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



Date:  26th November 2020

                             Issue: 171


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

PCC Pleas For Policing - Do Not Make the Police Another Victiim of Coronavirus

Free Online Family Learning Course

Be Part of Census 2021

Ashgate Heritage Arts

Keep Rooms Ventilated

Derbyshire Carers Association

News from Derbyshire County Council

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

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

Derbyshire's PCC, Hardyal Dhindsa, is calling on the Government to support the police service when it announces its public spending plans this week.

Pointing out that the Government has relied upon the police to implement its Covid-19 restrictions, putting frontline officers and staff at risk of the virus, he said that it would be jeopardizing public safety to expect the police to find further cuts after the long period of austerity which meant that Derbyshire lost over 400 officers and the best part of 300 police staff.

He said that he had discussed the funding position in detail with the Chief Constable and raised the issue at a meeting with local MPs last week, seeking their support against new cuts to policing and explaining the vital role that the police play in engaging with the public to adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions.

"Even a flat cash settlement figure is, in real terms, a cut," he explained today.  "While I recognise that the country's financial position has been hit hard due to Covid-19, the police service must not become another victim, which is what will happen if we are asked to find any further financial savings.

"The austerity years hit the service, and all those working within it, hard and it is simply unreasonable to expect them to face those pressures again when we are barely half way back to the numbers we had in 2010.

"We are only just beginning to see the positive results of growth. Any cutbacks will threaten the progress made in recent years.  The public who have supported that growth through the increase in the policing portion of the Council Tax bill do not deserve to have that backing eroded.

"The Chief Constable has told me, in no uncertain terms, that in order to continue to deliver our services, the establishment of sufficient and stable funding for the future is crucial.

"She stresses that a standstill budget, with no growth for any new or mainstreamed priorities, would create a deficit of £0.5m in 2021/22, rising to a £9m deficit in 2024/25 based on the reasonable assumptions of limited council tax precepts and no future increases in Central Government grant funding.

"We are deeply concerned that, even if the Government continues to cover the Uplift programme there will still be a deficit of £5.9m by 2024/25 as a minimum.

"In simple terms, this would undo the vast majority of the progress we have made since 2016.  Officer posts, staff posts would have to be cut.  Vital investment in technology would go.  Vulnerable people would be placed at higher risk.  Communities would not see the visible policing they so desperately want. We would be back to policing on a shoestring.

"So, in planning its financial future, I urge the Government to look for savings elsewhere.  The police have performed magnificently throughout the pandemic and do not deserve to be hit in the pocket yet again. I will continue to call for a fair deal for policing and, having explained the gloomy economic outlook, I hope that our local MPs will support me.

"It is our job and our moral responsibility to do everything in our power to keep people safe."


Message Sent By

Tim Parkin (Office of the PCC, Digital Engagement Officer, Derbyshire)

Free Online Family Learning Course

Christmas Recycled Crafts from Shirebrook Adult Education Centre. This opportunity covers the county.  They can provide the resources for the activity too. Please see poster for details how to take part.

Ashgate Heritage Arts (AHA) has written a musical which is an adaptation of Chris Nickson’s book, “The Crooked Spire.”

In July, a Showcase was broadcast as part of Buxton Festival Fringe. After this project, AHA was awarded an Arts Council England grant to continue the development of the story.

Directed by Andrew Miller, with musical direction by Harry Style, a cast of professional actors will take the story of John Carpenter a step further. Murder and intrigue surround the building of Chesterfield’s iconic spire. It’s straight and true for the moment…

Award-winning writer Mary Hennessy (Autumn in Picardy, Sounds like the NHS, Argy Bargy) has written a script which brings the flavour and character of the story to life. The music and lyrics are by Martin Coslett (Ferguson’s Gang, The Perfect City) and Peter Gray (Aliens in 6F, Mr Boltin and the Temple of Doom.) Martin and Peter’s music and songs blend traditional folk melodies with contemporary harmonies and rhythms to set your feet tapping.

On 9th December at 7:00pm AHA will broadcast the latest video of their medieval murder-mystery musical and on the 18th an BSL sign interpreted version will be shown. Also, on the 18th there will be a live Q&A session with the cast online immediately following the show.

And on the 8th December the original Showcase that was shown at the Buxton Festival Fringe will be re-broadcast for those who missed it the first time

For details visit

Ventilation is very important in the fight against coronavirus. Opening windows to allow fresh air into enclosed spaces can help reduce the spread this winter. For more info:

DCA are proud to launch our new project – The Young Carers GP Project: ‘Are you Young Carer aware?’

NHS England are funding DCA to work with GP surgeries across Derbyshire to help them to identify and support young carers in their communities.

We want to make GP surgeries accessible to Young Carers and help these children to feel valued in their caring role.

Or email

Also included is the latest DCA offer poster of the support we are currently offering to Carers across Derbyshire

GP_Booklet FINAL for Professionals

We have announced that we propose to appoint a Managing Executive Director for the next 12 months to lead the ongoing response to the pandemic and drive the changes needed to meet the increasing expectations on local government.

Our leadership approach evolves

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

New 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).

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Click here for more information

Coronavirus Covid-19 Advice & Guidance Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Local Updates Previous Mailings

Coronavirus Covid-19 Funding News Information

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