Update from Harrogate Borough Council

Just as a reminder, provision is still available within the community to help those who may need support for things such as shopping or to collect a prescription.  This assistance through the Community Support Organisations (CSO’s) is available both for the period of the new lockdown and the longer term.


Those residents who are not vulnerable or do not have friends or family locally who can help them can be referred to their local Community Support Organisations (CSO), details below.


The CSO’s also have access to food vouchers for those who have been through the Test and Trace system and are now in isolation and cannot leave their homes to get shopping.


If residents are vulnerable or are already known to either Harrogate Borough Council or North Yorkshire County Council they need referring into the relevant customer contact centre.


HBC customer contact centre 01423 500600

NYCC customer contact centre on 01609 780780



All the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV’s) have been written to by the Government/ NHS with the details of how to access support. A follow up letter is also being sent by North Yorkshire County Council.  Like previously residents will need to register for assistance for either food or prescriptions. The difference this time is that there will be no food boxes provided centrally however there will be the offer to get on a priority shopping list of one of the major supermarkets and support to do this if required. If this doesn’t meet the individuals needs the resident will be referred into our local food provision offer (either a volunteer to shop for the individual or a referral into one of our community food providers who do meals and deliver to the door).


Locally we will continue to work together to ensure that no one falls through the net if they need help.


As you know, our support structures and work with partners has continued following the last lockdown period so we are hopeful that the majority of people who need assistance have sought it prior to this new restriction phase, however we do recognise that situations change.






























2nd Lockdown –

As we all are aware, the country went into a 2nd lockdown on Thursday 5th November, for a period of 4 weeks. The Parish Council have had to take measures during this period. The Glebe WILL remain open, along with the children’s play area, however, unfortunately, the outdoor gym equipment has had to be closed to comply with the current guidelines. Should there be any changes to the legislation during this time, The Parish Council will keep you informed.

On a sad note, this Sunday, 08.11.2020, is Remembrance Day. Unfortunately the normal service of Remembrance will not be taking place due to restrictions. Wreaths will be laid and will be there for anyone who wishes to pay their own individual respects at their leisure.

The Parish Council wishes everyone their best during these trying times.

Take Care and Stay Safe


Killinghall Parish Council

Harrogate and District Oscars

As you will be aware, this year’s Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars arranged for FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2020 have had to be cancelled.


This is disappointing as lots of new people have stepped forward to volunteer to support our community through this emergency.  Many of the existing voluntary organisations have continued or adapted.  At the end of the Harrogate & District Community Action Annual General Meeting last Thursday, 15 October we had a presentation titled ‘Celebration of Volunteering’ of photographs submitted by voluntary groups from across the Harrogate District.  You can see the presentation at  https://vimeo.com/468585692


After the presentation I suggested that on FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2020 at 7.00pm, when we would have been together at the beginning of the presentation of the 2020 Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards, we should all raise a glass (or a cup!) to all the fantastic volunteers who work very hard to support our community across the whole Harrogate District.  So I invite you to circulate this email widely to your family, friends and colleagues to encourage them to join us on FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER at 7.00pm in raising a glass to all our volunteers.


If you use social media, we would greatly appreciate you spreading the word.


Thank you for everything you do in our community and we look forward to seeing you on FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER 2021 for the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards 2021.


With very best wishes

Latest Update from HADCA 24.10.2020

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Celebration of Volunteering 2020

This year our volunteers have never been more needed and they have stepped up to provide vital services to local people who have no-one else to turn to.

At our HADCA AGM we shared a presentation featuring some of the many volunteers across our Harrogate district who have made a real difference this year.

Please take a few minutes to join our celebration, be inspired by local volunteers and say a big ‘thank you’!  View the Celebration video on our website

Making a Difference

During 2019-20 HADCA supported 128 organisations to recruit volunteers for over 320 different roles. The HELP team provided a voluntary car driving service for 11,276 journeys, gave over 2,350 hours of practical support for people who can’t manage themselves and held 55 Here to HELP sessions signposting to local sources of support.

The work of our charity would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of volunteers – 132 people giving an amazing 353 hours of time every week in 2019-20!

In March HELP services were reshaped almost overnight to offer a ‘Here to HELP’ COVID-19 Community Support service to people in the Harrogate and Ripon areas, who were isolated at home and without friends or family nearby to assist them. Over 230 volunteers came forward to help their community in the face of this unprecedented situation.

