The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Date: 11th 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:
The aim of the workshops is to bring people together who are interested in poetry and writing poetry.
The workshops are open to anyone interested in poetry, whether you are a beginner or experienced poet. Poetry really is an activity anyone can join in with. Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme; many modern poets now use a free-flowing verse. So, don’t be put off by any technicalities for writing poetry.
The workshops will take place via zoom. If you need any help with this please do not hesitate to contact Joanne Gordon via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.The first workshop will take place on Wednesday 18th November 2pm – 3pm.
A simple acrostic poem to get you started:
Poetry is an expression
Of feelings and emotions
Spilling out thoughts
Imagination laid bare on the page
Transcending our ideas and
Inviting you to join our
Energised through verse
Read more about the Poetry Workshops HERE
Please find below links to some of our latest activity’s for Carers across Derbyshire along with our Carers rights day information which includes Carers in Employment webinar, a legal workshop and a Carers self care workshop.
We have appointed a new Director of Legal and Democratic Services.
In partnership with the county's district and borough councils we're launching a new way for Derbyshire communities to browse, book and buy local online, as part of a scheme to support towns and villages across the county.
We are now accepting applications for infant, junior or primary school places for September 2021.
A new project aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Derbyshire is getting off the ground thanks to our funding.
Funding for pilot 'mental health friendly space' project
Derbyshire County Council are providing up to £45,000 of funding for the delivery of a 2-year project aiming to make Chesterfield a more mental health friendly place.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart said:
“For many people who suffer with anxiety, stress or depression a trip outside the home can be a difficult experience.
“COVID-19 has exacerbated existing symptoms for many people and has also increased the number of people feeling anxious about trips out.
“In providing some security and assurance, safe places and friendly faces may help people to overcome some of their anxieties.”
The pilot project, delivered by Fuzzy Ducklings, will link with the existing Safe Places scheme run by our public health department.
This will enable it to extend the number of safe spaces into private businesses and retailers, which will increase the number of people it reaches.
It is proposed that a pilot scheme starts in Chesterfield where work has already taken place.
Lee Waterhouse, founder of Fuzzy Ducklings has his own experiences of mental health issues and this spurred him onto to help others:
“I began to form the idea of making Chesterfield a mental health friendly place. I decided to create a mobile app where we bring together all the mental health services into one easy to find application.
“I also wanted to offer mental health awareness training to every business in the town centre.
“My passion for mental health awareness, and personal experience with mental health issues, puts Fuzzy Ducklings in the perfect position of providing a service that is of value to people throughout Chesterfield and Derbyshire."
In order for Chesterfield to become a “mental health friendly” place a model has been developed that covers the following areas:
Chesterfield Mental Health Network will oversee the initial scheme in Chesterfield.
This is a multi-agency partnership with representatives from the community and voluntary sector, health and social care and the business sector.
The pilot scheme will be evaluated and if successful, will be rolled out across Derbyshire.
Please find below sign-up details to sessions dedicated for North-East Derbyshire & Bolsover frontline workers:
Tuesday 24th November (10-11.30am)
Thursday 3rd December (10-11.30am)
Please may I ask that those who wish to attend confirm their attendance by signing up to the session via Eventbrite. There are more details outlined on the events page.
Two energy awareness training sessions one on Tuesday 24th November at 10am and the other on Thursday 26th November at 2pm (they will last around 1½ hours) and some of you might be interested in attending. They will take place via Microsoft Teams. Perhaps you would be kind enough to forward this email onto staff within your team.
Within this session, Citizens Advice will provide frontline workers and any others who might be interested, with the tools and the confidence they need to help clients address this pressing issue.
The training gives guidance on:
These sessions can be fitted around the work we do so if anyone wants anything in particular adding to the session please let me know.
Energy awareness training is great for staff as it can add value to the work they already do and can help to tackle fuel poverty, increase energy efficiency and to build stronger communities.
Please let me know if you would like to book a space on either of these training sessions and feel free to forward this email onto anyone you think might be interested. I will then be able to forward you the Teams invite for the relevant date.
Health and Wellbeing Officer
Chesterfield Borough Council, Town Hall
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1LP
Tel: 01246 959657
Mobile: 07811 117 015
High Peak CVS’s Annual Report highlights some of the fantastic work the team have done during the year and the impact on the local community.
The High Peak CVS team are all incredibly proud of the achievements, but even more so the fantastic and collaborative effort that the High Peak community offer in dealing with the challenges that face us all in the current climate.
The last 12 months has seen volunteers, organisations and services come together to support those that need it the most and High Peak CVS give a huge thank you to everyone who has not only supported them but has supported their friends, families, neighbours and colleagues.
Download the Annual Report HERE.
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 http://www.derbyshiremind.org.uk/derbyshire-mind-vacancies/
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