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Harrogate & District Community Action 
E-Bulletin 2021 ISSUE 6 – 5 February 

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1.  NHS Charities Together

Grants for the wider NHS and voluntary community dealing with the impacts of Covid-19.

Examples of potential projects could be managing the transition of the elderly from hospital to home, mental health support, supporting vulnerable members of the community or end of life care. They may also support early intervention, reducing disparity or focus on preventative health and social care with a focus on diversity within the population.

The allocation for West Yorkshire & Harrogate District is £1,158,385.

There will be a webinar on 10 February at 12 noon to provide an overview of the grant funding opportunity and to answer any questions. To register your interest to join please email

All grant applications must be submitted by 26 February 2021.

2.  The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust   Elderly Grants

Applications are welcomed from charities supporting older people, or from hospices that are able to show they provide equitable care to older people.

Whilst the Trustees recognise that people aged over 65 traditionally may have been considered old, this arbitrary age cut-off rarely defines true old age in the modern era. Applications are therefore expected to demonstrate clearly defined benefits to older people who are frail.

The deadline for applications for the next meeting is 1 March 2021.

3.   The Barchester Healthcare Foundation

A registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability to lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential.

They favour applications that help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. Grants range from £100 up to £5,000, with the average grant in 2019 being approx. £775.

The funding focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community, combatting loneliness and enabling people to be active and engaged.

4.  The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for community-led organisations that are supporting farming and rural communities across the UK (with a population of up to 3,000 residents) to cope with the impact of the pandemic and build resilience.

Examples of projects that will be supported include long-term food and medicine delivery services; social groups and networks for isolated people; and mental health support services.

Applicants should have a turnover of less than £500,000. Outcomes of applications will be communicated by Friday 12 March 2021.

5.  The MSE Charity

Grants to UK not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

Grants up to £7,500 for small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations with a constitution (income under £500,000 and unrestricted reserves of less than 6 months running costs).

The February 2021 round is targeting and supporting the younger generation (under 25) who in the current difficult economic climate need support to develop and learn personal financial life skills: ‘Raising the Next Generation’.

Deadlines 26 February at 5pm or earlier if 40 applications already accepted.

6.  Return to Play: Active Together

An additional £1.5m of National Lottery funding has been made available to this Sport England scheme.

The scheme helps sports clubs and other charitable/community organisations set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns during the pandemic. Once the crowdfunding campaign is set up, organisations can apply for matched funding of up to 50% towards their initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £10,000.

7.  Get Fishing Fund (Environment Agency and Angling Trust)

New fund to encourage more people to take up fishing or reignite a passion for fishing. Grants up to £500 for small-scale projects and up to £5,000 for larger projects.

Funding is expected to help the delivery of future angling participation events, including additional equipment needed to ensure fisheries are following COVID-19 safety guidelines, PPE and signage. It can also cover the costs of fishing equipment, tackle and bait, as well as event resources.

Angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities wanting to increase the number of people being introduced to angling can apply. Activities undertaken as a result of receiving funding must be delivered on freshwater fisheries where angling requires a fishing licence.

Application deadline: 12 March 2021.

8.  Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

Applications for a grant of between £100 and £2,500 will be considered to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change. Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising mental health
  • Reducing barriers to mental health care
  • Improving mental wellbeing

The grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation and not to fund ongoing operational expenses or salaries.

9. Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good Fund

Every three months, £10,000 will be shared between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

Applications are invited from local community groups, charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises with an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Next deadline 15 March. 

10.  Hope for the YoungCOVID-19 Emergency Fund

Given the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus and concern that young people seeking asylum and those with refugee status are still one of the groups most impacted, a third round of funds is open to help support the immediate health and well-being of the most at risk and socially isolated young people in the UK.

The fund will continue to support young people aged 16 to 28 years old who are assessed as vulnerable and in need of immediate support to help in the relief of social isolation and financial difficulty made worse by the pandemic.

