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



Date:  14th July 2020

                             Issue: 78


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:

Links Activity during Covid-19 pandemic period:1st June - 30th June 2020

Meals on Wheels Service launching on 15th July 2020

Shelagh's Sewing Circle - Free Face Masks

NAVCA Job Vacancies

Sowing Hope for life after lockdown

Life in Lockdown - Book by Derbyshire Voluntary Action

COVID-19 survey for individuals living with ASC/LD and their carers

COVID & Beyond State of the VCS survey now live

News from Derbyshire County Council

Free Training from Community Chesterfield

If any viewing problems please refer to link below

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Shelagh’s Sewing Circle - Free Face Masks

Shelagh’s Sewing Circle is a group of 150+ volunteers based in Dronfield/S.Sheffield area who are currently making & distributing free face masks to a wide range of health, voluntary & charity organisation.

Our initial priorities have been surgeries, care homes & health professionals, but as capacity grew, we broadened out to nurseries & other priority key workers, like charities in contact with vulnerable groups & 3rd sector organisations needing to supplement their PPE.

As of last night we have made and distributed nearly 30.000 masks, mostly to the Dronfield, South Sheffield, Chesterfield, S.Yorkshire & NE Derbyshire areas, but word of mouth, appearances on local radio & TV (Look North & Calender News) & support from Patrick Grant of Sewing Bee has resulted in orders from wider care homes & key workers across the country, including London, Norwich, Liverpool & Scotland!!

The masks are completely free and are being made from donated goods. They were originally produced in consultation with local health professionals and are washable for cleansing, although steaming with a hot iron also sterilises them between contacts.

There are a couple of pictures below so you can see the product. You can also find more information by looking at our website -

 People who are interested in getting some of these free masks can order them via this website.

I would be very happy to discuss this if people have questions. Please feel feee to pass this on to others you may have contact with, and thanks in advance for your help in getting the message out.


Mark Kaczmarek

07740 347229


Job Vacancies

NAVCA are recruiting two fixed term roles, both with an immediate start, to support them in delivering their current programmes and membership support.

Both roles will be contracted to 31st March 2021 (though they may become permanent roles in the future), and may be suitable as a development opportunity or a secondment for someone. 

Candidates must be available for an immediate start, must be within easy travel distance of Sheffield (an hour’s travel time maximum) and must be very comfortable working in a virtual team environment.

The two roles are Partnerships Manager (reporting to Anna, Head of Membership) and Programmes Manager (reporting to Alex, Head of Business Development.)

Given the timescales required for the appointment NAVCA are running a short recruitment process (closing date for both roles is Sunday 19th July).

Sowing Hope for life after lockdown

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire have been working with local businesses and organisations to bring home-horticulture packs to older people across the city and county.

Many older people are facing an extended period of isolation and uncertainty. Along with the loneliness, worry and practical difficulties this brings, many people are also finding that boredom and a loss of meaningful occupation through volunteering, socialising or getting out and about is having a detrimental impact upon mental health.

In response to this hidden crisis, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire are working to deliver home-horticulture kits to older people living alone and in care homes. The kits will include a booklet of activities, seeds and planting instructions, and in the case of individuals with no garden, a pot and enough compost to grow their seedling. They have been developed with the help of Horticultural Therapist Caroline Cook, who has a background in working in the NHS and in care homes.

Recipients won’t need a propagator, seed dibber or any fancy equipment, and don’t need to have any experience of gardening.

Further kits are planned for flowers to be planted later in Summer. If you or somebody you know would like to receive one, please get in touch via email:- or call 01773 766922


Life in Lockdown - Book by Derbyshire Voluntary Action

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is to publish a book documenting the Covid-19 Pandemic as seen through the eyes of Chesterfield and surrounding areas residents…but we really need your help in doing this.

