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



Date:  24th September 2020

                             Issue: 128


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

ACCA Online Arts & Crafts 

Important Opportunities for you to Get Involved

Asian Association

Citizens Advice Service Access Survey

Derbyshire Carers Association

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Veterans Group HQ Wellbeing Walk

Jobs, apprenticeships and training fair

Chesterfield Volunteer Centre

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:

Arts & Crafts Online Session - Friday 9th October 2020 @ 13:00 PM

ACCA offers a FREE online Arts & Crafts Club to those that want to remain active, creative and look after their well being during the current pandemic.  This online Arts & Crafts session will consist of creating Arts & Crafts items in your own homes with the guidance of Megan Elley via Zoom.  We will be making a Gift Bags.

The Arts & Crafts session will last for at least one hour and will include a catch up.

* For the session you will need the following:

1 pair of scissors, tape measure, thimble, sewing needle with large eye, X2 pieces of any fabric 9inches square. (x1 plain and x1 decorative) 

Appropriate cotton or sewing machine set up and ready

X1 piece of ribbon 28inches long 

Example of Gift Bag


If you do not have the items at home you are still welcome to join in for a catch up


Happy crafting!


Topic: ACCA's Zoom Arts and Crafts

Time: Friday Oct  09, 2020 13:00 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 418 263 7933

Passcode: 1EEpkZ


If you encounter any issues whilst trying to log on please contact Lud on 01246 208 052.

Important Opportunities for you to Get Involved

Message below from Karen Lloyd – Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire Times Article Below:

How Chesterfield charity transformed to provide hundreds of lifeline meals for community

Thanks to Derbyshire Times

Citizens Advice Service Access Survey

Service Access Survey from Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts

Due to the change in landscape from coronavirus, Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts are evaluating service access to ensure local communities can safely get the help they need. 

Deadline is 25 September.

Enter the Survey

As more Derbyshire libraries reopen, please see the link below for details:

We are planning to open further libraries over the coming weeks. Please note that some library services are currently limited due to the pandemic.

People can book to use a library computer by ringing the library in advance.Unfortunately we are not currently able to provide face to face computer help, but for help with enquiries and computer/digital skills support over the phone please do contact our Library Information Service:

Tel: 01629 533444


Click here for more information


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Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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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