Singing along with programmeThe Harrogate Easier Living Project works across the Harrogate District to support older and vulnerable people to live independently. We currently deliver our services to 374 clients with the support of a team of 91 volunteers.

We support anyone with conditions related to health or old age which prevents them from doing things they want/need to. It is particularly important to us to be able to help people living without a network of family and friends, or with full-time caring responsibilities, or those who cannot afford to pay for such services.

“The relief at seeing my garden transformed rather took me by surprise and has restored my faith and boosted my confidence.”

Something as simple as enabling someone to access a day centre, helping with the gardening or popping in for a friendly chat can have a significant impact on our clients’ health and well-being, often enabling them to continue living independently within their own homes for longer.

In 2015 survey of our Ripon & Rural Wellbeing service, 94% of clients said it has been of help and gives them time to talk about their concerns in confidence. 95% of survey respondents also told us our service is either ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’ A survey of our Harrogate based services in 2016 showed that 100% of clients were either very or quite satisfied with the support they receive.

My voluntary befriender and I are now good friends and go out to lunch once a week.
Loneliness is my biggest problem as it is with most widows and elderly people.”

Our volunteers give around 139 hours every week and in the last 12 months we have:

  • organised over 430 outings for socially isolated people
  • completed 250 gardening, decorating and DIY jobs for people who cannot manage the tasks themselves
  • supported 229 rurally isolated older people
  • scheduled 2,200 car journeys for people in Ripon and the surrounding rural area.

“When I first had to retire because of illness, I thought my world had become smaller.
You literally ‘open a door’ for me.”