Latest update from HaDCA 05.10.2020

Welcome to the
Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2020 ISSUE 36

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An opportunity to celebrate and say ‘Thank You’ to your volunteers

The Oscars celebration event at the Old Swan Hotel will not be taking place this year but our amazing volunteers are never more needed.

On 15 October at our AGM and Celebration event we will be sharing a presentation featuring some of the volunteers across our district who have made a real difference this year. As well as people giving time as part of the local community emergency response to Covid19, we would also like to acknowledge volunteers of other organisations who were very active up to March, but have had to take a pause from volunteering these last few months, or who have been supporting charities in so many different ways.

You’re invited to join us to say thank you to your volunteers:

  • Please email one or two photos of your volunteers (with permission to share as below), your charity logo and a few words to by 7th October (new date)   (Photos at least 1MB file size if possible please.) 
  • The photos will be used by HADCA in this celebration of volunteering and may also be used by local media partners of the Harrogate District Volunteering Oscars, the Harrogate Advertiser series.

There are no categories or ‘winners’ – everyone giving time this year is a winner!

Celebration of Local Community Action and HADCA AGM 2020
Thursday 15 October 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom

We hope you will be able to join us at our first AGM event as ‘Harrogate & District Community Action’ and take an opportunity to celebrate the work of volunteers in our district.

You’ll also be able to hear our plans for a positive future together – connecting and collaborating, supporting community action, strengthening volunteering, growing local giving and helping people stay safe and well supported by volunteers.

You are very welcome to join us. Please book your place


1. Reminder:  Ripon City Council Small Grants Scheme 2020/21 is open!

Unlike in previous years, there will be no closing date and applications will be received by RCC at each meeting of Council for review and a decision.

The fund will remain open for applications until the budget has been awarded. The Council has £20,000 of funding to allocate in the 2020/21 financial year. Individual grants will not exceed £1,000.

Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the RCC website 

2. Coronavirus Community Fund Update

In September Two Ridings Community Foundation awarded £417,713 in grants to 34 organisations from across the North & East of Yorkshire. This brings the amount distributed in the last six months to over £1.5m.

Since the end of March grants provided by Two Ridings have allowed groups to respond in the immediate lockdown period.
Grants have kept people fed, safe, well and connected, and allowed services to adapt for vulnerable users so that support can still be provided to them when they are self-isolating

The fund remains open and applications are accepted on a rolling basis subject to available funding. Read the Phase 3 (Recovery) Guidance Notes before applying.

Decisions will be made monthly during the first full week of each month with the next deadline 12 October for decisions during week commencing 2 November.

3. Harrogate Street Aid open for applications

Grants are available of up to £500 for people affected by rough sleeping or street homelessness in the Harrogate District.

Financial help is available to support people to turn a corner in their lives. The things that people need to move off the streets vary from person to person, so Harrogate Street Aid enables someone to think about what will practically help them, and to apply for a grant to pay for it.

The fund is there to be used by the agency working with the person who is, or has been, street homeless, to help deliver their plan to get them off the street or prevent them from returning.

4.  The Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation

The Foundation has made available £50,000 to be administered by the Small Charities Coalition. Small grants of £100 to £1,000 are available to small charities (with an income under £1 million) who are temporarily struggling but otherwise viable.

5. Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

Grants of £250 – £1,000 are available for UK registered charities supporting those who are disadvantaged in areas where Leeds Building Society branches are located.
Deadline: 5 October.  

6. The Film and TV Charity COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The fund will support people in the industry most affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £4,500 over a period of 6 months are available to active workers in film, TV and cinema who have been affected by the crisis and are most at risk professionally and personally.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday 12 October. 

7.  Local Giving’s Magic Little Grants Programme

The Programme is still open and grants of £500 are available to community projects across Great Britain that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. The programme is happy to support projects that help people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.
Applications close on 31 October 2020. 

8.  The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Applications are invited from UK based not-for profit organisations that are working to create resilient rural communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to build on projects that came about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must be completed by March 2022. Applications close at 12pm 3 November

9.  Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine grants

The third round of funding is now open. Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 are available to help UK museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond and adapt to challenges connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications close at 5.30pm on Monday 12 October.

10.  The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Hospice Fund programme

One-off grants of up to £5,000 are available to support hospices’ core costs. Applications are only accepted from hospices that are UK-registered charities and are members of either Hospice UK or Together for Short Lives.
Applications close at midnight on 11 October

11. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund

The Fund has launched the second round of its ‘Force for Change’ programme, which is designed to support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that help to reduce social isolation. Applications close at noon on 30 November.

