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Hello Colleague

Welcome to the first Nova ebulletin of the year! This update provides information on the latest news, events, training, funding and job relating to the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Wakefield District. 

If you have any information that you'd like to be included in future bulletins, please email us at We'd love to hear from you!


Covid Update 

To limit the spread of any Covid variant, people are encouraged to get both doses of the vaccine and a booster without delay
  • There are a range of local walk-in sessions available, you can find out more here.
  • Find out if you’re eligible for a booster vaccination and free flu vaccination here
  • Anybody who cannot go online to book can call 119 to book their jab.
Remember, if you have symptoms get a PCR test and self-isolate until you get your results. If you have no symptoms, get regular lateral flow tests to make sure you aren’t infecting others. 

You can find more information on current restrictions and guidance on the Wakefield Council website. There is also a specific page with information for local businesses.  

Nova AGM highlights

We held our 2020/2021 AGM on 9 December, it was great to see members there and reflect on our work throughout 2020 and 2021. Here are some highlights that we shared:

As for membership in 2020/21...

We've got an exciting year ahead and look forward to working with many of you! 
As always, you can reach us at if you'd like to discuss Nova membership, projects, funding opportunities or anything else. You can also follow us on Twitter (@Nova_WD) and LinkedIn if you'd like to hear more about what we're up to. 

Wakefield Council transforms children’s services

Ofsted inspectors have recognised the ‘sustainable, ambitious, and child-focused service’ that Wakefield Council have created in just three years since their last inspection. The Council are now ‘Good’ in every area of children’s services, with ‘outstanding’ leadership.

The report also highlights exceptional practice from social workers, excellent partnership working, as well as a clear openness and culture of learning. Click here to read more.

Volunteers needed to support the NHS

The NHS is calling for volunteers to support with a variety of services, there are a range of roles available including Steward Volunteers and Community Response Volunteer.

Find out more and register as a NHS Volunteer Responder here.  

New Citizen Panel for Wakefield District Adult Social Care

Healthwatch are coordinating a new citizen panel who will get to have a say on adult social care services in Wakefield District.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference to local services, so if you are a service user, carer or have an interest in social care, get involved! For more information, contact Michelle on 01924 787379 or email

Opportunity for local food & drink businesses

Any local food & drink entrepreneurs might be interested to hear about a new BBC One competition series fronted by Gordon Ramsay. The first series will air in 2022 and will see a group of food & drink business owners compete for investment.

Share with any local businesses, it would be great to see representation from Wakefield District! You can find out more at

Have your say on health & wellbeing support in the Wakefield District

Are you involved in your local community and want to make a difference? Can you tell us what’s needed in your local area and make sure local voices are heard?

Wakefield & District Health & Community Support and independent research organisation Rocket Science are looking for Community Interviewers to help shape an exciting piece of research looking at health inequalities across the Wakefield District.

Community Interviewers will be trained and employed to talk to people in their local community about health and wellbeing issues and challenges that matter to them, and how charities and community groups can help meet these needs in future.

Applicants should be aged 16+ living within the Wakefield District, be active within their community (no qualifications or experience necessary) and be able to commit to around 4 hours per week to end of February 2022.

For an informal chat, call James Ward on 07508 918075. Click here to sign up

Member Spotlight

In our monthly Member Spotlight, we showcase the amazing organisations that make up our membership and the important work they do across Wakefield District. We hope that you enjoy learning more about....

Friends of Featherstone Library

Brief description of your organisation
Friends of Featherstone Library are a group of ladies and gentlemen who come together to raise funds for our group. Our group have a good laugh, a good chat and lots of cuppas and help one another out where there is a need to. 

What is your organisation’s vision for Wakefield District?
We are trying to get people out of isolation and back out into our community.

What project are you working on that you’re most proud of?
We have organised a Christmas Fair to raise our funding to help us do active things in 20222 . We are knitting baby blankets, hats, lap blankets and twiddle muffs for Dementia patients.

What do you like about being a Nova member?
Nova is a very helpful organisation and has helped our group to look forward and to see what we can achieve in the future.

How can local organisations and the public support you?
Donations towards our fundraising and come and help whenever they can.

If people would like to get involved, how do they contact you?
You can contact Sandra Greaves on 078984163 if you'd like to know more or get involved.   
Photos from a recent event - "lots of laughs and a lot of enjoyment for all of us".
Read more on our website. Thank you to Friends of Featherstone Library for getting involved!



