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Voluntary car driving service clocks up the miles

HELP's voluntary car driving services in Ripon and Harrogate have clocked up a new record: Jointly their drivers took passengers on 6,700 trips over the 12 months until end March 2017. The drivers offer their time to help local people, who may otherwise struggle to get out and about. Just some of the journeys include [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:02:14+00:00 May 4th, 2017|charity, Driving Force, Harrogate, Ripon, Ripon & Rural Voluntary Car Driving Service, Volunteers|Comments Off on Voluntary car driving service clocks up the miles

‘Oaticulture’ plant and seed swap event nurtures community spirit

A seed and plant swap event organised by Oatlands Community Group has raised £154.66 for HELP. The ‘Oaticulture’ event was held at St Mark’s Church, Harrogate on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April alongside the group's regular TUKI monthly fundraising café and knitting group. These events are initiatives of Oatlands Community Group, which was set [...]

By | 2017-04-05T11:02:45+00:00 April 5th, 2017|charity, Fundraising, Harrogate, HELP|Comments Off on ‘Oaticulture’ plant and seed swap event nurtures community spirit

The Spring version of our ‘Relay’ newsletter is out now

Read all about what we've been up to and what we've got planned for the coming months here HELP Spring 17 Newsletter  

By | 2017-03-30T12:59:12+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Fundraising, HELP, Volunteers|Comments Off on The Spring version of our ‘Relay’ newsletter is out now

HELP appeals for volunteer drivers to help keep Knaresborough residents moving this winter

The long winter nights and cold weather can make it difficult for even the most able bodied among us to get out and about. For some people, the arrival of winter can be particularly isolating. The Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) is a local charity helping to keep older people, those living with long term [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:02:14+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Driving Force, HELP, Knaresborough|Comments Off on HELP appeals for volunteer drivers to help keep Knaresborough residents moving this winter

Wolseley UK taps into employees’ generosity to make donation to HELP

Staff from Wolseley UK have been holding a series of dress down days to raise much-needed funds for HELP's Ripon and Rural Wellbeing Service. Held over  the past year, staff jointly raised £1,150 for the Wellbeing Service. The donation will be used to support the service's work providing home visits and lunch clubs for over [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:02:14+00:00 March 1st, 2017|charity, HELP, Ripon, Ripon & Rural Wellbeing Service|Comments Off on Wolseley UK taps into employees’ generosity to make donation to HELP

Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes boost HELP funds

The Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes recently made a donation of £1,690 to HELP to support its work assisting older and vulnerable people to live independently within the Harrogate District. Howard Rayner from the Brigantes presented Frances Elliot from HELP with the funds, which were a proportion of proceeds from their Christmas grotto in Asda [...]

By | 2017-02-10T11:11:21+00:00 February 10th, 2017|charity, Fundraising, Harrogate, HELP|Comments Off on Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes boost HELP funds

Ashville College hosts afternoon tea for Opening Doors clients

Students and staff from Ashville College, Harrogate recently welcomed clients and volunteers from HELP's Opening Doors service to the College. Guests were invited to afternoon tea, where they enjoyed music and dance recitals from the school's students. The guests, who are all either older or living with disability, enjoyed the opportunity to chat with the [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:02:14+00:00 February 9th, 2017|charity, Fundraising, HELP, Help at Home, Opening Doors|Comments Off on Ashville College hosts afternoon tea for Opening Doors clients

Change of provider for support for charities and volunteers in Harrogate District

On 31.1.17 it was announced that Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services (HARCVS), of which the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) is part, will no longer receive funding from NYCC and the NHS to provide support for charities and volunteers, from 1st April 2017.  This will not have a direct impact on the services [...]

By | 2017-02-03T12:15:22+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|charity, HELP|Comments Off on Change of provider for support for charities and volunteers in Harrogate District

Belzona volunteering boost for Help at Home service

Staff from Harrogate based company, Belzona Polymerics, have recently lent a helping hand volunteering with the Help at Home service. Employees Marina Silvi and Tom Belli both volunteered their time to assist with practical jobs for the charity's older and vulnerable clients around the Harrogate District. Tom  has helped out with both gardening and decorating. [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:02:14+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Help at Home, Volunteering, Volunteers|Comments Off on Belzona volunteering boost for Help at Home service

It Only Takes A Minute… Make a difference to someone lonely in your neighbourhood

It only takes a minute according to Take That. It depends what you’re doing of course, but it is definitely true in the case of making someone’s day. It might be smiling at a stranger in the street, picking up a child’s toy for them or giving up your seat on the bus to an [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:02:14+00:00 January 17th, 2017|HELP|Comments Off on It Only Takes A Minute… Make a difference to someone lonely in your neighbourhood