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

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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  and we will be happy to help.


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.


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 to arrange payment via invoice in this case.


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. 


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

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

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

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

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:

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.