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January 2020


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's first e-bulletin of the new decade!

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

500,000 Poles apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Security Minister Brandon Lewis has announced that there have been more than 500,000 applications from Polish nationals to the EU Settlement Scheme, the highest of any nationality, according to the latest official statistics. It comes as the latest internal figures show the total number of applications passed more than 2.8 million applications with nearly 2.5 million granted status, according to comments made by the Minister in the House of Commons last week. The official statistics show that up to the end of December 2019, the highest number of applications were from Polish nationals who made up around 19 per cent of all applications.
Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis said: “It’s fantastic that more than 500,000 Polish people have applied - they are our friends, family and neighbours and contribute so much to this country. The EU Settlement Scheme is free and straightforward, we have more than 1,500 staff supporting applicants and I encourage all those who haven’t already done so to apply now.”
The EU Settlement Scheme is designed to make it straightforward for EU citizens and their family members to stay after the UK leaves the EU. To apply they only need to complete three key steps – prove their identity, show that they live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions. EU citizens have until 30 June 2021 to make an application.
To help raise awareness of the scheme at a local level, the Home Office is holding a series of pop-up events across the UK where staff will answer questions and help people to apply in person. The next will be held in Birmingham for Polish nationals on Thursday 30 January 2020.
Poland’s Ambassador to the UK Arkady Rzegocki said: “I would like to draw the attention of all Polish people living in the UK who do not have British citizenship to the need to submit an application for settled status. It is essential they do so if they wish to stay in this country after Brexit.”
A wide range of support is also available online, over the phone and in person to help EU citizens apply. There are over 1,500 Home Office staff working on the EU Settlement Scheme and 250 Settlement Resolution Centre staff supporting applicants with any questions about the Scheme or who need help applying.
The Home Office has also awarded up to £9 million to 57 voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK to help reach an estimated 200,000 vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their family members.
CEO Ian Cockerill of Nova Wakefield District Limited said: “We’re one of the 57 organisations across the UK to have received funding from the Home Office to provide practical support to vulnerable people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. The great news is that so far the funding has helped us to support more than 450 Polish nationals to apply to the Scheme. We’re here to help and we urge anyone in our area who wants support applying to get in touch with us here at Nova or directly with MJ Languages - Polish Community Centre.”
Additional support is also available to those EU citizens in the UK who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply. This includes over 300 assisted digital locations across the UK where people can be supported through their application and over 80 locations where people can have their passport scanned and verified.

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our 4 new members taking the current total to 351. The new members are:
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West Yorkshire Police’s Partnership Intelligence Portal

Nova would like to make members aware of the Partnership Intelligence Portal and how you can help and support agencies to safeguard your community by reporting community tensions as they appear. West Yorkshire Police’s Partnership Intelligence Portal allows organisations to register for the portal and provide feedback about their local knowledge to the police. The portal is managed by the Police across the whole of West Yorkshire. It enables participating organisations to pass through details of things they are noticing which are a cause for concern (not necessarily criminal activity). Each organisation is given one log on to the portal and then identifies ‘named persons' who can contribute information through an online form. You won’t receive feedback about how the information you pass on has been used, but you can be confident it will help to shape partners’ responses.
Please note that the Portal is undergoing ongoing development and West Yorkshire Police is keen to receive feedback, particularly around the language used. If you have comments or feedback please contact Abigail Harper, Senior Intelligence Evaluator, Intelligence Management Unit: Further information can be found here about the Partnership Intelligence Portal.

Long Division Festival - Party 1 February 2020

Long Division has free tickets for the party on 1 February 2020. Tickets are usually £10 but Long Division would like to offer the free tickets out to volunteers, carers, and people who access services in Wakefield District. The main band will be a brass band. Please visit Eventbrite and use code 'LD2020' for a free ticket. There is a limit of 100 free tickets.

Well Women Centre - Open House Sessions

Well Women Centre is providing a range of Open House sessions that are taking place around Wakefield District. Open House is a free women only group that offers a mixture of self-help and self-care workshops, craft and practical activities, and the chance to meet new people and make new friends. The Open House sessions are taking place at Hemsworth, Park Green Surgery, St Swithun's Community Centre, Pomfret, Lightwaves, St George's and Kendal Drive. Women can just turn up on the day, there's no need to book. 

Impact Garden

Impact Garden is a knowledge and resource sharing platform, providing a window to the world of sustainability and impact. The website has been rebooted in 2019 with the support of a global team of contributors to help support you. The site is organised into the following sections: Disclaimer: Nova does not endorse any information/organisations that are included within the e-bulletin. Information/organisations are included simply to share information between interested organisations.


No more Blue Mondays
20 January 2020 | 12.00pm - 3.00pm, Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2HQ
This event is hosted by Wakefield and Five Towns Recovery College and will feature stalls from over 30 local, community and charitable organisations offering information about everything from mental wellbeing to debt or benefits advice, physical health to coping with loneliness, local activity groups to dealing with carer’s stress. You can also experience free wellbeing taster sessions including aromatherapy, relaxation, theatre and music, physical activity, felt crafting, floral art design and more.

ACES, SPACES and LEARNING - A day of trauma informed education for all
24 January 2020 | 9.30am - 4.30pm, National Coal Mining Museum for England, New Road, Overton, WF4 4RH
This full day conference will explore the effect of trauma on a child and the impact that this can have on their learning and development and their overall wellbeing. The day is intended to give you a deep dive into understanding children and young people who have been affected by any kind of trauma and how you can relate to them, assist and support them. This really is THE research-based way to be WITH young people and be that one person to make a lifelong impact.

