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Harrogate and District Community Action E Bulletin 2021 ISSUE 35 on the 15 September

Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2021 ISSUE 35 – 15 September    

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An opportunity to join our HADCA charity team

Service Support Worker (administrator / scheduler) (part time) 

Do you know someone who would like the chance to use their organisational skills to make a real difference to local people?

We’re looking for someone to join our HELP team in Ripon who can use their excellent interpersonal and  IT skills to arrange help for people with shopping, errands & journeys to appointments. Find out more  


1. Happy Birthday to THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District! 

Saturday (11 September), marked the third anniversary of the first THE LOCAL LOTTO draw, which to date has raised more than £160,000 for local good causes.

More than 1,000 players are supporting 108 good causes and have won collectively £41,475.

Sign up your local good cause and start fundraising.
Buy tickets to support your favourite good cause – and you could be a winner too!

You can choose to support THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District which provides vital support to a wide range of local organisations and community initiatives which have a beneficial impact on our local community.

2. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust – Roger Stott Community Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for local organisations, with an income of under £30k per year, in the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale to make a real difference to their communities. The grants will help build community resilience and allow Dales communities to survive and thrive.

There is no application deadline. Applications will be assessed on a rolling process with trustees reviewing applications quarterly.

3.   The William Sutton Prize

The William Sutton Prize champions Innovation for the good of society, looking for  ground breaking new ideas which make a positive impact on a community. No idea is too big, or too small. You can enter as an individual with a fresh concept, or as an established organisation with a new business plan.

A prize of £20,000 is available to the winner of both categories. Every submission should include a short description of how the £20,000 could be used to further develop or enhance your concept. Entries are judged on the quality and potential of the idea, not a detailed business plan.

The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation.

The William Sutton Prize for Sustainability and Placemaking.

All entries will need to be completed by no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

4.  Which? Fund

Funding for research projects to improve understanding of the consumer harms experienced by diverse and disadvantaged communities (e.g. low-income households, women, people living with disabilities, diverse ethnic communities etc) in the UK and to develop evidence-based solutions.

Four areas covered include: money, consumer rights and protections, digital life and scams. A total of £75,000 is available, with no set grant amount.
The deadline for stage one applications is 23:59 on 29 September 2021.

5. Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Fund

The funders are committed to building a diverse community of filmmakers and working with creatives from underserved backgrounds including BAME, Disabled, LGBTQ+, Working class and non-filmmaking talent. They would like to hear from new storytellers from around the country and all communities and are especially keen to increase the number of projects originating outside London.

Grants up to £15,000 to fund short films. Deadline: 12 noon Thursday 30 September 2021.

6.  UK Community Tree Planting – International Tree Foundation

Funding for community groups and voluntary organisations to protect and plant trees in their local communities whist encouraging community cohesion.

Support for conservation, restoration and protection of the UK’s indigenous trees, woodlands, and forests, whilst promoting grassroots community engagement with tree planting and raising communal awareness of the importance of trees and forests to both the environment and human well-being.

Help with costs related to tree planting projects on land that is publicly accessible, such as parks, schools, rights of way or land managed by community groups.

Projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:

·        engage children and young adults in tree planting;

·        engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands;

·        conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting;

·        create biodiversity habitat, conserve soil and water, demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry;

·        support rewilding and natural regeneration;

·        support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change.

Grants up to £1,000 for projects of up to one year and up to £6,000 for large scale projects planting between 1,000 and 5,000 trees – this would be most suitable for community woodland or hedging projects.

Deadline: 16 December 2021.

7.  Leathersellers Charity Small Grants

Grants of up to £3,000 for registered charities supporting vulnerable people; working in areas of high deprivation with annual income under £200,000.

Rounds of applications to be submitted until May 2022, with a decision returned within a month. For each round only a certain number of applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

8. RHS Bursaries

Projects with a very clear relevance to horticulture are eligible for funding, including: Study tours, voluntary work placements in leading botanic and historic gardens and conference attendance and participation.

9.  NatureSave Trust Grants

Each year the Trust donates 10% of their income generated from Naturesave Insurance and uses these funds to support environmental projects across the UK. The Trust will provide grants of between £500 to £2,500 to charities and voluntary and grassroots organisations for projects focused on nature conservation and biodiversity improvements.
Closing date: 31 December.


