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Welcome to the Nova e-bulletin for July 2021. This update provides information on the latest news, events and training, funding and jobs relating to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Wakefield District.


Covid Update – Restrictions lifting on 19 July

From Monday 19 July, all legal restrictions will be removed, meaning:

  • There are no restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  • Weddings, funerals and other life events can take place without limits or restrictions.
  • All venues will reopen and no requirement for table service in hospitality settings.
  • Face coverings are no longer legally required in shops, schools, hospitality, or on public transport.
  • The 1m plus rule has been lifted apart from in specific places.

The Covid case rates in Wakefield and West Yorkshire are significantly higher than the rest of the country and the virus continues to pose risk to us, therefore it is recommended that you:

  • Are cautious and think of the risk to yourself and others.
  • Get vaccinated without delay if you can.
  • Limit the number of people that you mix with who are not in your household.
  • Wear face coverings when coming into contact with people you don’t usually meet in enclosed and crowded places.

Remember, if you have symptoms get a test and stay at home. If you have no symptoms, get regular rapid lateral flow tests to make sure you aren’t infecting others.

If you need to check restrictions, please check the GOV.UK websiteStay safe!

Community>Wakefield is live!  

We're excited to share that the new directory for Wakefield District, Community>Wakefield, is live and already has a great range of services, activities and opportunities listed. Thank you to all of the organisations that have registered and added your information to the site!

Community>Wakefield will be utilised by all - from families looking for holiday activities to workers using the site to identify appropriate activities for social prescription.

Register your organisation now to: 
  • Quickly and simply promote your activities, events, services to users of the site.
  • Access your Volunteer>Wakefield opportunities through the same site.
  • Receive emails reminding you to keep your listings up to date.
Watch this video to help you get set up on the site, and if you'd like to find out more, please contact Please spread the word about Community>Wakefield!

Vision for Volunteering  

Emerging from lockdown is a pivotal moment to re-energise and plan strategically for the future of volunteering. It is crucial that we work collaboratively to create a new Vision for Volunteering, bringing together organisations from across the voluntary sector, alongside public sector bodies, to develop an action plan for volunteering that places it at the heart of every community.  

Vision for Volunteering is an important collaboration across the voluntary and community sector, led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters and AVM.

Join the collaboration - sign up to receive updates and take part in the consultation on the Vision for Volunteering. We're looking forward to seeing the vision develop!

Free PPE for voluntary sector organisations

The Department of Health and Social Care is offering free personal protective equipment for use by voluntary sector organisations - claim yours and share this opportunity with others. 

You can express your interest by completing this short form and then a representative of DHSC will contact you to arrange delivery. The details that you provide will only be passed to DHSC and the PPE and delivery are both free of charge. 

Free leaflet holders available 

Carers Wakefield & District have some leaflet holders that they no longer use, pictured below. They are kindly offering them for free to anyone who would like them. The leaflet holders are in good condition and are free to a good home.  

If you are interested, please contact

Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby

It is a little known fact that there is a very successful wheelchair rugby club based in Wakefield, Yorkshire Lions, who were promoted to Division 1 in 2019. They play paralympic style wheelchair rugby and only people with a disability can classify and play. 

The club is open to try out anyone with lower limb, torso and upper limb disabilities, but are active as individuals. The game is high tempo and full wheelchair contact is part of the game. Specialist wheelchairs are required, the club has spare chairs for loan as new players develop.

The club trains each Saturday at Featherstone Sports Centre. If you are interested in becoming a player or a volunteer, please contact or call 07865 960520.

Wakefield Workforce Hub update

There is some new information and resources available on the Wakefield Integrated Care Workforce Hub, which you may find interesting and helpful: 
  • Details of Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub Weekly Q&A sessions for anyone working in WY&H health and social care organisations, including the VCSE sector. The next session is on Thursday 22 July at 9.30am. More info here
  • The 'Jump Back Up for July' calendar by Action for Happiness, which has daily tips to help us consider our own wellbeing and spread happiness. Find the calendar here.
  • Covid page, which is updated with the latest restrictions and vaccination guidance.

Charity Commission - Filing guidance  

The Charity Commission has updated its Covid guidance for the charity sector, please make sure to take a look if this is relevant to you. 

As part of the update, the Charity Commission has requested that annual returns, reports and accounts are now filed on time. If Covid has impacted your charity's ability to file on time, the Charity Commission should have been in contact regarding a filing extension.  

From 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021, if you are unable to meet an imminent filing obligation for a Covid related reason, you can apply for a new filing extension. They will give you a fixed 3-month extension from the date of your application. Include your charity name and registration number when you email

Charities Bill Factsheet

The Charities Bill implements recommendations from the Law Commission’s 2017 Technical Issues in Charity Law Report. It will change the law to help charities consolidate and restructure, for example, by making it easier for charities to amend their governing documents.

A Charities Bill Factsheet has been published to explain these amendments. 

