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Hello Colleague

Welcome to the Nova April 2021 e-bulletin. This update provides information on the latest news, support, funding and jobs to help voluntary and community groups in Wakefield District.


Restarting activities from 12 April 2021

From 12 April 2021, additional premises will be able to reopen. This includes:
  • Outdoor gatherings still limited to 6 people or 2 households
  • Non-essential retail can re-open
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close-contact services can reopen
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas can reopen
  • Overnight stays away from home in this country permitted
  • Public buildings e.g. libraries and community centres can reopen
  • Majority of outdoor settings and attractions can reopen
  • Hospitality venues open for outdoor service, with no requirement for substantial meal and no curfew. Requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain
  • Work from home where possible
  • Minimise domestic travel where possible
  • All children can attend any indoor children's activity
  • Parent and child groups of up to 15 people can restart indoors

For more information, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Street Support

Wakefield District is part of the Street Support Network, with a website dedicated to helping vulnerable and homeless people in our area.

Wakefield's Community Safety Partnership recently funded a new “alternative giving” scheme allowing the public and businesses to donate to the local charities that are supporting those sleeping rough.

When on the website, or Street Support app, you can read what each of the 33 organisations is doing. Pressing the ‘Give Help’ button will transfer you to the secure Investors in Communities platform. There, you can read about the projects the organisations are running and the support they are appealing for. If preferred cash from your online wallet can be shared between several projects.

Each donation, whether it is cash, items or time, is audited and presented as a ‘social credit’ – making it ideal for companies that need proof of the social impact their involvement has made and individuals who simply want the satisfaction of knowing what difference they have made. 


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Nominations for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022 opened on 1 April 2021 and close on 15 September 2021. WDHCS is looking for nominations that reflect and recognise the amazing and much needed work of Wakefield’s Volunteers – so please get in touch!
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is for exceptional groups of volunteers who are making a positive impact in their community and benefiting others through their work. WDHCS is looking for volunteers who have taken the initiative to create, lead and drive forward the work of their organisation and are doing this in a way that is truly distinctive and excellent.
Nominations must be submitted using the online form on the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service website. The nomination form and letters of support must not be written or submitted by a volunteer, employee, trustee or anyone involved with the running of the group. The Awards are published on 2 June, the anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation.
Eligibility Requirements
The group must be made up of three or more people. The group must be based in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. The group must have been operating for at least three years. It must provide a specific local benefit. The Queens’s Award for Voluntary Service is not intended for national organisations, however, an individual branch that serves a local community can be nominated. We are looking for evidence that the volunteers are initiating and managing the group’s work, and we would expect the group to have more volunteers than paid staff.  More than half the group's volunteers must have the right of residence in the UK. Groups operating solely for the benefit of animals are not eligible.
For an informal chat about the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, and to get help and support with your application, please contact Kath Lindley on 07576 952527 or email For detailed requirements and more information about groups that are branches of national organisations, based in statutory settings, fundraising and/or grant giving please visit the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service website

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance Community Panel

Are you passionate about improving cancer services and patient care within your area? 

Would you welcome the opportunity to get in involved in cancer projects from your own home? 

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance Community Panel is currently recruiting new panel members. Please visit the WY&H website or get in touch with Fraser via email to request an application pack.  Applications from all areas of West Yorkshire and Harrogate are welcome and the team would particularly like to increase patient representation across North Yorkshire and in the more rural communities.


Guidance for venues

There is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in premises where customers and visitors spend a longer time in one place and potentially come into close contact with other people outside of their household.

To manage this risk, establishments in the following sectors, whether indoor or outdoor venues or mobile settings, must request contact details from staff, customers and visitors, and display the official NHS QR code poster:
  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas and amusement arcades
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors
  • community centres, libraries and village halls
For more information, please visit the GOV.UK website. A full list of organisations within scope in these sectors can be found in annex A

Good Finance - Cost of Capital Calculator

Good Finance has published a Cost of Capital Calculator. The cost of capital calculator provides an estimate of how much social investment could cost for your organisation, and what the monthly repayments might be. 

The purpose is to provide an example of how the cost of capital in social investment may work. Various additional factors, such as the providers of the capital, specific details, rates and fees will affect monthly repayment rates.

