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Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2020 ISSUE 25

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Coronavirus Community Support in Harrogate District  

1.  Community Support organisations 

North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council are working with 6 community support organisations  (CSOs) across the Harrogate District which are the point of contact for those who are alone and isolated by the pandemic and who have no other local support available.

Working with local voluntary sector groups and trusted volunteers, the 6 CSOs arrange: shopping for food and essential items, collecting prescriptions, a friendly listening ear, information & signposting to online activities or someone who can help, if they can’t.

HADCA and our front-line HELP team is the Community Support Organisation for Harrogate and surrounding villages. In Ripon our team is working closely with Ripon Community House.

People who have additional needs can contact the County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780 (every day between 8am and 5:30pm ). There is information about the help and support available on the NYCC website

Residents in North Yorkshire who need help getting food and medication because they are currently shielded are being reassured that support will still be available when the Government programme stops at the end of July and the Community Support Organisations will still be here to help.

2. Food and essential delivery services in Harrogate District 

For anyone struggling to make ends meet during these uncertain times in the Ripon area there is food support available from Ripon Community House and our HELP Ripon & Rural team is also working with colleagues to offer food boxes to older and vulnerable people in and around the Ripon area struggling to get hold of essentials.

For people struggling to access food Resurrected Bites (now based in Knaresborough) deliver to Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and Ripon.

There is an updated list of businesses offering delivery (or take away) of food & essential items for people self isolating or shielding in Harrogate and the surrounding area on our website.

The team at Supporting Older People is working with partners to provide free Waitrose parcels of food and essential items together with free single portion fresh meals for anyone in need, in addition to their shopping and prescription collection and telephone befriending service for older people. The contact number is 07535 508043 if you know anyone who would benefit from any of these services.

3. HADCA  Where To Turn Directory  

Charity services, support and activities to promote good health and wellbeing in Harrogate District 

There are hundreds of charity services offering support listed in our searchable community information directory. Many are offering email, telephone and online support and activities, with a lot of information and guidance on their websites too.

To help people find the support they need, p lease let us know about changes to your charity services and any new services, online courses and activities you are providing. 
You can use the new themes (activity categories) ‘coronavirus support’ and ‘online activities’

Add your details  or request a form to update your entry  or simply email us the details of any local support you know about.

We will also continue to add updates to these regular bulletins and please Follow us on twitter for the latest news.

4.  If you need volunteers or are looking for a new opportunity to help a local charity visit our HADCA Volunteering Directory 

If some of your volunteers are self isolating at home and other volunteers now returning to work, you may need to recruit new volunteers. You may need people to help with fundraising and social media or help as charity shops and community buildings re-open.

You can add new roles and update existing opportunities to reflect current changes using our HADCA Volunteering Directory for Harrogate District.

Please log in or sign up to share the opportunities you have, so we can help promote these, all for free!

If you have any questions please email us  volunteer@hadca.org.uk  and we will be happy to help.

FUNDING

5.  COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

The Scheme will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown.
It is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

The recovery scheme will open on Tuesday 28 July for applications from 10am till 1pm. And then for a further two rounds on Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm.

Potential applicants can attend a free webinar on 23 July to find out more about the criteria and application process.

6.  MSD Covid – 19 dedicated Grants Programme

Grants to support health charities and vulnerable populations up to £20,000 or 20% of the charity’s annual turnover (whichever is the lowest amount).
For projects which will:

• Support patients or their families being treated in the UK healthcare environment, as listed in the NHS’ Covid 19 Vulnerable populations list.
• OR improve a given disease pathway e.g. disease awareness or alleviation of associated socio-economic factors.
• OR support populations groups defined as clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 infection

The application deadline is 5pm on 31 July.

7.  The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

The WRAP Covid–19 Emergency Food Surplus Grant has opened for Phase 2 of applications from small not-for-profit organisations in England who redistribute surplus food to people in need. Grants close on 28 August but are awarded on a ‘first come first served basis’

8.  Inspiring Futures

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation have partnered to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

Not-for profit organisations in the UK will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020. Funding will be for project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future. Applications close Friday 31 July. 

9.  The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

Grants of up to £1,500 towards core costs are available. Applications are sought from organisations who work with and support older people, people with disabilities or living with serious illness, or people facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

10.  The Schroder Charity Trust

The Trust continues to accept applications for grants of up to £5,000. They encourage applications from organisations working in the following areas:

•          Education and young people
•          Communities, environment and conservation
•          Health, arts and culture, international development, heritage and Armed Forces.

11.  Childs Charitable Trust (UK)

The Trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.

12. 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards now open

Applications are now open for the awards, funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000, plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

13. Beyond Brontës is open for applications!

Screen Yorkshire has opened applications for the second year to its free, part-time, training initiative designed to create a more inclusive regional film and TV workforce.
Beyond Brontës 2020 will support young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances to overcome obstacles that may have prevented them from entering the screen industries.
Apply by 12pm Friday 14 August 2020

14. COVID-19 Support Fund

Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England.

