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Harrogate and District Community Action

Location: Harrogate Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5RR – Ripon Community House, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE – Phone: 01423 504074

Supporting Communities, Charities, and Volunteers to make the Harrogate district a great place to live and work. Harrogate & District Community Action (HADCA) is a local charity that supports our communities, charities, and volunteers to make the Harrogate District a great place to live and work.

We provide specialist information and resources to support local charitable groups, promote community action, and campaign through local partnerships to make a positive difference Our Where To Turn Directory makes it easy to access information about hundreds of local community activities and charity services.
Our Volunteering Directory offers hundreds of opportunities to apply to volunteer in the local area. Our HELP services support older or vulnerable people to live independently across the Harrogate District.

Harrogate & District Community Action –

    • Harrogate Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5RR  Ripon Community House, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 

E-Bulletin 2021 ISSUE 34 – 1 September    


  1. The National Lottery Community Fund Together for Our Planet

Grants from £1,000 to £10,000 to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.
Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like:

    • food
    • transport
    • energy
    • waste and consumption
    • the natural environment.

You do not need to be an expert in any of these areas to apply. The funders are particularly interested to hear from people starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities.

Together for Our Planet information sessions
To help answer any questions groups may have about the funding programme, including the criteria, there will be two information webinars. Please book your place at the links below
Tuesday 7 September, 11am
Tuesday 21 September, 11am

Application deadline 5pm on 18 November 2021.

  1. The Asda Foundation – Bringing Communities Back Together grants

Phase 2 of this grant scheme offers grants of up to £1,000 to grassroots community groups towards a celebration event (such as a welcome back party), getting activities and services back on track, essential support (e.g. food banks/mental health groups) or a combination of these three.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 November 2021, however the scheme could close earlier if all of the funds are allocated. Applications must be submitted through an ASDA Community Champion.

  1. Sanctuary Community Investment Fund

Grants for community initiatives which make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary residents. The fund is prioritising projects and community groups that are responding directly to the challenges of Covid-19.

Eligible groups include community and residents’ groups, registered charities, schools, voluntary groups, and other groups running initiatives in response to Covid-19. There is currently no set deadline for applications.

  1. Yapp Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 each year for up to 3 years for salaries & running costs of small registered charities (annual income under £40k) to sustain existing work.

Funding for work which focuses on one of the following areas: elderly; children and young people (5-25); people with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges; social welfare – people overcoming social life-limiting problems (e.g. addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending); education and learning.

Applicants must address at least two of the funder’s priorities including: addressing work which is unpopular to the public; work to improve lives of marginalized/disadvantaged or isolated people; demonstrating effective use of volunteers; seeking to be preventative, change opinion; demonstrate sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees (where appropriate).
Apply any time.

  1. Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Both small and major grants to small to medium sized local organisations with a demonstrable track record of success working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation and deprived rural districts.

  1. Rank Foundation Pebble Grants

Funding for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000. This money can be spent on short breaks (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people), equipment (such as white goods), or capital costs (refurbishment or minor building work).

Pebble grant applications are processed on a rolling basis. It can take up to 3 months for a decision and payment to be made.

Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis; the Rank Foundation’s contribution ranges from £250 up to and including £4,000, depending on the total cost of the project.

  1. Matthew Good Foundation  Grants for Good

Local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 can apply for funding to make a positive difference to communities, people & the environment.

Next deadline 15 September.

  1. The KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme

Grants to support grass roots organisations in the heart of the restaurant’s communities (There is a KFC in Starbeck). This grant programme is for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000. The foundation will make grants of up to £2,000.

Applications are welcome from organisations which:

    • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
    • Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
    • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.

The Foundation will be holding a webinar on Monday 6 September for potential applications and current grantees to find out more about the programme and process. Click here to register.

  1. Vodafone launches free data scheme for registered UK charities

Vodafone has launched charities.connected, an initiative allowing UK charities to apply for free data.
The aim is to help individuals and families supported by charities, as well as enable organisations to improve their own digital capacity.

  1. SANE Creative Awards Scheme

The scheme aims to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, their families and carers. It awards grants to individuals to buy materials, enrol on courses, hold exhibitions and develop creative potential.
Applicants are judged on their artistic merit, clarity of aim and financial need. Awards range from £100 to £300.
Deadline: 30 September.

