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Welcome to the Nova December 2020 e-bulletin. This update provides information on the latest news, support, funding and jobs to help voluntary and community groups in Wakefield District.

News

Local Contact Tracing Service

A Wakefield and Kirklees Local Contact Tracing Service (LCTS) has been launched to reach residents who may either have tested Covid-19 positive or have been in close contact with someone who has.

If the NHS Test & Trace team has been unable to reach a resident in within 24 hours of them being alerted by the app, their details will be passed to the local service. The LCTS will text first to say they will call. The text and calls will come from a 01924 number.

Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 (a persistent cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) they should isolate immediately and book a test online via the government website. Wakefield residents who need help in getting a test should call 01924 224497. All NHS Covid-19 tests are free.

For further information on the LCTS, please visit the Wakefield Council website.

Help at The Hub

Help at The Hub is a partnership approach to help everyone deal with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

Advisers from Citizens Advice Wakefield District are now offering a range of free services/support. The following 9 venues will be hosting the sessions:

  • Castleford Heritage Centre
  • St Mary's Community Centre
  • Ossett Town Hall
  • Havercroft & Ryhill Community Learning Centre
  • Kellingley Club
  • St George's Community Centre
  • Eastmoor Community Project
  • Westfield Centre South Elmsall
  • Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre

Polish Community Centre/MJ Languages are also in a couple of the venues - please check with your local hub to find out what support is available at that specific hub. ​

In the New Year, a number of new partners will be joining in with the project, including Adult Education Services, Step Up, DWP and mental health services​.​​

For more information, and for the times that the Advisers are at each venue, please see the leaflet (pdf) and the Wakefield Council website


Covid-19 Restrictions - Christmas Bubbles

Between 23 and 27 December 2020 you can make a Christmas bubble with friends and family.
  • You can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households.
  • You can only be in one Christmas bubble.
  • You cannot change your Christmas bubble.
  • You can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble.
  • You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.
  • You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying.
  • You cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble.

For more information, please visit the gov.uk website.


Memory Action Group seeking office space

Jan Archbold, along with other carers, set up the Memory Action Group (MAG) in April 2018 as a peer support group for people living with dementia and their carers. The group currently runs drop-ins on Wednesday and Friday afternoons in West Wakefield Methodist Church.

Recently the Alzheimer’s Society office in Wakefield closed and MAG has become a focal point for people living with dementia. Services are in high demand and Jan would like to move to a dedicated space the group can call their own and eventually operate five days a week. Do you have space to rent?

At least one room is required with space for group activities for 10 to 25 people. Disabled access is a requirement including a disabled toilet, and access to a kitchen; parking and outdoor space would be a bonus. Anywhere in Wakefield District would be considered.

Please reply to Jan via email: jan.archbold@outlook.com for further information.

Give the gift of warmth campaign

In our local communities, there are many people still living in fuel poverty. People who spend every hour in bed just to keep warm and families that have to choose between eating and heating. Following the continuing harsh effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, many more communities will suffer the effects of fuel poverty, this winter.  
To raise funds, Community Foundation Wakefield District is holding a treasure hunt in the beautiful grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Teams of 6 friends/colleagues can enter at just £25 per person. Time slots will be allocated throughout the day. Please email theresa.barrett@wakefieldcf.org.uk to register.  

Last year, thanks to the support of WDH, Wakefield Council, the public and local businesses, the Fuel Poverty campaign provided emergency winter fuel grants to over 600 households and this year the target is to support 800 households.  
 

DWP Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS)

Nova completed an EOI to People Plus for the Commercial Agreement for the delivery of the provision of employment and health related services (CAEHRS). Nova is now included in their framework for delivery in Wakefield. More information on the Commercial Agreement can be found on the People Plus website
 

Wakefield District Covid-19 weekly data

The weekly Covid-19 update from the Public Health team at Wakefield Council has been published.

The full briefing to go with the update is also available on the Wakefield Council website

Support

NCVO - Volunteering Round Up

NCVO has published its Volunteering Round-Up for December 2020. In the Round-Up, there is information on:
  • Dates for 2021 Good Practice in Volunteer Management training sessions
  • Disclosure and Barring Service update
  • NHS Volunteer Responder programme and webinar
Please visit the NCVO website to read the Round-Up.
 

Spending Review 2020

On 25 November 2020, the Government published the Spending Review 2020, which sets the Government’s spending for the coming year.