They have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.
Deadline is 2 August.

15. LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund

LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

16. West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Health inequalities funding

Over £500,000 was awarded to thirteen voluntary and community organisations across the area. The funds will be used to support community organisations, working together with health partners, to support those that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.  Locally Saint Michael’s Hospice received funding. You can find out who has been funded here

17.  eBay training for charities
23 July  2pm – 3.30pm

Charity Connect free webinar for charities and charitable organisations who are already selling on eBay that want to get advanced tips for how to improve their sales.

18.  WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers, free of charge, to people who are lonely and can’t afford to buy the technology themselves.

19.  Coronavirus Community Fund  

Pause in July for applications
Two Ridings Community Foundation has made a decision to pause receiving applications during July while they undertake a strategic review of priorities for the next phase of funding and to enable the team to work through the existing applications that have not yet been processed.
The fund will be re-launched in August and we will let you know as soon as it re-opens.

NEWS, INFORMATION & RESOURCES

20.  Updated guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has updated its guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

The updates include reflecting the stance on face masks, maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace and guidance on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.

21.  Guidance on re-opening after lockdown

Cranfield Trust has published guidance and recorded a webinar providing tips, information and guidance on what you need to consider when re-opening after lockdown, including:

staff availability and team rotations, transportation to and from work, visitor’s temperature and other screening, workspaces and common areas, cleaning protocols and PPE, IT provision, accessories and furniture, awareness and education, handling unwell staff and reinfection responses.

22. NCVO’s ‘The easing of lockdown’ webinar

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has made their webinar, ‘The easing of lockdown: practical considerations for managing and supporting staff’ available to view again. The webinar shares good practice with regards to managing and supporting staff, the furlough scheme, HR considerations, policies, and tips and tools for managing and supporting the wellbeing of staff.

23.  Collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published advice for organisations that are asked by government to collect and retain customer and visitor information, for a limited time period, for the purposes of a COVID-19 contact tracing scheme.

24.  Mutual aid groups vital during COVID-19

Mutual aid groups have been a vital part of the country’s response to COVID-19, research by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) has found. The NLGN report Communities vs Coronavirus: The Rise of Mutual Aid, suggests that a huge proportion of people shielding during the pandemic were directly supported by local volunteer groups.

25.  Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership

The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its website which includes a service to support local organisations and community groups to respond to emergencies, where needed. This is done by matching needs with resources locally, regionally and nationally.

26.  New Generation Policing Forum – applications open

A new project by Revolving Doors Agency, a national charity that aims to change systems and improve services for people ‘in the revolving door’.

The New Generation Forum aims to give young adults a voice on the criminal justice system, particularly policing. The aim is to bring together a group of young adults with lived experience to influence local and national decision makers.
They are looking for a diverse group of young people (aged 18-24) from different
backgrounds and geographical areas who:

•             have experience of multiple arrests or cautions
•             want to share their experiences, to make a difference on the lives of other young people

27.   A Little More Conversation, A Little More Action: Joining Up our Approach to Social Isolation and Loneliness Around Community and Place
30 July 2020 11am to 12.30pm

This  Connection CoalitionThe Jo Cox Foundation, and Breaking Barriers Innovations  webinar will explore three themes:

  • Prioritisation: Making loneliness everyone’s business. What is the cost of doing nothing?
  • Prevention: Learning from the lockdown. How can we put prevention at the heart of the agenda?
  • Inspiration: Thinking beyond our current constraints. How can we leverage community assets and technology?

 

28.  The mental health emergency: how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health?

The findings of this survey of more than 16,000 people during lockdown reveals the scale of the impact of the pandemic on people with mental health problems. Two out of three (65 per cent) adults over 25 and three-quarters (75 per cent) of young people aged 13-24 with an existing mental health problem reported worse mental health. Read the report
 

29. Charity Commission issues guidance on phone and digital meetings

Guidance permitting charities to hold governance meetings on the phone or digitally and enabling voting to be postal or electronic when it would normally need to be done in person.

30. Charity Digital Skills Report 2020

Key findings from the report include:

  • 51% of charities still don’t have a strategy for digital
  • Influenced by the pandemic, 66% are now delivering all work remotely
  • However, 27% have cancelled services because either their charity or their users don’t have the necessary skills or tech
  • 66% rate their board’s digital skills as low or having room for improvement

Report author Zoe Amar outlines her key findings, explains what they mean for the sector – and shares some actions we can all take as a result.

31. Best tools for creating graphics and editing photos

Charity Digital reviews the best free and paid-for graphic design tools and editing software available to charities.

32.  The Workplace Wellbeing Award North Yorkshire

The Workplace Wellbeing Award is for organisations who want to be recognised for their achievements in improving the health and wellbeing of their staff.

The aim is to make North Yorkshire a more productive and healthier place to work, by encouraging employers to commit to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce, and by recognising those who have already made that commitment.

33. Reporting Hate Crime

The police will record any crime as a hate crime where the victim or any other person perceives it was motivated by hostility or prejudice towards their identity.

