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October 2019


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's October 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

Come along to Nova's 2019 AGM 

The 2019 Nova Annual General Meeting and Big Conversation on 'Meeting the Challenge' will take place on Thursday 24 October 2019 in the Council Chambers, County Hall, Bond Sreet, Wakefield, WF1 2QW. The Big Conversation session will focus on the Wakefield District Third Sector Strategy 2020-2023 which is now in its final draft stage following consultation carried out in 2018/19. Our vision is for a stronger Third Sector, which makes better use of the social, economic and environmental opportunities to improve the quality of life of local people: a sector that people trust and support, which is just and fair, creative and innovative and which is passionate and resilient.
For a full agenda and booking information, please follow this link to Eventbrite

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our 3 new members, taking the current total to 336. The new members are:
  • BrotherhoodMHS
  • Emma's Embrace
  • Portobello Community Craft and Photography Group
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Community Asset Transfer for Carr Lodge Park Walled Garden, in Horbury

Wakefield Council is inviting expressions of interest from local community groups and other outside organisations for the possible Community Asset Transfer for Carr Lodge Park Walled Garden, Carr Lodge Park, Wakefield Road, Horbury, Wakefield WF4 5EH (access via Sunroyd Hill). Interested groups should submit their initial expressions of interest in writing to Antony Sadler, Service Director - Communities, Wakefield One, PO Box 700, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB. These are to be received no later than Friday 22 November 2019. Telephone enquiries can be made on 01924 305509. Alternatively interested parties can view the Council's policy on such transfers on the Wakefield Council website. For more information, please see the advert.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority seeks community groups' views on two service proposals

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) have recently approved a public consultation on two suggestions from the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) relating to organisational change. The IRMP looks at the levels of risk within West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and puts forward suggestions to make the most of resources, and allocate them where they are needed. The two proposals are as follows:
  • To see a change in shift patterns at South Kirkby, Normanton and Castleford fire stations. The stations currently run a Day Crewing Close Call duty system which allows firefighters to respond from the station during the day and from accommodation onsite during the night. Following a recent review, the service are looking to align it with the national Day Crewing system.
  • To reduce the number of aerial appliances from five to four. This is after WYFRS carried out a review of the number of incidents within West Yorkshire and found five aerial appliances is more than required for the operational demand.
The consultation, which is open for 10 weeks will gauge public reaction to these ideas, which will be taken into account when WYFRA decides to approve or reject the proposals going forward. You can have your say here.

DWP September update

The DWP September update (Word) provides information about Universal Credit, County Lines Information Pack, Pension Credit, Warm Home Discount Scheme, DWP visiting team extended hours and Benefit Statistics.

The Office for Civil Society: Get Ready for Brexit 

As 31 October 2019 approaches, the Office for Civil Society (OCS) has issued a newsletter to help civil society organisations to prepare to leave the European Union on 31 October. Click here to access the newsletter. 


On 7th October NCVO published a comprehensive collection of free Safeguarding resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos on the Knowhow advice site. NCVO’s free online resources outline simple steps that voluntary organisations can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents beneficiaries, staff and others from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

Third Sector Trends in the Wakefield District 2019

Durham University would like you to take part in this 10 year study of the voluntary and community sector which is now running in Wakefield and right across Yorkshire and the rest of the North of England. Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – the University needs to hear from you. Please support the survey: The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete and you shouldn’t need to check up any facts and figures to fill it in. You can complete the survey hereUsing the findings, Durham University will build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in future.

Independent Review of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

Linxs Consultancy has been commissioned by the Office of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to undertake an independent review of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Services, and would like to hear the views of organisations in the Wakefield District. As part of this review process Linxs Consultancy is contacting a wide variety of organisations, including those in the voluntary and community sector, who are delivering, commissioning and influencing services to gain their views and identify their priorities for the future. Linxs Consultancy has developed a survey to assist with gathering these views and it can be accessed via Survey Monkey.

Financial scam in relation to Business Grant Applications

Nova has been made aware of a local business which has been subject to a scam where they received a phone call from somebody pretending to be assisting them with a grant enquiry. They took some details and went away to investigate what grants were available and after a few days advised the business that they had found a grant that was suitable through a company called 'Easy Growth Finance'. The process, application form and paperwork was extremely plausible. The grant was to be managed via a 'Business Mastercard Account' which the business had to create and load with their match funding contribution. Please be vigilant if you are approached by anyone offering a similar service.

