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Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2020 ISSUE 32
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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.
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
Now the Government programme for people shielding has stopped, the Community Support Organisations are still here to help.
2. Food support and essential delivery services in Harrogate District
The Community Support Organisations are the point of contact for people who don’t know where to turn
Ripon Food Support
The team at Supporting Older People is working with partners to provide free Asda 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.
St Peter’s Church, next to Primark in central Harrogate offer the following free services (updated in this week’s bulletin):
The Harrogate & Knaresborough Foodbanks: 10.30-12.30 Tuesdays & Fridays, Mowbray Church, Harrogate & Monday 10.30-12.30 Holy Trinity Knaresborough there is help with a 3 day pack of in-date food and additional support. Vouchers for the foodbank can be accessed from St Peter’s Church or by contacting the Harrogate Community Support Organisation.
There is a list of businesses offering delivery (or take away) of food & essential items for people self isolating or shielding in Harrogate and the surrounding areas on our website.
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.
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.
If you have any questions please email us email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
5. Coronavirus Community Fund Phase 3 (Recovery)
Grants are available from Two Ridings Community Foundation of up to £10,000 for individual and group applications. Partnership bids will also be considered.
In phase 3 grant making will support the development of self sufficient and resilient communities, by helping to support solutions rather than the symptoms of problems. Funds are available for either projects or running costs but the work supported must be aimed at strengthening communities and/or strengthening the organisations that provide vital support to communities.
The priorities for funding are:
Applications from organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 (based on current forecast annual income) will be prioritised. Groups must be based in and/or working in North Yorkshire, York, East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull,
ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.
However applications will be considered from any community that can evidence deprivation, for example homeless people and ex-offenders.
If you have any questions please contact Hannah Prole on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01423 795304
As we move to the recovery phase that sees lockdown measures eased, the national shielding programme put on pause and services and activities start to re-open, the North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities Programme is re-purposing financial support to help and encourage charities, voluntary sector organisations and community groups to restore their services in a covid compliant way.
Grants of up to £1000 are available from 1 September 2020 for groups to help restore services and activities, adapt existing activities or start new things that help people regain confidence and independence in a safe and covid compliant way.
Guidance and an application form are available on the Stronger Communities webpage
Do you have an innovative idea that addresses social issues at a systemic level?
Grants between £500 to £5,000 are available for sports clubs in the UK and Ireland to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain coaching qualifications and increase sporting opportunities.
This Fund is focused on existing schemes working with children from preconception to two and a half years old which are looking to expand or develop by delivering new outcomes or to specific communities. Joint applications between VCSE organisations are being encouraged and interested organisations will be able to take part in webinars taking place on 8 and 10 September.
The Trust supports organisations that work with disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families.
It has adapted its Small Grants Scheme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help smaller UK organisations adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely. Priority will be given to applications from organisations that support a high proportion of children/families from BAME communities, those that operate in areas of high deprivation or those in areas that are experiencing a second lockdown.
Grants of up to £5,000 will be available.
The Fund is welcoming its second round of applications for one-off emergency grants of £1,000. The fund was set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers. The purpose of the grant is to support applicants’ living costs.
LGBT Consortium and the National Emergencies Trust have announced a new £350,000 grants programme to support UK based LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. Funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the pandemic.
There are no deadlines for the fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded
A reminder that the Programmes remains open and Trustees are holding extraordinary meetings to expedite decisions on grants. Here’s guidance for applying during the pandemic
The Foundation supports UK registered charities working within the UK in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage.
Regular Grants below £100,000 and Major Grants of £100,000 or more are awarded. If you are applying for £100,000 or more the funders typically expect your project and/or annual income to be in excess of £1 million.
The types of grant, whatever their size, tend to fall into one of three categories – Capital, Revenue (often called ‘core costs’) and Project work.
Legacy consortium, Remember A Charity, is urging charities across the UK to come together and celebrate the impact of legacy during this year’s Remember A Charity Week (7-13 September 2020), inspiring supporters to consider leaving a gift in their Will.
