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June 2019


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's June 2019 e-bulletin!

In this bulletin you'll find details of a wide range of news, events, funding and training for the voluntary sector in and around the Wakefield District. We regularly update the website so please do check on a frequent basis in order to keep up to date. 

Remember: if you are a Nova member you can send in your own events, training, news and jobs through the members area on the website. 

Nova News

We are recruiting!

Nova Wakefield District Limited is seeking to employ a Nova Adviser - Community and Enterprise Development, to:
  • Provide tailored development support to voluntary and community organisations to enable organisational sustainability, good governance and high quality of service delivery.
  • Combine the organisational support with advice around developing social enterprise and an enterprising approach to income generation so that organisations are able to take advantage of new economic opportunities and contracts for services.
  • Secure resources for Nova and Nova members to support sustainability.

There are several emerging opportunities for voluntary and community organisations in the district, including support for organisations from European Structural and Investment Funds. The main opportunities that this post will focus on are:

  • A Community Anchor Development Programme to ensure that anchors are ready to take on new opportunities as they arise. This involves both organisational and business development.
  • Supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector in the district, the adoption of enterprising solutions and encouraging diversification of income across the Nova membership.
  • The Leeds City Region ESIF programme, which supports VCSE sector development in certain areas of the District.
  • Substantial contribution to contract/grant identification, submission and implementation of successful bids.
  • Work with individual Nova members on their sustainability and quality of delivery.
Please visit the Nova website for full job and application process details. Closing date for applications is 5 July at 5pm.

Communities Marketplace

On Friday 31 May we held our Communities Marketplace event at Trinity Walk, Wakefield. We would like to say a big thank you to our members who had stalls and performed at the event! We believe that the marketplace promoted the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Wakefield District, and this was all thanks to the stall holders and performers who put their time and effort into the stalls and the event. We are undertaking a survey with our members who participated in the event to gain thoughts and feedback, but we can see that initial feedback is positive. The feedback will be used to help us better the planning and logistics for next year's event.

Volunteer Wakefield has launched!

Volunteer>Wakefield, the volunteering website for Wakefield District, has launched. The website allows you to browse for your ideal volunteering opportunity in Wakefield District. You can search for opportunities by inputting your postcode to find the opportunities closest to you, and you can also search by category if you already have an idea of the kind of volunteering opportunity that you would like to do. Organisations in Wakefield District can add the opportunities to the website themselves, simply by registering and following the steps on the 'Add an Opportunity' tab. To view all of the current volunteering opportunities, please visit the Volunteer>Wakefield website. The site also has a Twitter account, @VolunteerWakey. Follow this to keep up to date!

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our new members, taking the current total to 332. The new members are:
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Looking out for our Neighbours

Throughout June, the Looking out for our Neighbours campaign delivers one simple message ‘Get together with your neighbours’. Whether it’s simply saying hello, having a cup of tea or doing something for your neighbour, the Great Get Together is the perfect reason to connect with those in your neighbourhood. For more information, please visit the Our Neighbours website

Quality For Health

Quality For Health is a quality assurance system for organisations delivering health and wellbeing services, enabling them to evidence the delivery of high quality outcomes for local people.
In Calderdale and Kirklees, Quality for Health has worked with commissioners and third sector organisations to enable a number of Quality For Health ‘Approved Providers’. This not only gives organisations a quality assurance standard, but also signifies their readiness to support local priorities around social prescribing for example. The programme is now gaining traction as a nationally recognised standard and it is hoped this will be taken up further across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS area with the support of local infrastructure organisations and their partners. If you would like to find out more about Quality For Health, please contact via email  or call 01422 348777 (Sarah or Tamsin).

Living Well with Dementia

Dementia & Older People's MH Clinical Network is showcasing the brilliant work done to help people live well with dementia in Yorkshire and Humber, and inspiring examples from beyond the region. They are looking for proposals for presentations or workshops on the theme of living well with dementia to showcase at an event on 25 September at Leeds Playhouse. The network is particularly, but not only, interested in projects using arts and creativity. If you are interested in being a part of the showcase, please see the invitation (pdf) for full details on how to get involved.

Locality Convention 2019

Early bird bookings are now open for Locality Convention '19, which is taking place 12-13 November at The Queen's Hotel, Leeds. If you book before 31 July you will receive a 20% discount on the ticket price. The Locality Convention ’19 programme has been created in partnership with community organisations and front-line experts from across the country. By attending, you can grow your knowledge and skills, connect, influence the bigger picture, and celebrate the power of community! For more information, and to view the full programme, please visit the Locality website

Equal Access University Scholarships for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK

Lots of universities already offer scholarships, bursaries, fee waivers and reduced fees to help people who have claimed asylum in the UK access higher education. The Star Network website lists all the universities and organisations that they've heard about that offer this kind of support. The Star Network tries to keep this list as up to date as possible but recommends that you check with the university to make sure. For a full list, please visit the Star Network website


Quit16 is a stop smoking campaign which is currently running. The campaign raises awareness of the links between smoking and the 16 types of cancer. Quitting smoking is the one clear way to reduce your risk. More than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the UK are caused by smoking. You might know smoking causes lung cancer, but it also causes cancers of the mouth, nasal cavities, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver, pancreas, ureter, oesophagus, cervix, bladder and ovaries as well as myeloid leukemia. For quitting advice, please visit the Yorkshire Smokefree website.  


