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September 2019


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's September 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

Say hello to Mary!

Mary Cunningham has joined the Nova team this week! Mary will be working as a Nova Adviser - Community and Enterprise Development. Mary will be providing tailored development support to voluntary and community organisations to enable organisational growth and quality of service delivery to meet the needs of Wakefield District residents. Mary has joined Nova from Leeds Mind where she managed a social prescribing service and has 15 years' experience of working with public and voluntary and community sector organisations.

Save the Date - Nova's 2019 AGM

We can announce that the 2019 Nova Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 24 October 2019 in the Council Chambers, County Hall, Bond Sreet, Wakefield, WF1 2QW. Further information will follow shortly, but for now please save the date!

Nova Members Survey 2019

The Nova Members Survey 2019 is now open. We would greatly appreciate Nova Members taking the time to share their valuable feedback on our services. Nova exists to help and support organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Wakefield District. We now have 334 Members. We would like to take this opportunity to ask you questions about your organisation, what you think about Nova, and any suggestions you may have on how we can improve. Your feedback helps us improve and shape our offer. All of the questions in the survey are optional and it won't take any longer than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is 30 September 2019. Click here to access the survey.

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to ournew members, taking the current total to 334. The new members are:
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Socialicious Events

Turning Point is running several events at the Socialicious Café in Wakefield during September 2019. These are: Recovery Art Exhibition, Recovery Rocks WKFD, and Recovery Film Festival 2019

WESAIL Brochure 2019/20

The Barnardos WESAIL Brochure for September 2019 - August 2020 has been published. The brochure holds information on various workshops throughout the year, such as: new workshops covering Behaviour and Anxiety & Self Harm, as well as the Balancing Act workshop which gives the opportunity to reflect on the pressures of parenting or caring for a child or young person 0 - 18 years with any Special Educational Need and/or Disability. Both the Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Introduction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) workshops have been extended to provide more time to share experiences and strategies. Please see the brochure (pdf) for full details of workshops available.

FCC Communities Foundation (formerly WREN)

WREN has changed its name and is now known as FCC Communities Foundation. Their funding programme, the FCC Community Action Fund, remains unaffected by the change and they continue to operate around the same FCC Environment landfill sites and facilities as previous. If you would like to check to see if a potential application would be accepted, please visit the FCC Communities Foundation website and complete the eligibility check. If you need further guidance or have any questions about the funding programme, please call the head office, 01953 717165 and speak to either Kerry Talbot or Aimee Comley.

Stoptober 2019

This year, Stoptober will encourage smokers to end their relationship with cigarettes and ‘give quitting a go’ for 28 days on 1 October. To boost their chances of quitting, the campaign will signpost to the full range of support tools available, including the Personal Quit Plan. More information on the campaign, and resources, can be accessed on the Public Health England website

Disclaimer: Nova does not endorse any information/organisations that are included within the e-bulletin. Information/organisations are included simply to share information between interested organisations.


Go Higher West Yorkshire Briefing Event
26 September 2019 | 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Lower York Road, Wakefield, WF1 3LJ
Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) is working with Leeds Community Foundation to provide funding to communities as part of a larger programme to increase the number of young people progressing into Higher Education from areas where progression rates are currently low. If you are thinking of applying for the Fund and would like to learn more about the Go Higher West Yorkshire then you would benefit from attending this briefing. The briefing will include a presentation explaining the grant programme, the application process, an overview of previously funded projects, a Q&A session, and networking opportunities.

WYCAS Advice Surgery - Wakefield
22 October 2019 | 10.00am - 1.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limted, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This is an opportunity to meet Rhys North from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) to chat through and seek advice on any finance or accounting issues or queries you have. You can also use the surgery simply to drop-off or collect your accounting records. If you would like to attend the surgery, please contact Sarah Coates on 0113 270 6291 or email who will book a meeting with Rhys.

Small Charity Fundraising Conference in Leeds
24 October 2019 | 9.30am - 3.45pm (networking from 3.45pm - 4.30pm), St George’s Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BR
The FSI’s popular Fundraising Conference is back in Leeds on October 24th, offering you relevant and inspiring insights into a range of vital fundraising topics. Costing just £25, you can attend the conference to hear from expert speakers, network with other charities, and come away with practical and useful tips for increasing your charity’s fundraising. Sessions will cover:
  • Reaching New Donors Online
  • Corporate Relationships – From Prospect, to Pitch, to Yes
  • Developing your Fundraising Strategy
  • Making Friends with Facebook Fundraising
  • Legacy Fundraising – Getting your small charity a slice of the £3 billion
  • Building a Culture for Major Donor Fundraising
ACES, SPACES and LEARNING - A day of trauma informed education for all
24 January 2020 | 9.30am - 4.30pm, National Coal Mining Museum for England, New Road, Overton, WF4 4RH
This full day conference will explore the effect of trauma on a child and the impact that this can have on their learning and development and their overall wellbeing. The day is intended to give you a deep dive into understanding children and young people who have been affected by any kind of trauma and how you can relate to them, assist and support them. This really is THE research-based way to be WITH young people and be that one person to make a lifelong impact.


