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



Date:  25th June 2020

                             Issue: 65


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 Carers Association

African Caribbean Community Association

The Art of Letter Writing Online

Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire


Since going into lockdown in March Junction Arts have thought long and hard about which of their existing projects they could adapt and take forward, to continue supporting the communities they serve.

The Art of Letter Writing is one of their most popular projects, running for nearly three years now and they felt it could be delivered remotely without compromising the essence of the project.

Junction Arts contacted care homes across Bolsover district and are now working with residents living in Clowne, Creswell, Shirebrook and South Normanton. To their surprise they were even approached by a home in Lincolnshire who wanted to take part!

Feeling connected to and part of the community is important, especially now when people are feeling even more isolated, so receiving letters has been a great joy to those taking part. Some residents have written back and perhaps the communication will continue well into the future!

Junction Arts would love to support any care home in Bolsover District, for more information email

To find out more about The Art of Letter Writing Online visit the Junction Arts website:

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 22.06.2020

Thanks to Tina Eltringham for this information

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