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



Date:  26th August 2020

                             Issue: 109


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.


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:

Walk to honour life of LGBT+ pioneer Edward Carpenter

Self Help UK - COVID-19 Survivors Group UK

News from Derbyshire County Council

Mental Health and Productivity Pilot

Living with A Long Term Condition (LWLTC) programme online courses now available

Charity Digital

Stop Loan Sharks

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

Stop Hate UK

Walk to honour life of LGBT+ pioneer Edward Carpenter

Derbyshire LGBT+ Chief Executive, Ian Robson, along with LGBT+ staff and supporters will be undertaking a special walk to honour Edward Carpenter’s life on Sunday, August 30 from 11am.

Poet and philosopher Edward Carpenter, born in 1844, lived as an openly gay man at a time when it was illegal to be gay.

He was way ahead of his time and celebrated for being the ‘last gay man standing in Britain’ when most of gay London fled to Paris in the wake of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment in 1895.

Born in Hove, Sussex, he had lived in Chesterfield before moving to Millthorpe with his partner George Merrill.The 5.3 mile walk will begin at The Chesterfield Arms, in Chesterfield, and finish at The Royal Oak, Millthorpe, on the closest Sunday to Edward’s birthday – he was born on August, 28, 1844.

John Yates-Harold, from the Derbyshire LGBT+ team and a member of the Chesterfield

Equality and Diversity Forum, , said about this event “I'm really looking forward to doing the walk and celebrating the contribution that Edward Carpenter made to gay rights and animal rights. Carpenter influenced authors such as EM Forster who used Carpenter's relationship with George Merrill as the basis for his book, "Maurice". This in turn influenced DH Lawrence to write "Lady Chatterley's Lover". Forster and Lawrence were both friends of Carpenter. He was truly an amazing man.”

More information and details regarding donations and/or sponsorship can be pledged via the Derbyshire LGBT+ Facebook page or email

Derbyshire test and trace schedule

DCC coronavirus social media

Mental Health and Productivity Pilot

We are doing our best to make business aware of some support to help employers with mental health.  Since Covid-19 an increase in mental ill-health is well documented and this can lower productivity. The University of Derby is starting a ‘Mental health and productivity’ pilot.  Please share this information with businesses.

Please find information here.  To sign up to the scheme please click here.

Living with A Long Term Condition (LWLTC) programme Online courses now available

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AC participant from Erewash said;

‘It opened my eyes to other paths and ways of improving my quality of life’

Local GP said;

‘I have had excellent feedback when I have referred people and they have all benefited in some way from attending the course’

People from across Derbyshire and now also Derby City with a long-term health condition are substantially benefiting from our courses which are supporting and encouraging participants to self-manage their conditions more effectively to live fuller more meaningful lives.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are at the moment unable to offer any face-to-face courses; however, we are delighted to let you know that we have developed an online version of the course which is now ready.   

The first online course will start: Thursday 10th September, 10.30 am with November dates planned.  

The courses will be delivered the same as the Face to Face courses which usually take place in the Communit. They will run for six weeks, with a session being held each week at the same time. 

To attend the online course, participants would need access to a PC, laptop or tablet that has a webcam and audio facilities.

Please see below for our timetables for all of the online LWLTC courses taking place the September course is now fully booked and we are filling places fast for November so if you have, or know of anyone who may be interested in attending please refer to us as soon as possible 


lwltc universal leaflet

LWLTC online sessions for Sept 20 - Nov 20  planned dates

Blank Referral and consent form


For more information please click link below

Living with A Long Term Condition (LWLTC) programme Online courses now available


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:




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