The maximum grant available is £250 and grant payments will be allocated on a case by case basis to respond effectively to young people’s needs.

The fund will be open until 12 February or until funds run out.

11. The best virtual challenge solutions for charity fundraisers

Some ideas from Charity Digital.


12. Rebalancing the Relationship – Overcoming Barriers to Collaboration

A new report from NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales highlights ways in which larger and smaller voluntary organisations can support each other in the competitive commissioning environment and collaborate to achieve greater impact for the communities they serve.

The research found examples of positive collaborative behaviours, such as local staff being empowered to develop partnerships, charities not bidding for a service if a local organisation is already delivering it well, and larger charities building the capacity of smaller organisations.

13.  The Check-In Campaign

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has launched a staff suicide prevention and wellbeing promotion campaign targeted at more than 100,000 health, care, voluntary and community service colleagues working in organisations large and small across the area.

When was the last time you checked-in with a colleague? Do you check-in with colleagues as much as you do the people you support through your work? How regularly do you check-in on your own mental health?

There are links on the Check-In website to training, resources & signposting support.

14. Coronavirus vaccination updates including some local arrangements 

This national NHS web page provides the latest information and is being regularly reviewed. (reviewed 4/2/2021)

Why vaccination is safe and important

Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine (Public Health England information)  (updated 25/1/2021)

Be careful what you share. Things aren’t always what they seem online.
The SHARE checklist is there to help you spot false or misleading online information. Read it to minimise the spread of harmful content.

ActionFraud warn that criminals continue to take advantage of coronavirus vaccine roll-out as phishing email reports soar.

Local updates

‘Please don’t be complacent if you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine’, say health leaders in North Yorkshire and York.

Vaccinating Harrogate and beyond
Dr Chris Preece is a GP Partner at Church Lane Surgery in Boroughbridge. In this blog on the CCG website, Dr Chris talks about the COVID vaccination programme in North Yorkshire and the setting up of centres in Harrogate and Ripon. It’s well worth a read and we are proud to be involved.

A reminder that The Harrogate Bus Company is running a free shuttle bus to Harrogate’s Vaccination Centre  every 30 minutes between Harrogate bus station and the Vaccination Centre on Wetherby Road.

Our HELP team is working with a small team of volunteer drivers in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon to offer transport to passengers without any other means to attend Covid-19 vaccinations and other essential health appointments.

If people need to arrange transport to their appointment, are not able to use a taxi, have no one to help and they use a  wheelchair or have other accessibility needs, a carer travelling with them (or other requirements which means they are unable to use our HELP voluntary car driving service at this time) arrangements can be made for alternative wheelchair accessible transport/ transport to meet their needs.

Requests for transport can be made by contacting our offices:
Monday- Friday 9am – 4pm: Harrogate office  –, 01423 813090;    Ripon office –, 01765 645907.

15.  New LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline

Advice and support to people who have experienced anti LGBT+ hate in the UK. Call  020 7704 2040 Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

16.  DWP Access to Work: factsheet for customers

Access To Work is a government scheme that could pay for practical support to help you stay in work, including working from home, if you have a health condition that makes work difficult.

17. Easy Read Pension Credit Leaflet An Easy Read leaflet has been added to Gov.Uk’s Pension Credit guidance.

New easy read PIP leaflet  A new leaflet has been added to Gov.Uk to explain “What to expect at your Personal Independence Payment assessment”

18.  The Invisible Suitcase

This animated short film is designed to help bereaved children and families to understand their grief and how to manage it.

Based on The Invisible Suitcase by Ian Woodroffe, the film uses the metaphor of an invisible suitcase to show how we all carry our experiences and emotions through life.

None of us can control how our ‘suitcase’ is packed and when it might spring open, with our emotions being triggered sometimes when we least expect, but we can learn how to react when this happens.

