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



Date:  13th July 2020

                             Issue: 77


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:

Mental Health Together Survey

Carers News Derbyshire

Volunteering Opportunities in Bolsover District

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Support Line

Youth Work Support

Social Enterprise


News from Derbyshire County Council

Free Counselling - appointments available immediately

Camp Inspire - Wellbeing Focused Holiday Club

Mental Health Together has been invited to join a ‘Mental Health, Autism and Learning Disability Recovery Cell’

They have put together an online survey to help them to gather your feedback




Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health support line

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.

Click here for more information

The tools on this webpage will provide practical information and tools to support the reopening of youth sector activities across a variety of contexts and settings.

Click here for more information

Do you want to influence how the social enterprise sector assists national economies to "build back better” through harnessing local social enterprise activity to create global impact?

If you're a social enterprise, then make sure you're attending one of the most diverse gatherings in the world this year which will bring together social enterprises from across the globe.

Programme topics:

  • Business and community recovery
  • Impact of COVID on the future of business
  • Climate crisis
  • Youth and social procurement.

Click here for more information

If you're a local charity & want to learn how to sell effectively on EBAY, a number of free online webinars are available to help you to learn.

Click here for more information

News from Derbyshire County Council


Derbyshire County Council - Healthy and Well

Visit our Live Life Better Derbyshire website to find out more.



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Free Counselling – appointments available immediately

Derwent Rural Counselling Service are still operating and have been throughout the epidemic, offering telephone and video counselling sessions to Derby and Derbyshire residents. They have been taking referrals by phone, email and web form. Their therapists are offering a lot of additional appointments and therefore their waiting times are very short, as soon as the assessment is completed an appointment to begin treatment will be offered straight away.

Camp Inspire - Wellbeing Focused Holiday Club

Chesterfield FC Community Trust’s Camp Inspire is a Health & Wellbeing summer holiday camp for 4 to 17 year olds focused on enhancing wellbeing and developing soft skills through structured fun activities. Based at Chesterfield FC’s Technique Stadium, the camp will run every weekday from 10am til 3pm from Monday 20th July to Friday 28th August. 

Camp Inspire is for anyone who would benefit from structured holiday activities and any parent or carer can pay for their children to attend for any number of weeks during the holidays. A week block booking system will operate rather than individual days so that ‘bubbles’ can be kept consistent in line with government guidance on best practice, but there can be flexibility in in exceptional cases.

Camp Inspire particularly want to reach those children who would most benefit from attending the programme. 

There will be an opportunity to apply for fully funded places and Chesterfield FC Community Trust are working with Local Authorities, Public Health, COVID community response funds etc. to establish a pot from which to allocate funded places with contributions from many sources. Some schools are also funding places for their students where they have resources available.


Camp Inspire are now able to take applications and referrals. 

For more information about Camp Inspire click HERE.

The Camp Inspire Registration Form can be opened HERE.

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844