The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited
Date: 30th 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Those aged 50-64 will be able to receive a flu vaccine from 1 Dec 20, however, local GPs are concerned about their phonelines being bogged down with questions about the announcement, when they have no additional details.
General practices are learning this information at the same time as everyone else from national news. Practices are doing all they can to prepare and source vaccines, and they will be in contact with patients as soon as they are able. In the meantime please do not contact your surgery about flu vaccines if you are in this group until you are asked to do so.
Projects and Services at CAB
People with mental health worries are being urged to seek help in a new phase of the NHS's Help Us Help You campaign.
NHS England and Improvement launched a campaign to support people in understanding more about Mental Health services and particularly Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) - talking therapies to help to overcome depression and anxiety, and generally better manage mental health.
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 https://forms.gle/VuwaNGSVf2ScZqRj9 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.
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If you have any questions please do get in touch with me on the details below.
Help during difficult times – refer or register for an appointment with an Energy Advisor https://bit.ly/2L93LAH
‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ helpline: 0800 677 1332
Marches Energy Agency
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