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



Date:  7th October 2020

                             Issue: 136


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

Just Mingle

Severn Trent 

Black History Month - Event 8th October 2020

Chat with NHS and CCG - can you help?

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

National Clean Air Day - 8th October 2020

News from Derbyshire County Council

Rural Action Derbyshire

Prince's Trust Team Programme

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:

We're looking for caring residents to help young people leaving care achieve their full potential.

Help a young person adapt to adulthood

On behalf of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council successfully applied for £200,000 of funding which aims to help reduce the number of suicides across Derbyshire and Derby city.

Amateur sports clubs, boxing clubs and specific workplaces will be encouraged to become mental health support networks thanks to the new Suicide Prevention Trailblazer funding.

In addition, a network of peer support groups for men are to be established across the County.

Suicide rates in Derbyshire remain similar to the national average. However after three years of declining rates, rates for 2019 have increased.

The £200,000 funding includes support for a project aimed at raising mental health awareness within local organisations to help reduce self-harm and prevent suicides.

Read the full details HERE

Chat with NHS and CCG - can you help?

Don’t miss out on having this chat with the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Joined Up Care Derbyshire, facilitated by Community Chesterfield


8th October 2pm-4pm (On Zoom)


• Do you live, work, study or volunteer in Chesterfield?

• Do you or someone you know feel like your views on NHS services are not heard?

• Do you or someone you know feel no one tries to get in touch with you for your views?

• Do you or someone you know need extra support to get your views across, particularly during these COVID times?

The session aims to identify the ways in which your voice and the voices of the people you work with can be heard by the NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG and Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

This is a start to an important ongoing conversation. What you tell the Derby and Derbyshire CCG and Joined Up Care Derbyshire at this session about the best ways to communicate will be used to plan how and who they ask for their views in the future.

Click here to book

If you need any further information or want to advise us about any accessibility needs for this online session please contact

National Clean Air Day - 8th October 2020

We all have a part to play to keep our air clean. Together let’s make 8 October 2020 the cleanest Clean Air Day yet and feel the difference.

During the COVID-19 lockdown we experienced cleaner air and saw massive shifts to low pollution behaviours. Let’s keep up the momentum and keep our air clean. 

To help keep you, your family, friends and colleagues safe, we’re updating the campaign to be more virtual!

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) are now relaunching Suicide Awareness Training (SAT) as a new package of digital learning consisting of individual e-learning via a video link and group virtual training delivered on Zoom. RAD believe that suicide is everybody’s concern, and that individual tragedies can be prevented. RAD aim to increase awareness around the subject and to help remove the stigma which can be a barrier for those who need help and support in a time of crisis. This free training is supported by funding from Derbyshire County Council.

The training consists of both individual online e-learning and a group virtual training session delivered via Zoom. The e-learning consists of three short modules which take approximately 1 hour to complete in total and which MUST be completed prior to attending the half-day group virtual training.

  • This training package enables participants to:
  • Examine their own and society's attitudes to suicide
  • Find out about (and challenge) the myths that surround suicide
  • Discover possible suicide risk factors and warning signs
  • Find out how they might help someone at risk of suicide
  • Share learning with other people working and volunteering in Derbyshire



This event is only available for people in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) working either in a paid or voluntary capacity with the public (particularly vulnerable groups at greater risk of suicide and self-harm) or acting as community representatives. Please note that registering your place on Eventbrite does not guarantee a place for you on the course. Registrations will be reviewed to ensure that places are given to delegates who meet the above criteria.

To request a place please follow the link below for the next available date and complete the registration process. A link to the e-learning will be sent to you when your place is confirmed. Wednesday 16th December 2020

RAD will be offering more dates in the coming months.



Government Guidance & how it will effect Village & Community Halls Update

ACRE Information Sheet - issue 7

Princes Trust Team 2020 Course Info Derbyshire

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

The Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Bulletin is compiled by the staff of Links from a wide range of information. While every effort is made to check the accuracy of the material, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission. Inclusion of an item in the bulletin does not mean approval or recommendation by Links.

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844