Coronavirus (COVID-19) - how it is affecting our services

Government and other organisations updates

GOV.UK information and links

We have collated a list of key links from trusted sources, which will give you further information on coronavirus.

Government information

Stay alert

  • Stay at home as much as possible

  • Work from home if you can

  • Limit contact with other people

  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

  • Wash your hands regularly

  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Government links

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Getting tested for COVID-19

Testing is a vital element in the national strategy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Testing is available for members of the public at the Proact Stadium (Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ), 8am - 4pm.

You can refer yourself online for testing if you have symptoms: NHS - ask for a coronavirus test

How to protect yourself and others

Education and childcare government information

Businesses and organisations government information

Other government information

NHS links

Key information and updates from other organisations

(by topic)

Benefits and employment advice

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centre (DUWC) can offer you advice on benefits and credits. The service is currently closed for face to face enquiries, but you can contact the service for advice via:

Telephone: 01246 231441

DUWC Shirebrook will be open again from 6 July 2020:

Monday: 9:30 - 11:30am - 1pm - 4pm

Tuesday: 9:30 - 11:30am - 1pm - 4pm

Wednesday: 9:30 - 11:30am - 1pm - 4pm

Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30am 

Friday: : 9:30 - 11:30am

Telephone: 01623 748161


DUWC Alfreton will be open again from 7 July 2020:

Tuesday: 9:30 - 12pm

Wednesday: 9:30 - 12pm - 1pm - 4pm

Thursday: 9:30 - 12pm - 1pm - 4pm

Telephone: 01773 8322237


General advice and information

Health advice

Animal care advice

Other local councils

Local emergency services

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is calling for people to consider their neighbours and their own safety ahead of having a controlled burn/bonfire.

As we spend more time in our gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic, smoke from a garden fire can cause a nuisance to neighbours, not to mention present a potential fire risk.

Please ensure you follow this important safety advice:

  • Be considerate of your neighbours – reconsider having a bonfire in your garden.
  • If you do decide to have a bonfire, situate it away from sheds, hedges and fences, making sure nothing is overhanging. 
  • Do not leave your bonfire unsupervised. 
  • Don’t use accelerants such as petrol to start a fire.
  • Consider what you are burning. Smoke from plastic can be toxic.
  • Contact the Fire Control team on 01332 861800 to avoid Firefighters being called out unnecessarily.

Local support organisations

Royal British Legion 

The Legion continues to provide much needed support to the Armed Forces community, especially those who may be feeling more isolated than ever at this time, in a number of ways:

  • The Legion’s contact centre remains fully operational to support the Armed Forces community and can be reached on 0808 802 8080 (8am-8pm, seven days a week) or at
  • The Legion continues to operate the Veterans’ Gateway along with a network of Armed Forces organisations. The Gateway supports veterans and their families across a range of issue including housing, employment and finances. Advisers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0808 802 1212 or through
  • Legion branches are undertaking a range of activities to help the vulnerable in their communities, including operating a telephone buddy service to support vulnerable individuals and our wider community. The membership team can be contacted at
  • Legion branch community support volunteers are exploring ways to provide remote support to beneficiaries. 
  • The Legion continues to operate 6 care homes providing residential, nursing and specialist dementia care to approximately 450 veterans and their dependents.
  • The Legion’s 15 pop-in centres on high streets around the UK have now closed until it is safe to reopen them.
  • All home visits have been suspended to protect beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, and we are finding new ways of connecting, with casework and support continuing. 

Last updated on 02 July 2020