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Welcome to the Nova e-bulletin for November 2021. This update provides information on the latest news, events, training, funding and jobs relating to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Wakefield District.

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Covid Update 

Remember, if you have symptoms get a test and stay at home. If you have no symptoms, get regular rapid lateral flow tests to make sure you aren’t infecting others.

Recipe Club Success

Residents of the Warwick Estate began sharing recipes in lockdown and the food initiative now reaches 70 families in a programme managed by Warwick Ahead. Each week residents receive a bag with a recipe and fresh ingredients to make a nutritious meal.

Local community retailers, such as Bennetts & The Proper Meat Company, have supported. The scheme is funded by Warwick Ahead Big Local and was previously funded by West Yorkshire Targeted Prevention Fund.   

Local residents have used the recipes other times to cook for their families and it works out cheaper making these big fresh meals. One resident said they hadn’t tried some of the foods, such as sweet potatoes, and now they buy them often. 

Warwick Ahead are looking for new volunteers from the Warwick Estate to help their community work. Through sharing recipes and cooking tips in lockdown this thriving community initiative has built friendships, promoted healthy eating, and continues to encourage families to cook nutritious meals together. Read more on our website.

Please get in touch if you'd like to volunteer by contacting Kaylee Thompson at or 07927 554273. 

Citizens Advice appointments available at Yorkshire Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society and Citizens Advice have launched a pilot programme at six of the Society’s local branches across our region, including the Wakefield Kirkgate branch.

Citizens Advice advisers will hold free, confidential appointments at least one day a week, to assist people with a wide range of issues including financial wellbeing. This is open to anyone in the community, not only Yorkshire Building Society customers, so if you know of anyone who is struggling please let them know about this free service in Wakefield. 

You can book an appointment by contacting the Wakefield branch of YBS on 01924 589688 or popping into the branch at 30-32 Kirkgate. Learn more here.

Take 5 Initiative  

Wakefield Council are running a new initiative, Take 5, for anyone out and about who may feel over whelmed, anxious or just need to step away from a busy area. Any businesses and locations involved in the initiative will provide a calm and quiet place where people can just take some time if they need to, with staff trained to offer assistance. Please share!

You can find a list of participating venues here:

Third Sector Research in the Wakefield District

Wakefield and District Health and Community Support (WDHCS) recently commissioned an exciting piece of research to review the strengths and capacity gaps of the third sector in meeting people’s health needs across Wakefield District. They have provided this update:
  • WDHCS have launched the webpage where they will be updating their progress and findings over the next 6 months. You can find it here, please share.
  • An important part of this stage of the research is the third sector survey, please take 15 minutes to complete this by Tuesday 30 November. All responses are confidential.
  • WDHCS are looking to train and support 20 people to research the health needs of people in their communities. You can sign up to be a peer researcher by emailing or calling 07508 918075.
  • WDHCS are holding a series of Focus Groups across the district between the end of November and mid-December. You can register to attend here.

Register your defibrillators on the national database to save lives

The British Heart Foundation and other leading charities and health organisations are encouraging people to register their devices on the new national database, The Circuit, which could help save thousands of lives from cardiac arrests in the coming years. 

Find out more and how to register your organisation's defibrillator on the BHF website.

Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers Group Health Advocacy Project

DEX have been awarded some funding to run a new free health advocacy service! This service is for young deaf people between the ages of 17 and 30 who live in, or around, the Wakefield area.

Deaf people have more barriers to accessing health services than hearing people. Therefore, this project aims to provide young deaf people with the support they need to be able to fully access healthcare services. DEX will support them to ensure that appointments are booked, an interpreter is provided if necessary and that they fully understand any information that is provided during the appointment.

Find out more about the project here. If you would like to refer someone to the project, email or call 07549 080444.

Member Spotlight

We'd like to introduce the latest addition to our newsletter - the Member Spotlight - which will showcase the amazing organisations that make up our membership and the important work they do across the Wakefield District. We hope that you enjoy learning more about....

