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



Date:  17th November 2020

                             Issue: 164


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

News from Derbyshire County Council

Hearing Help Uk

Poerty Workshops

Virtual Police Meeting To Examine Ongoing Response To Covid-19

Get arty at home with activities from top artists

The Social Capital x Loughborough Uni. London - The Collaboration Symposium

The Don Network

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:

We have pledged extra support for children and young people whose families are affected by substance misuse.

We give extra funding to support young people

Derbyshire County Council - Healthy & Well

View information

Poetry Workshops 

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 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

Vibrant Community

Energised through verse


Read more about the Poetry Workshops HERE

Police watchdogs will be updated on the force's response to coronavirus and recent changes in guidelines at a virtual meeting.

Members of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa's Strategic Priorities Board (SPA) will attend a virtual meeting on Monday, 30 November to review performance in a range of key areas.

The meeting, which will convene at 2pm, will receive an updated report on efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19 plus a range of other items including the Commissioner's plans to promote diversity, latest financial information, and the information on the Independent Custody Visitors Scheme.

Members of the public are invited to ask questions of the PCC or Chief Constable. These should be pre-submitted ahead of the meeting, in writing by email by Monday, 23 November.

Questions will be addressed at the start of the meeting and will be part of the recording released after it concludes. Questions can be submitted by email to:  PCCOffice@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK  

The full agenda is available online at the Police and Crime Commissioner's website.


Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

Get arty at home with activities from top artists

Firstsite FREE activity packs are a great way to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – with no specialist materials required.

Each pack features activities from a diverse collection of brilliant artists, including Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker, Vanley Burke, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, Gee Vaucher, Hetain Patel, Jeremy Deller, Mark Titchner, Gillian Wearing and more.

Download your free packs

The Social Capital x Loughborough Uni. London

The Collaboration Symposium

“If you’re thinking of crossing a sea, try working with the fish” (anon)

The Collaboration Symposium is a series of Conversations and Writings convened by Emeritus Professor aladin aladin (The Social Capital) in collaboration with Ashley Gray (Collaborate @ Loughborough University London) with a focus on surfacing and curating real world insights, thoughts and discussion around the many facets, intricacies and mysteries of the assumed process of collaboration, bringing together global leaders, trailblazers and all round great people working in this space.

Click here for more information

The Don Network Day is the launch of new joined up environment management for our local rivers to the west of the district. Due to COVID restrictions, it'll now be a Zoom call on 3rd December

Click here for more information

Job Vacancies

Bassetlaw Dementia Advisor

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Monday 23rd November 2020

Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £24,214


Fixed Term Post (funded for 1 year)


Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS), supported by Better Care funding via Nottinghamshire County Council, are looking to recruit a Dementia Advisor.

This is an exciting new role, the aim of which is to enhance the quality of life, choice and opportunities for people with dementia in Bassetlaw by providing Dementia Information, Advice and Support to people with dementia, their carers/wider family, other organisations and the public.

View Job Vacancy

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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