  1. The Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme

The Programme will help cover the revenue costs of project-specific activities that will support the development of community led housing proposals. The programme is aimed at schemes that can prove their deliverability and are at the later stages of pre-development.

There is a webinar for groups who are hoping to apply for funding on 16 September, 10.30am-12pm.

For more information about Community Led Housing you can visit the Community Led Homes, North Yorkshire and East Riding page on the Community First Yorkshire website.


  1.  Virgin Money Giving closing on November 30th

Visit their web page for FAQs for charities, fundraisers and donors

Some of the best free and cheap online fundraising platforms for charities as listed by Charity Digital.

13.  North Yorkshire: About the new council and devolution

Answers to some common questions about devolution and the move to a single council for everyone in North Yorkshire, on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

This includes the types of service that could potentially be devolved from the new council to parish & town councils and community groups.

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees

The ACAS website has sections covering lots of topics including testing for COVID19, long COVID, mental health, vaccination, going to the workplace, disciplinary and grievance procedures.

  1. Thriving at Work

Free support and advice with a particular focus on supporting inclusive workplaces that can unlock the potential of staff who are neurodiverse, disabled or experience mental health challenges in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

The support includes help and advice on becoming a more inclusive workplace, diversity training and awareness, and one to one workplace support.

  1. Do you know a young person leading change?

#iwill Ambassadors are young people aged 10-25 who are campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, befriending or mentoring their peers to make a difference in their communities.

An #iwill Ambassador will be recognised for the work they’re already doing and can spread the news about a cause that’s close to their heart. It’s a chance to raise the profile of a campaign, get more young people involved and inspire change.
Deadline for applications and nominations: 3 October 2021.

  1. Media Trust and ScreenSkills Reframing Disability Mentoring Programme, in partnership with BBC 50:50

Matching early-stage and experienced-level mentees who identify as having a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition with disabled BBC mentors from across the UK.
Applications close 30 September 2021.

  1. Imagining and sympathising are not the same as lived experience

Having been forced to learn the hard way about the value of lived experience, Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of DSC, firmly believes a board cannot be effective without it.

  1. HMRC’s advice to the voluntary sector on avoiding cyber and phone scams

HMRC’s Head of Cyber Security shares advice and tips on fighting cyber and phone fraud, both of which increased during the pandemic.

  1. A simple guide to captioned videos

Top tips from Charity Digital to catch, and keep, your audience’s attention by captioning videos. Not only does adding text make the message clearer, it also increases accessibility and reach.


  1. VCSE Economic and Social Value Report – Lunch and Learn Session
    27 September 2021 12 noon – 1pm

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) and Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, and Community First Yorkshire are publishing a joint report on 2 September.

The research led by Professor Tony Chapman, Durham University, on the structure, dynamics, and impact of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector across the area, highlights the big contribution made to the economy and the health and well-being of people who live here.
To join the session, please register here

For additional information about this session, please contact the WY&H Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme –

  1. Harrogate District Community Building and Village Hall network meeting: Holding Village Hall events post covid
    13 Ooctober, 2 – 3.30pm

The aim of the network meeting is to provide a forum for community building and village hall trustees to network and share information, advice, tips and thoughts on all aspects of running a hall.

At the October meeting there will be discussions about holding events post Covid. Specifically considering how to attract people back to events, hosting new or different events and activities, and what additional considerations there are for committees?

  1. The Welfare Benefits Unit online training October 2021 to March 2022.

The courses have been re-designed for online delivery, retaining a practical and interactive approach, maximizing Zoom functions and presentation options.

Courses include  Benefits for State Pension Age and Benefits for People with Mental Health Conditions.

  1. North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills
    Free online Health and Wellbeing Workshops

Supporting Individuals with Loneliness and Isolation
Mon 6 Sept
 12:00 – 15:00
For anyone who recognises that a lack of confidence is holding them back, helping to manage self- limited thinking more effectively.

Developing Assertiveness
Mon 13 Sept 
12:00 – 15:00
Understand the benefits of being assertive, be able to describe the differences between passive, aggressive and ‘passive aggressive’ behaviours; as well as being able to give examples of assertive behaviour.

Mindfulness and Relaxation
Mon 20 Sep
t 12:00 – 15:00
Learn how to quiet your mind & feel completely relaxed & refreshed.