NEWS, INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Research by the National Emergencies Trust suggests that demand on charities and voluntary organisations is set to continue as the economic impacts of the pandemic come to the fore.
The Charity Commission has launched an improved public register of charities, which makes more information about individual charities available to donors and the public. The register receives over 40 million page views per year. The regulator says the public feel strongly about transparency around where charity money goes and the efficient use of resources by charities, and the register is an important source of information for the public, funders, philanthropists and charities themselves.
This search allows you to find charities based on:
Using the search gives 390 in the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency and 562 in the Skipton and Ripon constituency, with 3214 charities working locally in North Yorkshire.
This new briefing highlights findings from the Covid Social Study, which surveyed over 70,000 people since March 2020, asking different questions about their experiences and wellbeing over the past few months, including asking people about loneliness.
19. Understanding Charity Digital:- How can your charity be more digital?
In this free webinar, hosted by East Riding Voluntary Action Services, members of the Charity Digital team will take you through the three main services of the organisation: their discounted and donated tech products, events and educational content.
You will learn how Charity Digital provides support and guidance to charities who are wanting to embrace digital and how your charity can take advantage of their free content and products too.
20. Setting your charity’s reserves policy through and beyond Covid-19
As we move into the next stages of this crisis, trustees will need to make tough decisions about whether to spend, protect or build up their charity’s reserves.
Community First Yorkshire is launching a new network for treasurers of organisations without paid finance staff to network and share information, advice, tips and thoughts on all aspects of being a treasurer.
Initial meetings will be held on Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 October via Zoom and the topic will be the Role of the Treasurer.
/together is a new campaign launched in July, with #ThankYouTogether when over 14 million people across the UK came outside to thank those who have helped them through this difficult period. /together are now starting talk/together, a UK-wide conversation about what divides us, what unites us and what will bring us closer together.
People are also being encouraged to organise their own talk/together events and submit evidence. /together have published a toolkit to help people do this and have set aside a small community chest to enable small organisations to run their own events. The plan is to publish findings early in 2021
/together coalition is holding online discussions about how we can bridge some of this country’s social divides. There is a choice of two dates for stakeholders based in Yorkshire and Humberside:
If you would like more information about /together or talk/together and how you can get involved or if you would like to join one of the meetings please email Jill Rutter at email@example.com
23. Young People – Creative Response to Loneliness and Isolation
Join Make Some Noise for the launch of the #iwill and Coop Foundation funded project producing 3 animated films and training resource, designed by pupils to help address the issue of loneliness in young people and support pupils during transition to high school.
Pupils have used Social Action methods to ensure these resources resonate with their peers and are beneficial for their communities. The launch will host guest speakers, including pupils, discussing experience of loneliness, what’s happening locally (in Stoke) and nationally and what we can all do to help start a conversation about loneliness.
The resources developed will be FREE to all who attend the launch, with an opportunity to win a FREE session to embed the resource within your setting
The start of a new school year can be nerve-racking at the best of times. This back to school toolkit from charity Khulisa is to help young people transition back to school in the healthiest way possible after a period of prolonged absence from school
25. Fun Palaces Weekend
Fun Palaces celebrates culture (arts, sciences, heritage, making, sports, hidden talents and secret skills) that is led-locally by communities and is free, accessible and for everyone.
The Fun Palaces team are holding online zoom workshops throughout September which are open to all. You may be a venue, or a community space thinking about how a community-led Fun Palace could take place in or around your building. Or you may simply be interested in making something happen safely in your community.
HAVE YOUR SAY
26. Devolution and local government changes
In our last bulletin we shared links to information from both North Yorkshire County Council ( https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/stronger-together ) and the District and borough council leaders, including Harrogate Borough Council ( https://www.get-change-right.com/ )
District and Borough Councils: Working together to get change right – Online consultation on local government reorganisation
The leaders of the seven district and borough councils in North Yorkshire invite members of the community and voluntary sector to an online consultation event to find out more and feed in your views. They have unveiled a proposal for an ‘East-West model’ which would create two brand new councils. The first would serve communities in Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and York. The second would serve communities in Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate and Richmondshire.
