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Hello Colleague

Welcome to the Nova January 2021 e-bulletin. This update provides information on the latest news, support, funding and jobs to help voluntary and community groups in Wakefield District.


National Lockdown restrictions

Wakefield District, as well as the whole of England, remains under national lockdown restrictions. The Covid-19 variant is in West Yorkshire and rates are increasing. We must act now and stay home in order to keep everyone and the NHS safe.

Wakefield Council has compiled a detailed list of lockdown restrictions FAQs, which includes exemptions. The FAQs can be read on the Wakefield Council website

West Yorkshire Prepared has produced an infographic (png) which includes information on the current lockdown restrictions. 


The VCSE in West Yorkshire and Harrogate: Working through Covid-19

Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), in partnership with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, has produced a second VCSE Resilience Report.

The report, published in December 2020, follows on from the first Resilience Report that was published in July 2020, and is based on the survey responses from 215 VCSE organisations delivering services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

You can read the full report here (pdf) and the summary report here (pdf). 

Community Building during Covid-19 report

Community Matters has produced a report, 'How many of us had "Pandemic" in our risk register'. The report offers a snapshot of experiences of community buildings during the 2020 national lockdown. The report can be read here (pdf).

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 (pdf) to go with the update is also available on the Wakefield Council website. 

Covid-19 vaccine information

The NHS will contact you when its your turn to receive the vaccine. The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.

It's being given to:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers at high risk
The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the NHS website

Launch of the Third Sector Framework

The Third Sector Framework is now launched, live and actively receiving applications for membership. The Framework has been described as both “ground breaking” and “game changing” and we’re really excited about it’s potential to support your organisation to have greater impact in the lives of communities and individuals across the district.
The Third Sector Framework is an innovative partnership project between Nova, Wakefield Council, Wakefield CCG and Young Lives Consortium. The partnership has worked successfully on a vision to develop a co-ordinated, and transparent mechanism for allocating funding to and increased resourcing for Third Sector organisations in Wakefield District, and it is now ready to operate.
Help us now to make the Framework work by checking out the information contained on the Framework website, by registering for one of our onboarding drop-in sessions via, or by cracking on with your application over at
To arrange a chat about or presentation to your organisation on the Framework, please get in touch with Rich Jones, Nova Adviser - Community and Enterprise Development via email at:


Building Powerful Communities

Building Powerful Communities is an exciting project that will:
  • Inspire and develop community entrepreneurs
  • Provide small capital grants to get organisations started
  • Provide tailored development and business support
  • Is open to people and community businesses that are based in Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall and South Kirklby

To find out more, please visit the Nova website.

Nova is hosting a Building Powerful Communities Community Entrepreneurs Start-Up Programme launch event on Wednesday 2 February 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm which will provide inspiration to potential social entrepreneurs, showcase our very experienced Specialist Partners, explore the free support that is available and enable people to find out more. If you would like to book a place please email or call 07927 554280. Please also follow our Facebook page.

Active through Football

Nova is a consortium member for a new funding opportunity called Active Through Football which is an exciting new programme through Sport England, funded by the National Lottery and delivered through the Football Foundation. The aim is to increase levels of activity through football in South Elmsall, South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, and Upton. Nova is undertaking the community engagement activities on behalf of the Consortium and would appreciate your help and support in promoting this survey and the ‘People like me videos’ to people who have contact with your organisations and live in the above areas.

The survey is open until 12 March 2021 and the prize draw for shopping vouchers will take place on Monday 15 March 2021. Look out for promotion on our Twitter and Facebook.

PeoplePlus update

Following an announcement from DWP on 4 January 2021, PeoplePlus has decided not to bid for the Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) contract within our CPA. This is due to the DWP capping the amount of contracts a provider will be awarded; providers will be limited to securing a maximum of 1 contract in any CAEHRS region, and a maximum of 2 contracts overall. 

Pen2Print Publishing CIC

Please see below for a message from Nova Member - Pen2Print Publishing CIC:
Hello to Knottingley and all surrounding areas of the district from Pen2Print Publishing CIC! We are very happy to have at last completed our move from Ferrybridge to 7 Pinewood Place, Knottingley, WF11 0QH. Our new situation has made us feel that we are a visible part of the community, ready to help individuals bring their writing to life and work with organizations to supply printed materials they need. We are looking forward to offering young people opportunities to learn new skills through work experience placements, and for us to benefit from their fresh eyes and ideas.  We hope everyone in the community will feel welcome to drop in at any time to talk through their ideas or just to see what we do and find out what we can do! Our new website is now live, so if you don’t live nearby you’ll be able to find out all about Pen2Print Publishing from there so ‘watch this space!’
Our very sincere thanks go to Nova, Julie, Natalie and everyone for their invaluable help in making our move possible. We look forward to becoming an integral part of our community, offering a friendly, informal service to all.

