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



Date:  16th October 2020

                             Issue: 143


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

Severn Trent


Junction Arts

Dronfield Wellbeing Group

Waste Not Cafe Chesterfield

News from Derbyshire County Council

Tranistion Chesterfield

Nominations open for new NHS governors in Derbyshire

Black History Month 2020

Active Partners Trust

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:

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.

Junction Arts have released their latest newsletter including details of how they're moving in with the West Studios art space. Lots of useful information in this newsletter - click here to read it...

Dronfield Wellbeing Group

New peer support group looking to connect with people who wish to improve their mental health and wellbeing

The Dronfield Wellbeing Group was established in Spring 2020 with the aim of providing a safe environment to support people affected by mental health issues, whether Dronfield residents, or from further afield.

Our group is unique in that we aim to combine a physical meeting with an online video meeting. Our group currently meets in person at a central location in Dronfield, and also has a live video link enabling people to join us from the comfort of their own home if they prefer not to attend in person.

Peer support is about coming together to provide a listening ear to each other, sharing experiences and resources, and strengthening our coping strategies to improve our mental health and wellbeing. We provide a friendly and confidential environment for members.

We are actively looking for new members, regardless of where you live. The group currently meets every Monday (socially distanced) from 7:30pm at Gosforth Lodge (Cliffe Park), Dronfield, Derbyshire S18 2XP, and also has a live video link enabling people to join us via Zoom.

If you would like to join us for a meeting or would like more information please contact us by phone 07484 001842 or email

Join us for a chat, meet new people, bring a brew. No commitment, no pressure, just come along and be yourself.

We are supported by the Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service 

For more information about our group, please visit our website   


Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have put social distancing measures in place to ensure our group remains a safe environment and is compliant with current legislation, more information about these can be found on our website

As this is an ongoing pandemic, these measures may be subject to change.

Waste Not Cafe Chesterfield

SUN, 25 OCT AT 18:00

Waste Not Café Chesterfield October 2020 meal

Chesterfield Baptist Church, 15 Cross Street, Chesterfield, S40 4ST 

Waste Not Café Chesterfield is excited to announce the return of our social eating meals at Chesterfield Baptist Church. A delicious vegetarian / vegan meal made using surplus food that would have otherwise been thrown away, all for a suggested minimum donation of £2.50 adults, £1.50 kids.

We have spoken to volunteers and developed a COVID risk assessment, which has been approved by church ministers.

You can see all of the measures we have put in place via our brand new website:

Please note, you must book via our form in order to book. DO NOT JUST TURN UP as you will not be admitted. Book here:

We will then be in touch with you to confirm your booking.

Due to social distancing measures and government guidelines we are only admitting 30 people to the meals. Booking is first-come-first-serve and a waiting list will be available.

If you or anyone in your group booked on develop COVID symptoms before the meal, do not attend the meal and please let us know so we can let the next person/group on the waiting list know.

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well

Unemployment data for Derbyshire - September 2020

You are receiving this email as someone who has expressed an interest in unemployment data for Derbyshire.

The data is held on the Derbyshire Observatory, where you will also find data and statistics relevant to Derbyshire on a range of topics and at different geographies, displayed as data, interactive maps and infographics.

The Interactive map, spreadsheet and infographic relating to unemployment in Derbyshire can be found on the Economy and Employment page, via the menu options on the Derbyshire Observatory home page, or alternatively, click on the link here to go directly to the Economy page.

If you have any queries about the data, or you would like to update your contact details please


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.

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