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September 2018


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's September 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

Third Sector Strategy event

We had an amazing turnout on the 12 September for our Third Sector Strategy Event and Nova EGM. Over 50 people from more than 40 different organisations shared their valuable time with us. The range of ideas and suggestions given to improve the proposals published in August were really constructive, innovative and evidence of the talent that exists within our District that make so many good things happen in our communities. Some of the areas highlighted included:
  • Being consistent with language – no acronyms!
  • Be able to measure our impact
  • Be clear about what we mean by "improving wellbeing"
  • Recognise and celebrate the diversity and achievements of the sector in the here and now
We have much to do to continue to take this forward and will revise the proposal to reflect all of the contributions made on the 12 September before we continue our consultation with our partners including the Council and the CCG, and as many more people within the Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise sector as we can reach. We will provide an update on progress at our next Big Conversation/AGM on the 26 October and in future e-bulletins. The EGM was also a success with overwhelming support for the changes in our rules affecting the number of members we need to be quorate for future general meetings reflecting the continued growth in our membership which now stands at 309 organisations.

Nova 2018 AGM - Save the date!

Nova is holding the 2018 AGM and 'Big Conversation' on Social Prescribing on 26 October 2018, at Unity Hall, Wakefield. This event will celebrate and share current good practice and success stories on social prescribing projects that have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people in Wakefield District. Paula Sheriff, Shadow Minister, Health and MP for Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale & Kirkburton will be delivering the guest speech. Paula will be talking about the Shadow Government's view on social solutions to health and wellbeing, and its impact on the mental health of the population. For more details on the programme for the day, please visit the Nova website


Nova Workshop in Wakefield Business Week 2018

Nova is set to host a 30 minute workshop during Wakefield Business Week 2018. The workshop will be taking place 1.00pm - 1.30pm on Wednesday 3 October 2018, at Unity Hall. In this workshop, we will provide you with an introduction to the VCSE sector, explore how the sector operates, and talk about the contributions it makes to the economy in Wakefield District. We will also provide details on how other sectors can add value to, and work with, the VCSE sector.

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our 10 new Nova Members, taking the total to 309. The new Nova Members are:
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PCC September newsletter

Please visit the West Yorkshire PCC website to view their September 2018 newsletter. 

Reading Ahead

Wakefield Libraries would like to hear from voluntary and community sector organisations and groups that would be interested in taking part in Reading Ahead. Reading Ahead is an initiative that started in 2008 and since then has helped many adults and young people build in confidence and benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life. Reading Ahead invites participants to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a diary in order to get a certificate. The programme isn't just about books – it's about newspapers, magazines and websites too. The aim is that participants challenge themselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process. For more information, please visit the Nova website.

Fund launching soon for charities/organisations working with the homeless and youth

Access has announced £40m fund to improve charities' business skills. The Enterprise Development Programme will consist of grants and training opportunities for charities and social enterprises. The Enterprise Development Programme, which will be worth approximately £8m a year for the next five years, will be launched later this month with two year-long pilot schemes focused on the youth and homelessness sectors. For more information, please visit the Third Sector website.

Wakefield Business Week 2018

Wakefield Business Week 2018 is taking place from Monday 1 October - Friday 5 October 2018. For the full programme of events, and booking information, please visit the Wakefield First website

Volunteer Fair at Wakefield College

As part of Wakefield College's Making a Positive Contribution Week, Monday 19 November - Friday 23 November, they are holding two Volunteer Fairs. There is a fair at Castleford Campus on Tuesday 20 November and Wakefield City Campus on Thursday 22 November, both running 11.00am to 2.00pm. The idea of the fairs is to raise student awareness on the variety of organisations that make a difference in the community and to offer potential opportunities to become involved in a volunteer service. If you would like to be involved please contact Steve Handley (Activity Leader) by email at or by calling 01924 789789.

Blog on providing references

Anne Gilchrist, HR Consultant, has written a blog on employment references. The blog post includes information on what an employment reference can include, when they are needed, providing bad references, and more. The post also includes a link to the new Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) guidance. To read the blog post, please visit the Personalise HR website


Nova Learning and Networking - Big Lottery Fund Programmes Information Session
27 September 2018 | 9.30am - 11.30am, Upton Community Library, Waggon Lane, Upton, Pontefract, WF9 1JS
This session will provide an overview of three Big Lottery Fund Programmes: Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships. Big Lottery Funding Officers will outline some of the recent changes, give more detail about the programmes and give some hints and tips on developing successful applications. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the Big Lottery Funding Officers and share some of your ideas for projects.

