Find out how Nova's previous contracts have helped people in Wakefield District.

Healthwatch Wakefield

Healtwatch Wakefield was delivered as a contract by Nova from 2013 - 2016. Over 2015/16 in line with national and local intentions Healthwatch Wakefield moved towards becoming fully independent and became a company limited by guarantee on Tuesday 8 December 2015. The contract to deliver Healthwatch was formally taken over by Healthwatch Wakefield on April 1st 2016.

Healthwatch Wakefield is the local consumer champion on health and social care issues. The core Healthwatch staff were employed by Nova and TUPE'd to Healthwatch Wakefield with the contract in April 2016. Healthwatch Wakefield provides people with advice, information and signposting about health and social care services; gathers the views and experiences of local people about health and social care; and gives local people a voice to influence the design and delivery of services. There are also a host of opportunities for local people to volunteer with Healthwatch Wakefield, details of which can be found on its website. Healthwatch Wakefield also has dedicated staff members working with local young people to ensure they have a say about health and social care services aimed at children and young people.

More information can be found on the Healthwatch Wakefield website.


Health Related Behaviour Survey

Nova worked with Public Health to support schools to produce a health and wellbeing plan addressing health and wellbeing issues identified from their school-specific 2013 Health Related Behaviour Survey data and delivered interventions to address these needs.

One of Nova’s partners, Groundwork Wakefield addressed the needs for physical exercise in a fun and creative way – golf! The four week activity started with getting to know the group, a team building activity using tri golf equipment (warm up), what’s in the bag, basic introduction to golf, and an introduction to the fundamentals of golf – grip, posture, stance and activity on the putting green. The second session covered the rules of golf – etiquette and dress code and course procedure. In the third week there was a golf demonstration – pitch mark, divot, bunker procedure. And the final session contained a game of golf on full course including longest drive competition and nearest to the flag celebration with food and certificates. A year’s free membership to Whitwood Golf Course was awarded to the pupils who take part!

The pupils taking part thoroughly enjoyed the sessions:

“The best thing was the driving range and getting to use the clubs” - Nathan Ruckledge
“The best thing was the putting competition” - Rebecca Greenaway
“We enjoyed working as a team, the team activities were great” - Aiden Henderson & Jarred Holmes

ESF Support for Families

ESF/DWP Support for Families was a programme designed to help families and lone parents overcome the problems of long-term unemployment or the return to work after a prolonged absence.

As part of the programme, key workers helped to identify and address domestic and social issues that might otherwise be a barrier to finding work. Nova delivered this programme for EOS/Avanta in conjunction with Groundwork Wakefield, Dominion Training and SESKU (all Nova members).

Wakefield district was one of the best performing districts, achieving way above its share of expected outputs and saw 213 people get into work and stay in work for 6 months or longer. This was 70 more people than any other area in Yorkshire and Humber, which is testament to the quality of support provided by Groundwork, Dominion and SESKU.

The programme ended on 30 June 2015. The case story below is one example of how a local resident was supported by the programme:

Vlasta Dudova (supported by Dominion Training)

Vlasta migrated from Slovak Republic in 2007 with her husband and children. Settling down in the UK was a very difficult task for the family as a result of the language barriers they experienced as a family.

Vlasta was enrolled on the ESF Support for Families programme along with seven members of her family and they all joined the ESOL classes in order to enable them to speak English and also to enhance their employability and their integration into life in the UK.

Vlasta and the family attended the programme and they were well supported by the key workers and the tutors and this enabled them to develop confidence to relate with people in the community. As a result of key worker visits to the family, it was observed that the accommodation the family had was not suitable and Dominion supported them to apply for, and secure, larger accommodation. Vlasta also completed the Employability Skills and ICT training and this enabled her to secure a warehousing job and sign off benefit. As a result of this programme, two members of the family have been employed for more than six months. This has enabled them to support their families and it has also created a desire and an urge among the rest of the members of the family to get employment. It was also observed that three children from the family were not attending school. The key workers applied for school places through the Wakefield District Education Unit and school places were secured. As a result of the training and support that Vlasta and her family received in the course of the programme, they are able to open their emails themselves, print their payslips online, pay all their household bills, communicate with other people in the community, pay their council tax and they are able to use the computer to perform basic tasks.

"Without Dominion my life would have been a nightmare, my family would have not been able to know where to go and how to apply for jobs or move into better accommodation." - Vlasta Dudova

Youth Contract

Nova was sub-contracted to Prospects, which runs the Connexions service in Wakefield, to deliver part of the Youth Contract in the district. Six Nova member organisations provided mentors to young people who were not in education or employment, to create an action plan and access training or work opportunities. The mentors supported the young people to overcome any problems that occured, and by being a sympathetic, listening ear when needed.

138 young people were signed up by the mentors to receive support and 100 moved into education, employment or training. Of the 100 young people, two thirds sustained their activity for at least 3 months.