North Yorkshire Police have seen some increase of hate crime since the start of the pandemic. The reporting channels are 101 and the third party reporting centres such as Supporting Victims North Yorkshire; True Vision; Tell MAMA (Supports victims of anti-Muslim hate)

34.  Thriving with Nature Guidebook

The guide aims to open conversations about mental health, while recognising the important role that nature plays in supporting positive mental wellbeing.

35. Business in the Community  National Business Response Network 

The Network matches community needs with the right business support.

Tech Appeal
To date, Business in the Community has received requests for help from over 2000 charities and businesses in need as a result of COVID-19. Through its network BITC has been able to match more than half of these requests. However, the biggest remaining need is for tech equipment, mobile phones and tablets/ipads. BITC is piloting a ‘bringback’ scheme with businesses asking employees to donate any spare devices for those in need. The How to Donate guide includes a useful checklist.

HAVE YOUR SAY  

36.  Young People in Ripon Survey

Ripon YMCA is working with others to explore the needs and wants of Young People in Ripon.
Please visit and share the short surveys  (one for Young People and one for Parents and Carers)  so as many people as possible are able to share their experiences. This will help inform any future provision that Ripon YMCA develops alongside partners.

LOCAL NEWS, EVENTS & SERVICES

37.  Our HADCA Summer ‘Care in Action’ newsletter is out now!

Please take a look to read about the fantastic local community response to the coronavirus crisis and the difference made by our dedicated HELP volunteers.

We’re working with THE LOCAL FUND partners to help secure the future of our small but vital groups. The pandemic has been a reminder that we’re all dependent on co-operation as we plan a fairer and more sustainable future together. Taking part in local partnerships, HADCA is working so that the role of the voluntary and community sector is valued and that collaboration is focussed on building back better across all parts of the District, both in the short and longer term.

There’s a lot more included in our 16 page Newsletter, so why not make a cuppa and find out how we’ve been promoting, supporting and connecting local charities, volunteers and communities over the last few months and about the work of Ripon Community Link and Knaresborough Connectors.

38.  The Building Recovery in the Community Fund

If you have an idea for a recovery community group or activity that you would like to run, or if you already run activities that you would like to open up to the recovery community, then North Yorkshire Horizons would like to hear from you.

The Fund provides small grants, up to £500, for activities which help develop and support ‘Recovery in the Community’.  The project must benefit citizens of North Yorkshire who are affected by or recovering from substance addictions. Activities should be open to anyone in recovery (and their support network if appropriate) and be intended to develop a group or community which helps sustain recovery.

39.  Connecting Opportunities

This service is still running and is open to new referrals during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak. All services for participants are being offered remotely.
Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community, in West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire, including Harrogate District.
Connecting Opportunities helps with:

  • developing the skills needed to gain employment in the UK
  • improving English
  • feeling part of the community
  • increasing confidence and well-being

 

40.  Wellbeing Walks
Tuesdays  and Thursdays starting 23 July in Knaresborough

Weekly, local, easy, accessible walks incorporating embodied Mindfulness and meditation practices, gentle walking and mindful movement. A Yorkshire Yoga community project in conjunction with Knaresborough Online.
 

41.  Leeds Credit Union continue to operate through the Covid-19 pandemic, to help with  Savings, Budgeting and Borrowing needs.
During the pandemic they launched a mobile App and provided low cost loans to the Harrogate district with a value of £4,619.53 saving £3481.94 in interest compared to an average doorstep lender and £8741.48 compared to an average high interest lender.

42.  The Home Library Service restarted on 13 July. Before lockdown, this volunteer service was delivering books to more than 1,600 people. To allow for social distancing, books will be placed on the doorstep rather than carried inside.

43.  IDAS supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence –
‘I am worried about someone I know’

Research shows that people are most likely to talk to a friend or family member first if they are experiencing domestic abuse. During lockdown, it may be that a neighbour or a work colleague is the only person who can see into the situation to offer any help or support.
This guide has been written to assist people who are worried that someone may be at risk from an abusive partner or family member. We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from abuse and violence.

44.  Zero Carbon Harrogate – 2040 Film Screening
22 July 7pm, followed by a Q&A session at 8.40pm

This is a beautiful film, very highly reviewed, which takes a solution based approach to tackling the impact of climate change. More information, a trailer of the film and free registration details can be found here

Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities

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

Carers’ Resource – Communications and Engagement Team Leader,  Bradford/Craven/Harrogate

Citizens Advice Craven and Harrogate Districts – Training and Support Manager

Mind in Harrogate District – Service Coordinator 

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

Test and Trace for Out of School Settings in North Yorkshire

Test and Trace process for Out-Of-School Settings (OOSS) in North Yorkshire

This guidance document and flowchart have been produced for out-of-school settings (e.g. after school clubs (on school site or in the community), holiday clubs, weekend activity clubs) to guide them through Test and Trace. They show the arrangements that North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) have put in place to support out of school settings, should they have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. The NHS test and trace:

  • provides testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to find out if they have the virus
  • gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had
  • alerts those contacts, where necessary, and notifies them they need to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus (see pages 2 and 3 of this guidance for more details)

Please note that essential workers living with someone with symptoms can get tested.

