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



Date:  17th August 2020

                             Issue: 102


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:

First Female Chief Constable For Derbyshire Confirmed

Supporting victims of sexual violence during COVID-19

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Grassland Hasmoor Futures - Director Recruitment

Derbyshire Veterans Group HQ Wellbeing Walk

We Are Undefeatable

Deaf-initely Women Basic Creative Writing Workshop

Tapton Lock(down) Festival 2020

Your Voice, Your Decision' - Lasting Power of Attorney

Free Home Fire Safety Zoom Session

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Panel has unanimously backed the Police and Crime Commissioner’s preferred candidate, Mrs Rachel Swann, as the next Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary.

After a full Confirmation Hearing which included written submissions and questioning Mrs Swann in depth, the panel unanimously supported the Commissioner’s proposal.

Commenting after the hearing, Mr Dhindsa said: “The panel agreed that Rachel is an outstanding strategic leader and wholeheartedly endorsed my proposal.  I’m absolutely delighted as I believe that she will be an exceptional Chief Constable, totally focussed on keeping our communities safe.

“Her refreshing and positive approach to partnership working has also been put to the test in the most challenging of circumstances including the major incident at Toddbrook Reservoir and of course as leader of the Local Resilience Forum during the pandemic.”

Mr Dhindsa added: “Most telling of all though was the overwhelming number of messages of support and positivity from her colleagues and peers when Rachel was announced as my preferred candidate.   She is now the first female Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary and a diversity champion in her own right.  I am aware that she has inspired other young women to follow in her footsteps and join the police force and I am proud to have her on my team.

“I am looking forward to working with Rachel and tackling the issues that matter most to Derbyshire residents. I have every faith that her varied policing experience and proven strength in leadership across three East Midlands forces will ensure that policing in the county goes from strength to strength in the future.”

Mrs Swann’s suitability for the role was put to the test during a robust assessment process which included the delivery of a presentation before a community panel, media exercise and final interview.

Mrs Swann said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be Derbyshire’s new Chief Constable.

“During my time as deputy I have seen just how remarkable the communities across the county are – from the incredible resilience of those in Whaley Bridge, to the brilliant community work during the flooding late last year, to the current unprecedented national COVID-19 emergency which has seen fantastic examples of our communities and partnerships pulling together.

“Those same emergencies have also shown the incredible dedication and professionalism of the officers and staff that I am now so proud to lead.

“I have, from former Chief Constable Peter Goodman, inherited a force that is well set to face the many challenges that policing faces in the modern age, that is moving towards better representing those communities that we serve, fighting crime, bringing offenders to justice and protect those most at risk from criminality and harm in its many forms.”

Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

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

                                           COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The Derbyshire County Council Public Health Emergency Fund will support voluntary and community sector organisations with funding up to a maximum value of £2,000 for constituted groups and £250 for non-constituted groups, to allow them to play a key role in the local response. Organisations will be eligible to receive funding if they meet the criteria below.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • not have an existing contractual agreement in place with the Public Health department
  • be supporting the response to COVID19
  • be known to the Public Health team through previous partnership working, be known to the Council’s Community Response Unit, or be known to the network of District Forums that support the work of the Community Response Unit
  • provide a minimum level of detail, including geographic area covered, contact details for lead individual, and bank details for transfer of funding

Any proposed use of the Emergency Funding must be linked to an existing Public Health work programme/theme, for example to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, increase social connectedness, or to prevent demand on statutory services.

To apply for Emergency Funding, organisations will need to return the application (download the application HERE) to the Assistant Director of Public Health giving details of the funding they require, its purpose, and confirmation that they meet the eligibility criteria.

Application forms to be returned by email only to: and

We Are Undefeatable is a government campaign to increase activity of people living with long term conditions therefore improving their health and well-being. During Covid many people have been shielding and their activity levels have decreased. Services have not been operating as normal and people may not have had the motivation or support to keep up there activity levels. A home exercise book has been developed and is available in both electronic and paper versions. We are looking for organisations that are in touch with people who could benefit in increasing their activity levels and could distribute copies in person or via food parcels e.t.c. The electronic copies are available by clicking the blue button below to down load and distribute. The paper copies are available for distribution via The Arc in Clowne - please contact Sarah to arrange collection;  or call 01246 242424 and ask for Sarah Chambers Physical Activity Coordinator. If you are struggling to get hold of some via this route call Alison Hardman on 07923 256973 and we will arrange deliveries where possible.

Why not check out the campaign website HERE and down load a leaflet with exercises via the button below or the Fifteen Ways to Move More at Home Poster (A3)

Your Voice, Your Decision' - Lasting Power of Attorney

You can download all the campaign materials below and share them with your network of friends, family, colleagues and clients.

Download the Lasting Power of Attorney flyer

Download the Lasting Power of Attorney poster

Download the Lasting Power of Attorney campaign summary

African Caribbean Community Association is hosting an online Home Fire Safety Training Session via Zoom. This will be on the 24th August 2020 at 2:00PM. Derbyshire Fire Service will be presenting the session and you are welcome to attend and learn about home fire safety. Poster below

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 418 263 7933

Passcode: 1EEpkZ

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