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



Date:  2nd December 2020

                             Issue: 175


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

A Brief Introduction to Gambling Harms

The Don Network


Asian Association

Winter Top Tips Campaign

Ashgate Heritage Arts

News from Care Quality Commission


Job Vacancy 

Volunteer Opportunity

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

Please find below sign-up details to sessions dedicated for North-East Derbyshire & Bolsover frontline workers: 

Thursday 3rd December (10-11.30am)

Please may I ask that those who wish to attend confirm their attendance by signing up to the session via Eventbrite. There are more details outlined on the events page.

The Don Network Day is the launch of new joined up environment management for our local rivers to the west of the district. Due to COVID restrictions, it'll now be a Zoom call on 3rd December.

Click here for more information

Arts & Crafts Online Session - Friday 11th December 2020 @ 13:00 PM

ACCA offers a FREE online Arts & Crafts Club to those that want to remain active, creative and look after their well being during the current pandemic.  This online Arts & Crafts session will consist of creating Arts & Crafts items in your own homes with the guidance of Megan Elley via Zoom. 

The Arts & Crafts session will last for at least one hour and will include a catch up.

* For this session you will need the following:

We will be making a Christmas Tree Decorations.

Pre Order Packs of Christmas Decoration

(Contact the Office to reserve your pack)


Please invite your friends to join the event.

If you do not have the items at home you are still welcome to join in for a catch up


Happy crafting!

see pic attached.


ACCA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: ACCA ONLINE ART & CRAFT SESSION - 11th December 2020

Time: Dec 11, 2020 01:00 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 856 0237 1271

Passcode: 696500

The Zoom link for the talk:

Asian Association of Chesterfield is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Covid and Us

Time: Dec 10, 2020 02:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 8412 5600

Winter Top Tips Campaign

Information below from Sandra Johal- NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

We have developed an online Winter Top Tips Advent Calendar which launched yesterday and features 24 top tips on social media platforms. It aims to encourage residents, and health and social care staff, to take an active role in staying safe and well this winter and thus help reduce the pressure on NHS services. The campaign is explained in more detail in the article.


Sandra Johal

Communications Manager

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

First Floor, Cardinal Square, 10 Nottingham Road, Derby DE1 3QT


T:  01332 888 182





Further to Ashgate Heritage Arts Newsletter

I omitted to mention that all the screenings are free. And The Crooked Spire (Windlass edition) will be available online until midnight on 13th December


Thank you,

Peter Gray

View information

CQC want to work with you - New opportunity available


Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic

The Chief Inspector of Education and Children’s Social Care has warned that the invisibility of vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a matter of national concern

Job Vacancy

Homelessness Prevention Paralegal

Organisation: Derbyshire Law Centre

The role comes with a high degree of autonomy and includes providing support to the housing caseworkers on housing cases to help prevent homelessness. The role also includes providing support and information to individuals and groups across the catchment area. The catchment area is Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

You must have exceptional file management and organisational skills and be naturally inquisitive with an understanding of legal principals.  You must be an enthusiastic individual, have the ability to learn new skills quickly and a willingness to actively contribute to the team and the overall success of the Law Centre.


Deadline for applications - 9:30am Monday 14  December 2020

Interview date: Thursday 17  December 2020

Volunteer Opportunity

Information below from Mastin Moor Gardens and Allotments

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to spend a few hours helping to maintain the Mastin Moor Gardens and Allotments site in Mastin Moor.

We are simply seeking anyone interested in general gardens maintenance. Wednesday and Thursday pm and Saturday am are the best dates during the year but other .times to suit can be arranged. Tools barrows etc can be made available.

There are a couple of allotments also available at the time of writing.

Contact details are;

John Hempshall , Treasurer MMGA CIO tel 07919167574

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Offices 1 & 2, Lower Ground Floor of Town Hall
No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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Tel 01246 274844