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



Date:  28th October 2020

                             Issue: 150


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

Asian Association

Black Lives Matter Education Conference

Refugee Support

Knife Surrender Scheme Goes Mobile in Derbyshire

10% discount on marketing and design services

FREE Online Training: Women and Gambling-Related Harm

Chesterfield Climate Alliance

Trustees of the Future: could you be a charity trustee?

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:



JOINTLY SPONSORED BY Stand up to Racism and The National Education Union.


REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE and choose which workshop you would like to attend. You will then be sent the zoom link.


BEYOND BLACK HISTORY MONTH  Sustaining an Anti- Racist Curriculum

TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2020   7.30pm  to  8.30pm


7.30pm   Welcome and Introduction  Daniel Kebede, Senior Vice President NEU

7.45pm   Workshops (Choose one)

Developing a Whole School Approach  Lisa Tunnell  (NEU) Secondary Teacher

Often, it is individuals who initiate or take responsibility for anti-racist activities in schools. This workshop will share experiences of moving beyond this and developing a long term approach, where anti-racism is embodied as a whole school responsibility.

Creating Student Anti-Racist Ambassadors in Schools  Sue Arguile, Derby SUTR & Megan Taki, student.

Stand up to Racism Ambassadors taken from the student body can be an effective way of tackling racism in majority white schools. This workshop will look at a case study and ask how we can develop this initiative. Students are strongly invited to attend and to share their experiences.

Myths about Islam  Hassan Hajat   Chesterfield Muslim Welfare Association.

November is Islamophobia Awareness Month. This workshop will discuss some of the negative stereotypes that prevail in Britain today and how these have been challenged within schools.

Helping Primary Pupils to understand Why Black Lives Matter Lud Ramsey African Caribbean Community Association

Lud has extensive experience of speaking to primary school audiences. He will share how he approaches the subject and the responses he has received.

Developing an Anti-Racist Curriculum in Primary Schools through Children's Books  Meera Senior & Gill Scott  Parent and Governor at Hayfield Primary School.

Meera and Gill will present some books which they believe can be useful in promoting diversity in our classrooms. You are invited to bring share your own favourite books!

8.20pm  Reports and What’s Next   8.30pm close


Today we heard the tragic news that three people including a 5 year old child have died attempting to cross the English Channel. Care4Calais have issued a statement  ‘Everyone here in Calais is devastated by today’s news… Refugees take these risks because of the policies of the French and British Government. Living in miserable conditions on the streets of Calais, hounded by the Police, with no clear legal process to have their asylum cases heard… refugees feel they have no other option but to take huge risks.’


WINTER APPEAL FOR REFUGEES. This year there will be two aspects

Most immediately. Over 200 asylum seekers, who arrived in the UK very recently, have been placed in hotel accommodation in Sheffield. Our sister organisation has raised over £2,000 and is taking weekly solidarity. They have bought coats, shoes, boxer shorts, clippers, deodorant. .. They have now put out an appeal for phones, jumpers/sweatshirts. The refugees are all young men, mainly small and medium sizes. If you would like to donate these items we can collect or you can drop off.  Financial Donations can also be made to our local SUTR account. Chesterfield and North Derbyshire SUTR  05 03 68  28922819



has launched their winter appeal. They are asking people to collect aid and bring to their depot on Christmas Eve December 24th.  We are proposing a drop off at the Town Hall at 10.00am on December 24th and send off cars like we did before. That aid will go to Calais. Full details to follow.



We are still appealing for a decent double mattress if you have one to spare.



Last but not least, the American election is one week away. If Trump loses and refuses to leave office, Stand up to Racism is asking local groups to call protests in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in the States.




Hope to see you on November 10th.

Jeannie Robinson

07919486101 Secretary.

We are excited to announce, that as part of Project Zao, the Derbyshire police-led operation against knife crime, and in support of the national Operation Sceptre, we are going to be running a mobile knife surrender scheme.

More details are to follow, however, during the week commencing Monday, 9 November to Saturday, 14 November, residents of Derbyshire will be able to surrender any un-wanted knives at a mobile police-unit that will be situated at various locations across the county during the week.

Superintendent Sarah McAughtrie, who is in charge of Derbyshire police’s response to knife crime, said: “We have listened to feedback from the public from previous knife surrender schemes and this year will provide a mobile service to widen the access to the scheme across the county.

“We are very much aware of the debate surrounding the effectiveness of such schemes, however, previous years have seen some particularly nasty weapons seized and if we take one knife off the street that could have been used to harm someone we will deem it a success. Unfortunately we have seen in Derbyshire that knives can kill, so any action we can take, to remove them from the hands of those that may carry out such crimes, we will certainly take.”

The surrender scheme is part of a range of actions we will be taking as part of Operation Sceptre and more details will be released as we approach the week commencing 9 November.

If you are worried about anyone you know who is carrying a knife, then please make contact with us using any of the following contact methods:

•    Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

•    Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact

•    Website – complete the online contact form

•    Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting


Message Sent By

Paul Cannon (Media team, Staff, South Division)

10% discount on marketing and design services

Being able to promote your charity or voluntary sector organisation’s services clearly and in a professional format is important to build your credibility with statutory organisations and funders, and to attract donations.

