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December 2019


Hello Colleague, here is Nova's December 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

Christmas office closure

The Nova office will be closed for the holidays from 12pm on 24 December 2019 - 2 January 2020. We hope you all enjoy the festivities and we look forward to working with you in 2020!

Emotional & Mental Wellbeing Grant Fund

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 launched in November. The aim of the fund is to reduce the incidence of mental health crisis and the demand on urgent care services. Funding requests should be between £300 to £10,000. We received 24 applications, which is brilliant! The Grant Panel is due to meet on 8 January 2020, where the applications received will be discussed. Although applications can be submitted at any time, please see below for the application deadlines corresponding to the Grant Panel meeting dates:

Closing Date for Applications:
5pm on 28 February 2020
5pm on 29 May 2020
5pm on 28 August 2020
5pm on 27 November 2020

Grant Panel meets:
20 March 2020
19 June 2020
18 September 2020
18 December 2020

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Nova website

Nova Members

We would like to say a big Nova welcome to our 11 new members, taking the current total to 347. The new members are:
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Stride Theatre lung health film

Stride Theatre has been working with young people who attend The Old Quarry Adventure Playground and members of the Sing and Breathe Choir to produce this short film to highlight the effects that smoking and bad lung health can have on us. Please share this brilliant piece of work to highlight the importance of lung health. You can watch the performance here.

Looking out for our neighbours campaign

Looking out for our neighbours campaign returns to combat loneliness and social isolation this winter. West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s community campaign returns to help prevent loneliness and social isolation this winter. This phase builds on the success of the campaign earlier this year when local people carried out over 46,000 acts of kindness in their local neighbourhoods across Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. 72% of people believed that the campaign has made a positive difference to their neighbours’ wellbeing and now the Partnership wants to encourage even more people to get involved. This is particularly vital during the winter months as people, especially those who are older or vulnerable, can easily become isolated or lonely as a result of bad weather or the added social pressure that comes with the festive season. You can find out more by visiting the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership website

Free management consultancy and HR advice for charities

Cranfield Trust are an independent charity, providing management consultancy free of charge to any registered non-profit organisation with a primary purpose of addressing the issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion. They achieve this through their network of more than 1,000 regional volunteer management consultants. As well as offering free management consultancy, Cranfield Trust also provides free HR advice to any registered charity or social enterprise with a charitable purpose, through their online service, HRNet. This service has become invaluable to so many charities that do not have a dedicated HR person. Charities can access thousands of model HR documents and get tailored answers to their HR questions. Those who join will also receive a regular e-newsletter with the most up-to-date information on employment regulation and practice. Whether your charity is at the start of its journey or wants to build on previous success, Cranfield Trust can help. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Cranfield Trust on 01794 830338 / or visit their website to find out more:

Creative Wakefield Draft Ambition Document

The Creative Wakefield Draft Ambition document and the proposed governance for the district wide Creative Wakefield Network will shortly be out for consultation by 20 December 2019. BOP consultants were appointed as the independent support for the development of the Wakefield Creative ambition document and over 175 individuals and organisations have helped shape the current draft with over 40 one-to-one interviews and multiple workshops across the past nine months. The document will continue to evolve, but Wakefield Council welcomes feedback from all sectors and individuals who have an interest and passion for creativity and all of the benefits it offers to Wakefield residents, business and visitors. If you are not yet on the Creative Wakefield mailing list, please contact In the meantime you can download the document from the Wakefield Council website and give your feedback using this short survey: The consultation closes on Monday 13 January 2020. In the New Year BOP will review the feedback to produce the final document.  

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.


Domiciliary Care Strategy Event
10 January 2020 | 10.00am - 1.00pm, The Kingswood Suite, Town Hall, Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2HQ
Wakefield Council wants to hear from everybody with any interest in domiciliary care, particularly people who work in or receive these services. In the district, the council thinks that:
  • People should be supported to live in their own homes, be well connected within their communities and as independent as possible
  • People who need care in their own homes should receive safe, timely and high quality care
  • Staff working in domiciliary care should be valued, paid well and supported to enjoy their work
  • Domiciliary care organisations should be sustainable, diverse and flourishing
If you would like to attend, please call 01924 307766 or email

How to apply to over 20,000 trusts and foundations
14 January 2020 | 10.00am - 11.30am, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Have you ever wondered how many Trusts and Foundations there are that you could apply to for funding? Believe it or not there are over 21,000! How do you find out who they are and what they will fund? Most trusts and foundations don’t have a website or application form, so how do you apply? Steve Robinson, Nova’s Contracts and Performance Manager let’s you into his box of secrets!

Wakefield Finance Forum
16 January 2020 | 12.00pm - 2.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This is the second Wakefield Finance Forum, hosted by WYCAS. The Finance Forum will provide an opportunity for people who work in the Wakefield voluntary and community sector to get together to discuss finance and accounting issues. The Forum is designed to enable us to learn from each other; to provide training opportunities and to offer a supportive network. Tea/coffee will be provided – please bring your own lunch if needed. If you need more information please contact Rhys North, WYCAS Community Accountant – or mobile 07891 333 030.