10.   How to Fund Your Community Building Project
3 November, 10am – 12.30pm

Are you seeking funding for a major capital building project for your village hall or community building? This may be a refurbishment project or a new build.

This Community First Yorkshire session will guide you through the different stages of your project including developing a comprehensive funding strategy, helping you avoid the pot holes and reach your goal.

11. Small Grant Funding
24 November, 10am – 12pm

If you are looking for funding opportunities below £10,000 then this Community First Yorkshire workshop is for you.

Find out how to identify the right source of funding for your group and how to increase your chances of making a successful application. This workshop aims to improve your knowledge of a wide range of small grant funding pots.

12. North Yorkshire Funding Summit 2021 – Funding the Future
30 September

A reminder of this event for any community group or voluntary sector organisation in North Yorkshire who wants to really get to grips with finding and securing the right funding.

An inspirational overview of long-term funding sustainability followed by practical seminars from funders you want to hear from, plus a chance to have your questions answered.


13.  Report: the structure, dynamics and impact of the VCSE in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

New research conducted by Durham University into the economic and social value of the sector and its contribution to population health and well-being. The report aids understanding of the investment and support required by the VCSE to strengthen its ability to respond as part of the system.

The research highlights the contributions made to the economy and the health and well-being of people who live in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, which are bigger and more varied than might have been imagined.

Key findings:

  • The VCSE sector in West Yorkshire and Harrogate includes around 14,900 registered and unregistered groups
  • VCSE sector organisations make up about 3.4% of all businesses.
  • The biggest VCSE organisations (with income over £1m) absorb about two thirds of sector income while micro VCSE organisations (with income below £10,000) receive less than 1 per cent. Sector income is about £1.46 billion while expenditure is at a similar level of £1.44bn
  • The sector employs around 43,100 full time equivalent posts, which makes up approximately 3.7% of employment across the area.
  • There are an estimated 147,000 regular volunteers in the VCSE giving their time and energy to helping people to live their best life possible, around the clock, 365 days per year.
  • The sector is larger than the finance and insurance industries, and larger than the arts, entertainment and recreation sector.
  • The size and structure of the sector has remained similar, and the proportion of people who regularly volunteer has remained about the same for at least the last two decades demonstrating its ability to adapt and remain relevant and be resilient over time.

You can also read Tony Chapman’s blog:  The difference the third sector makes.  You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone: how to make judgements about the value of the third sector to economy and society.


14. Vision for Volunteering 

Vision for Volunteering is a collaboration across the voluntary and community sector, led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters and the Association of Volunteer Managers.

The purpose is to bring together people and organisations across England, collaborating and creating a long-term vision and shorter-term objectives, to change our communities for good. Partners will work together to set out the ambition for volunteering over the next decade, with a clear and optimistic plan for the future. Sign up here to receive updates.

15.  Charities urge Government to #KeepTheLifeline

Joseph Rowntree Foundation and 100 other charities have signed a joint open letter urging the Government not to cut Universal Credit and to #KeepTheLifeline

16. COVID-19: vaccine information for people without an NHS number

A letter from the Medical Director of Primary Care has been produced to reassure people without an NHS number, including migrants, about their entitlement to the COVID-19 vaccine and if they wish to, how register at a GP practice. It has now been translated into 23 languages and explains that COVID-19 vaccines are available to every adult living in the UK, free of charge without any immigration checks.

You can access the letter and the translations online here.
Translations are available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese Brazillian, Punjabi, Romiani, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu.

17. COVID-19 vaccinations required for people volunteering in care homes

From 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt.

Click here to learn more about requirements and exceptions and here for easy read format.

