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



Date:  21st July 2020

                             Issue: 83


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:

Free Drug & Alcohol Training Online

National Role For Derbyshire Pcc

Derbyshire County Council - Face Covering

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

First Art

Derbyshire Carers Association

Plastic Free Pledge

Derbyshire County Council - We're reopening 2 more Derbyshire libraries

Chesterfield Borough Council - Job Advert

Job opportunity - Community Chesterfield Project Manager

FREE Drug and Alcohol Training Online

To view information please click link below

Online Training

Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner and the only PCC from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background, has been chosen to lead nationally on Equality, Diversity and Human Rights issues on behalf of his fellow PCCs.

Speaking after the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners' AGM Hardyal Dhindsa said: "There has been some good progress over the years in tackling issues such as hate crime and disproportionality and we have improved diversity in the workforce. But we must do more.

"I am aware that in the aftermath of the McPherson Report action was taken on many of the recommendations.  But that early head of steam seems to have petered out somewhat and I think we need to reboot this work in light of recent events.

"I know that we are willing to do our bit, but I want wider society to work with us and do their bit too.  This must never become an ‘us and them' situation."

The role includes working with the NPCC and other policing partners to tackle hate crime, support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.  It encompasses improving diversity and inclusion in the police workforce and driving work to reduce disparity in the Criminal Justice System.

Mr Dhindsa has already shown that he is leading by example.

Earlier this month, the PCC revealed that a major review has commenced in Derbyshire, looking at policing practices across the area to identify areas requiring improvement in tackling racial inequality.

The Chief Constable and the Commissioner agreed an urgent review of the impact of the force's organisational policies and practices on citizens and staff members from all BAME backgrounds, but also specifically in relation to black men and women.

"We've always taken equality issues extremely seriously and have been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity within policing but there is so much more to do and this review will go much deeper in examining further opportunities for progress," said Mr Dhindsa.

"The spotlight is shining, across the country and beyond, on incidents spawned by discrimination, inequality and prejudice. The shocking murder of George Floyd in the US sparked a defining moment in our history and I'm determined the outpouring of anger and grief which has followed will lead to meaningful and permanent change within our justice system and society as a whole."

The review is a robust programme of scrutiny examining trends in the use of discretional powers including arrest, stop and search, use of force, Taser, firearms incidents, fixed penalty notices and a whole raft of policing powers including temporary enforcement introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Internal staffing issues will also come under the spotlight including performance matters, complaints, misconduct allegations and outcomes; while further scrutiny will focus on the Force's engagement with community representative groups to identify any gaps, particularly in relation to young black men and women.   

"We have listened to the powerful testimonies of campaigners and it is absolutely right that we seek positive change in response," said Mr Dhindsa.

"For policing to be truly effective, people need to feel valued, supported, respected and understood and it is quite clear that for some within our BAME communities we still have a long way to go. Trust is critical and we need to understand how we can rectify that by looking at the evidence and speaking to people.

"I'm immensely proud of the work we have done so far to increase BAME representation within the Force and challenge disproportionality but there is more to be done."

The review will look at relevant national inquiries including The Lammy Review, an independent assessment of the treatment of, and outcomes for, BAME individuals in the Criminal Justice System which concluded in 2017, to see if and how the recommendations have been acted upon.

The Force will spend four weeks scrutinising data before consulting the public and stakeholders on the findings. Project leaders will also assess performance against national best practice to identify potential areas of improvement.

The review was outlined in a report to the Commissioner's Strategic Priorities Board (SPA) last month.  The research and feedback will be used to draft a strategic action plan which will be monitored through the SPA and PCC.


Message Sent By

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

Derbyshire County Council Face Covering

From the 24 July you must wear a face covering in shops and continue to wear one on public transport. Did you know you can make your own face-covering at home? This guide on the government’s website shows you how to do it step-by-step:

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:


COVID-19 Survey | Autism Services

COVID-19 Survey. A survey for people with Autism and/or a Learning Disability to understand the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. 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 their ...

  • 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 These documents can be downloaded from the above link 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

Love Letters at Home

Love Letters at Home is somewhere between a wedding reception and music dedication radio show.

Dedicate a song to someone you love, then watch as actors and music share your story in a way that will knock your socks off as you watch from the comfort of your home via Zoom.

This is a show unlike most. Each performance is a one-off, written around the music dedications sent in by you, the audience and then read out by the actors. And when words can’t say enough, the music does the talking.

Book your place using the form at the bottom of this page. Please note that if you want to be in with a chance of your dedication forming part of the show, you’ll need to book three days before the event itself (i.e. no later than 5pm 27 July).

Those living in Ashfield, Mansfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire districts will receive priority when booking. Plus, it's free.

We are currently running online coffee and chat sessions for Carers so make yourself a coffee, grab a cake and join us. Contact 01773 833833 or email: to find out more

Are you a Chesterfield community group, church, community centre, charity, or branch of a national/international business?


Take the Plastic Free Pledge and #BuildBackBetter for the planet


Did you know that...

  • The UK uses a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles every day
  • In the UK, we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day
  • Food and drink related plastic items now make up one in every five pieces of litter
  • It's thought between five and 13 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year
  • 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic pollution annually


Take action - take the Plastic Free Pledge

Join in the Chesterfield community working together to reduce single-use plastic pollution


The Plastic Free Pledge states that you:


  • Work to remove at least three single-use plastic items from your day to day activities (if you don't use any single-use plastic in your group/organisation then you can qualify)
  • Commit to include your stance on single-use plastic in your communications internally and externally
  • Promote Plastic Free Chesterfield and plastic-free activities, events and initiatives

Take the Plastic Free Pledge here


Two more Derbyshire libraries are set to reopen their doors later this month after being closed since the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We're reopening 2 more Derbyshire libraries


We are looking for a climate change officer.


Reference: CBC200163
Salary details: £31,371 - £32,878 per year
Job term: Permanent
Appointment type: Full time

The climate change officer will lead the council through the current climate emergency, shaping our services to consider the environment, biodiversity and climate change as a priority.


Closes: Sunday 26 July 2020


For more details or to apply,

Job opportunity - Community Chesterfield Project Manager

Do you want the opportunity to work for a successful, dynamic and innovative organisation that champions the work and changing needs of the health related Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire?

So why not work for Us!

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is an independent charity and specialist infrastructure organisation for the health and social care voluntary and community sector.

COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD is an exciting 3-year initiative, which is 18 months in and has already developed innovative opportunities for the University of Derby and Chesterfield’s Voluntary and Community Sector to work collaboratively together in ways that will strengthen Chesterfield communities.

We are seeking to recruit a maternity cover Project Manager to lead the COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD team, over the next nine months building on the current achievements and developing the project further. 

Project Manager (Maternity Leave)

30 hours per week – 0.8 FTE

£29,909 FTE + 5% pension contribution

Will guide the project further, building on current achievements, exploring new opportunities, building and maintaining new and existing relationships with the University of Derby and the Community Groups. Will head up an extremely collaborative and passionate team of three. The role will also have an eye to the future and work with colleagues on funding to see the project continue beyond its current funding period. 

Closing date for applications: Sunday 26th July 2020

Interview date: provisional date 11 August 2020

For an application pack please call 01246 555908 or email

Application forms are also available on our website:

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