No more Blue Mondays
20 January 2020 | 12.00pm - 3.00pm, Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2HQ
This event is hosted by Wakefield and Five Towns Recovery College and will feature stalls from over 30 local, community and charitable organisations offering information about everything from mental wellbeing to debt or benefits advice, physical health to coping with loneliness, local activity groups to dealing with carer’s stress. You can also experience free wellbeing taster sessions including aromatherapy, relaxation, theatre and music, physical activity, felt crafting, floral art design and more.

ACES, SPACES and LEARNING - A day of trauma informed education for all
24 January 2020 | 9.30am - 4.30pm, National Coal Mining Museum for England, New Road, Overton, WF4 4RH
This full day conference will explore the effect of trauma on a child and the impact that this can have on their learning and development and their overall wellbeing. The day is intended to give you a deep dive into understanding children and young people who have been affected by any kind of trauma and how you can relate to them, assist and support them. This really is THE research-based way to be WITH young people and be that one person to make a lifelong impact.

How to be an Effective Chair
12 February 2020 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
This Governance Masterclass session is aimed at chairs/trustees of organisations, to provide an overview of what steps to take to become a successful chair. The session will include:
  • The role of the chair
  • What makes a 'good' chair of trustees
  • Governing the Board effectively
  • Communicating with the Board and Staff
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • Useful resources and links to access
  • Questions and answers

This session will be delivered by Mary Roche, Nova Adviser - Community and Enterprise Development.

Promoting your Organisation
24 March 2020 | 10.00am - 12.00pm, Nova Wakefield District Limited, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ
Come along to this Learning and Networking session to find out various ways to promote your organisation. This session will explore top tips for promoting your organisation, which may be through social media, in print, through your website, by word of mouth and more. Natalie Jones, Nova Adviser - Communication and Evaluation, will be delivering the session.


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:

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.

National Lottery Community Fund - Climate Action Fund
Application deadline: 18 December 2019 for initial ideas
The Climate Action Fund will support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. With National Lottery funding, they will work together, share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement of change. Applications will be considered from community-led partnerships.

Pocket Parks
Application deadline: 31 December 2019
A Government fund to help communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces. The fund defines a pocket park as no bigger than 0.4 hectares, which is a square with sides about 60 metres long, but sites can be much smaller. They expect to allocate grants of up to £15,000 for new pocket parks and £25,000 for renovation of existing parks split between capital and revenue expenditure. Groups bidding don’t need to own the site, but must provide written evidence of agreement from the landowner to the works or activities outlined in the application.

Coalfields Community Investment Programme
Application deadline: The Eligibility survey closes at 5pm on 28 February 2020. The deadline for applications is 13 March 2020 at 5pm.
The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:
  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health & Wellbeing: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Jobs and Training


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

Liaison and Diversion South Yorkshire – Peer Support Worker, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 7-11, starting at £19,554 pa/pro-rata
Closing date: 29 December 2019 

Administration Officer – Live Well Wakefield, Nova Wakefield District Limited
Salary: £20,795 per annum
Closing date: 3 January 2020

Live Well Wakefield Advisor, Nova Wakefield District Limited
Salary: £22,795 per annum
Closing date: 3 January 2020

Mental Health Support Coordinator, Touchstone
Salary: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £21,589 pa
Closing date: 5 January 2020

Community Development Worker - HIV Prevention & Support
, Yorkshire MESMAC
Salary: £24,799 pro rata per annum
Closing date: 6 January 2020

Coordinator, South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (SARAG)
Salary: £14.75 per hour
Closing date: 17 January 2020

Benefits Rights Worker, South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (SARAG)
Salary: £13.71 per hour
Closing date: 17 January 2020

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


Grow Your Wellbeing
Athelas CIC is running a programme called ‘Grow Your Wellbeing’. It aims to help individuals who are economically inactive and/or unemployed for a minimum of 6 months. Initially they are offering 2 blocks of 10 sessions. The first 10 sessions will commence on Friday 17 January 2020 and will run 10am until 12noon. The focus will be around woodland management, nature and conservation. The second block will also begin on Friday 17 January, but will run 1pm until 3pm. The focus will be on innovative and creative activities that can happen in the outdoors. Both blocks of sessions will aim to build skills, confidence and motivation through active outdoor activities. The sessions are free and will take place at Bullcliffe Woods, off Denby Dale Road (A636). Athelas CIC will provide transport from Wakefield Health Centre on Drury Lane for those who do not drive. Athelas CIC ask that they are able to meet each participant before the course begins as there is some paperwork to complete. If anyone has any questions or queries about the course please email or phone 07933955928.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Two Day Course
27 and 28 January 2020 | 8:45am (registration) - 5pm, Samaritans Training Suite, Charlotte Street, Wakefield, WF1 1UL
Developed by MHFA England, this two-day course qualifies delegates as mental health first aiders. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance. This course is suitable for those who want to gain the necessary skills to have a non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support. Please contact for more information. 
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.
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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