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



Date:  3rd August 2020

                             Issue: 92


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:

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Blend Youth Project

Rural Action Derbyshire

Transition Chesterfield

Club & Group Development Manager

Deafblind support chat group

Stand Up to Racism

Derbyshire County Council

Solidarity Newsletter

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

Please view flyer

If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

Blend Youth Project

To view above please click link below




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.

• Making and establishing connections so that the work informs local and national strategy and policy including two-way feedback into Club Matters a Sport England national support programme for clubs, organisations and community groups.


The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate:

• A good understanding of sport/ physical activity and/ or VCSE sectors.

• Experience of developing, managing and supporting a workforce including volunteers, community groups and professionals.

• Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with a wide range of people and partnership towards a shared purpose

• Ability to inspire confidence and motivation through leadership

• Recent experience of working ideally at a senior level in any of the following: community development, project management, physical activity and sport development.

• Excellent communication skills, good literacy and numeracy.

• Good IT skills and ability to maintain records and statistics to monitor the personal progress and progress of the project.

• Excellent organisational, planning, time management and problem-solving skills.

• Experience of leading, supporting and developing people is necessary.

• Ability to work with a multi-agency steering group


Salary per annum £30,507per annum + pension

Hours of work up to 37 hours per week, occasional evening work may be required

Holidays 6wks,pro rata + bank holidays.

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

Contract length: 18 months

Please telephone 01773 512076 / email for application pack.

Closing date: 9.00 am 24th August 2020

Interview date2nd September 2020

Stand Up to Racism


Next Sunday August 9th: Black Lives Matter In Queen’s Park

Please come along to Queens Park, Sunday August 9th, 4.0pm to 5.30pm.

Live Music, Poetry, and Speak out, organised by the younger members of Stand up to Racism.


Family friendly event, Bring a picnic if you like. Please invite your friends.

We will be near the Bandstand.



MONDAY AUGUST 10th. Stand up to Racism Organising Meeting. 7.0pm on zoom.

Jeannie Robinson



A new future beckons for several key council services as they are set to be transferred to joint venture companies.

New term, new start for council cleaning and caretaking services


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