Category Archives: Groups

Support for older and ex-members of the armed forces

Ex-forces supportCommunity First Yorkshire ‘provides a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and ex-members of the armed forces and enabling them to lead fuller lives. This service covers all of North Yorkshire and is funded by the Aged Veterans Fund at the Ministry of Defence using LIBOR funds.

Community First Yorkshire are committed to contributing to and widening the existing support available for older veterans across the County, working closely with delivery partners and other service charities to carry out this work. They offer person-centred practical, financial, and holistic support – from hardship grants to arts and crafts to befriending. Veterans will have the opportunity to try new things, revisit old interests, or benefit from new and improved connections to their community’. Please follow this link for further information.

Do you have some great sporting memories?

1966-football-cupWould you like to meet with other older sports fans to discuss your sporting memories? Monday September 19th, 1 – 3pm, sees the launch of the Harrogate Town Football Club Sporting Memories Group

Come along and enjoy sharing your memories with others. Free refreshments provided. For further details click sport-memories-invite or call Simon Pierce on 01423 813035 or email

Details also available via our ‘New Ventures & Special Events’ webpage.

An invitation to join the Silver Singers

choir singersSilver Singers a singing group for the over 60’s hosted by Catholic Care will meet on Thursday 28 July, 10.15am – 11.30am  at St Aelred’s Parish Hall, Woodlands Drive, Harrogate

A cost of £2 per person per session will be charged which includes refreshments.  No previous musical experience required! The group will meet fortnightly. Please contact Rachel Beedle on 07739 975021 or just come along and sing!

Feel like a change?

Card players laughingCrisp sunny winter mornings can inspire us to think of something new to do. Perhaps you fancy joining a group of people to share an interest and/or find company. Social connections are as important as money and health, according to a major new study. So, how do you find out what is going on in the Harrogate district? Well, of course, you can explore this website! There are links to all sorts of groups, organisations and sources of information. For example, have you ever looked at the Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service (HARCVS) events webpages? Alternatively you could always visit your local library for ideas about recreational and educational events.

If you need help, do you know ‘where to turn’?

HARCVSNews from Harrogate and Ripon Centre for Volunteer Services 

Recent reports have shown that social connections are as important as money and health. If you know someone who would like a bit of support or company, to get out and about or meet new friends, we can help find Where to Turn with HARCVS Where to Turn directory of voluntary organisations

Exciting News for 2016 
We are currently working to develop and refresh our Where To Turn Directory to provide a more comprehensive and fully searchable online database of community organisations, activities and services for people in Harrogate District.

More than two thirds of adults in the UK experience loneliness

big-lunch-logo-2013Research commissioned by the Big Lunch project found that more than two thirds of adults in the UK experience some degree of loneliness. The research aimed to assess ‘the changing face of social interaction in the UK’.  For more details of their findings, please follow this link.  Are you a ‘social animal’? Try the quiz!

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