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July 2020


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's July e-bulletin.

This e-bulletin will provide you with updates on news, funding and support to help you and your organisations through the Coronavirus outbreak. 


Government's updated guidelines on 'shielding'

The Government now believes the latest evidence indicates that the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community has continued to decline and has reviewed its guidance on shielding, recognising that the advice to those shielding has been challenging to follow and that it will take time for those affected to adjust and return to normal daily life.

From 6 July, the clinically extremely vulnerable may, if they wish:
  • Meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing.
  • No longer observe social distancing with other members of their household.
  • In line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance.
This is a small advisory change that brings those affected a step nearer others in their communities. However, all the other current shielding advice will remain unchanged at this time.

Wakefield District Covid-19 Community Hubs

The infographic below now demonstrates 13 weeks of data from the Covid-19 Community Hubs, which are operating throughout Wakefield District to provide support to the vulnerable people who need it during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bereavement Support Service goes live on 1 July 2020

A Bereavement Support Service commissioned from the Prince of Wales Hospice will go live on 1 July 2020. This service is for any bereaved adult living in the Wakefield District.
It is a community service to support people to find ways of coping and living with grief following the death of a significant other, however and wherever they died.

People can refer themselves or be referred by any health or social care professional. Full details can be found on the Prince of Wales Hospice website

Taking care of Business – Supporting Unpaid Carers

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, more people than ever are providing care unpaid for their elderly, sick or disabled family or friends.

Previously, it was estimated that 1 in 7 staff were juggling work and unpaid care. New research by Carers UK suggests that nationally a further 4.5 million people have become carers since the outbreak began, therefore numbers of working carers will now be significantly higher.

As employers begin to safely reopen workplaces to staff, it is more important than ever that they know how to support unpaid carers to balance work alongside crucial caring responsibilities.

Wakefield Council has produced access to free information and resources to help employers to support working carers in the workplace, which can be accessed on the Wakefield Council website.


Spring Impact's Scale Accelerator

Spring Impact's Scale Accelerator is now accepting applications from UK based charities and social enterprises that have been operating for more than two years that are now looking to scale their impact. On offer is £30,000 worth of consultancy support.

If you would like to apply for the support, please visit the Spring Impact website - the deadline is 12 August 2020.

Mind Resources

Mind has published a Working from Home: Wellness Action Plan (pdf) and a Returning to the Workplace Toolkit (pdf).

Webinar: Re-opening your Charity after Lockdown

Cranfield Trust has recorded a webinar which provides information about returning to your normal place of work, and offers practical tips and guidance on what you need to consider. 

The webinar covers:  

  • Staff availability and team rotations 
  • Transportation to and from work
  • Visitor's temperature and other screening
  • Workspaces and common areas 
  • Cleaning protocols and PPE 
  • IT provision, accessories and furniture 
  • Awareness and education 
  • Handling unwell staff and reinfection responses 
You can watch the webinar and download the guide on the Cranfield Trust website at any time that is convenient to you. 

Association of Chairs webinar: Chairing Essentials webinar: building the board you want

23 July 2020 | 5.00pm - 6.15pm
This webinar will help you find out more about recruiting and developing a strong and diverse board and bringing out the best in your trustees.

You'll learn how to:
  • Recruit and develop a diverse, skilled and balanced board
  • Refresh the board to ensure it meets your needs now and in the future
  • Use tools to support you in recruitment, induction and ongoing one-to-one work with trustees
You can book your place here


Live Well Wakefield Small Grants - Coronavirus Resilience Fund
Deadline: 5pm on 24 July 2020
The Live Well Wakefield Small Grants – Coronavirus Resilience Fund has re-opened and welcomes applications which aim to address the issues below. Please note that other applications which meet clearly identified needs will also be considered:
  • Befriending/reducing isolation
  • Bereavement
  • Family relationships
  • Support to BAME communities
  • Supporting unpaid carers
  • Support/adjustments to prepare organisations for safe restart. This could include signage/equipment to support social distancing, sanitising units, support with rent if groups require additional time/space to meet more due to group size. The funding will not cover building works.

Funding requests should be between £300 to £8,000.

The grants panel will review applications as they are received and release monies ASAP.

Please see the Application Form (Word) and Guidance Notes (Word) for more information.

