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



Date:  12th June 2020

                             Issue: 56


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 - Recycling centres open for more waste

Derbyshire County Council - New care home ready for first residents

Derbyshire Carers Association

Hardyal Dhindsa Pcc for Derbyshire and the only Bame Pcc in England and Wales speaks out following the death of George Floyd 

Tapton Lock Festival

Help through Crisis (HtC) - Digital inclusion factsheet and upcoming events

Support Derbyshire 7 - Rural Crime Team

Vita Minds

‘Essential waste only’ restrictions at our recycling centres have been dropped from (11 June 2020) – but residents will still only be allowed in on certain days to help with social distancing.

Recycling centres open for more waste

A brand new state-of-the-art care home is now open and ready to welcome its first Derbyshire residents to rest and recuperate after suffering from coronavirus.

New care home ready for first residents

As part of Carers week we have put together a report on the work we have done with Carers during the covid-19 crisis so far, if you know of any Carers in the Derbyshire area that need help then they can call us on 01773 833 833

Two weeks ago George Floyd died under the knee of a US Police Officer saying I can't breathe. This week his funeral took place in Huston, Texas. In America and beyond, ‘I can't breathe' and the ‘knee on my neck' articulate the experience of Black people's history of subjugation, slavery and continued discrimination. This has a resonance in the UK and many other countries across the world.

The film of the horrific death of George Floyd was seen by us all across the world. Like many I strongly condemn this brutality. But is this enough?  How can this happen in today's society?

For me, this has once again put a spotlight on Racial Disparity - not just in policing but in our wider society.  Campaigns like Black Lives Matter continue to tackle this inequality and discrimination but horrific events like this keep happening.

Some say it could never happen here in the UK. Policing in America is more violent especially with gun use whereas our approach is policing by consent. But the sad truth is that Black people have died in the UK under the hands of the police, including through asphyxiation, disproportionately.

This racial disparity is experienced by Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minorities and is wider than just in policing despite the great progress that has been made since the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. That led to a whole system approach to tackling institutional racism by implementing the McPherson Review recommendations. But events like these should remind us that more needs to be done.

Let's not forget the tragedy of the Grenfell Fire and the discrimination against the Windrush Generation by their illegal deportation scandal.  This week, I watched a BBC reality drama ‘Sitting In Limbo' depicting how Anthony Bryan, a Windrush Generation migrant was treated - arrested and threatened with deportation despite living here 50 years working hard and living a law-abiding life. It made me weep seeing his pain and quiet dignity despite his treatment.  We must use this moment to look at what more we can do to remove injustice and racial disparity from our society.

I am proud of the professionalism, dedication and selfless heroism of our Derbyshire Police Force and the great job they do, day in day out, in difficult circumstances. I am proud that I was the first Police and Crime Commissioner to make improving the diversity of the Police workforce to reflect our communities as one of my top strategic priorities. The Chief Constable and I have made great progress in narrowing the gap. But more needs to be done to continue to give confidence to our Black citizens to join the Police and help deliver on the Peelian Principle of the ‘the Public is the Police and the Police is the Public' and policing by consent.

Derbyshire Constabulary has also made good progress in reaching out to all our communities and to ensure that its powers are fairly and justly applied be it for example in Stop and Search; Taser deployment; and support to victims.

The death of George Floyd to me is a reminder not to be complacent and reinvigorates my own and the Chief Constable's efforts to review all our procedures and priorities to see what more we can do to ensure that racial disparity and discrimination is rooted out of the service we deliver to the people of Derbyshire.

Message Sent By

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

Help through Crisis (HtC)

Digital inclusion factsheet and upcoming events

We are pleased to share the latest factsheet on digital inclusion this is also available on GoogleDrive. This provides advice and resources to help support people to get online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We also wanted to share two upcoming events being hosted by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The first is a breakfast session on loneliness and bridging the digital divide. The session will take place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 18 th June beginning at 9am. You can find out more about what will be covered at the event and register via Eventbrite by clicking here.

The second event is on domestic abuse during COVID-19 and how charities have supported survivors. The session will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 1st July, starting at 9.15am. You can find out more and register via Eventbrite by clicking here .

The Learning Support & Evaluation Team

Derbyshire Police’s Rural Crime Teams are continuing to work across the county dealing with wildlife, rural and heritage crime.

Working with our communities day in and day out, to prevent crime, deal with antisocial behaviour and protect the most vulnerable.

Showcasing #DerbyshireHeroes who are #SupportingDerbyshire.


Click image below for a quick video from the Commissioner.


Message Sent By

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

Vita Minds - IAPT Service - NHS Mental Health Service

My name is Ellie and I am writing from Vita Minds, we are one of the NHS IAPT providers within Derby & Derbyshire alongside Trent TPS and Insight.

Please find below some patient information to better understand what IAPT is and how you can access the service.

Derby and Derbyshire patient leaflet

Derby and Derbyshire wallet card


Our services went live in April meaning that we are able to support people accessing our services quickly due to having no waiting list and feel this to be necessary given the current circumstances.

We are particularly aware of current levels of anxiety and low mood amongst all people and would like to pass our information on to all services to support those with mental health problems.

Ellie Wright

Partnership Liaison Officer

Mob: 07425372726


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