Disability Sport Yorkshire

Brief description of your organisation
Disability Sport Yorkshire aims to address the inequality in access to sport for disabled people. 

What is your organisation’s vision for Wakefield District?
Disability Sport Yorkshire has committed to three major impacts. We aim to make Yorkshire the best place in England for disabled people to:
  • improve their health through physical activity
  • play sport on a regular basis
  • become a sporting champion
We are working to give disabled people the best possible sporting experience they can have, no matter where they live in the region and ensure there is no better place in the England for disabled people to play and/or succeed in sport. 

With our main office and community centre situated in the heart of Wakefield, our aim is to make Wakefield the most accessible place for disability sport in Yorkshire. We currently occupy Denhale Active Recreation Centre, providing sporting opportunities for a variety of groups. 

Any project, volunteer or staff member that you’d like to highlight?
We are working with a number of partners and together we are developing Denhale ARC as a hub for disability sport. Specifically we are:
  • Supporting Pinderfields Spinal Injuries Unit to re-introduce sport-based solutions to aid spinal injuries patients in their rehabilitation. 
  • Working with WheelPower on a project in the North to provide Junior Sports Camps and on joint activity with the Spinal Injuries Centres in Wakefield and Sheffield.
  • Co-ordinating the development of wheelchair and powerchair football, blind and VI football, and deaf football together with the county FAs, Wakefield Able2, Achieve Potentials and the Wheelchair Football Association. 
How can local organisations and the public support you?
Partnerships are a key to our success, and we are always looking for organisations, groups or individuals to support within. This can be either financially, providing facilities, creating opportunities for disabled people, or fundraising - the list is endless and we welcome any help we can get!

If people would like to get involved, how do they contact you?
If you would like to know more or get involved, please contact Charlie Roebuck on or call 07735 684122.

Read more on our website. 


Nova's Annual General Meeting - Thursday 9 December

Come along to our AGM to hear about Nova's work over the past year, our plans for the future, and how members can get involved. This is a great opportunity to bring members together, so we'd love to see you there!

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 9 December from 2pm - 3pm on Zoom. The link to access the meeting is:

Visit our website to see the agenda, details of directors up for re-election, and the proxy voting form. More information will follow, but for now please save the date and book your free place

Towns Fund Consultation 

Wakefield Council would like residents and businesses of Wakefield to be involved in shaping the future of the city as a place to live, work and spend leisure time. The consultation is on the vision for our multi-million-pound Towns Fund projects to regenerate Wakefield City Centre. 

Come along to a consultation event to have your say:
Thursday 18 November, 11am - 7pm - Trinity Walk Shopping Centre
Friday 19 November, 10am - 4pm - The Ridings
Monday 22 November, 11am - 3pm - West Yorkshire History Centre
Thursday 25 November, 11am - 2pm - Wakefield One
Friday 26 November, 2pm - 5pm - Wakefield One

Young Lives Consortium Network Event - Tuesday 23 November

Young Lives Consortium are hosting a network event on Tuesday 23 November, from 10am - 11.30am, for children and young people community organisations to share best practice and news from across the district and beyond!

The event will share news on: opportunities to work together; Wakefield families together, Happy Healthy Holidays and Youth Hubs; funding opportunities; training opportunities; and safeguarding (including update from Safeguarding Children's Partnership). 

Book your place on Eventbrite. 

Our Earth Your Choice - Wednesday 24 November

Join Young Lives Consortium at the next Artwalk Event. They'll be joined by One to One Development Trust, who will be showcasing Our Earth Your Choice - a new environmental video game co-produced by young people in Wakefield.

This is an exciting opportunity to test the game and view the amazing art work.

Crofton Community Centre Open Day - Thursday 25 November 

Crofton Community Centre are holding an open day to spread the word about their course specifically designed for young people with learning disabilities who want to gain new skills.

The course will focus on learning how a Community Sports Club is run and improving employability skills, running from January - April 2022.  It's one day a week, with classroom and practical training. 

