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



Date:  19th November 2020

                             Issue: 166


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

Notice of Links CVS Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 8th December 2020

Prince's Trust Newsletter

News from Derbyshire County Council

Chesterfield Community Alliance

Ashgate Heritage Arts

North East Derbyshire Together Events

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 - 16 - 22 November

COVID Recovery

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:

Notice of Links CVS Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 8th December 2020

I write to invite you to Links’ Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held on Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 1:00pm virtually on Microsoft Teams.

The meeting will be followed by a funding workshop at 1:30pm hosted by Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager at Links), Frederick Bray (Neighbourhood Safeguarding Team, Derbyshire Police) and Anna Watson (Hate Crime Co-ordinator, Derbyshire Police). The workshop will focus on the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Vulnerability Fund Small Grants Scheme administered by Links.  It will be an opportunity to find out which groups are eligible, what they can apply for and help with completing an application form. 

We wish to take this opportunity to extend our invitation to all voluntary organisations and community groups that operate in our catchment area – the local authority districts of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

I enclose the agenda and minutes of the previous AGM 2019.  

If you would like to attend please complete and submit the booking form on the following link -

The Microsoft Teams link for the meeting will be emailed to you at a later date.  

Yours sincerely,

James Lee

Chief Executive & Company Secretary

Links, The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire CVS & Action Limited


People across Derbyshire are being asked to make sure they’ve ‘got it covered’ in a renewed plea to encourage more adults and young people to wear a face covering.

Have you got it covered?

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:

  • 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.


Could you be a volunteer and help support vulnerable people in your community this winter?

Derbyshire County Council are working in partnership with community volunteer services across the county looking for volunteers to help support the work of their Community Response Unit during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

The Community Response Unit is for residents with no friends or family to call on who are:

- Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk

- Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions

- Pregnant

- Have underlying health conditions

- Aged 70 or over.

Volunteers could be asked to help with food shopping and delivery, collecting and delivering prescriptions, or checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness, and checking whether there is anything they need.

To volunteer, under current restrictions, you must be aged from 18 to 70 and be considered fit and well to help out.

To volunteer residents need to contact their local volunteer service and register their interest.

If you registered your interest earlier in the year and were not contacted, please get back in touch with your local volunteer centre.

Chesterfield Climate Alliance now has active groups for:

Biodiversity and Food, the two groups having combined

Transport and Air Quality

Waste including Plastic

Energy in the home.


Each of these has a google group so that members can communicate with each other and continue to work on projects between main meetings. If you want to join one or more of these groups just reply to this email or contact Greg Hewitt.

At the last meeting on 11 November we divided into sub groups (except energy which did not have enough people present) to continue with plans for actions and campaigns.

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The North East Derbyshire Together Events are a series of free drop-in sessions, taking place in different parts of the district, whereby residents can engage directly with health and wellbeing service providers.

Due to current restrictions, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the last two North East Derbyshire Together Events in Wingerworth and Eckington have, sadly, had to be cancelled. This directory has been produced as a safe method of sharing the same health and wellbeing information with the residents of these communities.

Information and contact details of organisations which provide invaluable support to local residents can be found in the Directory.

Download the Directory HERE.

The theme this year is ‘alcohol and mental health’.

Around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and drinking too much or too often can increase the risk. Drinking can mask or exacerbate underlying mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.

Yet many people are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health and it’s often the first thing people turn to when they’re feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope. According to a survey by Alcohol Change UK, of those who drank more heavily during lockdown (nine plus units on each drinking day), 40% had drunk as a response to stress or anxiety.

In Derby and Derbyshire, there are a number of services that can provide comprehensive support to both adults and young people experiencing issues with alcohol and drugs.

In Derbyshire county:

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership – for those aged 18 and over. Tel: 0124 620 6514

Derbyshire CGL – for young people. Tel: 01773 303646

In Derby:

Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service – for those aged 18 and over. Tel: 0300 790 0265

Breakout – the young person’s drug and alcohol service for Derby, for those aged under 18. Tel: 01332 641661

Individuals across the city and county who want to talk to someone because they are struggling with the impact of alcohol and drugs on their mental health and wellbeing can also contact the mental health support line on 0800 028 0077. This is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support Derbyshire residents of all ages

COVID Recovery

NHS website designed to support people who have had COVID and would benefit from some trusted advice about any symptoms they may still be suffering from (known as long COVID or post COVID syndrome).

Work is underway in the NHS to set up appropriate clinics for people who require clinician managed support, but this website is good for self-management.

Job Vacancies

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Awareness Project Officer

To work on a new project to raise mental health awareness with a range of sports organisations and workplaces across Derby and Derbyshire.

37 hours, including some weekend and evening working

Salary: £24,050 15 month contract 

Are you enthusiastic about empowering people to promote good mental health and suicide prevention awareness within sports settings and workplaces?

We need a new Project Officer who will engage with a range of identified organisations and enable their workers and volunteers to:

  • Understand the need to promote mental health across their contacts
  • Access training, develop mental health policies and action plans
  • Signpost to ongoing advice and support

A commitment to the promotion of good mental health and an interest in local sport and community activity is essential. Our target groups will be local football clubs, gyms and boxing clubs and identified workplaces.

You will need excellent communication skills, and an aptitude for learning. You must be self motivated and able to work independently within an agreed framework. You will be self-supporting so must be fully computer literate. You will need to be able to work flexible hours and to travel across Derby and Derbyshire. Posts will be based at our office in Long Eaton with the possibility of hot-desking with a partner organisation in the north of the county.

Please email  for an application pack or send an A4 SAE (Large letter stamp) to Lee Tivey, Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 20th November 2020 4PM.


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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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