Enrol via the links above or call the Adult Learning Team on 01609 536066 or


  1. Risk assessments at home and in the workplace

North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills are offering training to help develop observation skills when working with risk assessments within the home and working environments. You will develop an understanding of the Health and Safety Executive role and implementing and regulating health and safety in your workplace. You will explore:

  • Stages of a risk assessment, how this is used and how these are put into practice
  • Differentiate between ‘risk’ and ‘hazards’ and how to adapt your approach in carrying out daily tasks within your home and working environment
  • Your own responsibility in identifying risks and putting a risk assessment in place

To register your interest contact


  1. New members joining your team or group?

Let them know about our HADCA Introduction Session 
23 September 11am – 12noon on Zoom

Everyone is welcome; whether they are new to the area, in a new role in the voluntary or statutory sector, or would just like to find out what HADCA does and what is happening locally. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.

We’ll run through an informal presentation on the services we provide, including our Where To Turn information and Here to Help community services. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as we go along and to make connections with fellow attendees.
Please Book Your Free Place 

  1. Do you want to support Afghan people in Yorkshire and Humber?

Migration Yorkshire has put together a list of ways in which people, businesses and organisations can provide support.

North Yorkshire County Council has given an update on the Afghan families offered safety in this county.

Locally The Harrogate District of Sanctuary Group and Ripon City of Sanctuary are  both active on Facebook and twitter and share latest updates and informative articles.

On 18 September Ripon City of Sanctuary’s sponsored walk starts at 10am at Ripon  Cathedral for either a 5-mile or 10-mile walk of the Sanctuary Way finishing at the Cathedral for refreshments.
The walk is raising funds for the Community Sponsorship Project, to bring a new refugee family to Ripon.
For sponsorship forms and information contact

  1. Skell Valley Celebration
    Saturday 11 September 2021 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Hell Wath Nature Reserve, Hell Wath Lane, Ripon HG4 2SE

Join in an afternoon of fun free activities to celebrate the start of the exciting Skell Valley Project!
• Find out about the amazing creatures that live in the River Skell
• Join a guided nature walk around Hell Wath Nature Reserve
• Have a go at some bushcrafts, natural wool dyeing, apple pressing and more activities inspired by the beautiful Skell Valley
• Learn about the history of the Skell at a historical archives display
• Meet the organisations and local community groups involved with the Skell Valley Project, including HADCA!

  1. Free CAP (Christians Against Poverty) courses at Mowbray Community Church (MCC).

CAP Job Club – Start date Monday 20 September for 8 consecutive weeks, 10am-12pm. Contact Tess Beaumont, or 07743284682 for booking and/or further information.

CAP Life Skills – Start date Wednesday 6 October for 8 consecutive weeks, 12.30-2.30pm. Contact Celia Fowler, or 07960834674 for booking and/or further information.

CAP Money Course – 3-week course taking place on 1, 8 and 15 October, 10am-12.30pm at MCC and on-line (hybrid). Contact Tina Norbury on 07403737113 for booking and/or further information.

For assistance with debt call the CAP Debt Centre on 0800 328 0006.

  1. Free help with computers, phones and tablets at Ripon library
    Free appointments available on Saturdays from 10am – 12 noon

Friendly volunteers are ready to help.
Book by calling the library 01609 536623 or email

  1. Volunteering Opportunities of the week with Zero Carbon Harrogate 

Zero Carbon Harrogate is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)  dedicated to making Harrogate District a net zero carbon community by 2030 in order to secure a sustainable future.

The organisation is currently made up of all volunteers and they are looking for

Group Secretary to assist the Chair  in the smooth running of meetings and other administrative tasks.

Vice Chair for the Management Committee to assist the Chair in the leadership of the charity.


  1. Unity Service at Ripon Cathedral
    Saturday 18 September, 2pm.- 3pm

This will be a relaxed service, open to everyone, with hymns that we all know and love, prayers and a short talk, followed by refreshments.

Now that people are able to be back together in places of worship, the Cathedral Community Connections (C3)  group are looking forward to welcoming the local community to a celebratory event, and a chance to catch up and enjoy one another’s company.

Unity services throughout the year will showcase the valuable work of C3’s charity partners. This September service will be on the theme of Harvest and focus on Dementia Forward,  which now supports over 4,000 people affected by dementia across North Yorkshire.
33.  New Wellbeing walk at Harlow Carr

This autumn the RHS Garden Harlow Carr team is inviting community groups from North Yorkshire to take a self-guided Wellbeing Walk around the garden, and experience the many benefits of being outdoors.

