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



Date:  24th July 2020

                             Issue: 86


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:

Youth Careers

Greenaway Workshop - looking for a new chair

P3 - Street Outreach Worker

Crossroads Derbyshire - Senior Accommodation Worker

News from Derbyshire County Council

Children's and Young People Summer Activities Directory

Deaf-initely Women online Art Programme 2020

Pcc Doubles Funding Scheme For Neighbourhood Watch

Asian Association - Cooking Class

Asian Association - Free Yoga Sessions

An outline plan of the day is as follows:

• 9am-11am – Social Media Team to promote local events taking place across the Districts in our Group (Job / Employability Event planned in Derbyshire and a ‘Support for Workers’ event in North Staffordshire)

• 11am-2pm – content gathered from employers and partners who can’t participate live on the day will be shared during this time using the hashtag above. Any ‘live’ posts using the hashtag will also be retweeted during this time.

• 2pm-6pm – customers will be able to participate in live Q&A sessions with employers across various sectors to find out what it is like to work in those roles. The following national employers have been approached to deliver the Q&A but these are to be confirmed over the coming days so it would be wise not to discuss these with customers at this stage:



o Army

o Staffline / UPS

o Bombardier / Laing O Rourke

o Skills for Care

Greenaway Workshop is a long-established registered charity providing services for people with long term health issues or disabilities and their carers in North West Derbyshire. The Charity is now looking for a dynamic new chair to develop our future strategy and engage more strongly with local youth, adult care and voluntary organisations.

Working in partnership with the local community, Derbyshire County Council and other local organisations, the Charity aims to develop its services in line with changing needs, grow our attendance and become even more strongly embedded in the Derbyshire Dales communities. This exciting voluntary leadership role offers a rare opportunity to draw new talent to the existing team and make a lasting difference to the local community.

Relevant Skills and Experience

- Experience of chairing or supporting a group of Volunteers and / or Trustees.

- Any of:  adult social care / SEN / learning difficulties / mental health sector experience and knowledge

- The Trust has an annual turnover of £50k and 3 employees and while commercial experience would be valuable, we have continuing trustees with strong commercial skills.

- Past success in grant funding applications

- Understanding of Derbyshire social services and nhs provisions for people with long term illnesses and or learning difficulties.

- People management experience

- Ability to communicate well at all levels – workshop attendees, volunteers, staff, fellow trustees and officers of the Local Councils and funding bodies.

Time commitment of around 1 - 1.5 days a week including quarterly board meetings. You should be available to visit the workshop on a regular basis.

Before applying if you would like to discuss the role, please contact the Greenaway Workshop and speak with Rachael our Workshop Manager. 

She will ensure a Trustee contacts you if she thinks that would be helpful.

Street Outreach Worker

Organisation: P3

Salary: £18,037.50 - £19,246.50 per annum 37.5 hours per week

P3 are looking for a Street Outreach Worker to work with people across Derbyshire, who need support to find safe and secure accommodation. You will act as a keyworker, encouraging positive and healthy lifestyles and assist people to access services that support complex needs such as drug or alcohol issues and mental health concerns. Your work will focus on the prevention of people sleeping rough and reducing the number of people having no other option other than to sleep rough.

The successful candidate will be provided with full training but must be friendly, proactive, positive, approachable and non judgemental. You will also need to have the ability to make on the spot decisions and be ready to sometimes deal with challenging situations.

Senior Accommodation Worker

Organisation: Crossroads Derbyshire

Salary: £24,799 37 hrs

Crossroads Derbyshire provides domestic abuse services to adults, children and young people in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

This post offers excellent prospects for the right candidate. You will provide leadership to the Harmony Project team which offers a confidential accommodation and support service to girls and young women aged 16 to 24 years.

Flexible working hours will be required to meet the needs of the post and you will need the use of a car and a current driving licence as you will be required to travel.

This post is open to women only (Exempt under the Equality Act 2010, pursuant to schedule 9 part 1)

Deadline of Monday 10 August at 9.30 am for completed applications.

We could give extra funding to local voluntary and community sector groups following the coronavirus pandemic.

Good news for community groups

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.

Directory – 22/07/20

Click HERE to download the flyer.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes across Derbyshire are being invited to apply for a share of £5,000 to fund new and innovative approaches to crime prevention.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has doubled his Neighbourhood Watch Innovation Fund from £2,500 to £5,000 in 2020-21 in recognition of the hugely valuable work NHW schemes undertake to reduce the fear of crime and boost public safety.

The funding will be available in two separate rounds concluding in March next year and will help NHW schemes introduce new ideas to promote safety and prevent crime and antisocial behaviour.

Launching the fund, Mr Dhindsa said: "NHW volunteers make a huge difference to our communities and help police become closer and more connected to the neighbourhoods they serve.

"NHW is one of the many important partners working alongside Derbyshire Police to drive criminals from our county and their reassuring presence really does improve quality of life, especially for vulnerable residents who have no other support network.

"Our NHW schemes are worth every penny of investment and I'm delighted to be in a position to double the fund this year to £5,000 in gratitude for the very important work they do."

Lynn Farrar, Chair of the Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Trust, who will be administering the Fund, said: "We in Derbyshire NHW (DNWAT) are delighted to be able to take the Neighbourhood Innovation Fund into a second year thanks to our Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa.

"The PCC has agreed to provide the funds to DNWAT to enable us to award Neighbourhood Watch groups and members that will enable them to carry out projects in the community.

"He has also generously increased the amount to £5,000 which means we can provide up to £300 for each successful applicant. We are asking NW volunteers across Derbyshire to tell us about projects that will facilitate caring and resilience within communities.

"This is a very exciting prospect for us as last year we were able to help dozens of NW schemes benefit in helping to build safer communities. DNWAT can once again provide an opportunity of funding help to those NW volunteers to help their communities. These people give their time freely in the endeavour to keep their neighbourhoods safe and to bring their communities together."

The PCC set up the Neighbourhood Innovation Fund last year and has successfully allocated £2,500 of grants during the past 12 months.

So far, the scheme has funded a new community allotment, dash cams in an area impacted by antisocial driving and NHW dustbin stickers for several schemes to advertise the organisation's presence in the community. 

In addition, the PCC has agreed to fund a new website for Derbyshire NHW ( to encourage people to sign up to Derbyshire Alert.

In addition to doubling the fund, The PCC is also increasing the cap per proposal from £100 to £300 to enable NHW schemes to submit more comprehensive bids.

The first round of grants will be announced at the next NHW/PCC meeting in November.

To apply, please email Lynn Farrar for an application form (


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

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