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



Date:  28th August 2020

                             Issue: 111



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:

Just Mingle

Foundation Derbyshire Funding Workshop

Tapton Lock(down) Festival 2020

Falls Awareness Training

Stop Hate UK

Community Chesterfield project needs your feedback

Free Digital Connectivity Webinar - introduction to participating in activities remotely

The Big Ride 4 Palestine

News from Derbyshire County Council

Chat with NHS and CCG - can you help?

Here at Community Chesterfield, we love working with you all and we hope that we have been helpful to you and your organisation.

We are now half way through our funding period and need to learn from what we have been doing. We want to ensure that we support as many of the local voluntary community sector groups as possible and of course we need some proof that this project was worth funding. We hope that you can help us by completing this very quick questionnaire as we really need your feedback.


It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you very much in advance to all who can respond.

The questionnaire can be accessed HERE

Free Digital Connectivity Webinar - introduction to participating in activities remotely

As part of Kakou's Fusion Music project they are holding a webinar to introduce people to participating in group activities remotely using the internet.

Most people are familiar with email or social media, however in a time where isolation and social distancing is becoming the norm, communities and grassroots groups are turning to new and unfamiliar online tools to coordinate, share information, support each other, and connect.

This webinar will give an overview of how to use various online tools and resources to collaborate, whether it be for simple chatting, meetings or larger group projects with file-sharing.

The majority of the tools featured are free or low-cost, but provide high impact.

This webinar is free and open to individuals, community/grassroots groups and larger organisations.  


Date: Tuesday 1st September 2020

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Location: Virtual – a link will be sent out prior to the event

Register your free place HERE

Message below from Barbara Sansome-

Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Stand Up to Racism &

North Derbyshire Refugee Support Group


Finished the ride and between Mary and I we think we have raised almost £2000!! Glad not to riding today!!

News from Derbyshire County Council

Chat with NHS and CCG - can you help?


Don’t miss out on having this chat with the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Joined Up Care Derbyshire, facilitated by Community Chesterfield


8th October 2pm-4pm (On Zoom)


• Do you live, work, study or volunteer in Chesterfield?

• Do you or someone you know feel like your views on NHS services are not heard?

• Do you or someone you know feel no one tries to get in touch with you for your views?

• Do you or someone you know need extra support to get your views across, particularly during these COVID times?

The session aims to identify the ways in which your voice and the voices of the people you work with can be heard by the NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG and Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

This is a start to an important ongoing conversation. What you tell the Derby and Derbyshire CCG and Joined Up Care Derbyshire at this session about the best ways to communicate will be used to plan how and who they ask for their views in the future.

Click here to book

If you need any further information or want to advise us about any accessibility needs for this online session please contact

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Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844