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Coronavirus outbreak: Chesterfield Borough Council services update – 29 April

Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council has been responding to new requirements and updating the services provided in line with the latest Government guidance.

All of the latest service-related updates can be found in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.

Putting our communities first

Over the last six weeks, the council has had to adapt, be flexible and innovative in the way it delivers services, in order to do everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. Amazing things have been achieved by working with our partners at both a Derbyshire and local level to put our communities first.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “The council and its partners have pulled together like never before and are achieving amazing things in the face of this terrible virus. I’m pleased that Chesterfield Borough Council is playing its part in this massive effort to support our communities through the crisis and beyond into recovery.”

Each day the Derbyshire Community Response Unit receives numerous phone calls from Chesterfield residents in need. This ranges from people needing help with food deliveries, prescriptions, financial help and advice to people who are self-isolating and struggling with loneliness. At the same time the offers of help from community and voluntary groups, businesses and individuals have been overwhelming. 

Locally every day there is a big piece of work to match up the requests for help and the offers of help in a way that protects the safety of local residents and the volunteer helpers.

Derbyshire Voluntary Action, Derbyshire Volunteer Centre and Links CVS have been at the forefront of coordinating this huge effort, providing same day contact for those most in need while also co-ordinating and supporting community response activity. The council have re-deployed a team of staff to work alongside these voluntary sector organisations and also the significant number of helpers that have volunteered their time across the borough. This partnership has helped Chesterfield borough residents with their food shopping and the collection of medicines, provided access to financial and welfare advice, and fulfilled the vital role of just being there for a friendly chat when needed. 

The council has also been working with local community and voluntary groups to assist them to deliver their vital services. We have assisted some in  matching up those in need with volunteers, provided free waste collection services to others and also helped with risk assessments and establishing safe systems of work to help keep volunteers and the public safe.

You will have also seen council staff and vans out and about around the borough delivering vital medicines to our residents. The council is currently supporting nine pharmacies across Chesterfield borough and delivering to over 650 people a week. This is expected to grow as demand for delivery services continues to increase.

Chesterfield Borough Council is also working with Derbyshire County Council to deliver around 40 emergency food parcels a week in support of the national food delivery programme. These food parcels provide a lifeline to our most vulnerable residents who are being asked to stay at home and self-isolate.

As the Government’s national testing scheme for key workers came online, the council was keen to help and are now providing staff seven days a week to support the COVID-19 drive through testing centre at the Proact Stadium.

If you would like to volunteer to help or if you need help with your shopping or prescriptions or would like to arrange telephone or online chats to reduce social isolation, please contact the Derbyshire Community Response Unit:

Telephone: 01629 535091 (phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm)

Register on the Community Response Unit website.

At home with Chesterfield Museum

Chesterfield Museum has launched a range of free online activities to help educate and entertain you and your family, without having to leave the house.

The museum itself might be closed, but that doesn’t mean the creativity and learning has to stop as the team have put together a programme of activities for the whole family. From craft ideas and experiments you can do at home, to quizzes and poetry, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

For those wanting to find out more about Chesterfield’s past, or if history is on your home-schooling timetable, there’s a variety of online exhibitions available on the museum website.

You can learn more about the history of the Crooked Spire, the black and white buildings of Chesterfield and take a look back into the brewing industry of our town. You can also find out more about life down the pit and the extraordinary women of Chesterfield’s past.

Keep an eye on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page too, as items from the museum will be showcased and you can learn more about the story behind them.

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

Although events that were planned to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) have had to be cancelled, Chesterfield Museum will still be marking the occasion with a series of videos which look at what it was like to be a soldier on the front line during the last days of World War Two in May 1945. These videos will be available on the museum website and Facebook page from Monday 4 May.

If you are interested in getting involved in the online activities on offer, visit the museum website and the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page.

All of the latest service-related updates from across the borough council can be found in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.

First published on 29 April 2020 Last updated on 01 May 2020