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July 2019


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's July 2019 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

Our Year 2018/19

We have recently published Nova's Our Year infographic (pdf) for 2018/19, which shows some of the things we've been up to throughout the year, take a look! We have also produced a Nova Partners infographic (pdf) which includes our partners WYCAS, PERS and Young Lives contributions.

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our new members, taking the current total to 331. The new members are:
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Third Sector Trends in the North Survey

This is a long-term study in the North of England on voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, community businesses and informal clubs, groups and societies (the 'third sector') which started in 2010 and runs right across the North of England. Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially - or just carrying on more or less as normal - the study would like to hear from you. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and you shouldn't need to check up any facts and figures to fill it in. You can complete the survey here.

Rent and rate free property to let in Wakefield

Avire is advertising an opportunity for registered charities in and around Wakefield to utilise a property completely rent and business rates free. This is an opportunity for charities looking for additional space to use on a rent and business rate free basis. Avire is able to offer two retail/office spaces for charities which can be used for retailing, drop-in centre, administration, training or even just for storage. Sizes range from 1006 - 3284 sq ft approx. The only costs you will incur for using this property will be utility bills. If any charity is looking for additional space to use, Avire can offer a 1-3 year lease with a 28 day rolling break clause. For further information or to arrange viewing please email or telephone 01295 256338.

Bus Strategy 2019-24

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is looking at how to provide information about bus services in a way that best meets people’s requirements. WYCA is asking for public feedback on the proposed Bus Information Strategy 2019-24 until 25 August 2019. Further information is available on the Your Voice website.

Castleford Students Launch DVD To Reduce Knife Crime

Wakefield District Police and Nova have funded the creation of a new DVD film based on the play Angel of Knives by 6th form Performing Arts students, The Cast, at Castleford’s Airedale Academy, who have been praised by senior officers for their production. The DVD was launched on Friday June 21 at Airedale Academy’s Phoenix Theatre and is aimed at raising awareness of knife crime and its effects across the District. The 30 minute play itself was devised entirely by the students and features them acting out scenarios involving knives including a fight, fatal knife injury and the aftermath to showcase the consequences of carrying a blade. As part of the performance, The Cast use song and dance and demonstrate that the very act of carrying a knife, even if the carrier doesn’t intend to use it, can have fatal consequences. To watch the video, please visit the West Yorkshire Police website

Social Enterprise Activity in Wakefield Survey

Wakefield Council and Nova have agreed to support researchers at Leeds Beckett University who are undertaking a study to explore the scale of Social Enterprise Activity (SEA) across the Region. Instigated by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), the research aims to:
  • Establish the scale and scope of the activity/sector
  • Examine the challenges that organisations undertaking SEA face 
  • Identify gaps in the infrastructure supporting organisations delivering SEA 
  • Formulate some practical policy options to support the development of the sector
The submission date has been extended to Friday 13 September 2019. Click this link to access the survey online.


Wakefield Just Transition Forum
19 July 2019 | 6.00pm - 8.00pm, Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre, Lower York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LJ
Join the new network of campaigners in Wakefield, aiming to find low carbon solutions, and respond to the Council’s pledge to make Wakefield carbon neutral by 2030. How can we make this happen? School strikers, students, neighbours, workers, scientists, businesses, employers, trade unions, engineers, environmental activists, faith groups, designers are all needed to join in to meet this massive challenge.

WYCAS Advice Surgery - Wakefield
6 August 2019 | 10.00am - 1.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This is an opportunity to meet Rhys North from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) to chat through and seek advice on any finance or accounting issues or queries you have. You can also use the surgery simply to drop-off or collect your accounting records.

Nova Governance Masterclass - Volunteers and the Law
3 September 2019 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
The Volunteers and the Law session covers various topics relevant to volunteer co-ordinators, groups of volunteers and those connected with the third sector. From who is a volunteer, through legal rights and responsibilities, to health and safety issues. Andrew Marsden, Brearleys Solicitors, will be delivering the session.

WYCAS Advice Surgery - Wakefield
10 September 2019 | 10.00am - 1.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This is an opportunity to meet Rhys North from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) to chat through and seek advice on any finance or accounting issues or queries you have. You can also use the surgery simply to drop-off or collect your accounting records.

ROC Wakefield
18 September 2019 | 7.00pm - 9.00pm, Unity Hall, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP
The ROC Conversation is coming to Wakefield. If you live, work, socialise or have an interest in this community, then you are invited to save the date, Wednesday 18 September. Attend to celebrate the good that is already happening in our community. Discover how we can support those who work to serve us. Help identify the key issues that really need addressing. Get involved in suggesting practical solutions. Become a part of the Action Team to ensure the Conversation isn’t just talk.


