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Welcome to the Nova May 2021 e-bulletin. This update provides information on the latest news, events and training, funding and jobs relating to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Wakefield District.



Easing restrictions from 17 May 2021

From 17 May 2021, restrictions will ease and indoor premises can reopen. This will include:
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households will be able to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors.
  • All remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen.
  • Indoor hospitality and entertainment can reopen, including cinemas and children’s play areas.
  • Organised adult sport and exercise classes can resume indoors.
  • 30 people can attend a support group or parent and child group (limit does not apply to children under 5).
  • Care home residents can have up to five named visitors, with two visitors able to attend at a time provided they are tested. 
  • 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events. 
  • Face coverings will not be needed in classrooms or for students in communal areas of secondary schools and colleges.
  • International travel restrictions will be lifted for green list countries. 

For more information, please visit the GOV.UK website. If you have any queries regarding current restrictions, please contact

Help Nova to celebrate volunteers during Volunteers' Week

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is fast approaching and the Nova team are looking forward to using the week to thank volunteers for their amazing work supporting our local community.
We’d like to encourage you to do the same, taking time to recognise the volunteers who have supported your organisation over the past year. One way you can do this is by completing this quick form (Word) by 25 May 2021. 
We will be using the information gathered to demonstrate the incredible impact of volunteers across the Wakefield District, so we would love for you to get involved! The form will also be used to assess priorities and challenges faced by organisations.
If you’d like to find out more about Volunteers' Week, visit their website.

Invitation to Nova Members - Creative People and Places 2022 - 2025

Nova are leading on a partnership application to the Arts Council England Creative People and Places Fund which is designed to engage the communities voice in shaping and delivering arts and cultural activities that local people would like to experience.

The programme, if successful, requires the establishment of a Programme Board to provide leadership utilising the strengths and expertise of partner organisations.

We would like to invite Nova members to express an interest in being on the Programme Board. You can do so by emailing and please include 'CPP' in the subject line. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 May 2021. 

We are unable to outline the commitment at the moment as developing the governing documents will be part of the process. If you would like more information, please visit the website

50 Things to do before you're 5 

50 Things to do before you’re 5 is a free app and website that helps children from 0-5 become school and life ready. It was launched in Wakefield in July 2020 to support families and help them to discover activities at home and (as restrictions are lifted) on their doorstep.
The App has been developed with families and the activities are fun, no to low cost and require few resources. 50 Things offers a wide range of experiences that build skills and language, and supports brain development in young children. 
50 things are continually looking for partners and services to work with them and champion this fantastic tool. If you are interested or just want to hear more, please contact Angie Gaughan at

For more information visit the website and to download the app, search ’50 things to do before you’re 5’  in the Apple or Google play store. 

Research Tender Opportunity - The current and future role of the third sector in the Wakefield District

Wakefield & District Health and Community Support is an independent grant making charity based in Wakefield. They are currently commissioning an exciting piece of research into the breadth and strength of the third sector in the Wakefield District so that they can work with partners to determine what actions need to be taken to further strengthen and support the sector. 

For more information, please see the research brief (Word). 

If you would like to get involved with this research, please contact Sally-Anne Greenfield at for a copy of the full tender pack. The deadline for this is 12 noon on 25 May 2021, with a a view to the contract starting in late June/early July.

The Unsung Heroes Awards 2021 - Nomination deadline of 4 June 2021

Who will you nominate as your Unsung Hero? Who is the special someone in your community that goes that extra mile? The person who volunteers to help make other people’s lives that bit better, or simply puts a smile on people’s faces by bringing the community together. 
The Awards, run in association with the Wakefield Express, celebrate the outstanding contributions made by volunteers from across the Wakefield District. They represent a hidden army that, put simply, changes people’s lives on a daily basis within their local communities. 
Please make a nomination today via the Wakefield Express paper or online here. The deadline for nominations is Friday 4 June 2021.   
All of the winning nominees are invited to the 2021 Unsung Heroes Awards, at Cedar Court Hotel, Friday 1 October 2021. 