Please return completed forms to
Wakefield Coronavirus VCS Resilience Fund (Part of the Emotional & Mental Wellbeing Grant Fund)
Deadline: 5pm on 31 July 2020
Applications are now being accepted for the Wakefield Coronavirus VCS Resilience Fund (Part of the Emotional & Mental Wellbeing Grant Fund), which is managed and supported by Nova on behalf of NHS Wakefield CCG and the Mental Health Alliance. Application deadline is 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

The fund seeks to ensure continued emotional and mental wellbeing support during the coronavirus pandemic and is targeted at supporting organisations to overcome challenges posed by the coronavirus. The grants panel is keen to support organisations to restart activities safely, following government guidance on working safely during coronavirus.

Funding requests should be between £300 to £10,000. Requests outside of this range may be considered on an individual basis. Joint requests from more than one organisation/group are encouraged

The grants panel will be holding an earlier panel for any applications that come through before 10 July 2020 and will meet again w/c 3 August 2020 to review any final applications submitted.

Please see the Application Form (Word) and Guidance Notes (Word) for more information.

Please return completed forms to

Digital Resilience Voucher Scheme 
Digital Resilience Vouchers can be used by eligible businesses to support an investment in digital technology, such as purchasing IT equipment and software, business broadband upgrades, server upgrades, subsidised cloud subscriptions, cyber security audits, anti-virus software subscriptions, and introducing internet telephony (VoIP).

The Digital Resilience Vouchers are worth between £500 and £5,000.

Your business may be eligible to apply for a voucher if:

  • You are based in Leeds City Region
  • Are a trading business
  • All business types including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, charities and community interest companies
  • Have fewer than 50 employees (full time equivalents)
  • Have an annual turnover of below €50 million or balance sheet not exceeding 43 million euros (based on the last published accounts)
  • Have not received State Aid (funding from any national or local public sector scheme) in excess of €200,000 over the previous three financial years (De Minimis aid)
  • Businesses who have accessed other forms of Digital Enterprise support can apply
Child Sexual Abuse Support Services Transformation Fund
The objectives of the fund are:
  1. To promote and disseminate best practice in the provision of support to help cope with and, as far as possible, recover from sexual abuse
  2. To improve the quality of support available
  3. To build understanding of what works
 Bids must demonstrate how they contribute to one or all of the following outcomes:
  1. Improving the quality of support available
  2. Building the understanding and evidence base on what works
  3. Improving collaboration and joint-working in the delivery of support across agencies such as health, social care, police and the voluntary and community sector
Bids will be considered that work with safe parents, carers and family members to support the wellbeing and improve outcomes. Bids must demonstrate how the project is scalable in case an award is made which is less than the original bid.
Children and young people are defined as under 18 or under 25 with a learning delay or disability or between 18 and 25 experiencing sexual abuse during childhood (before the age of 18).

If you are interested in submitting a bid, please contact Steve Robinson, Nova Contracts and Performance Manager by email - to discuss your proposal by 14 July 2020.

Extraordinary Home Office funding for vulnerable children's charities
Deadline extended to: 6 July 2020
Further to the Chancellor’s announcement of £750m funding for the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, the Home Office has secured additional, emergency support funding for small/micro charities that are working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.

On 22 June 2020, the Home Office notified us that based on the existing 20/21 VRU funding formula, West Yorkshire VRU has been allocated an additional £285,168 to provide to small/micro charities (defined as those having an income less than £100,000 per annum). This emergency funding is contingent on it being provided to secure critical frontline services affected by Covid-19.

West Yorkshire organisations eligible for funding must be registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, or a social enterprise; this includes companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies.

Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund
Deadline: 9 July 2020
This fund is a responsive programme of grant funding, open to institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better.

Applications for funding are invited to support medium and long-term projects addressing a post Covid-19 education scenario.

Projects must support at least one of Edge's strategic priorities:

  1. A broad, flexible and engaging education.
  2. High quality respected professional and vocational education.
  3. Education connected to employers and the community.

Social Investment Business - Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
Deadline: None specified
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of Covid-19.

The RRLF is being run by Social Investment Business (SIB) with an initial £25m investment and support from Big Society Capital.
Tesco Bags of Help
Deadline: No deadline given
Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current Covid-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities.

The programme will provide a single payment of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced:
  • Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • Disrupted services – a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.
For more information, and to apply, please visit the Tesco Bags of Help website
Best wishes,
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