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



Date:  31st July 2020

                             Issue: 91


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:

ACCA Online Arts & Crafts Session

Rhubarb Farm

News from Derbyshire County Council


Release Financial Charity

Voluntary Sector Mental Health Network (VSMH)

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

Club and Group Development Manager

Derbyshire School Holiday Food Projects

Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Volunteer Centre

Arts & Crafts Online Session - THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST, 2020

@ 12:15 PM

ACCA offers a free online Arts & 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.  Craft item to be made this week will be a face mask. Items will be posted to all those who attended the last session. To ensure everyone who wishes to take part is able (please email/ text if interested). The Arts & Crafts session will last for one hour and will include a catch up.

* For the second session you will need the following: A piece of material, scissors, pen/ pencil, needle and thread.


Happy crafting!


Topic: ACCA's Zoom Arts and crafts

Time: Thursday Aug 6, 2020 12:15 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 845 8502 2393

Passcode: 5xb1A0


If you encounter any issues whilst trying to log on please contact Lud on 01246 208 052 or Clarissa on 07483 415 432.

Aviva Community Fund – Jennie Street has asked us to send out the following information.

Food for thought from Jennie Street, Managing Director of Rhubarb Farm:

In April, Rhubarb Farm applied to the Aviva Community Fund for support during COVID-19.  We applied for £4,552 towards the salary of a Food Worker.  This was despite the fact that the Aviva Community Fund blurb states that applications can be for up to £50,000 – we felt we would have more chance of success by asking for a lower amount.

Once we got through to the acceptance stage we were informed that there was now a crowdfunding process, and we had to go through all sorts of hurdles to do a crowdfunding campaign.  We were also informed that most crowdfunding campaigns would not receive much more than £2,000 so we needed to reduce our request. We reduced our ask to £2,000. 

The crowdfunding window was open for donations for 6 weeks, and Rhubarb Farm achieved donations of £2,240.

But to our surprise only £1,658.32  has now been paid into our account – 3 months after application.  Why?   Because Crowdfunder has taken a commission of £581.68 - £25% of what we raised.   This was not flagged up previously, and even the fact that this COVID-related fund is a crowdfunding campaign is buried when you make the application.

Rhubarb Farm estimates that the amount of staff time involved in doing the application, then having to prepare the crowdfunding campaign – doing a profile, preparing rewards, doing Facebook postings asking for support, mailing out weekly to all our supporters, and completing documentation for a “wallet” and sending out rewards after the campaign finished – cost us about the same as the amount we received. 

And the money did not arrive for 3 months, in stark contrast to many other funders who are turning COVID-19 grants around really quickly. We needed that money at least 8 weeks before it finally arrived.

I do not feel that applying to the Aviva Community Fund was of any benefit to Rhubarb Farm apart from as a learning experience about having the wool pulled over our eyes as to the results we might receive.  Submitting any funding application is a risk, inasmuch as there is no guarantee of receiving funding, so there is an investment of time that can come to nothing. That is a calculated risk.  However, an application process that requires more steps than you bargain for, and makes increasingly bigger demands on time and effort is not the sort of fund that I feel I should, in hindsight, have become involved in.  Which is why I have written this to help others go into this with open eyes.

If you would like to respond please contact her directly & copy us in.

Below is a response from Dave Radford – Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Volunteer Centre

When Aviva launched their community giving about 5 years ago – we were successful in applying for £20,000, I thought Aviva was a cool little grants programme at the time and your bid was judged on the benefit to the community – not on how many votes you could get.

Forward to now – last year, year before you applied – we went through the same process and spent lots of time putting together a crowdfunding appeal and we got nothing.  Week after week someone emailed us telling us we needed to work on our campaign.  It became apparent very quickly that we weren’t going to reach our target so we shut it down.  I haven’t looked at Aviva since.  This is a clever way of them looking as if they have a presence in the voluntary sector without actually giving any money to it.

Crowdfunder should be ashamed – they were supposed to have teamed up with Aviva to make this grant more accessible – they have actually managed to weaken  it.

We've approved funding totalling £312,000 to help local residents be more active.

Further funding approved to keep Derbyshire active

Twenty-five Derbyshire primary schools are set to benefit from over £3 million worth of funding for repair and maintenance works.

Derbyshire schools to benefit from further funding

Young people who have been in our care are to be helped with their council tax until they are aged 25, even if they no longer live in the county.

All Derbyshire care leavers to be helped with council tax

Safer Derbyshire news alerts

The RSA's 14th annual lecture

The RSA's 14th annual lecture is in a somewhat different format than previous years. Their head, Matthew Taylor, talks about a post-Covid era named The Reflexive Age and how crisis has given us the opportunity for changing important aspects of society: inequality, climate change and democracy.

You can listen to it here.

RSA Central: Active Travel for All

 Join us on 18th August for our online event, RSA Central: Active Travel for All.

Walking and cycling have proved to be an important response to the Covid-19 crisis. In May, the government announced the emergency active travel fund. Eighty-nine local authorities have implemented a total of 503 schemes that make more space for pedestrians and cyclists. 

But to sustain long-term changes in active travel in the face of the climate crisis, and stark inequalities in health and mobility, it’s about more than infrastructure. We also need to look at long-held assumptions about what active travel is, who it’s for and where it can take us:

How can we embed independent travel for children, the elderly and people with reduced mobility?

How do pedestrianised or cycle routes affect the vitality of local shopping streets? How do we connect cities, towns and villages with each other?

What opportunities are there to improve road safety from HGVs and pilot cargo bikes using railway stations as local distribution hubs?