Supporting carers at work

Carers Week (10-16 June) is a helpful reminder that around 1 in 9 of your workforce may be caring for a family member who is elderly, disabled or seriously ill. Employers for Carers (EfC) is a network of forward thinking employers who recognise the benefits of supporting employees with caring responsibilities. As part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Programme for Unpaid Carers, SME’s in Wakefield can now gain free access to valuable resources including training for managers, information on the law, example policies and much more to support carers within your workforce. Other areas across West Yorkshire & Harrogate will be benefiting from being able to access EfC too. To become a member and access a range of dedicated resources and practical information and advice employers can visit and create an account using the access code: #EFC2344. If you are a working carer, you could encourage your organisation to sign up to EfC’s!

Wakefield Early Help Website

Wakefield Council is in the process of producing an Early Help website and would like organisations involved in early help to add details of what they offer, in order for the people of Wakefield to gain an awareness of the wide range of services available to them. If you would like your organisation/group to be included on the Early Help website, please use the attached template to provide your information. Please add any additional lines as necessary. Please return the completed template via email by week commencing 17 June, which will ensure inclusion by the planned launch date of 15 July 2019.

Community Foundation seeking volunteers for community shop

The Community Foundation is opening a Community Shop at Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in July this year. The shop will focus on:
  • Acting as a receiving centre for donated goods – for example clothing, toys, food; indeed anything that the Foundation can then distribute to those in need across the Wakefield District.
  • Offering goods for sale covering a wide range of items such as toys, handbags, watches, picture frames etc. at charity shop prices.
  • Encouraging donations to key funding programmes, currently Youth Social Action (#iWill) Round III; Elderly Persons Social Isolation Fund Round III; Fuel Poverty; Women’s Fund; Wakefield District Umbrella Fund.
  • Acting as an information centre for all the Foundation’s district-wide activities.
Community Foundation is looking for volunteers to help them staff the shop for limited periods, likely to be Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. If you would like to be involved, or request further information, please email or contact Tom Long on


Nova's Big Advice Day
18 June 2019 | 10.00am - 4.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
As part of Small Charity Week 2019, Nova is hosting a Big Advice Day for voluntary and community groups and organisations in Wakefield District. Voluntary and community groups will be able to book a 1 hour session to get advice and guidance on one of the following topics:
  • Communications
  • Accounts and Finance (available 10.00am - 12.00pm)
  • Applying for Funding
  • Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
  • Organisational Development
Wakefield District Place Marketing Workshop
19 June 2019 | 8.00am - 9.30am, Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, WF4 3QZ
Wakefield Council is welcoming your insight and opinions in support of developing the ‘story’ for Wakefield, identifying what makes us distinctive, and creating a competitive, coherent and compelling narrative and brand proposition that we can all use as ambassadors for the area. If you would like to contribute, you are invited to attend an interactive workshop to collect your insight, thoughts and knowledge of Wakefield.

Yorkshire Sculpture International Street Party
23 June 2019 | 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Wakefield City Centre
Join Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI) for a celebratory street party including food, art, music, and performances, taking place around one of YSI's new public sculpture commissions. Through this event, YSI is highlighting all the brilliant people running amazing projects in Wakefield and the surrounding areas. This street party will be open to the public as well as all the groups YSI has been working with over the past two years.

Nova Learning and Networking - How to apply to over 20,000 trusts and foundations
4 July 2019 | 2.00pm - 3.30pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Have you ever wondered how many Trusts and Foundations there are that you could apply to for funding? Believe it or not there are over 21,000. How do you find out who they are and what they will fund? Most trusts and foundations don’t have a website or application form, so how do you apply? Steve Robinson, Nova’s Contracts and Performance Manager let’s you into his box of secrets!

Nova Governance Masterclass - Financial Responsibilities of Trustees
11 July 2019 | 4.00pm - 6.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This Governance Masterclass session will be delivered by WYCAS and will look at the financial responsibilities of trustees and directors both within their organisation and meeting external reporting requirements.

Nova Governance Masterclass - Volunteers and the Law
3 September 2019 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
The Volunteers and the Law session covers various topics relevant to volunteer co-ordinators, groups of volunteers and those connected with the third sector. From who is a volunteer, through legal rights and responsibilities, to health and safety issues. Andrew Marsden, Brearleys Solicitors, will be delivering the session.

