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Harrogate and District Community Action

Harrogate and District Community Action.

Location: Harrogate Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5RR – Ripon Community House, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE – Phone: 01423 504074

Supporting Communities, Charities, and Volunteers to make the Harrogate district a great place to live and work. Harrogate & District Community Action (HADCA) is a local charity that supports our communities, charities, and volunteers to make the Harrogate District a great place to live and work.

We provide specialist information and resources to support local charitable groups, promote community action, and campaign through local partnerships to make a positive difference Our Where To Turn Directory makes it easy to access information about hundreds of local community activities and charity services.
Our Volunteering Directory offers hundreds of opportunities to apply to volunteer in the local area. Our HELP services support older or vulnerable people to live independently across the Harrogate District.

If you have any queries please email 

Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2023 ISSUE 44 – 21 December
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• Add an event
• Add a charity job
• Add and update your services and activities in our Where To Turn Community Information Directory
• Add your volunteering opportunities to HADCA’s Volunteering Directory
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Christmas Holidays
Our HADCA offices are now closed from 4.30pm on Thursday 21 December until we open at 9am on Tuesday 2 January.
A Happy and Peaceful Christmas from the trustees, staff and volunteers at HADCA and very best wishes to you and your organisations for 2024.
Thank you for all you and your volunteer teams have done during another challenging year to keep people in our Harrogate District fed, supported, cared for, connected, safe and well.
Our next bulletin will be on 4 January 2024.
1. Leeds Building Society Large Grants
Applicants for large grants from UK registered charities (with a turnover of £5 million or less) based in Yorkshire and/or the North East of England can apply for between £25,000 and £100,000. This can be a one year grant, or split across two or three years for core, project and/or capital costs.
You can apply for new work or existing work, as long as you’re not requesting retrospective funding. You are advised to apply for what you need the most, in order to support those in need of a safe and secure home.
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2. Two Ridings Community Foundation Cost of Living Crisis Fund
The Fund will be reopening in the New Year. Look out for updates in our next bulletins.
3. Utilita Giving – Grants for organisations and charities
Grants to support people in fuel and food poverty in England, Scotland or Wales.
Examples of what grants could be used for:
• A new van or transport for foodbank charities to collect and redistribute food.
• Funding for additional paid staff to support a fuel poverty advice phoneline.
• Additional money to feed disadvantaged families in a warm and welcome space.
4. Young Athlete Grant Scheme
This AAA fund supports English athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics.
Registered charity Athletics for the Young are particularly interested in helping genuine hardship cases for promising young athletes. Over recent years, it has been the policy of the charity to award small grants of £50 to £200. It is possible to apply for funds for costs including equipment and travel.
Deadline 12 February.
5. Army Benevolent Fund – Grants to organisations
All registered charities and other organisations which support the Army community, which includes veterans, serving soldiers, their families and immediate dependants, may apply.
Next deadline 11 January 2024.
6. The Swire Charitable Trust
Grants are available for registered charities aiming to deliver positive and lasting change to society under three categories: environment, opportunity and heritage. The total amount requested should not be more than 10% of the charity’s last reported income.
7. Haywra Crescent Educational Trust
Grants for students living in the Harrogate area who are taking post-16 education courses at schools, colleges and universities outside of Harrogate.
Grants can be used to buy books and equipment or to fund travel that relates to study.
Further information and application forms are available by emailing
8. Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) – phase 2
A grant to help those homes not on mains gas become more energy efficient.
HUG2 is open to help homes that are not on the mains gas network become energy efficient and warm, with improvements that could include high-quality insulation, solar panels, heat pumps and smart heating controls.
The Government-funded scheme is available for homes without mains gas central heating and for those living in priority neighbourhood postcodes, as well as homes where the annual household income is below £31,000, or where a member of the household receives means tested benefits.
9. The Amazon Literary Partnership (ALP) Grants
Grants to UK registered non-profit literary organisations that support and champion writers of all ages and at all stages on their creative journey.
Beneficiaries include organisations dedicated to helping children and young adults develop their writing skills, and community groups engaging children with the world of words.
Deadline 31 January.
10. The Britford Bridge Trust
The primary charitable purposes of the Trust are the prevention or relief of poverty; the advancement of education; the advancement of health or the saving of lives; and the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage, or science however any applicant must have national relevance.
The average donation has been £25,000 and generally applications of up to £30,000 are encouraged but larger gifts can be made where warranted.
Next deadline 31 December.
11. Two Ridings Monthly Learn & Share Drop-In – Forecasting your year
16 January, 10-11am
