Last Updated on 12th February 2021 by Ian

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1.  National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Applications are now open for grants from £3,000 to £5million. This marks a return to core business, but it is not a return to ‘business as usual’.

Priority will be given to heritage projects that will:

  • boost the local economy
  • encourage skills development and job creation
  • support wellbeing
  • create better places to live, work and visit
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

Every project will need to achieve the inclusion outcome, ‘a wider range of people will be involved in heritage’ and will also be expected to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability into their plans, as appropriate.

2.   Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust grants

The trust is providing grants of up £1,000 to registered UK charities working in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. The current grant round is focused on combatting homelessness. Priority will be given to projects supporting BAME communities.

All applicants must have a minimum operating income and operating expenditure of £100,000 to be eligible. The application deadline is Sunday 28 February

3. Support Adoption for Pets’ Emergency Grants Programme

The programme supports charities and not-for-profit organisations whose main activity is either the rescue and rehoming of UK pets or the provision of temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to funds projects that have a direct impact on animal welfare.

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, funding is currently only available for vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of (non-furloughed) animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

4.  Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme

The scheme is designed to support smaller UK charities, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Currently, the scheme is focused on the following:

  • Providing one-year grants to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, working from home, or delivery of online digital services
  • Supporting local charities that are delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support

Charities can apply for grants of £1,000 to £10,000. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

5.  Tockwith Festivals Grants and Awards

Tockwith Festivals Ltd is a registered charity which from time to time may offer grant funding or donations for specific projects, according to its objectives, to community organisations in its vicinity.

6.  Bursaries and grants available for horticultural projects

A useful list on the Chartered Institute of Horticulture website.

7.  The Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Funding for charities whose activities involve the whole family in initiatives that seek to tackle problems that face one or more of its members, and whose aims include the strengthening of family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other.
Deadline: 01/03/2021

8. Burg-Wächter Secure Communities Scheme

The scheme offers security products to community projects and provides successful applicants with the option of choosing one of five standard security kits worth an average of £150 each.

There are kits for Premises; Perimeters; Outhouses; Cash handling; Community access; Specialist Security kits (relating to vulnerable individuals or specific security needs of specific communities such as shelters, hospices, food banks or for projects such as knife amnesties etc); CCTV (CCTV products offered at a community discount.)

9.  Giving World  – Free supplies for your charity and beneficiaries

Giving World redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock and have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing for adults and children, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

You can view available products on the website and register to request items and receive stock updates. There is no charge to register and goods can be accessed as and when you need them, with delivery arranged at cost if you can’t collect.

If you would like more information please call 0116 251 6205 (dedicated support line open 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday) or email any queries to


10.   Media Trust Headlining Mental Health 

Media Trust is launching a new programme for small mental health charities. This seven-month programme, funded by Gamesys Foundation, is designed to help mental health charities extend the power and reach of their communications and support them in their mission – whether that’s to reach people who need to access support, to normalise conversations around mental health, or to make sure the voices of people living with mental health issues are heard.
Applications are now open and will close on 22 February at 9.00am.  

11. Winning the Lottery – Reaching Communities Funding Masterclass
4 March 2021

How do you submit an eye-catching, outstanding application and stand out from the crowd to secure that grant?

Join Community First Yorkshire as they talk you through the criteria for the new Reaching Communities funding programme and the application process.

12. Children in Need Funding Masterclass
9 March 2021

Interested in submitting an outstanding application for the Children In Need grants programmes? Join Community First Yorkshire to improve your understanding of these programmes.


13. Coronavirus vaccination 

This national NHS web page provides the latest information and is being regularly reviewed. (reviewed 8/2/2021)

MENCAP’s EasyRead guide to the COVID-19 vaccine

Local updates

Over 70s are asked to contact the NHS to have their COVID-19 vaccine
The NHS in North Yorkshire is asking people aged 70 and over who haven’t been invited to have their COVID-19 vaccination yet to come forward and arrange a jab. Appointments can now be booked online here
Those who cannot book online can call a free 119 telephone number, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national system allows patients to pick a convenient location and time.
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.
Requests for transport can be made by contacting our offices:
Monday- Friday 9am – 4pm: Harrogate office  –, 01423 813090;    Ripon office –, 01765 645907.

