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Thanks to our key workers


Our heroes keeping essential services going have many roles. Read the stories of Derbyshire's amazing key workers here.

elaine thompson

Ensuring protection

Staff across Derbyshire County Council have pulled together to ensure things run as smoothly as possible during the coronavirus outbreak and this might mean a complete change of role.

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Welfare benefits advisor

The benefits of caring

Our staff have been quickly adapting and reacting to the coronavirus pandemic by taking on new work and in some cases completely changing what they do on a daily basis.

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Chloe smiling

Caring Chloe keeps residents smiling

A desire to do more during the coronavirus outbreak prompted social worker Chloe Broughton to offer her support to older and vulnerable people.

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Beth holding the newsletters

Keeping in touch

Our Learning Disability Partnership Board - Reps on Board team are keeping in touch thanks to an informative new newsletter.

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Care worker Danielle

Caring staff show their spirit

Staff have been showing their Derbyshire Spirit and providing extra support for vulnerable and elderly residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Alice standing in front of boxes of PPE

Helping protect the front line

Ensuring that front line staff are protected is key and making sure that they have the right equipment to do their job safely is vital.

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Trading standards officer Rachel Daniels

Going the extra mile

Trading standards officer Rachel is always happy to help and that has not changed despite coronavirus.

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Mechanic fixing police car

Keeping services on the road

The hard working team at County Transport are making sure that key organisations have fleets of vehicles that are in top shape and road worthy.

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Tracey working at a computer

Rising to the challenge

Derbyshire County Council’s Derbyshire Discretionary Fund is well versed in helping residents in difficult times and now is no different.

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Samantha Westwell in Ambulance uniform

Celebrating 20 years

In the midst of a global pandemic, one of our amazing Derbyshire paramedics is celebrating 20 years in the ambulance service.

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Members of the community response team

Urgent response set up

Marie Billyeald’s role changed drastically when she was asked to head up our Community Response Team.

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Christine Nutt shopping at a supermarket

Helping our residents

Our Community Response Unit has been set up to provide support and help for Derbyshire residents.

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Jo perkins washing hands and with food

Hand washing and help

Our Community Response Unit is working hard across Derbyshire to help some of our most vulnerable residents.

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Paula in her home office

Wall of support

People are finding new ways of working during coronavirus and Derbyshire County Council staff are no different.

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Nicky Mount delivering a microwave oven

Helping hands

Nicky Mount is just one of our staff who have swapped their usual roles for working on our Community Response Unit.

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Mel Dorna delivering urgent shopping and prescriptions

Making time to care

Mel Dorna usually works as a Time Swap Officer for our Public Health department.

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ranger emptying a bin

Keeping the countryside clean

Countryside ranger Kevin Nicholson is helping to keep our country parks and sites well-maintained for people to use for local exercise.

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man putting a box in a Chesterfield Borough Council branded van

Supporting our local pharmacies

Chesterfield Borough Council is working hard to ensure that residents are receiving vital medications during the current coronavirus pandemic.

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library staff

Supporting book lovers

We might not be able to get to the library right now but our staff are working hard to ensure that book lovers continue to feel supported.

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Keep on connecting

Our Amber Valley Prevention and Personalisation Teams have found plenty of new ways to support each other despite them all working remotely.

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Three care workers in masks

On hand to care

Paige, Tracey and Kay usually work as day service workers but are all currently on a redeployment at Thomas Colledge House Care Home.

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Derbyshire hills with rainbow

Connecting teams

Employees across Derbyshire are quickly finding new ways of staying connected with their team mates thanks to a wide range of technology.

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Video conference call

Capacity team offers care

A team have been redeployed from across the council to work in the newly-formed capacity team in adult social care’s Care Bureau.

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Man sitting at desk typing

Bringing people together

Ray is helping staff and residents stay connected during these difficult times as our care homes are now set up with Skype.

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Female care worker

Seeing loved ones from afar

Derbyshire care homes are now using laptops to enable Skype calls between residents and their family members.

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Woman working on a computer

Helping deliver food

From inspiring a love of reading to inspiring community spirit, one of our Sure Start Librarians is helping out in our Community Response Unit.

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Woman sitting down smiling

Keeping buildings clean and safe

Not all of our keyworkers are as visible but that doesn’t mean that they are not playing a vital role.

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man on the phone with a headset

Manning the phone lines

All our staff are working hard to keep vital services going including at our Call Derbyshire call centre.

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Emergency planning worker

Emergency planning

Stephen and the emergency planning team are in full response mode working with partners across the county.

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Senior care worker at front door

Taking time to care

Lynsey, and all the care home team, are working hard to keep residents happy, safe and well during these unusual times.

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Amanda Clayton working

Creating a caring space to grieve

Amanda Clayton usually works in Democratic Services based at the Town Hall but in response to the current crisis she is now working in the crematorium.

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Wendy Blunt working

Supporting the most vulnerable

Wendy usually works in Chesterfield Borough Council’s Health and Wellbeing team but in response to the current crisis she’s now helping support some of the town’s most vulnerable residents.

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Staff at Chaucer Junior School

Chaucer Junior School

Schools across the county have been looking after the children of key workers and helping others learn at home.

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Cups with coloured paint and brushes and pencils

Bringing joy

Keeping spirits high and making people happy is vital, particularly when friends and family can’t visit. The team at Rowthorne Care Home in Swanwick are finding creative ways to do just that.

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Volunteer standing next to pallets of food and drinks

Stepping up

Thom Howe usually looks after our Rights of Way network but is now leading operations at our Community Response Unit.

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Army officer outside County Hall in Matlock

Delivering on the ground

The Army have been on the ground in Derbyshire supporting the coronavirus response.

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Woman weaing a telephone headset

Being there

Julia Ashbrook has swapped her day job for answering the calls of people who need help and advice.

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Man holding a box standing in front of a council van

Food for Derbyshire

In normal times James Adams is a senior project engineer. Right now he’s making sure vulnerable people can put food on the table.

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Craig Lunn Senior Care Worker

Giving Care

Caring for others has always been at the heart of Craig Lunn’s work. It’s as important as ever right now.

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Anne Hayes Assistant Director of Public Health

Looking after Public Health

Public Health teams are central to the coronavirus response. Anne Hayes is leading from the front.

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