OOSS have a role to play in this process. As a local authority, we want to establish communications channels with all OOSS to ensure that we receive timely information about suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases so that we can provide advice and support.

We are asking all OOSS to inform NYCC when they become aware of anyone (staff, pupil(s) or parent(s)) who is experiencing symptoms. Please let an NYCC contact know of any potential COVID-19 cases immediately (a list of contacts is on page 3 of this document).

  • Anyone who experiences symptoms (new, persistent cough and/or high temperature and/or a change in the sense of smell or taste) is advised to self-isolate and order a test. Anyone in the household will also need to isolate (including children if parents are symptomatic).
  • A test can be requested from the NHS website or by ringing 119.
  • Whilst the person with symptoms is waiting for their test result, there is no need for any additional measures to be taken by the out of school setting, except to ensure hand and environmental hygiene measures are in place.
  • If the test comes back negative, then the person with symptoms can return to the setting (provided they feel well enough).
  • If the test comes back positive, then the national contact tracing advisory service will be notified automatically and begin contact tracing. They will provide advice to the person who received a positive result as well as their contacts.
  • If a test comes back as inconclusive, then another test needs to be arranged. Whilst a result is expected, the person waiting for the test needs to stay at home and not attend the setting.
  • Out of school settings need to also notify the local Health Protection Team (Public Health England) on 0113 386 0300 (9-5 Mon-Fri) or 0114 304 9843 (out of hours) of any staff or pupils who have tested positive (NB if a parent’s test result is positive, then you need to notify your NYCC contact rather than the HPT)
  • At that point, it might be necessary to ask children in the same cohort (or “bubble”) that the staff member or child was part of, to self-isolate. The Health Protection Team (Public Health England) will advise on the actions that the setting needs to take.

Once an OOSS is made aware of a test result (whether positive or negative) they need to inform their NYCC contact immediately.

Useful Links:

Latest update from HBC

Good morning

 

Please find below some updates and information that we want to share with you. Over the next few weeks we expect there will be a lot of changes as lockdown restrictions are eased. We continue to plan for how we will support those who are the most vulnerable within our communities.

 

Test and Trace in ‘out of school provision’

 

We have been asked to circulate the attached guidance to any partners or groups who provide activities for children and young people outside of the school setting. Could you please circulate to anyone you may know who run clubs/ youth clubs, activities for children and young people.

 

It is high priority that the information gets circulated so if you could do as soon as possible we would be very grateful.

 

Covid-19 Community Recovery Plan

 

Just a reminder that we are developing a community recovery plan and would welcome your insights into what you think the key issues are for the residents living within your area so that these concerns can be considered as part of the recovery process. Thank you to all of those of you who have already provided feedback, for those who haven’t there is still time to do so.

What do you think are the key issues for residents in your community? Please complete this short survey and submit by 31st July.

 

New FAQ’s on what you can and can’t do from the 4th July

 

There is a new Frequently Asked Questions document that provides information as to what you can and can’t do during the pandemic factoring in the recent and forthcoming guidance changes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-4-july

 

Trading Standards- The ‘Little Book of Big Scams’

 

The below link provides local residents information on how to stay safe online and how to prevent cybercrime.

https://www.met.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/central/advice/fraud/met/the-little-book-of-big-scams.pdf

 

Harrogate District- Get Digital

 

The Covid-19 crisis has shown the need for digital skills more than ever! Zoom, Skype, Facetime …all have been lifelines to many.  However, across the Harrogate district we are aware that there is still a significant percentage of residents who don’t have digital skills.

Some of you may recall our Harrogate District Get Digital project that we had launched just before lock down that forms part of the Council’s 2024 transformation work programme. The partnership ambition is to assist anyone who isn’t currently able to take full advantage of technology and create a network of ‘Digital Champions’ across the district to help residents improve those all-important digital skills.

In order to achieve our ambition we need more champions that can help people get online! When you sign up as a Digital Champion you will have access to a library of teaching materials to share with residents in need.  From basic word, email and internet to applying for jobs and completing online forms.  There are also training materials available on use of smart phones and internet security.  Basically something for everyone!

If you are interested in becoming a digital champion and promote and share your digital skills please contact fiona.friday@harrogate.gov.uk or ann.byrne@harrogate.gov.uk and you will then be sent joining instructions.  All we ask is that any ‘Champion’ completes the Digital Essentials course before they start to share their skills and that every time a champion helps someone they record it on the dashboard.

There is no better time than now to re- invigorate the project by recruiting Digital Champions.

 

North Yorkshire Police- Lifestyle 2020 project

 

The NYP’s Lifestyle 2020 project has been launched; the link for all the details on the NYP website:

https://northyorkshire.police.uk/what-we-do/public-campaigns/lifestyle/

 

Details are also posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Please share and promote accordingly to encourage entries.

