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



Date:  23rd November 2020

                             Issue: 168


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

A Brief Introduction to Gambling Harms

Energy Awareness Course

Rural Action Derbyshire

News from Derbyshire County Council

Transition Network

Derbyshire Carers Association

Derbyshire Voluntary Association

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Job Vacancy

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:

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.

   Energy Awareness Course

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:

  • Accessing assistance such as the Warm Home Discount and the Priority Service Register
  • Accessing energy efficiency schemes and practical energy efficiency advice
  • Switching and getting the best deal
  • Advice on how to explain bills and what all the jargon means

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.


Wendy Blunt

Health and Wellbeing Officer

Chesterfield Borough Council, Town Hall

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1LP


Tel: 01246 959657

Mobile: 07811 117 015


School Holiday Clubs – urgent appeal for help for Christmas and beyond

Residents from across the county are being asked to take part in online focus groups which will help to shape our services and budget priorities for the year ahead..

Get involved in shaping council services and budget priorities

Industry leaders met with MPs, the Leader of Derbyshire County Council and representatives from Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire last week to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on tourism in the county.

Boost for Derbyshire’s tourism sector

News from Derbyshire County Council

The Big Consultation

We are writing to thank you and your young people who took part in the “Big Consultation” at the beginning of this year, and update you on the plans moving forward for a new strategic participation network.

The Big Consultation asked young people and the adults who care for them to give us feedback on the proposal to replace the Derbyshire Youth Council with a strategic participation network. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposal and this has now been agreed by the county council’s cabinet.

  • 1290 people responded to the survey and 78% agreed with the proposal
  • 819 young people aged 11-15 replied
  • 82% of responses were received from young people aged 25 and under

Please follow this link for a copy of the cabinet report including the full results of the survey:

The plan is to link together community youth groups and school councils to develop a wider network to hear the views of young people. We would like to ask for your support, and for your projects to engage and become involved in this network through leads from your projects who work directly with youth voice.

Initially this will be a virtual model with a member of our children’s participation team facilitating the network. From the consultation responses we know that young people would like some face-to-face contact, and once COVID-19 restrictions are eased and it is safe to do so, we will explore the scope to develop a hybrid model which includes some face-to-face engagement.

The new network will provide support and opportunities for young people to engage with senior managers and decision makers at the council, and other local agencies, through surveys and questionnaires. This will also be an opportunity for young people in communities to raise their views, concerns and be involved in influencing future priorities and service planning.

In relation to next steps we are making contact with youth project leads directly to develop the network. Please could you complete the table below and return it via email to to enable us to begin compiling a data base for the strategic network.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making the consultation a success and look forward to working closely with your projects and young people. If you need any further information please contact

Derbyshire County Council Falls Prevention

It’s estimated that in Derbyshire, around 70,100 people aged over 65 fall every year, resulting in 11,000 ambulance call outs and 6,000 hospital admissions

Derbyshire County Council is running a falls prevention campaign to improve awareness of the risk of falls and how to prevent them.Many falls can be avoided by simple measures people take themselves.

Small Grants are available to help local groups and teams to get creative, reach local people, have fun and raise awareness of falls prevention.

The application form is only 3-pages long and is very quick and simple to complete.

Who: This small grant fund is for voluntary and community groups, businesses and teams across Derbyshire County.

What: Around 20 groups, businesses or teams can receive up to £500 in grant funding.

Groups can apply for funding to run an activity, or put on an event(s), or extend a current meeting/event, that will raise awareness around the risks of falling. To adapt to the current social distancing regulations, we will also be looking to support approaches that are remote/online. The emphasis will be on engaging family, friends and staff who can support older people.

Get creative!  Run events, quizzes, talks, with existing groups or with new audiences.   You will be supported to plan your activity, receive free campaign resources, offered training and help to complete a simple evaluation to share your work.

The closing date for applications is: Wednesday 16th December 2020

Click here for more information

Calling all Derbyshire retailers – there’s a new way of reaching customers in your town and it can be done from the comfort of their own home. is a website which allows shops, cafes, bars and local businesses and community organisations to display their goods and services online.In partnership with district and borough councils we’re paying for free and unlimited use of the website for local groups and businesses for 12 months.It’s a very difficult time for high streets across the county and we hope this project will help support small and independent retailers.