19.  Safeguarding Children

Professionals in all agencies have a responsibility to refer a child when it is believed or suspected that a child:

· Has suffered significant harm and /or is likely to suffer significant harm and/or;
· Has developmental and welfare needs which are likely only to be met through provision of family support services (with agreement of the child’s parent).

Normally professionals will contact 01609 780780 to notify their
concerns about a child or young person.  Any telephone referral should be followed by a written referral within 24 hours of a telephone call

The revised Universal Referral Form is available from the Professionals section of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) website. Guidance to help partners complete the Universal Referral Form is available in a one minute guide

20. Games consoles, smart devices and how to keep your children safe

Playing video games is an activity which many children and adults enjoy, and can provide experiences that families can share. Many parents may feel assured that their children are not at risk of harm because they are at home enjoying playing games, but this may not necessarily be the case.

21. Weston Communicating Climate

This new six-month free skills programme is for small-medium climate and environmental organisations.

The programme will support 30 UK-based organisations to extend the power and reach of their communications work, through structured strategic communications training, mentoring by media and communications experts, peer networking and media interview training.

 Applications close on Tuesday 16 February.

22. Youth Endowment Fund – Developing a Toolkit

6 young people are being recruited to help develop and review a new toolkit which aims to help people who work with or parent young people and children to reduce crime and violence.

If you have any lived experience of youth violence or have been involved in programmes focused on mentoring, social exclusions, mental health and wellbeing your contributions could be very useful for this review.

To be eligible, you have to be aged between 16-25 and apply by Sunday 7 February 2021 at 11.59pm. If selected to be part of this group, you will also be paid £200 for your time.

23. Reboot North Yorkshire

RebootNY is a collaborative project led and coordinated by North Yorkshire County Council. It brings together a wide range of partners and community organisations to help provide people across the county with IT equipment and access to the internet so they can stay connected.

Find out about donating devices, how else you can help and how your community organisation can be involved in RebootNY and support the donation, refurbishment, collection and distribution of IT devices on the RebootNY website


24. Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCCC) Residents Survey

This research study has been commissioned by HDCCC and Harrogate Borough Council.

The coalition was set up in response to the council’s vision that by ‘2038 we will have a net-zero carbon economy. The council’s own operations will be clean and efficient, and we will play a positive role enabling the wider district to achieve net-zero emissions’.

The intention is to engage a wide range of organisations and individuals in collaborative work to achieve the aim of the net-zero emissions.

The findings from this research will be used to help shape the communications strategy and output for HDCCC and help Harrogate Borough Council develop its carbon reduction strategy. Community groups may also use the results to help them to plan relevant activities.

The closing date is 28 March 2021.

25. Our Big Conversation continues…

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging you to once again join Our Big Conversation and help shape the future of local mental health and learning disability services.

Last year over 2,100 people who used TEWV’s services, carers, families, partners and colleagues joined Our Big Conversation and shared more than 35,800 ideas, comments and votes. All of this information helped the trust co-create a new strategic framework that sets out a shared future ambition, a shared purpose and three big goals.

The latest conversation gives you an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas on some of the draft plans that have been developed to achieve these goals.

Share your views on the Our Big Conversation website  by 16 February


26.  Free Digital communications training for charities

A free digital communications training programme for UK charities which includes webinars, tailored resources, online digital marketing strategy workshops and spring and summer schools.

Charities can book now onto the first three webinars, hosted by Media Trust and Google Digital Garage, covering social media strategy, writing for social media and Google Analytics.

27.  Essential Charity Finance for Trustees
24 February

Are you a new or experienced charity trustee having questions around your financial obligations? This Community First Yorkshire live, interactive training session will provide an overview of the key areas, essential for all trustees.

28.  Supporting the wellbeing of you and your volunteers
24 February

The importance of prioritising your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your volunteers is paramount. This Community First Yorkshire session will provide practical solutions and actions to help you avoid burnout.

29. Drugtrain online training courses 

Multi agency training workshops, delivered via Zoom, bringing together practitioners from a range of health & social care services.

