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



Date:  3rd November 2020

                             Issue: 154


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

Christmas Fundraising Ideas

News from Derbyshire County Council

New Fully Funded Autism courses delivered by National Autistic Society

Online Support Options Georgia Bird Foundation 

Money & Pensions Service

Disabled Living


Black Lives Matter Education Conference

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:

Christmas Fundraising Ideas

Charity Excellence #FestiveFightback

The #FestiveFightback  - 100+ Christmas fundraising ideas, links to dozens more, plus lots of resources and people who will help (for free). To help you fight back against COVID, these include lots of virtual and digital ideas and resources.

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:

  • 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


Winter Pressure - Single Contact Point for Derbyshire

As we move into winter, we know that this is likely to be a particularly challenging time.   

To support professionals to refer and signpost vulnerable residents to essential services and self-help advice this winter, Derbyshire County Council has launched a new Winter Pressure Single Contact Point. The service will run from Nov – March 2021. 

For Professionals

To support professionals (working or volunteering) to refer vulnerable residents for extra support this winter, we’ve set up the Winter Pressure Single Contact Point for Derbyshire.

  • It provides a single contact point for colleagues to direct enquiries, if you are not sure where to send them currently.
  • The service is open to all health professionals, social care practitioners, district/borough stakeholders and voluntary sector partners - who may come across a vulnerable person this winter that needs help.
  • To help us manage demand - if you already know where you need to direct your enquiry, please continue using existing pathways by going directly to the appropriate service.
  • Eligibility criteria applies to some services.


This service is by professional route only.


Further details can be found: ‘Professionals poster’, or by going to

  • On the website you will find a simple referral form, that you need to fill in to access support.

Please note, a separate service is in place for professionals working with Derby City residents. Visit or call 01332 640000.


For the General Public

We have also created a Healthy, Warm and Well in Derbyshire booklet. This outlines a plethora of information and advice to support people to stay healthy and well this winter.

  • All information in the booklet is available on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website (live 4/11/2020)

Please help us promote the Winter Pressure Single Contact Point to other professionals who would benefit from knowing about the service, by cascading this email to colleagues and stakeholders in your networks.

If you have any further questions, please contact

Autism Stress & Anxiety- Flyer and Booking Form

Safeguarding Autistic Children - Flyer and Booking Form

Understanding Autism- Flyer and Booking Form

Autism -Supporting Families - Flyer and Booking Form

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money. Talk Money Week 2020 will take place on 9-13 November.

Join the conversation on social media at the hashtag #TalkMoney.

Each November we encourage the UK to talk about managing money – from pocket money right through to pensions – and celebrate the work done by thousands of organisations to build financial wellbeing across the country.

The week provides a platform to have a conversation about money between families and friends, at work or at school or any other walk of life. Our goal is to turn talking about money from one of the UK’s least favourite topics into something commonplace.

For more information, click here.




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

Job Vacancies

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

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.


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