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Could this be you – The Children’s Society are seeking a

Child Sexual Exploitation Preventative and Group Work Practitioner

Fixed term contract until 31st March 2022 – 33 hours per week.

£23,388 per annum / pro rata – £20,89.57 per annum actual for 33 hours per week.

Benefits: Travel allowance

Location: Homebased  but travel will be required around North Yorkshire and the City of  York for this role. Please note that this role is also subject to Police 2 Level Vetting.

For More Details Go To: Careers | The Children’s Society (childrenssociety.org.uk)

 

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Could this be you – The Children’s Society are seeking a.

Connecting Opportunities Key Worker

Fixed term contract until 31/03/23 – 34 hours per week.

£23,388 per annum / pro rata (plus allowances)  – £21,491.68 actual for 34 hours per week.

Location: Base of Hillside Enterprise Centre, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND with travel required around Leeds City Region

For More Details Go To: Careers | The Children’s Society (childrenssociety.org.uk)

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Appeal following theft of champagnes and spirits from Morrisons, Starbeck

Police are appealing for information following a theft of over £800 worth of champagne and spirits from Morrisons supermarket on Hookstone Road in Starbeck.

The incident took place at around 10.30am on Thursday 22 April 2021. Officers have released images of two men they would like to speak to, who they believe hold information which would be of assistance to the investigation.

While it’s recognised that the men in the images are wearing face masks, officers are appealing to anyone who may recognise them by their hair or clothing to get in touch.

Anyone who has information that will help the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference 12210103291.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Contact details: – David Kaye – #1362 – david.kaye@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 101 – Incident reference:  12210103291

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This is the May edition of Residents’ News from Harrogate Borough Council

Since we last published our newsletter, we can now take advantage of another change in the coronavirus restrictions.

It means we no longer need to dodge rain showers or brave gusty winds in a hastily arranged outdoor seating area to enjoy a pint or meal.

Last Monday’s change to the rules means we can now meet indoors, so this month we have fresh guidance on what this means for you, your family and friends.

In this edition, you’ll also find out about:

Why our local high street retailers and businesses need your help right now

How you can give your home a ‘hug’

Bin changes because of Monday’s bank holiday

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Coronavirus: the latest easing of restrictions

You’ll be aware that there was another change in the Covid-19 rules last week.

Since 17 May, we can socialise indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including for overnight stays.  Up to 30 people can meet outside.

Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors.  Hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts have welcomed back guests. Hospitality businesses can only operate a table service.

The gov.uk website has full details about what you can and can’t do.

Despite the latest relaxation of the rules, the coronavirus has not gone away.  You will be aware from media coverage of the spread of the ‘Indian variant’ of the coronavirus.

This means you still need to remember the ‘hands, face, space’ message please.

Provided you do not have Covid-19 symptoms, you are encouraged to take one of the freely available lateral flow tests twice a week to help protect those around you.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you should get a PCR test and follow the stay-at-home guidance.

If you, or someone you live with, has these symptoms you, or they, must immediately self-isolate at home to stop the risk of spreading the virus to other people.  There’s lots more useful information on the NHS website.

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#ShopLocalShopSafe

Businesses across our district have been working hard to safely welcome everyone back to our high streets to help us enjoy shopping and eating out again.

We’ve been doing our bit to spread the word and have continued to help reassure people just how safe our town centres are with our #ShopLocalShopSafe campaign.

Three films have been made to highlight the amazing work retailers and hospitality businesses have been doing to reopen with Covid-secure measures in place.

The videos feature RiponKnaresborough and Harrogate.

Your local shops have missed you and they’re really looking forward to seeing you soon.  So, please remember to shop local, shop safe and enjoy our wonderful high streets again.

The campaign has been supported by the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, with a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund.

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More leisure facilities open

You can now swim at Ripon Spa Baths and enjoy general sessions – and rejuvenating treatments – at the Turkish Baths in Harrogate.

We’re delighted that we can welcome you back to both venues.

You’ll need to book your swim at Ripon Spa Baths and visits to the Turkish Baths in advance as social distancing rules mean we have to limit the number of people in both buildings at any one time.

As you’d expect, various measures are in place at all our sites to ensure your visit is safe.