Click here for more information

Winter Pressure Single Contact Point

Derbyshire County Council have also set up a Winter Pressure Single Contact Point for the county. This is to support professionals (paid or volunteering) to refer vulnerable residents for extra support this winter.

If you are not sure where to signpost vulnerable residents it provides a single contact point for colleagues to direct enquiries

The service is open to all health professionals, social care practitioners, district/borough stakeholders and voluntary sector partners, including food projects - who may come across a vulnerable person this winter that needs help.

To help us manage demand - if you already know where you need to direct your enquiry, please continue using existing pathways by going directly to the appropriate service. 

This service is by professional route only, please do not share this information with the general public as it is not a self-referral service.

Further details can be found in the 'Professionals poster', or by going to On the website you will find a simple referral form, that you need to fill in to access support.

 Please note, a separate service is in place for professionals working with Derby City residents. Visit  

If you work on projects that have a benefit for the environment, perhaps you might benefit from joining the Transition Network. They have a seed funding programme open until the end of November to get new initiatives off the ground, with small grants up to £500 and larger grants up to £3,500. To find out more, join their webinar on the 24th:

DCA Carers_Rights_Day_2020

Carer Concert (Poster)

Manual Handling (Poster)

Scam Watch Talk (Poster)

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Mini Forum - 26th November 2020

Mini Forum

Thursday 26th November 2020

12noon - 1.30pm

At the last Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health and Social Care Forum on 14 October we used ‘Poll Everywhere’ to ask our members ‘What do you need to help you bring people together and support them over the winter months?’

The top four responses were:

Clarity / information / transparency

Joined up working

Digital skills and access to digital technology

Something fun to look forward to


To try to respond to these issues, Derbyshire Voluntary will hold a series of ‘mini forums’ which will take place in between the usual quarterly meetings.

These will be shorter, more informal meetings where we can talk together in more depth about getting through the winter and supporting each other.

We hope you can join us next Thursday, 26 November from 12 noon to 1.30pm, for our first mini forum,  where we’ll aim to:

Share interpretation of the current lockdown rules

Explore how we can create new opportunities to work more closely together

Sara Bains, Public Health Lead for Localities and Place, will join us to share Public Health’s perspective on linking the voice of the community to the evolving statutory response to the pandemic. 

If you would like to join us please email and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

Prepayment Meter Crisis Funding - Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency are pleased to be able to offer prepayment top-up vouchers to customers at risk of self-disconnection and affected by the current coronavirus outbreak in some way.  This is available in Derby & Derbyshire, as part of our ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ advice service.  We will be working closely with referral agencies to support the clients they work with who are in need.

To make an application to the fund on behalf of a client, please use the online link or the form.  You can make referrals by telephone if you prefer, via Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 677 1332.  If we do not work with you/your group regularly, or you are a new group, we will be in touch to verify you as a referral partner and ensure things run as smoothly as possible.  We would be pleased to work with new groups who know households they support well, including those smaller groups formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will offer all applicants energy advice to help them reduce their bills in the long term and help prevent future crisis, as part of our Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Energy Advice service. Please do forward on this to other organisations or groups supporting those who could benefit.  However, it is a condition of the funding that we do not publicise the support more widely to clients, so I would ask that you don’t post information on social media, in a newsletter etc.  Instead, please use or adapt some more general text about our help:

Are you struggling to pay for your gas and electric?  Warmer Derby & Derbyshire offer free energy advice and can help you get your payments under control.  We’re helping people in need across the area deal with managing debts by providing small grants and talking to suppliers.  Their friendly Energy Advisors can be called on 0800 677 1332, or message them on Facebook  @ Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

If beneficiaries are identified through a general call, we will ask for a referee (ideally from a known referral organisation) to support their application.

Please view flyer


If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.

Peter Burgess-Allen

07908 436806

Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor   

‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332

Marches Energy Agency

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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