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



Date:  25th November 2020

                             Issue: 170


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

Links CVS is supporting Islamophobia Awareness Month

Freedom Programme - Domestic Abuse Training

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Writing for Wellbeing Taster Workshops

The Skills Network

Deaf Initely Women

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Free Online Self Management courses for people Living with Long Term Health Conditions

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:

A free programme aimed at women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. 

The new course starts this Thursday 26th November with 2 sessions 10.00-12.00 & 1.00-3.00.  

It is being run through the New Hope Community Church but is open to women from all areas. The programme will provide information that will help women to understand abuse, including: 

  • Help you to recognise the beliefs held by abusive men.
  • Assist you to meet other women with similar life experiences.
  • Illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children.
  • Help build your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Help you recognise future abusers and move on to abuse free lives.
  • Provide the information in a confidential and safe environment. 

If you require further information, or want to book on the course, contact Jacqui on 07309 858955

Download the Freedom Programme leaflet HERE

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

 Friday 27 November will mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2020 and your support is needed more than ever to get key messages out to vulnerable people this winter.

Figures published by National Energy Action (NEA) state that around 4 million households in the UK are in fuel poverty, unable to live in a warm dry home. Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator. Under the LIHC indicator, a household is considered to be fuel poor if:

they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level)

were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line

There are 3 important elements in determining whether a household is fuel poor:

household income

household energy requirements

fuel prices

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How to promote effective mental health awareness in your organisation

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We will be covering the following topics:

  • Steps to effectively support the mental health of your employees and wider network
  • Strategies for how L&D can stop the stigma around discussing mental health
  • How you can deliver mental health awareness training remotely
  • Why it’s so important to develop mental health trained staff and address skills gaps in this area
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Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about this webinar and if you would the team to call you back, please click here.

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Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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