This month’s free online Drop-In will cover forecasting your year. There will also be an update on what funding is currently available and an opportunity to ask any questions.
12. Get Grants FREE Virtual Meet the Expert Event: easyfundraising
Tuesday 16 January 2024, 2pm – 3pm
Becky Coleman, Partnerships Manager for easyfundraising, will explain how changing your organisations and networks online shopping habits can support your fundraising goals.
Through attending you will have the opportunity to take part in a session discussing easyfundraising, which is free for any not-for-profit organisation to use.
13. Tips from MIND on how to cope at Christmas and ways to support someone else.
14. Tips on spending the festive season alone
The cold and dark winter months can be a difficult time for many of us. Shorter days, the pressure to join in festivities and financial worries can add extra pressure.
15. Top tips for looking after your mental health at Christmas
The festive season can be a time of joy and spending time with loved ones but it can also be a stressful and lonely period.
During this time it is important to try to remember to look after your mental health and well-being.
16. Dreaming of a Green Christmas
North Yorkshire Council’s top five recommendations for reducing Christmas waste.
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17. Northern Power Grid Information and Advice
• If customers have been impacted by a power cut and have online access – report power cuts online and stay online to get updates:
• If you don’t have online access, please call Northern Powergrid on free-phone 105.
• Customers can also report a power cut via WhatsApp on 0191 687 22 54 – available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
• If anyone spots any fallen trees on power lines/poles or damaged cables due to the strong winds, stay well clear and call 105 immediately.
18. NHS healthcare options over Christmas and New Year
Ahead of public holidays for Christmas and New Year, people in the North East and Yorkshire are reminded to plan ahead for their healthcare needs.
19. The Intersectional Storyteller’s Toolkit
Your stories have the power to change hearts, inspire minds, and create meaningful change. In today’s world, it’s crucial that our stories connect with a wide audience, appreciate unique perspectives, and maintain inclusivity.
Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your storytelling? Join Media Trust on this virtual learning series on the power of intersectional storytelling, one email at a time.
20. Our Future Health research programme in North Yorkshire
Our Future Health aims to transform the prevention, detection and treatment of conditions such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. With up to five million volunteers across the UK, the goal is to create one of the most detailed pictures ever of people’s health. Anyone over the age of 18 can join by signing up online at
There has been a mobile clinic in Ripon and also a clinic at the Boots store in Knaresborough which is currently open to volunteers.
The programme’s engagement team is looking to connect with local VCSE groups to talk about how the programme can help meet their communities’ needs, and work together to make sure that it truly represents the health of all people in North Yorkshire. To connect with them please email
21. North Yorkshire Reuse Network
30 January, 2.30 – 4pm online
With many people wishing to live a more sustainable life, there’s been a growth in voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working to waste less and reuse, repair and recycle more.
This friendly network of community organisations shares this passion in their work and their ethos. You are welcome to join the group to share your experiences, learn from others and make positive steps towards more reuse.
The January session will focus on recycling IT equipment and the pros and cons of running Repair Cafes.
22. Stronger Voices: Websites on a Shoestring
Wednesday 31 Jan 2024, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Free online Media Trust masterclass with creative agency This Place.
Learn essential tips to make impactful websites, covering user-friendly design, and choosing the right platform and digital channels. Perfect for beginners to intermediate level.
23. Free Online Marketing Strategy Workshops
Do you want the opportunity to build your marketing knowledge and learn from an industry-leading expert?
Register to improve your marketing skills, for free, with Media Trust’s Digital Marketing Training Workshops and Marketing Essentials Workshops held online through February and March.
24. DBS Checks & Eligibility
21 February 10am – 12pm, online
Increase your understanding of the DBS eligibility criteria and different levels of checks with this interactive workshop.
The training will cover questions such as ‘When is an employee eligible for a check?’ and ‘What is regulated activity?’
25. DBS Barring Functions & when the Legal Duty to Refer applies
27 February 10.30am – 12.30pm
Do you deal with safeguarding, welfare and disciplinary issues? Are you confident that you have the right knowledge at your fingertips?
This training session will cover understanding when a DBS Barring referral should be made, including when the legal duty is met and how to make a good quality referral.
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26. WEA courses coming up in 2024
Mindfulness and Meditation starting 9 January
Relaxation Techniques online starting 12 January
Functional Skills: English online starting 11 January
Regaining Confidence and Self-esteem online 14 February
27. Will you need extra pairs of hands in 2024?
HADCA currently has two groups of willing and enthusiastic local people ready to help you out! If you would like more information about how these volunteers can help you please email Anna Glazier at HADCA at
Help Out Harrogate members fit ad hoc volunteering into their otherwise busy lifestyles and can assist if you need help at your events or one off projects. They would love to help at sporting events, supermarket bag packing, festivals, bucket collections, summer fayres, environmental projects and any other community events!
