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



Date:  10th November 2020

                             Issue: 159


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

Children & Young People's Network - 25th November 2020

Derbyshire County Council - Black History Month

Funded Service Contract Census 2021

News from Derbyshire County Council

Chesterfield Climate Alliance

Community Update Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Your Chesterfield Magazine - Saffron Kitchen Coverage

Chesterfield Shared Space & Hub: progress in a different world

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:

Derbyshire County Council

Following on from our BHM 2020 event on Monday 26 October 2020, please see below information from Earl Douse relating to Black Lives Mentored:  

Further information on Black Lives Mentored can also be found on their website.

Thanks again for your continued support.

Derbyshire County Council BME Employee Network Group Co-Chairs - Sheila Cole/Shaz Choudhury

Funded Service Contract Census 2021

Information below from Gerald Harris – Good Things Foundation

I am getting in touch from social change charity Good Things Foundation to tell you about an exciting opportunity for organisations in your area to apply for a funded service contract to work with us on the Census Support Service.

Census 2021 will be ‘digital first’ and accessible through an online platform, but with 11.9 million people in England and Wales lacking essential digital skills, support will be needed to help people to complete it online.

Working with the Office for National Statistics, Good Things Foundation is looking to build a network of Census Support Centres who can support people to complete the census, working with organisations across England and Wales.

We are looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census between March and May 2021. The range of contract sizes are outlined below:

We were wondering if this opportunity may be of interest to your organisation or whether you would be able to share this information with any local partners who may be interested?

More information about service requirements is available on our website. The application form is open now and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. As this is the final stage of recruitment for the Census Support Service, we will be marking applications on an ad hoc basis and contracts will be offered based on applications received during that week.

I’d be happy to discuss the opportunity with you if you have any questions, please find my details below.

We are offering help to schools across the county to support their students who may be dealing with the emotional impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Emotional help for Derbyshire students


Residents across Derbyshire are being encouraged to have their say on our budget and services as well as giving their thoughts on where they live and the support they get in a wide-ranging survey, which has just been launched.

Take the 2020 'Your Council Your Voice' survey and have your say

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 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.

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.

Community Update Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

BOLSOVER NE update vol2 4.11.20

Your Chesterfield Magazine - Saffron Kitchen Coverage

Saffron Kitchen Coverage

As soon as the Facebook is up-and-running we'll be in touch and will keep you posted on the latest news!

The Derbyshire Voluntary Action Team

Job Vacancies




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

To appy visit to download the application form and send to


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire is launching a recruitment campaign for volunteers to join his Independent Custody Volunteers Scheme.

A recruitment poster is for information and we would be grateful if you could forward this email or distribute the poster to promote this vacancy via your groups, community, friends and colleagues.

Anyone interested in being part of our scheme is encouraged to attend an Online Information Evening which is taking place on 24 November commencing at 6pm.

Further information is available on the Commissioner’s Website

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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