In this event we’ll hear first from Councillor Adam Clarke FRSA, Deputy City Mayor for Leicester, where 10 miles of new cycling and walking routes have been created in 10 weeks, and also from Dave Clasby, East Midlands Partnership Manager at Sustrans, the UK walking and cycling charity, and custodian of the National Cycle Network.

Then we’d love to hear your experiences and ideas to explore how we can change mindsets among transport planners, local communities and businesses to sustain change longer-term.

Click here for more information


Voluntary Sector Mental Health Network (VSMHN)

Tuesday 18th August 2020

10am – 12noon

This meeting will be held online via Zoom

We are inviting you to join us for our first online VSMHN meeting, we plan to use this meeting to reflect on the last few months impact on your group/organisation, plans to move forward and lessons learnt.

We would also like your thoughts on the future format of the VSMHN meetings and the Joint Countywide Mental Health Forums (we hold these in partnership with Derbyshire Mental Health Forum).

  • What would you like our forums to look like going forward?
  • Would you like more virtual forums?
  • Would you like a question time panel with key decision makers?
  • What speakers would you like to hear from more?

If you would like to attend, please reply to and a link to access the meeting will be emailed to you nearer the time.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service is supports people living with dementia and their carers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Support the service can offer:

  • Support people to seek and develop coping strategies to help them deal with additional pressures as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Whilst they have temporarily suspended home visits and community-based groups, they continue to support people over the phone, via email and virtually.
  • Help people living with dementia to cope with isolation, loneliness and to feel safe.
  • Support carers to access respite, discuss dementia specific strategies to support them to  understand behaviours and explore alternative approaches which help them in their caring role.
  • Provide welfare calls to active service users to determine the level of support people may need and to establish the level of risk in coping with the coronavirus.
  • Provide companion calls for people who are in receipt of our service, these calls are provided by volunteers; they do not involve assessments, they are purely informal friendly conversations aimed at reducing isolation.
  • Deliver virtual Singing for the Brain, Dementia cafés, and carers support across Derbyshire.


What do I need to know before I call Derbyshire Dementia Support Service?

  • Anyone who is worried about their memory or have a diagnosis of any type of Dementia can refer into the service.
  • Anyone who is seeking information and advice for themselves or others can contact the service
  • Carers supporting people living with dementia can be referred for support in their own right.


How to refer:

Contact Telephone number: 01332 208845



Club and Group Development Manager

Organisation: 3D - Derbyshire Consortium for Third Sector Support

Salary: £30,507 per annum 37 hours per week

3D (Derbyshire Consortium for Third Sector Support) in conjunction with Active Partners Trust are recruiting to an exciting strategic development position focussed on Physical Activity.

Working across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the postholder will lead this exciting programme which aims to explore, actualise and learn from the potential of the VCSE sector in enabling Physical Activity to be the norm for everybody in our communities.

The main roles of the Club and Group Development Manager are:

. Increasing understanding of the ongoing and changing support needs of groups & clubs, working with a range of partners to ensure needs are met.

. Understanding the potential within existing VCSE organisations across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to capitalise on their connectivity with less active people to bring about more activity

. Engage with existing VCSE sports clubs to explore if they have capacity and capability to extend their reach and delivery to support broader communities

. Devise a range of solutions with programme partners to address any barriers challenges or opportunities that may arise through engaging with VCSE sports clubs and other community organisations.

Based TBC, working across Derby/ Derbyshire, Nottingham/ Nottinghamshire.

Contract length: 18 months

Telephone 01773 512076 / email for application pack.

Closing date: 9.00 am 7 August 20‚Äč

Interview date: 19 August 20

Derbyshire School Holiday Food Projects

Rural Action Derbyshire, heads up the Feeding Derbyshire partnership which works with a number of voluntary and public sector bodies to support food projects around the county.

Feeding Derbyshire has secured funding from Feeding Britain for School Holiday Food Projects and FareShare Midlands who have received support from Central England Co-operative to provide food to 18 different clubs around Derbyshire this summer.

The Summer Holiday food offer will deliver up to four days of supplies each week to every child registered with participating clubs over the six week summer holiday period.

Packages include staples such as breakfast cereal, pasta, rice, tinned goods, fruit, and healthy snacks, allowing families to take food away and make meals at home. There will also be the option for chilled foods, allowing clubs to make meals in bulk, as Feeding Derbyshire attempt to accommodate the food requirements of all of those in need.

The project aims to reach at least 1,400 disadvantaged children across Derbyshire, providing over 100,000 meals and 85,000 pieces of fruit over the summer holidays.

These packages are being delivered in reusable bags which can be returned, helping to promote a culture of recycling and refilling.

Feeding Derbyshire has also provided a cash grant enabling clubs to purchase additional items for children, including toiletries, sanitary items and craft materials. Groups will also have access to virtual activity bundles to keep kids entertained while schools remain closed.

By providing healthy, balanced food packages to children during the break, the Summer Holiday Food Project will boost Feeding Derbyshire's ambition of ensuring the most vulnerable people have access to nutritious meals.

This is just one of many crucial programmes organised by Rural Action Derbyshire, which creates and champions sustainable solutions to tackling food insecurity and rural poverty, and works with 28 food banks and 22 community cafes across the county.

introducing our

Fantastic Photographic Fundraiser


We have just launched a wonderful site displaying and selling the original work of Derbyshire photographer and author David Radford. All the proceeds will go to the projects and activities of The Volunteer Centre – Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire.

Photographs are available in postcard, A4 and A3 sizes, and start at just

a £1.00.

So we invite you to head over to the site now, see what impresses you most, and help support our work.

Visit The Site Now

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