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



Date:  25th September 2020

                             Issue: 129


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

Free Shared Reading Taster Sept 2020

Online Workshops to help women affected by Covid-19

CCG Chief Executive to Lead Derbyshire Health and Care Partnership

Redundancy Advice


FREE Online Drug and Alcohol Training

Derbyshire Voluntary Action job vacancy

Food Projects Need Freezers and Fridges

Barnardo's - See Hear Respond

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:

Online workshops to help women affected by COVID19

To find out more about the workshops visit

Download the poster HERE

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Redundancy Advice

Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts: Seven things to check if you're at risk of redundancy. Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts has helped 869 people with employment issues since lockdown. Welfare benefits, debt, employment and housing are the top issues it has dealt with during the pandemic.

Read More

D2N2 host a number of events and webinars for business in the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire area. Browse our schedule here.

Click here for more information

FREE Online Drug and Alcohol Training

Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service and Derbyshire Recovery Partnership are continuing to offer free drug and alcohol training during this time despite the disruption caused by Covid-19.

Our training is currently being delivered online and we are breaking it down into independent modules. The first modules are available and being offered free now.

Spaces are currently available on the following training:

Thurs 1st Oct  - Substance (Drug) Awareness

Tues 13th Oct  - Substance (Drug) Awareness

Thurs 5th Nov  - Alcohol Awareness

Tues 17th Nov  - Substance (Drug) Awareness

These course are all FREE to health, social and community staff and volunteers working with adults in Derbyshire and can be booked at

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

Food Projects Need Freezers and Fridges

Food projects in Derbyshire urgently require fridges and freezers to continue providing vital services for vulnerable people in the county.

Since lockdown, many of these projects which provide cooked food to those who are unable to purchase food for themselves, have relied on the use of school appliances to store ingredients and ready-made meals.

Read More

Barnardo's - See Hear Respond

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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