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



Date:  17th September 2020

                             Issue: 123


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:

News from Derbyshire County Council

Important opportunity for members of the public to share their Covid-19 health & care story

Derbyshire LGBT+ Youth Group

Sight Support Derbyshire

Derbyshire Carers Association

Derbyshire NHS Trust to host annual public accountability meeting online

Free Shared Reading Taster Sept 2020

Rural Action Derbyshire

Chat with NHS and CCG - can you help?

Derbyshire Law Centre 

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

We approve new future for local government in Derbyshire

Freshers Week – Stay Safe Online and Avoid Scams

Important opportunity for members of the public to share their Covid-19 health & care story

Message from Karen Lloyd – Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Senior Rehab Officer & Rehab Officer

Based at Derby or Chesterfield | Full or part time (hours negotiable) | £30,275 PA for the Senior post, £28,180 for the second post (FTE 37 hours per week)

Sight Support Derbyshire is looking to recruit two qualified Rehabilitation Workers to be part of a dedicated team supporting the delivery of high quality services to blind and partially sighted people in Derbyshire.

Find out more about the role here HERE

For an informal discussion call Claire Winfield, Chief Executive, on 01332 292262

For an application pack please email:

Closing date for applications: 9am 21st September 2020

Interviews commencing: Monday 28th September 2020

Please find below details of some training we have for Carers later this month.

Experienced trainer Samantha Mclean will be delivering a tailored training session for Carers on how we manage change. The training will focus on three key areas: Our natural reaction to change, Strategies to manage change, Understanding how to still care and be resilient in the current crisis.

Carers can book a place by emailing Katie

Derbyshire NHS Trust to host annual public accountability meeting online

Members of the public are invited to join the virtual annual members' meeting of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday 24 September at 1.30pm.

This is a chance to hear from the Trust's chairman Prem Singh and executives for a summary of the organisation's performance over the past year. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting or to submit them in advance, by the deadline of 17 September, in time for answers to be given during the meeting.

The meeting, at which the Trust's annual report and accounts 2019/20 will be presented, is being held virtually due to social distancing restrictions. Participants can join in on the phone or on MS Teams and there is no need to book in advance.

Details about how to join the online meeting are included on the press release HERE

Free Shared Reading Taster Sept 2020

Interim information update!

Interpreting changes to the Social Distancing rules

Chat with NHS and CCG - can you help?


Don’t miss out on having this chat with the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Joined Up Care Derbyshire, facilitated by Community Chesterfield


8th October 2pm-4pm (On Zoom)


• 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 identify the ways in which 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.

This is a start to an important ongoing conversation. What you tell the Derby and Derbyshire CCG and Joined Up Care Derbyshire at this session about the best ways to communicate will be used to plan how and who they ask for their views in the future.

Click here to book

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

Derbyshire Law Centre - Go the Extra Mile for Justice

Staff at Derbyshire Law Centre are using their lunch hour to walk a total of 1000 miles. We are fundraising to reduce poverty for 14.5 million people living in the UK. Please sponsor us to walk 1,000 miles between now and Christmas -


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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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