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



Date:  9th September 2020

                             Issue: 117


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:

Foundation Derbyshire Funding Workshop

Just Mingle

ACCA Online Arts & Crafts

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Carers Association

Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

See, Hear, Respond

Mental Health Information

Derbyshire County Council LGBT+ Youth Support Training

Derbyshire Voluntary Action - Health & Social Care Forum and AGM

Arts & Crafts Online Session - THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

ACCA offers a FREE online Arts & Crafts Club to those that want to remain active, creative and look after their well being during the current pandemic.  This online Arts & Crafts session will consist of creating Arts & Crafts items in your own homes with the guidance of Theresa via Zoom.  We will be making a Handy Cross Over Bag.

The Arts & Crafts session will last for at least one hour and will include a catch up.

* For the session you will need the following:

1 pair of scissors, tape measure, thimble,sewing needle with large eye, 7inches x 12inches of fairly thick material (jeans or velvet thickness) coloured thread (matching material) 60 inch cord (to use as the bag strap) 6 to 8 buttons, 2 large and the others in various colours and sizes. 

If you do not have the items at home you are still welcome to join in for a catch up 


Happy crafting!


Topic: ACCA's Zoom Arts and crafts

Time: Thursday Sep 17, 2020 12:30 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 813 7554 4146

Passcode: 384278

If you encounter any issues whilst trying to log on please contact Lud on 01246 208 052 or Clarissa on 07483 415 432.

We have awarded almost £1 million through our Action Grants scheme over the past 2 years.

Action Grants awarded to over 900 projects and more grants on the way

Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) have teamed up with The University of Derby, the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SMEs to help support unpaid carers in employment.

Our Carers in Employment initiative aims to support and encourage businesses to recruit and retain those staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, are at risk of leaving the workforce as a result of stress, ill health, lack of understanding and/or simply lack of time.

Below is our webpage offering more information on the initiative and links to  information leaflets about the service.

CiE - Carer Leaflet

CiE - Employer Leaflet

Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Please see below the latest Covid Community Update for Bolsover & North East Derbyshire to share

Community update

Information See Hear Respond

The See, Hear, Respond Partnership is a new service funded by the Department for Education.  With your help, the See, Hear, Respond Partnership will quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus.

Its aim is to provide early intervention before these children reach the threshold for statutory intervention.

See, Hear, Respond does not replace your usual referral process for children who meet a statutory threshold for significant harm: such referrals must be made to your local authority safeguarding team using your usual safeguarding procedures.

The See, Hear, Respond Partnership has been created specifically to help children and young people in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during coronavirus, by providing support to those who are not being seen by schools or other key agencies. There is no minimum threshold for referral. We will support children from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

Read Full Version


Below are links to posters




Mental Health Information 

To view information please click link below


The Mental Health Team in Derbyshire County Council Public Health have been busy working with various training providers to develop a virtual offer. New dates are now available so why not check out their updated and revised Mental health training webpage for further information.

They offer 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

Find out more and how to book HERE

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health & Social Care Forum and AGM

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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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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