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



Date:  15th June 2020

                             Issue: 57


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:

Safer Derbyshire news alerts

Derbyshire Police Commissoners Is Seeking Your Views on Policing During the Pandemic

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Meals on Wheels Project

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council - Scams Awareness Fortnight shares advice on staying safe

Derbyshire County Council - £25 million deal gives vote of confidence in Derbyshire's economy

Festivity News

Parkinson's Uk


Safer Derbyshire news alerts

If you live in Derbyshire, the Police and Crime Commissioner is interested in your views about policing in your local area during the current pandemic.

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the anonymous survey available here

No matter where you live in Derbyshire, whether an urban, suburban or rural area, your views are important.

The survey is a quick snapshot of opinion and will close on 7 August. So if you can, please share this with your friends and colleagues so all neighbourhoods have their chance to have their voice heard.

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

Monday 15th June 2020 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).  This is the global day for addressing and raising awareness of the issues surrounding the abuse of our older people.

Staff and residents from two Derbyshire care homes, Ada Belfield in Belper and Rowthorne in Swanwick took part in a new Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB) video for WEAAD 2020 which aims to share information about how to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect, and how to report concerns. Watch the DSAB WEAAD Video here:

If you're worried about yourself or someone else being abused or neglected, please contact Call Derbyshire, tel: 01629 533190.  You can phone Call Derbyshire anonymously without revealing your name.

Press Release

News from Derbyshire County Council

It’s Scams Awareness Fortnight from 15 to 28 June 2020 and this year’s campaign is focusing on the scams that opportunists have set up during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scams Awareness Fortnight shares advice on staying safe

Work to build 2 large new industrial units has started at Derbyshire County Council and HBD’s flagship regeneration site, signalling confidence in Derbyshire’s future economic prospects.

£25 million deal gives vote of confidence in Derbyshire's economy

News from some of our festivals below:

Buxton Festival Fringe

FORMAT News New talks announced for Photoforum Online

FORMAT News The People's Picture Partnership

Timber Festival

Parkinson’s Uk

My name is Vickie Baggaley and I work as a local adviser in Derby/Derbyshire for Parkinson's UK. I wanted to introduce myself and let you know that as a charity we are still here for people with Parkinson's and supporting them throughout the current situation.

A quick update to let you know about new resources that have been developed in response to COVID 19 which may be helpful to you and your team in supporting people with Parkinson's.

·  We now have a dedicated page on our website of Covid-19 updates and information for  health professionals.

·  We have  'Parkinson's and Coronavirus - Your Questions Answered' booklet for patients which you can download or share the link.

·  We also have  COVID 19  information which may be useful  and of interest to your patients, which can be found on our website here

·  We have information on our website about exercise and managing mental health at this current time, as well as a variety of YouTube exercise videos:

Staying active at home when you have Parkinsons  

Staying at home and managing your mental health when you have Parkinson's

Parkinson's UK Youtube channel

Your patients may also want to connect with other online Parkinson's community support groups, such as the facebook group the charity has set up in response to COVID 19 -  


Victoria Baggaley

Parkinson's Local Adviser (Helpline)

Parkinson's UK

0344 225 3629

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