Please wear a face covering while you’re in communal areas, use the hand sanitiser we’ve provided and follow the signs and the one-way routes.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Don’t be rubbish this bank holiday weekend

There’s another bank holiday weekend on the way, and for a change, the weather forecast is looking good.

When the sun shines we know people like to come to the district and make use of our amazing outdoor spaces like the Stray.

Large crowds often mean more litter and although we have a dedicated team of people who work hard to keep Harrogate clear of rubbish, bank holidays can be their busiest times.

It’s not unusual for the litter bins to fill up as quickly as we can empty them.

So, if you’re out and about this long weekend, please take your litter home with you or use one of the many bins available for use.

If the first one you try is full, see if there’s another one nearby.

Please help us to keep the district as clean and tidy it can be.  Thank you.

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Plastic grass in Harrogate: an apology

We only have the best interests of our amazing district, and the people who live, work and visit here, in mind when we make decisions.

Everything we do is about improving the district and making it better than it is already.

But, like most people, we occasionally make mistakes and get things wrong.

Let’s be honest, our decision to use artificial grass in the planters in the centre of Harrogate was wrong.  It was a bad call and we’re sorry.

Over the years, we’ve planted numerous varieties of plants in the beds beneath the trees in Cambridge Street.

Sadly, nothing has lasted very long due to the tree root structure soaking-up all the moisture and nutrients in the soil.

Inevitably, this leads to the plants looking rather sorry for themselves and the beds becoming nothing more than a magnet for cigarette butts, empty coffee cups and fast-food packaging.

We looked at using stone or bark but ruled this out because we felt it will be most likely end up being used as an ashtray or thrown around.

The artificial grass was a last resort, and the decision to use it was made with the best intentions, but on reflection it was the wrong one.

It has also detracted from some of the other work we have been doing.

We’re planting more than 5,000 wildflowers on the Stray and the upcoming White Rose Forest project that will see thousands of trees being planted.

The ‘grass’ has been removed and we hope to have something installed by the end of June that provides a vibrant display of colour all year round.

This will compliment Harrogate’s award-winning floral displays that we take pride in looking after.

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You can now buy summer plants from our horticultural nursery.

We’re open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm and Saturday, Sunday and on bank holidays from 10am until 4pm.

We currently have geraniums, French marigolds, begonias, fuschia and strawberry hanging baskets, petunias, lobelia and impatiens.

This year we’re growing more plants for pollinators as these will help wild bee and other insect pollinators which are in decline but crucial for maintaining our plant diversity.

We also offer a small selection of herbs and a variety of plant pots, gifts, compost, bark and manure.

You can shop online using our click and collect service which is available from 9 am to 3pm, Monday to Friday or request a delivery* to your home in the Harrogate district.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the horticultural nursery.

You’ll find us on Nursery Lane East, off Harlow Moor Road in Harrogate.  Use the postcode HG2 0FH in your sat nav.

*delivery is only available for orders over £5.

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Help available to improve housing across the district

We are committed to ensuring housing stock in the district meets the needs of our residents so they can live safe and independent lives.

One of the ways we do that is supporting repairs, improvements and adaptations to homes in the private sector.

Landlords are responsible for keeping their properties maintained and in a safe condition.

However, if a tenant requires modification due to a disability we can usually contribute to the cost of aids or adaptations.

That includes repairs associated with energy efficiency and keeping warm or work to prevent accident, illness or injury.

We can even help with the replacement of facilities if they are obsolete or beyond economic recovery.

Our contribution to any work is capped and is dependent on your own financial circumstances.

In the last 12 months we’ve spent more than £71,000 supporting residents across the district.

Twenty-eight have had heating systems upgraded, several have had new boilers and we’ve provided numerous extended warranties for facilities like stair lifts and specialist wash and dry WCs.

For more information – and to find out how we might be able to help you, a friend, loved one or a tenant – visit our website.

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1 April – 30 June 2021 

We are challenging you to collectively step across our footprint, covering 405 miles in Spring 2021. That is a grand total of 810,000 steps across Harrogate, Leeds, North Yorkshire and our community services in the North East. You can take on the full challenge, walk, jog or run a segment of our footprint or contribute to our overall grand total. We want to see how many times we can step around our footprint. 

