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



Date:  19th August 2020

                             Issue: 104


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:

Healthwatch Derbyshire

Citizens Advice North East Derbyshire

Your Life Your Chesterfield - an invitation to shape the future!

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

The Big Ride 4 Palestine

Stop Loan Sharks

Grassland Hasmoor Futures - Director Recruitment

Club & Group Development Manager

Stop Hate UK

Freedom Community Project

Citizens Advice North East Derbyshire

An Invitation to


Your Life, Your Chesterfield


Do you live in Chesterfield?

Do you work or study in Chesterfield?

Do you care about Chesterfield?


Your Life, Your Chesterfield is a fun and interactive way to get together to talk about the big things and the little things, what we love about our lives and what we don’t, what we value about Chesterfield and what could be better.   It's absolutely free to attend.   


What's important to us all in Chesterfield? It could be about...

  • Our connections with family, friends, neighbours 
  • Our health and the way we feel in body and in mind
  • How we use local services
  • Our home
  • Our street
  • Our community
  • Our work
  • Our town

If you join us, you can be sure that:

  1. Everyone’s life experiences count .
  2. Everyone will have a chance to say their thing in the way they want to say it  .
  3. Everyone will be respectful – in what they say and how they listen  


We’ll be walking a path together: this event is the first of several opportunities for us to talk together about what matters in our lives.  


Who are we and why are we doing this? 

We are a partnership of organisations working together to support communities in Chesterfield.  We want to build bridges between people, communities and services, so we can shape Chesterfield together in a more joined up way. 


When is it?

The first session is repeated - you can choose your preferred date:


Tuesday   8th September 10.30am-12.30pm   OR

Thursday 17th September 12.30pm-2.30pm


If you are an organisation, it would be great if you could put some info, link on your website or social media!   Here's the poster too.




Eventbrite will confirm your booking by email, then closer to the date we'll be in touch with a link and the details you'll need to attend.


Bring a cuppa and a snack and join the conversation!


Hosted by Community Chesterfield with active derbyshire

To view newsletter please click link below

Summer Newsletter

Leading cancer GP urges people to act on concerns

Support for Children and Young People who need mental health support

NHS Mental Health Leaflet

Message below from Barbara Sansome-

Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Stand Up to Racism &

North Derbyshire Refugee Support Group


You are all amazing including the big ride in this newsletter. Thank you!


Mary and I did a 36 mile circular route on the trails and had a coffee in Ashbourne...the owner of the cafe. The Flower cafe came out and gave me £10!!


The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is cracking down on loan sharks across the country and stripping them of their ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) legislation.The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is open again for bids from charities, voluntary organisations and community groups involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities. The Fund is made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks, which is made available to groups through a bidding process and grants are awarded to successful applicants.

Each group will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 and will have to demonstrate the positive impact their project would have on their community. Applicants will also have to demonstrate how their project contributes to delivering the IMLT’s priorities which include raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks; promoting the work of the IMLT in communities and encourage reporting of loan sharks.


The closing date for applications is 31st August 2020


You can download the forms by clicking on the links 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 date: 2nd September 2020

Freedom Community Project

A great opportunity has arisen within the Freedom Community Project for a part-time Administration/PA Assistant.

This role is subject to successful interview, suitable references and DBS checks.

The role consists of 26 hours per week on a 2year fixed term contract.

Application form and job description available on request:

Telephone 0300 302 0334 or

Email or

For an informal chat call 0300 302 0334 Monday Wednesday or Thursday between 9-3pm

Closing date for completed applications is 7th September 2020

Interviews will take place on 11th September 2020

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