Wakefield District Volunteer Managers Network - 18 Jan

Volunteer Managers in Wakefield have come together to establish a Volunteer Managers Network for the Wakefield District. The Network will share volunteering best practice, catch up on strategic developments, and provide vital support to each other.   

This will be a great opportunity for Volunteer Managers to connect, so please come along and share this invitation with colleagues or anyone who might be interested. Volunteer Managers from organisations of all sizes and causes are welcome.

The first meeting will be held on Zoom on Tuesday 18 January from 10.30am - 11.30am.
Join the meeting using this link: 

Leeds Community Foundation Open Grants Briefing Event - 21 Jan

Leeds Community Foundation are hosting a free online event for VCSE groups to learn more about available funding across Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield. Join them to hear about current and upcoming grants programmes, such as the Let's Create Jubilee Fund. 

The event is from 1pm - 2pm. Find out more and register here on Eventbrite. 

Series of free webinars for people interested in starting a co‑op

Co-operatives UK are running a range of webinars for anyone interesting in starting a co-op business. Co‑ops are owned and controlled by their members, giving people a share in the success of the business. They're suitable for people looking to challenge the status quo and find fairer, more equitable ways of working. Find out more at webinars including:
  • Is starting a co-op right for you?
  • Platform co-ops - your route to an ethical digital business
  • How co-ops can empower communities
There are webinars in January and February and recordings available on their website.
Learn more and book your place here



Free PPE available for VCSE groups – coveralls and medical googles

Kirklees Council have a surplus of stock that they are generously offering to voluntary organisations for free. The PPE available are coveralls and medical goggles.

If you’re interested, email Martin with the quantity you’d like and a delivery address at

Risk Management Toolkit

Lloyds Bank Foundation have a handy Risk Management Toolkit which is designed to help charities manage their risks and choose the right risk management framework.

You can find the toolkit here:

Updated guidance on safeguarding for charities and trustees

The Charity Commission updated its guidance on safeguarding for charities and trustees in November. All charities have a responsibility to ensure they don’t cause harm to anyone who has contact with them, and charities working with children or adults at risk have extra responsibilities. Trustees must make sure that their charities fulfil this responsibility.

Find out about your safeguarding responsibilities here:


Data Protection Update for Employers

Wrigleys are running this free online session on Tuesday 1 February, 10am – 11.15am. The session will provide information on dealing with data subject access requests, data protection considerations when monitoring employees and handling data breaches.

Register to attend here:

Coaching training for VCSE organisations

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership are offering individual and team training on coaching skills and are encouraging applications from VCSE organisations, who are underrepresented within coaching.
Most of us use coaching skills and approaches every day. Growing evidence suggests effective coaching skills contribute to personal well-being, innovation, care outcomes, teamworking and leadership effectiveness. Despite pressures and constraints in the care sector, investment in coaching has grown reflecting the value of more person-centred approaches that create ownership, engagement and meaningful accomplishment.

Sessions are open to all staff and volunteers and are designed to help participants improve their use of coaching skills in everyday conversations. No previous coaching experience is required.

Sessions for individual applicants (must be able to attend all 4 sessions)
  • Cohort 3: 14 Feb (am), 22 Feb (am), 1 March (pm), 7 March (am)
  • Cohort 4: 14 March, 21 March, 28 March, 4 April – all am 
Deadline for individual applicants: Sunday 30 January.
Email with your name, contact details, organisation, cohort preference and ethnicity (if willing to disclose).

Team coaching offer
It can be beneficial to take a whole team approach to enable teams to think and grow together. The programme offers bespoke support to individual teams that includes the following:
  • Working with team leaders to understand the team’s context and needs.
  • Design of a bespoke skills training for the team.
  • Up to 3 half day skills sessions for team members
Deadline for team applications: Friday 15 April. Delivery of sessions: June - August 2022.
Email to request further information about making an Expression of Interest.


For more details on all of the below funding opportunities, please visit the funding page on the Nova website.

Closing soon: Grant Funds to Support Community Mental Health Provision 

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer multiple opportunities for organisations to bid for funding to support and develop community mental health activities. Funding requests can range from £300 to £20,000 which could, for example, cover the costs of a small peer support group or fund a new method of support.

We appreciate how important smaller community groups and organisations are to individuals across Wakefield District. To make sure these groups can access funding, there is a simplified application process for grants between £300 - £1,000.

