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



Date:  10th July 2020

                             Issue: 76


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:

Just Mingle

Chesterfield Community Directory

Chesterfield Borough Council - Masks

Newsletter Aimed At Supporting the Elderly Over the Summer and During C19

A message from Trading Standards

Job Vacancy - Mental Health Policy Officer

Chesterfield Cultural Education Partnership

Rhubarb Farm

High Peak CVS

2 Free Trainings in August: Leadership & Relationships Mapping

Chesterfield Pride

Chesterfield Community Directory

Chesterfield Community Update w.c 6th July 2020

Chesterfield Borough Council – Masks

The council is asking residents to think about the planet when wearing a face covering and encouraging more people to choose reusable solutions.

Read more


Recent Messages you may have missed

Meet your Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa online

Sent 2 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch website

Sent 3 days ago by Gill Riley

On behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


Neighbourhood Watch July Our News eNewsletter is here

Sent 3 days ago by Deborah Waller

On behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


Clap for Carers

Sent 5 days ago by Carole Woodall

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


Keep safe this weekend as pubs and restaurants re-open

Sent 6 days ago by Emma Page

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


PCC welcomes next stage of review into drugs misuse in the UK

Sent 6 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


Derby County V Nottingham Forest

Sent 7 days ago by Carole Woodall

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


New crisis funding to support victims of violence in coronavirus

Sent 7 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


CMARC Recruitment

Sent 8 days ago by Carole Woodall

On behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


Online Strategic Priorities Assurance Board 29 June 2020

Sent 8 days ago by Tim Parkin

On behalf of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner


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Message Sent By

David Braziel (NWN, Communications Administrator, Devon & Cornwall)

Derbyshire Trading Standards are warning consumers about itinerant traders calling at the door to sell fresh/frozen fish.

This follows complaints recently from consumers in Dronfield and Chesterfield who paid high prices for large quantities of fish that turned out to be off.  These complaints have come in since lockdown restrictions have started to be lifted and suggests rogue fish-sellers are back doing the rounds.

Typically these traders will try to sell customers a large quantity of poor quality fish at a high price.  They are known to travel nationally, cold-calling consumers’ homes selling fish which is often misdescribed, mislabelled or unlabelled, overpriced and sometimes underweight.  They usually travel in transit-type vans which may not be refrigerated.  If you are tempted to buy, consider the following;

Is the fish labelled with a description, weight marked, a ‘price per kilo’ and a selling price, as required by law?

Is the van refrigerated - how can you be sure how fresh the fish really is?

Is the van marked with the trader’s details?

Does the trader have a price list of products?

If you are at all uncertain, ask for a price list and say you will think about it and telephone if you want to place an order.  Any reasonable trader will be happy to do this if it leads to regular custom.

Trading standards always advise consumers not to deal with traders who cold-call.  If you wish to report such an issue you can call Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 2231133.


Message Sent By

Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

Job Vacancy - Mental Health Policy Officer

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge where you can make a genuine difference to people’s lives? How about joining a team at Erewash Voluntary Action (EVA) as a Mental Health Policy Officer? 

The Derbyshire Mental Health Forum joined EVA in October 2019 this enhances the 4 year project we ran in Erewash developing the mental health offer.  The post holder will be responsible for the running of the Mental Health Forum and representing the voluntary sector at meetings across Southern Derbyshire.

If you are a self-motivated, dedicated ‘people-person’ whose passion is to support and empower the voluntary sector to enable them to play a key role in the development of mental health services,  you could be just what we are looking for.

Working alongside Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group the post holder will be responsible for sharing information both with and from the key meetings to enable the sector to better understand the local offer and for supporting organisations to develop their roles in mental health service delivery.

The post will be part of EVA’s core business.

Ideally you will have worked in a similar role before, but this position would also be suited to someone with good local knowledge, appropriate experience and enthusiasm. If you are proactive, enthusiastic, person-centred and hold a clean driving licence with unlimited access to a car, then we would love to hear from you.

