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



Date:  2nd November 2020

                             Issue: 153


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

Deaf Initely Women

Traineeship delivery within your local area

News from Derbyshire County Council

Active Derbyshire

Transition Chesterfield

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby and Derbyshire

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 FormThe 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  

If any viewing problems click link below

Poster Version

Winter Workshops!


**FREE for hard of hearing and deaf women only**

BSL interpreters, subtitles and voiceover are available.

Please share this workshop to all your friends, colleagues and network partners.

Book your place now - 5 Workshops - don't miss these opportunities.

Please click on each workshop you wish to join.


Traineeship delivery within your local area

Digital TS Parent

Digital TS Testimonials

News from Derbyshire County Council



Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

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If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

Job Vacancies


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire is launching a recruitment campaign for volunteers to join his Independent Custody Volunteers Scheme.

A recruitment poster is for information and we would be grateful if you could forward this email or distribute the poster to promote this vacancy via your groups, community, friends and colleagues.

Anyone interested in being part of our scheme is encouraged to attend an Online Information Evening which is taking place on 24 November commencing at 6pm.

Further information is available on the Commissioner’s Website



Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Voluntary Sector Partner Governor vacancy - DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday 13th November

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a Board of Directors and a Council of Governors that work on your behalf to improve health services for the future (

Derbyshire Voluntary Action are the appointing body for the two Voluntary Sector Partner Governors, and due to a resignation we have been asked to appoint a replacement. 

Lynn Tory who is a current Voluntary Sector Partner Governor spoke at our recent Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum about her experience as a Governor:

“The role of Governor is an exciting appointment to have, I would encourage you all to think about it. It’s a chance to have an involvement in your local Hospital and to help make improvements, to support staff and to represent patients as well. Anyone who takes it on will be really happy they’ve done it.” 

  • Lynn also gave some information about what the role involves:
  • Governors serve for an initial period of 3 years and are eligible for reappointment for 9 years
  • It is a voluntary role (travel expenses are paid)
  • A DBS check is required
  • Governors sign a Code of Conduct
  • There a 7 Council of Governor meetings a year usually lasting 3 hours (some reading time is required prior to the meeting)
  • Commitment to the role varies depending on how involved you are – minimum commitment would be approximately a day a month

Induction would be in January 2021 and will be virtual due to COVID

The Partner Governor Briefing Document gives more detail about the role.

Lynn is happy to chat with anyone who is interested in the role, just contact us at DVA ( and we’ll put you in touch with Lynn.

If you are interested in being nominated for the role of Voluntary Sector Partner Governor please send an expression of interest to explaining why you would like to take on the role (in no more than 200 words) by 5pm Friday 13th November.

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