Deadline for applications: Friday 21 January 2022, 12pm.
More information here:

West Yorkshire Prepared Community Grant Initiative

West Yorkshire Prepared, the Local Resilience Forum for West Yorkshire, has launched a new grant initiative providing VCSE organisations with funding of up to £5,000 for small community projects that boost resilience and preparedness in the region. This could be for flood prevention and protection, essential communication devices or emergency response equipment. The Initiative welcomes applications from groups working in more deprived communities and/or areas where there are clear and present risks.

Deadline for applications: Monday 31 January 2022.
More information here:

WF Happy Healthy Holidays 2022

WF Happy Healthy Holidays aims to keep children and young people active during the School Holidays by providing free enriching activities and healthy food for children in reception class to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals. 

Wakefield Council will fund, co-ordinate, and support local delivery by voluntary community organisations, schools and local authority teams. They will be looking to grant fund providers up to a maximum of £40,000 to cover the whole year (larger projects may be considered) to deliver enriching activities and healthy food to eligible children.

Deadline for applications: Friday 4 February 2022.
More information here:

The Screwfix Foundation 

The Screwfix Foundation provide funding of up to £5,000 to registered charities and non-profits for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings of those in need. This could be by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages in the UK.

The Foundation help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

Deadline for applications: next deadline is Thursday 10 February 2022.
More information here:

Hospice UK Dying Matters Community Grants Programme

Hospice UK is providing grants for community-led arts and culture projects, with a focus on equality and inclusion, and which approach the subject of dying in an innovative or creative way. They’re looking for activities which take place in communities, outside of formal healthcare settings, which help make it easier for people to talk about death and dying. There are small workshop grants of up to £999 and projects grants between £1,000 and £5,000.

Deadline for applications: Monday 21 February 2022.
More information here:

The Lets Create Jubilee Fund

Leeds Community Foundation’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. Grants are £750 to £10,000 and applications are invited from groups in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.

Project proposals should create new, creative activities that local communities will want to take part in and provide opportunities for local people to be involved in shaping/delivering the project.

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 February 2022, 12pm.
More information here:

Majonzi Fund 

The Ubele Initiative are managing the Majonzi Fund, awarding grants of £500 to use towards commemorating the lives of those lost during the pandemic. Black and Minority Ethnic VCSE organisations are welcome to apply to fund memorial services and/or further fundraising activities.  

Deadline for applications: end of February 2022.
More information here:

The Weaver's Company Charitable Grants

The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund provides grants of up to £15,000 for projects by smaller charitable that focus on young offenders, ex-offenders, and disadvantaged young people.

Deadline for application: next deadline is Thursday 17 March 2022.
More information here:

The Coalfields Recovery & Resilience Fund

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust are offering grants of up to £10,000 that can address local needs in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and are delivering support services relating to a range of issues including financial hardship, domestic violence, and poor mental health. The Trust would also like to fund organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering.  
Deadline for applications: Friday 18 March 2022.
More information here:

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sport England’s Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. Funding is available for non-profits to help inactive/less active people become more active.

More information here:

National Lottery Awards for All England

The Awards for All funding is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. The fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by Covid and will help projects that build strong relationships in and across communities.

Deadline for applications: ongoing.
More information here:

Building Powerful Communities Small Capital Grants Programme

Building Powerful Communities is about developing third sector capacity, building on local community assets and resources through a programme of activity to support the third sector to become more enterprising and sustainable.

Support is available to new and existing organisations, and entrepreneurs who are based or operating in the areas of Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall & South Kirkby and Hemsworth. 

Small Capital Grants are to enable the purchase of equipment to ensure long term relevance of community assets. Funding requests should be in the range of £1,000 - £10,000. The Small Capital Grant will cover 60% of the costs of the equipment, 40% match costs will need to be provided by the organisation (e.g. other charitable grant givers, bank loans). 

To find out more, or apply, please contact Julie Baker, Nova Advisor by emailing or calling 07927 554280.


Our members are recruiting for a wide range of jobs. For full details on all of the below vacancies, please visit the job page on the Nova website

Liaison and Diversion Operations Manager
Closing date: 16/01/2022
Inpatient Discharge Peer Support Worker
Closing date: 16/01/2022
Volunteer Coordinator
Speak With IT
Closing date: 20/01/2022
Beacon – Touchstone Dispersed Housing Support Worker
Closing date: 31/01/2022
Beacon Domestic Abuse Lead Practitioner
Closing date: 31/01/2022
Volunteer and Activities Coordinator
St George's Lupset Ltd
Closing date: 06/02/2022

Support Worker
Young People’s Empowerment Project
Closing date: n/a
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The Nova Team
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