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Hello Colleague

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

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Covid Update 

  • From Monday 19 July, all legal restrictions were removed.
  • Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, has made the use of face coverings mandatory in West Yorkshire bus stations. More information is available here
  • From 16 August, if you're fully vaccinated or under 18, you won't need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has Covid. You'll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it's positive. More information is available here
  • If you're 18 or over, you can get a Covid vaccination at a walk-in service. You can also get your second dose if it's been 8 weeks or more since your first dose. You can find dates and venues here
Here are some resources which you might find useful:
  • Government guidance on on enabling safe and effective volunteering during Covid - available here
  • Businesses should complete a risk assessment to decide what reasonable steps they need to take to protect workers and others from Covid. The Health and Safety Executive provide information on how to do this here
  • Easy read resources on Covid testing (pdf), vaccination (pdf), shielding (pdf), and restrictions after 19 July (pdf). 

Remember, if you have symptoms get a test and stay at home. If you have no symptoms, get regular rapid lateral flow tests to make sure you aren’t infecting others.

If you need to check restrictions, please check the GOV.UK websiteStay safe!

Do you work with stroke survivors or their families and carers?

The Integrated Stroke Delivery Network would like to speak with any voluntary or community organisations within West Yorkshire and Harrogate who have regular contact with or provide services for stroke survivors, their families or carers.
The Network are looking to develop a directory of services for clinicians and are also keen to work collaboratively on a range of stroke initiatives. Please contact Nikki Hall on 07541 684294 or email if this relates to your organisation. 

Healthwatch contact number for deaf service users

Healthwatch Wakefield have a dedicated mobile phone number that can be used as a point of contact for deaf service users, who can text the number. The number is 07885 913396.

Please share with your networks. 

Night OWLS support line

Night OWLS is a overnight confidential crisis support line for children, young people, parents and carers living in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

The support line is available from 8pm to 8am. This service is for all families including those with children and young people who are looked after, adopted or with any additional needs. 

Free support line: 0300 2003900
Text at: 07984 392700
Chat to Night OWLS on:

What are you loving about the Wakefield District this summer? 

There is so much to love about Wakefield District and something for everyone to enjoy. Start planning your days out and take a look at to see what's on.

Wakefield Council are running two Summer Loving competitions throughout the summer for a chance to win a fun day out package. The two winners will get:

  • Family bike hire at either Pugneys Country Park, Thornes Park or Aspire@ThePark
  • Family swim at any Aspire facility
  • Family climb at Aspire@ThePark
  • Family tennis game at Aspire@ThePark (equipment included)
  • Family golf lesson at City of Wakefield Golf Course

Competition 1: send Wakefield Council photos on social media of what you are enjoying about the District this summer, be it spending time with family visiting local attractions or relaxing in a park. Make sure you tag #SummerLovingWF in your post for a chance to win.

Competition 2: the Council are asking our youngest residents to draw or paint their favourite summer activity such as playing football with friends or having a picnic. Photos of the children's masterpieces should be sent to

Both competitions close on Friday 3 September and winners will be announced Friday 20 September. Please share with your networks or anyone you think might be interested!

Independent support for male victims of domestic violence and survivors of domestic violence 

Gasped are proud to announce that they have received funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in relation to local commissioning of victim support service.

Gasped will deliver Independent Support for Male Victims of Domestic Violence and survivors of domestic violence. The support will include advice, information, signposting and counselling, working with other agencies both statutory and voluntary sector. This service will start with an immediate effect.

If you require further information or know of anyone who will benefit from this help, please contact Gasped on 01924 878501 or email

Experiencing grief and loss? 

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are managing a free grief and loss support service. The service is available for anyone living in: Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Kirklees, Harrogate, Leeds or Wakefield. 

Loss and the associated grief can be complex and differs from person to person. Loss can mean many things, not only bereavement, but for example: loss of a job, loss of identity, loss of a relationship, or loss of a pet. 