ROC Wakefield
18 September 2019 | 7.00pm - 9.00pm, Unity Hall, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP
The ROC Conversation is coming to Wakefield. If you live, work, socialise or have an interest in this community, then you are invited to save the date, Wednesday 18 September. Attend to celebrate the good that is already happening in our community. Discover how we can support those who work to serve us. Help identify the key issues that really need addressing. Get involved in suggesting practical solutions. Become a part of the Action Team to ensure the Conversation isn’t just talk.


Funding Opportunities
There are lots of funding opportunities on the Nova website at the moment. Please see below for a selection of the funding opportunities currently available:

Museum of the Moon Creative Challenge
Application deadline: 17 June 2019
An exciting opportunity has arisen for individuals and organisations working and/or living in the district to showcase their creativity by responding to the arrival of the Museum of the Moon exhibition. Wakefield Council was successful in securing Luke Jerram's amazing touring artwork, the Museum of the Moon. It will be displayed in the former Wakefield Market hall between Friday 23 August and Sunday 8 September 2019. Wakefield Council is seeking to commission artists and creatives to develop a number of art works/performances/interventions in response to Museum of the Moon. The following commissions will be available:

  • up to £500
  • up to £1,000
  • up to £3,000

Furthermore, there may be an opportunity for a small number of commissions of up to £10,000 for suitable projects meeting the demands of outstanding creative quality and tight development and delivery deadlines.

Solving Together Fund
Application deadline: 24 June 2019
A £40,000 fund to support two high-potential, early-stage interventions which aim to improve parental engagement in maths and maths outcomes for secondary students (11-16 years old), using digital technology. The Solving Together grants will support grantees with their:

  • Implementation - testing their projects in more locations or a new context in order to further improve and refine them and reach more schools, parents and students
  • Evidence - supporting organisations to gather further insights into the effectiveness of their intervention, that can be used to improve the intervention

ESF Community Grants
Application deadline: 30 June 2019
Groundwork is working in Coventry & Warwickshire and West Yorkshire to deliver 'ESF Community Grants'. ESF Community Grants is funded by the European Social Fund, commissioned by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and are being managed by Groundwork in Coventry & Warwickshire and West Yorkshire with delivery from local Groundwork Trusts.

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants
Application deadline: 3 July 2019
The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable. The programme aims to do this by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in to a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

Sport England Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund
Application deadline: 3 July 2019
Do you have a great idea about how to engage women and/or black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) communities into quality volunteering or coaching opportunities and need some investment to make it happen? If so, Sport England has set up a new fund with up to £1 million of National Lottery funding to invest and they want to hear from you. Sport England is keen to find ways that they can support more women and/or BAME people into the sport and physical activity coaching and volunteering workforce, and to help ensure they have a really positive experience. It doesn't matter what stage of development your idea is at. It can be an idea on paper, or something already being delivered which you think has the potential to be scaled up or replicated with a different audience or in a new community.

Youth Endowment Fund
Application deadline: 23 July 2019
The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. The fund will support programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that. This open call round is to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF)
Application deadline: 28 July 2019
The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) has been developed in response to HM Treasury releasing £10 million in the 2018 Autumn Budget announcement for planting at least 20,000 large trees and 110,000 small trees in urban areas in England. The UTCF is open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas as long as you have full management control or consent to use the land for the duration of your agreement and your planting location is within an urban area.

Jobs and Training


Visit the jobs page on our website for full details of all the following opportunities:

Skills Development Worker, Foundation
Salary: £21,589 per annum
Closing date: 17 June 2019

Housing Support Worker
, Beacon Community Accommodation
Salary: £19,485.55 per annum
Closing date: 19 June 2019

Mental Health Co-ordinator - Early Help Hub (x3 posts)
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale points 23-25, starting at £26,999 per annum
Closing date: 19 June 2019

Payroll Officer
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC scp 17-22, starting at £21,589 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 23 June 2019

IAPT Team Leader
, Well Women Centre
Salary: £26,745 – £27,514 pro rata dependent on experience and qualification
Closing date: 27 June 2019

Development Manager
, Yorkshire Sport Foundation
Salary: £31,060 - £35,414 (plus expenses and pension contribution)
Closing date: 1 July 2019

Volunteering Development Manager, Inspire North
Salary: £25,295 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date: 1 July 2019

Job advertising is free for Nova members or £25 per job for non-members.


Your 5 Ways to Impact
18 June - 30 July 2019 (Tuesdays) | St Swithun's Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Wakefield, WF1 4RR
Locality, in collaboration with Nova, is delivering a series of training sessions for Nova Members, to help you realise the value of your assets, help you demonstrate your impact, and tell your story better to commissioners and stakeholders. For more information, and to book, please visit the Nova website

Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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