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



Date:  15th July 2020

                             Issue: 79


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:

Can you help? - Make our 'Life in Lockdown' book a reality

Sport England

Rhubarb Farm

News from Volunteer Centre Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire

Mental Health Support in Work

Rykneld Homes

Meet With Your Commissioner Online Event

Chesterfield Borough Council - Virtual Full Council

Chesterfield FC Community Trust Launch Summer Activities

First Art

Can you help? - Make our 'Life in Lockdown' book a reality

Derbyshire Voluntary Action are working on an exciting project to publish a book ‘Life in Lockdown’, 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.

As an organisation Derbyshire Voluntary Action proudly supports hundreds of voluntary sector organisations and community groups. We are passionate about championing the work of the community and its volunteers. We are incredibly proud of our strong working relationship with Public Health, NHS, local businesses, and our funders. With this in mind we feel truly able to make a powerful book that represents how our community has responded to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Charlotte Higgins, who is leading the project said “The young, the elderly, volunteers, health care workers, survivors of Covid-19 and the bereaved… everyone has their own unique story that deserves to be told and preserved for future generations. Volunteers can put in to words why they felt compelled to give their time, how attitudes have changed towards the community they live in and what next? How small businesses have adapted and been hugely resourceful in order to survive but in many cases became a crucial life line for local people. Photographs capturing special moments of hand clapping, rainbows in the windows, VE day celebrations on the drive, emotional reunions and exhausted masked care workers. The first-hand accounts of Covid-19 survivors and the agony of relatives unable to bring comfort to loved ones.”

“It’s our way of giving back to the community whilst singing the praises of those unsung heroes”

Submissions are welcome from amateur and professional artists, poets, photographers, creative writers, crafters and song writers. Allow your creativity to record your experience, the ups and the downs, the feelings of isolation and let’s not forget the heart-warming stories, the acts of kindness and elements of lockdown we may not want to lose! This book aims to celebrate how we rose to an unprecedented challenge and showed that community spirit is alive and kicking.

The ‘Life in Lockdown’ book will be for sale to the public with the proceeds going towards supporting local charities or the community.

To make the book a reality we are hoping to raise funds to cover the publishing, marketing and distribution costs for the initial run of 500 copies.


How you can help make the ‘Life In lockdown’ book a reality

1. Contribute to the book by submitting content - this could be a photograph, a story, art work or a poem etc. Find out how to get your work featured in the book on our website -   

2. Donate £1 or whatever you can afford to help fund the book through our fundraising page -

3. Share our fundraising page with your family and friends -

4. Share the hashtag #lifeinlockdownchesterfield on your social media

We hope you will join us and be part of our ‘Life in Lockdown’ journey, and be instrumental in not only preserving history for future generations, but at this time of need, help provide a therapeutic outlet and something for us all to look forward to.

If you have any questions, or would like further information about the ‘Life in Lockdown’ book project please contact Charlotte Higgins on 07907 484835 or


Job Vacancy at Rhubarb Farm

Rhubarb Farm is seeking to find a suitably experienced and knowledgeable person to fill the new post of FOOD CHAMPION.

The post will co-ordinate all the food work in response to the pandemic, and in the recovery period afterwards.  This is a part-time post.

Job Description, background information, advert and application form can all be accessed from the Rhubarb Farm website  

Please note the requirement for all serious applicants to complete a day’s volunteering at the Farm before submitting an application.



Access to Work Mental Health Support Service

This confidential service delivered by Remploy is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and is available at no charge to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.


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.


Please note

To be eligible for this service, individuals need to be in permanent or temporary employment and have a mental health condition (diagnosed or undiagnosed) that has resulted in workplace absence, or is causing difficulties to remain in work.

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

Find out more:

North East Derbyshire District Council supported by Rykneld Homes, is carrying out consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Allocations Policy. To view the changes and have your say visit our website -

Please find a letter inviting your community members to PCC Hardyal Dhindsa’s virtual Meet With Your Commissioner event for North East Derbyshire. This was due to be held back in March, but will now take place online due to coronavirus restrictions.

 We look forward to seeing you at the event.


Gill Quayle

Engagement Co-ordinator

Virtual Full Council

The first virtual full Council takes place at 5pm today, 15th July 2020.

You can watch live on Chesterfield Borough Council's website here:

Chesterfield FC Community Trust Launch Summer Activities


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