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December 2018


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's December 2018 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

Office closure 

The Nova office will close on Monday 24 December 2018 at 12pm. The office will reopen at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019. From all of us at Nova, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We look forward to working with you all in 2019!

Warwick Ahead Community Engagement Worker - still time to apply!

There is still time to apply for the Warwick Ahead Community Engagement Worker post! The Warwick Ahead Community Board (through Nova Wakefield District Limited, which will be the employing organisation) is looking to recruit a Warwick Ahead Community Engagement Worker. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative project with local people. The deadline for applications is 21 December 2018. For more information, and to apply, please visit the Nova website.

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our 3 new Nova Members, taking the total to 320. The new Nova Members are:
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Local Charities Day - 14 December 2018

On Friday 14 December 2018, it was Local Charities Day. Local Charities Day is organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Local Charities Day builds on the government’s commitment to enhancing relationships between businesses, charities and local areas, in order to help communities grow. In Wakefield, there are currently 772 registered charities. These range from small community groups, to large national charities operating in the Wakefield District. The contribution that voluntary and community organisations make to the District is immense and thoroughly deserves recognition.


Ridings FM free advertising

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are able to advertise events free of charge on the Ridings FM website. The events are added to the events calendar on the website. In order to advertise events, you must sign up to Ridings FM VIP Club. This allows you to edit and cancel your own events. Signing up is free. 

Age UK Wakefield District - The Big Knit

Age UK Wakefield District is seeking knitters to take part in their Big Knit. Knitters of all ages can get involved in this exciting campaign to make lots of tiny hats for the top of innocent smoothie bottles. For more information, please visit the Age UK Wakefield District website. The deadline for knitting the hats is 10 January 2019.

Public Health substance misuse services review 

Wakefield Council is responsible for the commissioning of a range of Public Health services across the district including Inspiring Recovery, Young People’s Substance Misuse Service and the Alcohol Liaison Service based at Pinderfields General Hospital. The Council is currently reviewing the Inspiring Recovery, Young People’s Substance Misuse Service and the Alcohol Liaison Service based a Pinderfields General Hospital. Wakefield Council is seeking the views of anyone who has an interest in Inspiring Recovery, Young People’s Substance Misuse Service and the Alcohol Liaison Service; particularly staff, service users and partners who work with the services. If you would like to share your views, please complete the online survey, the deadline is midnight on Sunday 27 January 2019. If you need assistance with the survey please contact Alison Andrews, Commissioning Manager, 01924 305690 or email

Work experience opportunities wanted

The Alternative Provision Department at Leeds City College is seeking possible work experience placements for its students, aged 14 to 19 to gain valuable work experience in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield. The placements would be for either one day a week between now and Easter next year or for one full working week in the New Year. If you would be interested in priovind a placement, please contact Andrew McCann, Work Experience Officer, by emailing

Spectrum Community Health Outreach Workers

Spectrum Community Health Outreach Workers, covering Barnsley and Wakefield, engage with vulnerable adults and young people, offering them health promotion and an opportunity to screen for STIs. In addition to this, the Outreach Workers can provide C-cards and free condoms via the C-card scheme. Small teaching sessions covering a range of topics, such as: sexual health, consent, and contraception are also available. If you feel this service will be a benefit to young people you may work with, or know of any groups that would benefit from this service, please contact Kendal Hesford, Outreach Worker, by emailing


Nova Learning and Networking - Bookkeeping using Excel
29 January 2019 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This session will be delivered by WYCAS, and is an introduction to the excel cashbook which records your finances. The session will include:
  • Reviewing the structure of the linked spreadsheet.
  • Set up a fictional organisation with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts.
  • Input data and review how inputs produce a financial report for use in the year.

Laptops are provided, a basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed.

Yorkshire MESMAC Free LGBT History Month presentation
1 February 2019 to 28 February 2019 | Date, time and venue can be arranged
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. This short presentation delivered by MESMAC will cover events and people of interest both globally and locally. Please contact MESMAC if you would like the presentation delivering for your organisation, by contacting Mark Tyson, Community Development Worker, by emailing or calling 01924 211 116.