    • 100 FREE garden entry tickets are being offered to community groups during September and October
    • The flyer details how to take part by contacting
    • Successful applicants will be notified by email approximately 1 week before their preferred date.

Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities

Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website

Saint Michael’s Hospice – Shop Manager  (closing date 2 September ) 

The Avalon Group – HR Advisor (closing date 3 September ) 

Harrogate Homeless Project – Fundraising Manager  (closing date 10 September ) 

North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Commissioning & Contracts Officer (closing date 15 September ) 

Healthwatch North Yorkshire – Research & Intelligence Officer  (closing date 15 September ) 

Saint Michael’s Hospice – Healthcare Assistant  (closing date 17 September ) 

Better Leeds Communities – Project Worker – 1 Burley: 170 Voices (closing date 20 September ) 

Harrogate Homeless Project – Hostel Worker  (closing date 20 September )

North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Marketing & Communications Officer (closing date 21 September ) 

The Avalon Group – Support Worker (Service Specific) (closing date 30 September ) 

If you would like your opportunity to appear you can  Add a Job to our website. This is a free service for HADCA member organisations.

To the best of our knowledge, the information contained in these updates is correct at the time of circulation.  HADCA cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.  


E-Bulletin 2021 ISSUE 32 – 18 August      

1.  Voice & Representation of Older People – Grant Opportunity
North Yorkshire County Council wants there to be strong and proactive independent voice and representation for the full diversity of older people living in all parts of the county.  In turn the Council wants to listen, understand and be responsive; creating a trusting, positive, proactive and mutually beneficial relationship; and gaining local and countywide perspectives on the needs of older people and the Council’s capacity to meet them. The Council are therefore seeking an independent and suitably experienced delivery partner organisation to develop, establish and facilitate a new network of older people’s voices across the County, supporting and advancing that network, and helping them to play an active role in countywide representation.

For further information, please read the grant specification and associated supporting informationthe deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 5.00pm on Friday 24 September 2021.
2. Food for Life Get Togethers – Small Grants

Funding for your cooking or growing activity! Small grants can contribute to the tools and materials you need to bring together your community, and get your Get Together off the ground.

Grants of £150 are to help you and your community take part in Cook and Share Month, running from World Food Day 16 October – 16 November 2021.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 8 September.
3. The Smiles Fund By Walkers and Comic Relief

The Fund is seeking proposals from organisations who share the belief that the arts and comedy can help start conversations and support positive outcomes for people’s mental wellbeing.

Funding is available for a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of 30 months, with investments from £100,000-£300,000.
Applications close Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 11am.
4. Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support (Arts Council England)

Cultural organisations that have previously received funding from the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme, in the first or second rounds, are eligible to apply for a Continuity Support grant if they require further funding.

The minimum amount that can be applied for is £25,000, and the maximum amount depends on the organisation type. Applications opened on Monday 16 August 2021 and will close at midday on Friday 27 August 2021. 
5. The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Grants are available for farming and rural communities for projects which are working to create resilient rural communities.

Grants of up to £25,000 to support rural communities for innovative projects that will create a long-term difference in remote rural areas and grants up to £10,000 for projects that are addressing rural community resilience and ensuring their village’s future viability and “thrivability”.
Deadline is 17 September.

6. Children in Need

Grants for not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18.
For grants of over £10,000 the deadline is 11.30 am 23 August.

Applications for small grants (up to £10K) opened on 16 August, with a deadline of 6 October
7.  Headingley Orphanage Foundation Grants

Grants are available only to organisations with charitable objects “serving the benefit of needy children and young persons under the age of 21 years living in Yorkshire”.

Application deadline 6 September.
8. Voluntary sector to receive funding to support Hong Kong arrivals : Migration Yorkshire

The Ministry of Housing and Local Government have launched national and regional voluntary sector funding to support integration of Hong Kong nationals with BN(O) status.

The regional funding covers local integration support and applications for work covering Yorkshire and Humber region are to be submitted to Migration Yorkshire on by 1 September 2021.

More detail about the application process and regional priorities for Yorkshire and Humber region are available here
9.  The Local Connections Fund

The Local Connections Fund deadline has been extended to 20 August at 5pm and Round 1 applicants are now invited to reapply.

The Fund is a £4 million investment designed to help small charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness by building community connections across England.

The second round of funding will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.
10.  Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Foundation funds small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales.

