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



Date:  3rd December 2020

                             Issue: 176


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

Job Advert - Freelance Publicity & Social Media Marketing Opportunity

Elm Foundation

There Is No Honour In Honour Based Abuse

Derbyshire Carers Association

Covid Community Update for Chesterfield

Friends of Badger Park

Junction Arts

Thriving Communities - Learning Together - don't miss out!

Mencap Sport

Rural Action Derbyshire

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:

On day seven of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence we’re raising awareness of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of so-called ‘honour based’ abuse, violence and forced marriage.

The terms ‘honour crime’, ‘honour-based abuse’ or ‘izzat’ can take many different forms including harassment, criminal damage, arson, sexual assault, forced marriage, kidnap and even murder, and is when a person is being punished by their family or community for behaviour which they think goes against or undermines the correct code of behaviour.

This could be:

  • Running away, coming home late
  • Ideological differences between parents and children
  • Refusing an arranged marriage
  • Relationships outside marriage
  • Relationships outside the approved group
  • ‘Inappropriate' make up or dress
  • Loss of virginity
  • Pregnancy
  • Homosexuality
  • Reporting/fleeing domestic abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour, forced marriage
  • Girls who ‘allow themselves to be raped'
  • Causing gossip.

It is often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and/or community members, which makes it difficult to spot.

There is no religious or cultural basis to this abuse or violence and both women and men can experience abuse, threats and violence from their family or community to protect their family ‘honour’, however women and girls are the most common victims of honour-based abuse.

Cultures in which honour-based abuse exists sometimes also practice forced marriage. Forced marriages exist where either one or both parties do not consent and affects both male and female victims.

There is a very big difference between an arranged marriage and a forced marriage. An arranged marriage is entered into freely by both people, although their families take a leading role in the choice of partner.

In forcing a person to marry a person or group may commit a number of separate crimes including, harassment, kidnap and threats to kill.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of female external genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Despite the practice being illegal and very dangerous it still exists in the UK.

DC Rebecca Hall, our operational lead for Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage and FGM said: “Honour based-abuse includes crimes such as forced marriage and FGM. Victims find it difficult to report abuse, often feeling isolated and silenced by the concept of ‘honour’.

“It is important to remember though that there is no honour in controlling, threatening or harming others with violence. It is a crime and we will take any information received seriously. We have strategies to provide help and support to victims and individuals at risk.”

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, said: “It’s so important that those at risk of any form of domestic abuse know that there is help available. I recognise that lockdown conditions have made matters more difficult if people wish to report problems, but I urge anyone who is, or who feels that someone else is at risk to get in touch with the helpline.”

Whatever the situation there is always a person to talk to and there are many charities and groups specifically set up to help those who may be suffering, or at risk of suffering, honour-based abuse or violence or forced marriage.

If you, or someone you know is suffering honour-based abuse you can report it to us by:

  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form
  • Phone – call us on 101.

Remember, always call 999 where life is at risk and you believe someone is in immediate danger.

Derby is home to the Karma Nirvana, an independent charity, which has a huge range of resources to help those who may be victims or those who may be worried that a loved one, colleague or neighbour may be at risk of abuse.

They can be accessed by visiting and there is a dedicated help line 0800 5999 247.

You can also read more about ‘honour based’ violence and find links to other support services here:


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Covid Community Update for Chesterfield

Please see below the latest Covid Community Update for Chesterfield

Chesterfield Community update vol2 2.12.20

Junction Arts Big Give

The National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) launched the Thriving Communities Programme on 10 October. Over 900 people attended the online launch from all over the country and it was great to see so much enthusiasm and hear about some of the projects that are making a difference to people's lives in these difficult times.

View information

Round the World Challenge Partner Introduction Meeting - Derbyshire + Conference Invite

Mencap Sport Live!

Mencap Live is an online Zoom conference bringing together people from across the Learning Disability and Sport sector to discuss challenges, opportunities and best practice for organisations working in sport. Throughout the week expert speakers will present their personal and organisational experiences across several topics including the impact of Covid, inclusive communications and embedding sports participation into community settings.

With speakers including Sport England & Activity Alliance, a number of Network Partners and experts from Mencap, this promises to be an interesting and exciting week!

The programme for the week is as below:

Monday 7th December: The impact of Covid and Returning to Physical Activity (11:00-12:30)

Tuesday 8th December: Inclusive Communications and Storytelling (11:00-12:00)

Wednesday 9th December: Coaching People with a Learning Disability and Increasing Activity in the Community (11:00-12:00)

Thursday 10th December: Collecting and Using Programme Data and Insight(11:00-12:00)

Friday 11th December: Best Practice Examples and Future Opportunities(11:00-12:00)

Our registration for Mencap Sport Live! is now open and you can register for the free sessions using this link, 

Registering for the session will generate an automatic e-mail with the zoom details and password in, if you don't receive this soon after registering, please check your junk e-mail, as it will sometimes be filtered into here. The details are the same for all sessions, so no need to register for each one individually - though there is an option to select which sessions you will be coming to, this will allow us to track participant numbers easier, so please let us know.

As previously mentioned, the week will have several different sessions, all of which can be seen at the link above, and we are delighted to announce the first speakers who will be presenting at Mencap Sport Live!

On Monday 7th December, amongst others, Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England will provide an update on Sport England's new strategy and response to the coronavirus pandemic. Jessica Flavell, Research and Evaluation advisor at Activity Alliance will also present some new insight into participation levels and the effect Covid has had on participation.

Later in the week, we will hear stories from various partner organisations who are doing outstanding work in the programme, there will be some hints and tips on providing accessible content, including a session on Easy Read and a presentation from our research partner, Spear, who will be sharing results from the programme.

We're sure the week will be great fun and feature some really interesting and engaging topics, and we hope to see you there! We'll be updating the above link with speakers and session details over the coming week, so keep checking back for further details - if you have any other enquiries or questions, feel free to e-mail with the subject line MencapSportLive.

Please find below:

Round the World Challenge - How it works Update 2020

RTWC Information Sheet - Easy Read (New)

Mencap Sport Live poster


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