This challenge is for everyone. You can go on a long hike one day, a quick jog or potter around your garden. Every step counts and you can share all of your steps to our closed Facebook group or Strava group. Alternatively, if you can email your steps to the HHCC team at hdft.hhcc@nhs.net, we will add your steps to our totaliser which will be shared on a weekly basis.

For this challenge, there is a sign-up donation of £20, for which you will receive your own Stepping up for HHCC T-shirt, top tips on how to fundraise and a medal.  You will also receive access to our exclusive virtual support groups, Stepping up for HHCC closed Facebook Group, and our Strava Group.  The money raised through this challenge will benefit patients, staff and families across Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT).

You may also wish to fundraise for this exciting event via our fundraising platform. We have fundraising guidance which will be shared with you with hints and tips to get your friends, colleagues and family involved in your step challenge.

Step up for HHCC and support your local NHS!

Why you should join our challenge

  • Health & Wellbeing benefits – boost your fitness and emotional wellbeing this Spring and raise money for HHCC
  • Support your local NHS – the NHS has never been more needed. Here is a safe way to raise money
  • Increase your knowledge and awareness of the HDFT footprint – help us celebrate and champion all of our colleagues and services. Let’s see how many times we can walk, jog or run around our footprint

Rules

  • Responsible for tracking your own steps/mileage to hit your target
  • Adhere by social distancing and government guidelines
  • Encourage you friends, family and colleagues to get involved!
  • You don’t have to fundraise in addition to your signup fee but we would love for you to get involved and help us raise more money for HHCC to make life changing differences
  • Have FUN!

Teams

The HHCC and Volunteer Team are keen to encourage some competitiveness.  So why not join a team and add some healthy rivalry to your challenge! Details below:

  • Sign up
  • Identify up to six people for your team
  • Decide on a name of your team
  • Nominate a team captain who is happy to take responsibility for providing your week’s total steps by 5pm on a Thursday for submission to hdft.hhcc@nhs.net
  • Start Stepping

If you wish to create a team, please do let us know and we can add you to the Team challenge Leader board.

Team Leader Board – Announcement!

We are delighted to have so many new Teams join us in the recent weeks and are excited to share with you that our Team Leader Board will refresh on 29 April 2021.

We will have a Team winner for April, May and June and then an overall Team winner!

On Thursday 29 April 2021 the Team Leader Board will be refreshed, with all Teams on an equal footing once again.  Not in a Team? Why not sign up with friends, family or colleagues to join in for the May Leader Board!  If you would like to set up a Team please contact the HHCC and Volunteer Team: hdft.hhcc@nhs.net

Join us for some healthy rivalry – everything is to play for – make every step count!!  Could your Team be the top Team in May?

Click Here to Sign Up Now 

If you have any questions, please get in touch –

Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity
01423 557408
hdft.hhcc@nhs.net

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Harrogate Railway AFC take on Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge for charity  

On Saturday 3 July, Harrogate Railway AFC will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire in order to raise money for Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity (HHCC).

The team will walk all three Yorkshire Peaks including Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, climbing a grand total of 2,153 metres in elevation in just 12 hours.

The challenge will start and end at Horton-in-Ribblesdale and anyone can sponsor the team through their fundraising page ahead of the event at https://hhcc.co.uk/our-causes/yorkshirethreepeaks/.

Every penny raised will make life-changing differences to patients, staff and their families at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) who the charity supports. Recently, money raised from similar events has gone towards ongoing improvements and enhancements at Harrogate District Hospital, such as the newly refurbished ITU which opened earlier this year.

Mick O’Connell, Manager of Harrogate Railway Athletic Football Club, said: “We have been keen to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks this summer as it is a great pre-season team building exercise for the lads, and at the same time it presented us with the perfect opportunity to raise money for our local hospital charity who we already work closely with.

“Covid-19 presented us all with some of the most challenging circumstances over the last year, for Hospitals and the NHS more than most, so it is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to raise money for HHCC and we hope that the footballing and wider local community will get behind us and show their support too. #uptherail.”

Sammy Lambert, Business Development, Charity and Volunteer Manager, said: “On behalf of HHCC I would like to wish all the Harrogate Railway Athletic Football Club good luck with completing this challenge; it will certainly be tough! We are so grateful to have their support and the money they raise will be invaluable to improving the care we are able to provide at the Trust.”

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