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



Date:  4th August 2020

                             Issue: 93


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:

Derbyshire Dementia Support Service

Derbyshire Law Centre

Launch of Urgent Treatment Centres in Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council - Restrictions at Household Waste Recycling Centres eased

News from Derbyshire County Council

Register for free school meals

Mental Health Support Information

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy newsletter

Feeding Derbyshire newsletter

Roger Kerry Retires

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

To find out what services they provide and how to contact them you can open their flyer HERE.


The four NHS minor injury units in Derbyshire are being relaunched as Urgent Treatment Centres from 3 August, to help enhance services for patients across the county who need urgent same-day care for injuries or illnesses.

The newly branded Urgent Treatment Centres are in Ripley, Ilkeston, Whitworth (Darley Dale) and Buxton, and have met national NHS England standards to earn their new title which better reflects the broad range of care which can be administered to patients at each of the four centres.

More details can be found HERE on the press release.

Residents will be able to visit our Household Waste Recycling Centres any day of the week from today.

Restrictions at Household Waste Recycling Centres eased

News from Derbyshire County Council

No child should ever go hungry; free school meals play a large part in ensuring that children have a nutritious meal to support their physical and intellectual growth.

Research shows that diet has a “significant and immediate effect” on behaviour, concentration and cognitive ability (CPAG & British Youth Council report ‘Going Hungry’). Free school meals are therefore essential to help children reach their potential.

Based on the average price of a school meal you could save £400 a year if you are eligible for your child to receive free school meals. Your child’s school will also benefit by receiving £1000 for every pupil entitled to free school meals which can be used to provide extra resources.

Children who are entitled to free school meals receive the same food and sit in the same area as children who pay for their own meals; there is no distinction.

To find out more, or to register, visit:

Mental Health Support Information

Information from James Creaghan, Derbyshire County Council Public Health Lead – Mental Health

If you want to talk to someone about your emotional wellbeing the Derbyshire Mental Health support line is on 0800 028 0077 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).  It's staffed by mental health professionals and is for all ages.

If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on telephone 116 123 or contact Samaritans online

A broad range of advice, support and information on emotional wellbeing and mental health:

Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy newsletter

During lockdown Rural Action Derbyshire’s Rural Chaplaincy team had to scale back its face to face activity. However, they did continue to provide much needed support over the phone helping the rural community through a tough time.

For 14 weeks a different member of the team produced a "Thought for the Week", Reflections on the unique situation we were all experiencing. You can read the final installment here - Read more

The team also produced their Summer Newsletter packed with pages of entertaining and informative content, of particular interest to the rural and farming folk of Derbyshire. Read the latest issue here.

Feeding Derbyshire seeks to help those struggling with low incomes, debt and poor access to affordable, nutritious food. Feeding Derbyshire aim to reduce the negative impact of hunger by working to ensure their projects are inclusive and reach the most vulnerable people in the county.

The Feeding Derbyshire partnership is headed by Rural Action Derbyshire working with the Diocese of Derby, Derbyshire County Council, FareShare East Midlands, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Community Voluntary Services across the Boroughs and Districts of the county.

Click HERE to read the latest Feeding Derbyshire newsletter.

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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