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



Date:  5th October 2020

                             Issue: 135


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 Scamwatch project during the current pandemic

Eating Disorder Training

Neighbourhood Watch October Our News Newsletter is Here

News from Derbyshire County Council

Training and Tea! What suits you?

Bolsover Together

Annual General Meetings 

Derbyshire Law Centre - Job Vacancy

Superman Pills

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby and 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:

Derbyshire Scamwatch project during the current pandemic

Scammers prey on people who are vulnerable, lack confidence and feel very isolated and lonely.  A perfect mix for scammers to flourish in the current lockdown, especially as the people who the vulnerable turn to, are not available, all working from home by telephone.

How have Scamwatch dealt with the pandemic? ... well firstly we always have a fluid approach to our work, we listen to what people say, research to see what is happening, liaise with partners of a same mind and put things into action.

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                                        Eating Disorders Training

Free CPD accredited training for professionals and volunteers working with Children and Young People and their Parents in Derby and Derbyshire

Foundation courses aim to raise awareness and knowledge around eating disorders and disordered eating and the range of presenting factors which often effect people struggling with their conditions.

Additionally, these course's demonstrate a range of support tools that can be adapted in various professional settings. It will not train you in a specific eating disorder instead the training will equip you with the information and skills to spot the signs and take an evidenced based approach to support someone at risk of eating difficulties and eating disorders.

Any professional working with children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire is offered this fully funded CPD accredited training programme which has been commissioned by NHS Derby Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The programme offers five different modules, each of 90 minutes in duration and delivered online via Microsoft Teams (you do not need to have a Microsoft Teams account to join the training modules).

  • Eating Disorders All Ages and Genders
  • Compulsive Exercise, Sport and Steroid Abuse
  • Eating Disorders in Boys and Men
  • Body Image and Perception
  • Food and Mood

Click here to read our October Our News newsletter

This month we are thrilled to launch, for the third year running, the Neighbour of the Year Award, in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance; and Neighbourhood Watch Network's first ever Community Grants Fund. 

We get to know our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps better in our Spotlight feature; and look at County Lines and what we can do about them. Furthermore we offer guidance and advice on supporting communities, and sustaining your Neighbourhood Watch group, as we face a rise in Covid-19 cases across England and Wales.

So grab your tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. Don't forget to share it with your community.

Keep safe,


Central Support Team

Neighbourhood Watch Network


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Message Sent By

Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

World Mental Health Day is on Saturday 10 October and £200,000 of funding from NHS England will help improve Derbyshire’s mental health and reduce suicide rates.

New funding to help improve mental health and suicide prevention awareness

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis has praised staff across the authority after their expert crisis handling scooped a prestigious national award.

We win best council services team award

News from Derbyshire County Council

Training and Tea

Conveniently timed, short training sessions from Community Chesterfield

We are currently planning these sessions and want to make them as accessible and relevant as possible.  We'd really appreciate the 1 minute of your time it takes to complete the survey below. 

Please complete the survey by 9am Monday 12th October!

Bolsover Together Bulletin #39

Annual General Meetings

DVA Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum and AGM

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum and AGM Wed 14 Oct 9.30am - 12.30pm online via Zoom.

If you would like to attend register through Eventbrite

Job Vacancy


Vacancy – Employment Caseworker / Legal Adviser

Application Deadline: Monday 19th October by 9:30am

New funding means that we have a vacancy for a full-time specialist employment caseworker in the active and experienced team at Derbyshire Law Centre.  We are looking for someone who can start immediately and the post will be for a fixed-term period until the end of June 2021.

Applicants should be experienced with all aspects of employment law, including discrimination.

They will have run their own caseload and be familiar with negotiating settlements out of court, and advocacy in the Employment Tribunal.  Experience of working in, or leading on project work would be advantageous.

The postholder will be a member of the Collective Management Team and undertake shared duties in the overall management of the Law Centre.

Superman Pills

Information below from Marcus Degg

Just sharing info on the “Supermans” that have been mentioned in a few schools…

The bit of info that needs sharing as much as possible, is that while kids/adults are buying this thinking they have MDMA, these pills actually have no MDMA in at all, but a wholly different active ingredient called PMMA aka PMA.

The scary bit that people need to be mindful of is that whereas it takes maybe 20 – 45 mins for MDMA to kick in once taken, it can take up to 2 hours for PMMA to kick in. There have been many cases of people taking this, assuming after half an hour that ‘the drugs don’t work’, hence taking more. You can guess the risk of overdoe that follows. These pills have been around North Derbys before, sometimes pills, sometimes powder. They’ve also been referred to as “Pink McD” as there have been batches with a McDonalds M as a logo before. More often than not, globally, it’s a Superman logo.


Links Below for more info:


Hope this helps if the subject presents itself



Marcus Degg (Early Help Practioner – Youth Transition)

Mobile: 07919 552788

Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

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 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.

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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   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

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