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



Date:  15th September 2020

                             Issue: 121


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:

Just Mingle

Derbyshire County Council LGBT+ Youth Support Training

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Online Training

Plastic Free Chesterfield

ACCA Online Arts & Crafts

Chesterfield Climate Alliance Notice of Meeting

Gas Safe Charity

News from Derbyshire County Council

Free online mental health training

Ashgate Hospicecare Virtual Sparkle Night 2020

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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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

Online meeting Thursday 24th September 7.30pm on zoom.




To register click on:

We have decided we urgently need to hold an online meeting to resurrect Chesterfield Climate Alliance.

There is a need for better networking and communication between  all the climate and ecological initiatives across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire and for more support and fostering of new projects.

This was partly prompted by the recent meeting on climate hosted by Links Council for Voluntary Service and Action, where a range of voluntary organisations started to consider how the people they work with will be affected by the climate emergency and what they can do.

The covid emergency has made it clear that we need to mobilise our resources and work together to build a more resilient, equitable and sustainable community.

It is also the message behind  the call for climate action for A Green and Fair Recovery from Friends of the Earth, the Bounce Forward initiatives of Transition Network and the Trust the People Programme of Extinction Rebellion. We can't wait for the government. In other communities ordinary people are showing the way and we can do the same.

See for a particularly inspiring example.

As the Chesterfield Climate Alliance is already a broad-based coalition across climate and ecological groups, faith groups and trades unions, it makes sense to bring it back to life as a coordinator and facilitator of wider network. .

To join the meeting on Thursday 24th click on the link

and fill in the details. You will then be sent the link.

The Gas Safe Charity is offering free, on line workshops aimed at front line staff and volunteers who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people. The workshops explain the sources, sign and symptoms of carbon monoxide risks in the home and uses scenarios to explain what steps to take if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected. As we move into autumn and winter, with more people staying at home, risks of carbon monoxide poisoning are increasing. If your staff or volunteers can spot the signs, they can help prevent vulnerable people being poisoned. To find out more and book a workshop, please click on the link: or email  to access our e learning package.


Simon Main

Gas Safe Charity

07549 956376

Parents of Year 6 pupils living in Derbyshire can now apply for their child’s secondary school place for September 2021.

Time to apply for next year's secondary school places

Derbyshire County Council are running a small grants scheme – up to £300 to support local groups and teams reach out to their community.

Everyone can benefit from living a healthy, happy ageing lifestyle. Have fun and get creative! Access free campaign resources and help raise awareness of falls prevention.

More information and application details here:

Closing date: Monday 21 September 2020

Ashgate Hospicecare have announced that this year’s Sparkle Night Walk will be a virtual event called the ‘Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night 2020’ and will go ahead on Saturday 19th September 2020.

Thousands of people were set to take part in this Chesterfield’s biggest fundraising event but due to COVID-19, the event had to be postponed. The event, which is a hugely important date in the diary for so many fundraisers and volunteers across North Derbyshire, promises to still provide the Sparkle spirit like every year and the local hospice needs your support more than ever.

Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “We know that the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk is a hugely important date in the diary for thousands of our fundraisers and volunteers. For it not to go ahead in the usual way is disappointing for everyone. That’s why we’ve decided to launch Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night to ensure North Derbyshire can still come together in a safe and responsible way to raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospicecare.”

“By walking, running, cycling or dancing in your bunny ears and special edition t-shirt from 8pm on Saturday 19th September 2020, you’ll be a part of a unique virtual event unlike any other – and the difference it will make to local people living with a life-limiting illness and their families will be huge.”

“Last year, more than 3,000 people came together to raise over £263,000 and we need your support again this year more than ever before to ensure Ashgate Hospicecare is here for the future. Please sign up now, choose a challenge involving walking, running, cycling or dancing and join us on Facebook to party from 7pm – because together, we sparkle.”

For more details and to sign up for this year’s Markovitz Virtual Sparkle Night visit

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