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June 2018


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's June 2018 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

Wakefield CAN Bursary

Wakefield Community Anchor Network (CAN) has launched a CAN Bursary. Up to £500 can be awarded per community anchor organisation to support the continued growth and development of Community Anchor organisations in Wakefield District. The CAN Bursary is to extend the knowledge and skills of Community Anchor members and to share learning. The Community Anchors have demonstrated their potential in a variety of different areas however there is still the challenge to do things differently to meet local people's needs. For more information, please visit the Nova website

Wakefield Business Week 1-5 October 2018 

As the Third Sector in Wakefield makes a significant contribution to the Wakefield District economy i.e:
  • c.1500 charities and community groups in the district
  • Annual turnover of at least £180 million
  • Approx 4% of people in the district work in the sector
  • c.76,000 volunteering activities take place every month in Wakefield
Nova would like the Third Sector to take part in Wakefield Business Week 2018. This would be through an Alternative Economy Fringe Event to showcase the work of the sector and to inform and engage our potential partners in the other sectors.
Let us know what you think. Is it a good idea? Would you like to take part? Do you have any other suggestions?
At Nova’s AGM in November 2017 you asked us to have a bigger presence, to champion the work of the sector and to lobby for greater recognition and support. So far this year we have had a Community Anchor Conference (March), a Community Safety 'Big Conversation' event (April) and a number of awareness raising seminars and training sessions. We are planning a Social Prescribing 'Big Conversation' in September so Wakefield Business Week would be the next event.
Let us know what you think by emailing

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our new Nova Members, taking the total to 296. The new Nova Members are:
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New victims' services across West Yorkshire

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson has awarded £3.6million to Victim Support to continue to provide core support to victims and witnesses for the next three years. He said "Many people affected by crime often feel unable to get the help they need, whether or not they wish to report it to the police, so these new services and contracts will ensure that wider support and more options are available.” As well as the direct service for children and young people, the service is open to victims of all crime types, and also has a web chat facility as well as the hubs, including a new hub in Halifax, meaning that there will soon be one in every district of West Yorkshire. For more information, please visit the Victim Support website

WYCAS award winning e-learning course

WYCAS has won an award for their Financial Practice and Procedures e-learning package, which is suitable for trustees, finance workers, and volunteer treasurers. The Financial Practice and Procedures course requires 30 hours of student learning time. To give the training real value to the learners in terms of their CV, it is accredited by Open Awards (a national awarding organisation) at level 3. It uses quizzes, examples, videos and other E-tools to explain the themes. For more information on the course, please visit the WYCAS website, or call 0113 270 6291.

Groundwork - Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP)

Groundwork Green Doctors have secured funding to deliver Free Home Energy Visits across the Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and South Yorkshire region. The free Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) is offered by Agility Eco in cooperation with Groundwork Green Doctors and is funded by grants from the Warm Home Discount Scheme. LEAP assistance is available to vulnerable households from 1 June 2018 - 31 March 2019. The LEAP service provides simple energy efficiency measures, energy saving advice, help to switch tariffs, help with energy debt and help to identify accessible income streams such as benefits. In order to increase awareness of this free service, the Green Doctors are delivering a series of presentations/group training sessions to both community groups and frontline workers. Community group and frontline worker session presentations may consist of a 30–60 min talk, can be tailored to suit the venue and the audience and cover such topics as: switching supplier, tariffs, payment options, smart meters, energy efficiency, and damp/mould condensation advice. For more information, please contact Simon Kilshaw, Senior Green Doctor Adviser, Groundwork North, East & West Yorkshire via email:

Connecting Opportunities update

Nova’s partnership with Dominion Training to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Connecting Opportunities programme continues to successfully help refugees and migrants within Wakefield District. Since the project started in July 2018, 5 participants have been helped into employment and many are undertaking various courses to help them integrate into our local communities.
Across Leeds City Region, there have already been 440 referrals onto the programme, with the highest numbers being refugees from Sudan and Eritrea. Support is provided by 9 voluntary sector organisations spread across the Region. For more information on Connecting Opportunities, please visit the Migration Yorkshire website



West Yorkshire Fire Service - Tri-service exercise
21 June 2018 | West Yorkshire Police Training Centre Carr Gate Complex, Bradford Road, Wakefield, WF2 0QD
This is an opportunity for a number of volunteers to attend a tri-service exercise at Carr Gate Police Station, where they will play live casualties to support Police, Fire and Ambulance training.

