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February 2019


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's February 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

Upcoming Nova events

During March, we are hosting two big events! #CANCon19, Wakefield's Community Anchor Network (CAN) conference is taking place on 12 March at St Catherine's Church Centre. This event celebrates and showcases the work of the community anchor network, whilst also offering attendees the chance to listen to engaging, inspiring keynote speakers, and have any questions they may have answered as part of the Question Time Panel. The next event is the Wakefield District Third Sector Community Safety 'Big Conversation', which is taking place on 20 March at Theatre Royal's Centre for Creativity. The 'Big Conversation' will involve:
  • A video introduction to the event provided by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Community Safety Partnership Priorities for Wakefield District
  • Local examples of successful partnership working
  • A Question Time panel with colleagues involved in community safety
  • Round table discussions on local priorities

We're proud to be 'Looking out for our Neighbours'

We are excited to announce that we are supporting a brand new community campaign from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. ‘Looking out for our Neighbours’ is a new campaign that aims to help prevent loneliness in our communities by encouraging people to do simple things to look out for one another. Although lots of people in Wakefield District are already doing great things to help those around them, there is still more we can all do to postively impact on the wellbeing of others. A Health Foundation report (December 2018) highlighted how living alone can make older people 50% more likely to find themselves in A&E than those living with family. Pensioners living alone are also 25% more likely to develop a mental health condition. ‘Looking out for our Neighbours’ aims to change this - by inspiring people to do small things to reach out to the people around them. The campaign will launch on the 15th March across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and has been co-created with over 100 residents in these areas, drawing on their neighbourly experiences.
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Unsung Heroes - Nominations now open!

Community Foundation Wakefield District is holding the third Volunteer Awards Evening (Unsung Heroes) on Friday 17 May 2019 at Cedar Court Hotel, hosted by Harry Gration of BBC Look North. Nominations are now open and Community Foundation would like to encourage as many people as possible to nominate someone whom they feel makes a real difference to the people they work with. Nomination criteria and a nomination form can both be accesed via the Community Foundation Wakefield District website. The closing date for nominations is 1 March 2019.

Falls Prevention

Wakefield Council has recently revamped their falls prevention webpage on their website. There is now information on how to know if someone is at risk of a fall, service information, advice for health professionals and staff, useful information and fall proof videos. For more information, please visit the Wakefield Council website

National Lottery Community Fund

The two largest organisations that distribute money raised for ‘good causes’ through the sale of National Lottery tickets have unveiled refreshed brands that make a clearer link between playing the National Lottery and the good causes that benefit. The Big Lottery Fund, the UK’s largest community funder, has changed its name to The National Lottery Community Fund – a move announced in September last year. They are joined by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will now be known as The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Disabled Access Day 2019

Disabled Access Day is taking place on 16 March 2019. Disabled Access Day is all about getting venues to welcome visitors and try something new in an accessible, friendly and welcoming setting. For more information, please visit the Disabled Access Day website

Free Grow Wild Seed Kits

This coming spring, Grow Wild is giving away free wildflower seed kits to groups who want to add a splash of colour to their area. The kits include wildflower seeds, a growing guide and resources for people to get people involved in activity. The kits would work for both growing in containers (eg. around a community centre or library) or in existing spaces (eg. borders in a park or a community garden). For more information, please visit the Grow Wild website

Dominion IT Consultancy

Dominion has been providing extensive community led development and training services to residents in the Wakefield District for 10 years, under their charity division - Dominion Training. Dominion has now launched Dominion IT Consultancy, providing a range of IT support and services such as, free computer health checks and IT assessments, network monitoring and security, website design, web and wifi security, cloud and mobile services, IT training and more. For the full list of services, please see the flyer (pdf). 


Nova Learning and Networking - Bookkeeping Using Excel
5 March 2019 | 10.00am - 12.30pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
The session will provide an analysis of your income and expenditure split between your different funds of money. The session will include:

  • Reviewing the structure of the linked spreadsheet.
  • Set up a fictional organisation with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts.
  • Input data and review how inputs produce a financial report for use in the year.