Funding is for charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support. The Foundation offers unrestricted funding, including around core costs, and tailored development support to help your charity be more effective.

It’s quick to check eligibility and there is no closing date for applications. But for a funding decision by the end of 2021, you must submit your application by 10 September 2021.
11. VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22

The focus is on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021.

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities.

Grants are available between £75,000 – £300,000 with the closing deadline of noon, 27 August.
12. Art Fund’s Reimagine Grants Scheme

The scheme offers project grants of £5,000 up to £50,000 to support organisations as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic and build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the sector. Projects must address at least one of the priority areas:

  • Collections
  • Digital
  • Engagement
  • Workforce

Applications close on Monday 23 August 2021.
13.  MSE Charity

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
The preference is to fund specific project costs.

The next grant round ‘Life Changing Transitions’ opens 1 September 2021.
14. GFC Youth-Led Small Grants Fund

As part of the Boys and Young Men Initiative, this fund is focused on providing grants of between £100 – £1,500 to youth groups, community groups and small charities in England.

Grants will help support activities/work by or with children and young people that is focused on exploring masculinities and the impact it has on their lives. This can either be core funding to support ongoing work in this area or project funding to allow a new idea to get off the ground. The panel are particularly interested in receiving applications related to masculinities and:

  • Racial Justice
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Health (mental, physical or sexual)

The deadline for applications is 20 August.


15. Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance

See the North Yorkshire County Council website for updates

From 16 August: People without symptoms who are double jabbed, as long as the second jab was 14 days ago or more, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead they will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. Under-18s without symptoms also no longer need to isolate and will be given advice on testing by NHS Test and Trace depending on their age. Find out how to book a PCR test.

Double jabbed people identified as close contacts will be advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. They will not be required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age in order to break onwards chains of transmission.

Read the full guidance regarding self-isolation removed for double-jabbed close contacts on the Government website

There is additional government guidance for health and social care staff to follow which should be referred to in connection with staff and volunteers who are in direct contact with people who may be vulnerable.

Most double-vaccinated health and social care staff who are close contacts of cases will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR test. Daily rapid lateral flow tests will need to be taken for 10 days as a precaution.
Staff working with clinically extremely vulnerable patients or service users will need a risk assessment to be carried out by a designated person in the workplace before they return to work.
16. Covid and Ventilation in the Workplace

How to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the workplace is the focus of updated Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance.

It covers practical steps to improve ventilation and reduce transmission, including improving natural ventilation and ventilation in work vehicles.
17. The Governance App – review and improve governance, together

The brand new Governance App from DSC is a free and easy way for trustees to review and improve their governance, together.
The online tool can enable collective action and improvement.

What does it do?
•             Gathers responses from the whole Board
•             Gives a performance score out of ten in seven different areas, including leadership, board effectiveness and equality, diversity and inclusion
•             Highlights where board members have different views on performance
•             Makes it easy to have targeted discussions about what’s going well, and where to focus on improving

18.  #RespondRecoverReset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 – Have your say!

Nottingham Trent University, together with the NCVO and Sheffield Hallam, are currently conducting the largest UK study exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the VCSE sector. The latest round to the survey is now open. The more organisations that take part in the study, the more impact this can have for the whole sector.

Click here to begin the survey

It is quick, easy and only takes a few minutes to complete.  This round of the survey  is  open until  23.08.21 

Each round of the survey has a set of general questions, with some focussing on a theme (for example, this month the ways organisations may interact with local authorities).

As a small thank you to everyone who takes part, each month there is the option to enter a draw to win £200, and a £2000 prize draw at the end of the project (see here for more info).

The reports have been shared with decision makers, and the results of the study recently presented to an All-Party Parliamentary Group and DCMS’ Civil Society Stakeholder Group.

The  Barometer  dashboard is  updated following  each round and  is completely interactive so that you can filter the results you want to see. Head over to  the  project page  to find our more.


