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

 

 
 

Date:  28th September 2020

                             Issue: 130

 

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 info@linkscvs.org.uk will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: sandra.pink@linkscvs.org.uk Mobile: 07889 726846.
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email: martin.conlan@linkscvs.org.uk
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: sushri@btinternet.com Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email: james.lee@linkscvs.org.uk

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 -

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RXZ9NWS

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 - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NRRNR9G


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 - http://ow.ly/Nqir50zjdrz

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.’


PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE MAKING CHANGES TO YOUR SERVICE

Included in this bulletin:

Update on Covid-19 Compliant Venues in Derbyshire

Arts Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

Junction Arts

Deaf-initely Women

Chesterfield Climate Alliance

Your Life, Your Chesterfield

DCC LGBT+ Youth Support Training

Solidarity Bulletin

NHS Covid 19 Test & Trace app

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RXZ9NWS

Following on from the success of the first phase of A Necklace of Stars, we are looking for older adults who are housebound (aged 65+) from across Derbyshire to join us in a creative writing and embroidery project.

Arts Derbyshire is running a remote embroidery and creative writing project where participants receive weekly* one to one phone calls with artists ‘arthur + martha’. The artists will guide people through the process of creating beautiful embroidered stars or creative writing themed around lullabies, for free.

The embroidered stars will be brought together to create a quilt which will be exhibited alongside the creative writing and lullaby soundtrack around Derbyshire’s cultural venues in 2022.

A Necklace of Stars hopes to increase confidence and wellbeing, reduce loneliness, forge connections and re-ignite creativity.

If you are interested in taking part in this project (whether you have no experience or plenty), or know of someone who might enjoy getting involved, please contact Sally Roberts on 07395 904386 or email sallyartsderbyshire@gmail.com 

A Necklace of Stars is an Arts Council England supported collaboration between Arts Derbyshire, DCC Public Health, Derbyshire Library Services and arts organisation arthur+martha.

* Weekly phone calls for approximately 4 weeks or until you are happy with the work you have created.

News from Derbyshire County Council


Are you unemployed and thinking about self-employment?

 

Date: 29th September 2020

Approximate course length: 4 hours

This course is for: Anyone exploring the idea of self-employment and looking to set up their own business, or new starters who need support.

The course has two sessions of 4 hour duration on consecutive days. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. You need to attend all sessions.

You will learn: Key considerations of starting a business, Preparations before you start, Managing money, accessing funding.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom so you will be part of a live class, with a tutor, but with everyone doing the course in their own home. There will be chance to ask questions and you will be given the support you require for your individual development.

Your tutor will give you feedback via a one to one session arranged after the course and you will be able to self-assess.

Work outside of sessions:  This is not required, though we hope you will want to put what you have learned into practice. You may be given tasks or activities to practise or prepare between sessions.

Additional costs and what to prepare: This course is offered free of charge and there are no other costs.

Book a place HERE.

Junction Arts - new projects for you and your family

Junction Arts create work with people to improve well-being and inspire change. Junction Arts festivals, workshops and events offer the chance for people to be creative, learn new skills and build stronger communities. Find out all their latest news in their bulletin HERE.

Newsletter



Bulletin

Press Release

Your Life, Your Chesterfield

Leaders behind a new project aiming to shape Chesterfield’s future want to hear your ideas on how the town should evolve.

Your Life, Your Chesterfield is a series of interactive online workshops where anyone who cares about our town can have their say about what matters to them.

Everyone who lives, works, runs a business or studies in Chesterfield – or is a regular visitor to the town – is welcome to join in the free workshops on video-conferencing platform Zoom.

Sessions will be held in September, October and November, and to book a place, click here or email community@dva.org.uk

Read the full press release HERE


Bulletin

NHS Covid-19 ‘Test and Trace’ app

View Information

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 https://forms.gle/VuwaNGSVf2ScZqRj9 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 https://bit.ly/2L93LAH   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

www.mea.org.uk

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