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



Date:  29th July 2020

                             Issue: 89


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:

Do you support the idea of a Chesterfield-based Plastic Free Festival

Mental Health Together Survey

Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

Neighbourhood Watch

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

Chesterfield FC Community Trust Camp Inspire

Summer Food Programme

Chesterfield Borough Council - Job Advert

Volunteer Centre - Volunteers

News from Derbyshire County Council

Do you support the idea of a Chesterfield-based

Plastic Free Festival? 

Community Lead of Plastic Free Chesterfield, Greg Hewitt, has a proposal to organise a Plastic Free Festival in Chesterfield in 2021 - a family-fun event with stalls selling plastic-free goods, workshops on how to reuse and upcycle, food, drink, and live performances.

Greg has put together a survey to find out whether you think this is a good idea:         

Click here for more information

Mental Health Together has been invited to join a ‘Mental Health, Autism and Learning Disability Recovery Cell’

They have put together an online survey to help them to gather your feedback

Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

The Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. We have seen a significant rise over recent years in the coalfields of the number of projects providing food to those who cannot afford it. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem with more people being referred to food banks, and tens of thousands of children skipping meals due to family income being too low.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the UK’s former coal mining communities, has joined forces with Company Shop to award fast track funds to projects responding to these growing challenges. Company Shop is the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of food and household products, and sells surplus food and household items from well-known retailers and brands at hugely discounted prices.

Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.

For more information and details of how to apply visit our website here: Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund

Neighbourhood Watch

As lockdown eases, we’re expecting a rise in burglaries. Get practical tips to burglar-proof your home at

If you're a smoker who uses emollients, you're at a greater risk of setting on fire due to the flammable residue on skin, clothes & bandages!

National Fire Chiefs Council are raising awareness of #emollient hazards after new research highlights a greater risk:

Some superb feedback has been received re Camp Inspire, the pioneering new programme which was launched last week.

Parents and guardians have been in touch with us to say how much their children have enjoyed the sessions.

For more information please visit website

Job Transformation Programme Manager (Careline and Support Services)

Salary Details: £45,591 - £47,464 per annum

Job Term: Fixed term for 18 Months

Appointment type: Full Time

Hours: 37 hours per week


We are looking to recruit an exceptional programme manager to deliver a critical review of the provision of older peoples Careline and support services which will result in a re-shaped service within the Council and support the overall Housing Services Re-shaping programme.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to drive, manage and implement transformational change and at the same time have operational oversight and management of a critical high-profile service to 3,000 vulnerable and older people in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, the Careline & Support Service.

Excellent communications and relationship management skills and experiences will be invaluable, alongside the absolute requirement to deliver the programme.

The Service is facing significant challenges and the Programme Manager will drive and deliver the change programme to create a new service which delivers customer excellence sustainability into the future.

To find out more and how to apply visit:


Closing date: 30 July 2020

Provisional interview date: To be confirmed


So here’s the thing. As the lockdown is released, many of our wonderful volunteers are having to return to work. Perfectly understandable, but we really need to replace them. If you can help with our shopping and delivery service in any way, PLEASE let us know asap. Thanks.

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More of our libraries are set to re-open in August and customers will shortly be able to browse the shelves again at certain sites.

Browsing the shelves to return as more libraries set to re-open

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844