 

Transport to Medical appointments

 

If any of your residents aren’t able to access transport to a medical appointments independently or via a person in the household and aren’t eligible for Patient Transport Services please contact the local Community Support Organisation or North Yorkshire County Council directly on 01609 780780, they will be able to arrange transport for you. This takes a few days to arrange so please contact them as soon as possible.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Patient Transport Service is back operating, please contact them directly if you are eligible for Patient Transport.

 

Support is still there for those who need it

 

For anyone who is self-isolating or still requires assistance the six community support hubs will continue to provide help for things like shopping, collecting prescriptions, looking after pets or simply keeping in touch with others. The key message remains that if you can, please contact family, friends or neighbours and ask for their support in the first instance. If you do need help, contact one of the six community support hubs across the district:

Harrogate and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. 01423 813096 or help@harcvs.org.uk

Boroughbridge and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. 01423 324504 or boroughbridgecommunitycare@gmail.com

Knaresborough and surrounding villages: Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. 07593 882340 or info@knaresboroughconnectors.org.uk

Ripon and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. 01765 603631 or reception@riponcommunityhouse.co.uk

Masham and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm. 01765 680200 or info@visitmasham.com

Pateley Bridge, surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. 01423 714953 or admin@nidderdaleplus.org.uk

Latest update from HADCA

Welcome to the
Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2020 ISSUE 23

If you have any news about your services or anything you read that would be helpful to share with our HADCA networks please submit a news story on our website.

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Coronavirus Community Support in Harrogate District  

1.  Community Support organisations 

North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council are working with 6 community support organisations  (CSOs) across the Harrogate District which are the point of contact for those who are alone and isolated by the pandemic and who have no other local support available.

Working with local voluntary sector groups and trusted volunteers, the 6 CSOs arrange: shopping for food and essential items, collecting prescriptions, a friendly listening ear, information & signposting to online activities or someone who can help, if they can’t.

HADCA and our front-line HELP team is the Community Support Organisation for Harrogate and surrounding villages. In Ripon our team is working closely with Ripon Community House.

People who have additional needs can contact the County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780 (every day between 8am and 5:30pm ). There is information about the help and support available on the NYCC website

Residents in North Yorkshire who need help getting food and medication because they are currently shielded are being reassured that support will still be available when the Government programme stops at the end of July and the Community Support Organisations will still be here to help.

2. Food and essential delivery services in Harrogate District 

For anyone struggling to make ends meet during these uncertain times in the Ripon area there is food support available from Ripon Community House and our HELP Ripon & Rural team is also working with colleagues to offer food boxes to older and vulnerable people in and around the Ripon area struggling to get hold of essentials.

For people struggling to access food, Resurrected Bites deliver to Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and Ripon.

There is an updated list of businesses offering delivery (or take away) of food & essential items for people self isolating or shielding in Harrogate and the surrounding area on our website.

The team at Supporting Older People is working with partners to provide free Waitrose parcels of food and essential items together with free single portion fresh meals for anyone in need, in addition to their shopping and prescription collection and telephone befriending service for older people. The contact number is 07535 508043 if you know anyone who would benefit from any of these services.

3. HADCA  Where To Turn Directory  

Charity services, support and activities to promote good health and wellbeing in Harrogate District 

There are hundreds of charity services offering support listed in our searchable community information directory. Many are offering email, telephone and online support and activities, with a lot of information and guidance on their websites too.

To help people find the support they need, p lease let us know about changes to your charity services and any new services, online courses and activities you are providing. 
You can use the new themes (activity categories) ‘coronavirus support’ and ‘online activities’

Add your details  or request a form to update your entry  or simply email us the details of any local support you know about.

We will also continue to add updates to these regular bulletins and please Follow us on twitter for the latest news.

4.  If you need volunteers or are looking for a new opportunity to help a local charity visit our HADCA Volunteering Directory 

If some of your volunteers are self isolating at home and other volunteers now returning to work, you may need to recruit new volunteers. You may need people to help with online work, fundraising and social media or help as charity shops re-open.

You can add new roles and update existing opportunities to reflect current changes using our HADCA Volunteering Directory for Harrogate District.

Please log in or sign up to share the opportunities you have, so we can help promote these, all for free!

If you have any questions please email us  volunteer@hadca.org.uk  and we will be happy to help.

FUNDING

5. Independent Age Grants

The Fund comprises of four separate funding rounds. In each round £500,000 is available for smaller organisations with up to £1m annual income to apply to receive up to £15,000 each, to work with older people hardest hit by Covid-19.

Round 3 opens 27 July and closes 9am on 21 August. Round 4 opens on 24 August and closes 9am  on 18 September 2020.

6. Wooden Spoon – the children’s charity of rugby

Grants (usually over £5k) for projects which must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under 25 years) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

 

7.  Health  Foundation COVID-19 Research Programme

The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas:

They are prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore:

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.

