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



Date:  10th September 2020

                             Issue: 118


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:

Stand Up to Racism

News from Derbyshire County Council

Bolsover - children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing network 

Community Climate Action Network

Help the NHS Hear Community Voices

Sport England

Gladstone Tea Rooms - The Hub @ Gladstone Buildings

Chesterfield residents urged to join a nationwide plastic protest this autumn

Hearing Help Uk

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Online Training


A 2-mile stretch of the A61 near Dronfield will be resurfaced in a bid to reduce excess noise levels.

Work starts to lower the noise level on the A61 near Dronfield

Bolsover - children and young peoples mental health and emotional well-being network

On the 21/09/20 at 11.30 - 13.00 Bolsover Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Well Being Network will be launched and we are inviting all groups, services and individuals who work in this field to attend, participate and shape your forum.

View information

Community Climate Action Network


Help the NHS Hear Community Voices


An invitation from Community Chesterfield 

& Derby & Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.....


Help the NHS Hear Community Voices


Thursday 8th October 2020




Don’t miss out!


Chat online with the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Joined Up Care Derbyshire, facilitated by Community Chesterfield.

This is a free session to identify the best ways for the NHS to hear local voices


8th October 2pm-4pm


• 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 find how, where and when 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.

What you tell the Derby and Derbyshire CCG and Joined Up Care Derbyshire at this session will be used to gather information for NHS services into the future.

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


Gladstone Tea Rooms - The Hub @ Gladstone Buildings

The Venue @ Gladstone Buildings cater for all special occasions – Baby Showers, Birthdays, Celebrations, Conferences, Meetings etc.

Call on 01246 859210 or visit their website HERE.

You can download their poster 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:

Hearing Help UK provides practical help, information and support to the Hearing-Impaired community, to enable them to enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

Hearing Help UK do this through the provision of; information, advice, support, advocacy, social activities, outreach activities, assistive listening devices, hearing loops and volunteering opportunities in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

Hearing Help UK are currently recruiting, click on the links below to find out more and apply.


Service Manager

Outreach Consultant


Closing date for both posts is 14th September 2020

You can find out more about Hearing Help UK by visiting their website HERE.

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