The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Date: 10th November 2020
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07889 726846.
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:
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737
This training session will develop understanding and knowledge of:
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 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkduqppzwoEtTKFkQK3pMJDnxuRqhNyuXQ
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 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
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.
37.5 hours a week, 9-5, Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays
You can download the Job Pack HERE
To appy visit https://www.citizensadvicemidmercia.org.uk/vacancies/ to download the application form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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