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



Date:  30th October 2020

                             Issue: 152


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

The Commissioner's Vulnerability Fund Funding Workshop - 4th Nov 2020

Links Activity during Covid-19 pandemic period: 1st September - 30th September 2020

Encouraging Young People To Follow the Rule of Six This Halloween

Community Chesterfield

Positive 4 Young People 

Chesterfield Shared Reading

Healthwatch Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

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:

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has developed a new Vulnerability Fund - worth £485k - as part of a dedicated effort to tackle the social problems known to increase the risk of crime or victimisation. Micro-grants of £50 to £1,000 are available from Links CVS for projects:

• That help individuals to live safely and without fear of crime in their homes;

• which empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas;

• are organised by (and involving) community/neighbourhood groups;

• can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities;

• that take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long term problems;

• that foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.

The criteria and application form for the micro-grants can be downloaded from here - Criteria & Application Form.  The deadline for micro-grant applications is 1st March 2021.

Larger grants of £1,000 to £25,000 are available directly from the Police and Crime Commissioner. For more information and to download an application form for the larger grants, visit the PCC's website by following this link:   

The deadline for the larger grants is 13th November 2020

Booking for the above workshop is now open! Please complete booking form via the following link –

Please note that you will receive a confirmation email along with ZOOM Meeting details.

                 Please log in at 11.45am so that we can sort out any technical hitches prior to the meeting.

            If you haven’t used Zoom before and need help please contact Jon Wynn at Links 07493 209255            

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This weekend, we are asking parents, carers, and grandparents to talk to their children to find out where they are going and who they are with.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen an increase in reports of groups of young people gathering in groups of more than six, which goes against the government’s coronavirus advice.

Current advice for those that live in a Tier 1 area is that people should not meet in groups of any more than six, indoors or outdoors. For those in Tier 2, you can only meet with people outdoors and in groups of no more than six.

Inspector Rich Buxton said: “We know it is hard for children and young people to not be tempted to meet their friends at evenings and weekends - especially when they are allowed to be together all day in school.

"But we need them to play their part in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The spread of the virus is still very much real and happening, and now more than ever we need them to be following the rules too.”

If officers see a group of more than six children or young people together at any one time, they will approach the group, engage with them, explain the current guidance to them, and encourage them to follow it.

Enforcement will always be a last resort.

Given the age of the groups, it won’t be them that get issued with a fine. Instead, this will go to their parents, who will have to pay within 28 days.

As Halloween approaches, please encourage your children to not meet their friends in any groups larger than six.

Explain to them what their actions could lead to, and encourage them to follow the hands-face-space guidance to keep those around them safe.


Message Sent By

Emma Page (Police, Comms Officer HQ, Media team)

Community Chesterfield

Be part of a collective purchasing project for community groups!

My name is Arjun Karavadra, I've recently graduated from the University of Derby with a degree in Business Management and I'm currently working with Community Chesterfield as a procurement intern. We're working on an exciting collective purchasing project which we hope you’ll take part in and massively benefit from!

The first way you can help is by taking part in the survey below. This will help us find out what your and other organisations' requirements are, allowing us to then look into commonly mentioned supplies or services.


With many thanks!

Arjun Karavadra

Procurement Intern

Community Chesterfield


Chesterfield Shared Reading

Chesterfield Shared Reading facilitates FREE Reading for Wellbeing sessions every Monday afternoon 2-3pm online via Zoom, bringing people together through great poems or stories to talk, laugh and share from the comfort of home. No pressure to talk or read. Each session is facilitated by a trained volunteer Reader Leader from national charity You’ll need access to Zoom. Previous participants have also found a comfy chair and a cuppa quite helpful! Contact with any queries or to book a taster session. 

Derbyshire author Leonie Martin is now offering a choice of two Monthly dates on Zoom for her regular online Writing for Wellbeing workshops: on the first Saturday and first Wednesday each month 11am-1pm. Both workshops will include the same engaging writing activities on a different theme reach month, offering an opportunity to share your work within a safe and relaxing ‘virtual’ space. You’ll need access to Zoom along with your preferred writing materials. The cost for each 2-hour workshop is £10. Booking via Eventbrite. Contact Leonie by email on  for booking details.

Healthwatch Derbyshire would like to hear from friends and relatives whose loved ones have been in residential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share with us how the wellbeing of your family/friend has been affected and how care homes have addressed the challenges the pandemic has presented to them.

We recognise the pandemic has been a difficult time for residents, their families / friends and care home staff.   At the same time, we are aware of some amazing examples of care and innovation that care staff are providing.  Sharing your experience will help highlight good practice and identify further ideas to improve local services. The information will be used to inform those who manage and commission services.

We would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by Monday 16th November 2020.

All responses will be treated confidentially and remain anonymous.  People without internet access can contact Healthwatch Derbyshire on 01773 880786 to share their views over the phone.


Healthwatch Derbyshire Team

A countywide ‘high’ COVID-19 local alert level – also known as tier 2– will come into force across Derbyshire, it has been announced today.

Countywide tier 2 high alert restrictions announced for Derbyshire

The Derbyshire Kitchen – Love Food Hate Waste news from Derbyshire County Council

Job Vacancies

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Job Advert - Service Development Co-ordinator

Bassetlaw Dementia Advisor

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Monday 23rd November 2020

Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £24,214

Fixed Term Post (funded for 1 year)

Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS), supported by Better Care funding via Nottinghamshire County Council, are looking to recruit a Dementia Advisor.

This is an exciting new role, the aim of which is to enhance the quality of life, choice and opportunities for people with dementia in Bassetlaw by providing Dementia Information, Advice and Support to people with dementia, their carers/wider family, other organisations and the public.

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Job Description & Person Specification

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