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February 2020


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's February 2020 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

A message from Ian Cockerill, Nova CEO

Nova has released an advert for a new Chief Executive Officer which is a fantastic opportunity for someone with energy, vision and tenacity to support the further development of Nova and its members within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector across Wakefield District. Obviously the availability of this opportunity is a sign that I am leaving, although I will be here until 1 May 2020 when I am sure my successor will have already been secured. I am choosing to leave at what I think is a good time for Nova - our membership continues to grow and now exceeds 350 groups and organisations.

We have just completed a new Wakefield District Third Sector Strategy 2020 - 23 (pdf) which provides a framework for our members and partners to work together to support improving the quality of life of people within our communities, and build on the great work that already takes place.
I have no immediate plans for what I will do next, other than to take some time out to recharge my batteries and explore the West Yorkshire area I have come to love. I will miss the time I get to spend with people across the District who work so hard to improve their communities, but I feel that it is time for me to move onto new things.
I wish all those who work with and support the work of Nova the very best for the future. For those interested in the job, details can be found on the Nova website

Saying goodbye to Steve Robinson

At the end of March Nova will be saying goodbye to Steve Robinson, Nova’s Contracts and Performance Manager. Steve is retiring to spend more time with his wife and family. Steve originally joined Wakefield District Wellbeing Consortium in 2011 which merged with Voluntary Action Wakefield District to form Nova and has worked in finance and contracts for the last 9 years.
Steve said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 9 years working in Wakefield District and would like to thank all staff and members of Nova that I have worked with. I wish you all well for the future.”

Wakefield District Third Sector Strategy 2020 - 23

The Wakefield District Third Sector Strategy 2020 - 23 (pdf) has now been published. This Strategy provides a basis for the future development of the Third Sector across Wakefield District for the next three years (2020 – 2023). It succeeds the earlier Third Sector Strategy agreed for the period 2013 – 2016.

It has been prepared by Nova Wakefield District, the infrastructure and support organisation for the Third Sector, in partnership with and coordinated through the Third Sector Strategy Group, which includes representatives from relevant Third and Statutory Sector organisations. The Strategy has been guided by a series of consultation events with Third Sector organisations and other partners carried out in 2018/19. 

The vision is for a stronger Third Sector, which makes best use of the social, economic and environmental opportunities to improve the quality of life of local people: it is also for a sector, which people trust and support, which is just and fair, creative and innovative and which is passionate and resilient. a One Page Profile for the Third Sector Stategy 2020 - 23 has also been published, and can be accessed here (pdf). 

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our 6 new members taking the current total to 356. The new members are:
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Taking Care of Business - Public Health Annual Report

The Director of Public Health’s annual report Taking Care of Business is targeted at employers in Wakefield District and focuses on working carers – people who are juggling work and providing unpaid care to a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support. The numbers are huge with 1 in 7 workers providing unpaid care. This can have an impact on physical health, emotional wellbeing, finances and can result in people having to reduce their working hours or give up work altogether. This has big implications for workers, employers, our district and the economy. Taking Care of Business encourages employers to recognise that identifying and taking steps to support working carers has business benefits - these include reducing absenteeism, retaining skilled staff, reducing recruitment/training costs, increasing motivation and productivity. To support Taking Care of Business, Wakefield Council has purchased the Employers for Carers digital resource from Carers UK which is now available free for Wakefield based employers. The online platform include useful guides, e-learning for managers and staff, sample policies, best practice information, case studies, resources and information to signpost working carers to. Taking Care of Business is accompanied by a hard hitting film which shows the daily stresses that carers face. The film uses a real life carer and Wakefield District staff as actors. The report and film can be found on the Wakefield Council website.