The open day is from 10am to 2pm at Nostell Miners Welfare Football Club, WF4 1LB. If you're interested, please call Wayne on 07749 985440 or James on 07912 934417.

B Prepared for Plan B Workshop - Thursday 2 December

If you would benefit from learning more about how to do a Covid risk assessment, this workshop is for you. The more prepared we are, the safer our district will be. All welcome to attend. Book your space here or contact

50 Things to do before you're five - Monday 6 December

50 Things to do before you're five are holding a fun-filled drop in session for Under 5's at Aspire @ The Park. The event will run from 9.30am to 12pm, they'll be climbing, swimming, crafts and more!

Fair Work Charter Workshop - Monday 6 December

Leeds Community Foundation and Wellsprings Together are hosting a workshop to explore what Fair Work means for you and your communities. The Fair Work Charter is being developed on behalf of Mayor Brabin and will include considerations around living wage, good workplaces that promote good health and reduce inequalities.

This is a chance to have your say on what “good work” looks like for the residents of West Yorkshire: inclusive workplaces that seek to reduce inequalities in opportunity.

Leeds Community Foundation are keen to hear from community organisation leaders across Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Let’s Talk About Health Inequalities - Thursday 9 December 2021

The pandemic has had a profound impact across population groups globally, nationally and locally. The effects of the pandemic have mirrored, and in some cases exacerbated, our entrenched health and social inequalities.
This event, the first in the Building Back Fairer webinar series, will provide an opportunity to talk about the impact of food, income and energy insecurity on the poorest in our society. Colleagues working in primary and secondary care, who will often observe the health impact of health inequalities, are encouraged to take part.

The webinar will run from 10am - 1pm. Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Creating a culture of inclusion: the next steps - Wednesday 15 December 2021

NAVCA are holding the second stage of their Inclusive Culture workshops, joined again by Gamiel Yafai to explore how to implement practical steps to create a culture of inclusion and become a diversity champion or EDI ally within your organisation.

This session follows on from a previous workshop, but you can attend this workshop even if you did not attend the first one. This event is exclusively for NAVCA members and their networks - Nova is a NAVCA member so any Nova members can attend

Register your free place on Eventbrite. 



If you are looking for volunteering opportunities or volunteers in Wakefield, you should check out the Volunteer>Wakefield website.  

Looking for the right volunteering opportunity?
You can search the range of opportunities on the website by location, cause, and organisation. You can also search for suitable roles, for example, if you have limited mobility or want to volunteer with friends!

Searching for volunteers for your organisation?
You can register and add volunteering opportunities onto the website for free, reaching people who are keen to do some local volunteering. 

If you'd like any more information, get in touch at

Data Protection information sheet

Community First Yorkshire have produced this handy Data Protection information sheet, which gives a brief overview of the main requirements of data protection legislation and the implications for VCSE groups. 

Which bank account is best for charities? 

From talking to our members, we know that a lot of new VCSE organisations struggle to find the right bank account. Charity Digital has written this helpful list of bank accounts designed specifically for charities

Learn how to boost your presence on Twitter

Twitter for Good have developed Twitter Flight School, a free online learning platform for non-profits that can teach you everything you need to know about advertising on Twitter. Find the resources here: 

Surveys & Consultations

Your views needed on local walk-in centre services 

The NHS is currently seeking the views of patients in Wakefield and North Kirklees about the areas’ walk-in centres. A walk-in centre offers people with urgent health needs the chance to get medical advice or treatment without the need for an appointment and at times when they may not be able to see their GP. 
The current contracts for the walk-in centres located at King Street, Wakefield and Dewsbury and District hospital are due to come to an end in September 2022. Previous engagement work showed that people value the walk-in service in Dewsbury and Wakefield because it is convenient and often ensures they can be seen quickly. 
The NHS wants to work with patients and local people to understand what they value about the service provided by walk-in centres so that it can be improved and developed in line with the latest national NHS guidance.  
You can provide your feedback by taking part in this short, anonymous survey available here: Nova has paper copies at our office, please contact us at if you would like some copies. 
People will have until Monday 3 January 2022 to provide their views.