Spend a night shift down the pit
5 February 2020 | 11.00pm - 1.00am, National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH
Following a successful launch of this year’s Winter Fuel Challenge, where £16,411 was raised in one week, Community Foundation Wakefield District would now like to invite you to help bring direct aid to local families in need of emergency support this winter. “A Night Shift down the Pit” is taking place on Wednesday 5 February 2020 from 11pm for approximately 2 hours. This unique event has already received support from Chadwick Lawrence, Direct Marketing, OE Electrical, Jolliffe Cork and the National Coal Mining Museum. You will be going underground with TV presenter, Harry Gration and individual supporters who are happy to start the New Year helping keep local families warm over this Winter. To book your place email (07933 544 077) or go online and sign up via Alternatively, you can visit the Just-Giving page to offer your support

How to be an Effective Chair
12 February 2020 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This Governance Masterclass session is aimed at chairs/trustees of organisations, to provide an overview of what steps to take to become a successful chair. The session will include:
  • The role of the chair
  • What makes a 'good' chair of trustees
  • Governing the Board effectively
  • Communicating with the Board and Staff
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • Useful resources and links to access
  • Questions and answers

This session will be delivered by Mary Roche, Nova Adviser - Community and Enterprise Development.

Promoting your Organisation
24 March 2020 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Come along to this Learning and Networking session to find out various ways to promote your organisation. This session will explore top tips for promoting your organisation, which may be through social media, in print, through your website, by word of mouth and more. Natalie Jones, Nova Adviser - Communication and Evaluation, will be delivering the session.


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:

British Cycling Places to Ride Programme
Application deadline: Stage One Applications up to 15 January 2021
The funding is available to any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate your local space, through to a brand new cycling facility.

Tesco Bags of Help
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time 
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Grants of up to £2,000 are available. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Village Hall Improvement Fund
Application deadline: 31 March 2020
The Government is making £3 million available to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms. The new funding will cover 20% of the total costs of a project. The remaining funding comes from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants.

#iwill Youth Social Action Programme
Application deadline: 20 February 2020
#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible by the year 2020. The #iwillFund looks to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their potential and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places.
  • Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • Projects can be up to a year in duration.
  • Grants should deliver campaigning, fundraising and/or volunteering opportunities for young people age 10 to 20 years old, or up to 25 for disabled people.
CLLD Small Capital Grants Fund
Application deadline: Applications assessed on a rolling basis
Building Powerful Communities is part of the European funded People Enabling Area Transformation Project (PEAT) which is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme that is part financed by the European Structural and Investment Fund, and will run until the end of 2021 in the areas of Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall & South Kirkby and Hemsworth. 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.

Coalfields Community Investment Programme
Application deadline: The Eligibility survey closes at 5pm on 28 February 2020. The deadline for applications is 13 March 2020 at 5pm.
The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:
  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health & Wellbeing: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Jobs and Training


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

Generalist HR Assistant, Cloverleaf Advocacy
Salary: £18,000 - £20,000 pro rata
Closing date: 20 January 2020

Team Leader, Foundation
Salary: £24,799 - £26,999 per annum
Closing date: 26 January 2020

Case Worker
, Community Links
Salary: £22,911 - £26,317 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date: 26 January 2020

Community Development Worker - HIV Prevention and Support
, Yorkshire MESMAC
Salary: £24,799 pro rata per annum
Closing date: 31 January 2020

Community Research Officer, Healthwatch Wakefield
Salary: £27,361 pro rata
Closing date: 7 February 2020

Operations Manager, Healthwatch Wakefield
Salary: £30,357 per annum
Closing date: 7 February 2020

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


Grow Your Wellbeing
Athelas CIC is running a programme called ‘Grow Your Wellbeing’. It aims to help individuals who are economically inactive and/or unemployed for a minimum of 6 months. Initially they are offering 2 blocks of 10 sessions. The first 10 sessions will commence on Friday 17 January 2020 and will run 10am until 12noon. The focus will be around woodland management, nature and conservation. The second block will also begin on Friday 17 January, but will run 1pm until 3pm. The focus will be on innovative and creative activities that can happen in the outdoors. Both blocks of sessions will aim to build skills, confidence and motivation through active outdoor activities. The sessions are free and will take place at Bullcliffe Woods, off Denby Dale Road (A636). Athelas CIC will provide transport from Wakefield Health Centre on Drury Lane for those who do not drive. Athelas CIC ask that they are able to meet each participant before the course begins as there is some paperwork to complete. If anyone has any questions or queries about the course please email or phone 07933955928.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Two Day Course
27 and 28 January 2020 | 8.45am (registration) - 5pm, Samaritans Training Suite, Charlotte Street, Wakefield, WF1 1UL
Developed by MHFA England, this two-day course qualifies delegates as mental health first aiders. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance. This course is suitable for those who want to gain the necessary skills to have a non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support. Please contact for more information. 
Cost is £200pp and includes light lunch on both days and all course material including MHFA manual, workbook, certificate & aide memoire. Payment is required prior to commencement of the course.

FSI Small Charity Training
10 March 2020 9.45am – 4.30pm (registration from 09.15), St George’s Conference Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL
If you’re a small but vital charity in or around Leeds, don’t miss the FSI's popular small charity training. Explore 3 different courses covering fundraising, developing your case for support, and developing corporate relationships. These sessions are heavily subsidised and fill up fast, so book your spaces now.  
Best wishes,
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