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



Date:  2nd September 2020

                             Issue: 112


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:

Transition Chesterfield

Prince's Trust Team Programme

News from Derbyshire County Council

Active Derbyshire

Special Constabulary Recruitment Now Open

Bolsover Woodland Enterprise is recruiting

NHS Test and Trace


Self Care September

Sign Video

Venues open after lockdown survey


Princes Trust Team 2020 Course Info Derbyshire

Prince’s Trust Team Programme Video

You can now book on to more free online and remote learning adult education taster courses

Further online adult education courses available throughout September

Writers in Derbyshire are being offered the opportunity to sign up for online workshops that we are supporting this autumn.

Derbyshire writers encouraged to sign up for online workshops

To view eNewsletter - September 2020 please click link below


Recruitment to join our Special Constabulary is now open!

We have the opportunity for you to make a real difference. To help your community, challenge yourself, and to discover what you are capable of.

Special Constables are a group of dedicated individuals who, after a hard day at work in their regular job, still have the enthusiasm and drive it takes to devote some of their free time to help others.

In return for your service, you’ll receive excellent training, opportunities for your CV that you won’t find anywhere else, and a sense of pride and achievement that comes from helping others.

Our Specials are fully qualified police officers with powers of arrest, and we are now looking to find our next intake of recruits.

The training for this will take place between February and June 2021, over 16 weekends – with two off.


Key dates are as follows:

Induction day: Friday 5 February 2021

Course start date: Saturday 6 February 2021

Course end date: Sunday 6 June 2021


Recruitment closes at 11.55pm on Sunday 27 September.

To find out more and to apply, please visit:


Message Sent By

Emma Page (Police, Comms Officer HQ, Media team)

Bolsover Woodland Enterprise is recruiting

Office Administrator – part time 20 hours a week over 5 days

£19,000 pro rata – initially for a 2 year period with a possibility of extension

Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise Ltd has an exciting opportunity for an experienced administrator to join our friendly and motivated team based in Bolsover.

It is extremely important that the successful applicant has an understanding of working with people with learning difficulties, excellent accounts, administrative experience and be able to manage an office.

Closing date: 4th September 2020 with interviews 9th September.

Please send current CV and a statement confirming skills, knowledge and experience to  by 4th September.

A person specification and job specification are available.

Click here to sign up to stakeholder updates on COVID-19 Track & Trace in Derbyshire.

D2N2 webinars & support information

Some useful webinars & support from the D2N2 Growth Hub can be found HERE.

Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential. No-one's perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. This month Action for Happiness are encouraging everyone to be kinder to themselves (as well as others), especially when things go wrong. Self-care increases our resilience and helps us get more out of life. It also helps us accept others as they are too.

You can download the calendar HERE

The Action for Happiness app aims to give users a couple of friendly "nudges" each day - firstly that day's action in the morning and secondly an inspiring message towards the end of the day. You can download it HERE

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:

Here is a link to the SignVideo 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:  (there is no sound to this video) If you would like to see subtitles/closed captions please click the captions box on the youtube video.

Venues open after lockdown survey

Some groups are finding their meeting place is not big enough to allow social distancing.  We would like to hear from venues who may be able to offer them alternative facilities.

Link to survey here -

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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