Closing date for applications: Monday 3rd August 2020 4pm

Interview date: 12th August 2020        


For an application pack email:

Or send an A4 SAE (Large letter stamp) to Stella Scott, Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Ave, Long Eaton NG10 4HD.  For an informal discussion call  Stella Scott Chief Executive Officer on 0115 946 6740


Rhubarb Farm is looking for a suitably experienced and knowledgeable person to become the Farm’s new Drug and Alcohol Worker.

Four documents plus the application form are on the Rhubarb Farm website

Note the need to do a day’s volunteering at the Farm BEFORE submitting your application.

CVs are not acceptable – all applications must be on the Rhubarb Farm application form.

Access to Work Mental Health Support Service

A confidential service is available free to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.

The service is delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

  • Specialist advisers provide:
  • Tailored work-focused mental health support for nine months
  • Suitable coping strategies
  • A support plan to keep them in, or return to work
  • Ideas for workplace adjustments to help them fulfill their role
  • Practical advice to support those with a mental health condition.

If you or your colleagues would like support, call us now on 0300 456 8114 or email


Changes to Town Centres

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

The changes include making some pavements wider by taking away a small number of parking bays, making some roads one way or closed to give more space for shoppers or offer a safe cycling and walking route, and putting up signs reminding people to keep their distance from others.

Towns that have now had changes made include:

  • Ashbourne
  • Bakewell
  • Belper
  • Buxton
  • Chesterfield
  • New Mills
  • Ripley

Community Chesterfield present

Next two FREE Sessions coming up for

Chesterfield Voluntary Organisations &

St Helena Campus University of Derby:


Leadership Skills Training

Thursday 6th August 9.30 - 11.30am


Relationship Mapping Training

Wednesday 12th August 9.30 - 11.30am


Booking Essential

Two FREE online courses for Chesterfield Community & Voluntary Third Sector organisations

and for staff and students at St Helena Campus, University of Derby

funded for you by ‘Community Chesterfield’ - putting the UNI in COMMuniTY!




Leadership Skills Training

Join this short session to think about your leadership skills and how to maximise your strengths as a leader. Improve your confidence to inspire those around you and understand what value you bring to any situation. Develop your best qualities and take home some top tips on how to share your vision with those around you.


Relationship Mapping Training

Relationship mapping is a good way to evaluate the organisations and individuals within and around your organisation who can bring huge benefits to the work that you are doing. At this short session, learn a simple way to analyse and evaluate your relationships and take home ideas and tools to improve them in the future.


Course Leader

Both these courses will be delivered by Jenny from ‘Community Chesterfield’. Jenny has over fifteen years working in the third sector in key management and relationship building roles, for both small and large organisations including ‘Pathways to Health’ ‘British Red Cross’ and ‘National Trust’. In that time she has prioritised working collaboratively as a leader with disparate stakeholders. Over the past five years she has also worked as a trainer, delivering training to volunteers, staff at both a local and regional level.


If you'd like to book a space on either or both these courses,

please click below as indicated.


Eventbrite will confirm your booking(s) by email, then closer to the date we'll be in touch with a link(s) and the details you'll need to attend.

Chesterfield Pride

The Edward Carpenter Sponsored Walk in aid of Derbyshire LGBT+ : this will take place on Sunday 30th August and will go from The Chesterfield Arms to the Royal Oak, Millthorpe. Edward Carpenter lived in Millthorpe with his partner, George Merrill. The event is being organised by Councillor Ed Fordham and campaigner, Luke Povey. To register please contact Ed at Ian, CEO of Derbyshire LGBT+, and John, Hate Crime Advocate and Project Officer at Derbyshire LGBT+, will be among those completing the 5.3 mile walk alongside Human Rights Campaigner, Peter Tatchell and many others. Please register if you would like to join us and encourage others you know to walk with us. Every penny really will help!



Chesterfield Pride: This year’s Pride event in Chesterfield has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers are hoping to reschedule the event for later in the year. However, it may have to be cancelled altogether. Visit: for more information.

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