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



Date:  15th October 2020

                             Issue: 142


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: 
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


Alzheimers Research Volunteering

Great Big Nature Boost

Rhubarb Farm

Autism Alliance


Derbyshire Law Centre

FREE Workplace Wellbeing Workshop

Acre release results of once-a-decade survey of community centres & village halls

Black History Month 2020

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 23rd 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 Flower.

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:

We have X10 packs of what you will need for this activity.  Please let us know so they can be distributed via post or home. 

A needle and thread 

(Example of the flower).

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  23, 2020 13:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 1421 2079

Passcode: 819185

If you encounter any issues whilst trying to log on please contact Lud on 07958 955929.

Keeping Fit Online

ACCA offers a free Fitness Club to those that want to stay active, healthy and look after their heart.  This online fitness programme will consist of gentle chair exercises.  This will help to improve overall fitness and assist in keeping you in shape.  The keep fit session lasts for one hour and includes warm up and cool down exercises, so that you keep yourself healthy from start to finish.  We also have light exercise equipment to aid your fitness experience.


Topic: ACCA Keep Fit Zoom Meeting

Time: Monday Oct 19, 2020 12:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 0142 9761

Passcode: 258444

ACCA recommends that you consult your GP before participating at our fitness club sessions if you have existing health conditions. If you would like more information, please contact us at the Centre.

Alzheimers Research Volunteering

Local volunteer opportunities with Alzheimer's Research UK.

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Today, there are no dementia survivors, but research can change this and our mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025. ARUK fund research across the UK, and have funded over £3m of research here in the East Midlands.

Here in Derbyshire, ARUK are looking for local volunteers who can support the work of Alzheimer's Research UK. The volunteering roles include:

Community Speaker - pro-active individuals who are ready to connect with community groups and organisations in their local areas to help spread awareness of the charity and breakdown stigmas surrounding dementia -

Collection Tins Coordinator - volunteers who help raise vital funds by placing and maintaining collection tins in local shops and businesses -

To find out more about the charity or any of our volunteering roles, contact Naomi Walters, Regional Fundraising Officer for the East Midlands, on 07469 852 501 or

Severn Trent has unveiled ambitious plans to improve biodiversity across the Midlands, with the launch of its Great Big Nature Boost campaign.

Looking after water means looking after nature and the environment too. To achieve these ambitious plans, Severn Trent is joining forces with the RSPB, National Trust, Moors for the Future Partnership, the Rivers Trust, National Forest, regional Wildlife Trusts and other conservation groups. Working together, these partnerships will bring big improvements for outdoor spaces, as well as helping to reduce the use of chemicals and cut carbon emissions.

Whether you have a large or small outdoor space, there are lots of things you can do to give nature a home, from growing flowers to feeding birds, find out more HERE


Rhubarb Farm is looking to fill the post of term-time Support Worker. This will be 4 days a week during term-time only.

If you are interested to apply, go to the Rhubarb Farm website and download the 4 documents related to the post .


1. CVs will NOT be accepted. All applications must be completed using the Rhubarb Farm job application form.

2. All applicants for all posts at Rhubarb Farm need to do a day's volunteering at the Farm, so that the quirky nature of our work is understood before an application is submitted. All details in the documents on the website.

Due to COVID-19 the Fairplay Fairview Cafe is unable to host the MacMillan money-raising event this year. Therefore they will be having a MacMillan cake away stall on Thursday 22nd October outside the Fairplay centre (Fairplay, Alexandra Road West, Chesterfield S40 1NP).

There will be lots of delicious cakes and biscuits for sale. Hygienically wrapped. Please call in from 10am. All donations will go to MacMillan.

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.

FREE Workplace Wellbeing Workshop

Thursday 22nd October 2020

6pm – 8pm 

Looking after our mental health has never been so important. This workshop provides information and tools to navigate a new normal.

The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health is a local charity that has been delivering Mental Health support to local people for over 30 years. Over that time our service delivery has helped in the development of our mental health resources to reach individuals across many areas and contexts.

Transitioning back in to working life, trying to find a new normal can understandably feel like a worrying and anxious time. Feelings of uncertainty and apprehension affect our overall wellbeing and ability to feel safe and secure within the workplace. Foundation Derbyshire have provided financial resources to aid us in the delivery of workshops around work-based wellbeing in these difficult times. We are therefore currently able to provide this workshop free of charge.

This workshop is aimed to provide information and tools to navigate a new normal within workplace and life post lockdown. This workshop is approximately 2 hours in duration and will be delivered online via Zoom.


ACRE release results of once-a-decade survey of community centres & village halls

Village and community halls in England offer extensive economic and social benefits to rural communities, a report from ACRE has revealed.

Just before lockdown 2,109 halls took part in the National Village Halls Survey 2020 which provides a detailed snapshot of the operations and management of community buildings across the country.

The survey found that village halls make a significant contribution to the economy.

To read more or download the full report, have a look here:

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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