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



Date:  4th September 2020

                             Issue: 114


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.


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 -

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:

International Charity Day

News from Derbyshire County Council

Carers Emergency Card

Summer Food Programme - Grassmoor

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Online Training

Plastic Free Chesterfield

Important opportunity for members of the public to share their Covid-19 health & care story

Do you live, work or study in Chesterfield?

Derbyshire NHS Trust to host annual public accountability meeting online

Job Vacancy - Development Worker (Social Prescribing)

Freedom Community Project

The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually every 5th September. It was declared officially by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The day itself was founded through a Hungarian civil society initiative with the support of the Hungarian Parliament and Government in 2011.

A detailed report into the flooding across large parts of Derbyshire in November 2019 will be considered at a meeting on 10 September.

Actions following November 2019 floods to be considered

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well


Online Adult Education Courses

Further online adult education courses available throughout September

Taster courses include languages, yoga, floristry and creative writing skills.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Alex Dale said:

“These courses are completely free and are designed to give you a taste of what’s coming up in our main Autumn term programme.

“If you’re looking to pick up a new skill or hobby why not take a look at what’s on offer, but spaces on the courses are limited so make sure you sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a place.”

Some courses can be done online at a pace that suits you while other courses will be delivered remotely using Zoom where learners will be part of a live class with a tutor and fellow learners. All you need is a laptop, tablet or smart phone with internet access.

Learners will be provided with a list of materials or equipment they need for each session.

Click HERE to find the taster course for you and register your place now.

The September 2020 brochure has full details of online taster courses

Carers Emergency Card

The Derbyshire Carers Emergency Card Scheme is a way of letting emergency services know you are a carer and that someone relies on you for support.

Anyone who provides essential support can obtain a carers emergency card, regardless of the amount of support they provide.

As part of the card application you will be asked to make contingency plans for the person you care for.

This information will be kept on the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) database so professionals can access it and quickly help to arrange alternative support if required.

Find out more HERE

Chesterfield residents urged to join a nationwide plastic protest this autumn

Chesterfield single-use plastics campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is calling on local residents to join in with a series of six actions this autumn, as part of a nationwide plastic protest organised by the charity Surfers Against Sewage.

The group says the six grassroots actions, which run from 5th September to 18th October, are designed to challenge the manufacturers of unnecessary, single-use plastics, change public perception and demand stronger legislation from the government.

Greg Hewitt, Community Lead of Plastic Free Chesterfield said: "We want to create a national wave of noise that cannot be ignored; calling on the UK Government to raise the plastic agenda at the highest levels of power, grounding it in parliamentary consciousness and demanding stronger legislation on reduction, production and systems."

Actions range from carrying out a litter pick around Chesterfield, to using social media to hold plastic packaging manufacturers to account, as well as writing to supermarkets to do more to reduce their plastic. Chesterfield schools are also asked to get involved through the Plastic Free Schools programme.

The aim of the Plastic Protest is to gather evidence to call big plastic packaging brands to account and demand the Government to take the plastic pollution crisis seriously.

Greg continued: "The plastic industry around the world is using the current pandemic to delay critical policy that would see the reduction of plastic pollution. We are already seeing the impacts of this in the UK with delays to bans on straws, stirrers and cotton bud sticks. We need the Government not to use one crisis to ignore another."

"We need manufacturers to be responsible for 100% of the costs of dealing with their plastic packaging. And we need a Deposit Return Scheme to be introduced before 2023 that can accept a wide range of materials, including ALL plastic bottles."

The six actions have been designed to be simple and effective, so as everyone can at least do something to be part of the campaign.

More information about the protest plus the six actions can be found on the Plastic Free Chesterfield website:

Important opportunity for members of the public to share their Covid-19 health and care story

Message from Karen Lloyd – Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire NHS Trust to host annual public accountability meeting online

Members of the public are invited to join the virtual annual members' meeting of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday 24 September at 1.30pm.

This is a chance to hear from the Trust's chairman Prem Singh and executives for a summary of the organisation's performance over the past year. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting or to submit them in advance, by the deadline of 17 September, in time for answers to be given during the meeting.

The meeting, at which the Trust's annual report and accounts 2019/20 will be presented, is being held virtually due to social distancing restrictions. Participants can join in on the phone or on MS Teams and there is no need to book in advance.

Details about how to join the online meeting are included on the press release HERE


Organisation: High Peak CVS

Salary: Salary £24,313 pa Working hours 37 per week.

Fixed Term for 12 months (option of extending dependent on funding).

Job Share/Part Time can be Considered

Location: High Peak CVS Office, Whaley Bridge (although extensive travel across the High Peak will be required)

High Peak CVS is a charitable organisation that supports community and voluntary groups across the High Peak area of Derbyshire. An exciting opportunity has now arisen for a Development Worker leading on Social Prescribing across the High Peak (excluding Glossopdale) to join our small and dedicated team.

The post will be based at the High Peak CVS office in Whaley Bridge although travel throughout the High Peak will be required. Building relationships with the Primary Care Network is essential and the main role will be to develop and deliver a Social Prescribing service in the High Peak that will link patients referred from GP surgeries with appropriate services and support from the voluntary, community and non-profit sector.

The successful candidate will report to the Chief Executive Officer.

Previous experience of working in a charity and/or health care environment would be beneficial to your application but not essential. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone that has a background in one or more of the below areas (but this is not essential and other backgrounds will be considered):

- Children and Young People

- Mental Health

- Long Term Care Management

- Dementia Care

- Emotional Health and Wellbeing

- Finance and Benefits,

- Housing,

- Employment,

- Social Care

This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role for an organisation who do great work. An information pack and application form can be downloaded from  or email:

The closing date for all applications is: Monday 7 September 2020 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21st September and Thursday 24 September.

Please note that CV's will not be accepted but can be included alongside a completed application form.

Due to the number of expected applications we cannot offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Freedom Community Project

A great opportunity has arisen within the Freedom Community Project for a part-time Administration/PA Assistant.

This role is subject to successful interview, suitable references and DBS checks.

The role consists of 26 hours per week on a 2year fixed term contract.

Application form and job description available on request:

Telephone 0300 302 0334 or

Email or

For an informal chat call 0300 302 0334 Monday Wednesday or Thursday between 9-3pm

Closing date for completed applications is 7th September 2020

Interviews will take place on 11th September 2020

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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