Grow Social campaign

Grow Social is the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) brand-new initiative designed to bring people together using the power of plants. Loneliness is a major health concern in the UK but RHS sees how plants can play a part in connecting people and making us feel better. Grow Social is designed to give you the opportunity to share what you love about plants by holding an event for other people in your community, particularly those who may be feeling isolated. For more information, please visit the RHS website

Social enterprise research and event

Leeds Beckett University has concluded and evaluated the mapping exercise of social enterprises in the Leeds City Region. The survey received 109 usable responses, with 14 respondents being from the Wakefield area. Please see the One Page Report (Word) to view the results from Wakefield. For the second stage of the research, the university is now conducting discussion groups across Yorkshire, open to representatives of social enterprises or organisations/groups which do some social enterprise activity – you do not have to have completed the survey to take part. The first set of discussion groups will be held in Leeds, on Wednesday 26 February, in Room 323, Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3HB. Refreshments will be provided.
  •  Group 1: 9.30am - 10.45am
  •  Group 2: 11.15am - 12.30pm
These groups are intended as an opportunity for you to discuss your experience and the support your organisation needs in an informal and confidential environment. If you plan to attend, please reply to this email address confirming whether you plan to join Leeds group 1 or Leeds group 2. 

Nominate your Unsung Hero

Community Foundation Wakefield District is holding the fourth Unsung Heroes Volunteer Awards Evening on Friday 15 May 2020 at Cedar Court Hotel. Community Foundation is looking for people who have made a difference, who have run/organised activities or contributed in one way or another to helping people achieve their potential (or overcome an impediment) – more than they could have done by themselves. This could include areas such as: Sport, Disability, Mental Health, Illness, Creative Activities, Befriending and Caring. The above areas are not exclusive. If you know of someone involved in another area, then please nominate them. Full information and a nomination form are available online on the Community Foundation Wakefield District website

Artwalk Wakefield

Artwalk Wakefield is looking for organisations to be involved in the March Artwalk. If you would like to take part, please complete the Participation Form (Word) and email it to and Artwalk is also excited to announce a call out for artist commissions is now live. Being able to pay artists and invest in Artwalk's artistic programme is a great step forward for the project. More information can be found here.
Disclaimer: Nova does not endorse any information/organisations that are included within the e-bulletin. Information/organisations are included simply to share information between interested organisations.


ESF Community Grants meet the funder event
25 February 2020 | 9.30am - 2.30pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Come and join an enabler from Groundwork to discuss the 'ESF Community Grants' fund available. Groundwork is working in West Yorkshire to deliver 'ESF Community Grants' – a programme offering funding pots of between £5,000 to £20,000 to small and voluntary organisations to help unemployed people advance towards employment, education and training. Groundwork is holding a drop in session where you can come and talk to an enabler about the fund, get support on your application or have any questions about the grant. You can also book a slot with an enabler and obtain help to either start on your bid, have a look over one, or answer and direct questions about the fund in relation to your organisation.

"It Started When..." Peer Led Performance Invitation from Edgelands Arts
26 February 2020 | 8.40am, 9.40am and 11.10am, Outwood Grange Academy
A performance by young people about mental health issues. The performance is free. 

#CANCon2020 - What's strong not what's wrong
10 March 2020 | 9.30am - 1.00pm, St Catherine's Church and Centre, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, WF1 5HL
This is the third annual conference of the Wakefield District Community Anchor Network (CAN) and this year we are focussing on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) which is why it is called 'What's strong not what's wrong'. We know that there is plenty of excellent work going on in our communities and the potential for so much more.

The evolving role of the CAN is peer support and development, innovating and supporting actions that deliver on the Five Ways to Wellbeing in their localities, through strong partnerships. The CANCon will share examples of this work, look at local developments that will enhance this work and identify future actions. Come and join us to celebrate and build our assets.

For more information see the links on the agenda (Word) and use Eventbrite to book a place.

WYCAS Advice Surgery - Wakefield
10 March 2020 | 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This is an opportunity to meet Lis Beverly from West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS) to chat through and seek advice on any finance or accounting issues or queries you have. You can also use the surgery simply to drop-off or collect your accounting records. If you would like to attend the surgery, please contact Lis -

Be Business Minded
27 March 2020 | 10.00am - 1.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Sophie Michelena, Locality, will be delivering this session for Nova members on how to Be Business Minded. Locality believes that the voluntary and community sector should be ready to take advantage of local opportunities from the public sector. After consultation with Nova, Locality has set up this workshop session where you can think about how you can get as prepared as possible for a sustainable future which is not reliant on grants. The session will get you thinking about 4 Ways to Sustainability:
  • Assets
  • Enterprise
  • Contracts (public agencies)
  • Services (direct to individuals)

Locality will bring their experience and tips about the above, but also get you to think about your organisation and bring you tailored tools and worksheets to help you think about where you are at, and what next steps you need to take to get to where you want to be, regardless of the size of your organisation. This workshop is ideal for voluntary and community sector organisations wanting to explore or develop their contract-readiness, and understanding of personalised budgets in more detail.