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.


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
Nova's AGM and 'Big Conversation' on Meeting the Challenge
24 October 2019 | 9.00am - 12.30pm, Council Chambers, County Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield, WF1 2QW
You are invited to join Nova at its Annual General Meeting, which will be followed by a 'Big Conversation' session entitled 'Meeting the Challenge'. The session will focus on the Wakefield District Third Sector Strategy 2020-2023 which is now in its final draft stage following consultation carried out in 2018/19. Our vision is for a stronger Third Sector, which makes better use of the social, economic and environmental opportunities to improve the quality of life of local people: a sector that people trust and support, which is just and fair, creative and innovative and which is passionate and resilient. 

Richmond Fellowship Open Day
25 October 2019 | 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre, Lower York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LJ
Join Richmond Fellowship as it celebrates its Open Day on 25 October 2019. Fun activities will be available, as well as food and drink. For more information contact Richmond Fellowship on 01924 339157 or email

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:

Research work opportunity to improve access for autistic adults to services and support
Application deadline: 12 noon on 5 November 2019
Wakefield Council wants to improve local services and support for autistic adults to enable them to live independently within the community. Research shows that for many autistic adults the most effective low-level support services are delivered through the third sector and/or volunteer groups. As such, Wakefield Council intends to commission a local charitable, not for profit or voluntary group to undertake a piece of research work to help the Council better understand local needs, gaps and priorities around current support and services available for autistic adults. A maximum of £15,000 will be available for this work, which needs to be completed by 30 April 2020.

Go Higher West Yorkshire Community Grants
Application deadline: 12 noon on 14 November 2019
The Go Higher West Yorkshire community grants programme is now live and open for applications on Leeds Community Foundation's website. 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. The current phase of the programme is focused on supporting eligible groups to develop activities that enable parents/carers to support young people into Higher Education.  Community Business Trade Up Programme
Application deadline: 27 November 2019
This is a business development learning programme and match trading grant available to support community businesses across England to become stronger and more sustainable. Do you run an organisation or project that exists to improve your local neighbourhood, village or town? Do you run it like a business, but re-invest profits to benefit your local community? The SSE has designed a support programme to help you gain the head-space, support network and funding you need to grow a stronger, more sustainable community business. The key benefits are:
  • A free learning programme, to help you develop your income and impact
  • Up to £10,000 in Match Trading grant
  • An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out

Jobs and Training


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

Liaison and Diversion Support Time Recovery Worker, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points, 12 – 17, starting at £21,589 pa
Closing date: 22 October 2019

Locality Primary Care Mental Health Support Worker
, Touchstone
Salary: Agenda for Change Band 4, starting at £21,089 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 22 October 2019

Support Worker x 2, Turning Lives Around - Sustain Wakefield
Salary: £16,912.50 per annum full-time/£13,378 per annum part-time 
Closing date: 28 October 2019

Finance Officer, Rycroft Leisure Centre
Salary: £8,500 to £10,500 pa
Closing date: 31 October 2019

Sessional Activity Worker, Bethany House Healing Centre Trust
Salary: £10 per hour
Closing date: 31 October 2019

IAPT Employment Advisor, Touchstone
Salary: £23,187 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 1 November 2019

Support Worker
, Second Chance Headway
Salary: National Living Wage
Closing date: 6 November 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

Gambling Awareness Training
12 November 2019 | 9.30am - 11.30am, Wakefield Town Hall, Old Restaurant Room, Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2HQ
Wakefield Council’s Public Health team in partnership with Citizens Advice Calderdale is providing free training about gambling-related harm for frontline staff who provide care and support to members of the public within adult social care, safeguarding, housing, welfare, benefits and health and wellbeing services. Dr Stephanie Bramley, Gambling Support Service Trainer at Citizens Advice Calderdale will deliver the training session. During the session you will learn about how gambling has changed in the UK, what is gambling-related harm, who is more at risk of experiencing gambling-related harm, how to spot the signs and symptoms, and how to refer people to specialist support services.

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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The Nova Team
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