme: 22nd & 23rd JUNE 2020 9.30am-4.30pm

Location: Log in from smart phone, tablet device or computer 

LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE - To join the course or find out more/refer call 0800 842 842 or call 07919 221 443

Help getting back to work

In light of Covid-19, many people are finding themselves further vulnerable or even, vulnerable for the first time as they are affected and are faced by unemployment.  Due to these uncertainties Workpays are here to offer a glimmer of hope to those affected by reaffirming that they are here to work with participants free of charge regain control, confidence and independence get back to work. 

Here's how they can help:

Workpays (an umbrella organisation that delivers many contracts including Building Better Opportunities (BBO)) supports the most vulnerable and hardest to reach progress towards, if not into, work.  Workpays provides accredited and non accredited training to participants, equipping them with skills, knowledge and qualifications required to progress into their chosen industry.

Building Better Opportunities (BBO): hosted by Groundwork Nottingham and funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund supports individuals on a 1:1 basis identify and remove barriers that prevent their progression towards work.

BBO is a programme for unemployed and economically inactive people aged 16+ (or 15-18 if NEET). 

BBO is a national programme; however runs according to local priority and need.  Support length varies per person.  Intervention budgets can be used to fund, alleviate and remove presented barriers including: childcare, qualifications, transport, mental health support and so on.

If you have participants/service users (or know of any person) that would benefit from FREE support then please get in touch.


For more information about:

Workpays, please visit:

Or call: 01246 211317


BBO programme please visit:

Or call: 07850 503203


Opening doors into Health and Social Care Careers

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire works in partnership with health organisations and local authorities to support the current and future workforce in system-wide initiatives and the priorities set out in the Interim People Plan. This includes workforce development, recruitment and retention as well as promoting career and employment opportunities throughout the city and county.

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire also work with private, voluntary and independent organisations to provide tailored support on workforce priorities, including targeted recruitment campaigns, sharing best practice, and identifying opportunities for workforce development.

In conjunction with the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership, Joined Up Careers offers a system-wide approach to inclusive recruitment and support for social mobility.  This paper sets out the wide variety of employment programmes that are being delivered across health and social care and aims to demonstrate the examples of organisations coming together to support successful system level recruitment initiatives.

Read the full paper HERE.

D2N2 VCSE Board Member Recruitment

There will be a vacancy on the D2N2 Board at the end of July 2020. The advert went live yesterday - with closing date of 22nd June. As well as representing the VCSE perspective at Board level the role is also expected to be the inclusion voice at Board.  All information about the role can be found in the material online. D2N2 values the role of the VCSE in strengthening our people, places and economy.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

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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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