Events & Training


Training for working with vaccine hesitant people in Wakefield

Yorkshire MESMAC are offering training for all front-line staff in Wakefield who might have a conversation with a vaccine hesitant client, or who might want to learn how to promote Covid-19 vaccination within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. 

The training sessions are on:
  • Thursday, 20 May 2021 from 15:30 - 17:30.
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021 from 15:30 - 17:30. 
The training is free and provided online. If you're interested, you can book tickets here.

Let's Talk Good Finance Webinar - 18 May 2021

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber are working with Good Finance to provide a webinar for charities, social enterprises and community businesses who would like to learn more about social investment and the options available.

If you are exploring social investment opportunities for the first time or interested in finding out how social enterprises have taken on small amounts of repayable finance to make transformational change, then this event is for you.

This event is open to all social enterprises and charities across Yorkshire and Humber and surrounding areas. You can book your free ticket here

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 from 14:00 - 16:30. 


Dementia Action Week Workshops

The Alzheimer’s Society is holding three Dementia awareness sessions during Dementia Action Week (17 – 23 May) in partnership with Memory Action Group. These sessions are for those who would like to know more about dementia and the important work done by The Alzheimer’s Society. 
The sessions available are:
  • Tuesday 18 May, 11am – ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia'
  • Wednesday 19 May, 6pm – ‘What Does Dementia Mean to You?’
  • Thursday 20 May – How to Support People Living with Dementia’
These will be held on Zoom and will last for an hour. If you would like to attend a session or just want more information about Dementia, please email

The Alzheimer's Society is calling on the Government to cure the care system now. Their Cure the Care System petition calls on Governments across the Three Nations to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live. The more signatures, the better they can demonstrate public support for social care reform. You can sign the petition here.



WF Happy Healthy Holidays - Extended deadline of 21 May 2021

Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your applications, but if you are still thinking about applying the Council would really like to hear from you and have now extended the closing date or the Happy Healthy Holidays application process to Friday 21 May 2021.

As set out in the guidance (Word), they are encouraging bids from single organisations and those who wish to work in partnership with other services to meet the required standards and criteria as defined by DfE.

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 aged 5-16 who receive benefits-related free school meals. Over the course of 2021, the DfE is grant funding Wakefield Council to coordinate free holiday provision which will cover four weeks in the summer and a week's worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays in 2021.

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 £25k (larger projects may be considered) to deliver enriching activities and healthy food to eligible children.

More information

If you are interested in becoming a provider for Happy Healthy Holidays , please see the guidance (Word), application form (Word), and WF Happy Healthy Holidays website where more information is available. 

Applications must be submitted to the Council via by Friday 21 May 2021. 

The Wakefield Third Sector Covid Response Fund - Deadline of 1 June 2021

The second round of the Wakefield Third Sector Covid Response Fund has been launched by Wakefield and District Health and Community Support (WDHCS), an independent grant making charity in Wakefield.

The funding will provide financial support for community groups, charities and social enterprises, to implement recovery strategies as a response to the impact of Covid-19. Grants will be awarded to organisations who are currently working with people and communities most affected by the pandemic, to enable them to build resilience and continue to adapt and develop their activities and approaches, especially to integrate a return to service delivery, where possible.
  • Grants are available for individual organisations of £1,000 to £ 5,000. 
  • Grants are available of up to £15,000 for collaborative bids, where a single organisation has been identified as the lead partner.
For more information on how to apply, or to request an application form and guidance documents, please contact or call Kath Lindley on 07576 952527 or Helen Fahey on 01924 373500

Round Two opens on Tuesday 4 May and closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 1 June 2021.


Third Sector Framework - Onboarding sessions available 

The Third Sector Framework is an innovative mechanism for allocating funding to and increased resourcing for third sector organisations in the Wakefield District. We've for a significant pot of funding to put through the Framework's tiered structure, so now is the time to get involved!

Nova are currently hosting 30 minute onboarding sessions for the Third Sector Framework, which we invite your organisation to attend. After attending a session, you can begin the application process. 

The onboarding sessions are at the following dates and times:

If you'd like to attend one of these sessions, please email and let us know which session you will be attending. 

You can find more information about the Third Sector Framework and the application form on the website.  

