Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Please see the attached information regarding recruitment opportunities in Health and Social Care to support the Coovid-19 Vaccination Programme.

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Derby City Mission, a registered charity (1140235), is looking to appoint Project Workers (Team Leaders, Support Workers and Bank Staff) to work as part of an initiative working with homeless people in Derbyshire.

You will be responsible for ensuring the security and safety of all homeless guests attending the Derbyshire Winter Provision, which will operate on a 24/7 basis for a 3 month period during the winter months and be based at Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Middleton Top. The persons appointed will have experience of working with people with chaotic lifestyles and be enthusiastic, committed and have empathy for our vision. Applicants must be willing to work flexibly, working day and night shifts as rostered 7 days a week. We are looking to employ staff from 15th December 2020 until 15th March 2021. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their beliefs and conduct align with the Evangelical Alliance’s Statement of Faith and Derby City Mission’s Mission Statement and Values.

A full Job Description, including how to apply can be obtained by contacting:

Mrs Viv Merkelt

Derby City Mission

10 Normanton Road, Derby, DE1 2GW

Tel – 01332 460346 Or email:

We are committed to equality of opportunity

Closing date midday Wednesday 2nd December 2020



HOPE HOUSE (CHESTERFIELD) - PROJECT MANAGER (Closing date 6 December 2020. Interviews week commencing 14 December)

Hope House (Chesterfield) is a registered charity which, working in partnership with Green Pastures, aims to support individuals who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness. The accommodation project will offer a home and support for vulnerable men to live as a community. Hope House will have a Christian ethos and will empower and support residents to recognise their potential and develop the skills to both achieve and maintain long term independent living.

Hope House (Chesterfield) is looking to recruit a manager for the newly renovated property on Derby Road, Chesterfield. The role will involve working with residents with multiple and complex needs, undertaking initial assessments, risk assessment, outcome based support planning, delivering 1 to 1 resident led sessions and group sessions, setting up off site training and education provision, keeping residents engaged and motivated to achieve their aspirations, liaising with other agencies, day to day management of Hope House, staff and volunteer management.

Post details

Hours. 40 hours a week (may include unsociable hours)

Salary. £20,800

Annual leave. 20 days per calendar year plus 8 days a year in respect of public/bank holidays

Occupational requirement.

A key remit of this post will be to participate and contribute to the spirituality of residents. For this reason it is an occupational requirement that the successful applicant is a practising Christian (Equality Act 2010)

The job description and person specification for the post are attached.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you satisfy the criteria for the post by email to:-

or by post to -

Karen Riley, Chair of Trustees, Hope House (Chesterfield) Ltd, c/o St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield S40 3AW

For an informal chat about the post please call Karen Riley on 07793531166.


Title of Post: Project Manager – Hope House (Chesterfield)

Responsible to: Board of Trustees

Location: Chesterfield

Grade: £20,800 per annum (40 hours per week – may include unsociable hours)

Date: November 2020



  • With the support of the Directors and Board of Trustees, you will be responsible for delivering the charity’s objectives of providing a home, assessment and support services to the residents of Hope House to enable them to move forward to successful long term independent living.
  • Lead and motivate the Hope House team and work closely with management colleagues to ensure quality support structures for project staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that residents are assisted in accessing all opportunities afforded to them.
  • Establish procedures for organising the delivery and monitoring the effectiveness of the service.
  • Build strong and positive working relationships with partner agencies, local churches, other stakeholders and local people, churches to promote the work of Hope House
  • Understand the key objectives, aims and objectives  of Hope House and work towards the performance targets whilst maintaining the Christian ethos within the project.



1         Staff Management

  • Defining (and reviewing from time to time) the roles of staff to ensure that they are achieving the aims and objectives of Hope House and that these roles are meeting the needs of the residents.
  • Supporting staff by setting clear objectives at individual supervisions at least monthly.
  • Ensuring good communication between staff by holding weekly team meetings and by holding briefings as necessary.
  • Inducting new staff and planning the continuing development of existing staff on the basis of an annual appraisal.
  • Ensuring cover for staff who are absent.
  • Operating Hope House disciplinary and grievance procedures where necessary.
  • Ensuring that all staff are fully conversant with relevant legislation.






       2.    Housing Management

  • Identifying clear aims and objectives for the home which both reflects the ethos of Hope House and are consistent with the rights and developing needs of the residents.
  • Acquiring a detailed knowledge and complying with the terms of relevant legislation.
  • Establishing and maintaining a manual of procedures which incorporates the above as well as Hope House policies.
  • Ensuring that the fabric of the building and the physical environment are maintained to a high standard.
  • Ensuring that the residents comply with the   terms of their Licence Agreement.
  • Monitoring voids and bad debts and ensuring prompt and appropriate action is taken in line with procedures.
  • Ensuring that Health and Safety legislation is adhered to.