  • Do you have interesting photos of bad haircuts, VE Day celebrations, volunteer’s delivering food parcels, deserted streets and queues outside supermarkets?
  • Have you kept a diary during this time or have you expressed yourself in a short story or poem?
  • Have you or your children created rainbows for your windows or a scarecrow in your garden?
  • Maybe you now feel inspired to create something?·       

Submissions will be welcomed from amateur and professional artists, poets, photographers, creative writers, crafters, whether you are the young, the elderly, volunteers, survivors of Covid-19 or the bereaved…everyone has their own unique story that deserves to be told and preserved for future generations. This book aims to unite us through a common goal, celebrating how we rose to an unprecedented challenge and showed that community spirit is alive and kicking.

Allow your creativity to record your experience and consider the ways you’ve dealt with the changes, the ups and the downs, the feelings of isolation and loneliness and let’s not forget the heart-warming stories, the acts of kindness towards strangers and elements of lockdown we may not want to lose!

With your permission the work you submit may be featured in the Covid-19 book, our Network magazine, Derbyshire Voluntary Action website’s COVID 19 page, social media platforms and when it is safe to do so, an event for us all to meet and view the array of submissions.

By submitting your contribution you are agreeing to its publication and distribution, space will be limited in the book and therefore Derbyshire Voluntary Action reserve the right to edit that submission.

Could you please ensure images are taken in a good light, in focus and not taken from social media but sent directly from your phone/camera/computer to this Dropbox account:

If you submit images to Dropbox could you also email so that we know who you are.

Please email your submissions to or by post to Charlotte Higgins, Derbyshire Voluntary Action, Offices 2a – 2c, The Market Hall, Chesterfield S40 1AR

To help ‘Life in Lockdown’ become a reality please donate to:

COVID-19 survey for individuals living with ASC/LD and their carers

We are writing to ask for your support in helping vulnerable members of our community to have their voice heard during this difficult time.

Derby and Derbyshire CCG are seeking to assess the impact of COVID-19 on individuals living with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and/or Learning Difficulties (LD) and their carers, with specific focus on their ability to access services during this time and affect to their mental health.

Many of the services used by these individuals have been significantly affected by the pandemic and Derby and Derbyshire CCG want to assess exactly how services have been impacted, what changes may have taken place to services, how these changes have been experienced by the ASC and LD members of our community, and what changes need to be made going forward; to do this, Citizens Advice Mid Mercia are launching a survey to gather the necessary data.

The survey consists of 10 questions and is aimed at those with lived experience of ASC and/or LD and their carers. The questions ask participants about their experiences in relation to service access during COVID-19 and aims to gather their thoughts and feelings on the pandemic. The survey is anonymous and no personal data will be collected. The survey is also available as an ‘easy read’ version which can be completed with our assistance, please pass on the details below if this is required.

In order to ensure wide access to the survey, there are several avenues for participants to complete the survey:

  • The survey is accessible on our website: Participants will be able to follow the link and answer the questions accordingly. This link can be shared via email to any appropriate services/professionals/individuals and shared across social media platforms where possible. There is an 'easy read' option available also on our website;
  • The survey can be sent out electronically to participants as a document to fill in by ticking boxes and writing responses where appropriate. Participants will then be asked to send the completed survey via email to . Below is the

survey document, including the 'easy read' option, ready for you to disseminate;

  • The survey can be completed over the phone if this is the preferred method for participants. Participants can have access to a copy to read to provide a verbal response. Alternatively, the questions can be read to the participants and filled in by the call handler, depending on preference. Participants are also welcome to call 01332 228 790 where they will be given the option to leave a message asking us to call them back to answer the questions with them.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could disseminate this survey as widely as possible amongst professionals and if appropriate, directly with your clients or patients. We would also greatly appreciate it if you could utilise every channel at your disposal to disseminate this survey, including social media, websites, newsletters, and so on.

The closing date for participation in the survey is Sunday 26th July. 

May we take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation of your cooperation and support, the future of those with ASC and LD or their carers could greatly benefit from this collaborative approach from us all.


