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



Date:  3rd July 2020

                             Issue: 71


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:

The birth of the NHS

Deaf-initely Women

Job opportunity - Community Chesterfield Project Manager

News from Derbyshire County Council

New Crisis Funding To Support Victims of Violence in Coronavirus

Stop Loan Sharks

Digital Boost

Food Provision Across Chesterfield

Fresh Start Summer 2020

Trustee Recruitment: Barrowhill Community Trust

The birth of the NHS

On 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by Aneurin Bevan, Minister of Health, at Park Hospital in Manchester (known today as Trafford General Hospital).

For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide care for free.

Since then, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer, healthier lives.

Want to find out more? The Nuffield Trust produced an interactive timeline which charts the evolution of the NHS from its inception in the post-war years through to today.


The NHS’s birthday closely follows national Windrush Day which celebrates the anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks, London on 22 June 1948. Many of the passengers took up roles in the NHS and were instrumental in building our health service, which launched two weeks later. Read more in these blogs: Windrush and the NHS – an entwined history and Still on the journey: Windrush 2020.

On Sunday 5 July the NHS invites everyone to come together at 5pm to come together and applaud the commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many. #ThankYouTogether.

Saturday 4 July, the day before the birthday, will be a moment of remembrance and reflection for all the lives of those we have lost during the pandemic. This chance for the nation to come together and pay our respects is being led by the Together Coalition. The NHS are asking people to place a light in their window, and buildings and landmarks will be lit up as part of this collective act of remembrance.

Lockdown has been a tremendously challenging time for everyone, but at the same time we have seen countless examples of people doing their best and achieving amazing things – fundraising, volunteering, returning to NHS careers, helping out neighbours, being more active, and a greater willingness to talk about and address mental health issues.

The NHS are asking people to carry on supporting the NHS and social care by continuing or embracing one or more of these positive changes to Live wellWork well and Care well. Be proud of what you are doing and share your story, or commitment, to inspire and motivate others.

Deaf-initely Women is run and governed by deaf and hard of hearing women. Deaf-initely Women serves all deaf and hard of hearing women in Derby, Derbyshire and beyond.

You can read their latest newsletter HERE.

Job opportunity - Community Chesterfield Project Manager

Do you want the opportunity to work for a successful, dynamic and innovative organisation that champions the work and changing needs of the health related Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire?

So why not work for Us!

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is an independent charity and specialist infrastructure organisation for the health and social care voluntary and community sector.

COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD is an exciting 3-year initiative, which is 18 months in and has already developed innovative opportunities for the University of Derby and Chesterfield’s Voluntary and Community Sector to work collaboratively together in ways that will strengthen Chesterfield communities.

We are seeking to recruit a maternity cover Project Manager to lead the COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD team, over the next nine months building on the current achievements and developing the project further. 

Project Manager (Maternity Leave)

30 hours per week – 0.8 FTE

£29,909 FTE + 5% pension contribution

Will guide the project further, building on current achievements, exploring new opportunities, building and maintaining new and existing relationships with the University of Derby and the Community Groups. Will head up an extremely collaborative and passionate team of three. The role will also have an eye to the future and work with colleagues on funding to see the project continue beyond its current funding period. 

Closing date for applications: Sunday 26th July 2020

Interview date: provisional date 11 August 2020

For an application pack please call 01246 555908 or email

Application forms are also available on our website:

News from Derbyshire County Council

Some libraries across Derbyshire are to begin reopening from next week with several temporary changes in place to keep customers and staff safe.

County libraries to roll out reopening with safety a priority

Alterations to town centre layouts have taken place across the county after the government asked councils to make them safe for shoppers.

We make changes to town centres across Derbyshire

We are appealing for more foster carers to join our team as lockdown measures start to ease. 

More foster carers needed in Derbyshire

To view eNewsletter please click link below

Derbyshire COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan

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:

Victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Derbyshire will have access to increased support as part of an emergency funding package in response to the coronavirus.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has allocated £439,275 in grants to charities and non-profit organisations which are safeguarding victims of violence and supporting their emotional recovery during the pandemic.

The Commissioner received the maximum allocation of funding the Ministry of Justice which is investing £750m nationally as part of the response to soaring demand levels during Covid-19.

Derbyshire has been allocated £236,882 for domestic abuse services already commissioned by the PCC, £74,196 for sexual violence services already commissioned by the PCC and £128,197 for domestic abuse services not currently commissioned by the PCC.

The funding has been shared between a host of charities and non-profit organisations across the county, helping them to meet the increased cost of adapting services according to social distancing rules, increased staffing and an expansion of safe accommodation for desperate victims and their families.

In announcing the funding, Mr Dhindsa said: "This is a huge victory for victims of crime and should encourage anybody suffering at the hands of an abuser to step forward and seek help because there are people trained and ready to help.

"I've been able to secure the maximum amount of funding from the MoJ and there is no doubt that it is desperately needed. Covid-19 has increased the risk and vulnerability of so many victims and survivors of violence and it is vital we expand capacity to ensure everyone who needs help or protection receives it.

"We have excellent working relationships with service providers and have been able to establish swiftly where critical funding and additional resources are needed to meet demand pressures.

"Many victims of violence will be accessing help for the first time as a result of the lockdown and this funding will ensure we can support their recovery throughout Covid-19 and beyond with specialist resources.

"It's important now to take stock of demand trends and prepare beyond the present as the pressure for help is unlikely to diminish in the months ahead."

For detail of victim services in Derbyshire visit the Core website

Message Sent By

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


The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is cracking down on loan sharks across the country and stripping them of their ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) legislation.The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is open again for bids from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities. The Fund is made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks, which is made available to groups through a bidding process and grants are awarded to successful applicants.

Each group will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 and will have to demonstrate the positive impact their project would have on their community. Applicants will also have to demonstrate how their project contributes to delivering the IMLT’s priorities which include raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks; promoting the work of the IMLT in communities and encourage reporting of loan sharks.


The closing date for applications is 31st August 2020


You can download the forms by clicking on the links below:





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Digital Boost is offering free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus, provided by expert volunteers. If you're looking for support with digital marketing, branding and design, PR, content strategy or social media, there are volunteers ready to help.

Click here for more information


Food Provision Across Chesterfield

To view information please click link below

Access to Food Supply across Chesterfield  11.6.20

Fresh Start Summer 2020


Trustee Recruitment: Barrow Hill Community Trust


Barrow Hill Community Trust are looking for trustees.


For more information please click links below

Trustees Urgently Sought v2

Trustee Role Description 19.3.2019

Trustee Information Pack 2019

HE Project Summary V1

Barrow Hill Proposed Plans Revision D coloured_compressed

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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