Projects are invited to apply for funding of between £100k–£200k per project for a duration of up to 12 months (including set-up time).
Applications are welcome from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines and applications involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.
This programme is open for applications until 30 September 2020. 

8. Turn2us Grant Making during the pandemic

Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the UK, Turn2us has made 3,306 grants totalling £1,952,637. This means direct financial assistance to 7,734 people has been provided during the outbreak. Additionally 300,000 people have completed Grant Searches, accessing grants from other providers.
Search for a grant

9. The Radcliffe Trust

The Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education, especially for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and for projects at secondary and higher levels. Conscious of the fact that traditional performance-based projects will be impractical in the foreseeable future in the light of the current pandemic, the Trust has temporarily amended its grant-making programmes. The next deadline is 14 September 2020. 

10.  Nationwide Community Grants

Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 are on offer for projects that are supporting people in housing need in innovative ways. Closes 31 July. 

11.  Coronavirus Community Fund  – £903,209 of grants  in 100 days 

Pause in July for applications
Two Ridings Community Foundation has made a decision to pause receiving applications to the Coronavirus Community Fund programme during July while they undertake a strategic review of priorities for the next phase of funding and to enable the team to work through the existing applications that have not yet been processed.
The fund will be re-launched in August and we will let you know as soon as it re-opens.

The Coronavirus Community Fund Report from Two Ridings Community Foundation describes what the fund has achieved to help keep people safe, fed, well and connected across North & East Yorkshire.

So far the Fund has distributed over £100,000 to 24 groups in the Harrogate District, with the following aims:
•             Supporting local groups’ immediate response – keeping people fed, safe, well and connected;
•             Help supporting key local groups’ sustainability by covering essential costs of operating whilst responding;
•             Helping those groups working with the most marginalised whom Covid-19 or isolation is most adversely affecting; and
•             Contributing funds and support to build back better in North & East Yorkshire so groups are still here, delivering positive activity and support into the future, whatever that may look like.

NEWS, INFORMATION & RESOURCES

12.  COVID19 guidance for community facilities

If your charity operates community centres, village halls, and other community facilities on 30 June the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government  published guidance for reopening from 4 July.

Cleaning Tips, Risk & Responsibilities in this recent Community First Yorkshire blog.

13.   Restarting Sport and Physical Activity

Sport England have produced advice and guidance to help the sport and physical activity sector as it reopens and prepares for what comes next.

14. Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme has published a new report, titled Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19

More than 300 Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations delivering services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) completed this survey in April and May 2020. These organisations represent the diversity and breadth of the Third Sector and the intrinsic contribution they make to the health and well-being of the population and reducing health inequalities.

With the grass roots connections and trust to reach the most vulnerable in our society, this survey reflects how communities have turned to the VCS during this time and the part the sector has played in our response in WY&H.

15. Redundancy Training and Q&A
22 July

As voluntary organisations emerge from the immediate crisis of Covid-19, the furlough scheme changes and its ultimate end in October, organisations may face some tough decisions about their future and the future of their staff.  Some may find they need to look at restructuring and potential redundancies. This Community First Yorkshire free webinar will look at what redundancy means and the correct process which must be followed, together with other related issues.

16. Coronavirus recovery – six data protection steps for organisations

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and organisations begin to reopen, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out six key steps every organisation needs to consider around the use of personal information.

17. Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic.

18. Around one million downloads of fitness app during lockdown as people stay fit

Public Health England’s ‘Couch to 5k’ is a running plan for beginners, helping those who are unfit or don’t regularly take exercise to take positive steps for their health and fitness.

19. Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Last week the Government updated its guidance for people who are shielding with changes to take effect from 6 July and from 1 August.
Unless there is a significant rise in Covid-19 cases it is expected the shielding programme will be paused on 31 July.

20. Coronavirus/COVID-19: Guidance for Community Transport

The Community Transport Association (CTA) has developed detailed guidance on how to restart and sustain community transport services as lockdown measures ease.

21.  LGBTQ+ People’s Experience of Using Health and Social Care Services in North Yorkshire

In this new HealthWatch North Yorkshire report the number of personal stories shared demonstrate that barriers to access and instances of discrimination throughout the patient journey are representative of a wider problem. However, it was also highlighted that professionals using inclusive language, showing empathy and having knowledge of LGBTQ+-specific mental health issues can result in positive experiences for people accessing services.

22.  Engaging with Gypsy and Traveller people and communities
15 July, 1pm on Microsoft Teams

NHS England is hosting a free webinar which aims to share good practice examples, resources and tips on how to improve engagement with Gypsy and Traveller communities and other populations experiencing health inequalities to influence and create change.

23. Citizens Advice: what are the nation’s coronavirus concerns?

Citizens Advice has produced a report based on the activity and user behaviour on their website. The most searched word on their website during March 2020 was ‘coronavirus’. In April it was ‘furlough’ and in May it was ‘redundancy’.

24.  COVID-19: Psychological First Aid online course

Public Health England has launched an updated digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.

