The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Date: 24th November 2020
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.
Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: email@example.com Mobile: 07889 726846.
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:
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.
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:
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.
If you would like to attend please complete and submit the booking form on the following link - https://linkscvs.org.uk/civicrm/event/register?id=152&reset=1
The Microsoft Teams link for the meeting will be emailed to you at a later date.
Chief Executive & Company Secretary
Links, The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire CVS & Action Limited
Keeping Fit Online
ACCA offers a free Fitness Club to those that want to stay active, healthy and look after their heart. This online fitness programme will consist of gentle chair exercises. This will help to improve overall fitness and assist in keeping you in shape. The keep fit session lasts for one hour and includes warm up and cool down exercises, so that you keep yourself healthy from start to finish. We also have light exercise equipment to aid your fitness experience.
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ACCA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: ACCA ONLINE KEEP FIT SESSION - 30 NOV 2020
Time: Monday Nov 30, 2020 12:30 PM London
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Meeting ID: 418 263 7933
Webinar: The circle of loneliness, polarization and marginalisation
Date: Thursday 26th 2020, 1pm - 2pm
Join this webinar from The Jo Cox Foundation, in partnership with Protection Approaches, to explore explore the links between loneliness, polarization and marginalisation.
Andy Fearn, Co-Executive Director, Protection Approaches
Kimi Jolly, Co-Founder of East and South-East Asian Scotland
What a year it has been, front and centre to our response have been our Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Monday 23 November we have opened recruitment in to this vital role for Derbyshire police.
Kerry Wallington-Waite is one of our PCSO Supervisors and explains: “I’d always liked the idea of working in the community, making a difference and solving problems. It’s very interesting work and I’ve dealt with everything from abandoned cars to neighbour issues, school talks to crime prevention events and foot patrols.
“Derbyshire Constabulary really invests in its people through training and regular check-ins with your manager. There are also numerous staff networks available to offer advice and support too, plus they are family friendly regarding work life balance, I really feel we are cared about.”
If you are looking for a rewarding, exciting and challenging career then visit https://careers.derbyshire.police.uk/what-you-could-be-doing/police-constable-support-officers to learn more.
Watch out over the next few weeks, as we introduce you to some of the people performing this role, as they explain the benefits and enjoyment that they get serving the community
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Trading standards officers are urging Derbyshire residents thinking of buying a pet online to be extra cautious and do their research after receiving dozens of complaints.
Power to Change are running a new support programme to boost the capacity of community business leaders & it’d be great if you could be on it.
It’ll provide you with additional tools, techniques & support to boost your community.
We are currently looking for young people to join MH:2K – a youth-led project addressing mental health. MH:2K empowers 14-25 year olds to:
Identify the mental health issues that they see as most important;
Engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics;
Work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.
MH:2K is delivered by Leaders Unlocked in association with Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, and NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCGs. The project is an integral part of the ongoing work to improve children’s emotional and mental health in the region. Please visit: www.leaders-unlocked.org
MH:2K is aimed at young people aged 14-25, with an interest in mental health who want to make a difference to their community. We’re seeking a diverse group of young people with different life experiences to take part, including those who;
Themselves/ friends or family have experienced mental health difficulties
Are often underrepresented e.g. young carers, those in the care system, LGBTQ+, BAME young people, LLDD.
This is a brilliant opportunity for young people to gain new knowledge, skills and experience. Those who join the MH:2K team will play an important role as ‘Citizen Researchers’ in helping to design and run workshops to engage other young people.
We welcome and encourage all to apply. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the application process. Application attached and click here for Guidance notes. Deadline Friday 27th November 2020.
Integrated Sexual Health Services remains available during lockdown. We continue to provide urgent and some non-urgent care to service users, however, there are a number of temporary changes in response to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
There currently isn’t the option to ‘walk-in’ and all patients wishing to access appointments are triaged via the Information and Booking line: 0800 328 3383, Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.
Patients are assessed over the phone and priority patients are given a time for either a face to face or a telephone consultation appointment.
Booked appointments can be made for the following clinics only: Chesterfield; Derby; Buxton; Swadlincote and Long Eaton. Other peripheral clinics are currently closed.
The service now has a number of self-care options that patients can access online. These free, confidential and discreet items include:
For more information and sexual health service updates visit our website: www.yoursexualhealthmatters.org.uk.
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Chesterfield, S40 1NU
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