12.  The Aviva Community Fund

The current round is closing soon, and Aviva are especially keen to attract applications focusing on:

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

You’ll need to get your application in by 23:59 Tuesday 13 October. 


13.   The Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Tackling Loneliness programme

Fixed, two-year grants of £70,000 for projects which fit at least one of the main themes.

  • Building stronger social networks and friendships.
  • Improving access to local activities and provision.
  • Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.
  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.

Deadline 30 October 2020

14.  Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 – National Lottery Community Fund

Grants of £20,000 to £50,000 will support organisations set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue, who are trying to create positive change for communities and people. This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.
Deadline 13 October 


15. Reach out and offer connection, helping ourselves and others who may be struggling

This year, for World Suicide Prevention Day, the focus was on connection and how we can reach out and offer connection, helping ourselves and others who may be struggling.

As we’re all spending more time at home, we can all experience feelings of isolation. Feeling safe and connected in your neighbourhood can improve your mood and overall sense of wellbeing.

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance has put together a range of ideas on ways you can stay connected

16.  Five Point Plan to help support work of charities updated ahead of winter ‘second wave

The #NeverMoreNeeded partnership has developed an updated Five Point Plan which shows how the Government could provide additional support to the VCSE sector, ahead of the second wave.

This crisis has highlighted the importance of people and communities coming together and the crucial way in which charities and community organisations have contributed.

Download, review and share the ‘Five Point Plan’ here

17.  Download the NHS app to help protect your community

The new NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in.

Guidance for health and care workers using the NHS Covid-19 App can be found the NHS’s dedicated Covid-19 website.

Mencap has  Easy Read information about the NHS app on their website, explaining why the app is important and how you should use it.

18.  How to create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue

Ask visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app.

You should create and display a QR code if you are:
•         a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public
•         an event which is taking place in a physical location

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location.

19.  Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant

Last week saw the publication of MP Danny Kruger’s report on strengthening civil society, the start of a serious conversation about charities and volunteering

There is recognition that charities need more support, in the short term and during a future recovery phase.

You can read the reflections shared by NCVO here and the report here ( 52 pages )

20.  Social Prescribing Guide and Toolkit for North Yorkshire’s Voluntary and Community Organisations

Social prescribing is not new, for many years voluntary and community groups have been providing activities and services which improve people’s overall health and wellbeing, and connect them to their local communities. This new Guide from Community First Yorkshire provides an overview and checklist for organisations.

To make sure workers and people who may benefit from your local services and activities are aware of what you do, make sure you are listed in our HADCA Where To Turn Community Information Directory for Harrogate District and your entry is updated.

21.  Homes, health and COVID-19

The Centre for Ageing Better and the King’s Fund have jointly published a report summarising the role and impact of poor-quality housing on health, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The condition of homes, insecure tenure, and wider neighbourhood characteristics all have a considerable effect on health and wellbeing.

Despite this, 18% of homes in England are in a ‘non-decent’ condition. These homes are occupied disproportionately by older people, those with existing health conditions, people on lower incomes and those from ethnic minority groups.

22.  How to communicate better with people with hearing loss

COVID-19 poses a unique challenge when talking to someone with hearing loss. Remote appointments on the telephone or talking to someone who is wearing personal protective equipment such as a mask can make things more difficult.

In response to this, Healthwatch has published tips to help communicate effectively with someone with hearing loss.

23.  Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor has announced that from 1 November 2020, a Job Support Scheme will be introduced to protect ‘viable’ jobs for the next six months.

To be eligible, employees must work a minimum of 33 per cent of their normal hours and not be on a redundancy notice. Employers will pay staff for the hours that they work. For the hours that staff are not working, employers and the government will each pay one-third of the person’s equivalent salary, with the government grant capped at £697.92 per month. The end result of this is that the employee will receive 77% of their normal pay if they work 33% of their normal hours.

24.  Investing In Volunteers (IIV) Essentials

New free health check to help you improve your organisation’s volunteer experience, ensuring that they are involved in delivering your mission in the best way possible.

25.  Applications are Open for the Pilotlight Programme

Over 10 months the programme sees you work with a dedicated team of four senior leaders (Pilotlighters) from a range of private, public, and charity sector organisations. Together, they coach you and your organisation’s leadership through the strategic challenges and opportunities you face.

There will be live digital information sessions via Zoom on 7 and 21 October when you can gain an overview, hear from a charity leader who has recently completed the programme, meet a Pilotlighter, and ask any questions you may have.

The final deadline for applications is 30 October, with work starting with successful organisations from January 2021.

