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



Date:  12th November 2020

                             Issue: 161


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

The Commissioner's Vulnerability Fund Notice

Links Activity during Covid-19 pandemic period: 1st October - 31st October 2020

Holme Hall Unite

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centres Annual Report

Autism Service Christmas Event 2020

Funding available to support groups during COVID

'Feeling Connected Fund' Call for Proposals

Men Talk

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:

The Commissioner’s Vulnerability Fund Notice

Larger grants of £1,000 to £25,000 are available directly from the Police and Crime Commissioner. For more information and to download an application form for the larger grants, visit the PCC's website by following this link:   

The deadline for the larger grants is 13th November 2020

If any viewing problems please refer to link below

Teaming Up to Tackle Hunger

Local community group Holme Hall Unite, are teaming up with a local supermarket to tackle hunger this winter, and you can get involved too.

In early 2020, 1.5 million people in the UK reported not eating for a whole day because they had no money or access to food, and requests for help from local charities and food banks have more than doubled.

From Thursday 12 November, Holme Hall Unite and the Lidl supermarket located on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield will be launching a four week ‘Teaming up to Tackle Hunger’ campaign. As part of this campaign, shoppers will be invited to make a donation (such as rice, muesli or a range of other goods) in store by picking-up a flyer and scanning it at the checkout.

Lidl will then match whatever has been donated by the public, meaning there will be double the amount of donations to help support local people.

So, if you’re visiting the store you can help do your bit by picking up a flyer and making a donation.

View Report

Funding available to support groups during COVID

An extra £50,000 is being allocated to groups in Derbyshire who are supporting local communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Derbyshire County Council are making the money available to local community groups via the Public Health COVID-19 fund which was set up in June 2020.

This money will be allocated to a number of local Derbyshire organisations who have supported the health and wellbeing of local residents, including some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

The Public Health COVID-19 Fund was set up to support voluntary and community sector organisations in help manage and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on local communities. It also aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of local populations.

Funding of up to a maximum value of £2,000 is available for constituted groups and £250 for non-constituted groups.

Applications must be linked to an existing Public Health programme, for example to support mental health and emotional wellbeing or to tackle social isolation.

‘Feeling Connected Fund’ Call for Proposals

Feeling Connected in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield ( wants to commission new project work in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield which will help to break down the barriers people experience which stop them from feeling connected to others. Any proposals will need to address one or more of three identified priorities; Digital Divide, Confidence to Connect, Young People.

Anyone interested is asked to send in a short proposal any time over the next four weeks (from 9 November to 7 December).

Full information and details on how to submit a proposal are on the link below:

Please share with any relevant North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield contacts you have.

Derbyshire Voluntary Action

A new project aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Derbyshire is getting off the ground thanks to Derbyshire County Council (DCC) funding.

DCC are providing £20,000 to local mental health organisation Men Talk to deliver a digital-based emotional health project aimed at 16 to 19 year-olds.

Young people are a group identified as being at higher risk of mental ill health and it’s recognised that helping them develop emotional resilience, and offering early support, can prevent problems from escalating.

Local charity Men Talk have developed an innovative idea for the supply of a digital wrist band to young people. The wrist band allows the user to store personalised self-help tools to help with their emotional wellbeing. It can contain direct contact information to local services, including school nurses and can also hold online tools such as a safety plan or positive messages. Other personalised features could include a music playlist or personalised notes to help in times of anxiety or stress.

It is proposed that during the one-year project Men Talk will develop the product. They will then roll out a programme of emotional health and wellbeing talks alongside supplying the digital bands to young people. This will be delivered at a minimum of 4 secondary schools or further education establishments in Derbyshire.

Read the full press release HERE

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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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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