        3.    Care and Support of Residents

·         Ensuring that the residents' rights to privacy, dignity and self-determination are promoted, and that their rights as citizens are upheld.

·         Ensuring that the service actively promotes a Recovery approach providing assessment, support and other services within a framework of active engagement, positive risk taking and person-centred planning.

·         Ensuring that residents are involved, as far as possible, in decisions affecting their welfare.

·         Ensuring that residents receive high-quality support and advice.

·         Ensuring that effective and reliable assessment procedures and support plans are introduced and maintained for all residents.


       4.   General Management

  • Liaising closely with Outreach teams to ensure the project is available to potential residents .
  • Form effective partnerships with external stakeholders (e.g. Police, local authorities,  statutory agencies, Outreach teams, community representatives and groups).
  • Maintaining and further developing good relations with such bodies by, for example, attending liaison groups and forums.
  • Liaising with colleagues internally to achieve the best quality of service for residents
  • Maintaining prompt and efficient administrative systems.
  • Contributing to the effective management of Hope House by reviewing policies and procedures.
  • Ensuring safeguarding procedures are fully maintained and all required DBS checks are up to date.
  • Introducing and extending a comprehensive method of reporting, monitoring and reviewing incidents, trends and needs within the project.
  • To actively promote the implementation of Hope House Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies.


       5.    GENERAL

  • Adhere to Hope House Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies at all times.
  • Adhere to Hope House Health & Safety and Confidentiality policies at all times.
  • Adhere to Hope House Zero Tolerance Drug Policy at all times
  • Adhere to Hope House no Smoking Policy at all times.

Monday, 21 September 2020


 This autumn can you help support Chesterfield Foodbank with their harvest appeal? 

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, food banks in the Trussell Trust network have seen a huge surge in need as more and more people find themselves unable to afford the essentials. In Chesterfield we have particularly seen an increase in families needing help since the pandemic began. This simply is not right, and this Harvest we want to make a difference by working together as a community to transform lives here in Chesterfield. 

Chesterfield Foodbank supports individuals and families in crisis by providing emergency food supplies, as well as signposting people to agencies that can help resolve longer-term problems. The 2019 Harvest Appeal generated an amazing 5.7 tonnes of food and toiletries for the foodbank which enabled us to serve record numbers of people in crisis. Food banks rely on voluntary donations to provide this vital service to our community, and lots of these food donations come from Harvest collections. #

We want to make sure Chesterfield Foodbank can support as many people as possible at this time – and you can help by joining our Harvest Appeal. 

If you’d like to support Chesterfield Foodbank this autumn, please get in touch with us on 07984 589456 or to get involved and request resources for your collection. 

If parishioners would find it easier to donate money at this time then our bank details are: 

Account name: Chesterfield Foodbank Sort code: 

089299 Acc Number: 65672431. 

Thank you Pat Evans - Project Coordinator 

Thursday, 20 August 2020


 Hi Everyone,

Today's breaking news is that it is not going to be possible to restart our Sunday gatherings at the Winding Wheel on Sept 6th as we had hoped. We have been in discussion with them for weeks and they are keen to welcome us back as soon as possible. But, as a council run premises they must be sure everything is in place and approved to keep both staff and visitors safe. It is clear that this process is going to take longer than we all thought.

We also realise that we need to do our part and put systems in place to keep everyone safe. We will need a crack team of ninja stewards to keep us all in line!  
When we are able to restart it will be very important that we honour each other by respecting social distancing, wearing masks and frequent use of sanitiser etc. Not exactly the kind of fellowship we are used to is it?

In the meantime, let's keep up the good work that you have all been doing. Phone calls, garden visits, cards, encouraging messages on Facebook. Be creative, to find ways of meeting and encouraging one another in safe environments. Just been thinking how much the apostle Paul did to build the church through prayer and his letters whilst a prisoner.

Be encouraged, we love you all and we are eagerly looking forward to the day when we can meet together as one church again. God bless you.


Friday, 14 August 2020


 Event Information 

Catch up on New Wine Festival On-line. 

Church In The Peak Festival 18-20th AUGUST 9:30-11:00 

There will be music, games, crafts, competitions, prizes. There will also be singing, worship, Bible stories and some going-deeper Bible studies with Barry Killick. Join us on Facebook on 18th August, or register below for more details. The Facebook event can be found at:


Everyone, in churches or not, are awaiting the latest government guidance about what we should or should not do. Like Armageddon of old? 

The Spire and Annunciation churches are both managing to function for some services. The Spire is open during day time as usual. Well done! But most 'places of worship' are unwilling or unable to 'congregate'. Somehow we are managing, and hopefully caring for those who can't or won't join up through the magic of Zoom. (other makes are available) We face the challenge of 'doing the Lord's business' nonetheless and of discerning how that 'business' is changing and will change. 

