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



Date:  25th August 2020

                             Issue: 108


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.’



Please note our website is now back up and running as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience


Included in this bulletin:

News from Derbyshire County Council

Free Shared Reading Taster Sept 2020

Support for deaf claimants accessing Universal Credit

Rural Action Derbyshire

Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Fusion Music Ensemble and Digital Connectivity Workshop

Derbyshire Carers Association

Ration Challenge

The Volunteer Centre - Call for Volunteers

Staveley Town Deal - Questionnaire

Schools across Derbyshire are preparing to reopen their doors next month to all pupils.

Derbyshire schools prepare to reopen their doors

Support for deaf claimants accessing Universal Credit

The Good Things Foundation have let us know about a resource recently launched by to help provide support to deaf Universal Credit claimants.

“The service…is already available for people accessing other disability benefits and the Access to Work scheme”.

People can access British Sign Language interpreters as part of a free video relay service  - SignVideo Live - through their tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop, and use the service to make a new Universal Credit claim or manage an existing claim.

  • To find out more about the service click on the link below to visit the website:


Click on Downloads (near the top right of the screen) to find out more about how to download the SignVideo app on different devices.

You can video call SignVideo via a link on their website, or contact them on,, Tel: 0208 463 1120

  • You can watch a trial of the service by clicking on the link below


Updated ACRE Information Sheet (Issue 5.1) to reflect recent lifting of  lockdown restrictions!

Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Joined Up Care Derbyshire leaflet on mental health services for young people and children, and their parents / carers.

Download Leaflet

Mental Health Support Line - A new mental health support line run by the NHS and operating seven days a week between the hours of 9am and midnight (24/7 coming soon) has been set up to provide access to support for people of all ages in Derby and Derbyshire. Call 0800 028 0077 for free where mental health professionals will be on hand to help.

The new Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing website has been set up to support the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people, parents/carers and professionals in Derby and Derbyshire. On the website you can find a range of information including local and national support, training and resources.  

Young Carers Service

Derbyshire Young Carers Service provide support to Young Carers across the county.

The Volunteer Centre - Call for Volunteers

PLEASE! Don't forget we're losing lovely volunteers all the time, as they return to work. If YOU still have some time available do get in touch, as each person makes a huge difference. 01246 276 777 or

Staveley Town Deal – Questionnaire

The below link is a survey for developing a vision for Staveley

The front page of the survey will explain what it’s all about.  There are great plans for the Staveley area and by filling in the survey you can give your thoughts and ideas about how to make Staveley a great place to live.

Please can you fill in and share with residents and colleagues who live and work or have connections to the Staveley area.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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