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



Date:  16th September 2020

                             Issue: 122


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:

New Government Rules Around Social Gatherings

Fun Palaces Weekend: 3-4 October 2020

Chesterfield Canal - Past and Present

News from Derbyshire County Council

How to run your Code Club safely

Asian Association

Deaf Initely Women

Virtual Community Camp

Supporting young people's mental wellbeing

Derbyshire Voluntary Action job vacancy

New Government rules around social gatherings are now in place, in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The new rules state that when meeting with people you do not live with, you must not meet in a group of more than six. The same rules apply whether you are indoors or outdoors.

Chief Inspector Becky Webster, who is in charge of the policing response to COVID-19 at Derbyshire Constabulary said:

“I’d really like to stress that preventing the spread of the virus is a shared effort and police will play their part alongside the Government, local businesses, hospitality owners, local authorities and others.

“We know that the vast majority of our communities have followed the restrictions so far and have made personal sacrifices to do so, in order to keep themselves, their families and friends safe. I’d like to thank the public for their efforts so far and urge people to continue taking the regulations seriously so that we can all protect ourselves and others.

“Officers will continue to be out in our communities engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the new regulations and they will have the power to disperse groups of more than six people.

“For those who break the rules and refuse to comply, officers can issue fines.

 “However, we are now in a situation where the demands on the police service have returned to pre-COVID levels.

“As such I would encourage everyone to play their part and take personal responsibility for following the rules, and only consider contacting police as a last resort, as we must work together to prevent the spread of this virus.”

The Government have compiled a frequently asked questions page on their website and this also outlines any exemptions to the rule of six. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with this guidance and any exceptions.


Message Sent By

Katy Law (Police, Support staff, Press Office)

Fun Palaces Weekend: 3-4 October 2020

Fun Palaces wants you to celebrate culture (arts, sciences, heritage, making, sports, hidden talents and secret skills) in your community in ways that are free, accessible and for everyone. Anyone can get stuck in, with events big and small that celebrate the expertise already in your community, such as sharing skills and passions, a meal, running a small taster session, a new collaboration or even trying something totally new and learning together.

Get involved with this year’s Fun Palace weekend, 3rd- 4th October 2020!

Click here for more information

As part of its virtual History Day, Chesterfield Museum has made a video of some of our before and after photos within the borough.

Youth Activity Grants

These grants are aimed at projects for children and young people aged 0 to 19, or up to the age of 25 if they have a disability.

The last round of the Youth Action Grants came to an end in May 2020, but we’re now making an extra £221,000 available, effectively extending this grants programme until the money has been allocated.

Click here for more information

New future for local government in Derbyshire

DCC cabinet report on Devolution

How to run your Code Club safely

The Code Club team is proud to work alongside a resilient, creative, and supportive community. I have seen how your dedication to Code Club has helped inspire children to continue to code from home, even when your club has had to pause.   

Many of you are now adapting to new ways of working, and I recognise that this will bring its own challenges. I have recorded this special message to let you know how the team and I will help you over the coming months.

We’ve been talking and listening to you to find out how we can support you to safely resume your Code Club activity this September.

Inspired by your examples, here are three options for how you can continue to provide fun and creative learning opportunities while safety measures are in place.

In-person sessions

Your club runs as normal, following guidelines required by your local health authority and safeguarding for your venue.

Online sessions

A coding session that takes place at a regular chosen time using video conferencing or live-streaming tools.

Remote activities

Sending out coding projects and activities regularly for young people to complete at home in their own time.

Click here for more information

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Our Community Camps are normally residential experiences held at the Eden Project in Cornwall, but like many things, they will be a little different this year.

October will see the start of our very first Virtual Community Camp - an immersive learning experience offering a mix of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for people from across the UK.

The Eden Project have an amazing free offer for smaller & newer community organisations to meet others, gain skills & build confidence together: - if you can spare the time, please apply - others in the district who have done these camps previously have really benefited in their own journeys as community leaders

Click here for more information

Supporting young people’s mental wellbeing

The past few months have been hard for everyone, including our children.

That’s why we’re supporting Better Health’s #EveryMindMatters campaign which provides tips and advice to help you look after the mental wellbeing of the children and young people in your life.Whether it’s worries over going back to school or concerns about getting or passing on the virus, there are always steps to help them cope.

Click here for more information


Derbyshire Voluntary Action job vacancy -

Social Connectedness Development Worker

Full time – 37 hours per week

£22,911 + 5% pension 

Feeling Connected in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield is a multi-agency initiative to reduce loneliness and social isolation. Our Social Connectedness Action Group needs an enthusiastic, pragmatic, hard-working Development Worker to be ‘the face on the ground’ of the Feeling Connected Action Plan in communities across North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield.

If you’re an experienced community development worker with a strong track record in asset-based community development and building great relationships with communities, then this is the job for you!

To excel in this role, you’ll need to be:

  • A confident self-starter, able to get stuck in from the word go and take the initiative to make contacts and establish networks quickly
  • A brilliant relationship builder
  • Passionate about supporting and enabling individuals and communities to be socially connected and take care of each other

To apply visit

Deadline for applications: Monday 28th September 2020, 5pm.

                       Interview date:  Wednesday 7th October 2020

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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