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



Date:  22nd September 2020

                             Issue: 126


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

Just Mingle

News from Derbyshire County Council

Gas Safe Charity

Asian Association - Cooking Classes

Online Mental Health Training

Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Volunteer Centre

Free Shared Reading Taster Sept 2020

Fun Palaces Weekend - 3-4 October 2020

Derbyshire Carers Association

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:

Please find poster regarding some free online workshops being provided by ACV foundation.


These workshops are aimed at women who have been affected in some way by Covid-19.

More info can be found here-

Healthy Workplaces Derbyshire

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

We're looking for a volunteer Social Media Manager. This is a work-from-home, COVID safe role - just requires good language skills, familiarity with social media and enthusiasm. Anyone interested? Call Magnus on 01246 276 777. Or email

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

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The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844