The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19. The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions to complete at your own pace.

25. York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub
Free webinar: Growing your social media presence
9 July 12:15 – 1:00 PM

In this 45-minute lunchtime webinar, you will learn:

  • ways to increase your following
  • the different types of advertising available on Facebook and Instagram
  • how to use insights and analytics
  • how to automate content using planning tools.

 

26. Resources to help children and for young people stay safe online

Thinkuknow is an education programme which protects children both online and offline.
There are resources for different age ranges from 5 years to 14 + and activities for parents/carers to use at home to help keep their child safe while live streaming.

27. HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

28. Drugtrain multiagency online training via Zoom

SCRA/ Spice
28 July
9:30 – 12:30
Develop your knowledge & understanding of the use of synthetic cannabinoids, develop harm reduction strategies and ways to support individuals experiencing problems with their use.

Confused about Cannabis?
4 August
13:30 – 16:30
An opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge & skills to support people using cannabis.

Working with Depressants : Xanax, Benzo’s & GHB
25 August
9:30 – 12:30
Benzodiazepines and other sedative/ ‘Z’ type drugs are becoming increasingly commonplace and are easily obtained from online sources. With new groups of users, a strong potential for dependency and overdose this course will give practitioners the confidence to effectively respond to use of these drugs and support people experiencing problems.

With pubs and clubs in lockdown images of litter have circulated widely on social media, often showing large numbers of nitrous oxide canisters, including in our Harrogate district. These sessions will develop knowledge to ensure we are able to offer advice and information to young people who may be using party drugs over the summer months.

Nitrous Oxide – No laughing matter?
Tuesday 4 August 9:30 – 12:30am
This course will look at the growing popularity of Nitrous Oxide. Recent surveys suggest approximately 8.8% of 16 – 24 year olds have used Nitrous in the last 12 months.

Ecstasy / MDMA: Feeling the love?
Tuesday 11 August
13:30 – 16:30
With a resurgence over recent years, stronger pills in circulation and increasing deaths amongst users this course will look at the use of Ecstasy and other empathogen type drugs.

Psychedelic Summer of Love?
Tuesday 18 August
9:30am – 12:30pm
With ease of access via the dark web & social media sites, increasing numbers of users and many claims being made about potential positive benefits of use psychedelic drugs may be enjoying a resurgence.

The cost of each course is £35 per person, using the links above.
If you are booking a place on a set of three courses the cost is £90. Please contact admin@drugtrain.co.uk to arrange payment via invoice in this case.

HAVE YOUR SAY  

29. Harrogate District VCSE Workforce Wellbeing Survey

Your Consortium are undertaking research into workforce wellbeing on behalf of the Strategic Leaders group, part of the ‘Harnessing the Power of Communities’ programme.

In what everybody agrees have been challenging unexpected circumstances, the people working in Harrogate’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector have been achieving the incredible.

We’ve seen how Covid-19 has led to an increasing need for support amongst people already facing serious life barriers. At the same time, it has made it more challenging for this support to be offered by the traditional means, with organisations having to work around social distancing in innovative ways.

In turn, this has meant a rise in pressure on the hardworking people in the sector, who have had to quickly respond to this challenge to ensure people in need are still helped. They have absolutely risen to the occasion, making huge efforts to keep people in the communities safe, connected and empowered during the pandemic. We want to understand more about how this has been made possible.

Our goal is to find out from you, the leaders in the district, what support for mental and emotional wellbeing exists for your teams, but also where there might be unmet needs for it. We have compiled a 10-question survey to capture this information, giving us the data to make improvements.

By combining the results with our own research on what services exist in the area, we will give you informed recommendations for new options to support your staff where required, matching the best-quality services to the unmet needs.

Complete the survey 

30.  Harrogate district Covid-19 Community Recovery Plan

Harrogate Borough Council is developing a Covid-19 community recovery plan for the Harrogate district and would welcome your insights into what you think the key issues are for local residents due to the pandemic.
Your responses to this short survey will be considered as part of the Covid-19 recovery process.
Please complete by 10 July. 

LOCAL NEWS, EVENTS & SERVICES

31.  New service supports people through grief and loss 

The free service, which launched this week, is open to people in West Yorkshire, Harrogate and Craven Districts. It is the first point of contact for anyone suffering any form of grief and loss – or those worried about losing someone, whether this relates to a family member, friend or member of their community.

The practical and emotional support and advice service will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

32.  Advice and help for working carers

Working carers dealing with job loss, redundancy, or returning from furlough, can receive help from the Carers’ Resource CReate team. The team can help carers deal with job loss; searching for another job;  negotiate with employers; review working options.

33.  Harrogate District Volunteer Coordinator Network Meeting (VNET)
Thursday 16 July 2020,   10am – 11am via Zoom

This meeting hosted by Community First Yorkshire is an opportunity for you to see and speak to other volunteer coordinators in the district and to raise any questions or concerns you have.