14.   Enabling safe and effective volunteering during COVID-19

The Government’s volunteering guidance has been recently updated to include advice on political campaigning during the local elections and the eligibility of volunteers looking to receive the vaccine.

The political campaigning advice follows the guidance set out by the Fundraising Regulator around leafleting. Essentially it is advised that people do not partake in door-to-door campaigning or leafleting and instead seek other ways to campaign in their area.

15.  Safeguarding Children & Adults when Volunteering in North Yorkshire

Volunteers are doing amazing work to support people during lockdown and play a vital role in supporting local communities as well as keeping the most vulnerable safe.

For information on what to do if you’re concerned about an adult, download this One Minute Guide for volunteers from the Safeguarding Adults Board.

16.  PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

PAPYRUS operates HOPELINEUK, a suicide prevention helpline staffed by professionals trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with young people to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide young people with a safe space to talk through anything happening in their life that could be impacting on their ability to stay safe. The helpline is available for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking of suicide.

17. Young people’s mental health and wellbeing in North Yorkshire

There are a number of services who can help. These include North Yorkshire CAMHS, Compass REACH, Healthy Child Team, and North Yorkshire County Council Children & Families Service.

Visit the Do you need some help page on the Safeguarding Children website for further details on what these services offer and how you can access support from them.

18.  #RapYour Town – A National Lockdown Rapping Workshop and Competition

The competition challenges young people aged 13 – 19 to write and submit a rap that expresses their feelings, observations and thoughts about the area they live in.

The winner will receive a pair of the latest Dre Beats Studio Wireless headphones and a chance to develop the lyrics to performance and possibly even production, in association with Unity Radio.
Submit pieces by midnight 08.03.21

19. Aardman Animations collaborates on mental health campaign for young people

Aardman Animations, the award-winning studio maker of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, has joined forces with LSE for a campaign to encourage young people to become more aware of factors that may be having a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

20.   Six tips on how to speak to your slides online

Here is a handy guide on how to improve your presenting skills online.
Presenting online is different to speaking to a room of people so here are a few things to get you thinking.

21.  Exploring video length best practices for social media 


22. Local Government Reorganisation

A letter to the voluntary and community sector from Cllr Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, encouraging participation in consultation and giving details of the District Councils’ East/ West proposal.

Find information about the North Yorkshire County Council proposal on their website

23.  Help Girlguiding North Yorkshire West by sharing your views

Girlguiding North Yorkshire West County are conducting research on the benefit of residential experiences for young people across the UK.
They would love to hear your opinions as this will help make considerations for their fundraising and grant applications for the Birk Crag Centre in Harrogate. You can learn more about the Birk Crag Centre at

You don’t have to be part of the Guiding movement to get involved. They would love to hear from the wider community including groups and individuals who use community spaces.
The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete:



24.  Are you interested in developing what happens in your community?
Join this free course from Nurture Development on Asset-Based Community Development

Course starts 23 February 2021

If you live in the Harrogate district and are:

  • An active community member
  • Part of a community group supporting people during the pandemic
  • Feel you/your group could continue or do more
  • Wish to know who else /people/organisations can support you

If so, then this is the course for you! Here is a free opportunity to participate in a Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) modular learning course, run by Nurture Development.

About the course
Discover Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a modular e-learning course for 20 people that consists of eight modules.

Find out more about the modules, the three aspects to the delivery of the course, the time commitment and signing up here

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Liz Meade on 01609 798930 or email


25. Safeguarding for Community Buildings
25 February 2021

Safeguarding is a a key part of legislation that your organisation must follow, whether you are running children’s services or hiring space to activities that include people covered by the safeguarding legislation.

This Community Matters Yorkshire session will look at the legislation and how best to apply it in a Community Building setting where you may be hiring space but have little direct interaction with the vulnerable people attending the activities.

26. Charity & Non-Profit Networking – Focus on Marketing
4 March 2021 at 10am

A free networking event for anyone in the charity or non-profit sector who wants to make new connections, share insights or maybe just check out what organisations like yours are up to elsewhere in the UK.

The focus of this event will be Marketing. How to promote your organisation… From good old fashioned face to face methods through to the latest hints and tips with digital marketing.

27.  Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees
18 February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

In this Community First Yorkshire workshop you will explore how trustees work with paid staff, volunteers, service users, members and other stakeholders to make sure your organisation is run effectively.