Nova Learning and Networking - THE PERS HR Handbook
12 February 2019 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This Learning and Networking session will be based on the Pay and Employment Rights Service (PERS) HR Handbook. The session will cover the three levels in the PERS HR Handbook:
  • The Lawful Employer
  • The Good Practice Employer
  • The Strategic Employer

This session will be delivered by a PERS trainer.


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:

National Churches Trust - Foundation Grants Programme
Application deadline: 10 January 2019 
The National Churches Trust supports church and chapel buildings open for worship throughout the UK. It funds urgent repairs and modernisation, provides expert advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism. The National Churches Trust has launched its new grants programme in line with the Trust's new strategy for 2019-2023. The funding is for projects which can demonstrate how they meet the outcome in line with the new strategy:
  • Preserving heritage
  • Promoting sustainability
  • Inspiring support
Pocket Parks for Communities
Application deadline: 25 January 2019
The Government has launched the Pocket Parks Plus fund to support local community groups to develop their own small plots of land which provide an oasis from urban life and that help improve the physical and mental health of surrounding communities.

Veolia Environmental Trust
Application deadline: 28 February 2019
Grants of £10,000 - £75,000 are available for capital improvement projects for community buildings (including churches) and outdoor spaces. Grants are available for capital improvement projects in one of the following categories:
  • Community buildings and rooms: e.g. community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, Scout or Girl guiding buildings
  • Outdoor spaces: e.g. public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths
  • Play and recreation: e.g. play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms
Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund
Application deadline: 28 February 2019
Provided by Greggs Foundation and administered by seven charity committees throughout Great Britain, the Fund is available for sustainable and new or innovative approaches to supporting and improving the resilience of communities of interest in England, Scotland and Wales. Eligible communities of interest include people who are:
  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need
Wakefield Warm Homes
Application deadline: The scheme ends in March 2019
The Warm Homes Fund provides gas central heating to help people save energy and stay warm in their homes. The funding is available for a limited time and will be given to those who apply first. 

Jobs and Training


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

Kirklees Advocacy Service Advocate, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale 6 (scp 26 - 28), starting at £23,866 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 19 December 2018

Warwick Ahead Community Engagement Worker, Warwick Ahead
Salary: £26,000 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date: 21 December 2018

Tempoary Youth Support Worker
, Rycroft Lesisure
Salary: £8.76 per hour (based on NJC Point 10)
Closing date: 21 December 2018

Finance Director (Designated Deputy Chief Executive)
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 47-51 starting at £42,806 – £46,608 per annum
Closing date: 28 December 2018

Community Based Mental Health Servcie Manager
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale PO3, scale points 38 – 41 starting at £34,106 per annum
Closing date: 7 January 2019

Job advertising is free for Nova members or £25 per job for non-members.


Succeed - Training and Development
Date, time and location of training can be arranged.
No cost high quality training support for voluntary organisations and community enterprises. Succeed offers training on a range of topics. Please see the flyer for more information.

Live Well Wakefield Workshops
September 2018 - March 2019 | Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
There are several workshops that Live Well Wakefield are facilitating in the coming months at Nova. Each course is free and is provided by your local NHS. The workshops do not interfere with any treatment you are currently receiving as it compliments other healthcare programmes.

Free Yorkshire Ambulance Service First Aid training
Date and location can be arranged
Yorkshire Ambulance Service is offering FREE 2.5 hr First Aid Awareness courses to communities across the Yorkshire Ambulance Service area of North, South, West and East Yorkshire. The course covers:
  • How to recognise a Suspected Heart Attack
  • How, when and why to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Demonstration with AED Training Machine
  • How to perform Hands-Only Chest Compressions (CPR)
  • How, when and why to place an Unconscious Breathing person into the Recovery Position
  • How to recognise and deal with a Choking Situation
  • How to deal with a Suspected Stroke (FAST)
  • How to deal with Life-Threatening or Serious Bleeding
  • (Adult – Child – Baby protocols will be shown)
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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