18.  New Compass mental health services in North Yorkshire

Compass Phoenix is a free, confidential health and wellbeing service for children and young people. The new service amalgamates the work of Compass BUZZ and Compass REACH services:

  • One-to-one and group work support and interventions for children and young people aged 9-19, with mild to moderate mental health issues.
  • Support to schools to develop a whole school approach towards emotional and mental well-being through the delivery of training.
  • Professional Consultation to school and college staff, providing advice and guidance on emotional wellbeing and mental health to help make sure that children and young people get the right support at the right time in the right place.
  • BUZZ US confidential text messaging service to young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Council’s website lists other support for young people’s mental health 

19. Staying hopeful during a difficult time

Friday (10 September) was World Suicide Prevention Day
The Samaritans shared ideas from others about staying hopeful during a difficult time

Hope can mean something different to everyone. Feeling hopeful can be anything from lifting your mood, to giving you something to focus on, or something to look forward to in the future. It doesn’t have to mean that you feel like everything is going to be amazing right away, but it’s about building belief in yourself that things can get better.



20.  Did you receive free PPE from the Department of Health and Social Care in partnership with NAVCA?

We recently circulated the offer from NAVCA working with the Department for Health and Social Care to provide free PPE to local charities.

They would like examples of how charities have used this free PPE to help local communities and would be grateful if you could please complete this survey.


21. Free awareness session: Help others to be safe, warm and well this winter

Do you a) have links into your local community, b) support vulnerable households, c) regularly speak to a lot of people, or d) all 3? If so, Yorkshire Energy Doctor need your help!

It is going to be a tough winter this year, the cheapest energy prices are 40% higher than they were this time last year and the planned axing of the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift will undoubtedly cause significant difficulties for countless households. Yorkshire Energy Doctor want to spread the word on schemes to help people to stay warm and well this winter and need trusted intermediaries in local communities.

Free one hour sessions on Zoom during Warm Homes Week 2021 will tell you about:

  • The £140 Warm Home Discount grant – who is eligible, how it works and how to apply
  • The Priority Services Register – what it is, who is it for and how to apply
  • Energy prices – information on recent and ongoing price rises, current choices around energy suppliers and who can help with worries around energy bills
  • Carbon monoxide – raising awareness of the risks, symptoms and how to stay safe

You will then be provided with flyers and/or information for social media pages or newsletters which can be shared with your clients, within local communities or to your friends, family or neighbours.

The free session will run twice on:

  • Mon 27 Sept, 1.30 – 2.30pm
  • Wed 29 Sept, 9.30 – 10.30am

Book a place here
For more information contact Kate: or call 01757 249100 / 07738 818391

22.  Everyday Premises Management in a Covid World
Thursday 7 October, 2021 – 11:00 to 12:00

Leading UK property advice charity, the Ethical Property Foundation is offering this FREE property webinar for voluntary organisations in partnership with Voscur.

This informative, accessible webinar run by EPF’s experienced surveyors and property advisers covers the basics of premises management and you will receive an information pack with the opportunity to obtain free follow-up expert advice.

23. HPH Autumn Charity Seminar – Charities don’t pay tax, do they?
Thursday 23 September, 9-10am

Free, interactive, online seminar on why you need recognition from HMRC, gift aid maximisation and other tax matters.

Please email at HPH, Chartered Accountants
to reserve your place and receive joining instructions.

24. Gift Aid
4 October, 10-11am

This Community Matters Yorkshire session run by the Community Accountants at HSl Accountancy will look at what is Gift Aid and what you can claim for. It will also look at the mechanics of making claims.

25. MAWFA: Talking to children and young people impacted by domestic abuse
16 September 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This IDAS workshop will cover how to talk to a young person who has lived with domestic abuse, looking at trauma bonds, fear responses and staying safe. The session is suitable for front line workers and volunteers.

26. Working together to improve the lives of children, young people and families
Friday 24 September, 12pm to 2pm

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s (WYH HCP) Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) Programme would like to invite VCSE partners from across the region to learn more about their work and joint working to improve the lives of children, young people and families now and for future generations.


