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



Date:  5th November 2020

                             Issue: 156


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

Derbyshire People's Voice Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey

Black Lives Matter Education Conference

Chesterfield Climate Alliance

Volunteer Centre

Chesterfield Community Directory

Promising Approaches by Campaign to End Loneliness


Sport England

News from Derbyshire County Council

Autism Information and Advice 

Support with Autism Survey

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:

How has the pandemic affected your life?

The coronavirus pandemic is still affecting many aspects of our lives here in Derbyshire. Along with other public sector partners we want to find out what the pandemic has meant for you and your community.

We’ve set up an online survey so that you can tell us how you are feeling and what more we could do to help. Information given by you will help us understand more about the things we can do to support Derbyshire through the challenges of coronavirus.

The survey will take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and you can find it here. The survey closes on 6 November.

This questionnaire may also be available in other formats by emailing

Thanks so much for your help in completing the survey.


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 and share your own favourite books!

8.20pm  Reports and What’s Next   8.30pm close

Our next meeting of Chesterfield Climate Alliance on Wednesday 11 November at 6.30pm and to give you the zoom link.

Don't forget you need to register first

Chesterfield Borough Council's newly appointed Climate Officer, Will Rolls will be attending the meeting so we can share with him our hopes for a greener town.

Will has also agreed to meet a few of us on Wednesday 18th November at 3.30pm.

As we're sure you're aware, the country goes back into lockdown on Thursday. Although we have had COVID cases in the office, we will remain open to run our 'To Your Door' shopping delivery service.

01246 276 777 if you'd like to refer someone or yourself.

Chesterfield Community Directory

Community update vol2 Chesterfield 4.11.20 PDF

Promising Approaches by Campaign to End Loneliness

The Campaign to End Loneliness new report on 'Promising Approaches’ to loneliness has just been launched, with a whole section dedicated to the built environment. The Lab is featured as a case study along with some other brilliant projects. The newly updated framework is for commissioners, local authorities, health bodies, third sector and other interested parties.

Click here for more information

Does your organisation work with both your community & also natural or built heritage?

If so, you may be interested in the latest report from the RSA - the Heritage Index 2020, which shows what is changing in the sector & gives useful indicators/advice. Get the report & other RSA content on community heritage here:

Sport England have launched a new Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit

It is designed to help sport & physical activity providers encourage people to be more active,

Sport England have produced a range of resources to help you keep sport and physical activity going as the nights get longer.

We believe that the power of sport and activity to support people's physical and mental health has never been more important than it is right now.

Click here for more information

Derbyshire County Council National Careers Service

Derbyshire County Council offer a countywide programme of support through our National Careers Service contract. We are able to provide impartial information, advice and guidance on a variety of employability themes, including support with job search, skills analysis, labour market information and career planning. It is government funded and completely free of charge.

We have adapted our support to include a variety of virtual sessions in order to comply with social distancing requirements. This has been extended to include; video calls via Microsoft Teams

Click here for more information

Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service

Click here for more information

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health today urged residents to do the right thing and follow the government’s new national lockdown measures.

Derbyshire residents urged to follow lockdown measures

If you have a question about Autism, or a problem or challenge you are currently facing, want to find out what Autism services and support exist in Derbyshire and how to access them, or are an organisation who require information about training and awareness raising, then the Autism Information and Advice Service are the service for you!

You can view their latest newsletter HERE.

Support with Autism Survey

Message below from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Many thanks again for your interest in supporting us to improve the experience of autistic patients and their carers at our Emergency Departments in Derby and Burton Hospitals.  As I mentioned in my previous email, the Trust’s ambition is to apply to The National Autistic Society for Autism Accreditation for both departments in the near future.

We realise there is work to be done before we can achieve this and the feedback and experience of people with autism, or people who support or care for someone with autism, is key to identifying what we need to do to improve these services. We are keen to hear from anyone who has visited the Emergency Department at either the Royal Derby Hospital, or Burton Queen's Hospital, and who would like to tell us about their experiences and share their ideas on how we could change our services to better meet their needs.  Our aspiration is that when you or your child have an urgent health need you can feel confident that you will receive exceptional autism-friendly care when you attend any of our Emergency Departments

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Job Vacancies

Employment Caseworker / Legal Adviser

Organisation: Derbyshire Law Centre

New funding means that Derbyshire Law Centre have a vacancy for a full-time specialist employment caseworker in the active and experienced team at Derbyshire Law Centre.  They are looking for someone who can start immediately and the post will be for a fixed-term period until the end of June 2021.

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 November by 9:30am

Job Description & Person Specification

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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