28. Treasurers’ Network
Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 February

These Community First Yorkshire hour long network meetings will explore reporting and external scrutiny requirements for different charities, looking at considerations for the undertaking of an independent examination or audit and presentation of financial information.

This is a network meeting for both new and experienced treasurers of organisations in North Yorkshire.

29.  Physical Activity and Children and Young People – Partners Briefing Event
Monday 22 February 2021, 16:00 – 17:00

North Yorkshire Sport invite you to this online briefing event to enable you to plan policy and practice to realise the benefits of being physically active on the physical and mental health of our young people.
You’re encouraged to attend this briefing if you want to understand:

  • more about the link between physical activity and mental wellbeing, resilience and trust
  • trends amongst children and young people in relation to physical activity
  • where inequalities in participation exist
  • how the early stages of lockdown affected sport and physical activity habits.



30.  Can Loneliness Bring Us Together? The Jo Cox Foundation
Tuesday 16 February 2021, 7pm-8:15pm

So many of us have experienced loneliness this past year. And even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the evidence was clear that loneliness affects a very wide range of people. But can we respond to the loneliness in our communities in a way that encourages deep connections and genuine friendships to grow between people from very different backgrounds?

31.  Learn how to podcast webinar
Tuesday 2 March 2021, 0900 – 1200

It’s delivered in a no-jargon, no-nonsense style and is suitable for all levels – technophobes welcome! Discount tickets for the VCSE sector.

32. North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service

Free Health and Wellbeing Courses
Mindfulness Living in the Moment
Stress and Resilience
Coping with Change
Community Learning- People Skills
Recovering Your Self Esteem
How to support my children’s confidence and self esteem

Supporting Individuals with Loneliness and Isolation
This course is for those who want to learn ways to support individuals living with loneliness and isolation in either a voluntary or employed capacity. You will explore strategies and ways to support others combat loneliness, make new connections, access therapies and self-help groups.


33.  New IDAS website for anyone affected by sexual violence or abuse

The site contains information about the support available as well as advice and guidance to assist people make informed choices following sexual assault or abuse.

In North Yorkshire, Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), employed by IDAS, offer emotional and practical support, which may include support through the criminal justice system if people choose to report to the Police, counselling, housing, sexual and physical health services.

ISVAs can also advocate for victims and survivors, outlining the options and assisting with the communication between the many different agencies and organisations that are involved when a report of sexual violence is made. ISVAs assist people to understand their fear responses, to look at coping strategies, to help them to build up their self-esteem and confidence.

The website also contains information for professionals.

34.  Jennyruth Workshops:  Small Fish – Big Pond……help us help them

The team at Jennyruth is working on a campaign to highlight how small independent charities supporting adults who have additional learning needs make a massive difference and they have had a great country wide response.

If you are a small charity supporting adults who have additional learning needs/ a learning disability and would like your name mentioned in the press release, please get in touch via There will be a page on the Jennyruth website  with details of everyone who wants to get involved and details of how to make direct donations.

35.  Homeshare Scheme for Yorkshire

Homeshare matches people seeking help at home (who have a spare room), with a caring sharer who can provide some assistance.

The Leeds Homeshare scheme covers the whole of Yorkshire (except York) and is open to expressions of interest.

Carefully checked and vetted sharers provide up to 10 hours help each week with activities such as cleaning, cooking, and odd jobs, and they benefit from affordable living with the main householder.

Everyone who takes part might benefit from company during the pandemic and shared skills and experiences.  There is also no cost to the main Householder. The Homeshare coordinator keeps in regular contact with all participants and careful covid measures are put in place.

Leeds Homeshare is happy to talk about the scheme with interested Householders, potential sharers and staff from other agencies.

Email:  Tel: 0113 378 5410.

36.  Dementia Training For Friends & Family of People Living With Dementia

Free interactive webinars run by MHA for people supporting a family member or friend with dementia who is living in the community, a retirement living community or in a care home.

The session lasts 1.5 hours and has been designed to give families and friends practical tips to help them support a person with dementia wherever they are living.

37.  Yorkshire Yoga Online Day of Wellbeing
Saturday 13 February, 10am – 4.15pm

A day of presentations and activities…an opportunity to try something new or just get comfy with a warm cuppa and enjoy this free event. Email for further details and a Zoom joining link.

38.  Where To Turn for local support 

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

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 – 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.