If you work in a health and care environment and are experiencing feelings that are difficult to cope with, the experienced mental health workers can support you now. 

Support is available over the phone or by text. People can access the service multiple times and all information is confidential and can be anonymous. Language services are available if required. More information about the service is available here

Free support line 8am-8pm 7 days a week: 08081 963833 

Nominations are open for the Caring through COVID Awards

Healthwatch and Wakefield Council are organising the ‘Caring through COVID’ Awards, which will give us the chance to celebrate the outstanding staff of Wakefield’s adult social care sector following the turbulence of the past 18 months of the pandemic.

There are 10 categories in total, including The Unsung Hero Award, The Compassionate Care Award, and The Outstanding Care in a Crisis Award.

The Awards ceremony will take place online on Thursday 23 September between 2pm - 4pm. Each category winner will be awarded £200, and runners up will each receive £100.

Find out more here and make a nomination hereNominations close on Sunday 22 August. 

Let’s make sure our adult care staff don’t go unnoticed for all their efforts and show them how valued they are!


Third Sector Framework Onboarding Session - Thursday 19 August

Nova is inviting your organisation to attend a bitesize 30 minute onboarding session, to find out about the Third Sector Framework application process. After the onboarding session, you can then begin the application process. 

We’ve got a significant pot of funding that we are poised to put through the Framework's tiered structure. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of the Framework at this exciting stage.

The next onboarding session will be on Thursday 19 August at 12:00pm. The Zoom link to access the meeting is:

If you would like to attend the onboarding session, please email and let us know that you will be attending.

Hopeful Families Fun Day - Wednesday 18 August


What's on my doorstep? 

Find out about your local area this Summer and Autumn by coming along to these walks at Fryston Country Trails. Refreshments are included and the walks are open to all ages. 

This is a great opportunity to learn about the Trails, its history, the animals and plants, and people's memories about the area.

To book your place, please contact Ian at Groundwork by calling 07730 765552 or emailing

Penderels Trust Drop In Sessions

Do you or a family member need care at home or want to find out more about direct payments? Are you an existing direct payment user and want to chat with one of the team?

The Penderels Trust team in Wakefield are holding regular drop in sessions in the libraries across the District to make it easy for you discuss your care and support needs and direct payments. You don't need to make an appointment, you can just come along. All venues are fully accessible.

Download the 'Penderels Trust Library Drop in Sessions Flyer' from the Penderels Trust website to see the dates and venues available. 

For more information, you can contact the Penderels Trust on 01924 898136 or email them at

Roundtable event and call for evidence - Keeping women and girls safe

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, is inviting you to attend a roundtable event on Tuesday 7 September, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, to discuss the safety of women and girls - a key pledge of the Tracy's Mayoral manifesto. This is an opportunity to speak about your experiences and how you feel we can work together to progress this issue.

This event will aim to start a local conversation to bring together our combined knowledge. This conversation will inform the Police and Crime Plan 2021 - 2024, which will drive partnership efforts to support women and girls over the next three years. 

Please register your interest in attending the roundtable by emailing by Wednesday 1 September 2021. 

Call for evidence
The Mayor is calling for your support and any evidence to inform the critical work to make women and girls safer, particularly evidence around:
  • Stalking
  • Rape and sexual offences
  • So called ‘’honour’’ based abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Fraud and cyber crime
  • Misogyny
  • Behavioural Change
  • Safety in public spaces
  • Breaking intergeneration culture, behaviour and stereotypes in a family setting affecting women and girl’s inclusion in wider society
Please email with any evidence you would like to submit by Friday 17 September. 

Asking tomorrow's questions today - Friday 15 October

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are inviting the VCSE sector to a question time session: ‘Asking tomorrow's questions today’ on Friday 15 October from 11.30am to 1pm.

Join the panel members for conversations about health and care developments across the area. Please put forward your question to the panel when you register. Register here


Discover social prescribing through the new Learning Together programme

Is your VCSE organisation interested in or providing social prescribing services?
The National Academy of Social Prescribing has launched a new Learning Together programme to help you discover social prescribing, make connections with local organisations delivering services, and explore opportunities to develop your work in social prescribing.