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:

Co-op Foundation - Space to Connect fund
Application deadline: 31 July 2019 (Enhance) and 12 August 2019 (Explore)
The Co-op Foundation is currently open to applications for grants through our Space to Connect fund. Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. There are two different strands of funding:

  • ‘Enhance’: grants of £30,000 to £50,000 are available for organisations that are already using community spaces in innovative and creative ways to help them expand their activities and embed financially sustainable ways of working. Applications close on 31 July 2019. 
  • ‘Explore’: grants of up to £10,000 are available to help communities start to explore ways that local challenges that could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use. Applications close on 12 August 2019. 

Coalfield's Community Investment Programme
Application deadline: 13 September 2019
Key changes to the programme:

  • The theme has now been changed to health and wellbeing and will encompass projects that address food poverty, debt advice, mental health issues, substance misuse, social isolation or projects increasing participation in physical activity.
  • The Trust will now fund Core Costs up to 50% of the total costs requested from the Trust. This can include Operational Costs and Administration & Management.
Rural Community Energy Fund
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
This is a funding scheme to support rural communities across England wanting to set up renewable energy projects in their area. The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. RCEF provides support to rural communities in 2 stages:
  • Stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project
  • Stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes

Wakefield Council Community Grants Scheme
Application deadline: There are rolling deadlines
Wakefield Council offers 3 community grant schemes for funding of £1,000 or under. Grants are given to enhance the development and capability of community groups to engage their communities and carry out activities. There are 3 types of community grant:

  • Neighbourhood Improvement Fund
  • Community Development Fund
  • Food Bank Support Fund

Each fund has its own set of eligibility criteria outlined in this guidance.

Power to Change - More than a Pub
Application deadline: The programme will be open for applications until all of the funding and support has been allocated. This is expected to be by September 2020​.
This £3.85 million England wide programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. More than a Pub aims to increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading and also to grow the range of services they offer to help the wider community. Services provided by community pubs could include a shop, post office, library, internet café, cash point, police surgeries, lunch clubs for the elderly, prescription services and informal meeting spaces for a range of community activities such as sports teams, choirs, live music and walking groups.

Places to Ride Programme
Application deadline: 15 January 2021
The Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England. The programme has been made possible through a new £15million commitment from Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community can apply.

B&CE Charitable Trust
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to support people with education and training in construction and construction industry related Occupational Health and Safety initiatives.

Wakefield Energy and Homeowner Support Schemes
Wakefield Council has various funding and support schemes. For full details, please visit the Nova website.

Jobs and Training


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

Senior Manager, Turning Lives Around
Salary: £32,552 per annum
Closing date: 15 July 2019

Live Well Wakefield Advisor (up to x 7 posts), Nova Wakefield District Limited
Salary: £22,795 per annum
Closing date: 16 July 2019

Development Manager - Employment and Skills Service
, Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Salary: £34,839 per annum
Closing date: 29 July 2019

Chief Executive Officer, St George's Lupset Ltd
Salary: Within the range £40,000 - £44,000 per annum
Closing date: 2 August 2019

Community Development Worker, St Catherine's Church Centre
Salary: £15,600 per annum
Closing date: 14 August 2019

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


Wakefield Public Health Learning and Development (CPD) Programme
September - December 2019 | Various times and locations
The programme offers a wide range of free, bite-sized learning opportunities for workers and volunteers in the Wakefield District. Please see the programme (pdf) for full details. Please note that booking is essential for attending these sessions.

Heavily subsidised training courses in Sheffield 2019
5 September 2019 | Various sessions
The FSI's popular small charity training is coming to Sheffield this September. Choose from 3 different courses covering topics including Developing Your Fundraising Strategy, Managing Event Fundraising Successfully and Demonstrating Your Impact. 

Yorkshire Passion
24 July 2019 | Two different times and locations 
This is a free customer service training programme for people who work with the general public. The aim of the programme is to develop high quality customer service and increase knowledge about the Wakefield District’s cultural offer. It is presented through two short plays and a film (written by John Godber), and through a workshop discussion and presentation. Yorkshire Passion sessions are FREE of charge. Each session will last approx. 2¼ hours. The training is presented by Theatre Royal Wakefield and Wakefield Cultural Consortium, with thanks to Arts Council England and Wakefield Council.

Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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