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



Date:  17th June 2020

                             Issue: 59


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:

Release Financial Charity Newsletter

Derbyshire County Council - Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY)

Derbyshire County Council - We take action on A61

Rural Action Derbyshire

Plastic Free Chesterfield Press Release

Coronavirus Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

Save the Date - 22nd July 2020 Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health & Social Care Forum

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

Community Chesterfield Newsletter June 2020


Release Financial Charity Newsletter

Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young (Henry)

Due to Covid-19 HENRY (Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young)  are not facilitating courses at present, but we are working on this being delivered virtually or signposting families to interactive E-learning courses.  We are also developing family cookery sessions to offer on the other side of this pandemic.

Please follow the below link to register interest for families to access future courses (please scroll to the bottom of the page to register interest):


A short stretch of the A61 in Dronfield is to be resurfaced following residents reporting noise issues.

We take action on A61

Rural Action Derbyshire

New Information Sheet: Re-opening of Village & Community Halls!


Press Relese: Campaign group urges Chesterfield public to use reusables as lockdown eases

Chesterfield campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is urging the Chesterfield public to think of the planet and choose reusables over single-use at this time as lockdown eases and businesses start to reopen again.

To view full press release please click link below

Press Release

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.


How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages

Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 - Shopping online

If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support

Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.


NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.


What you need to know:


Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.


The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone 
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS


If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.


Message Sent By

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Save the Date - 22 July 2020 - Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health & Social Care Forum

Derbyshire Voluntary Action's next Health and Social Care Forum will be a virtual meeting held over zoom.

The 22nd July Forum agenda will include:

  • State of the Sector (Voluntary and Community updates and feedback)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – Lockdown and beyond
  • Test and Trace – What does it mean for Derbyshire?


Invitations to the Forum will be sent out nearer the time.

We will also be holding mini virtual forums in between future planned Forum dates. These mini forums will focus on a specific theme i.e. carers, domestic abuse, physical activity etc.

If you have any ideas for a theme that you would like covered at one of these mini forums please let us know by emailing

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

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