Laptops are provided, a basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed. Please note: there are two spaces left for this session.

Yorkshire MESMAC Networking Lunch
5 March 2019 | 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Yorkshire MESMAC, 12 Cheapside, Wakefield, WF1 2SD
Attendees are invited to bring along posters, leaflets and/or a short description/update on your service to present to the group. Once everyone has spoken, Yorkshire MESMAC will then provide a free home cooked vegetable soup and salad lunch and end with plenty of time for networking and exchanging emails. All agencies providing services across Wakefield District are welcome to attend.

Nova Learning and Networking - Lloyds Bank Foundation
7 March 2019 | 1.30pm onwards, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
The session will include a brief presentation (30 mins) on Lloyds Bank Foundation's current funding programmes and criteria, delivered by a Grant Manager for the foundation, which will include time to ask any questions you may have on the programmes.​ There will also be an opportunity to attend 15 minute long 1:1 surgeries with the Grant Manager. If you would like to attend a surgery, please let us know when you are booking. Please note that Lloyds Bank Foundation only funds registered charities with an income of £25k+ and up to £1m. Charities need to have published annual accounts published on the Charity Commission website and their overall work/project needs to be specifically focused on supporting with complex social issues as listed on their criteria.

12 March 2019 | 9.00am - 12.00pm, St Catherine's Church Centre, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, WF1 5HL
This conference is a celebration of the work of the Wakefield Community Anchor Network (CAN) and an opportunity for the network to develop further through more partnership work. The theme of the conference is Positive Partnerships. A full programme of events is currently being developed, but for now please save the date!

Access All Areas
13 March 2019 | 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Production Park, South Kirkby, WF9 3AP
This is an exciting free event delivered in partnership with Go Higher West Yorkshire (NCOP), Backstage Academy/Production Park and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership showcasing careers and Higher Education opportunities in the live events and creative industries. The show is aimed at young people (Yr 9 -13 from NCOP areas)*, parents/carers, careers/community and education professionals. All young people under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you know of any community, careers or education colleagues who may be interested in attending the show please feel free to forward them the invite.

Wakefield District Third Sector Community Safety 'Big Conversation'
20 March 2019 | 9.15am - 12.00pm, Theatre Royal’s Centre for Creativity, Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 2TE
The 'Big Conversation' will involve:
  • A video introduction to the event provided by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Community Safety Partnership Priorities for Wakefield District
  • Local examples of successful partnership working
  • A Question Time panel with colleagues involved in community safety
  • Round table discussions on local priorities

A more detailed agenda for the event will be available soon, but for now please save the date!


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:

Henry Smith - Holiday Grants for Children
Application deadline: The first round closes on 28 February 2019
Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage and live in an area of high deprivation. One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available. Priority will be given to the 20% most deprived areas in the UK (according to the National Indices of Deprivation).

Armed Forces Day Grants
Application deadline: 1 March 2019
Grants are available to help organisations and individuals in the UK to host an Armed Forces Day event which can take place within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day. Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply. The 2019 event should:
  • Be held within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day, including the weekends (the 2019 Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 29 June, so the dates would be Saturday 22 June – Sunday 7 July)
  • Have 'Armed Forces' in the event title
  • Be relevant to today's serving Armed Forces
  • Have free access to members of the 'Armed Forces Family'
  • Not be centred around fundraising or recruitment
Benenden Health Community Grant Scheme
Application deadline: 3 March 2019
Health and wellbeing provider Benenden is looking for community projects or programmes to support through one-off grants in and around the local area. The grants awarded will be up to £2,000 per initiative and ideally will have an impact on the services provided, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health, physical and/or emotional health and wellbeing issues within the community.