Have you filled in the questionnaire we sent a month ago? That would help us to know, for instance, whether to pursue the possibility of some special funding from AllChurches and Cinnamon Trusts. What seems sure is that 'helping agencies' of one sort and another, are very busy. 

I rang Victim Support on behalf of one needy family, where a young man was mugged. And there was the tragic story in the Derbyshire Times of a 40 years old Dad suddenly dying when minding the children, with mum out at work in a Care Home.... 'Jesus wept'. And so do we sometimes, through what we have and have not done, and what we can and cannot do.

 In Christ 

Paul King - Chair

Monday, 20 July 2020


The management team for the Chesterfield Nightshelter met in June to find out the results of last winter and to look at this year. 

In total we had 128 guests through the door, 29 of them didn’t stay overnight, just came for food or company. 99 guests stayed overnight, 82 of them identified as male and 17 as female 15 guests stayed for just 1 night, 50 guests stayed 5 nights or less (this included the 15 above). 

At time of closing we knew of 20 guests we had helped into accommodation, then Pathways gave us feedback on a further 17 guests being housed. Of the 99 guests accessed for at least one night, 50 stayed 5 nights or less, which leaves 49, and of these 37 were housed, which is an amazing result for the shelter. Only 2 guests stayed more than half the nights, and the most nights someone stayed was 75 nights, and he was housed towards the end, the other guest we are not sure of his whereabouts. 

We had an amazing 193 volunteers give their time which is awesome, 4 overnight staff, and a project manager. 

We appreciate the shelter last winter didn’t end as we would have wanted it to, we had the arrival of Coronavirus which meant we had to close the shelter a week earlier than we had planned to given advice from national and local government. 

Last month a National Meeting was held (via Zoom) hosted by Housing Justice, MHCLG (The government department responsilble for housing and homelessness amongst other things) and Public Health England. The purpose of the meeting, was to look at whether in the current climate nightshelters should be considered. Although there has been no formal guidance been issued the message from this meeting is that nightshelters should not be considered for the foreseeable future and this was for a number of reasons:
 - Shared air space- guests would be breathing in the same air space, along with volunteers and staff. Guests would be doing this for up to 12 hours.
 - Toilet and washing facilities should ideally be 1 person to 1 bathroom as hotels have provided, but as per a residential setting PHE recommend a maximum of 4 people to 1 bathroom. 
- Transient group, many shelters have different people staying each night, this would make it difficult to manage the risks of transference further. 

But sadly the likelihood is there will not be a shelter in Chesterfield this coming winter, as it will most likely be the case in other towns and cities around the country. But we are in conversation with the local authority to see what alternative solutions could be offered, whilst keeping guests, volunteers and staff all safe. I know this will come as a disappointment but we need to follow advice and keep everyone safe, we will be praying for a good outcome, that the homeless of Chesterfield are cared for and looked after as they have been over the winter and as they were over the Covid 19 period. 

Hope House homeless provision project is back on track hopefully for Dec 2020 opening. Trustees welcome all offers of support, financial or practical, and invite those interested in the project to contact the charity through their website, 
or by calling (07307) 201718. 


Since the Sleep Out for Pathways was cancelled at the Chesterfield Football Ground it was rearranged for individuals and families to sleep out in their own gardens. Many did and over £6,000 has been raised to help the work with the homeless here in Chesterfield. 

It was a warm night with not much sleeping but certainly worthwhile, nothing can really replicate the awful conditions some of their clients have to endure. Some volunteers slept without a tent in sleeping bags but had to find shelter at 4:00 am when the rain started in earnest. 

The money raised will secure finances for tents, sleeping bags, or towards a workers salary. 

Siane, the manager, and the team at Pathways are very grateful for all the participants taking part and raising such a wonderful amount. 


Hello everybody, 

Thank you to those who joined our AGM Forum on June 1st.     God bless you all, especially in the present circumstances. Hopefully you will have received information and a questionnaire (Word & PDF), pertaining to how your churches/organisations respond to people suffering from mental health issues. If this information can be returned by the beginning of August it would be much appreciated. 

This month we see the retirement of the Rev. Julie Minns and her husband Richard. We think of Julie, apart from her Methodist Circuit duties, taking quite a role in the Good Friday Walk of Witness, in the Whit Walk and the various Songs of Praise, especially when there were vacancies in other congregations. The town and the circuit are very grateful to Richard for his sterling work, especially at Pathways and in the Nightshelter Management group, he helped much in the beginning and then throughout the two winters the nightshelter has functioned. 

 I must pass on some words that I stumbled across when googling as recommended by John Naughton in the Observer.: 

‘Moses was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud’ 

 Paul King - Chair