Thank you to everyone who has supported HADCA during the year.

Read more about what we have been doing and the difference we’ve made.


  1. Sport England Return to Play Fund

    Sport England has launched its three-part Return to Play Fund, with £16.5 million available for the sport and physical activity sector.

    Groups, clubs and organisations affected by restrictions put in place to combat the spread of the virus can apply for funding under any of three streams available. Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations working with audiences (identified by Sport England) as finding it more difficult to be active, such as people on lower incomes, people with long-term health conditions, those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities.

  2. The Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund

    £20 million is available to small/medium-sized non-profits in England. Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 will be awarded to organisations working with ‘vulnerable and disadvantaged’ groups, such as people experiencing poverty, older people, people with disabilities, refugees. Funding can be used towards core costs, goods and equipment and organisational development.
    Applications close on 10 November 2020. 

  3. The Architectural Heritage Fund Cultural Recovery grant programme

    Non-profit organisations in England which care for, work with or manage a historical building can apply for funding towards planning ‘future financial viability’ and, where necessary, to develop new business models.

    Organisations that have received funding from Historic England/National Lottery Heritage Fund are not eligible, unless the proposed work differs from that funded originally.
    The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020. 

  4.  Community Business Renewal Fund 

    Grants for community businesses in England affected by the COVID-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable.

    The fund is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support those who have been most affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

    The fund will have three application rounds with very short application windows of three hours.
    Round one will open on 3 November between 10am and 1pm.

  5. Voice4Change England: Covid-19 Grants Programme

    This grants programme is for Black, Asian and Minority (BAME) led community groups and organisations in England, working primarily with BAME communities, with an annual income of less than £200,000. In exceptional cases, organisations with larger incomes will be considered, so all BAME community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply.

    All grant awards will be in the region of £5,000 to £10,000.
    The programme will support organisations that deliver:

  • Covid-19 services. Groups can also apply for help with current costs if their funding has been affected by the pandemic.
  • Mental health services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by Covid-19
  • Sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of Covid-19


  1.  Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

    This Fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in England.

    Funds are for women’s organisations and services that are supporting women aged 18+ whose poverty has been exacerbated by the pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship.


  1. The School of Social Entrepreneurs Community Business Trade Up Programme

This free support programme will provide the head-space, support network and funding of up to £10,000 needed to adapt, digitise and diversify income from trading.

Priority will be given to applications from deprived or disadvantaged local communities, BAME- led or businesses that are giving support to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) local communities.
Deadline 2 December

  1. Tackling Inequalities Fund

    Versus Arthritis has teamed up with Sport England to help distribute grants from their ‘Tackling Inequalities’ fund. The purpose of the fund is to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity through increasing availability of exercise opportunities in local communities within England.

    The funding will be targeted to help support people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups. The funding range for applications is between £1,000 – £10,000.

  2. Concertina 

    Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being.
    Next deadline is 31 October.

  3. The Golsoncott Foundation

    The Foundation aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences.
    Next deadline is 31 October.

  4. Live Work Fund

This new fund, worth £660k, will support at least 33 exceptional individuals over 12 months with awards of £20,000 to adapt their approach to making and sharing live work. It is for artists, creatives and producers with no more than ten years’ experience, based anywhere in the UK, whose practice pre-Covid-19 focused and relied on live performance.

This includes those with artistic/creative practices based in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and performance as well as those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.

  1. Arts Council Project Grants

    The fund has reopened with a budget of £77.9 million available until April 2021 to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible.

  2. Giving Tuesday 1 December

The perfect opportunity to:

  • Engage with current and new donors,
  • Launch or shine a spotlight on your fundraising campaign,
  • Raise awareness of your services,
  • Celebrate your fantastic donors and volunteers, or
  • Share stories from your beneficiaries demonstrating your impact.


  1. Product giving – the real value for charities: five benefits

    Product giving is one way people can support charities that goes beyond writing a cheque. The beauty of this type of giving is that it can be anything – essential supplies, technology, food or any product which is either surplus to requirements or planned for donation. Like volunteering, the value of these donations often exceeds what a traditional donor might give as a cash donation.


15.  COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 – The current situation in North Yorkshire

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
The information has been updated to include:
•             local COVID alert levels;
•             search by postcode link.

The Job Support Scheme helps individuals and businesses deal with the challenges created by coronavirus (COVID-19). This was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 September 2020 and added to on 9 October 2020 and 22 October 2020.