A number of other sessions have been organised for residents, businesses and community groups. If you are unable to join the session on September 8th, you may sign up for another session here
NYCC: Local Government Reform Seminar – Devolution Consultation with the Voluntary & Community Sector
As North Yorkshire County Council develops their proposal they are inviting voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises to a 90-minute online seminar to hear more about this and to offer their thoughts. This will include a presentation and a question and answer session. Find out more
LOCAL NEWS, EVENTS & SERVICES
27. HADCA AGM and Celebration of Community Action in 2020
We hope you will be able to join us at our first AGM as Harrogate & District Community Action. Hear what we have been doing and our plans for the future around connecting and collaborating, supporting community action, strengthening volunteering, growing local giving and helping people stay safe and well at home supported by volunteers.
This year local charities are never more needed. It is time to celebrate their achievements and work together to make sure they are still here to help our communities in the future.
More details will follow soon but in the meantime please put the date in your diary and you can now book your place
28. HADCA Introduction Session
Everyone is welcome; whether they are new to the area, in a new role in the voluntary or statutory sector, or would just like to find out what HADCA does and what is happening locally. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.
We’ll run through an informal presentation on the services we provide, including our Where To Turn information and HELP front line services. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as we go along and to make connections and discuss any issues with fellow attendees.
29. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s virtual Annual Members’ Meeting
Members of the public are invited to ‘virtually’ attend the Meeting, where they can hear the Coronavirus pandemic experiences of staff and patients.
The formal meeting which is open to everyone offers the opportunity to join the Trust’s governors and senior leaders in a Microsoft Teams Live session. No special software is required.
Complementing the live, formal business will be a series of pre-recorded films from staff and patients giving some insight into how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on NHS services and individuals.
Using the Teams Live Q&A function, there will be an opportunity to ask questions of senior Trust colleagues, including Chairman Angela Schofield and Chief Executive Steve Russell. Questions can also be submitted in advance.
Please book by contacting the Foundation Trust Office on 01423 554432 or via email at: Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org A link to the meeting will then be shared, along with supporting information. A copy of the Meeting agenda will be available on the Trust’s website in due course.
30. HPH, Chartered Accountants Charity Seminar ‘Getting It Back Together (The New Normal!)’
This interactive, online session will last approximately one hour, with a Q&A opportunity at the end.
Please email Yvonne.Kilgallon@hphonline.co.uk if you would like to attend. Yvonne will then send out joining instructions ahead of the seminar.
31. Harrogate District Carer Forum Online
This is an opportunity for carers to meet one another and discuss the issues they face. People who join can also learn more about the services Carers’ Resource offers and feed back on how services could be improved.
32. Think Harrogate – Free Creative Masterclass
Learn how to use proven techniques for creating compelling visual stories to promote Harrogate District at the same time as promoting your business or organisation.
33. A virtual tour of the Digital Champions Network
Harrogate Borough Council’s ‘Get Digital’ project uses a web-based learning platform to turn people into confident and effective Digital Champions. Packed full of courses and resources, it combines training and development with project management tools that track progress and impact. It’s straightforward, versatile and gives your digital skills programme the framework it needs.
If you’d like to find out more sign up for the free virtual tour on Thursday 17 September, at 1pm to get an inside view of the platform, from the personal dashboards and accredited training to the project management tools and ready to use resources. Sign up here
For further information about the Harrogate Borough Council Get Digital project and to sign up as a Digital Champion contact email@example.com
34. Learn To Learn Online
This North Yorkshire Adult Learning free online course will guide you through how an online classroom works and prepare you to study online so you can join web based classes and look after your digital identity.
New autumn programme – over 100 courses both online and in person.
Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities
Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website
Ripon YMCA – Housing Operations Manager
Ripon Museums Trust – Marketing Manager
Ripon Museums Trust – Zero Hours Front of House Assistant
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.