Community Fit is a team of volunteers who offer an hour’s help every Wednesday evening to schools, charities, churches, environmental projects, sports clubs and other community groups. They are willing to tackle any reasonable unskilled job but cannot use power tools or climb ladders above head height. They are happy to work outside (depending on the weather of course).
28. Where To Turn over the holiday period
Many local charities and volunteer led groups are taking a well-earned break over the holiday period but there is support and someone who will listen over the holidays for anyone who finds themselves in need.
Thank you to everyone giving the gift of time over this period.
Here is our round up of some places you can turn to
29. Community food providers – holiday opening times
Check opening times here.
St Peters Church Christmas Day lunch available 1 – 1.30pm, eat in only, no booking required. (no breakfast that day)
All other days at St Peters, Harrogate:
Hot breakfast 8.20 – 8.45am Monday to Saturday (eat in)
Hot meal 4.30 – 4.50pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (eat in or take away)
Mini Supermarket every Thursday 4.30 – 4.50pm.
Sunday Lunch 1 – 1.30pm every Sunday (eat in or take away) including Christmas Eve.
Tel: 07503 186455 (no deliveries).
30. HADCA’s Ripon services from January 2024
There is new contact information if you need to get in touch about our HELP Ripon & Rural services from the New Year: 01423 813096.
The Connecting Ripon Network, supported by Ripon City Council, will continue to share information, promote new projects and explore ways to support one another. We are also delighted that we have secured funding to develop our Power of 10 volunteering scheme to support and engage young people with new opportunities.
Read more here
31. Harrogate Wellbeing Choir
Restarting Wednesday 3 January
Wednesdays in term time, 1.30-3.00pm
St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Road, Harrogate, HG1 1PB.
FREE community group, open to adults with lived experience of mental-ill-health in the Harrogate area. Rehearsals are supportive and friendly in a relaxed environment, with tea and coffee provided. All songs are learnt by ear, covering a range of genres with techniques in how to improve your singing voice, all led by conductor Lucy Coleman. No previous experience is necessary!
If you are interested in joining the choir, email or phone 07984 535629
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32. Adult Learning North Yorkshire Open Event
4 January 2024, 9:30am – 1:30pm
1st floor, Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate
The start of a new year brings so many new opportunities! Whether you’re stuck in a rut with work, want to take steps back into employment, learn a new skill or undertake a new hobby, there’s never been a better time to study.
• Explore upcoming courses
• Receive advice and guidance from the highly skilled team
• Once you’ve found the right courses for you, you’ll be able to get help to enrol on the day
• Demonstrations and fun activities for you and your children
• FREE breakfast for everyone who attends.
HADCA will also be attending with information about volunteering, including joining our Help Out Harrogate and Community Fit crews.
33. Volunteering opportunity of the week with Community Transport Knaresborough
Do you have any spare time in the week and want to give back to the Knaresborough Community? Would you like to connect with people while helping them? Do you have access to your own Vehicle?
Community Transport Knaresborough at Chain Lane are looking for volunteer drivers who enjoy spending time with people and socialising and who are enthusiastic about the community they live in. You’ll be helping people access essential services and appointments. Contact to find out more or you can sign up here
34. Bilton Conservation Group
Catch up with the group’s latest newsletter summing up their conservation efforts throughout 2023 – from bird boxing to footpath work, memorial benches to planting crocuses on The Stray and testing local watercourses for EColi…it’s been a hectic year!
Please email if you would like further information or would like to get involved.
35. Ukraine Development Trust
Matthew Parish from Harrogate has asked us to share this kraine Development Trust leaflet. There are opportunities to donate and to volunteer in Lviv, across Ukraine and by remote working. Matthew will be in the Harrogate district between Christmas and New Year raising awareness and fundraising.
36. New Year’s Day Duck Race
Knaresborough Cricket Club launch a plethora of numbered rubber ducks from High Bridge in Knaresborough from 1.30pm and watch them make their way to the finish line!
Tickets can be bought in advance by emailing and will be available on the day.
Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities
Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website
North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Assistant Shop Manager – Knaresborough (Closing date 1 January)
Ohana – Project Coordinator (Closing date 5 January)
North Yorkshire Citizens Advice and Law Centre – Senior Housing Solicitor/ Supervising Caseworker (Closing date 9 January)
North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Chef de Partie (Closing date 14 January)
North Yorkshire Hospice Care – Community Services Assistant Manager (Closing date 14 January)
Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) – Marketing and Communications Officer (Closing date 15 January)
Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) – Digital Marketing Lead (Closing date 15 January)
Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) – Trust Fundraiser (Closing date 15 January)
Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) – Relationships Coordinator (Closing date 15 January)
British Thyroid Foundation – Senior Administrator (Closing date 5 February)
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.
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.
Our mailing address is:
Harrogate & District Community Action (HADCA)
Harrogate Community House
46 – 50 East Parade
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 5RR
United Kingdom
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