Wakefield Memory Walk 2020
17 May 2020 | 11.00am - 1.30pm, Pugneys Country Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ
The Memory Walk takes place in a wonderful atmosphere and is a beautiful walk by the side of the lake along a route which is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Dogs are welcome, but need to be kept on a lead at all times and though you can wear what you want, please come dressed for all weathers! There are toilets, a Cafe and parking on site - please note, car parking charges do apply. Collect a free bottle of water and a 'forget-me-not' badge (the symbol of the Walk), an 'I'm Walking For...' label and safety pins from the Gazebos opposite the reception building. Here you can collect a 'Memory Heart' and write the name of your loved one to hang on the special Memory Tree. There will also be a Tombola and raffle. People will be called for the Walk (being opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield) to start at 10.50am at a point just past reception and it will take place in an anti-clockwise direction finishing at the end of the trim trail where Certificates will be issued. To register for free and for further information please visit For sponsor forms or any queries, please email or telephone 07342119774. Online donations can be given via JustGiving and search for Wakefield Memory Walk 2020. There will be an opportunity to donate on the day via the donations desk or via collection buckets.


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:

Live Well Wakefield Small Grants Fund - Round 6
Application deadline: 12 noon on 21 February 2020
The sixth round of the Live Well Wakefield Small Grants Fund is now open. In this round, we would welcome applications that meet the overarching aims of the Live Well Wakefield Service, which are to:
  • Improve the wider health and wellbeing of residents in the Wakefield district by taking a person centred approach to empower them to identify what keeps them well, and facilitating access to support and interventions to achieve this.
  • Reduce social isolation, increase independence, enable and empower service users to self-manage their own health and wellbeing.
  • Provide an infrastructure across the district which joins up statutory and third sector services around the needs of the individual, and supports people to navigate the system effectively.
  • To take an asset based approach both for individuals and for communities.
  • Identify any gaps in provision that supports the aims of the service.
  • Promote a holistic approach to health and wellbeing by focussing on the wider determinants of health and supporting people to access relevant services e.g. housing, welfare advice, employment programmes as well as health promotion services such as smoking cessation and physical activity.
As part of the application process you may be invited to present your application in person on 13 March 2020 between 1pm and 3pm. Please keep this in mind when applying.

Emotional and Mental Wellbeing Grant Fund 
Application deadline: 5pm on 28 February 2020
Applications for the Wakefield Emotional & Mental Wellbeing Grant Fund, which is managed and supported by Nova on behalf of NHS Wakefield CCG and the Mental Health Alliance, can be submitted at any time, but will be determined by a Grants Panel that will meet quarterly. Grants will be allocated on the basis of identified need which supports the aim of reducing the incidence of mental health crisis and the demand on urgent care services. 

Elderly Persons Social Action Fund (Wakefield @ 130)
Application deadline: 6 March 2020
Community Foundation Wakefield District is launching Round 3 of the Elderly Person’s Social Isolation Fund which is inspired by the celebrations surrounding the 130th anniversary of Wakefield being granted city status. Wakefield @ 130 is designed to encourage a series of events and activities, which will engage older people in local communities across the Wakefield District. At least 130 elderly people will be engaged in local communities through a series of celebratory events. It will be an opportunity for them to recall their own personal stories of living within their communities and share these with today’s younger generation including their sons, daughters, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. 

Safer Communities Fund
Application deadline: 13 March 2020
The Safer Communities Fund aims to help voluntary and community groups, charities and partners make their communities safer. Grants will be awarded in line with the priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan. The objectives of the fund are to:
  • Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Safeguard vulnerable people.
  • Make sure criminal justice works for communities.
  • Support victims and witnesses.

In round 18, a total of £200,000 is available in grants The maximum grant available is £6,000.