National Vegetarian Week Grants
Application deadline: Large grants deadline is 3 March 2019, small grants deadline is 17 March 2019.
National Vegetarian Week is taking place 13-19 May 2019. If you’re planning an activity or event for National Vegetarian Week 2019, grants are available to help you fund it. You can apply for a small grant of up to £200 or a large grant for up to £2000. Before you begin your application you will need all of the details of your proposed event to hand including:
  • Location
  • Date
  • What you plan to do
  • The difference you hope to make
  • What you plan to buy
Arts Council England - Creative People and Places Fund 2019-2023
Application deadline: 12pm on 21 March 2019
Arts Council England has relaunched this funding programme for 2019-2023 with £24m. Grants are for consortia in parts of England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement to develop a programme of cultural activity and engagement over four years but with a 10 year vision. The funding is for new places across England (including Wakefield District). There are two levels of funding:
  • Between £1m and £2m over four years for new programmes which are not part of a Creative People and Places expansion programme.
  • Between £750,000 and £1.75m over four years for places which would be covered by a current Creative People and Places expansion.
Comic Relief - Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine 
Application deadline: 12pm on 22 March 2019
Comic Relief is inviting applications from Kenya, Malawi and the United Kingdom. Comic Relief is excited to launch this funding opportunity focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals. The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. These child-centred approaches should be based on recognised good practice.

Wakefield Council Central Heating Grants still available
Application deadline: March 2019
Grants are still available to install ‘first time’ gas central heating through the Council’s Warm Homes Fund. Qualifying owner occupiers could benefit from 100% grants and private landlords, where their tenant qualifies, will be able to get 50% grants towards the cost of new central heating. Gas connections can also be arranged where required. The Warm Homes Fund is available throughout the Wakefield District. Qualifying homes include those using any of the following as their main heating system:
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Room heaters e.g. coal fires, gas fires, electric fires
  • Coal fired central heating that heats part of the home

Jobs and Training


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

Universal Support: Help to Claim Advisor, Citizens Advice Barnsley
Salary: £19,819 per annum
Closing date: 14 February 2019

Community Outreach Advisor - BMBC North Area Council, Citizens Advice Barnsley
Salary: £23,866 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date: 14 February 2019

Liaison and Diversion Operations Manager, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale P03 scale point 38 – 41, starting at £34,106 pa / pro rata
Closing date: 16 February 2019

Liaison and Diversion Coordinator, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale SO2 – PO1 scp 32 – 36 starting at £29,636 pa
Closing date: 17 February 2019

Community Support Team Worker, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale 6+1 Spinal Column Points 26-29, starting at £23,866 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 17 February 2019

Self Directed Support - Support Worker
, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale 4 – scp 18 – 21, starting at £18,070 pa/pro rata
Closing date: 17 February 2019

Chief Executive Officer
, Healthwatch Wakefield
Salary: £40,028 to £48,034
Closing date: 17 February 2019

Community Care Bank Staff
, Age UK Wakefield District
Salary: £8.99 per hour
Closing date: 1 March 2019 

Care Assistant
, Age UK Wakefield District
Salary: £8.99 per hour
Closing date: 1 March 2019 

Home Support Service Assistant, Age UK Wakefield District
Salary: £8.50 per hour
Closing date: 1 March 2019

Adminstrative Assistant, Carers Wakefield & District
Salary: £16,390 pa (pro rata)
Closing date: 1 March 2019

Volunteer and Peer Support Coordinator – South Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale SO1 (scp 29 - 31), starting at £26,470 pa
Closing date: 3 March 2019

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


Let's Get Cooking - Train the Trainer
The free Let’s Get Cooking - Train the Trainer course is designed to give everyone involved the confidence, skills and tools to run cookery sessions from scratch. The training runs over two days and focuses around practical hands on cookery and clear nutritional messages, to promote behaviour change in participants. All you need to participate is enthusiasm. No experience is required. There is a taster session on Tuesday 26 March 2019 9.30am - 12.30pm at Manygates Education Centre. The taster session will allow you to find out more about the training and do some cooking. Training will take place on Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May 9.30am - 3pm at Manygates Education Centre, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 7DQ.

MHFA England Youth Two Day Course: Mental Health First Aid Training
4-5 April 2019 | 9.00am - 5.00pm, Pugneys Country Park Centre, Asdale Road, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ
Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Everyone who completes the course gets a Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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