Learning Together is a free, six-month flexible programme of regional learning and development activities about social prescribing for VCSE groups starting this Autumn. 

Find out more about the programme and how to register here

Turning Point Services and Training 

Turning Point have some exciting updates: 
  • The Wakefield Talking shop has reopened for pre-booked face to face appointments. 
  • Talking Therapies online workshops for August are available for anyone 16 or over and registered with a Wakefield District GP. Sign up for workshops here.
  • Turning Point is offering free Mental Health Ambassador Training to organisations who would like to learn more about common mental health problems and identify the signs and symptoms of those suffering from them. Please email to organise this training for your team. Training can be delivered on Microsoft Teams or in person. 


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

Round 10 Live Well Wakefield Small Grants - Deadline: 31 August 

Round 10 of the Live Well Wakefield Small Grants Fund is now open for applications from community organisations and groups in the Wakefield District. 

In 2020-2021, a total of 41 projects received a share of £190,223 to help adapt their engagement methods amidst the pandemic and ensure when possible their activities and support were Covid safe. For this reason, thousands of people were able to access provision to help combat some of the biggest problems encountered during the pandemic.

However, the pandemic still exacerbated many existing issues as well as creating new challenges for the VCSE sector. This is why, in this round, we are encouraging eligible parties to bid for funding to help Wakefield District residents aged 18+ bounce back from this challenging time.

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

Please see the Application Form (Word) and Guidance Notes (Word) for more information and to apply. Please return completed forms to

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 31 August 2021, 5pm.

Aviva Community Fund - Deadline: 5 October 

Building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK: that’s what Aviva are striving towards and it's how they want to continue to help small charities and community causes. Organisations with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of their projects. 

Applications are open on a continuous basis. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for community projects. 

For more information, visit Aviva Community Fund website.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 5 October (for the current round of funding)

Leeds Community Foundation Local Care Direct Health and Wellbeing Fund - Deadline: Monday 6 September 

Leeds Community Foundation have launched the Local Care Direct Health and Wellbeing Fund, which in its first round aims to improve the health and wellbeing of residents across Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their work reduces health inequalities, and Leeds Community Foundation will prioritise third sector organisations who understand local needs and are connected to their communities. Grants can support existing work, capital costs or be for new project ideas that meet identified gaps.

The grants will be between £10,000 and £20,000 for 2 year projects. 

For more information, visit the Leeds Community Foundation website. 

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 September 2021, 12pm. 

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. However, requests over £10,000 may be considered by the panel and should be initially discussed with a Nova Adviser.

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 (Community and Enterprise Development) by emailing or calling 07927 554280.



We are recruiting!

Nova Adviser - Community & Enterprise Development

£30,906 per annum 
Hours: 37.5 per week
Closing date: 10 September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Nova team and provide important support to community organisations and individuals. 

The postholder will:

  • Provide tailored development support to voluntary and community organisations to enable organisational sustainability, good governance and high quality of service delivery.
  • Combine the organisational support with advice around developing social enterprise and an enterprising approach to income generation so that organisations are able to take advantage of new economic opportunities and contracts for services, including through the Third Sector Framework.

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).

Please send completed applications to

Our members are also 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

WellBean Café – Crisis Support Worker
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
Closing date: 18/08/2021
Fundraising Officer
Open Country
Closing date: 20/08/2021
Communications and Policy Manager
Wakefield and District Health and Community Support
Closing date: 20/08/2021
MHL Community Health Development Worker
Closing date: 22/08/2021
Dementia Support Worker - BAME Specialist
Alzheimer's Society
Closing date: 23/08/2021
CRISS Peer Support Worker
Closing date: 27/08/2021
Housing Support Workers
Fusion Housing Kirklees Ltd
Closing date: 31/08/2021
Building Director
The Art House Wakefield
Closing date: 13/09/2021
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