If groups would like to help promote the survey, please use the above link. A list of FAQs is available on the NHS Wakefield CCG website that can be shared alongside the survey.

If you would like help to complete the survey or would like it in a different format, please contact: or call 01924 315803. 


Nova Training Programme

Our brand new Training Programme for organisations is underway! These engaging sessions are being delivered by a wide range of experienced professionals on key topics that every VCSE organisation should know about: Training is free for Nova or Framework members with an annual income under £25,000. The pricing bands for other organisations can be found on each Eventbrite. 

All in person sessions are limited to 12 attendees, so please book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Visit our website for more information and links to register on Eventbrite.

Turning Point Services and Training 

Turning Point is offering free Mental Health Ambassador Training to organisations who would like to learn more about common mental health problems and identify the signs and symptoms of those suffering from them. The Nova team completed this training and found it approachable and informative, so we encourage you to sign up too!

Please email to organise this training for your team. Training can be delivered on Microsoft Teams or in person. 

Turning Point are also running a winter wellbeing programme, please visit their website to sign up for workshops

Data Protection Toolkit for VCSE organisations - Workshop 25 November 

To encourage VCSE organisation to be ready for working in partnership with the NHS, West Yorks & Harrogate VCS Mental Health Reference Group have set up a workshop to explain and complete the NHS Data Protection Security Toolkit. Organisations will be required to have completed this toolkit for future funding from the NHS, so this offers a good chance to meet the requirement in one go with advice on hand. 

The workshop will be from 2pm - 3pm on Microsoft Teams. Please join on this link

In advance of the workshop, organisations will need to have registered with NHS Digital. There are two steps: 
1. Request an organisation code: Go here to download the form. Send completed forms to Note that it can take up to 5 days to obtain the code. 
2: When you have your code, you can register. You should then be ready to complete the toolkit in the course of the workshop. 

This workshop will be run again soon, so email to be notified of future dates. 


For more details on all of the below funding opportunities, please visit the funding page on the Nova website.

Join Wakefield’s Third Sector Framework

The Third Sector Framework is a new way to allocate grants to community organisations in the Wakefield District. The Framework is free to join and has been designed by Nova, Wakefield Council, Wakefield CCG and Young Lives Consortium to maximise the reach and impact of funding across the district.

We are offering sessions to support organisations onto the new Third Sector Framework. They are the perfect place for anyone to start, ask any questions they may have and hopefully understand more about the Framework and the application process.
Visit our website to find out more.

Easyfundraising Spin to Win

Fundraising website easyfundraising is giving VCSE organisations thousands of opportunities to win donations this November. When anyone connected to your organisation plays Spin to Win, they could win you anything from 10p - £50 every day. One in ten people are guaranteed to win a donation for their good cause every day throughout November!

Find out more about easyfundraising and how to register on our website.

Youth Music Fund A - Deadline: 3 December 

Grants of £2,000 to £30,000 are available and the fund is designed to support music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers because of who they are, where they live or what they’re going through.

Deadline for applications: Friday 3 December 2021
More information here:

West Wakefield 16-25 Mental Health Project

We are inviting interested parties to submit Expressions of Interest for the West Wakefield 16-25 Mental Health Project. Please see the Service Specification (Word) and the EOI (Word) for more information.

Please return all EOIs by 5pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 to, or by post to Nova, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ. You will receive notification of your EOI being received within a maximum of 5 working days.

Platinum Jubilee Fund – Deadline: 15 December

To mark the Queen’s 70th Jubilee, The National Lottery Community Fund will make funding available to 70 projects across the UK. They are looking to fund projects aligned to one or more of their three areas of focus: across generations; community renewal; and our shared natural world. 

