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



Date:  20th July 2020

                             Issue: 82


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:

Barrow Hill Community Trust Consultation

Chesterfield Foodbank

ACCA Online Arts & Crafts Club

Residents Urged To Get Involved As New Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Website Launches

Are you shopping online?

Children's and Young People Summer Activities Directory

Chesterfield Community Food Hut Volunteers!

Chesterfield Football Club Spireites Trust

Blend Youth Project

Asian Association Newsletter

Chance To Speak about Policing Concerns in Chesterfield

DVA Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Our weekly self referral service is open. This allows local people in financial crisis to collect food from one of our centres around Chesterfield. You can complete the form until the end of Sunday. Our volunteers will then contact you on Monday to confirm your details and advise the best centre to attend. Our centres are in central Chesterfield (Tuesday), New Whittington (Thursday), Loundsley Green (Friday) and Brimington (Monday). To use this service please click on the link below:

Arts & Crafts Online

ACCA offers a free onlineArts & Crafts Club to those that want to remain active, creative and look after their well being during the current pandemic.  This online Arts & Crafts session will consist of creating Arts & Crafts items in your own homes with the guidance of Theresa via Zoom.  Items will be provided and posted to your homes for future sessions to ensure eveyone who wishes to take part is able (please e-mail/ text if interested). The Arts & Crafts session will last for one hour and will include a catch up. For the first session you will need the folowing: White paper, pen/ pencil and coloured pencil crayons. Happy crafting!


Topic: ACCA Arts & Crafts Zoom Meeting

Time: Jul 23, 2020 12:15 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 882 3161 7435

Password: 9veyrw

If you encounter any issues whilst trying to log on please contact Lud or Keith on 01246 208 052 or 07940 285 534.

We are urging people to think about ways they can get involved in Neighbourhood Watch as the scheme launches a new website for Derbyshire.

The site,, allows you to find out if there is a watch in your area and gives information on how you can join an existing group or set up your own watch.

It also features the latest watch news and information on Derbyshire’s Neighbourhood Watch board members.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson said: “By joining a watch or becoming a co-ordinator, you can help keep your local area safe. It’s also a good way of getting to know people in your local community.

“The new website is full of useful information about the scheme and I would encourage people to think about how they can get involved with Neighbourhood Watch.”

You can contact Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch by emailing


You can also follow them on social media:


Message Sent By

Ben Sherwin (Media, Staff, Force HQ)

Have you bought anything online recently?…

Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.

Online shopping fraud during lockdown

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive.

Top tips for shopping online securely:

Choosing where to shop:

If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.

Email accounts:

Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use

your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Scam messages:

Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don't use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Payment method:

If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud

We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.

If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website's address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you've been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.

For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit


Message Sent By

Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Children’s and Young People Summer Activities Directory

Below is a new children’s and young people Summer Activities Directory, with plenty of online activities plus summer camp activities in Chesterfield.


Chesterfield community food hut volunteers!

Plea for Volunteers from Chesterfield Community Food Hut – see below – can you help?

Chesterfield Community Food Hut was set up at the beginning of lockdown, to support those in need, such as shielding or struggling financially. We have to date sent out over 5000 parcels to our local people in need, mostly families in financial crisis and the lone elderly. We do not charge for the food, however if able a donation is gratefully received. We have no criteria, for one simple reason, access to food is a basic human right and I will forever support this. We receive such amazing response from the people of Chesterfield, local businesses and Supermarkets, providing us daily with donations of food. We are running on bare minimum volunteers, the different roles are anything from packing the parcels, stocking the hut with donations, leaflet dropping, delivery driving, shopping, admin, the list goes on. We are a friendly, safe and welcoming place should anyone need us, we are based at Monkwood Community Room, Monkwood Road, Dunston, Chesterfield, S41 8DG.


We are open Mondays: 10am-4pm

Wednesdays: 3pm-8pm

Fridays: 10am-4pm

However if these hours do not suit there is always something an amazing volunteer can be making a difference by doing!

If you feel you could spare any precious time, you can contact me on 07784932115


Chesterfield Football Club Spireites Trust

Blend Youth Project

To view above please click link below


Our officers in Chesterfield are offering residents the chance to speak about policing concerns in the area.

They will be available tomorrow, Tuesday 21 July, between 10am and 12 noon in Unit 23, a vacant shop in The Pavements Shopping Centre (opposite Poundland).

Measures are being put in place to allow the event to take place as safely as possible under current Covid-19 guidelines.

There will be taped areas to indicate and ensure two metre social distancing is adhered to, hand sanitiser and masks should also be used and available when needed.

Frequent cleaning of surfaces will also be taking place during the event.

PCSOs Theresa Knowles and Adele Chapman-Jones, of the Chesterfield Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, have helped to organise the drop-in opportunity and will be there on the day.

PCSO Knowles said: “We wanted to give residents the opportunity to meet with us face to face to discuss any concerns they may have around policing but it is important that we do this as safety as possible and that measures are in place to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

“While we won’t be able to hand out information, we still hope to be able to provide advice on a one to one basis where we can, take details of any concerns and offer reassurance. We look forward to seeing members of our community and appreciate their understanding of the covid-19 measures we have put in place.”

If you are not able to make the event, or would like to contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team but do not want to attend in person at this time you can also contact them using the non-emergency methods below.

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact

Website – complete the online contact form

Phone – call us on 101.


Message Sent By

North Division (Police, Safer Neighbourhood Communications Officer, North Derbyshire)


Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum


Wednesday 22nd July 2020

9.45am – 12noon 

Due to the current situation this Forum will be held online via Zoom


The agenda includes:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing during the pandemic

James Creaghan, Public Health Lead for Mental Health, Derbyshire County Council

  • State of the Sector (Voluntary and Community updates and feedback)

Join us to reflect on the last 3 months impact on local groups and communities, plans to move forward and lessons learnt

  • Test and Trace 

Jane Careless and Abid Mumtaz, Derbyshire County Council will update us on how test and trace is developing in Derbyshire

  • Question Time Panel

Q & A session with the morning’s speakers and some additional key panel members 


Download the agenda HERE

Download the previous Forum Minutes HERE


If you would like to attend,

please register HERE through Eventbrite.

Each person attending must be booked separately via Eventbrite. The name/email used to book must be for the person attending. If you can no longer attend please cancel your place to allow others to book.

The Zoom link to access the meeting will be sent to you before the Forum – when you receive this link please do not share it with anyone else.

If you need any further information please contact

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

Please view flyer


If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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