There will be no formal agenda; instead attendees will be asked before the meeting to submit any questions they would like to put to the network. The number of attendees is limited so only one representative for each organisation is asked to book a space. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Places must be booked in advance here

There is also a closed Facebook group for volunteer coordinators across North Yorkshire to share thoughts, actions and questions on all aspects of supporting volunteers. If you have a Facebook account you can join the group here  

34.  Salt & Light peer-to-peer conversation for Chief Exec/Chairs of charities
Thursday 9 July, 7.30pm – 9.00pm via Zoom

An online peer-to-peer conversation facilitated by experienced Christian leaders aiming to support and equip CEOs and Chairs of charities from Harrogate and the surrounding area.

Local charity leaders are invited to sign up for this first on-line small group gathering of chief executives and chairs of trustees of charities. These are difficult times for both operating and funding charities, and the future has many uncertainties as well as growing demands. The conversation will share experiences, then explore and reflect on them from different perspectives, using scripture and prayer to help the reflection to be Kingdom-focused.

The aim is to benefit from the stimulation and support of a confidential group of fellow Christian leaders of charities, discerning how to respond faithfully in challenging times.
Previous meetings for GP’s, schools leaders and business owners have been facilitated.

More about Salt & Light in Harrogate can be found here
Register your free place on 9 July  via Eventbrite
Any queries relating to registering for this event, please e-mail contact@saltandlight.community
 

35. Top tips from Henshaws for helping a visually impaired person when they visit your venue

The necessary measures that have had to be put in place due to Covid-19 create unique issues for people living with a visual impairment.

36. Be part of a unique Community Project called ‘About Ripon’

Jennyruth Workshops is calling on representatives of organisations in Ripon to join in with creating a vibrant and unique jigsaw style display to be showcased around various venues in the city. It will ‘paint a picture’ of our community and all the diverse ways that we work together, live alongside each other, help and support each other and forge links together, through good times and bad.

If you would like to take part in this venture, and would like to have a jigsaw piece to decorate that will represent your business or organisation please contact Jennyruth Workshops on 01765 606620 or info@jennyruth.co.uk

37. Mashamshire Community Office Reopens to the Public on Monday 6 July
Read more about the services available.

38. North Yorkshire libraries begin a phased return

There will be a ‘select and collect’ service at Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon libraries. All details will be available here.

39. Local Charity shops reopening

Saint Michael’s is starting a phased opening of shops on 4 July  and will have a centralised approach to donations on a temporary basis. Read more

40. #NEYHReturns Twitter Day
Thursday 9 July 9am – 4pm

The Jobcentre Plus offices in North East Yorkshire and the Humber will use the Jobcentre Twitter feed to focus on support available to jobseekers across the area @JCPinHumber 

The feed will be covering the following:-
•         Training opportunities and courses
•         General jobsearching advice and tips
•         Support for customers with health issues

The team would like as many  providers and organisations to get involved posting content they feel can benefit jobseekers.
Join in or if you are interested in finding out more please contact CATHERINE.BLAKEY@dwp.gov.uk

41.  Bridging the Access Gap in Harrogate

A new initiative to encourage more third sector staff and volunteers, to take up sign language and Makaton as an extra language and skill will be available in the Autumn. This Signs4Life local initiative aims to help charities and community groups, to communicate and engage with their colleagues, service users, and members of the public, who may have hearing impairments. There are over 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people registered in the UK.

If you would like further information about the forthcoming workshops in Harrogate and surrounding areas, please get in touch with Aniqa Jahan on 07964 019 764 or via email aniqa.jahan@signs4life.org

42. Free Social Media for Beginners Online Course
Tuesday 28 July 13:00 – 15:00

This North Yorkshire Adult Learning course is suitable for those who have not used social media before.
You will learn:

  • about different social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • how to connect with people and share pictures, videos and messages
  • how to stay safe online and how to protect yourself when using social media.

You will need to be able to access the internet and apps on your device and to have access to a mobile phone, laptop,  tablet or personal computer and an email account to make the most of this session.

To enrol and for more information, please call 01609 532536 or email: north.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk

43.  Great Yorkshire Virtual Show
Tuesday 14 July – Thursday 16 July.

A special three-day programme of entertaining and informative content, all online and accessible for FREE, celebrating farming, food and the countryside.

44. The IDAS Big Yorkshire Tour

Local charity IDAS supports over 15,000 people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence every year, providing life-saving services including refuge accommodation, outreach services and support to children and young people. Sadly, they are seeing an increase in calls to helplines and requests for emergency accommodation.

To raise vital funds, you can join this fun virtual event on a 300-mile route around Yorkshire by walking, dancing, running, or jumping the distance of your choice at any time during the month of July.

45. HADCA is here to help promote what you do

We’re adding training, learning, networks, fundraising & community activities to our Events Calendar (now with online sessions, activities with social distancing and also dates for our diaries)
It’s important people have opportunities to learn, share and get involved so please take a look at our the Events listing and please add your events so more people can find out about ways to stay connected.

Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities

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

Knaresborough Connectors – Connector and Place Development Manager

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