Funded projects will need to be up and running by The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on the 5 June 2022. TNL Community Fund will prioritise applications from smaller/medium sized organisations with an annual turnover of under £100,000 and in communities where there is a history of fewer funding opportunities.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 December 2021
More information here:

Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund - Deadline: 17 December

The Mayor’s Safer Communities Fund is open for applications with £180,000 in grants available. The fund is looking to provide support to innovative projects which address at least one of the cross-cutting themes within the draft Police and Crime Plan 2021-24. Those themes are:

  • Keeping women and girls safe.
  • Diversity, equality, and inclusion.
  • Early intervention and prevention.
Deadline for applications: Friday 17 December 2021
More information here:

Social Investment Business Recovery Loan Fund - Deadline: 20 May

The Recovery Loan Fund provides loans to UK charities and social enterprises who have been impacted by Covid 19 and need funds to help them to survive, recover and grow. It has been established by Social Investment Business to make an existing Government guarantee scheme more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

The Fund will lend to organisations that are improving people’s lives, or the environment they live in, across the UK. Eligible organisation can apply for loans of £100k-£1.5m.

Deadline for applications: Friday 20 May 2022
More information here:

Building Powerful Communities Small Capital Grants Programme

Building Powerful Communities is about developing third sector capacity, building on local community assets and resources through a programme of activity to support the third sector to become more enterprising and sustainable.

Support is available to new and existing organisations, and entrepreneurs who are based or operating in the areas of Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall & South Kirkby and Hemsworth. 

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 - £10,000. However, requests over £10,000 may be considered by the panel and should be initially discussed with a Nova Adviser.

The Small Capital Grant will cover 60% of the costs of the equipment, 40% match costs will need to be provided by the organisation (e.g. other charitable grant givers, bank loans). 

To find out more, or apply, please contact Julie Baker, Nova Advisor by emailing or calling 07927 554280.



Social Prescribing Link Worker - Live Well Wakefield

Closing date: 29 November 2021, 5pm
Organisation: Nova Wakefield District
Location: Wakefield District
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £22,795 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our award-winning social prescribing service, Live Well Wakefield, as a Social Prescribing Link Worker.

The role involves supporting adults aged 18+ to identify what matters to them and helping them to explore available services and provision to improve their health and wellbeing.

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to link workers, who use a holistic approach to connect them to non-medical services. You will need a can-do attitude, and a drive to help others by connecting people to support, often in their local communities.

For more details, visit our website or have a read through the Recruitment Pack (Word), the Job Description (Word) and the Person Specification (Word). Privacy Notice for Job Applicants (pdf). Please send any completed application forms to

Closing date: 5pm on 29 November 2021.
Interview date: Interviews are currently planned for 6 December 2021.

Please share with your contacts, you can use this poster (pdf).

Our members are also recruiting for a wide range of jobs. For full details on all of the below vacancies, please visit the job page on the Nova website

Freelance Qualified and Registered Adult Counsellors/Psychotherapists
Survivors West Yorkshire
Closing date: 18/11/2021

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Development Officer (not on the Nova website)
Wakefield Council
Closing date: 19/11/2021
Grants Officer
St Catherine's Church Centre
Closing date: 19/11/2021
Volunteer and Activities Coordinator
St George's Lupset Ltd
Closing date: 21/11/2021
Project Support Officer
Star Bereavement
Closing date: 22/11/2021
Youth Worker / Senior Group Worker
Star Bereavement
Closing date: 22/11/2021
Wakefield Safe Space – Crisis Support Worker
Closing date: 28/11/2021
Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Closing date: 28/11/2021
Senior Care Assistant
Age UK Wakefield District
Closing date: 30/11/2021
Assistant Instructor
Closing date: 30/11/2021
Your Space Community Wellbeing Development Worker
Closing date: 03/12/2021

Support Worker/Counsellor - Wraparound
Age UK Wakefield District
Closing date: 10/12/2021

Support Worker - Stepout
Age UK Wakefield District
Closing date: 15/12/2021
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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