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



Date:  9th November 2020

                             Issue: 158


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

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire Voluntary Action AGM

Black Lives Matter Education Conference

Derbyshire Police Take Part In Knife Crime Initiative Operation Sceptre

What is CEASE

New Nottingham CVS Training Programme 2020/2021

Rhubarb Farm

Invitation to take part in the Ageing well programme - Get involved and have your say

Fresh Start

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & 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:

Proposals we have drawn-up for an Ashbourne bypass will take a step forward later this month with the launch of a public consultation for people to have their say on the route the road could take.

Preparations for Ashbourne bypass consultation underway

Chesterfield is set to become a mental health friendly space thanks to our funding.

Funding for pilot 'mental health friendly space' project

Safer Derbyshire news alerts

News from Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well

Derbyshire Voluntary Action AGM

Tuesday 10th November 2020

12 noon

Online via Zoom

Our Annual General Meeting originally scheduled to take place in October had to be postponed, and is now rescheduled to take place on Tuesday 10th November at 12 noon. 

The AGM is likely to last around 30 minutes and we would really appreciate members attending to vote on agenda items that require a vote. 

If you would like to attend please email and a zoom link to join the AGM will be sent to you nearer the time.

You can download the agenda HERE and the 2019 AGM Minutes 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

We will be joining other forces across the country this week taking part in the national ‘Operation Sceptre’, a week-long range of activities against knife crime.

Whilst the latest COVID regulations have meant that we have decided to postpone our planned knife amnesty, officers will still be taking other actions.

Inspector Rich Keene, operational lead for knife crime explains: “Operation Sceptre is a vital tool in our fight against knife crime and the causes of it and links closely with our on-going Project Zao.

“The action we take this week compliments our year-round campaign of education and enforcement on weapon enabled criminality. Derbyshire has been at the forefront in the battle against violence and its causes, with knife crime being one of our key priorities.

“We will be targeting those that carry knives and hope it starts up a positive dialogue between young people, their families, carers and educators. The message is clear - If you carry a knife we will focus on you relentlessly and when you are caught you will be subject of prosecution with positive action taken in every case.

“The safety of residents and strong communities are our priority and we will continue to work tirelessly with yourselves and partners to ensure that this is the case. We cannot afford any more lives being tragically and senselessly lost through knife crime and its potential effects on us all.”

Follow us during the week as we report on our officers targeting those suspected of carrying knives, take part in public place knife sweeps, visit local shops to give advice on the laws on selling knives and some exciting news as we work with our partners at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue.

If you are worried about someone you think is carrying a knife contact us using any of the following non-emergency contact methods:

Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact

Website – complete the online contact form

Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting


Message Sent By

Paul Cannon (Media team, Staff, South Division)

What is CEASE

Based around the course creator’s personal experience of supporting her best friend through an abusive relationship that ended in

tragedy, CEASE is a 4 session educational programme which aims to:

• Help young people recognise the subtle indications of an abusive relationship

• Have an understanding of the options available to them should they encounter or witness such behaviour

• Identify local sources of socialist support and support access to those services

• Create Empowerment And Self Efficacy

In the first instance please contact our CEASE lead Keely Grainger via

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Click here for more information

New NCVS Training Programme 2020/2021

Be Aware if you work in the care sector

On 4th November Rhubarb Farm received an email out of the blue from Global Health and Pharma informing us that our organisation (a small social enterprise), had been nominated for an award for our work in the care sector. When I rang the company they refused to tell me who had nominated Rhubarb Farm.   

After some searching I think this is another form of scam and I would advise others to beware of it especially as it appears to have a US origin.  

When you receive an email they ask you to Accept Your Nomination.  But it seems the purpose of the “award” is for this company to offer “a number of editorial options each offering you exposure to our global subscriber base of 260,000 healthcare professionals, investors, c-suite level executives and medical experts.”  These ‘options’ range in price from $368 to $1,492. Note the dollars.  But this information is not given in the email. 

Though the company claims you don’t need to buy the options, it is obvious that this is a marketing ploy.  I suspect they trawl the internet for likely organisations and there has been no such thing as a nomination process. 

This is listed on Scampulse, so I suggest that anyone in care and community organisations receiving a similar email should just ignore it.

Invitation to take part in the Ageing well programme - Get involved and have your say


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 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.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

Job Vacancies

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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