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 above areas, to help them grow, develop ideas, try something new, become more sustainable, undertake facilitated Nova ASSIST (a diagnostic tool for organisations/ groups), choose the right legal structure and look at funding opportunities.

The Small Capital Grants Fund will support the development of existing and new organisations and entrepreneurs, and is managed and supported by Nova. 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 - £20,000. However, requests over £20,000 may be considered by the panel and should be initially discussed with a Nova Adviser before being discussed with the LAG (Local Action Group).

The Small Capital Grant will cover 60% of the costs of the equipment, 40% match costs will need to be provided by the organisation. Match can be provided through other charitable grant givers, social investment, an organisation’s own funding (excluding other ESIF funds) or via bank loans. Help and advice can be provided by a Nova Adviser.

Please see the BPC Small Capital Grants Guidance and Application Form (Word) for more information.

To find out more, or to apply, please contact Julie Baker Nova Advisor (Community and Enterprise Development) to talk through any queries and support requests via email or by calling 01924 367418 or 07927 554280.




We are recruiting: Social Prescribing Services Manager - Live Well Wakefield

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a hardworking and motivated individual to lead and develop our award-winning social prescribing service. 

Closing date: 28 May 2021, 5pm
Organisation: Nova Wakefield District
Location: Across the Wakefield District
Hours: Full time 37.5 per week
Salary: Between £36,000 to £40,000 (depending on experience)
Telephone: 01924 367418

For more information, and to apply, please see the Recruitment Pack (Word) and the Job Description/Person Specification (Word). Privacy Notice for Job Applicants (pdf).



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

Women’s Mental Health Criminal Justice Key Worker, Touchstone / Together Women
Salary: NJC Scale Points 18 – 22, starting at £24,982 per annum
Closing date: 16 May 2021
Co-production Lead – Complex Rehabilitation Services Project, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 23-25, starting at £27,741 per annum
Closing date: 16 May 2021
Community Engagement Worker (Perinatal Mental Health) (x2 roles available), Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £22, 183 per annum pro rata
Closing date: 17 May 2021
Development Worker (Perinatal Mental Health), Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 18 – 22, starting at £24,982 per annum pro rata
Closing date: 17 May 2021
Book Keeper, The Art House
Salary: £21,000 - £23,000 per annum (based on experience) pro-rata
Closing date: 21 May 2021
Liaison and Diversion Education, Training & Employment Support Worker, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £22,813 per annum
Closing date: 21 May 2021

Liaison and Diversion Support Time Recovery Worker, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points, 12 – 17 starting at £22,183 per annum
Closing date: 23 May 2021
Wakefield Safe Space - Crisis Support Worker (5 roles), Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 - 17, starting at £22,183 per annum pro-rata
Closing date: 24 May 2021
Overnight Young People’s Crisis Line Workers, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
Salary: £19,000 (£9,500 fixed 6 month contract)
Closing date: 24 May 2021
Generalist Advice Worker, Better Leeds Communities
Salary: SCP 19, £25,481 per annum pro rata
Closing date: 24 May 2021
Well-Bean Café Kirklees Support Worker, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £22,183 per annum pro rata
Closing date: 25 May 2021
Universal Advocate, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £22,183 per annum pro rata
Closing date: 26 May 2021
Strategic Lead Employment and Skills, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Salary: £36,478 per annum
Closing date: 26 May 2021

Dementia Support Worker, Alzheimer's Society
Salary: £20,363 - £21,603 per annum
Closing date: 27 May 2021

Dementia Support Worker - BAME Specialist
, Alzheimer's Society
Salary: £20,363 - £21,603 per annum
Closing date: 27 May 2021
Project General Advice Worker, Citizens Advice Barnsley
Salary: £23,541 per annum
Closing date: 27 May 2021
General Advice Worker, Citizens Advice Barnsley
Salary: £23,541 per annum
Closing date: 27 May 2021
MAPS Trainee Debt Adviser, Citizens Advice Barnsley
Salary: £20,400 per annum
Closing date: 31 May 2021
Community Health Development Analyst – Data & Intelligence, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 23 – 25, starting at £27,741 per annum pro rata
Closing date: 6 June 2021
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