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



Date:  18th August 2020

                             Issue: 103


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:

Just Mingle

Plastic Free Chesterfield

Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service during COVID 19

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHCFT) Annual Members Meeting 2020 

News from Derbyshire County Council

The Big Ride 4 Palestine

Request from University of Derby & Community Chesterfield

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

The Hub Hangout

Rhubarb Farm

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:

If any viewing problems above please refer to link below

Derbyshire Home from Hospital Service during COVID-19



Fifteen new statues have been have been added to the ‘Walking Together’ mining memorial at our Markham Vale Business Park to commemorate miners who tragically lost their lives in 3 disasters at Markham Colliery.

Further statues added to miners memorial

To view information please click link below

Great Solidarity Ride, amazing fundraising, Challenge Ride continues!


Information below from Barbara Sansome-

Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Stand Up to Racism & 

North Derbyshire Refugee Support Group

This time my challenge is a mere 440 miles (unlike to Istanbul 2500) but I am older and less fit so still a challenge! If you would like to sponsor me please click on the link below. The charity supports childrens projects...this one this year in Gaza. The length of the ride is the length of the dividing wall built by Israel.

I am riding with my friend Mary, three days in Lincolnshire completed this week, next week 1 day in Peak and 2 days Worksop to Nottingham and back home, the final week 3 days in the |Yorkshire Wolds.

If you have any friends who would also like to support me please forward this email! Usually the ride is Edinburgh to London but because of Covid riders have joined from all over the world.

Thank you for your support.   



Community Chesterfield

Incubation Unit 3

St Helena Campus

2 Sheffield Road


S41 7LL


Tel: 01246 555908


To view leaflet please click link below

NHS Mental Health Leaflet

New weekly groups for ages 11-16 begin on Wednesday 26th August!

Come have a chat, play games & let those every day worries drift away.

Qualified therapists will be available during group sessions.

Rhubarb Farm is seeking to appoint an Administration and Digital Marketing Worker. All details about the job are on the Rhubarb Farm website,  

Closing date: 21st August 2020 

Please note that all applicants need to complete a day’s volunteering at the Farm prior to submitting an application, and that CVs will not be accepted.  All applications need to be done on the Rhubarb Farm application form.

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