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



Date:  9th July 2020

                             Issue: 75


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:

Chesterfield and District Shopmobility

Deaf-initely Women

Community Climate Action Network

Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Derbyshire Carers Association

Derbyshire Law Centre

Relate Chesterfield & North Derbyshire

Chesterfield Borough Council - Job Advert

Rural Action Derbyshire - Rural Hardship Fund

NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG Annual Report


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 06.07.2020


Re. Life is for Living Video

Life is for Living is a 7 minute film produced pre-lockdown by the arts group People Express in partnership with Amber Valley Dementia Peer Support Group. It was funded by Public Health through the Health & Wellbeing Partnership in Amber Valley & features people with dementia & their carers talking about their experiences of living with dementia.

The main aim of the project is to enable the group to ‘gift’ their personal stories, experiences, learning, passions and belief that ‘life is for living’ to inform & support other people affected by dementia; including Carers, people newly diagnosed and those pre-diagnosis.

It can be viewed on the Derbyshire County Council youtube channel here:  and is also on the DCC website: 

The project was halted because of lockdown but it’s hoped that it can be continued with some socially distanced filming in the future, possibly in gardens & parks.

Information from Derbyshire Law Centre

As Government restrictions start to reduce Derbyshire Law Centre is investigating how and when staff can start to return to the office and how we can start to deliver our services face to face again.

We are currently working towards a limited number of staff working from the office, in ‘day bubbles’ and have set the date of Monday 3rd August for when we are able to see some clients face to face again.  Due to the restrictions face to face appointments will be largely limited to those in need of housing advice, in particular those who have an impending court date.   We will also aim to see anyone who has communication issues, including no access to the telephone.

General information about Derbyshire Law Centre

Derbyshire Law Centre is a second-tier advice agency that specialises in social welfare law.

As an organisation we employ 26 staff, ranging from solicitors, specialist case workers, a social worker, project workers, and admin staff.  We are supported by a committed volunteer team and management committee.

All our advice is free.  When anyone makes initial contact, a message will be taken with brief details of the issue.  A trained assessor will then call the client back; calls are made between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday; in this way the law centre pays for the call. Our reception is open for calls between 9.30am and 4.30pm, and any calls taken outside of the assessment hours of 10am to 2pm will be returned by the assessment team on the following day. Any emergencies will of course be dealt with the same day if we can.

Since lockdown on 23rd March 2020 staff have relocated to home working and our services have moved fully to telephone and email.  The above details are the same regardless of delivering services remotely or from the office.

How to refer to us

1. Clients can call us direct: details of our services and contact details are available on this e-leaflet

2. You can telephone reception: pass contact details and a brief overview to our receptionist

3. You can refer clients by e-mail: e-mail contact details, a summary of the issue and if available any additional paperwork to

Consultation – our specialists are happy to advise partner agencies where advice is required.  The advice must be on one of the above areas.  To access, call our reception and tell them that you  work/volunteer for a partner organisation and require specialist consultancy.  If nobody is immediately available, we will take your details and a specialist will call you back.  Immediate consultation is not always feasible due to capacity issues.

What we can’t advise on

As a charity we are prohibited by our constitution and cannot provide advice to employers or landlords, or to those with employment issues where the person is a member of a Trade Union.

We can only provide advice on the areas of law we specialise in.  Where assessors identify an issue we do not specialise in the caller will be redirected for help elsewhere.  In particular, please note we do not advise clients on family law issues, wills and probate, and welfare benefits (unless there is an element of discrimination).

If you are unsure whether to make a referral you can speak to the duty manager (usually Nikki Tugby) who will be happy to discuss the situation and explain whether we can advise or not.

Relate Chesterfield & North Derbyshire - The Big Give

Message from Amy Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Relate Chesterfield and North Derbyshire

I have just completed an application for us to take part in The Big Give- Christmas Challenge.  This is a fundraising platform for us to raise funds specifically to provide free counselling to 16-25 year olds to give them a safe space to talk about the way Covid-19 has impacted them.  It’s a 2 part process.  Our overall target to raise on this project is £4000, which we can achieve partly through match funding during the first week of December.  However, first we need to secure £1000 worth of pledges before 28 August 2020 to make sure we maximise this opportunity as these will all be doubled.

I’d be really grateful if you could share the link (by e-mail and social media) with as many people as you can and if you are also able to give a little along the way that would be great, but don’t worry if not. You are all already doing more than enough.

We’ve got 8 weeks to do it, so £125 a week.  I know it’s achievable, but I just need your help spreading the word.

Many thanks and let’s go for it!


Tel: 01246 231010

Job Transformation Programme Manager (Careline and Support Services)

Salary Details: £45,591 - £47,464 per annum

Job Term: Fixed term for 18 Months

Appointment type: Full Time

Hours: 37 hours per week


We are looking to recruit an exceptional programme manager to deliver a critical review of the provision of older peoples Careline and support services which will result in a re-shaped service within the Council and support the overall Housing Services Re-shaping programme.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to drive, manage and implement transformational change and at the same time have operational oversight and management of a critical high-profile service to 3,000 vulnerable and older people in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, the Careline & Support Service.

Excellent communications and relationship management skills and experiences will be invaluable, alongside the absolute requirement to deliver the programme.

The Service is facing significant challenges and the Programme Manager will drive and deliver the change programme to create a new service which delivers customer excellence sustainability into the future.

To find out more and how to apply visit:


Closing date: 30 July 2020

Provisional interview date: To be confirmed

Rural Action Derbyshire - Rural Hardship Fund

To view fund please click link below

Our first Annual Report as the merged CCG has been published and can be found here:

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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