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Welcome to the
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

Having taken a well earned break, the team at Resurrected Bites  are back and making some changes to the way they are operating. Find out more on their website and Facebook page

Ripon Food Support
There is a new Food Support service coordinated by Ripon Community House and covering Ripon, Boroughbridge and the surrounding area.
This has brought together ‘Bread of Life’ foodbank and the Salvation Army plus smaller foodbank services.
The service has a new Facebook page
There is a referral process through local agencies such as health visitors, GPs, social services, housing services, churches etc.

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):
Hot Meal (eat in or takeaway) 4.30-4.50pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Food Parcels 4.30-4.50pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Sunday Lunch 1pm – 1.30pm
Meals and food parcels are provided for those in need on a no questions asked basis.

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. 
You can use the new themes (activity categories) ‘coronavirus support’ and ‘online activities’

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions please email us  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:

  • Good jobs & economic growth
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health & wellbeing
  • No poverty
  • Reduced inequalities

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,
Read more about The Coronavirus Community Fund Phase 3 (recovery)

6.  ESF Community Grants

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.
Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities such as:·

  • Disadvantaged geographical areas
  • Lone parents
  • People aged 50 and over
  • People from ethnic minorities
  • Females

However applications will be considered from any community that can evidence deprivation, for example homeless people and ex-offenders.
A new round of Community Grants funding is now available, specifically looking for projects that can be delivered and adapted to continue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deadline for Applications is Friday 25 September at 2pm. 

If you have any questions please contact Hannah Prole on or call 01423 795304

7.  Stronger Communities – Restore and Recover Grants  

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

For more information contact your local Stronger Communities Delivery Manager ( in Harrogate district, Liz Meade ) or email

8.  Stephen Lloyd Awards

Do you have an innovative idea that addresses social issues at a systemic level?
Apply to the Stephen Lloyd Awards and receive up to £20K, plus support from influencers in the charity and social enterprise sector.
All entries close at midnight 16 September 2020

9.  Cash4clubs

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.
Deadline 8 September

10.  VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

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.
Deadline for applications is 30 October 2020.

11.  True Colours Trust

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 deadline for applications is 5pm on 21 September.

12.  Theatre Artist Fund

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.
Applications close at 12pm on Thursday 10 September

13.  LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

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

14. Garfield Weston Grant Programmes

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.

15.  Remember a Charity Week

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.


16.  Seven Million Expect To Seek Charity Support In The Next Year Due To Pandemic

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.
In particular:

  • One in eight people living in the UK – equivalent to seven million people – expect to seek support from a charity or voluntary body in the next 12 months as a direct result of challenges created by the covid-19 pandemic
  • For three in five of these people (61%), it will be the first time they have ever sought charitable support
  • These findings further highlight the challenges that charities face ahead, as demand for their support is likely to increase while they continue to experience the financial impact of the crisis.



17. Charity Commission launches improved public register of charities

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:

  • the postcode of their named contact
  • the parliamentary constituency of the named contact
  • the local authority area of the named contact

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.

18.  Loneliness in the time of social distancing

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.

Findings include:

  • People who felt most lonely prior to Covid in the UK now have even higher levels of loneliness. This increase began as physical distancing and lockdown measures were introduced in the UK, in March 2020.
  • Adults most at risk of being lonely, and increasingly so over this period, have one or more of the following characteristics: they are young, living alone, on low incomes, out of work, and/or with a mental health condition.
  • The impact on wellbeing from people at risk of loneliness is likely to be compounded by other economic and social impacts experienced by the same people, such as those experiencing job losses and health anxieties.


19.  Understanding Charity Digital:- How can your charity be more digital?
Tuesday 15 September 2020, 10:00

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
4 November 2020,
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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.
This free online seminar—run by NPC in partnership with the Clothworker’s Company—explores what trustees are and should be doing to ensure their charity’s reserves are being well managed. It is aimed at all trustees regardless of their financial experience.

21.  Treasurers’ Network

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.

22.  Talk/together

/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.
It comprises:

  • an open survey, which is now live at
  • online discussions with members of the public across the UK.
  • online stakeholder meetings with charities, councils, faith groups, sports and arts organisations and others.
  • a nationally representative survey
  • an open call for evidence asking people to share good practice and set out the policy change and practical action needed to build a kinder and more connected society.

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:
Monday 28 September 2020,  14.00-15.30
Or Tuesday 29 September 2020, 14.00-15.30

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

23.  Young People – Creative Response to Loneliness and Isolation
22 October 2020

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

24. Managing Transition, Uncertainty & Change – Back to school edition

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
3-4 October 2020

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.


26.  Devolution and local government changes

In our last bulletin we shared links to information from both North Yorkshire County Council ( ) and the District and borough council leaders, including Harrogate Borough Council ( )
There are now opportunities to hear more about both proposals and feed in your views:

District and Borough Councils: Working together to get change right – Online consultation on local government reorganisation
Tuesday 8 September, 10am – 12pm via Zoom

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.
You can sign up to take part here

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
Wednesday 9 September at 10am

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


27.  HADCA AGM and Celebration of Community Action in 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 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 
Wednesday 22 September 11am on Zoom

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.
Please Book Your Place

29.   Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s virtual Annual Members’ Meeting
Tuesday 29 September 2020, 5-7pm

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: 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!)’
Wednesday 9 September 2020, 9am

This interactive, online session will last approximately one hour, with a  Q&A opportunity at the end.
The seminar will include:
•          Impact on Reporting
•          Versatile Accounting

Please email if you would like to attend. Yvonne will then send out joining instructions ahead of the seminar.

31.  Harrogate District Carer Forum Online
7 October, 2pm-4pm on Google Meet.

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.
Contact Candy Squire-Watt on 01756 700888,

32. Think Harrogate – Free Creative Masterclass
Friday 25 September 2020, 10:30 – 12:00

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.
Session includes Q&A and free toolkit.  Numbers are limited so only one representative per organisation please.

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

34.  Learn To Learn Online 
Starting 22 September for 3 weeks every Tuesday 9-11am

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.

For more information, to see the new prospectus and to book online, visit the NYCC website,  call 01609 780780 and ask for ‘Adult Learning’ or email

35.  Rossett Adult Learning

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.