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



Date:  4th December 2020

                             Issue: 177


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

News from Derbyshire County Council

Active Derbyshire

Mental Health Motorbike - free mental health support network for bikers

Businesses Support Chester's Toy Appeal

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

Power to Change

Inspiring Impact

Job Vacancies

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:

Derbyshire County Council Community Response Unit Christmas Opening Times

Derbyshire residents have just over a week to give their views on our budget and services in a wide-ranging survey.

It’s Your Council Your Voice so don’t delay – have your say

Residents can now sign-up to learn something new in the new year with our adult education service.

Bookings open for new year adult education courses

Derbyshire Welfare Rights Service

News from Derbyshire County Council


Mental Health Motorbike - free mental health support network for bikers

Mental Health Motorbike is a free mental health support network for bikers of all ages. 

The Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities so that together the wellbeing of the motorbike community can grow. Ultimately they want to reduce the number of bikers in the UK committing suicide.

They offer free online support through a members only group on Facebook, as well as a full programme of wellbeing activities through the year at events, activities and online. 

In 2021 Mental Health Motorbike aim to build on their free dedicated mental health support service for bikers by having a biker friendly mental health first aider in every town/city in the UK. 

In May 20201 the Ride To Recruit will ride 3000 miles across the UK with the Mental Health Motorbike baton relay signing up companies, motorbike shops and organisations to pay for their staff to undertake the Mental Health First Aid England training. Why not be part of this adventure? Sign up -

Businesses Support Chester's Toy Appeal

Chesterfield Spireites Trust have launched a toy appeal.  They are looking for donations of toys but also need to know if you know of anyone who is struggling this Christmas who would really appreciate a toy for their child.  Share and pass onto anyone you know please.

Contact details for the project - Bridget Ball

Press Release

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

New Fully Funded online Educational Psychology courses for Derbyshire Professionals

Please find below the latest offer of training from Joined Up Care Derbyshire, NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG. All training is for anyone working with Children, Young People and Families in Derbyshire and is free.

Emotion Coaching-Derbyshire Professionals 03.02.21 V2

Trauma-Derbyshire Professionals 11 Feb 21 V2

Emotion Coaching-Derbyshire Professionals 25.02.21 V2

Developing  Understanding Resilience 02.03.21 V7

Emotion Coaching-Derbyshire Professionals 15.03.21 V2

Training can also be accessed and booked directly from the website:

Reaching People working in partnership with Locality and Power to Change.

Thinking of taking on an unused building for community benefit? Here is a webinar that could really help you with tools & techniques

Click here for more information

Inspiring Impact

Wednesday 20th January 2020

National leader in social impact practice, Social Value UK, with the support of local partner Kai-zen Change for Good Community Interest Company, is running a series of short, resourceful workshops to support Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector groups (VCSE) across the East Midlands to improve their impact practice. 

You will benefit from the technical expertise of leading social value practitioners and as a result will have access to all of the tools, knowledge and skills needed to ensure that your impact practice is top notch! This will help you to write stronger funding bids, it will support your marketing and it will support your business planning. 

Working practices and impact culture (10.00 – 11.30 20th Jan 21)

Job Vacancies


The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health is a charity supporting individuals living with or recovering from mental ill health.  Due to an expansion of our services we are looking to recruit the following role to bolster our existing Management Team based in Matlock.  These posts are currently funded to the end of March 2022 but may be extended if further funding can be secured.

Personnel & Training Officer

18 hours per week (FTE £21,040 pa) (plus 3% pension contribution)

3 days a week Monday to Wednesday

Reporting into the CEO and being part of the management team; this role is a new exciting and hands on position. As the P&T Officer, you will be required to deliver first Class HR services, implementing new ideas and assisting in streamlining and improving the functionality of the organisations personnel and training activities. On a day to day basis, you will have an open-door policy for all staff providing advice and guidance. This advice will be in relation to:  Internal processes and procedures, Recruitment, Training and Development, Employee relations, Wellbeing and other personnel related activities

The closing date for applications is 11th December 2020 at 12 o’clock noon. Interviews to be held 17th and 18th December.

Read the full job advert HERE.

Support Services Officer

30 hours per week working 5 days (FTE £33,150 pa) (plus 3% pension contribution)  

The role is to work as part of the Senior Management Team; supporting the CEO with the strategic and operational tasks relating to all the organisations support services and deputising for the CEO as and when directed or required. 

As SSO you will have responsibility for providing co-ordinated approaches to service design and delivery, ensuring contract compliance, and Manage KPIs. You will also be required to provide effective financial and people management relating to all support services and projects.

The closing date for applications is 18th December 2020 at 12 o’clock noon. Interviews to be held w/c 4th January 2021.

Read the full job advert HERE.

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