  1. Charity Fraud Awareness Week 19 – 23 October 2020

    The Charity Commission is warning trustees and donors to strengthen defences as it fears the pandemic has created environments that are enabling charity fraud. At the start of the regulator said charities have reported being victims of fraud or cybercrime 645 times since the start of the pandemic in March, amounting to £3.6 million in total losses to charities. It said that as fraud is under-reported the true cost is likely to be much higher.

    Visit The Charity Fraud Awareness Hub for resources, including help sheets and on-demand webinars

  2. Charity Commission updated AGM guidance

    The charity commission has updated its COVID-19 guidance for charities in relation to holding AGMs, including the section on holding meetings online which has been extended from 30 September to 30 December 2020.

  3. Survey reveals economic and social benefits of village halls

    Just before lockdown, 2,109 halls took part in ACRE’s National Village Hall Survey and helped to paint a detailed picture of how important village halls are to the community. From yoga classes to weddings, parties to post offices, halls make a significant contribution to the economy, as well as reducing social isolation.

  4. Inter-Faith Week 8 – 15 November

    Inter-Faith Week’s aims are to:

    •             Strengthen good interfaith relations at all levels
    •             Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
    •             Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs

    Their website contains ideas for connecting online this year, such as ‘Inter-Faith Week buddies’.

  5. Stories of shielding: life in the pandemic for those with health and care needs

    When lockdown began, Local Voices created a digital platform – Our Covid Voices –for people with health and care needs to share their experiences of the impact of the pandemic. This provided the unfiltered views and stories from people at great risk of all the effects of the pandemic, including anxiety, uncertainty and changes to their care. Contributors also discuss their relationships, their jobs and dealing with the everyday aspects of life in the pandemic.

    This report is a compilation of the contributions, to help inform any decisions taken in the future regarding the way the needs of this group of people are addressed.

  6. Behind the Mask

    ‘Behind the mask’ is a campaign set up by Community Action Bradford and District (CABAD) and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

    The aim is to raise awareness of the different ways the pandemic, lockdown etc. affect people. These are real people, real experiences. These may be your neighbours, family, friends or strangers from the same community. Having been affected in some way by coronavirus, they have come forward to share their true experiences and hope to encourage others to be safe.

  7. Effect of pandemic on children’s wellbeing revealed in new report

    A new report published to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October provides an in-depth picture of the experiences of children and young people during the pandemic and how it affected their wellbeing.

    Some challenges were identified including isolation from friends, learning from home, or worries that family or friends might get sick but many parents also reported improved relationships with their children and that the majority of children spent time in outside green spaces at least a couple of times a week during lockdown.

  8. New guide launched to help community organisations future-proof their volunteer base in the wake of COVID-19

    The guide will help voluntary organisations mobilise and engage a more diverse range of over 50s volunteers, including those who typically face barriers to getting involved in their communities.

  9. Get Online Week 19 – 25 October

    Zoom is an online meeting platform which surged in popularity during the Covid-19 crisis. This Digital Unite guide looks at:

  • How to create a free Zoom account
  • How to join a meeting
  • In meeting chat, controls and tools.

There are lots of useful apps to help you manage your health online – take a look at the NHS app library here

  1. Welfare Benefits Unit new online training programme

    The courses have been designed retaining a practical and interactive approach, maximizing Zoom functions and presentation options

    •             Benefits for State Pension Age – 5 November
    •             Introduction to Universal Credit – 17 November
    •             Benefits Overview – Working Age – 2 December
    •             Introduction to Benefits – 14, 21 and 28 January
    •             Limited Capability for Work (ESA and UC) – 11 February
    •             Challenging Benefits Decisions – 24 February

    Visit the WBU website for further details and to book.

  2. GamCare Women’s Programme

    Free training open to all professionals and volunteers:

    Tuesday 27th October 1pm-3pm – Raising Awareness of Women & Gambling

    Thursday 29th October 9:30am-11:30am – Raising Awareness of Women & Gambling

    Friday 30th October 9:30am-12:30pm – Problem Gambling Women, Young People and Carers

    GamCare can also provide support and information to anyone affected by problem gambling via the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133. This is free to call and operates 24/7. The same service can also be accessed via WebChat at www.gamcare.org.uk

  3. FSI Online Training
    24 and 25 November

    Online charity training when you can choose from 9 interactive full and half day webinars over 2 days, including fundraising and business planning.