Wakefield City of Culture 2025 

Wakefield Council have released the launch video for their UK City of Culture 2025 bid, which is linked below. The Council hope that through the bid, they can raise awareness for the cultural assets of Wakefield District and create a lasting cultural and creative legacy

The launch video highlights the unique cultural elements that make up Wakefield District, it's great to see Wakefield celebrated in this way! Please get behind the bid, which shows how much Wakefield has to offer, and share the video using the hashtags #Wakefield2025 #CityofCulture2025. 
Wakefield 2025 City of Culture 2025 - Launch video

Events & Training


Diabetes UK Friends of the North virtual meet-up - Wednesday 21 July

Diabetes UK will be bringing together friends across the North affected by diabetes for a virtual meet up. It will be an opportunity to hear about what Diabetes UK are doing across the region, how you can get involved and what support and information they have to offer. 

The event will run from 7.30pm - 9pm. You can register to attend here

Castleford RUFC Families Get Fit Together 

Castleford RUFC are running a successful programme which provides a safe and supportive environment for families to take part in gentle exercise and rugby themed games suitable for ages 4 - 54. Sessions are £5 per family, which covers the costs of delivery. 

Castleford RUFC provide these open sessions without questioning the abilities or capabilities of the participants. There is no restriction on or definition of family -  young children and young adults can attend with parents or other family members. 

Sessions are on Fridays from 6pm - 7pm at Castleford RUFC. For more information, please contact Steve Ball.

Community BSL initiative for charities and volunteers in Yorkshire

Signs4Life are running a local initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language, helping them to communicate with people who may be hard of hearing. 

Having worked with teachers, the local NHS, social workers and more, Signs4Life are offering a community 6-week British Sign Language (BSL) programme, which will be delivered on Zoom.
For more details on the summer community programs, please visit the Signs4Life website.

GreenStrider's Summer of Fun - Children's Activities 

Hall Green Community Centre will be hosting fun free activities for all children age 5 or over during this summer holiday. Children will have the opportunity to dance, sing, participate in drama and art, and lots more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Start dates: Wednesday 28 July, 10am - 3pm. Thursday 29 July, 10am - 3pm. 
Venue: Hall Green Community Centre, 1a Painthorpe Lane, Hall Green, Wakefield, WF4 3LA. 

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book, please contact 01924 251544 or email Share with your network!


Yorkshire Sport Foundation Survey

StreetGames, Sported and Yorkshire Sport Foundation are interested to hear what type of support would be most beneficial to you as they look at the road to recovery post Covid.

They are looking to host a joint network event in September, and are asking community sports sector partners to complete this short survey to inform the type of event to host. 

Thornes Park Play Area Consultation 

Wakefield Council are currently running a public consultation about Thornes Park Play Area, which will close at the end of August. The Council are looking to get as much feedback from the community as possible, so please complete the survey and share with your networks. 
You can access the online survey here or return a paper copy to Jessica Clarke


Leeds Community Foundation Community Partnering Fund - Deadline: Monday 2 August 

Leeds Community Foundation is working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to provide funding for community groups, so that they can tackle issues including:
  • Alleviating hardship associated with fuel poverty
  • Educating communities about safety in relation to domestic gas and power
  • Project funding for organisations building community resilience in response to Covid
As well as providing a short-term funding, Leeds Community Foundation want to find organisations who can become long-term partners. The grants will be between £1,000 and £10,000 to support community organisations across the North of England. 

For more information, visit the Leeds Community Foundation website. 

Deadline for applications: Monday 2 August 2021, 12pm. 

NLCF Local Connections Fund - Deadline: Friday 6 August 

The National Lottery Community Fund is providing grants of £300 - £2,500 to small charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness by building community connections. Applicant organisations must have an annual income of £50,000 or less. 

For more information, visit the NLCF website

Deadline for applications: Friday 6 August 2021, 5pm. 

WDHCS Third Sector Covid Response Fund - Deadline: Monday 9 August 

Wakefield and District Health and Community Support (WDHCS), an independent grant making charity in Wakefield, is providing funding to support community groups, charities and social enterprises, to implement recovery strategies as a response to the impact of Covid.

Grants will be awarded to organisations who are working with people and communities most affected by the pandemic, to enable them to build resilience and continue to develop their activities and approaches, especially to integrate a return to service delivery.

Grants are available for individual organisations of £1,000 to £5,000. Grants are available of up to £15,000 for collaborative bids, where a lead partner organisation has been identified.

For more information or to request an application form, please contact

Deadline for applications: Monday 9 August 2021, 12pm. 

The Royal Horticultural Society Flourish Fund - Deadline: Friday 13 August 

The Royal Horticultural Society are striving to ensure that a wider range of people can connect with horticulture. Therefore, they have committed £150,000 in 2021 through the new Flourish fund to support organisations across the UK and in the heart of communities to help people grow horticultural skills. 