  • Working with cannabis  9.30am – 12.30pm  16/2/21
  • Depressant drugs 1pm – 4.30pm 23/2/21
  • Working with heroin  9.30am – 12.30pm  16/3/21
  • Understanding psychedelics 1pm – 4.30pm 23/3/21

Contact for further information. £37.50 per person. Discounts available for multiple bookings.

30.  RNID free remote deaf awareness training sessions

One in five adults in the UK is deaf or has a hearing loss. RNID offer free remote deaf awareness training sessions to community groups and organisations across North Yorkshire. At the end of the session, staff and volunteers will benefit from improved communication skills and confidence when speaking to colleagues and customers who are deaf or have hearing loss.

For more information or to book remote deaf awareness training please contact

31. Internet Safety Day – Ask the Experts North Yorkshire Police

9 February, 7pm online

With more people working from home and children now having their school lessons online, the need to use the internet more safely and securely has never been greater. North Yorkshire Police are hosting another of their popular free ’Ask the Experts’ evenings to support Safer Internet Day.


32.  HADCA Harrogate District VCS Chief Officers & Chairs Catch Up on Zoom
Wednesday 24 February 11:00am to 12:00pm

If you’re a decision maker at a charity or community group working in Harrogate District and would like to join us please book your place  (sorry the link wasn’t working in the last bulletin)

33. Alice Through the Looking Glass 150th Anniversary Community Meeting
16 February 7pm via Zoom

Given the well-known link between Lewis Carroll and Ripon, Ripon Together would like to celebrate this anniversary.

They have several ideas to share and would like to hear from others in the community about what they think could be done and how to work together to deliver them. Everyone welcome  who may wish to join in.  Please e-mail for login details for the meeting.

34.  Positive Progressions & Action Towards Inclusion at Craven College

For people in Harrogate District currently unemployed and looking for work.

One-to-one long-term support to help gain the skills and confidence needed to make it easier to move into employment or further training.

Positive Progressions works with families and children and Action Towards Inclusion provides the same support to individuals.

A Keyworker helps identify needs and provides support to reach individual goals with:
• Confidence building and wellbeing
• Finding the best training courses
• Managing finances and debt advice
• Employability skills
• Volunteering and work experience
• Gaining qualifications in English & Maths

For more information call 01756 693 306 or email

35.  Escape Pain 

Free sessions start w/c 8 February and w/c 22 February over Zoom.

New virtual classes from North Yorkshire Sport for those struggling with knee or hip joint pain for anyone living in North Yorkshire who is over 55.

36.  Brain tumour support in Yorkshire

Support for patients and families from YBTC (Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity), starting from diagnosis of a primary brain tumour and there for you as much or as little as you need along the way.

37. HIF player from Harrogate International Festivals

There’s now 129 events to enjoy, for free, from crime fiction to ancient Greek myths, classical music to DJ sets, jazz to politics and nursery rhymes to knowledge.

38.  Rossett Adult Learning

New courses starting after half term, from Genealogy to cooking at home, crochet and languages. Courses start from £25.

39.  Help people know Where To Turn for local support 

Hundreds of local support services and online activities are listed in our searchable HADCA Where To Turn Community Information Directory for Harrogate district  

We have recently sent emails to ask everyone to review and update their entries. Please do this to help more people find the support they need. If you would like to make changes at any time you can request a form to update your entry – you will only need to make any changes on the form and not have to start from scratch.

If you know about any local charities or groups not listed please ask them to Add their Organisation or please let us know so we can get in touch with them and add the details. Thank you.


Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities
Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website

KeyRing Living Support Networks – Manager self-advocacy service (closing date 10 Feb)

North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Head of HR & People (closing date 12 Feb)

Migration Yorkshire – various opportunities (closing date 15 Feb)

The Avalon Group – Support Worker (Adult Social Care) (closing date 28 Feb)

If you would like your opportunity to appear you can  Add a Job to our website. This is a free service for HADCA member organisations.



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