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



Date:  11th September 2020

                             Issue: 119


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:

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

Derbyshire Veterans Group HQ Wellbeing Walk

North Derbyshire Refugee Support Group

Plastic Free Chesterfield

News from Derbyshire County Council

Mental Health Information

Lonely Not Alone Campaign

The Jo Cox Foundation

Rethinking Civil Society

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Rural Action Derbyshire

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Chesterfield residents asked to help influence new legislation to address the plastic pollution crisis

Chesterfield single-use plastics campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is to hold an online meeting to highlight how the Environment Bill, currently going through Parliament, has the opportunity to address the plastic pollution crisis.

The Environment Bill is a piece of legislation aimed at replacing European environmental legislation, including issues around waste and recycling. Campaigners from Plastic Free Chesterfield are calling for the new legislation to include set targets for the elimination of plastic pollution and bring about an end to the sale, use and production of non-essential single-use plastic products.

The group have invited Siôn Elis Williams, campaign officer at Friends of the Earth, to an online meeting to explain more about the Environment Bill and what actions are needed within it to address the issues of plastics. The meeting is being held on Wednesday 16th September, starting at 7pm.

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The county’s mobile library service will hit the road again later this month after it was halted due to coronavirus.

Derbyshire's mobile libraries gear up to return to the road

Over 50 Derbyshire schools are set to benefit from building improvements thanks to our £1.9 million funding initiative.

£1.9 million boost fund for Derbyshire schools

We are Derbyshire County Council's Adult Education Service, we deliver a range of courses and education provision.

Welcome to our summer programme of FREE online and remote learning short courses Some courses can be done online at a time and pace to suit you. Others will be delivered remotely using Zoom, where you will be part of a live class, with a tutor, but with everyone doing the session(s) in their own home. You will need either a smart phone, tablet, laptop or other computer with internet access. You will be provided with a list of the materials and/or equipment you need for each session.

Our courses are provided free for Derbyshire (UK) residents.

Click here for more information

For anyone who may need urgent mental health support:

Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust

Call the Derbyshire Mental Health Support line on Freephone 0800 028 0077 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service phone: Freephone 116 123 or contact Samaritans online

Use the Staying Safe website for support, information and making your own safety plan

Make an urgent appointment to see your GP

Contact NHS 111

In medical emergency and life-threatening situations please dial 999 or attend your nearest hospital emergency department.

Now in its second year, the Lonely Not Alone campaign is created by young people, for young people

You might be lonely, but you're not alone. There are thousands of us, and we can all help each other

Click here for more information

For many, winter can be the loneliest time of all. The Jo Cox Foundation is looking ahead to our Great Winter Get Together campaign, which will focus on building connections to alleviate loneliness. We’d be very grateful if you could please take this survey to share more with us about your plans for the winter season and how we might work together.

Click here for more information

Opportunities to connect

Our Facebook Group for Connection Coalition members now has over 120 members, coming together to discuss ideas, inspirations and challenges around connection at this time. As the Coalition member numbers approach 500, this group aims to connect you - the members - without needing to come through the central Coalition team. 

Join the group here

Here is a great article on the national Rethinking Civil Society blog, from one of our friends Jennie Street of Rhubarb Farm:

Click here for more information

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Funded Trainee Opportunities

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are offering a funded conservation traineeship for people from harder to reach backgrounds, and are now opening recruitment for the next cohort of trainees.

The traineeships are based in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Sheffield and Rotherham.

The Working for Nature traineeship is for people from harder to reach backgrounds to train alongside a Reserves Officer, learning practical conservation skills and to study for a Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation.

Trainees are based either in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Sheffield for 44 weeks and receive a bursary of over £11,000 to complete the traineeship.

Applicants need to be 18 or over, be reasonably IT literate, have access to a means of transport to travel, willing to work outdoors in all weathers and most importantly, be really passionate about wildlife.

More information and the link to fill in an Expression of Interest form can be found at They will be running Zoom sessions for all interested applicants later this month / early October.

Interim information - New Social Distancing rules on social gatherings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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