Kate Dawson, whose runs Chesterfield-based Well Read PR, recognised that many not for profits need help creating high quality marketing materials through her work with Community Chesterfield, (delivering a series of marketing and PR workshops) and has teamed up with Hayley Beaumont a graphic designer to offer affordable design and communications services.

Kate and Hayley are both passionate about working with organisations which are making a difference to people’s quality of life.

“My skills as a storyteller means I can help charities get across a strong message about their work, whilst Hayley can help charities and groups develop their own recognisable brand identity, whether they are starting from scratch and need a new logo or want a set of brand guidelines to help them create a more consistent look and feel across all their materials,” explained Kate.

More details can be found on Well Read’s website at including a pdf which gives a breakdown of the services on offer with costs.

Members of Derbyshire Voluntary Action can claim a 10% discount on jobs booked in up to and including Friday 27th November (Black Friday) by emailing Kate at quoting DVABlack in the email title.

FREE Online Training: Women and Gambling-Related Harm

GamCare is a national provider of free information, advice and treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling. There are around 500,000 problem gamblers in the UK, up to 20% of whom are women. For every person who has a problem with gambling, up to 10 other people can be affected, and women are disproportionately at risk of experiencing gambling-related harm. Gambling-related harm can include debt, relationship difficulties, housing issues, gender-based violence, health problems, depression and anxiety, feelings of isolation, and suicidality.

Our FREE training is usually offered face-to-face, but we now have a 2 hour session which we are delivering online via Zoom. Individuals can register to attend the training at their convenience, using a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. Book your place using Eventbrite:

During the training session, we will talk about gambling-related harm, risk factors, impacts, and how to recognise and support people affected. Learn about our treatment network and how to refer clients to our free treatment services. This training is essential for any professionals who work with women and families.

Action groups set up to address the climate and ecological emergency

Newly reformed group, Chesterfield Climate Alliance, is responding to the climate and ecological emergency by setting up a number of action groups which aim to address issues on:

  • Biodiversity (actions to attract/help wildlife, animals and insects)
  • Food (planting/growing, stop waste, taking over spaces)
  • Transport (public transport, walking, cycling, reducing air pollution)
  • Energy (energy efficiency, community energy, renewable energy solutions)
  • Waste (reducing waste)

Members of the public are now being invited to get involved and join these groups. Anyone interested should email  

The move is spurred on by Chesterfield Borough Council's climate emergency declaration, appointment of new Climate Change Officer, and the council's aim for a green recovery from Covid.


For interview

For more information contact Greg Hewitt of Chesterfield Climate Alliance: 07885 907757 or email

Voluntary & community organisations really need people to help support and guide their organisations. They are particularly keen to have people with fresh perspectives who may never have considered being a trustee before!


- Would you like to make a real difference to your local voluntary sector?

- Would you like to learn more about how organisations are run and managed?

- Could you bring enthusiasm, passion and a fresh pair of eyes to the table?

- Do you enjoy planning for the future and want to share those skills?

- Is working with people your joy?


Being a trustee is a rewarding and interesting role, it offers you the opportunity to use your talents to benefit an organisation, and develop and learn new skills to support your own future.

We hope to talk about the role of a trustee, as well as introducing you to some current trustee vacancies.


Session Leader

This discussion will be guided by Bev Crighton, External Engagement Lead for the University of Derby. Bev’s teaching work has included: Developing Skills for Business Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Managing Human Resourcing, Employability, Reward and Performance and Business Skills. Her research interests include: Employability, Working from Home (implementations and advantages of) and Management Skills in the Workplace.

Booking and more information

Job Vacancies

If any viewing problems click link below

Job Advert - Service Development Co-ordinator

Employment Caseworker / Legal Adviser

Organisation: Derbyshire Law Centre

New funding means that Derbyshire Law Centre have a vacancy for a full-time specialist employment caseworker in the active and experienced team at Derbyshire Law Centre.  They are looking for someone who can start immediately and the post will be for a fixed-term period until the end of June 2021.

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 November by 9:30am  

Bolsover Together

Bassetlaw and Bolsover VCSE Development Officer

& Bolsover VCS Volunteering Development Officer

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Awareness Project Officer

To work on a new project to raise mental health awareness with a range of sports organisations and workplaces across Derby and Derbyshire.

37 hours, including some weekend and evening working

Salary: £24,050 15 month contract


Are you enthusiastic about empowering people to promote good mental health and suicide prevention awareness within sports settings and workplaces?

We need a new Project Officer who will engage with a range of identified organisations and enable their workers and volunteers to:


  • Understand the need to promote mental health across their contacts
  • Access training, develop mental health policies and action plans
  • Signpost to ongoing advice and support


A commitment to the promotion of good mental health and an interest in local sport and community activity is essential. Our target groups will be local football clubs, gyms and boxing clubs and identified workplaces.

You will need excellent communication skills, and an aptitude for learning. You must be self motivated and able to work independently within an agreed framework. You will be self-supporting so must be fully computer literate. You will need to be able to work flexible hours and to travel across Derby and Derbyshire. Posts will be based at our office in Long Eaton with the possibility of hot-desking with a partner organisation in the north of the county.


Please email  for an application pack or send an A4 SAE (Large letter stamp) to Lee Tivey, Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 20th November 2020 4PM.


This post requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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