This page contains documents about Wakefield District and the voluntary sector which you might find useful in your work.

Documents about the VCS in the district

Community Venues in Wakefield District

Do you need a venue for an event or meeting? Nova has put together a useful list of community venues in Wakefield District. If you're looking for a venue in a particular area you might find it easier to look at our Google Map.

Please contact us if you would like your community venue adding to the list, or your listing updated.  

Comparing apples with oranges? How to make better use of evidence from the voluntary and community sector to improve health outcomes

This briefing gives an overview of the knowledge, expertise and insight that voluntary and community sector organisations hold about their local communities and diverse groups of people within these, as well as the different ways this knowledge can be used to enhance Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and commissioning.

Introduction to Wakefield Demography

Do you need to get a better idea of Wakefield's current population, housing, employment and health? Do you need to profile the areas you work in, or your target groups/users? This document provides a basic picture of the main aspects of Wakefield, which can be used to compare with other places or national averages.

There is a vast and growing amount of data available online, and this document provides links to the main sources. Accessing the data is the first step in obtaining demographic information that can assist your organisation in making bids for contracts or grants, and in focussing your services exactly where they can be most effective and beneficial to your community.

Report on VCS services for pressurised parents

'A trusted hand to hold' is a report (published December 2013) on voluntary and community services for pressured parents in Wakefield.

The report details the results of a rapid review, conducted to inform commissioning, design and delivery of health, wellbeing and social care services in Wakefield.

This rapid review was commissioned by Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory (now Public Health England Knowledge and Intelligence Team). The review was led by Involve trustee, Professor Mark Gamsu, and developed in partnership with Involve Yorkshire & Humber, Nova Wakefield District and Wakefield Council.

This rapid review is part of a small programme seeking to develop approaches that will help raise the profile of voluntary sector intelligence in local commissioning through processes such as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

State of the Coalfields Report 2014

The State of the Coalfields report was commissioned by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and produced by the Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University.

The report contains a wealth of information around the state of the coalfields, including specific regional and local information. Feel free to directly refer to the report in funding applications, tender bids etc as the research clearly demonstrates there are still very real needs in coalfield areas; across all the indices of deprivation.

Third Sector Strategy for Wakefield District

The Third Sector Strategy for Wakefield District has been adopted by Wakefield Together, and describes the strategic objectives and associated actions which will support and grow the sector between 2013-2016. Download the Third Sector Strategy for Wakefield District 2013-2016 at this link.

Useful guide to the NHS

The Local Government Association has produced a guide to the Health System in England. It has been written for councillors, but is very useful for voluntary organisations that need to understand the new structures, roles and accountabilities within the NHS.