Grants of up to £15,000 are available. The RHS would like to hear from organisations who: 
  • Are currently helping to, or would like to, improve diversity and social inclusion within horticulture.
  • Can demonstrate how the skills and training they offer can create onward opportunities for work experience, further training and employment. 
You can access the application form on the RHS website, and if you have any questions or queries please contact

Deadline for applications: Friday 13 August 2021.

The Santander Foundation Grant - Deadline: Friday 13 August 

The Santander Foundation have developed the Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund, which aims to improve people's digital and financial confidence and skills.

Grants are for a period of three years and up to £150,000 per organisation. Applicants must be a registered charity or CIC with an annual income above £75,000.

For more information, visit The Santander Foundation website

Deadline for applications: Friday 13 August 2021.

Creative Earth Grants for Communities - Deadline: Monday 16 August 

Wakefield Council are inviting community groups/organisations across Wakefield District to apply for a grant to help to run their own Festival of the Earth activities. They are excited to offer the new Creative Earth Grants for Communities to support community groups across the District to engage with the Festival of the Earth themes and discover how to take positive steps forward for the environment together.
Wakefield Council anticipate community groups applying to cover the costs to run a family fun day, craft workshops, design of a community garden, or other creative activities to inspire your community to explore the theme of the environment. All activities should be free to attend. 

Grants are to be from £150 to £500, and Wakefield Council will accept applications for support up to £1,000 if the project is exceptional. The funding is available to all constituted groups from across Wakefield.

Please visit the Creative Wakefield website for more information, application guidance and the expression of interest form. 
Deadline for applications: Monday 16 August 2021, 5pm.

Leeds Community Foundation Local Care Direct Health and Wellbeing Fund - Deadline: Monday 6 September 

Leeds Community Foundation have launched the Local Care Direct Health and Wellbeing Fund, which in its first round aims to improve the health and wellbeing of residents across Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how their work reduces health inequalities, and Leeds Community Foundation will prioritise third sector organisations who understand local needs and are connected to their communities. Grants can support existing work, capital costs or be for new project ideas that meet identified gaps.

The grants will be between £10,000 and £20,000 for 2 year projects. 

For more information, visit the Leeds Community Foundation website. 

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 September 2021, 12pm. 

Building Powerful Communities Small Capital Grants Programme

Building Powerful Communities is about developing third sector capacity, building on local community assets and resources through a programme of activity to support the third sector to become more enterprising and sustainable.

Support is available to new and existing organisations, and entrepreneurs who are based or operating in the areas of Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, South Elmsall & South Kirkby and Hemsworth. 

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. 

The Small Capital Grant will cover 60% of the costs of the equipment, 40% match costs will need to be provided by the organisation (e.g. through other charitable grant givers, bank loans). Help and advice can be provided by a Nova Adviser.

For more information, see the BPC Small Capital Grants Guidance & Application Form (Word).

To find out more, or apply, please contact Julie Baker, Nova Advisor (Community and Enterprise Development) by emailing or calling 07927 554280.


Community Safety

It was Operation Aident Week from Monday 28 June - Friday 2 July, which is part of the national effort to raise awareness for child trafficking and criminal exploitation. If you would like more information, please see the following resources: 

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter Scam Alert 

This bi-monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns and what we can do to stay protected. The alert is available here. Please forward the alert on to anyone who may find it useful. 

You can access previous newsletters and resources here.


We are recruiting!

Nova Advisor - Bid Writing Specialist 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Bid Writer to support raising the profile of bid writing across Wakefield District. The role will involve providing tailored development support to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across the District to develop high quality bids.

Closing date: 29 July 2021
Organisation: Nova Wakefield District
Location: Wakefield District
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £30,906 per annum

For more information, and to apply, please see the Recruitment Pack (Word) and the Job Description/Person Specification (Word). Privacy Notice for Job Applicants (pdf).
Our members are also recruiting for a wide range of jobs. For full details on all of the below vacancies, please visit the Nova website

Administrative Assistant / Receptionist – ASK 4 Advocacy
Closing date: 18/07/2021

Liaison and Diversion Support Time Recovery Worker
Closing date: 18/07/2021
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (not listed on the Nova website)
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Closing date: 18/07/2021

General Advice Worker
Citizens Advice Barnsley
Closing date: 22/07/2021
Volunteer and Activities Coordinator
St George's Lupset
Closing date: 23/07/2021

Smokefree Project Manager (not listed on the Nova website)
NHS Wakefield CCG
Closing date: 23/07/2021
Property, Repairs & Maintenance Administrator
Fusion Housing Kirklees
Closing date: 27/07/2021
Finance Manager
Citizens Advice Barnsley
Closing date: 02/08/2021

Volunteer Co-ordinator
Castleford Heritage Trust
Closing date: 10/08/2021

Facilities Manager
Castleford Heritage Trust
Closing date: 10/08/2021
Communications and Policy Manager
Wakefield and District Health and Community Support
Closing date: 20/08/2021
Best wishes,
The Nova Team
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