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



Date:  21st September 2020

                             Issue: 125


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 -

You can view responses to this survey via the following link:

Survey Responses

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:

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

Transition Chesterfield

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Derbyshire Carers Association

Chesterfield Folk Club

Derbyshire NHS Trust to host annual public accountability meeting online

Chesterfield Climate Alliance Notice of Meeting

Derbyshire Voluntary Action job vacancy

Loneliness Lab

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. This is the link to the results so far.

If you have a venue that you would like to be included, please complete survey below:

News from Derbyshire County Council


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.

Please view flyer


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


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

Chesterfield Climate Alliance Notice of Meeting

Online meeting Thursday 24th September 7.30pm on zoom. Agenda attached.

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.


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

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

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