The Abuse of Position for Sexual Purpose Conference
9 July 2018 | 9.30am - 1.00pm, West Yorkshire Police Training Centre Carr Gate Complex, Bradford Road, Wakefield, WF2 0QD
West Yorkshire Police would like to invite statutory, non-statutory and community and voluntary sector organisations who help and support vulnerable people to attend 'The Abuse of Position for Sexual Purpose' conference. West Yorkshire Police would like to share with you the work it is doing to prevent and seek out this form of serious corruption and to peruse the perpetrators.

Nova Learning and Networking - Community-Led Housing
10 July 2018 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Nova is hosting a networking session to discuss Community-led Housing in the Wakefield District. The aims of the session are:
  • To look at successful projects outside of the district
  • To explore how we can identify opportunities
  • To understand how we can influence change through planning and policy
Nova Learning and Networking - GDPR
11 July 2018 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
GDPR impacts on charities and businesses across the European Union, as it expands the rights of individuals to control how their personal information is collected and processed. The new regulation also places a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection. This session aims to:
  • Look at the processes and tools involved with GDPR
  • Help you demystify any issues you may have
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss your experience with fellow Nova Members
Apprentice Recruitment and Selection Days 
17-18 July 2018 | 9.30am - 4.30pm, Wakefield College, Margaret Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DH
ENGIE in partnership with Wakefield Council are running apprenticeship recruitment and selection days. For more information, please see the ​flyer​ (pdf).

WYCAS Advice Surgery
14 August 2018 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This is an opportunity to meet Lis Beverley from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) to chat through and seek advice on any finance or accounting issues or queries you have. If you would like to attend the surgery, please contact Lis Beverley on 0113 270 6291 or get in touch with Lis through WYCAS's website.


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:

Go Higher West Yorkshire - Community Grants
Application deadline: 28 June 2018
Leeds Community Foundation and Go Higher West Yorkshire are offering a new funding programme to community organisations across Bradford & Calderdale, Leeds and Wakefield. This is an opportunity for community projects to access a range of grants from £1000 - £15,000 to help increase the number of young people aged 13-19 progressing into Higher Education from targeted areas across West Yorkshire.

Education Endowment Foundation
Application deadline: 5 July 2018
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is keen to receive applications for high-potential projects which aim to improve attainment and related outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.

Co-op Community Dividend Fund
Application deadline: 27 July 2018
The Co-op Community Dividend Fund is inviting applications from local charities and community and voluntary groups based in Central England to apply for grants of up to £5,000. Recent projects that have shared a £52,000 funding pot include the installation of special interactive screens for an astronomy society, equipment for a local Scouts group and new raised beds for a community allotment. The Fund’s aim is to develop and improve local communities, offering much needed support with grants of between £100 and £5,000, with the average grant awarded being around £2,000.

Biffa Award - Community Buildings
Application deadline: 5 November 2018
Recreation is part of Biffa Awards’ Main Grants Programme which aims to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Organisations can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 as long as their projects have a total cost of less than £200,000, inclusive of VAT.

Sporting Capital
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Sporting Capital is the first social investment fund in England that focuses specifically on organisations and projects that help to develop communities through sport and physical activity. 

Jobs and Training


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

Community Outreach Advisor, Citizen's Advice Barnsley
Salary: £25,951 per annum
Closing date: 21 June 2018

Partnership/Funding Officer
Salary: £22,434 - £27,668
Closing date: 22 June 2018

Support Workers, The Avalon Group
Salary: From £7.83 per hour
Closing date: 28 June 2018

Trustee, Star Bereavement Support Service
Salary: This is an unpaid voluntary post
Closing date: 29 June 2018

Care Support Worker, Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire
Salary: Hourly rate upon application
Closing date: 31 August 2018

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


safeTALK Training
The MHA/MCA Professional Support Team at Wakefield Council are providing a free half day (3 hours) “safeTALK Workshop”. safeTALK is a half day alertness workshop that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training to become a suicide-alert helper. The workshop will be delivered on the following date:

Friday 29 June 2018 | 9.30am - 12.30pm, Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre, Montague Street, Wakefield, WF1 5BB

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service training opportunities
28 June - 5 December 2018 | Various council venues
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service has organised a full programme of training sessions for the Wakefield workforce. For more information, please see the programme (Word).

Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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