The Autism Information and Advice Team


Dr Tiffany Webster

Service Manager for Autism and Carers

 Citizens Advice Mid Mercia

 m: 07939323192


Universal Services for Carers in Derby:


Twitter: @Carers_Derby

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Tell us about your experience of the last few extraordinary months, and what support you need – and win a £25 supermarket voucher!

Closing date 31 July 2020

We want to hear community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises of all kinds and all sizes, from all parts of Derby City and Derbyshire.

This includes established organisations (whether or not you have been able to provide services during the lockdown), as well as new informal mutual aid / neighbourhood groups; and faith organisations, parish councils and food banks responding to the crisis.

All completed surveys will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 x £25 supermarket vouchers!

We want to find out, capture and share:

  • All the good work that you have been doing to make sure that people affected by COVID, especially the most vulnerable, have been supported.
  • What you have learned and experienced
  • What the impact has been on your organisation
  • Crucially, we also want to know what support and resources you will need in future, so that we can make sure that you get this

The survey should take about 20 minutes, and will ask questions about:

  • Your organisation (what you do, where you work, who you support and your annual income)
  • What you have been doing (if anything) to support people during COVID (including the kinds of support you have provided, the numbers of people you have helped and the number of volunteers who have been involved).
  • The impact of COVID on your organisation, including your income, staff (if any), volunteer numbers, levels of demand, needs and geographical differences.
  • Your experience of COVID – what the challenges have been, what you have learned – and what support you will need going forward.

Click here to start the survey

This survey is being carried out by the 3D (Third Sector Support for Derbyshire) network of local CVS, Volunteer Centres and other local voluntary sector support organisations working in partnership with public sector colleagues.

If you have any questions, or if would rather complete the survey on paper or as a Word document, or if you need someone to help you fill it in please email

We are now reporting Covid infection rates at local level following the release of new information from Public Health England (PHE).

Covid infection rate data now published at local level

Three new electric car charging sites are now ready for use as part of our push to increase the number of charge points across the county.

New electric car charging sites ready for use

COVID-19 Weekly Surveillance Report

Our Public Health knowledge and intelligence team are now receiving weekly data at postcode level for confirmed COVID-19 cases and are publishing this following agreement at the Local Outbreak Engagement Board on a Friday. They will be publishing this on a weekly basis, please click on the link below if this is something that interests you:

Community Chesterfield have several upcoming FREE training sessions that are open to Community & Voluntary Third Sector organisations or groups in Chesterfield and immediate surrounding areas.

Please click on the links to read the full training session details and to book your FREE place.

A FREE project for Community & Voluntary Third Sector organisations or groups in Chesterfield area to BUILD YOUR BRAND!

Does your organisation need a brand refresh? A new logo? The tools to have a consistent, recognisable impact across all of your marketing?

We are offering you the chance to work with Kate Dawson, marketing expert from Well Read PR and Hayley Beaumont, Brand Designer Intern from the University of Derby, based at Community Chesterfield; to refresh or create the templates and tools you need to take your marketing to the next level.

This incredible opportunity is fully funded by the Community Chesterfield project.

  • To take advantage of this offer you will need to commit to:
  • A two hour training session on producing your design brief.
  • Some follow up work on preparing your design brief, with a virtual support meeting of 15 minutes.
  • A further meeting or two and collaboration with Community Chesterfield’s very own designer.

Using the brief you a have been supported to write by Kate, Hayley will then produce for you the building blocks of your brand!

The 2-hour brand webinar content will cover:

  • Why should your charity or voluntary organisation care about its brand? Why a strong brand is fundamental to building the trust of beneficiaries / service users, supporters and partners.
  • What’s in a brand? Aligning brand to your organisation’s values and personality.
  • More than just a logo. The different elements that make up your brand identity including brand hierarchies and straplines
  • Brand artwork – different files and formats for various print and digital usage
  • Developing your brand brief. Reviewing your existing brand; crystalising your values, USP and brand personality and understanding your brand ‘high street’


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