19.  Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub training

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is working with Leeds Mind to deliver a further series of three events designed to help everyone to manage their mental health and wellbeing and learn the skills to help others do the same. You can download an information leaflet here

To book a place on any of these sessions, email
Sessions are open to NHS, community and voluntary sector, and social care staff and volunteers.
The sessions are:
Sleep, health, and wellbeing- 14 September 1-3pm
Skills training 30 September 10am-2pm
Looking after myself – 15 October 10am-12pm
20. North Yorkshire VCSE Resilience Survey and VCSE Economic and Social Impact Report Briefing Meetings
Thursday 9 September 10-12 noon,
Tuesday 14 September 2-4pm

Community First Yorkshire are inviting colleagues from VCSE organisations, the public sector and wider partners to attend a meeting to hear the findings and share views to help interpretation and identify priorities for next steps.
21. Fuel Poverty Awareness and Energy Advice Sessions

The Green Doctors deliver regular free fuel poverty awareness training and energy information sessions via Zoom. All are welcome to join. Please book via the links below:

Wednesday 25 August – A free online course designed to help front line workers understand the central issues surrounding fuel poverty.
Wednesday 1 September – A brief talk about staying warm and saving money on fuel bills, followed by a chance to ask our energy experts your questions.

22.  North Yorkshire ‘walk-in’ COVID vaccination clinics

A reminder that the dates are listed on the CCG site here
23.  Safe and Well Visits –  free fire safety advice at home

The visit involves fire safety advice, including:
•  how to reduce and prevent fires
•  looking at any possible fire risks in your home
•  information about bedtime routines to help keep you safe at night
•  helping you to think about an escape plan
•  checking you have working smoke alarms and know how to test them

As part of enhanced visits advice can also be given about health and wellbeing, as well fire safety information. This may include where to find support and further advice on:
•  giving up smoking
•  avoiding falls
•  keeping your home warm
•  living with dementia

To arrange a visit, please contact: Harrogate Fire Station : 01423 504082 or Ripon Fire Station : 01765 646960
24. Problems with television and radio services in North Yorkshire and Teesside

A fire at the Bilsdale transmitter site on 10 August has caused disruption to all services from the site. Viewers and listeners in parts of our district may have lost their signal.
There are updates posted on the Freeview website here
You can also keep up to date on the BBC website here and sign up for email updates.
25. Balance Wellness Centre (previously known as Yorkshire Yoga)
Weekly Post-Natal Yoga classes
Wednesdays at 12noon
9-10 Halfpenny Close, Knaresborough HG5 0TG

The team know how difficult it has been going through a pregnancy and early motherhood journey during the pandemic, so are delighted to have been awarded funding through Sport England/This Girl Can to support local new Mums.
The fully-funded classes are all about giving Mums some time out to focus on their own physical and mental wellbeing…and of course baby comes too.  Once the mats are rolled up the kettle is on with the opportunity for a cuppa and chat.

No yoga experience required – for suitability, further details and booking please contact
26. IDAS Support for men and boys

IDAS recognises that many men and boys have experienced sexual assault, rape or sexual abuse. ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors) are trained professionals who can offer support with recovering from what has happened. IDAS can support men and boys to move on with better emotional and physical wellbeing and can help them to take control back of their lives.
27.   Make It Wild – Wellbeing in the Woods Course
Starting on Monday 6 September 2021

A series of 10 free workshops at Bank Woods, near Summerbridge, designed to benefit those with mild anxiety or depression. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of rural and conservation crafts under expert guidance as part of a supervised group. ​ Anyone interested can apply by email at with why they think the course might help them.
Applications may also be made by professionals on a potential participant’s behalf.

You can find out more on the Make it Wild website and on this information sheet
28.  Orb Open Day: Open Garden and Art Exhibition
Friday 20 August 10am – 4pm.

As part of Knaresborough’s FEVA festival, everyone is welcome to visit the Orb garden, activities and art exhibition.
You’ll have an opportunity to see a selection of artworks created during Orb’s art, textiles and creative mindfulness groups. Face coverings please and numbers will be monitored.
29. FREE Sanitiser

We still have lots left! HADCA was kindly gifted many 1 litre bottles of sanitiser. If you know of a charity or community organisation that needs some sanitiser, maybe for an up and coming event or just daily use, do let us know by emailing Clare at reception@harrogatecommunityhouse and we will arrange collection.
30.  Volunteering Opportunities of the week with The Skell Valley Project 

Do you have a love for nature and the outdoors? Are you happy to get stuck into practical tasks?
Then you’ll enjoy working to help enhance the natural beauty and rich history of the Skell Valley, making space for nature and people with this exciting new partnership project:

Skell Valley Volunteer Rangers Leader
Skell Valley Volunteer Ranger

A reminder that there is also an exciting new paid role which HADCA is hosting as part of this partnership project. 