Focus on Funding Event
3 October 2018 | 9.30am - 4.30pm, Jubilee Church, Jubilee Central, 62 King Edward Street, Hull, HU1 3SQ
The Focus on Funding event will return this year in Hull. This year, the morning session (9.30am to 1pm) will be dedicated to funding advisors, development workers and funders, and then after lunch the event will be opened to voluntary and community sector groups from across Yorkshire & Humber for a funders fair (1pm to 4.30pm).

Launch Event for a New Women's Fund
11 October 2018 | 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Hatfeild Hall, Normanton Golf Club, Aberford Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4JP
To celebrate its 10th year, the Community Foundation Wakefield District is delighted to announce that it is setting up this new fund in order to provide financial support for groups and organisations helping vulnerable women of all ages with complex needs, across the whole of the Metropolitan District. The Fund aims to help individual women without financial support to fulfil their aspirations, whatever they may be. The new Women's Fund is being launched at Hatfeild Hall (Normanton Golf Club) on Thursday 11 October 2018.

Nova Learning and Networking - Safer Recruitment
16 October 2018 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This session will look at safe recruitment which is a key component of a safeguarding children audit, use case studies to look at decision making regarding DBS Checks and explore golden rules of information sharing. Emily Castle, Young Lives Consortium, will be delivering the session.

Let's Talk Good Finance Event
23 October 2018 | 9.30am - 12.30pm, Voluntary Action Leeds, 24 Lupton Street, Leeds, LS10 2QW
In Partnership with Big Society Capital, Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber are pleased to host a Let's Talk Good Finance event. This session is designed to offer third sector organisations the following opportunities:
  • To speak to charity and social enterprise leaders who have already accessed social investment
  • To meet potential social investors
  • To learn about new social investment initiatives, funds and instruments
  • To be able to ask questions in a safe and non-judgemental space
  • To understand more about when social investment is not suitable or appropriate
Introduction to Social Change and Campaigning Workshop
29 October 2018 | 10.00am - 5.00pm, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is running a workshop focused on Social Change and Campaigning. It is designed for those interested in social change and change making. It is for people new to campaigns or who have found themselves campaigning by accident and who want to know more. Participants will improve their understanding, skills and knowledge of change making, including understanding more about how change happens and be more effective at developing a campaign strategy. The workshop will also provide participants with the opportunity to meet other campaigners, develop their professional network and receive peer support.


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:

Digital Inclusion Fund
Application deadline: 1 October 2018
The Fund aims to help older and disabled people, who might otherwise not access the internet, to acquire essential digital skills and to demonstrate how digital inclusion can improve their lives and wellbeing.

Community Partnering Fund
Application deadline:  Noon on 16 October 2018
Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to be working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to double the available funding to enable local organisations and community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth or the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects.

Triangle Trust 
Application deadline: 23 October 2018
The Triangle Trust provides funding twice a year through its Development Grants programme: one round is held for organisations working with carers and the other round is for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders. Applications are currently being accepted for work with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.

Integrated Communities English Language Programme
Application deadline: 31 October 2018
The Integrated Communities English Language Programme, due to commence in April 2019, aims to tackle a lack of English language skills, which has been identified by the government as one of the key causes of poor integration. 

Jobs and Training


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

Trustees, Kidz Aware
Salary: N/A
Closing date: N/A

Trustees, Beam
Salary: N/A
Closing date: N/A

Community Fundraiser, Open Country
Salary: £23,000 - O.T.E £27,000
Closing date: 28 September 2018

Office Administrator
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale 4 - Spinal Column 18-21, starting at £18,870 pa/pro-rata
Closing date: 5 October 2018

Home Support Assistants - Home Support Service, Age UK Wakefield District
Salary: £8.50 per hour
Closing date: 5 October 2018

Support Worker (Budgeting and Skills)
, Better Leeds Communities
Salary: SCP 25 (£23,111) pro-rata
Closing date: 15 October 2018

Warwick Ahead Community Engagement Worker, Warwick Ahead Big Local Partnership
Salary: £26,000 pro rata
Closing date: The job advert will be live on Monday 24 October 2018
The purpose of the Community Engagement Worker is to raise awareness of Warwick Ahead Big Local within the community and to build relationships with local people, groups and organisations. To support and encourage residents and local groups to take a positive and active role in community life and in Warwick Ahead Big Local, supporting the Partnership with the development and progress of the Community plan. To work as part of a team with workers, volunteers and agencies in achieving the Community vision of Warwick Ahead Big Local Partnership.

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


WYCAS e-learning programme
10 September - 7 December 2018
The WYCAS award winning, accredited e-learning course Financial Practice and Procedures is now taking bookings. The course fee is £500 and will require 30 hours of student learning time. You can access the course remotely from your computer to allow you to learn from the materials and submit assessments in your own time.

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service training opportunities
28 June - 5 December 2018 | Various council venues
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service has organised a full programme of training sessions for the Wakefield workforce. For more information, please see the programme (Word).

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.

Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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