28.  Loneliness organisations’ resilience and individuals’ Experience of Loneliness during COVID

Independent Age and the Alzheimer’s Society are co-chairs of the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Tackling Loneliness Network – Older People’s taskforce. The group is made up of organisations who provide services for, or care about, people in later life.

The taskforce is investigating how the pandemic has affected services to combat loneliness and the people who use them or volunteer for them.

The information you share in this survey will help inform the Government’s policies to reduce loneliness during the pandemic and beyond.

Survey for organisations

Survey for individuals

Please complete by the end of October as the aim is to share recommendations early in November.


  1. Alcoholics Anonymous Harrogate Area Information Event for Professionals
    Wednesday 18 November 2:00 PM – free  Zoom event

    The event will include personal experiences from local AA and Al-Anon members (Al-Anon is a fellowship for people who have suffered through having an alcoholic in their life) and a chance for attendees to ask questions after each of the speakers
    Attendees include professionals from local charities, organisations specialising in addiction, blue light services, GPs, nurses, medical & care workers, representatives from faith communities.

  2. Positive Progressions & Action Towards Inclusion at Craven College

    Long term one-to-one support offered to help people in Harrogate District gain the skills and confidence needed to make it easier to move into employment or further training. Positive Progressions works with families and children, and Action Towards Inclusion provides the same support to individuals.

    Keyworkers will provide support with  Confidence building and wellbeing; Finding the best training courses; Managing finances and debt advice; Employability skills; Volunteering and work experience;  Gaining qualifications in English & Maths

    For more information call 01756 693 306 or email projects@craven-college.ac.uk

  3. COVID -19 Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

    Extra financial help is available if you are on a low income, cannot work from home and are required to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test result, or, because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

    Further information and the online application is available on the Harrogate Borough Council website at www.harrogate.gov.uk/benefits
    Applications can also be made over the phone with Customer Services on 01423 500600.

    A payment of £500 may be made to people  who have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020.

  4. TV Licensing Scam Support

    In the last bulletin we included a link to the TV Licensing handy guide which warns people what to look out for covering emails, letters, phone calls, text messages, home visits and how to report a scam.

    Vision Support Harrogate District has been helping visually impaired members with understanding the TV Licensing changes and the practicalities of responding to the licensing letters. If anyone in the district is living with sight loss and finding this difficult (or seeking any other support/advice), the Vision Support team are here to help.

    The Vision Support telephone befriending and support services are also available for anyone with sight loss who would like someone to talk or who needs a little extra support.
    Call 01423 565915 or email enquiries@vshd.org.uk

  5. North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service

    Unconscious Bias
    3 November to 17 November – 09:30 – 14:30
    5 November to 19 November – 09:30 – 14:30

    Identify groups who are marginalised in modern UK society and understand how unconscious bias and prejudice can develop personally and within institutions and how that can lead to discrimination. Focus on the impact that discrimination can have on individuals and consider the difficulties of, and opportunities to, support people who face discrimination. This course is for anyone aged 19 or over.

    Learning Guidance and Support
    Support whether it’s taking the first step back into learning, or getting that all important qualification to open doors to further learning or employment.
    Book a 30 minute advice and guidance session via Skype or on the phone to discuss your situation.
    E: adultlearningservice@northyorks.gov.uk
    T: 01609 536066 (new direct line contact number)

  6. Councils in North Yorkshire invited to submit locally-led proposals for unitary local government

    Read the following posts on the Community First Yorkshire website

    Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, shares his thoughts on building communities and working with voluntary and community organisations in a new model of local government for North Yorkshire

    Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council, discusses growing partnerships and healthy communities as part of the seven North Yorkshire district councils proposal for local government reorganisation.


  1. October Half-Term Activities in Harrogate District

    A chance for children to be physically active, try something new and make new friends.
    North Yorkshire Sport have created a directory of activity providers this October half-term.

  2. Coronavirus Community Support in Harrogate district – still here to help people self isolating

    6 community support organisations (CSOs) are the point of contact for those who are alone and isolated by the pandemic and who have no other local support available. They provide: 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.

    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 also information about the help and support available on the NYCC website

    Food support services meet local needs and are listed in our HADCA Where To Turn Directory – chooose ‘Food Parcels and Meals’ as the search theme and add ‘coronavirus’ as keyword for current providers.


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 – Community Connector

Healthwatch North Yorkshire – Community Outreach & Engagement Officer