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



Date:  16th July 2020

                             Issue: 80


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:

Community Climate Action Network

Place-making x place-based change

Do you support the idea of a Chesterfield-based Plastic Free Festival?

Carbon Co-op

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Carers Association

P3 Charity

Derbyshire LGBT+

Ashgate Hospice

Holme Hall Unite Community Garden

Community Climate Action Network

Are you a climate change focused community group in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire?

Everybody's Talking, the regional campaign, is in the process of updating their list of community groups in the area for their website. They want to include as many of you on there as possible! If you find that your group/organisation is not listed or want any information to be updated, please fill in the Community Groups Listing Form.

Stretched for time but still want to be included? They would still like to hear from you! You can let us know by sending them a message on Twitter or Facebook or emailing . They would be happy to write you a description.

Guest Speaker for Community Climate Action Network Zoom

More information below

Online Meeting for Community Groups and Job Opportunities

Place-making x place-based change

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

As we face increasingly global challenges - Covid-19, a climate crisis, deepening poverty and widening inequalities - we find ourselves increasingly needing to look local to understand these issues and to explore and act upon solutions. How do two different approaches, both focussed on this idea of place, each help us to address these challenges? And how by learning from each other and working together can we better use place to create meaningful change for people?

Click here for more information

Do you support the idea of a Chesterfield-based

Plastic Free Festival? 

Community Lead of Plastic Free Chesterfield, Greg Hewitt, has a proposal to organise a Plastic Free Festival in Chesterfield in 2021 - a family-fun event with stalls selling plastic-free goods, workshops on how to reuse and upcycle, food, drink, and live performances.

Greg has put together a survey to find out whether you think this is a good idea:         

Click here for more information


Carbon Co-op is an 'energy services and advocacy co-operative that helps people and communities to make the radical reductions in home carbon emissions necessary to avoid runaway climate change'.

They regularly run free webinars. Past webinars have included:  

  • Reflecting on Retrofit – 5 years on from Community Green Deal
  • Retrofitting Domestic Heat Pumps – methods and lessons from Ireland
  • Home Health Check Webinar

You can watch recordings of these webinars and more be clicking here.

We're asking parents to complete a short survey to let us know how they intend their children will make the journey from home to school when the new academic year starts in September 2020.

We're asking parents to fill in the school transport survey

News from Derbyshire County Council

Also below is a link to our research page as we have teamed up with researchers from Psychology at the University of Derby to develop a more in-depth understanding of the experiences and challenges which unpaid carers encounter in their day-to-day lives.

More information below

P3 Derbyshire & Staffordshire Outreach Team criteria & referral routes

Holme Hall Unite Community Garden

Home Hall Unite feature in the latest edition of Reflections magazine.

RESIDENTS of a housing estate in Chesterfield have created their very own award-winning community garden. The Holme Hall estate, which is home to between three and four thousand residents, was lacking a place where they could meet, so a local group – aptly named the Holme Hall Unite Community Group – decided to create its own community garden. Tony Hedley, chair of the group, says: “Over 300 flats on the estate have no outside space, which was one of the main motivators for creating the garden. People can sit on one of the benches and enjoy a quiet moment, reading a newspaper or enjoying a picnic. There are very few seats on the estate, so the garden’s a convenient place to take a break when people are on their way back home with their shopping. It’s also next door to a care home, so the residents there also make use of it.”

Read the full story HERE:

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