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



Date:  17th July 2020

                             Issue: 81


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:

Writing for Wellbeing with Leonie Martin on Zoom

Ashgate Heritage Arts

Scam Awareness During the Pandemic

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


Summer Food Programme

Children & Young People Now Awards

Stop Hate Uk Job Adverts

Skills for Carers - for parents and carers of loved ones with eating disorders 

Emergency food supplies

Free Online COVID-19 Psychological First Aid Course

Free digital advice for charities

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

YMCA Derbyshire job vacancy

Discuss Local Concerns With Your Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa Online

Writing for Wellbeing with Leonie Martin on Zoom

Derbyshire author Leonie Martin is offering a choice of two dates on Zoom for her latest Writing for Wellbeing workshop on the theme of ‘Journeys'. Both workshops will include the same engaging writing activities and an opportunity to share your work in a safe and relaxing ‘virtual’ space. If your summer travel plans have been scuppered by the pandemic, then click on one of the the Eventbrite links below to book your place and be ready to travel with your imagination. You’ll need to pack pen and paper, but no masks are required!  Early booking is advised as the number of places has been reduced to suit the online environment. 

Workshop 1 Wednesday 22nd July 11:00-12:30  

Workshop 2 Saturday 1st August 11:00-12:30

Ashgate Heritage Arts: ‘The Crooked Spire’ - a Medieval, Murder-Mystery Musical

A story of murder and deception and love set in Chesterfield in the aftermath of a global pandemic! 

A developmental reading of an excerpt from a musical in the making, ‘The Crooked Spire’ is a story of murder, mystery, deception and love set in Chesterfield during the 1360 building of St Mary’s Church spire, in the aftermath of a global pandemic!  Just a short few years after the Plague ravaged the country, the spire is rising above the tower of the Parish Church.

John Carpenter has come to help build that spire. He finds a friend in a young boy, Walter and falls head over heels for Katherine. But death and intrigue strike the construction site and John is suspected of murder.  He is faced with a life and death struggle to clear his name and bring the guilty to justice. 

Produced by Ashgate Heritage Arts ‘The Crooked Spire,’ is being presented online for the Buxton Festival Fringe on Friday 17th July and Saturday 18th July 2020 at 7pm.  The creators have been collaborating from a distance to write the script, songs and music for this original piece and will also host a Q & A session at 8pm on the 18th to discuss their experience of working collaboratively during lockdown.

Chris Nickson’ novel, The Crooked Spire, has been adapted for the stage by Fringe award-winning writer, Mary Hennessy whose script brings the flavour and character of the story to life. Music and lyrics by Martin Coslett (Ferguson’s Gang, The Perfect City) and Peter Gray (Aliens in 6F, Mr Boltin and the Temple of Doom.) Martin and Peter’s music and songs blend traditional folk melodies with contemporary harmonies and rhythms to set your feet tapping. 

A cast of professional actors, singers have been “filmed” for this unique production. 

Go to

Contact Ashgate Heritage Arts: Peter Gray 07739084478

Scams during lockdown are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated, and they can affect anyone. Becoming a victim can have a serious effect on your physical and mental health, as well as your finances.

To report scams and fraud visit the force’s website

For victim services visit

The Commissioner's low resolution video is attached, or click the picture below to be taken to the high resolution post on Facebook.


Scam Awareness video final b LR.mp4

Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

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Deadline for entries is 25th September

The Children & Young People Now Awards shine a spotlight on the vital role that so many organisations, teams and committed individuals play in improving the lives of children, young people and families across the UK.

For more information please click link below

Please find below 2 exciting opportunities to join the Stop Hate UK team. 

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Skills for Carers - for parents and carers of loved ones with eating disorders


Our next free Skills for Carers workshop which for this series we will be delivering online and each workshop will last for 1.5 hours training for parents and older siblings.

It would be suitable for any carer who has concerns about their CYP with body image, disordered or eating disorders and we ask all delegates to attend each of the 5 workshops which becomes closed to new entrants from the 2nd workshop event. 

The success of our workshops often leads to the parents forming their own ongoing peer group and staying connected with First Steps and our NHS peers once they have completed their training and are equipped to effectively provide supported self care in their home environment.

With this group of workshops being run online we don’t have a capacity issue where during normal face to face we try to keep the parent/carer group to a maximum of 12/15 adults.  With it being learning online we happy to deliver to a larger group this time.

If parents are not able to attend our August programme, we will shortly be advertising a range of additional opportunities in Chesterfield, Bolsover, Buxton and 4 different South Derbyshire locations for a physical face to face delivery later this year and running through until March 2021.

Any parent/carer can register on our and any professional can refer a parent also.

Open the flyer HERE.

Emergency food supplies

Food parcels provided to vulnerable households and individuals by Derbyshire County Council and Government will stop from 1 August 2020.

This is because the Government is no longer advising people to shield whicch means that from that point anyone who has been shielding can leave their house to go food shopping.

A number of alternative options are available if you are unable to shop for yourself.

If this affects you, you can sign up for priority supermarket deliveries. You have until Friday 17 July to sign up. Find out more HERE.

Free Online COVID-19 Psychological First Aid Course

Developed by Public Health England, this course is aimed at frontline or essential workers and volunteers dealing with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information:

Free digital advice for charities

Free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus, provided by expert volunteers.

Digital Boost aim to help charities and small businesses get the essential digital skills they need. They match organisations in need with digital experts to offer one to one conversations and practical webinars for free.

Find out more HERE.

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

YMCA Derbyshire job vacancy

Programme Tutor (MAT Cover)

35 Hours

Derby and Ilkeston

Closing date 24 July 2020

Interview date 31 July 2020


Job Description

To apply for this opportunity please complete an application form along with your CV to

If you would like an informal chat to discuss this opportunity please telephone Gill Anthony on 01159443226.

The Commissioner is hosting a ‘virtual’ evening event to discuss the concerns raised in your local area following the completion of his tour of Derbyshire where he visited 383 towns, villages and neighbourhoods.

During the event, you will receive feedback on the key issues raised by the public, and will outline some of the steps taken to address these matters.

The North East Derbyshire event is being held on 21 July and will commence at 6:30pm, finishing by 8:00pm. To book your place for this virtual event please visit to find the link to the ticket portal for the area, or call the office on 0300 122 6000. Following registration, you will receive further instructions.

Please kindly circulate this invitation as far as possible and feel free to invite any local residents of North East Derbyshire who may be interested in hearing from the Police & Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.


Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

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