ESF Community Grants
Application deadline: 28 April 2020
Grants are available to support small and voluntary organisations for local initiatives that will move unemployed people towards employment, training or education in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. 

The ESF Community Grants programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and commissioned by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The programme is being managed by Groundwork in West Yorkshire with delivery from local Groundwork Trusts. This ESF Community Grants programme is delivered in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). The programme is intended to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. The funding aims to help local unemployed people, over the age of 16 years, move towards a more positive future by increasing confidence and promote social integration. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available.

CLLD Small Capital Grants Fund
Application deadline: Applications assessed on a rolling basis
Building Powerful Communities is part of the European funded People Enabling Area Transformation Project (PEAT) which is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme that is part financed by the European Structural and Investment Fund, and will run until the end of 2021 in the areas of Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall & South Kirkby and Hemsworth. The Small Capital Grants Fund will support the development of existing and new organisations and entrepreneurs, and is managed and supported by Nova. 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 - £20,000. However, requests over £20,000 may be considered by the panel and should be initially discussed with a Nova Adviser before being discussed with the LAG (Local Action Group). The Small Capital Grant will cover 60% of the costs of the equipment, 40% match costs will need to be provided by the organisation. Match can be provided through other charitable grant givers, social investment, an organisation’s own funding (excluding other ESIF funds) or via bank loans. Help and advice can be provided by a Nova Adviser.

Jobs and Training


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

Pathway Development Worker, Touchstone Support
Salary: Agenda for Change Band 5, starting at £24,214 pa
Closing date: 19 February 2020

Active and Inspire Project Lead
, Eastmoor Community Project Limited
Salary: £25,000 pro rata
Closing date: 21 February 2020

Team Leader
, Foundation
Salary: £24,799 per annum
Closing date: 1 March 2020

Senior Support Co-ordinator
, Sustain Wakefield
Salary: £25,897.50 per annum
Closing date: 2 March 2020

Your Space Community Wellbeing Development Worker, Touchstone Support
Salary: NJC Scale Points 22 – 25, starting at £21,589 pa / pro rata
Closing date: 4 March 2020

Chief Executive Officer
, Nova Wakefield District Limited
Salary: Circa £50,000
Closing date: 16 March 2020

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


FSI Small Charity Training
10 March 2020 9.45am – 4.30pm (registration from 09.15), St George’s Conference Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL
If you’re a small but vital charity in or around Leeds, don’t miss the FSI's popular small charity training. Explore 3 different courses covering fundraising, developing your case for support, and developing corporate relationships. These sessions are heavily subsidised and fill up fast, so book your spaces now. 

Mental Health First Aid Training
30 - 31 March 2020 | 9.00am - 5.00pm, Samaritans Training Suite, Charlotte Street, Wakefield, WF1 1UL
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which will teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training to become a Mental Health First Aider, giving you confidence to step in, reassure and support a person is distress. The course will enhance your own interpersonal skills such as non-judgmental listening.


  • Presentations and guidance from MHFA accredited trainer
  • The simple yet effective Interventions using MHFA approved ALGEE skills
  • Hands-on skills, practice and development

MHFA is a powerful experience. You can expect to feel challenged, empowered and hopeful. Your MHFA trainer will demonstrate the importance of suicide and mental ill health alertness and help you identify and offer first aid. This course is aimed at anyone over the age of 16 and can help in the workplace, in the community and in your own personal life. No previous training is needed but participants should read the information above before requesting the training. For more information please see attached flyer or visit the MHFA website. Cost is £200pp and includes light lunch on both days and all course material including MHFA manual, workbook, certificate & aide memoire. Payment is required prior to commencement of the course.

Survivor Leadership Programme
March - September 2020 | Times and venue TBC
Are you a sexual violence survivor in West Yorkshire interested in leadership? Would you like to join a six month action research group exploring what survivors need to become leaders for change? Survivors West Yorkshire would love to hear from you ASAP and look forward to working together. Project sessions begin in March with sessional honorariums of £50 plus travel expenses. To find out more, please get in touch with Bob and Lorna by the end of February. Email SWY: Phone Rape Crisis: 07501 507079.
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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