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



Date:  27th October 2020

                             Issue: 149


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


Deaf Initely Women

Junction Arts

Befriending Week - 1-7 November 2020

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Dialogue - 5th November 2020

Release Financial Charity Newsletter

Hospice referrals surge following union between two local charities

Job Vacancies

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:

Register Here


Junction Arts have been successful gaining funding from The National Lottery Community Fund for Home Comforts, a project to deliver a programme of 5 arts activities to residents of 5 care homes in Bolsover District and up to 10 isolated individuals. We are looking for 10 people in the community who would benefit from this project.

Two artists have developed the workshops and they will make an instructional film as well as delivering the ‘live’ workshop via a digital platform, for example zoom. The project will run from November 2020 to March 2021. Workshops will last an hour and be informal, social and fun. Here is the workshop programme:

Paper Birds

Be part of this years’ wonderful Lighting the Way, a special socially distanced event that replaces the beloved annual Bolsover Lantern Parade. You will decorate paper birds that will be lit and hung in the window on the 28th November as a symbol of celebration, union and hope.

Christmas surprise

In the lead up to the festivities you will be making a Christmas themed artwork to decorate your room.

Our Favourite Things

Have fun exploring colour, painting together with powder paints, brushes, sponges, stencils and templates to create your own unique artwork.

A Special Photo

Decorate individual photo frames using a variety of tools to apply acrylic paint before embellishing with a selection of items.

A Unique Person – You

Try your hand at Decoupage and decorate a papier maché initial. Chose from a selection of materials including tissue paper, ribbon, mosaic tiles and even photographs, to personalise your letter.

The workshops will take place monthly on a day and time to suit you. Materials will be delivered 72 hours prior to the workshops to adherer to Covid – 19 health and safety regulations and participation is free of charge. The films will be made in advance of the workshops and watched on YouTube so that participants can familiarise themselves with the activity beforehand.

If you know anyone who would benefit by taking part or if you have any questions, contact Jane Wells, the project coordinator by emailing

Connect Bolsover Social Connectedness Forum are looking at Befriending provision going forward in Bolsover - if this agenda interests you either in the development of a service or volunteering to be a befriender please contact me

Make a difference to someone in your community!

The latest edition of our magazine for residents is about to drop through letterboxes.

Autumn edition of Derbyshire Now coming soon


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Free careers advice for those who need it


News from Derbyshire County Council


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                                          DCC Mental Health Awareness Training

Free Online accredited Mental Health Awareness training, funded by Derbyshire County Council.

Working with Derbyshire County Council to deliver this course, as part of a mental health framework to better support residents in Derbyshire. The training is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from and an insight into mental health awareness and support.

See session dates through to December below, and visit Eventbrite page to sign up, here:

  • Friday 30 October 2020, 09:00-13:00
  • Wednesday 4 November 2020, 13:00-17:00
  • Wednesday 11 November 2020, 09:00-13:00
  • Tuesday 24 November 2020, 13:00-17:00
  • Thursday 3 December 2020, 13:00-17:00

This training session will develop understanding and knowledge of:

  • The continuum of mental health and dual axis model
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Prevalence of mental health problems
  • Populations at higher risk
  • Protective and risk factors
  • Impact of mental health problems
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Approaches to incorporate into own practice in order to support interaction
  • Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)

Note that you must work with people in Derbyshire county in order to meet eligibility criteria for this free training session.

Have your Say Derbyshire Dialogue November 5th

What is Derbyshire Dialogue?

The ‘Derbyshire Dialogue’ has been set up to start a conversation with our population and those delivering and commissioning the services and we launched it on 10 September when the CCG’s Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Nurse updated people on our response to the pandemic. As you will be aware social distancing means we aren’t able to come out and talk to groups so we have created a virtual platform which we hope will allow us to communicate with local residents. We have created a page with previous session summaries, slides and recordings so if you would like to read about them or share that with anyone it can be found here:  

Our next conversation puts the spotlight on urgent and emergency care and will start by explaining the services which come under this umbrella for example NHS 111, Accident and Emergency Departments and Urgent Treatment Centre’s. The specialists joining us at the meeting will be sharing updates on how services responded to the pandemic in terms of maintaining patient safety, mobilising the workforce and continuing to see patients needing urgent and emergency care. They will also be sharing what has changed as a result of COVID 19 and the current challenges and opportunities for the service as a whole.

To register your interest and join us on the 5 November, please sign up using this registration form:

We hope that these updates will help to stimulate discussion as these are your meetings and we really want to hear what matters most to you about these services. We are finding the virtual approach is working really well and whilst we can’t replicate face to face meetings in every way, you can join in with questions verbally, or via the chat box, which is proving a great way to share questions and answers. We will explain how the chat box works at the beginning but people are finding it straightforward and we’ve seen some lively debate taking place.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Miriam Doherty

Communications, Equality and Involvement Officer

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

First Floor, Cardinal Square, 10 Nottingham Road, Derby DE1 3QT



Release Financial Charity Newsletter

Hospice referrals surge following union between two local charities

Referrals for hospice care in the comfort of patient’s homes across the Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire have surged by more than 160% since two local charities joined forces.

Blythe House Hospicecare, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Helen’s Trust in Bakewell announced their formal partnership in September, but have been working together officially since April.

The charities provide 24/7 palliative and end of life care in the homes of patients with life-limiting illnesses including cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease.

Referrals are made to the team for a variety of reasons including respite sits so that a carer can get some much-needed rest or to run errands; to get a patient home from hospital; crisis avoidance, where a family is in need of support quickly to help with a potentially distressing or emotional situation; and for end of life care when a patient is in the final weeks or days of life.

Hospice at Home healthcare assistants have provided this care across the Dales and North East Derbyshire, including in Alfreton, Bakewell, Birchover, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Clowne, Dronfield, Eckington, Hathersage, Matlock and Shirebrook.

To find out more about the Hospice at Home service and if it might be useful for your family, visit:

You can read the full Press Release HERE.

Job Vacancies

Job opportunity for someone with a learning Disability

Its a paid job as a Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager for the NHS. It is advertised for someone with a Learning disability or Autism.

It is based in Leeds but they are working from home at the moment and will support the person to do that.

The successful person can choose when they work - up to 30 hours per week

Closes Wednesday 28th October 2020

Read more

Job Description & Person Specification

If any viewing problems click link below

Job Advert - Service Development Co-ordinator  


Derbyshire Mind has a long history of providing high quality, independent advocacy services throughout Derbyshire. Our Independent Specialist and Community Advocacy teams support clients to express their views, wishes and feelings and assist them in safeguarding their rights. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate, hard-working individuals to join our Advocacy team.

We currently have the following vacancies available to join our team:

Independent Specialist Advocate: 37 hours, Salary - £24,799

Paid Representative (DOLS): 37 hours, Salary - £23,836


CLOSING DATE: Thursday 12th November 2020, at 5.00pm.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 30 November 2020.

Interviews will be held by video call.

More information and application forms can be found at

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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