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



Date:  14th September 2020

                             Issue: 120


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:


Loneliness Lab


Derbyshire Charities Join Forces

News from Derbyshire County Council

Arts Derbyshire

Census 2021 Jobs

Derbyshire Dales CVS

Junction Arts

Up Coming Drug and Alcohol Training

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Practical ways to help yourself cope

Information on what to do if you're feeling low or struggling to cope.

Click here for more information

Design to Connect Community Learn-in

21st - 29th September 2020

The Loneliness Lab is hosting a Community ‘Learn-in’ from  21st - 29th September 2020. The Community Learn-in is an opportunity for anyone interested in the role of urban design and placemaking in tackling loneliness to come together through a series of virtual workshops exploring how the places where we live, work and play can be designed to foster connection. Expect a highly interactive workshop series enabling you to connect with others interested in this agenda. It’s a chance to learn from case studies and research from across the lab community and opportunities to explore areas for future action.

Click here for more information and to register

We’ve never needed our communities as much as we do now.

Although we’re based in Coventry and Warwickshire we’re not only interested in helping people create change in this area. We want to help every area of the UK answer the question “How do people thrive in these times?” Have a look at this organisation and see if there is any learning for your organisation and community;    

 Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire have published a groundbreaking report: ‘How do people thrive in these times?’ in which they share their experience and reflections on how to harness the community spirit of Covid for long term shifts in community power.

Click here for more information

Derbyshire Charities Join Forces

Stronger together - Two Derbyshire charities join forces to provide more Hospice at Home care to dying patients

Two Derbyshire charities are joining forces to extend Hospice at Home services to more patients across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire.

Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen's Trust, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Bakewell respectively, have been discussing their organisational compatibility for over 12 months, and this formal partnership - officially launched on 7 September 2020 - is the natural progression of the special relationship.

The charities have been working closely together since April throughout lockdown, delivering over 1,800 hours of care to patients across the Dales and North East Derbyshire , in addition to those in the High Peak, who have life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and motor neurone disease. 

After receiving 120 patient referrals from April to August 2020, 75 patients died in the comfort of their own home with their loved ones by their side - achieving a 100% outcome for the patient's preferred place of death.

The need for this fundamental care in patient's homes has never been clearer. A survey found that 82% of people wanted to die at home, but 50% of us die in hospital. Other research found that hospices could help reduce hospital deaths by 50,000 every year, generating £80m of savings for the NHS .

Blythe House's Hospice at Home service launched in 2016 and since then, has delivered over 48,000 hours of day and night-time care in the comfort of patient's homes across the High Peak.

Referral processes for both charity's services will remain the same and can be made by:

. Calling 01298 813007 or 01298 811770 for Blythe House

. Calling 07780 331715 for Helen's Trust

To find out more visit:

We have announced ambitious plans for the future of local government in the county.

New future for local government in Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

Please find a press release for Necklace of Stars. This is a FREE opportunity for housebound older adults (age 65+) in Derbyshire to engage with an artist from their own homes, in embroidery and creative writing.

This Arts Derbyshire project is supported by Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council Public Health and Derbyshire Libraries.


Sally Roberts

A Necklace of Stars Project Coordinator

Arts Derbyshire

07395 904386

If you’re ready help make Census 2021 a reality, come and join us.

Click link below about roles now open..

View Jobs

Update from Derbyshire Dales CVS



Up Coming Drug and Alcohol Training

Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service and Derbyshire Recovery Partnership are continuing to offer free drug and alcohol training during this time despite the disruption caused by Covid-19.

FREE Online Training Available

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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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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