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



Date:  12th October 2020

                             Issue: 139


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

Hate Crime Awareness Week Launches Today

East Midlands Chamber

Deaf Initely Women

Power to Change

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership

Nominations open for new NHS governors in Derbyshire

Derbyshire LGBT+ Office Space

News from Derbyshire County Council

Living Well Taking Control (LWTC)

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:

Today marks the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week and as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s national lead on Hate Crime I want us all to challenge hate whenever we see or hear it.

I am running my #NO2HATE campaign again this year to build on the great work and momentum from previous years and want you to add your voice to this campaign to help spread the word that we are Standing Together Against Hate Crime.

Take to social media and post a message of support using #NO2HATE

I have attached a quick video about the launch to this email. This is also available on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

For further information and campaign posters please visit my website


PCC Hardyal Dhindsa





Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

Policy Update

Register HERE

Please register NOW to avoid disappointment!


*FREE for all hard of hearing and deaf women only*


Deaf-initely Women like to invite you to a new fun workshop

on 'Online Dating Tips': How to keep safe on dating sites.

Get a glass of wine and join the fun!


Trainer: Deborah Lush


Online Zoom session

Thursday 29th October 2020

6pm-7pm (Please log on from 5.30pm onwards)


*BSL interpreters, subtitles and voiceover are available*



Has the time come for Community Improvement Districts?

Power to Change have been exploring how community organisations could be involved in the High Street & Business Improvement Districts. Watch their pre-recorded webinar here & sign up to the forthcoming ones:

Saving the High Street: the Community Takeover

Saving the High Street: the community takeover by the London School of Economics and Political Science, reveals how fragmented property ownership; a lack of transparency on who owns high street buildings; and absentee landlords with no vested interest in local places, are a barrier to creating unified high street regeneration strategies that can address the increasing number of buildings sitting empty.

The report, which explores how community businesses can help revive the high street’s fortunes, also showed that where local authorities have helped facilitate community business ownership and access to both public and privately-owned buildings, it has created more vibrant and resilient high streets.

Read the Power to Change research paper

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership are running a series of training events about substance recovery. Harmless also have training available. See more details in the Derbyshire Mental Health Federation newsletter here.

Nominations open for new NHS governors in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust has opened nominations for elections to fill 12 public posts on its governing body, as well as six vacancies for staff governors.

Nominations are invited from residents across Derbyshire who would like to join the Trust’s 32-strong governing body to get more involved in local healthcare. People have until 19 October to nominate themselves and the results will be announced on 27 November after voting by the trust’s 12,000-strong membership.

NHS governors are representatives of the local community and help provide a local voice and advise the Trust about how best to meet the needs of patients, families and carers.

The election process will fill vacancies, across Derbyshire and in Derby city, arising as current post-holders come to the end of their terms-of-office on the governing body, usually running for two or three years.

All the details of how to submit a nomination, including the official nomination form to download, are available on the Trust’s website:

The constituencies with vacancies are: Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire (four vacancies), Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire (four vacancies), Derbyshire Dales and High Peak (two vacancies) and Derby City (one vacancy). There is also a vacancy for someone living outside the local area, known as “the rest of England” vacancy.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust employs around 4,300 staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes.

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service are running an excellent series of online sessions in conjunction with Chris Calladine for people considering setting up in self-employment & "Being their Own Boss".


This month's schedule:


Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th October 2020

Day 1 Starts  10am until 2.30pm with a break

Day 2 Starts 10am until 11.30am


Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October

Day 1 Starts 10am until 2.30pm with a break

Day 2 Starts 10am until 11.30am


Tuesday 27th October and Wednesday 28th October

Day 1 Starts 10am until 2.30pm with a break

Day 2 Starts 10am until 11.30am


Reserve your place now:


Stoptober is here again and it’s the ideal time to quit smoking for good. Not just for your health but for the people you love.

Smokefree school gates supports Stoptober

Locality Coach vacancy

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.

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   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

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.

We are happy for you to send this information to other groups, but please acknowledge the source.

Privacy Notice

Part of our work is to provide groups with up to date information. You can view Links CVS Privacy Policy here to see how we store your data.       






View this mailing as a web page
Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list / Click here to unsubscribe from all Links CVS mailings
Links: The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council For Voluntary Service and Action Limited

Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

Company Limited by Guarantee No.4294079 / Registered Charity No.1089963
Tel 01246 274844