The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Date: 2nd November 2020
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07889 726846.
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:
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.
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: www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/VF
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 – https://linkscvs.org.uk/civicrm/event/register?id=171&reset=1
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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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 https://forms.gle/VuwaNGSVf2ScZqRj9 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.
Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor https://bit.ly/2L93LAH
‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332
Marches Energy Agency
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 (https://www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk/get-involved/council-governors).
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.”
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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