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



Date:  20th November 2020

                             Issue: 167


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

Neighbourhood Alerts

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Welcomes Debbie Fennell

Early Help: Critical support to prevent a lost generation - Online conference, 23rd - 26th November 2020 

The Mental Health and Suicide Project

Plastic Free Christmas

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service Update

Sport England

Shared Learning Event - Remote Support in Real Life

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:

As further pandemic restrictions take effect in England, Derbyshire Constabulary is supporting a new national campaign led by the NSPCC, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and the Home Office to protect victims of child abuse.

The month-long campaign, ‘Something’s Not Right’, encourages young people to recognise different forms of abuse, report it and get help.

The campaign follows evidence suggesting that young people faced a greater risk of sexual abuse, criminal exploitation and domestic abuse due to the impact of coronavirus. The monthly average number of Childline counselling sessions about domestic abuse and abuse increased by 20% and 22% respectively in April-July 2020, compared to pre-lockdown levels.

The Internet Watch Foundation revealed that there were almost 9 million blocked attempts to access child sexual abuse material during the first month of restrictions alone. This trend has continued, with the charity revealing that in September, they received a 45% increase in calls reporting child abuse material online.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Bullock, said: “While children and young people are attending school during this period of lockdown, we know there will be extra pressures on families and potential avenues for abusers to take advantage of.

“Trusted adults, such as teachers, are an important part of helping those who are being abused, however, there is a role for everyone to play in keeping children and young people safe.

“In Derbyshire, we have close, well-established relationships with local authorities and other partner organisations and the national campaign led by the NSPCC, Barnardo’s, Childline and the Home Office supports the work that is already taking place in the county.”

Shaun Friel, Head of Childline said: “At the NSPCC calls to our adults’ helpline and Childline about abuse and neglect significantly increased as many children were left isolated behind closed doors with their abuser.

“Abuse and neglect can have an impact which can last into adulthood. As we move into tighter restrictions, we all have a role to play in keeping children safe.

“Our frontline teams are still here for children who feel they have nowhere else to turn to for help and adults with concerns. It is essential that all children know how to speak out and that Childline is here to support them no matter what their worry is.”

To learn more about the campaign visit:


Message Sent By

Joey Severn (Media , Press Officer, Derbyshire)

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Unfortunately in Dronfield and surrounding areas we have received a number of reports whereby suspects are purporting to be police officers in order to scam people out of money.

The numbers we use to call anyone should not appear on your caller ID. Remember that the police will never ring you and ask you for your bank details or for money!

If anyone has any elderly relatives can you please relay our message and make them aware.

* If someone rings you claiming to be the police and you don't feel sure then check their identity by contacting your local neighbourhood policing team.

* If someone rings you claiming to be the police and you don't feel sure then check their identity by contacting your local neighbourhood policing team.

* If you receive a call that raises your suspicions or you feel uncomfortable hang up and phone 101 on a different phone or, allow at least 5 minutes for the line to clear

* If someone rings you claiming to be the police and you don't feel sure then check their identity by contacting your local neighbourhood policing team.

* Be confident to tell people that you require time to think over a decision.

* NEVER give out personal or financial information, even if the caller claims to be from your bank.


Message Sent By

Jonathan Flower (Police, PCSO, North East)

As the UK continues to adapt to the changes brought on by Covid-19, police are asking that people pay attention to changes in the behaviour of those they love and act early if they see signs of radicalisation.

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extreme ideologies, often through grooming. The Home Office’s Prevent programme aims to avoid this happening.

Specially trained police Prevent officers, alongside professionals in health, education, local authorities and charities, as well as faith and community groups, seek to help vulnerable people move away from extremism. Together they put the right package of support in place to help them find a new direction.

The new website aims to explain the process, share people’s experiences and highlight the signs to look out for, in a bid to encourage more referrals from the community.

Inspector Alex Wood, from the East Midlands Prevent team, said: “As vulnerable people have been further isolated during this pandemic, we worry their susceptibility to negative influence, particularly online, may increase. At the same time, however, families who share the same household are spending much more time together. This offers an important opportunity to take note of anything untoward.

“You are best placed to see when the behaviour of a loved one is changing; when something just doesn’t seem right with them. Are they spending a lot of time online? Do they seem guarded about their activities? Showing anger and displaying extreme views?

“Could they be being radicalised?

“It’s not a nice question to have to ask yourself, nor something anyone wants to be thinking about someone you care about, but it is vital that we all know the signs and act early if we suspect something is wrong. That way, they can get the support they need before the situation escalates into something more serious.

“You are not alone. Together we can help prevent them from becoming drawn into harmful activities or groups, and help them choose a different path.”

Receiving support is voluntary. We’ll need the person’s permission to help them. We won’t tell the person you’re worried about that you called us, unless you say we can.

