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



Date:  27th August 2020

                             Issue: 110



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:

Day Opps and Short Break - Engagement with people, carers and providers

Healthwatch Derbyshire Digital appointments

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

Asian Association - Feedback form for Yoga sessions on Survey Monkey

Tinnitus Online Support

Vote for the Elm Foundation

Pathways of Chesterfield job vacancy

Writing for Wellbeing on theme of kindness

DVA Mental Health Liaison Service - our first online meeting was a great success!

Local Artists & Photographers Needed

Day Opps and Short Break - Engagement with people, carers and providers

Feedback form for Yoga sessions on Survey Monkey

Vote for The Elm Foundation

A message from Sadie Betts, Therapeutic Services Manager, The Elm Foundation

A bid application has been put in to Persimmon Homes & the excellent news is that we have got threw to the finals. We are already guaranteed £5,000.00 but we could be in for £100,000.00.

The bid is now open to public vote. The organisation with most votes will get the top prize.The closing date is not until September and an individual can place a vote every day. So,if you could go on to the web site given below & ensure that one of your jobs each working day is to cast a vote for us that would be fantastic.

Please do feel free to circulate this to friends and relatives and encourage active voting. All the details are on The Elm Foundation Facebook page as well, so if you could share over that medium as well, that would be a real help.

Please vote to give The Elm Foundation a chance to win £100,000 in the @PersimmonHomes Building Futures scheme, part of the @TeamGB partnership. Vote now we are down at the bottom of the list of applicants.

Link Worker

Salary £21,430-22,258 (1 years fixed term contract with the likelihood of extension based on funding).

Working 37 hours per week, operating over 5 weekdays

25 days annual leave pro rata plus bank holidays

Pathways is a Chesterfield based charity offering support and advice to people that are homeless and vulnerably housed.

Our mission is to prevent homelessness. We aim to eradicate rough sleeping within our community, and to support those without a permanent home to obtain and maintain one by providing clients with the help, skills and the confidence to resolve their issues of homelessness.

Pathways is the single point of access for single homeless people in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover. We are looking for a Link Worker to support the work of Pathways. We are seeking someone who has passion and experience in supporting vulnerable people, with strong organisation skills, confident in communication, with an ability to manage competing demands.

The Link Worker will deliver the Keeping Everyone In service, working across Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover with people who have experienced or are at risk of rough sleeping.

To find out more about the role and apply visit the Pathways of Chesterfield website HERE

Writing for Wellbeing on the theme of Kindness

Derbyshire author Leonie Martin is offering a choice of four September dates on Zoom for her latest Writing for Wellbeing workshop on the theme of Kindness. All four workshops will include the same engaging writing activities and an opportunity to share your work within a safe and relaxing ‘virtual’ space.You’ll need access to Zoom along with writing materials. Early booking is advised as the number of places has been reduced to suit the online environment. To choose a date and book your place, please click on the link below:

Mental Health Liaison Service News Update

Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s Mental Health Liaison Service held its first online Voluntary Sector Mental Health Network (VSMHN) last week and it was a great success.

The meeting was used to find out how member groups/organisations have been managing during COVID-19 and to share experiences good and bad.

The meeting was a very informal and supportive, there were lots of ideas shared and offers of collaborative working.

Comments from those that attended included:

Really enjoyable meeting, thank you everyone. Great to hear what you are all doing. Keep up the good work!

I attended, virtually, the above meeting this morning and it was fabulous.  Incredibly informative and so very supportive.

Brilliant meeting – thank you.

Plans going forward include holding more virtual meetings, a Question Time with expert panelists and a dedicated Mental Health newsletter.

If your group/organisation has an interest in mental health and you would like to be invited to future meetings and receive news from us please get in touch:

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