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



Date:  4th November 2020

                             Issue: 155


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

Trustees' Week November 2nd to November 6th 2020

FREE Online Drug and Alcohol Training

Derbyshire Dialogue - 5th November 2020

Ashgate Heritage Arts

Healthy, Warm and Well in Derbyshire

Life Dronfield - Christmas care packages

What savings could your organisation make through collective purchasing?

Wellbeing Walk - 7th November 2020

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:

Links CVS is here to help

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do. At Links CVS we are privileged to work with organisations across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. So what is a trustee - someone who volunteers their time to manage the work of a charity that is registered with the Charity Commission?

Well you may say, “I am on the management committee of a small neighbourhood group providing activities for older people” or “I am part of a Friends of our local park group, am I a trustee?”  Not necessarily you may be known as a management committee member, director, or a trustee.

The important thing is that you all basically do the same work, some roles may have different legal responsibilities, may manage the organisation in a different way, but you are there to make decisions, guide the organisation to achieve its aims and stick to its values.  Look for and gain resources to make all this possible.  Make sure that the organisation/group works within a legal framework, make sure that you treat your volunteers, paid staff and beneficiaries with equity regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

Links is here to help you do the best possible job.

We can support you in the following: -

  • setting up a new organisation,
  • helping you to choose the most appropriate legal status,
  • writing a governing document,
  • setting up a governing body,
  • opening a bank account.

As your organisation develops we can help with: -

  • policy writing,
  • funding applications,
  • financial management,
  • running meetings,
  • planning your work. 

We can also give advice on recruiting, selecting, appointing and supervising staff. We are here to help when things get difficult to lend a sympathetic ear and when necessary to act as mediator.

We offer tailor made training for governing bodies designed to meet your needs.

Despite Covid 19 we are still offering these free services and although we cannot meet face to face we are available on phone, email and zoom. If we do not have the answers, we can usually point you in the right direction.


Sandra Pink:

Advice & Project Manager

Mobile: 07889 726846    Email:

FREE Online Drug and Alcohol Training

Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service and Derbyshire Recovery Partnership are continuing to offer free drug and alcohol training during this time despite the disruption caused by Covid-19.

Our training is currently being delivered online and we are breaking it down into independent modules. The first modules are available and being offered free now.

Spaces are currently available on the following training:

Thurs 5th Nov  - Alcohol Awareness

Tues 17th Nov  - Substance (Drug) Awareness

These course are all FREE to health, social and community staff and volunteers working with adults in Derbyshire and can be booked at

Have your Say Derbyshire Dialogue November 5th

What is Derbyshire Dialogue?

The ‘Derbyshire Dialogue’ has been set up to start a conversation with our population and those delivering and commissioning the services and we launched it on 10 September when the CCG’s Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Nurse updated people on our response to the pandemic. As you will be aware social distancing means we aren’t able to come out and talk to groups so we have created a virtual platform which we hope will allow us to communicate with local residents. We have created a page with previous session summaries, slides and recordings so if you would like to read about them or share that with anyone it can be found here:  

Our next conversation puts the spotlight on urgent and emergency care and will start by explaining the services which come under this umbrella for example NHS 111, Accident and Emergency Departments and Urgent Treatment Centre’s. The specialists joining us at the meeting will be sharing updates on how services responded to the pandemic in terms of maintaining patient safety, mobilising the workforce and continuing to see patients needing urgent and emergency care. They will also be sharing what has changed as a result of COVID 19 and the current challenges and opportunities for the service as a whole.

To register your interest and join us on the 5 November, please sign up using this registration form:  

We hope that these updates will help to stimulate discussion as these are your meetings and we really want to hear what matters most to you about these services. We are finding the virtual approach is working really well and whilst we can’t replicate face to face meetings in every way, you can join in with questions verbally, or via the chat box, which is proving a great way to share questions and answers. We will explain how the chat box works at the beginning but people are finding it straightforward and we’ve seen some lively debate taking place.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Miriam Doherty

Communications, Equality and Involvement Officer

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

First Floor, Cardinal Square, 10 Nottingham Road, Derby DE1 3QT




Healthy, Warm and Well in Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council have created the ‘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.

You can download the booklet HERE.

All information in the booklet is also available on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website

Life Dronfield - Christmas care packages

Life Dronfield is a community charity based in Dronfield.

This year Life would like to put together care packages to support those in Dronfield who will be isolated over the Christmas period. This year more than ever they want those that are alone to know that someone is thinking of them and cares for them.

Life Dronfield are therefore asking for donations to enable them to deliver as many boxes as possible. They need items such as tea, coffee, jams, biscuits, chocolates, jigsaws, puzzle books, cosy socks and toiletries. They would really appreciate any donation that you are able to make.

If you would like any further information on this project please feel free to contact Becky Taylor at

What savings could your organisation make through collective purchasing?

Benefits of collective purchasing – What are your needs and wants?

Community Chesterfield are working on a joint purchasing plan to help your organisation save money.

We are looking for ways for your organisation to save vital money and collective purchasing can help with this. Identifying items which are commonly bought and used by many organisations such as printing costs, insurance or marketing services could be combined and purchased in bulk. Negotiated collective purchasing could help to reduce your and other organisations' overall costs for those products. Also the chance to build relationships with other voluntary organisations within Chesterfield.

For us to know where you can save money and get the best prices, we need your say. So please fill out the short survey below!

Job Vacancies

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.

View Job Vacancy

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