The Chancellor stated that next rear the Government will provide:
  • Billions of pounds to help tackle Covid-19 next year
  • Increased funding to deliver stronger public services
  • £100 billion capital spending including infrastructure to drive UK’s recovery and support jobs
For more information, please visit the gov.uk website
 

Create Your Own Career

This course is provided by Sustain Wakefield. Create Your Own Career is aimed at individuals who are not working or in education for a variety of reasons. If you are long-term unemployed, economically inactive and face barriers to working, self-employment could offer you a real chance to be part of the labour market. Sustain Wakefield will work with participants on  confidence, motivation and business ideas so that they are prepared to be self-employed.

This programme is FREE for eligible participants. Sustain Wakefield will support participants to start their own business through a series of group training sessions, peer networking and one-to-one coaching and support. Due to Covid-19, the programme will be delivered mainly online, with 9 out of the 12 workshops online and 3 delivered in person. The first peer networking/coaching session will be face to face with the other two being virtual. All the one-to-one sessions will be delivered online.

The programme will be 20 weeks long and participants will be expected to engage with Sustain Wakefield for this period. The programme will consist of 12 weekly sessions with up to 10 delegates in each session. A personal development coach will run some of the sessions, whilst a qualified business coach will run the rest. Sustain Wakefield will work with participants on their confidence, motivation and business ideas so that they are fully prepared to be self-employed by the end of the programme.  

Please email Fran Lomax at: Flomax@turninglivesaround.co.uk for more information.

Funding

National Lottery: Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships are resumed
National Lottery Community Fund has relaunched their Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships funding programmes. 

Details on all of the available programmes are on the National Lottery Community Fund website

 

Wakefield Resilience Fund

Funding is still available through the Wakefield Resilience Fund (from the Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport).

Wakefield & District Health & Community Support (WDHCS), the organisation that is distributing the funding, would like to target smaller, grass roots community groups and clubs, who are continuing to deliver activities and support as a response to Covid-19, to people and communities who have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic.

To apply, please complete the online form here. For further information, please contact Kath Lindley, CEO at WDHCS, by calling 07576 952527 or by email kath@wdhcs.com.
 
Thriving Communities Fund
Deadline: 12pm on 8 January 2021
This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of Covid-19. Grant are available between £25,000 - £50,000. Applications can be led by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFE) organisations working in any of the following sectors:
  • Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage
  • Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations
  • Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support
  • Environment and nature-based organisations
  • Non-statutory health and care organisations, working with social prescribing link workers

These organisations may be registered charities, community interest companies, co-operative societies or community benefit societies. A key part of each funded project will be to bring together the necessary place-based partners to work together across all these sectors to plan and deliver community activity.
 


Our Family Our Future
Deadline: 5pm on 27 January 2021
Voluntary and Community groups working either individually or in partnership to deliver projects can apply to this fund. Projects should improve household income through the promotion of community based ‘Healthy Holiday’ provision for children and their families. Healthy holiday projects should target one of the following priority areas: City, Central, North West, South West, Normanton and Featherstone.

The fund will be a grant of up to £15,000 available to establish ‘Healthy Holiday’ project(s) which addresses the issue of hunger and promotes health and wellbeing for children and families.


Local Restrictions Support Grant

The online application process for the Local Restrictions Support Grants is now live. Eligible businesses can apply for the grants via Wakefield Councils online application form.

For more information, please visit the Wakefield First website. To apply, please complete this online form.

For further business support and information on grants available for businesses and the self employed, please visit the Wakefield First website.

 

Community Safety

Online Seminar - Responding to the ever changing world of Cyber Crime
13 January 2021 | 4.00pm - 5.15pm
In this free online seminar Nigel Leary, National Cyber Crime Unit, will consider the evolution of cyber crime and examine how inter-connected technological innovation is helping with the response to this ever changing threat.
 

Call for evidence and action RE: Addressing the root causes of serious violence and exploitation of young people

The West Yorkshire VRU, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and Care Partnership and Crest Advisory are embarking on new research designed to understand and how to address the root causes of serious violence and exploitation of young people (Word).
 

Youth Advisory Group

Mark Burns-Williamson is looking for young people to join his Youth Advisory Group. Please see the poster (pdf).
 

Victim Support - Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

Please see the leaflet (pdf) for more information available on this service.
 

Jobs

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

Activity and Support Co-ordinator, SARAG - Yorkshire and Humberside Asbestos Victims Support Group
Salary: £14.79 per hour
Closing date: 19 December 2020

Covid Community Recovery Co-ordinator
, St George's Lupset Ltd
Salary: Subject to Job Evaluation £20,530 to £24,000 per annum
Closing date: 31 December 2020

BMBC South Area Council Welfare Rights Adviser
, Citizens Advice Barnsley
Salary: £25,694 per annum
Closing date: 31 December 2020

Team Leader
, Healthwatch Wakefield
Salary: £30,357 per annum
Closing date: 4 January 2021
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The Nova Team
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