New deaf cafe

Deaf cafe

Every second Thursday of the month, 2 -4pm at Harrogate Library
A chance to meet others and socialise. Everybody is welcome and a special welcome to those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a dual sensory impairment. A member of NYCC Sensory team will be at each session to offer advice and information.

 

 

Could you be entitled to more benefits?

Benefit scrabbleMillions of people are missing out on benefits to which they are entitled. These benefits include childcare help, pension credit and universal credit. Could you be one of the 8 million people who are missing out?

The Money Saving Expert has set up a simple benefits calculator, which could help you to identify if you could claim any. Please follow this link.

Warning! Saga Platinum card is ending

Saga Platinum c.c.Saga has announced that its Platinum credit card will be taken off the market on March 28th 2019 and that accounts must be settled in full by that date. This means that customers have two months to pay off the balance or arrange to transfer it to another provider.

For further information and advice, please visit our ‘Alerts’ page.

A new ‘Knit & Natter’ group

Knit and natter

This group will be meeting on the last Monday of each month at St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Street, Harrogate for a social ‘Knit & Natter’ gathering knitting/crocheting for various charities in the area. The aim is to meet new people and have some fun whilst producing items for worthwhile causes including: the Homeless; premature baby unit; dementia patients and ‘Knit for Nowt’ – a Yorkshire based charity which provides support for children requiring psychiatric help. Follow this link for further details:    https://theknittersyarn.com/pages/charity

Pension scams advice

Pension scams 2The Pensions Regulator has circulated the following document to advise people on pension scams. The main tactics scammers use are:
1. Making contact out of the blue
2. Making promises of high /guaranteed returns
3. Offering free pension reviews
4. Allowing access to your pension before age 55
5. Pressurising you to act quickly
The document can be accessed at
https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/document-library?res=/-/media/thepensionsregulator/files/import/pdf/pension-scams-booklet-members.ashx

It is well worth a read    (Courtesy of NY Police)

An end to mobile phone scams?

Mobile phone scamsThis year, four of the largest mobile phone providers (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) will launch a new system, which blocks scammers who attempt to send text messages, which appear to come from your bank.  The Consumer Association Which? reports that ’for years, fraudsters have been spoofing bank phone numbers and scaring people with threatening text messages to call them back’. The new system will stop the spoofing of phone numbers and will help to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent text messages.

In the meantime, you can report scam and spam texts directly to your mobile phone provider by forwarding it to 7726, which is free of charge. To find out more, please see our ‘Alerts’ page