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



Date:  12th August 2020

                             Issue: 99


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:

Deaf-initely Women

Message from Derbyshire's Director of Public Health

Meals on Wheels Project

First Art

Plastic Free Chesterfield

Derbyshire County Council

Voluntary Sector Mental Health Network (VSMHN)

Asian Association - Free Yoga Lessons

Club & Group Development Manager

News from Derbyshire County Council

Deaf-initeley Women Videos and Vlogs

Deaf-initely Women have a new Videos and Vlogs section on their website:

Deaf-initely Women want to share a few videos with you, some are mini taster clips and full educational/skills workshop clips.

The first one is ‘Cooking with less sugar’ by Yvonne Cobb (Yumma Food). It’s 30 minutes long, and in includes voiceover and subtitles.

Message from Derbyshire's Director of Public Health

There has been a slight increase in the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus in parts of the High Peak, including Buxton and Glossop, so DCC want to get the following message out to residents in the High Peak.

I'm Dean Wallace, the Director of Public Health for Derbyshire.

I know you will be aware new restrictions have been introduced in a number of areas in the north of England and Greater Manchester - some of which border northern Derbyshire.

As the High Peak is close to some of the areas affected by coronavirus outbreaks it is natural that you may be concerned as I'm sure many of you need to travel to and from these areas for work or have friends and relatives who live there.

The extra lockdown measures around Greater Manchester don't apply in the High Peak, but like everyone else across the country it is really important we continue to be alert.

We have seen a slight increase in the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus in parts of the High Peak, including Buxton and Glossop. We would expect this given the close proximity to the areas affected by the extra restrictions, but I'd like to reassure you that we're closely monitoring the situation and will take action if needed in the future.

Understanding the rates of infection across Derbyshire is essential for us to act quickly to manage any local outbreaks and can help you to take precautions by knowing the infection rates in your area. Each week we publish the latest statistics on our website here:

Here are the most important things we should all continue to do to avoid contracting the virus and passing it on:

  • Keep your distance from people not in your household or support bubble
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering in shops, on public transport or when visiting the hospital or GP and from 8 August it will also be compulsory to wear one in other indoor venues, such as cinemas and places of worship
  • ​Two people from different households can meet indoors, but you still need to keep your distance and keep windows and doors open where possible for ventilation
  • Outside you can get together with up to 30 people from two households or a maximum of six people from different households
  • If you have symptoms, it's easy to get a test. Simply ring NHS 119 for an appointment at your nearest drive-through or walk-through centre, to request a home testing kit or book online at

I'd like to ask you all to keep doing what you have been doing over the last few months to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. I understand that sometimes this might be difficult but we need to summon our famous Derbyshire community spirit so we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy more quickly.

This virus has not gone away - we're still in the middle of an epidemic on our doorsteps.  If we all take sensible everyday precautions we can prevent the spread in the High Peak.

Thank you for your time reading this and for doing the right thing to protect family and friends.


Dean Wallace

Director of Public Health

August – September 2020 Menu

Local conservation charity to give talk about their work cleaning up Chesterfield’s waterways from plastic and industrial pollution

Single-use plastic campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is next week hosting an online talk with local charity, Don Catchment Rivers Trust, to discuss their Hidden Heritage Secret Streams project work to clean up and rewild Chesterfield’s River Rother and surrounding streams.

The River Rother and its many tributaries came to prominence in the early days of the 17th century, when the fast-flowing brooks and streams were tamed and damned to serve watermills, that powered the growing industrial revolution. In the 19th and 20th centuries heavier industries arrived, bringing toxic pollution that all but wiped out aquatic life. However thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Don Catchment Rivers Trust is restoring Chesterfield’s waterways, rewilding a section of the river Rother and removing decades of industrial waste. [1]

Before lockdown, the charity were hosting weekly volunteer litter picks in Chesterfield and as a result of this, have been awarded Plastic Free Ally status by Plastic Free Chesterfield.

Don Catchment Rivers Trust has now been invited to give a talk about the vital work they do to clean up Chesterfield’s waterways.

The online talk will be held on Wednesday 19th August, 7pm via Zoom.

Catchment Officer, Matt Duffy, said: “Join me for an overview of our ‘Hidden Heritage, Secret Steams’ project where I’ll be talking about the history of the Rother catchment, nature's rebound back to it's waters and the current pressures it's under including why we make removing plastic pollution from our rivers one of the central points to our projects. I'll also be including some interesting things we've found during our volunteer days and how you can volunteer to make the Rother better for people and wildlife.”

Greg Hewitt, Community Lead at Plastic Free Chesterfield, said: “We’re holding this talk to raise awareness of the vital work that Don Catchment Rivers Trust do to address the issues of plastic pollution in our local waterways. Devastatingly, our canals and rivers are inadvertently acting as ‘plastics highways’, transporting rubbish from where we live out to sea.”

Interested attendees to the talk should book on via Eventbrite:

An appeal has gone out to people who live and socialise in Ilkeston to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms – even if they are mild.

Ilkeston coronavirus appeal – get tested

We have a new Civic Chairman, Councillor Judith Twigg.

New Civic Chairman looks forward to the year ahead

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

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 date: 2nd September 2020

News from Derbyshire County Council

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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