Visit for more information. You can also call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, where our specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns.

You won't be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.


Message Sent By

Joey Severn (Media , Press Officer, Derbyshire)

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Welcomes Debbie Fennell

Debbie Fennell has joined Derbyshire Voluntary in the newly-created role of ‘Social Connectedness Development Worker.’

Debbie Fennell, Social Connectedness Development Worker

Debbie joins the DVA team to play a key role in the ‘Feeling Connected in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield’ project – an initiative to improve local approaches to tackling social isolation and reducing the impact of loneliness.

Debbie, who describes herself as a ‘people person,’ has nine years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sector, most recently as a Project Coordinator at Age Concern Chesterfield and District, where she was responsible for the ‘Active Age’ project.

In her new role, she will work out and about in communities across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, supporting residents and communities to create and take up opportunities to be better socially connected.

Debbie says, ‘My role is about building relationships with people who want to make a difference in their street, estate, village, town or workplace – and to be responsive in helping them in whatever way they need.  It’s a challenging time to be starting a job like this, but even in lockdown there are many ways we can all keep our spirits up and continue to connect with family, friends and the people who live around us.’

If you have ideas about keeping your community connected this winter, Debbie would love to hear from you.  Call her on 07547 342251, email  or find her on facebook: FeelingConnectedNEDC.

Download the Press Release HERE

The Covid pandemic is likely to have a profound impact on children’s services for some time to come, as we emerge from the greatest crisis in a generation.

Early help will have a critical role to play in meeting increased demand for support and services for children and families experiencing new and heightened needs caused by the ongoing restrictions, and avoid reaching crisis point.

View Information

Plastic Free Christmas

We all see Christmas as the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also one of the most wasteful, creating a rise in the volume of waste materials being produced and disposed of during this busy season. Much of this, unfortunately, is sent to landfill where it damages the environment.

A large percentage of this plastic waste also ends up polluting our seas and oceans when it’s blown away from landfill sites.

What can you do?

Plastic Free Chesterfield have some practical tips to help you reduce your plastic and overall waste and save some money! Download HERE

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service provides targeted mental health support across Derbyshire and works to develop a network of peer led support groups countywide to ensure that everyone has access to this provision.


  • To make a referral into service you can do this either by phoning our single point of access number on 01773 734989 Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm or by completing the referral form and returning this to  .Please ensure that ALL fields are completed and if not applicable please state this.
  • If you are referring on behalf of another person, please ensure that you gain their consent before making the referral and have an idea of the type of support that they would like to access, including details of their goal for support.
  • We welcome discussions prior to referral to ensure that we are the most appropriate service, again this can be done over the phone or email.


Emotional Support Helpline

  • We are still operating an emotional support helpline which operates on the Single Point Of Access number 01773 734989 between 9am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Please note that this is NOT a crisis support service.


Peer Support Groups

  • Whilst the majority of our groups remain closed, due to venue restrictions, there are groups starting to reopen again under strict guidelines. As this is subject to frequent change, please get in touch with  who can provide the most up to date information about the stance of these groups in the community currently. Please see the following link about restrictions in regards to support groups:  
  • We currently have 2 online peer support groups operating weekly via Zoom, these are open to all and moderated by our group development workers and the peer support and volunteer coordinator. For information about how individuals can access these groups please also get in touch with Ellie on the above email. The online peer support groups are a fantastic resource to keep people connected during the second wave of restrictions. There are no pressures to speak or have camera on and if necessary the individual can be referred into service for short term support to access this group until they feel happy doing so independently.
  • This is the link to our interactive map showing our groups that has reopened prior to tomorrow’s lockdown, some of these will unfortunately have to close their doors over the next four weeks, however some remain open. Again you can contact the group itself (contact details will be on the group pin on the map) or contact or  for any further group enquiries.
  • The map link is subject to frequent change as groups start to reopen or unfortunately close due to the current climate. If you are unsure please contact us. If you cannot for any reason get in touch with Ellie or Mark, you are more than welcome to email to enquire about groups in your district.


Shared Learning Event - Remote Support in Real Life

What is it like providing real life support to people remotely?

24th November 12.20pm – 2pm

The idea for the event is to bring together Health and Social Care Professionals, Community Groups and staff & students from the University of Derby, who have an interest in Chesterfield, to discuss and learn from the common experience we have all   had with having to change the way we deliver support to people during lockdown.

Between us we have a fantastic range services that have been delivering some sort of support to people in a remote way  - phone calls, emails, WhatsApp, Facebook groups, Zoom/Teams sessions or live chat functions, post and probably other methods I haven’t even mentioned.  People who give support, need support!

 Funded for you by ‘Community Chesterfield’, putting the UNI in COMMuniTY!


Kate Burns

Skills Coordinator, Community Chesterfield

Tel: 07564 990 911


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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