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



Date:  27th November 2020

                             Issue: 172


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

Join the emh care & support Elves in their 12 days of Christmas virtual event and party

Waste Not Cafe takeaway meal 13th December

Social Care Virtual Academy

Supporting men's mental health: Mentell Signposting Link

News from Derbyshire County Council

Spotting the Signs of Domestic Abuse

UK Youth and PwC

Bolsover TV

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:

Join the emh care & support Elves in their 12 Days of Christmas virtual event and party

View Information

GMCC 12 days of Christmas

Waste Not Cafe takeaway meal 13th December

Waste Not Cafe Chesterfield are putting on an affordable two course vegetarian and vegan takeaway meal on the evening of Sunday 13th December, with collection from Chesterfield Baptist Church on Cross Street.

The community project aims to reduce food waste whilst tackling food poverty by donating profits to emergency food provision organisations. The food used for the meal will be surplus food that would have otherwise been thrown away from supermarkets, cooked up by local volunteers.

Waste Not Cafe asks for a suggested donation of £2.50 adults, £1.50 kids for the vegetarian and vegan meal.

A menu and booking will be available from Friday 11th December. Anyone interested in the takeaway meal should email

Social Care Virtual Academy

Do you know of an unemployed person who may be interested in getting into Health and Social Care?  

Glossop Job Centre is delivering a Social Care Virtual Academy (see flyer) which will provide attendees with an Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings (Level 1). 

There is an introductory session on Tuesday 1st December, and the course starts properly on Monday 7th December. 

Anyone interested in participating should ask their Work Coach to book them a place on the Information Day on Tuesday 1st December.  As this is a virtual course, it is accessible from across the county. 

If you require further information about this course, please contact Lesley Whitfield LESLEY.WHITFIELD@DWP.GOV.UK  

Supporting men's mental health: Mentell Signposting Link

Do you think that a male client, family member or friend could benefit from a space where they can talk about and offload some of their worries?

If so, please see the information about Mentell

Mentell provides circles for men aged 18+ to talk in a safe and confidential space, free from advice and judgement.

You can also visit the Mentell Website .

Our Trading Standards officers are backing a campaign to raise awareness of loan sharks so that residents can protect themselves

Derbyshire Trading Standards back a campaign aiming to stop loan sharks

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health is urging residents to be cautious about the risk of spreading coronavirus when rules are relaxed at Christmas.

Health director urges caution over Christmas as Derbyshire to enter tier 3

It’s day two of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and today we want to help people spot the signs of domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is of any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those over 16 who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

 For many years the term domestic violence was used to describe assaults. However, the word ‘violence’ creates a narrow idea of the type of behaviour that victims may suffer – and make people incorrectly think that they are not able to seek help.

We now talk about domestic abuse, and this can include, but is not limited to:






Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. It also includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

What do you see?

It’s not easy to spot the signs, but here are 10 things you might notice in a friend, relative or neighbour which could indicate that they are suffering domestic abuse:

  1. Injuries- they may have physical injuries such as cuts or bruising, but may say they are self-inflicted or accidental.
  2. Stress- a victim could be suffering from symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression. They may suffer panic attacks, feel isolated or even have thoughts about suicide.
  3. Absent at work- they may often be late for work, be off sick on a regular basis or take time off without giving much notice.
  4. Personality- a victim may change their personality when around their partner, or appear more nervous or uneasy when they are around.
  5. Self-esteem- they may appear to have a low-self esteem or self-confidence, particularly around their relationship or life as a whole.
  6. Money- a victim may not seem to have any money, or access to money. A partner could be using it as a form of control.
  7. Socialising- they may stop socialising, regularly make excuses to not go out with friends or cancel plans at the last minute.
  8. Irrational behaviour- a victim’s partner may be jealous, aggressive or possessive. They may read their messages, emails, social media and have the victim’s passwords. They may also be constantly calling or messaging the victim to check up on them.
  9. Substance abuse- they may use alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs to help them cope with the abuse.
  10. Damage - there may be damage or repairs needed at the home or property of a victim, which could have been caused as part of the abuse they are suffering.

If you’re being abused, are concerned about someone, or are worried you may commit domestic abuse, please seek help, either from the police or from support organisations.

You can report it online here, or by calling 101 if you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

On social media, you can also contact us through Facebook, send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary or direct message our contact centre on Twitter, @DerPolContact.

Remember, in an emergency which is ongoing, or where life is in danger, call 999 immediately. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

There are also partner support services local to Derbyshire who can help you. You can find their details on our website here:


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Communications Officer (Police, Press Officer, Force)

An interactive and informative session hosted by UK Youth and PwC. Supporting young people to understand what pensions are.

About this Event

What is a pension?

How much money gets paid into my pension?

How does my pension affect my financial future?

Click here for more information

The latest programme on our Bolsover TV channel has now gone live.

In this episode we:

· visit a wildlife garden in Whitwell,

· talk to Ellie from Pinxton who has set up her own sing-a-long business,

· talk to residents in Carr Vale who have started a campaign to get their bus service back up and running,

· take a look at the places you can exercise and keep fit near you,

· take visit some of the remembrance displays in the District,

· see what new sponsor is on the front of Bolsover Town U11s new away kit,

· remember former councillor, Sid Patrick who recently passed away.

Programmes are aired every two weeks and can be viewed on our website - or Vimeo - – we hope you enjoy watching it and we would welcome any feedback.

Job Vacancy

Homelessness Caseworker

Organisation: Chesterfield Borough Council

You will make decisions on homelessness and housing need in accordance with relevant legislation, and policies and procedures operating within the department.

You will be the main point of contact for homelessness applicants and will manage a caseload, actively working towards preventing and relieving homelessness and offering housing advice to customers requesting assistance.

Closing date: 29 November 2020

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