If you know someone with a proven track record of innovating, leading and developing volunteering programmes and experience of planning and delivering market research activities this could be the ideal role for them! Find out more 

31.  Pilgrimage to Fountains
Saturday 4 September, 12.30pm

Join Pilgrims on a walk from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey tracing the steps of the original founders of the Abbey to celebrate Yorkshire Walkshire.

A Pilgrimage has been an annual event in Ripon on Boxing Day for the past 45 years. Last year Covid restrictions stopped the walk, and Ripon Together decided to arrange a Yorkshire Summer pilgrimage as part of its Healthy Journeying campaign.

The walk should take about an hour at a leisurely pace.  There are food outlets at Fountains Abbey, and two additional concessions will offer refreshments on the Abbey Green where Ripon City Band will give two sessions finishing at about 3.30pm.

The Yorkshire Pilgrimage is free to take part, but to ensure a safe journey Ripon Together need to know the numbers attending, so please book your free place here
Tickets can also be obtained from Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre.
32. Rossett Adult Learning

Part-time day and evening learning for pleasure classes to suit all tastes and interests.
The new Autumn 2021 Programme has over 150 interesting and engaging courses and is open for enrolment.
33. Mowbray Community Church Community Day
Saturday 21 August 11:00am – 2:00pm
Westmoreland Street, Harrogate

Join in free fun activities including face painting, bouncy castles, indoor and outdoor games, plus displays about local history and what goes on at Mowbray Community Church, including Harrogate Foodbank and CAP debt centre.
Free BBQ, soft drinks and cake tasting!
34. Holy Trinity Church Ripon Summer Extravaganza
Saturday, 4 September 2021, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Stalls; crafts available to do on the day; games; places to sit and chat and eat; activities and fun for all the family – a chance to reconnect with your community.

If you are a charity or organisation interested in having a place at this event you can sign up via the event page
35. Band Concerts in our parks

On Sunday afternoons during the summer from 2pm until 4pm, you can enjoy listening to bands and musical groups at various locations within the district.

This Sunday 22 August, The Harrogate Spa Town Ukes will be playing at Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground. The concerts are free but a collection is often taken. The Ukes collect donations for St Michael’s Hospice.
36.  Outdoor theatre performances in local parks

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will perform a Midsummer Night’s Dream on:
Friday 3 September in Valley Gardens, Harrogate and
Saturday 4 September at Knaresborough Castle

You can also enjoy the magical world of Alice in Wonderland on
Sunday 5 September in Ripon Spa Gardens.
37.  Starbeck in Bloom Summer Show
Saturday 21 August, 11.30am – 3pm
Starbeck Methodist Church Hall.

Admission £1. A variety of lovely local produce, flowers, baking and crafts.  Refreshments served.
38. The Harrogate & District Leeds United Supporters Club are running a weekend of events to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Harrogate LUSC – Stan Bowles Alzheimer’s Research UK Fundraiser with the Centenary Whites (Leeds United related music band)
Friday 20 August
, 7pm
Manhattan Snooker Club, Beech Avenue, Harrogate
Tickets £5 are available here

The Black Swan Bowling Club on behalf of the Harrogate Amateur Bowling League are hosting the Stan Bowles Charity Pairs on Sunday 22 August. It is hoped to have some representation from former Leeds United players and/or the club to award prizes.
There is a raffle of signed Leeds United shirts, one donated by Leeds United and other prizes – everybody donating to the Just Giving page will be included in the raffle. Minimum donation is £2.

Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities

Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website

Mind in Harrogate District – Counselling Coordinator (closing date 18 August ) 

Open Country – Fundraising Officer (Part Time)  (closing date 20 August ) 

Saint Michael’s Hospice – Data Analyst  (closing date 24 August ) 

Harrogate Homeless Project – Support Team Manager  (closing date 26 August ) 

HADCA – Volunteering Development Officer (part time) Skell Valley Project  (closing date 31 August ) 

Harrogate Homeless Project – Hostel Worker (closing date 31 August ) 

Saint Michael’s Hospice – Shop Manager  (closing date 2 September ) 

Harrogate Homeless Project – Fundraising Manager  (closing date 10 September ) 

Saint Michael’s Hospice – Healthcare Assistant  (closing date 17 September ) 

If you would like your opportunity to appear you can  Add a Job to our website. This is a free service for HADCA member organisations.

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