27. Chance to shape a greener future at the first Harrogate District Climate Action Festival (CAFé)  1 – 23  October

Free launch event What Does The Future Look Like?
Saturday 2 October 2021, 10am to 4pm at Harrogate College
There’s no need to book and everyone is welcome!
There will be opportunities to meet like-minded people and get involved in fun activities, take part in important discussions and demonstrations about climate change, and how we can all play our part in making the world a better place. Food and drink will be prepared and served by students of Harrogate College in the Bistro.
Charities, community groups and businesses are invited to attend the event-  either to exhibit or simply explore what the future looks like. To find out more email

The festival will also include a business conference, entitled Towards Net Zero Business at Harrogate Convention Centre on 15 October.
A variety of fringe events, including a Sustainability Conference for Children, will also be held by businesses and community groups across the event’s three weeks. Find out more


28.  Resurrected Bites Pay as you feel Cafes have re-opened
Every Tuesday & Friday: 10am-2pm, Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough, HG5 8AN
Every Wednesday: 10am-2pm, West Park United Reform Church, Harrogate, HG1 1EQ

Working in partnership with shops, cafés, supermarkets and Fareshare (, the team use good quality ingredients to create delicious menus at the cafés. From hearty breakfasts to lovely lunches and desserts, all are served in a welcoming environment (including disabled access at both venues). When it comes to the bill, you’re invited to ‘pay as you feel’ (PAYF)  – there are no fixed prices.

There are also food and flower stalls with items on a PAYF basis that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Any profit supports the running of community groceries, providing affordable fresh food to people on a low income.

29.  Local ‘walk-in’ COVID vaccination clinics

Latest dates in North Yorkshire are posted on the CCG site here and include more dates at Knaresborough, Homecare Pharmacy vaccination centre, York Road (former Lidl site).

30.  ‘Try something different’ activity fair at Harrogate library
Drop into the library between 10.30am and 2pm on Thursday, 23 September to see a range of activities you can join in the Harrogate area.

Members of numerous groups will showcase many activities, involving music, crafts, photography, games and much more.

31. North Yorkshire libraries extend free computer access

Computers can now be used for up to an hour a day, and anyone who needs additional time can pay a small fee or choose from a range of subscriptions to have a longer session. There are over 300 computers available in North Yorkshire libraries, all with webcams, touchscreens, printing capabilities and a wide range of software.

Anyone filling in complex forms, such as job applications, will still be able to request additional time free of charge. Some libraries are now re-introducing computer support sessions; please ask at your local library for more details.
Please see the library opening days and times.

32.  Volunteering Opportunity of the week with Dementia Forward 

Young Onset Group Support Volunteers will join the young onset group and two members of staff to go for a day out in the local area. The group do a variety of activities such as walking, visiting museums, playing croquet and table tennis and lots more. Volunteers travel in the minibus with the group so that everyone can have fun in a friendly supportive environment.

33.  Updates on the Bilsdale Transmitter

The latest news and ways to keep up to date are listed at
For people who do not have access to the internet, there is a Bilsdale Freephone number on 0800 121 4828.
This line is open from 08:00 till 20:00 for viewers wishing to speak with an adviser and will play an automated message of the latest updates at all other times.

34.  Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity Outdoor Pop up Christmas Market
28 November 2021 11:00am to 7:00pm
Harrogate Railway Athletic F.C., Station View, Harrogate, HG2 7JA

Soak up the festive atmosphere as you browse the stalls, take a trip to see Father Christmas, visit the licensed bar & meet the donkeys whilst listening to live music!

Tickets are now available for a donation of: £5 per adult (aged 14 and over), £2 for children over the age of 3. Under 3s are free. Tickets include: Drink on arrival, Mince Pie and a visit with Father Christmas.
Proceeds will go towards making life changing differences in our Hospitals and wider Community.

There is a limited number of stall spaces available, if you would like apply to have a stall please email

Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities

Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website

Saint Michael’s Hospice – Healthcare Assistant  (closing date 17 September ) 

Better Leeds Communities – Project Worker – 1 Burley: 170 Voices (closing date 20 September ) 

Harrogate Homeless Project – Hostel Worker  (closing date 20 September )

North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Marketing & Communications Officer (closing date 21 September ) 

Harrogate Fair Trade Shop – Online Assistant and Christmas Support (closing date 22 September )

Ripon Museum Trust – External Hire Caretaker (closing date 30 September )

The Avalon Group – Support Worker (Service Specific) (closing date 30 September ) 

Mind in Harrogate District –  Community Development Worker (closing date 1 October ) 

HADCA – Service Support Worker (administrator / scheduler) (closing date 11 October ) 

Just ‘B’ – Counsellor (Domestic Abuse/Sexual Violence) Part Time (closing date 11 October ) 

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

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