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



Date:  23rd September 2020

                             Issue: 127


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

Derbyshire NHS Trust to host annual public accountability meeting online

Chesterfield Climate Aliiance Notice of Meeting

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

Hate Crime Awareness Week

Rural Action Derbyshire

Derbyshire Pcc Responds To Prime Minister Statement

Derbyshire Carers Association

Giving World

Asian 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:

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.




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.

Hate Crime Awareness Week

As Hate Crime Awareness week is approaching fast can we ask that if you are wanting any of our publicity materials please get your order in as soon as possible – preferably before 1st October so we can manage the demand.  Due to the pandemic we have reduced capacity for handling orders and so will not be able to guarantee orders received after that date.  Requests should be sent to

By way of clarification please note that we do not have materials specific to NHCAW and cannot provide materials free of charge.  However many people use our resources to spread the message and highlight local services during the week.  Our catalogue can be found at 

Further information on National Hate Crime Awareness week can be found at

ACRE Information Sheet - issue 6

In response to the Prime Minister’s statement (22.09.20), Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said:

 “Like millions of people up and down the country, I am disappointed that it is necessary to impose further restrictions on peoples’ lives and lifestyles.  I appreciate that this is not easy for anyone.

“The rise in the number of cases of Coronavirus tells its own story.  It is in everyone’s interests to turn the tide of recent weeks.

“I would like to thank the vast majority of Derbyshire residents who have painstakingly followed the guidance.  They have helped to curb the spread of this virus to date.  Now they are being asked to do more and I am sure for the good of us all they will do that.

“I would also like to ask the small minority who seek to ignore the restrictions to think about their behaviour, which is putting lives at risk.  We are in this together, and it is only if we act together that we will limit the spread of Covid-19 and see a return to some semblance of normality in the months to come.

“The police will of course play their part in helping to keep us safe, and have worked hard to explain, engage and encourage people to adhere to the guidance.  I know that they will continue to do their best to robustly deal with those who flout the rules, but the Government is quite clear, these people are breaking the law and sanctions should be expected.  However, I hope that the people of Derbyshire continue to cooperate with the police as they have done so far.

“My priority right now is to work with the Chief Constable to ensure that she and her team have the resources they need to do the difficult job they are being asked to do.  They have my admiration.”


Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

Supporting Unpaid Carers at Work Webinar

Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) have teamed up with The University of Derby, the Chamber of Commerce and other major employers and SMEs to help support unpaid carers in employment.

Our online webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the issue of unpaid caring, how as an employer you can identify and support those who manage caring responsibilities alongside their work and introduces our Carers in Employment Initiative.

The Initiative aims to support and encourage organisations to recruit and retain those staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, are at risk of leaving the workforce as a result of stress, ill health, lack of understanding and/or simply lack of time.

As part of the Initiative, we will recruit organisations across Derbyshire, to sign up to our carers pledge and show their commitment to unpaid carers within their organisation. In signing the pledge, employers will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from DCA.


Free supplies for your charity and beneficiaries

Giving World helps charities access brand new life-essentials for free.

With the impact of the coronavirus measures on community organisations and their vulnerable beneficiaries, we are reaching out to confirm that we continue to operate, partnering with businesses and charities such as yourselves to get goods to where they are needed most.

As we approach the end of the furlough scheme when we will all be supporting the newly vulnerable, we have a wide range of products available including clothing for adults and children, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods. Goods are for your organisation’s beneficiaries and cannot be sold or used for fundraising.

Does this sound useful to your organisation? If so, you can register/request items for free and view available products on our website:


Please do let us know if there are particular items that would help support your beneficiaries during this difficult time as services resume.

Goods can be collected directly from us, or if this is not possible for you, we can arrange delivery at cost. Delivery costs range from £10 for a box of items to £65 for a full pallet – our website works out a maximum delivery cost based on what you request. We will always endeavour to reduce this when packing your items so that the final charge is as low as possible.

You can find out more here -

If you have any questions, any way we can help you deliver more essential supplies to the people who need them most, please call us on 0116 251 6205.

This dedicated support line is open 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.

You can also send an email with any queries to


Louise Woolley

Giving World

Tel: 0116 2516051

To register please complete form

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