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



Date:  28th July 2020

                             Issue: 88


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:

Clay Cross Foodbank

Pcc Dhindsa Discusses Local Concerns With Residents of North East Derbyshire

Derbyshire Voluntary Action 

Weekly Vacancy Sheet

Free Drug & Alcohol Training Online

Church yard sale

2 Free Trainings in August: Leadership & Relationships Mapping

Summer Staycation - Active Derbyshire

Creative Workshop Opportunity

Plastic Free Pledge

Clay Cross Foodbank entry update

We are now open for families to collect their parcels, a few delivery slots available for those self isolating, shielding or who can't collect. 

If you don't have support from someone already, North East Derbyshire Citizens advice are open Monday to Friday on 0300 4568437 (9-2pm) or via web chat at  (10-4pm) and can issue vouchers.

Tuesday 1-2pm Community of Christ, Thanet Street. S45 9JS

Friday 1-2pm Community of Christ, Thanet Street, S45 9JS


07899 878398

The Commissioner held a Meet With Your Commissioner event for the North East Derbyshire area on the 21st July 2020.

Previous events around the county were held in the community but due to the current pandemic this was held completely online. Attendees were still  presented with all the relevant information as if this meeting was held in the community.

The Commissioner outlined the concerns raised in your local area following the completion of his tour of Derbyshire where he visited 383 towns, villages and neighbourhoods. He then explained the steps taken to address these matters.

The full meeting is available to view here


Message Sent By

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

Derbyshire Voluntary Action are delighted to share our second Network Newsletter Home Edition. We hope you find it packed full of inspiring and useful information!

As always, we remain committed to supporting our voluntary sector, and we hope that the information shared in this newsletter allows you to feel connected to what is happening within our communities in Derbyshire.

You can view our Network Home Edition - Issue 2 HERE or download the PDF

If you have any news you would like featured in the next issue please email

Weekly Vacancy Sheet

Please see a weekly bulletin from the job centre. It details available jobs and support.

FREE Drug and Alcohol Training Online

To view information please click link below

Online Training

All money raised is to be shared between local groups and the church.

Its also a celebration of sorts, with local people helping deliver 650 SNAG boxes, providing nearly 2000 meals in Shirebrook–since lockdown back in March this year - truly amazing stuff!!

Crowd control will be in place, to ensure social distancing is maintained.

Come along and say hello

Community Chesterfield present

Next two FREE Sessions coming up for

Chesterfield Voluntary Organisations &

St Helena Campus University of Derby:


Leadership Skills Training

Thursday 6th August 9.30 - 11.30am


Relationship Mapping Training

Wednesday 12th August 9.30 - 11.30am


Booking Essential

Two FREE online courses for Chesterfield Community & Voluntary Third Sector organisations

and for staff and students at St Helena Campus, University of Derby

funded for you by ‘Community Chesterfield’ - putting the UNI in COMMuniTY!




Leadership Skills Training

Join this short session to think about your leadership skills and how to maximise your strengths as a leader. Improve your confidence to inspire those around you and understand what value you bring to any situation. Develop your best qualities and take home some top tips on how to share your vision with those around you.


Relationship Mapping Training

Relationship mapping is a good way to evaluate the organisations and individuals within and around your organisation who can bring huge benefits to the work that you are doing. At this short session, learn a simple way to analyse and evaluate your relationships and take home ideas and tools to improve them in the future.


Course Leader

Both these courses will be delivered by Jenny from ‘Community Chesterfield’. Jenny has over fifteen years working in the third sector in key management and relationship building roles, for both small and large organisations including ‘Pathways to Health’ ‘British Red Cross’ and ‘National Trust’. In that time she has prioritised working collaboratively as a leader with disparate stakeholders. Over the past five years she has also worked as a trainer, delivering training to volunteers, staff at both a local and regional level.


If you'd like to book a space on either or both these courses,

please click below as indicated.

Eventbrite will confirm your booking(s) by email, then closer to the date we'll be in touch with a link(s) and the details you'll need to attend.

Need ideas to help keep the kids busy and active? The Derbyshire Summer Staycation resources include a range of activities for families, starting at home and then focusing on exploring the outdoors in your local area

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

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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