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



Date:  2nd July 2020

                             Issue: 70


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:

Deaf-initely Women

Derbyshire Response to COVID-19- Derbyshire Local Outbreak Plan 

Unemployment data for Derbyshire - May 2020

Updated Freephone phone number for mental health support line made available to local people

Derbyshire Carers Association

COVID-19 Media release, Outbreak and Communication plans

3rd July - National Bereaved Parents Day

The Elm Foundation - domestic abuse support

Ashgate Hospicecare Virtual Sparkle Night 2020

Jump Back July

Derbyshire Response to COVID-19- Derbyshire Local Outbreak Plan

The COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan sets out Derbyshire County Council's approach to protecting local residents by preventing, managing and eliminating the virus over time as part of the national Test and Trace programme. It also details how Derbyshire County Council (DCC) will support local workplaces to help them stay COVID-19 free and respond to any positive cases as quickly as possible.

The plan is led by the DCC Director of Public Health and has been developed and agreed by public health protection experts from the NHS, Public Health England, the community and voluntary sector and other local government colleagues.

View the COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan HERE.

Unemployment data for Derbyshire – May 2020

The data is held on the Derbyshire Observatory, where you will also find data and statistics relevant to Derbyshire on a range of topics and at different geographies, displayed as data, interactive maps and infographics.

The Interactive map, spreadsheet and infographic relating to unemployment in Derbyshire can be found on the Economy and Employment page, via the menu options on the Derbyshire Observatory home page, or alternatively, click on the link here to go directly to the Economy page.

In May 2020 there were 24,755 people aged 16+ included on the Claimant Count. The Claimant Count unemployment rate across Derbyshire is currently 5.1%, higher than May 2019 (2.1%). This has been attributed to the effect of the coronavirus on the economy.

If you have any queries about the data, or you would like to update your contact details please email

Updated Freephone phone number for mental health support line made available to local people

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health support line was introduced to offer support and guidance to Derbyshire residents, of all ages, who are experiencing increased mental health needs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The support line has moved to a Freephone 0800 number.  From 1 July 2020, you simply need to call 0800 028 0077.  The service will be available between 9am – midnight, seven days a week.

It will continue to provide telephone support to people who are experiencing the following:

  • Increased distress or anxiety as a result of current events
  • Reduced contact with our services
  • A need for longer term help – for example by signposting to IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) services.

It will also form a professional point of contact for health and social care partners, to support any individuals in mental distress.

The feedback from those using the support line has been very positive, with comments including:

  • “I am very impressed with how highly responsive the service is and the expertise of the staff involved”
  • “I was struggling and feeling overwhelmed caring for my wife. I found the helpline helpful. The person who I spoke with was great and really understanding of the problem”
  • “In these strange times I can't think of any way this service could improve. Thank you for being there.”

In addition, 90% of callers who responded to a survey said they were ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend the service to others.

For more information about the support line and wider information about Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust services during this time, please visit the Trust’s website at:

Feedback from a Carer who attended last time:

“Me and my son jumped completely out of our comfort zone and joined this session last time. ‘We don’t know if we don’t try’ we said.  It was fun, and lovely to listen to each other’s ideas and creations. You don’t have to be the best writer or poet, just have some ideas as you’re guided with Sophie's help.  Highly recommended!”

COVID-19 - Media release, Outbreak and Communication plans - please share widely

1 .Media release sent out by the Police this week


2. Please see information and link below regarding outbreak and communication plans.

Derbyshire County Council’s Public Health Department is launching the local outbreak response plan with the aim to protect the health of local residents and supporting workplaces to help them stay COVID-19 free. By working in partnership with Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace Service this will be a central part of the governments COVID-19 recovery strategy by responding to any positive cases as quickly as possible. This initiative is designed to support businesses and economic recovery by; providing testing for anyone with symptoms of coronavirus; stop the onward spread of the virus in the workplace and wider society and allowing the nation to return to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

The summary local outbreak plan for Derbyshire and supporting communications plan is now live and available at the link below:

To view information please click link below

The Elm Foundation – domestic abuse support

A Chesterfield charity which helps domestic abuse victims has urged neighbours to contact police if they hear sounds of distress next door.

Since 1985, the Elm Foundation has provided vital support and a range of services for men, women or children affected by domestic abuse.

During the coronavirus crisis, the charity has seen a 30 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of individuals calling its helpline (08000 198 668, open weekdays 8am-7pm) to self-refer.

Staff at Chesterfield's Elm Foundation hold the charity's helpline number. Picture by Brian Eyre.

However, it is feared many victims will be unable to reach out for support as their abuser is spending more time with them at home.

Helen Mitchell, head of operations at the Elm Foundation, which is based on Fairfield Road in the town, said: “The sad truth is that domestic abuse has risen since the beginning of lockdown and this, of course, is very concerning.

“It’s important to remember that even the smallest hint of domestic abuse is enough to pick up the phone and call for help.

“Those in immediate danger should call the police on 999.

“With more people working from home, for example, many domestic abuse victims will have little respite from their abusers. They may have total control over their victims – they may have even taken their phones from them and be making their lives an absolute living hell."

“If you hear any sounds of distress next door, please call the police. You could be helping to save your neighbour’s life.”

People are also being made aware of a potentially life-saving service called the Silent Solution system. This enables 999 callers to press 55 on mobile phones to signify they are unable to talk.

For those victims who do manage to contact the Elm Foundation, help is at hand. Helen said: "Our services may be running differently at the moment because of the pandemic but we are still here. We can offer phone support, risk assessment and safety planning and advocacy to any man, woman or child affected by domestic abuse."

Article featured on the Derbyshire Times website

Ashgate Hospicecare Virtual Sparkle Night 2020

Ashgate Hospicecare have announced that this year’s Sparkle Night Walk will be a virtual event called the ‘Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night 2020’ and will go ahead on Saturday 19th September 2020.

Thousands of people were set to take part in this Chesterfield’s biggest fundraising event but due to COVID-19, the event had to be postponed. The event, which is a hugely important date in the diary for so many fundraisers and volunteers across North Derbyshire, promises to still provide the Sparkle spirit like every year and the local hospice needs your support more than ever.

Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “We know that the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk is a hugely important date in the diary for thousands of our fundraisers and volunteers. For it not to go ahead in the usual way is disappointing for everyone. That’s why we’ve decided to launch Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night to ensure North Derbyshire can still come together in a safe and responsible way to raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospicecare.”

“By walking, running, cycling or dancing in your bunny ears and special edition t-shirt from 8pm on Saturday 19th September 2020, you’ll be a part of a unique virtual event unlike any other – and the difference it will make to local people living with a life-limiting illness and their families will be huge.”

“Last year, more than 3,000 people came together to raise over £263,000 and we need your support again this year more than ever before to ensure Ashgate Hospicecare is here for the future. Please sign up now, choose a challenge involving walking, running, cycling or dancing and join us on Facebook to party from 7pm – because together, we sparkle.”

For more details and to sign up for this year’s Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night visit

Jump Back July

To view Calendar please click link below


Action for Happiness create monthly calendars packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.

This Jump Back July Calendar has daily actions for July 2020 to help us be more resilient in challenging times.

You can sign up to receive monthly calendars and there are also other language versions available too:

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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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