26. Acting for Impact – Working practices and organisational culture
6 October, 10am

This free session will look at how to embed impact practice into our organisations as a core part of how we manage our activities.
You can register here and find out more about Inspiring Impact here

27. Cyber Resilience: Beyond Cyber Essentials
8 October, 10.30m – 11.30am

As part of the Risk Webinar Series, NCVO, in partnership with Zurich, is running a free  session covering safeguarding, cyber security and organisational resilience which will be most useful for those responsible for risk management in their organisation.

28. Drugtrain: Working with Cannabis
Monday 19 October, 9:30 – 13:00

This online course from Drugtrain is suitable for anyone whose work brings them into contact with people using cannabis.
It is an opportunity to update knowledge & skills to provide support and deliver effective interventions to people using cannabis products.

The course includes Cannabis and mental health and How to support people to reduce or quit
£35 per person. Book online here  or contact to discuss payment via invoice

29. York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Annual Conference 2020
Friday 6 November 

The event will focus on a Greener, Fairer, Stronger vision for economic recovery in York and North Yorkshire and how we can work together to achieve this.

30.  West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Climate Change Virtual Summit
Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 October 2020, 9.30am to 4.30pm

The event includes 12 workshops exploring how health and social care partners can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts, including  active travel, prescribing and travel to hospital.
Book your free place here 


31. Covid-19 – VCS Resilience Survey deadline extended to 9 October

More time for Harrogate District VCS organisations to respond and help funders and support providers understand the impact of Covid-19 on our local charities and the people we support.
Complete the survey here 

32. Small Charity Leaders Insight Survey 2020 by Weston Charity Awards

The results of this survey will be used as part of the Weston Charity awards campaign and insights gathered used to inform  Pilotlight on the current challenges and opportunities that charity leaders are currently facing.

To take the survey please click here

The deadline for the survey is 9 October 2020.

33. Join the Culture Conversation

Whether you’re a group of older people, working with young people, running a village hall, supporting people with their mental wellbeing – you’re all asked to join the conversation about how arts, heritage & creativity can make life better.

Take part in shaping North Yorkshire’s new cultural strategy and register your interest before 9 October


34.  HADCA Connecting Ripon Network – still time to book!
Wednesday 7 October, 1-2pm on Zoom

If you‘re involved with a not for profit organisation working for the benefit of Ripon community you’re welcome to join us. Please book your place here

It’s an opportunity to share updates on local projects and how we are all working to make sure that people are not being left behind during the coronavirus crisis and recovery, and the challenges and opportunities this brings.

35. HADCA Volunteering Network

If you recruit, involve or support volunteers our network updates are for you – resources, news and food for thought to help give volunteers,  potential volunteers and volunteer managers the best experience.

Need more volunteers? Remember our local HADCA Volunteering Directory is here to help

36.  Energy Ambassadors free online interactive training
Monday 26 October 2020, 10:30am

Be equipped to help your clients and other vulnerable households be warm and well this winter by training someone in your organisation as an Energy Ambassador

37. Worth Connecting Digital Inclusion with Carers Resource

Support for people over 55 in Harrogate District to use a digital device to find information, make social connections or to benefit from online services. Individual telephone support and loan of tablets and the means to access to the internet.

Extensive teaching materials to help people understand popular digital activities both within a teaching session and when they are practicing on their own.

38.  Orb Community Arts

Everyone has mental health and Orb is for anyone wanting to take positive action to stay well.

Check Orb’s latest newsletter for details of Autumn’s Creative and Wellbeing Activities. As well as regular Ukulele, Singing, Art, Creative Writing and Cabaret groups there are two new courses: a textile project working with North Yorkshire County Records Office and Creative Mindfulness.

39.  Gift Boxes for veterans to mark Remembrance Day 2020

Gift boxes are available to older ex-servicemen and women in North Yorkshire. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, boxes will include a collection of Yorkshire-themed items, including biscuits and teabags, as well as commemorative items from the Royal British Legion’s Poppyshop. To find out who is eligible to receive a pack and how to order, visit the Community First Yorkshire website

40.   Celebrating Libraries Week
5 – 10 October

Local libraries will be celebrating books and reading with a variety of events and activities both at local branches and online for you at home.

41. Harrogate Literature Festival goes digital.
23-25 October

Writers, politicians, historians, fashionistas, and well loved broadcasters will come together for the first ever digital Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival.
Discover the programme here

42. 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

Ripon Museums Trust – Zero Hours Front of House Assistant (closing date 4 October)

Orb Community Enterprise – Mental Health Action Towards Inclusion Keyworker

Community Catalysts CIC – Membership 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.



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