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



Date:  8th July 2020

                             Issue: 74


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.

Summer Activities for Children in Chesterfield Survey

Are you organising summer activities for children and families?

We would like to hear about them so that we can spread the news.

If you would like to be included please complete the survey below.

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:

Meals on Wheels Project 

Plastic Free Chesterfield

Plastic Free July

DVA Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum

Friends of Spital Cemetery

News from Derbyshire County Council

Neighbourhood Watch July Our News Enewsletter is Here

Future of Clay Cross Survey

Chesterfield Pride

Meals on Wheels Project

Menu July 2020

Registration Form

Online meeting - Plastic-Free in a time of COVID

On Wednesday 15th July, 7pm we - Plastic Free Chesterfield - are holding an online event called 'Plastic free in a time of COVID'. 

This will be a short talk from Rachel Yates of the charity Surfers Against Sewage, Q&A and discussion on the issue of single-use plastics during this time of COVID and the importance of promoting reusables. 

There have been a lot of concerns about the increase of single-use plastics during lockdown - for example cafes had temporarily stopped allowing people to bring their own containers, whilst supermarket have temporarily stopped the plastic bag charge for their deliveries. And now, there are concerns around PPE - disposable face masks and gloves. So this discussion will focus on these issues and I hope you agree with us that it is important to take action on single-use plastics and so I hope this online meeting will be useful for you and your members. Anyone and everyone can join.

The details are here:

And registration is here:



Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum


Wednesday 22nd July 2020

9.45am – 12noon


Due to the current situation this Forum will be held online via Zoom


The agenda includes:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing during the pandemic

James Creaghan, Public Health Lead for Mental Health, Derbyshire County Council

  • State of the Sector (Voluntary and Community updates and feedback)

Join us to reflect on the last 3 months impact on local groups and communities, plans to move forward and lessons learnt

  • Test and Trace 

Jane Careless and Abid Mumtaz, Derbyshire County Council will update us on how test and trace is developing in Derbyshire

  • Question Time Panel

Q & A session with the morning’s speakers and some additional key panel members tbc

If you have a question you would like to ask about any of the agenda items please email these to by Friday 17th July. The Question Time Panel will have sight of any questions submitted prior to the Forum, this is with the aim of making the Forum run efficiently.

Download the agenda HERE

Download the previous Forum Minutes HERE


If you would like to attend,

please register HERE through Eventbrite.

Each person attending must be booked separately via Eventbrite. The name/email used to book must be for the person attending. If you can no longer attend please cancel your place to allow others to book.

The Zoom link to access the meeting will be sent to you before the Forum – when you receive this link please do not share it with anyone else.

If you need any further information please contact

Guided Tours of Spital Cemetery

In response to concerns about group tours in the Cemetery during these difficult times, we have reviewed our risk assessment policy and Chesterfield Borough Council is now happy for the tours to resume. Relevant changes are:

1. Tours must be booked, email  Time and date to be arranged between tour guide and visitors

2. Numbers on the tours, presently a maximum of 6 including the guide(s), will be regularly reviewed in line with Government guidance for outdoor meetings.

3. All guidance on social distancing will be observed.

Note:a pre-washed bag will be available to accept donations on the tours, or you may wish to make your donations online, through our website.

We look forward to welcoming you back on the tours. Of course the Cemetery is always open and a fascinating place to visit at any time. There is a new downloadable Map and Guide to the cemetery on our website.    

Derbyshire Record Office is set to reopen for an appointment only service on Thursday (9 July).

Derbyshire Record Office set to re-open this week

Derbyshire County Council Libraries

We're rolling out re-opening some of our libraries, with safety our priority. Today (Wed) it's the turn of Chesterfield. You'll need to contact the library to make an appointment. Read more here

Our July 'Our News' newsletter is here

Click here to read it

The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.

As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown.


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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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