The roadmap out of lockdown: Key areas of focus for charities and voluntary organisations

NCVO has published a blog post focused on what questions charities and voluntary organisations need to consider as restrictions continue to be lifted.
  • What will be the impact of the furlough scheme coming to an end?
  • How can we support staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to feel safe?
  • How can we re-engage volunteers who have stepped down as a result of the pandemic?
  • How can we adapt and thrive in a post-covid-19 world?
To read the blog post, please visit the NCVO website.

Young Carers App

The free Young Carers Support App (for both Apple and Android) launched 16 March on Young Carers Action Day 2021. This first version is a collaboration between young carers, the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Partnership and Dr Knut Schroeder.
If you would like to provide feedback on the app, you can complete this survey - survey closes on 16 April. 

Wakefield Public Health CPD Programme April - July 2021

The Wakefield Public Health Learning and Development (CPD) programme which offers a wide range of free, bite-sized 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.

For more information, and to view the sessions available, please see the flyer (pdf).


WF Happy Healthy Holidays

The Government has allocated up to £1.275m to Wakefield Council from the Department for Education Healthy Activities and Food Programme to coordinate free holiday provision during 2021, including healthy food and enriching activities, for children who receive income-related free school meals. Children and young people in Wakefield District have helped to rename this project “WF Happy Healthy Holidays”.
Grant funding will be available for the voluntary and community sector, Local Authority teams and schools to provide a diverse range of activities, with healthy food, to eligible children throughout the summer and Christmas school holidays.
The webinars will give an introduction to the programme, the application process and provide an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Webinar sessions for voluntary and community organisations:
Tuesday 20 April |
10.00am - 11.30am, via Zoom
Tuesday 20 April | 6.00pm – 7.30pm, via Zoom

Click here to book your place on Eventbrite

For more information on WF Happy Healthy Holidays, please visit the Wakefield Council website.

Fleabag Support Fund
Deadline: The fund will re-open on 1 May for 5 days
The objective of this fund is to provide a small crisis grant to Theatre Workers that prove the greatest financial need. 
Clubs in Crisis Fund
Deadline: 5 May 2021
Made By Sport is a national charity aiming to raise awareness and funds to award grants to clubs/charities focused on grassroots sport for development, with a particular focus on clubs in crisis, specifically with the intention to save organisations from closure and to get them back on their feet following the pandemic.
The Clubs in Crisis Fund will specifically target organisations in crisis following Covid-19. This Fund will support groups promoting and delivering sport development outcomes primarily for young people ages 5 – 25, to enable them to recover from the pandemic with the intention of preventing closure, and getting them back on their feet. It is anticipated that some organisations will require urgent funding for financial reasons and that others will need funding to adapt their offer ensuring they can resume Covid-safe operations. Grants are available up to a maximum of £2,021. Anyone who needs more information or who wants to apply should contact Kath Lindley via phone 07576 952527 or email
Lloyds Bank Foundation
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time
Small and local charities with a yearly income of £25,000 to £1 million who are helping people experiencing complex social issues can now apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.

Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.

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.

Magic Little Grants
Deadline: 31 October 2021
Local Giving has partnered with 6 funding trusts from the People's Postcode Lottery to provide grants of £500 for small charities and community groups. In previous years, funding had to go towards projects that were delivering sports or physical activities. But this year funding can go towards any of the below projects:
  1. Improving mental wellbeing
  2. Enabling community participation in the arts
  3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. Enabling participation in physical activity
  7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
  8. Increasing community access to outdoor space


For full details on all of the below vacancies, please visit the Nova website

Operations Manager - Mental Health & Wellbeing Services, Yorkshire MESMAC
Salary: £34,788 per annum
Closing date: 16 April 2021

Senior Payroll Officer
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 23-25 starting at £27,741 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 18 April 2021

Advice Worker
, Better Leeds
Salary: SCP 19 (£25,481) pro-rata
Closing date: 19 April 2021

Senior Bereavement Practitioner
, Star Bereavement 
Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum
Closing date: 26 April 2021

Live Well Leeds Service User Consultant, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 7 – 11, starting at £20,092 pa / pro rata
Closing date: 3 May 2021

Community Safety

West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit Horizon Scanning Bulletin

The 7th edition of the bulletin can be read here (pdf).

Prevent Protect Duty

The Government is seeking views on how the Protect Duty can make the public safer at publicly accessible locations. The closing date for is the 2 July 2021, and the documentation for the consultation is available on the GOV.UK website

Security Awareness Programme from SAFE by CST

SAFE aims to help any community that feels vulnerable to violent extremism or hate crime. SAFE is hosting a series of webinars until May on a range of topics. Please contact for more information.

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The Nova Team
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