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



Date:  6th November 2020

                             Issue: 157


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

National Academy for Social Prescribing - Thriving Communities Launch Event

Rural Action Derbyshire

Transition Chesterfield

People's Trust

Community Climate Action Network - November 2020

Youth loneliness in lockdown and beyond

NHS Test and Trace News Bulletins

First Steps Derbyshire

Joined Up Care 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:

    National Academy for Social Prescribing - Thriving Communities                              Launch Event - 10 November at 12 noon   

Join the National Academy for Social Prescribing to launch the new Thriving Communities programme, which will celebrate and support the work of local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups across the country who are supporting communities most impacted by COVID19. 

The event will bring together local groups and organisations to recognise and share their work to support people through COVID19, embrace new ways of involving citizens, simple acts of kindness, and community action which helps people to build on their strengths and community assets. 

This is your opportunity to find out:

  • about the Thriving Communities Programme and how its packages of support can help you
  • how the Programme will help to share your successes with others and gain new ideas through the Thriving Communities Network
  • how to access the funding
  • how to encourage community partnerships across physical activity, financial wellbeing, arts, nature, health and care sectors and help you to connect to social prescribing link workers
  • from other groups about their work with communities most impacted by COVID19, and how they responded to the pandemic in innovative ways.

To be the first to hear about these exciting opportunities, register your place today.

The programme is delivered in partnership with local infrastructure agencies, social prescribing providers, Sport England, NHS Charities Together, Natural England, Arts Council England, Money and Pensions Service and NHS England and NHS Improvement

URL to sign up:

Latest Coronavirus Information from ACRE on lockdown restrictions!


News from the Trust

Community Climate Action Network - November 2020


Youth loneliness in lockdown and beyond

The Co-op Foundation’s Lonely Not Alone campaign recently launched to help break the stigma of youth loneliness. Their latest research report, ‘In This Together’ examines the impact of the spring/ summer 2020 lockdown on young people aged 10 to 25 years old. It looks at what they missed out on, and what they think needs to happen next to help their friends and peers. It also reveals in detail how young people feel about loneliness and stigma today.

Click here for more information

NHS Test and Trace News Bulletins

We would like to share the weekly bulletin with everyone who has an interest in NHS Test and Trace. If you find this information helpful and know someone who would benefit from receiving the bulletin, Please click on the link below:

Click here for more information

Eating disorders courses delivered by First Steps Derbyshire

Joined Up Derbyshire, NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG. All training is for anyone working with Children, Young People and Families and is free. Please share these with teams and colleagues within Derby City and Derbyshire. 

Please note that all these opportunities are funded directly by the NHS and therefore if you are unable to attend once you have booked PLEASE cancel your booking to allow others to take your place. 

Evaluation feedback will be sent out to you via Microsoft forms following your attendance on the course – PLEASE complete for quality assurance and to inform us when planning further training options. 

We look forward to receiving your bookings.

Click here for more information and to book


First Steps ED's newsletter

Read the October 2020 newsletter from First Steps ED HERE


Pressure is building on NHS services - 29 October 2020

Winter Leaflet

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.


This post requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Autism Information & Advice are recruiting a new full-time advisor. The successful candidate will respond to contacts via the service’s initial points of contact – such as answering the service’s help-line and responding to emails. The advisor will then triage the contact and provide up to date, relevant and accurate information and advice to the contact – which could be an individual living with ASC, a parent or carer, or a professional. The primary purpose of the advisor role is to show empathy and understanding, provide initial information and finally signpost to specialist information and advice on benefits, entitlements, debts, housing, relationships and family and to ensure relevant referrals to specialist agencies are processed. The role will also support with the service’s evaluation and reporting processes, promotion, and literature and content development, as well as the deliverance of Autism awareness raising training.


Citizens Advice Mid Mercia – initially working from home with some visits to the South Derbyshire office (owing to current COVID-19 guidelines) and then working from the South Derbyshire office.

Pay scale       


Work Pattern

37.5 hours a week, 9-5, Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays

You can download the Job Pack HERE

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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