For more information, please email: or call 01977 678371 or 07714273213.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance to help with the running of charities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance includes information on topics such as financial support, AGMs and other meetings, mergers and collaborative working, and keeping people safe. 

For more information, please visit the website

Grief and Loss helpline and support 

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Grief and Loss Service is available 8am - 8pm 7 days per week, via telephone: 0808 196 3833 or online: Please see below for posters on the service in various languages and an easy read version:
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (English) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Bengali) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Arabic) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Polish) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Punjabi) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Slovak) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Urdu) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Gujarati) (pdf)
Grief and Loss A4 print poster (Hungarian) (pdf)
Grief and loss service - easy read (pdf)

Updated Covid-19 resources

Public Health England has updated their Covid-19 resources to support the level 5 Lockdown restrictions. To view and download the resources, please visit the Public Health England website.

NCVO - How to get the money you need for your charity

Read NCVO's step-by-step guidance on how to apply for funding and explore their practical tips to get you started. The guidance can be read here

Building strategic relationships with local commissioners - webinar

As part of the National Academy for Social Prescribing Thriving Communities webinar series for voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise groups and organisations, the next webinar will focus on how to get services commissioned by your local NHS commissioners
 In this webinar you will: 
  • hear from commissioners about the challenges of commissioning community activities for social prescribing 
  • learn about how community groups can work with commissioners to ensure each gets what they need 
  • hear from community projects about how they have built strong relationships with commissioners 
  • hear how community and voluntary groups have approached their local commissioners to build a shared vision for their work 
This webinar will take place on 19 January 2021, 3-4pm.  Places are free but limited. Book your place online.
Please see the Thriving Communities webinars page for more details of future webinars and to listen to previous webinars in the series.

Mental health support

Action for Happiness has published an action calendar for January 2021. The calendar can be viewed here and includes small steps that we can all take to boost our happiness.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has published a new 'Choose Well' guide to help adults choose well when looking after their mental health.

The Choose Well guide can be downloaded from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website


Community Foundation Coronavirus Support Fund

This fund is designed to support small organisations within the Wakefield Metropolitan District who are continuing to play an important part in supporting vulnerable people during the current pandemic.

This fund has become available through the collaboration and investment of the Community Foundation for Wakefield District and Wakefield District Health & Community Support (WDHCS), together with funds raised through the #WakefieldCares campaign.
The fund will support activities that focus on providing help and support for organisations that are working with people, groups and communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, such as children and young people in low income households, older people and those with disabilities or underlying health conditions.   Government guidelines in respect of social distancing, family gatherings and those in care homes have had a particular impact which has increased the need for support in specific areas such as bereavement and domestic violence.
Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the Foundation’s website. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Thursday 4 February 2021. If you have any queries or require further information please contact the Foundation Director or telephone 01924 239 181.  

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


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.



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

Locality Primary Care Mental Health Support Worker - 2 roles, Touchstone Support
Salary: Agenda for Change Band 4, starting at £21,892 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 17 January 2021

Complex Rehabilitation Peer Recovery Support Worker
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 7 – 11, starting at £20,092 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 25 January 2021

Nursery Manager
, St George's Lupset Ltd
Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 per annum
Closing date: 31 January 2021

Communications Officer
, St George's Lupset Ltd
Salary: Subject to Job Evaluation £20,015 - £26,000 and dependant on qualifications and experience pro rata
Closing date: 5 February 2020

Community Safety

Mind the Gap: Redesigning the Safeguarding System for Adolescence and Early Adulthood - webinar available to view online until noon on Monday 18 January 2021.
County Lines webinar
This is a free webinar that is delivered by St Giles Trust, which is open to professionals and unpacks and explores the realities and consequences of county lines, drug smuggling, gang involvement, criminal exploitation and serious youth violence. It is delivered by experienced trainers with the support of victims (perpetrators and survivors) that add true realism to the issue.
Tickets can be booked by clicking the date on the second page of the flyer and then following the instructions.

Faith Event Invitation - 'Working In Partnership to Keep Faith Communities Safe'

This is an online partnership event, organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police. The event will be the first of a series to help build relationships with faith communities and to explore how the PCC and WY Police can further support.
The online event will be held on Wednesday 27 January via Microsoft Teams 17:30pm – 19:45pm. To register, please email
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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