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



Date:  8th October 2020

                             Issue: 137


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

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

Chesterfield Volunteer Centre

Sport England

News from Ashgate Heritage Arts

World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2020

Derbyshire Carers Association

News from Derbyshire County Council

Deaf & Hearing Support

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.

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

What do you think about your local mental health services? Join our Citizens' Panel and have your say on topics that matter!



News from Ashgate Heritage Arts

Ashgate Heritage Arts have been awarded an Arts Council Project Grant (R &D) to develop “The Crooked Spire - a medieval, murder mystery musical” further. We are calling it Stage Two which will involve a short film telling the main part of the story and an online meet and greet with the actors.

You may also like to know that our Buxton Fringe showcase is now on at the Brighton Fringe Online at £3 a ticket.

There is also an "In Conversation” Q&A with us (the show writers) on Chesterfield Theatre Friends website (donations appreciated):


Martin Coslett

0753 133 1813 or +(0)44 7570 977071

10th October 2020 is World Mental Health Day. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

Below are a few ways in which you can get involved this World Mental Health Day.

Time to Change have resources for resources for employers, universities and the general public to help you change attitudes this World Mental Health Day.

Mind are running their 'Do One Thing' campaign to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.

Rethink Mental Illness are giving a voice to people with lived experience and looking ahead to what they want for a better world, post pandemic.

Derbyshire Carers Association - Bingo Fridays

A great chance to catch up with other Carers and have a game of bingo.

Join us Friday 9th October at 1-2pm.

To book your place, email:

We're spending more than £40 million on improving roads and pavements across the county over the next 18 months.

£40 million investment in Derbyshire's roads

Derbyshire’s public health team is hitting the phones to protect residents in the fight against coronavirus.

Derbyshire's Test and Trace making positive connections

Derbyshire Economic Review - Summer 2020 

The latest Derbyshire Economic Review - Summer 2020, is available to view on the Economy page of the Derbyshire Observatory. 

The document is a quarterly publication and provides an overview of some of the latest statistics and news on the Derbyshire economy along with some national context.       

The data in the document mainly relates to quarter two of 2020, so reflects the emerging economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. More data on how the economy is being affected will be coming out in the weeks and months ahead and we will look to incorporate this into our future reporting. 

If you have any queries about the document then please e-mail Mick Evans on     

Also, please feel free to circulate this e-mail to your contacts. If you would like to update your contact details, then please e-mail  

You can find further statistics and analysis relevant to Derbyshire on the Derbyshire Observatory:

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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