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:

Postcode Lottery - Dream Fund
Application deadline: 15 October 2019
The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. This year the Dream Fund is looking for projects that seek to implement systemic change in order to address an important social or environmental problem. To develop a systems change project, you need to address an issue from the bottom-up (such as change at the community level) as well as from the top-down (such as influencing the decisions and behaviour of key stakeholders and institutions).

Henry Smith Charity Strategic Grants - Housing First
Application deadline: Expressions of Interest must be submitted before 4 November 2019.
The Housing First Programme is a focused grants programme supporting small to medium sized organisations (between £100K and £5m annual income) to deliver Housing First services. Housing First offers stable, affordable housing alongside ongoing, intensive person-centred support to enable people to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness. Services help people with significant multiple and enduring needs – those for whom other services have failed and homelessness is a long-term enduring issue.

Veolia Environmental Trust
Application deadline: 28 November 2019
The Veolia Environmental Trust was established in 1997 and supports communities and environmental projects across England and Wales, Veolia has supported this initiative through contributions of approximately £74 million. Types of projects which can be funded through the trust include:
  • Community buildings - e.g. village halls, community centres, scout or girl guiding huts, refurbishment of existing community buildings
  • Parks, play and recreation facilities - e.g. public parks, skate parks, sports facilities, children’s play areas and changing rooms
  • Paths - footpaths, bridleways, cycleways and landscaping
  • Nature reserves
  • Supporting biodiversity
Greenhall Foundation
Application deadline: When 100 applications have been received.
The objective of the Green Hall Foundation is to sustainably improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged particularly in the UK. Only UK registered charities can apply. Preference is given to appeals that will make a tangible difference to the relevant charity. Typical size of grant is in the region of £1,000 to £10,000.

Jobs and Training


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

Business and Facilities Manager, Space2
Salary: c£28,000 per annum
Closing date: 18 September 2019

PA to the Chief Executive
, Cloverleaf Advocacy
Salary: £22,000 per annum, FTE
Closing date: 20 September 2019

South Asian Engagement Worker (x2 roles)
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 18 – 23, starting at £24,313 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 29 September 2019

Member Service Advisor, Leeds Credit Union
Salary: £15,210 per annum
Closing date: 4 October 2019

Beacon Housing Support Officer
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £21,589 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 7 October 2019

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


Wakefield Public Health Learning and Development Programme - Repeat Sessions
October 2019 - January 2020 | The Wakefield Suite, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB
The Wakefield Public Health Learning and Development (CPD) programme offers a wide range of free, bitesized learning opportunities for workers and volunteers (the wider public health workforce) who have a role and opportunity in improving the health and wellbeing of residents of Wakefield District.

Free Lung Health Training session
22 October 2019
| 9.30am - 12.30pm, St Swithun's Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Wakefield, WF1 4RR
This training session will provide attendees with a basic overview of how to talk to people about, and how to offer advice on, lung health and stopping smoking, making them a ‘Lung Health Champion’ within their organisation. The training will be delivered by the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Team at Wakefield Council. MECC conversations are person led and focus on what a person thinks they may be able to do to make a positive change to their lifestyle. It is then about empowering people to seek out their own solutions to supporting their own health and wellbeing. The Making Every Contact Count – Lung Health session will allow people to:

  • Be competent and confident to deliver this intervention
  • Know about local services and how to signpost people to help them to access them
  • Deliver ‘very brief’ or ‘brief’ evidence-based interventions for lung health and lifestyle behavioural change

SAFER Workshops

The SAFER Project is a project funded by the Big Lottery and West Yorkshire Trading Standards.The project delivers workshops on various types of scam information, please see the flyer (pdf) for more details. The SAFER Project is aiming to deliver these workshops to deprived neighbourhoods with increased levels of isolation, unemployment and anti-social behaviour and can accommodate evening and weekend groups. It can also be delivered to support workers, carers, and youth workers. For more information, please contact Safina Sher by emailing
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