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



Date:  7th September 2020

                             Issue: 115


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:

Walk raises money for LGBT+ centre

World Suicide Prevention Day: Thursday 10th September 2020

Information from Stand Up to Racism

Mental Health training & Chesterfield Mental Health partnership newsletter

Transition Chesterfield

Sight Support Derbyshire 

News from Derbyshire County Council

Bolsover Together

Cold Calling and Doorstep Traders

Special Meet Up for Adult Literacy Day

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Walk raises money for LGBT+ centre

Hundreds of pounds have been raised for an LGBT+ centre in Chesterfield thanks to a walk which honoured a gay rights pioneer from the town. 

The 5.3-mile walk – in memory of Edward Carpenter – started in Chesterfield and finished in the rural Derbyshire village of Millthorpe on Sunday. 

Ed Fordham, one of the walkers, said: “We raised more than £1,500 for the the Derbyshire LGBT+ centre in Rutland Road. 

“We were delighted to set off from the Chesterfield Arms pub by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Gordon Simmonds. 

“Twenty of us walked to Millthorpe where Edward had lived for nearly 40 years. 

“It was very special that we were joined by gay human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, and also councillors from Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.” 

Born in Sussex in 1844, Edward lived in Chesterfield before moving to Millthorpe with his partner George Merrill. Edward, a poet and philosopher, 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. 

Article from the Derbyshire Times website.

World Suicide Prevention Day: Thursday 10th September 2020

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Information from Stand Up to Racism


The Fair pay for NHS protest in Chesterfield on Saturday 12th September

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Mental Health training

The Mental Health Team in Public Health have been busy working with our various training providers to develop a virtual offer. We have some new dates available now so why not check out our updated and revised Mental health training webpage for further information.

There are a range of FREE virtual courses including:

  • Mental Health First Aid (Adult)
  • Mental Health First Aid (Youth)
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • E-learning Psychological First Aid
  • Suicide- Let’s talk E-learning


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Senior Rehab Officer & Rehab Officer

Based at Derby or Chesterfield | Full or part time (hours negotiable) | £30,275 PA for the Senior post, £28,180 for the second post (FTE 37 hours per week)

Sight Support Derbyshire is looking to recruit two qualified Rehabilitation Workers to be part of a dedicated team supporting the delivery of high quality services to blind and partially sighted people in Derbyshire.

Find out more about the role here HERE

For an informal discussion call Claire Winfield, Chief Executive, on 01332 292262


For an application pack please email:

Closing date for applications: 9am 21st September 2020

Interviews commencing: Monday 28th September 2020

We are highlighting a raft of new support services aiming to help reduce the number of suicides in Derbyshire.

New services launch to help prevent suicide

More than £800,000 is being allocated to help support people in Derbyshire who are struggling to afford essentials during the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency assistance grant for food and essential supplies

News from Derbyshire County Council

BolsoverTogether COVID Bulletin #35

Not sure? Don't open the door


Don't be a victim of doorstep crime.

- If you don't know who is at your door, don't open it.

- Never deal with cold calling or doorstep traders.

- Use the door chain every time you open the door.


(Genuine callers will be happy to wait while you check they are legitimate)

Derbyshire County Council's Trusted Traders will not call at your home unless you've asked them to.

To find a Trusted Trader Call Derbyshire on 01629533190 or visit

If you are to have any unwelcome sales visits at your home, below are a few useful telephone numbers to keep in mind:

- Derbyshire police - 101

- In an emergency dial - 999

- Consumer Direct (trading standards) - 08454040506

- Citizens Advice consumer helpline - 03454040506



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Message Sent By

Levi Tabbron (Police,PCSO,Chesterfield SNT)

You are invited to attend:

Understanding Adult Literacy as a small charity employer & service provider

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A special meeting for small charities working in and investing in adult learning with Tiffany Gillies, Head of Education at Community Union

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Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

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If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

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