Community First Yorkshire News 02/03/18

Welcome to Community First Yorkshire News, our weekly update of what’s happening in rural communities and voluntary sector organisations across North, South and West Yorkshire.

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North Yorkshire: Be Tender Ready workshop

FREE: Information and practical sessions for voluntary and community sector organisations on how to plan for participating in tendering (procurement) exercises. Led by North Yorkshire County Council and Community First Yorkshire on 8 March at the Angel, Topcliffe. Book here

Ryedale: community led housing workshop

FREE: Find out more about building affordable homes to buy or rent that are owned by and for the community. For parish councils, community groups, and land owners. 28 Feb Middleton. Book here

Leeds: Community Hubs

Get involved in running or participating in activities bringing people together at new community hubs in Micklefield and Methley. Email: Sharon Middling or t: 01904 704177.

Leeds: FSI training for small charities

The FSI are running a training day on 2 May with over 80 training places available for small charities to access self-sustaining skills, from fundraising, to demonstrating impact. Book here.

RAF 100 Years’ Tea party for Ex-Forces

Ex-Forces Support are holding a tea party to celebrate 100 years of the RAF on 11 April at Dishforth Village Hall. The programme is being finalised but if you would like to attend please call Colleen t: 01904 704177 for details.

YAS Countryside Days

Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s free Countryside Days on 5-6 June offer KS2 children the chance to experience all aspects of food, farming, the countryside and healthy living. A preparation session will take place on Tues 13 March 1-3pm at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Book here

London: Thinking about merger?

IVAR are running a free merger workshop for CEOs and trustees on 24 May, 10am-12:30pm at Esmee Fairbairn Foundation’s office in Kings Cross. Hear from Leah Swain on Community First Yorkshire’s experience of merger and explore drivers for merger in voluntary organisations, success factors, and legal and formal requirements. Book here

Training & Events

Our online calendar includes events and training from across Yorkshire.


Scarborough: Caring with confidence

FREE: Recognise your skills, knowledge and experience with other carers, from benefits advice, to stress and coping. Sessions take place at Scarborough Dial A Ride, 7 & 14 Mar Email Carers Resource t: 01723 850155.

Leeds: GDPR workshop

Community Matters Yorkshire are running a GDPR training workshop on 26 March, 10am-12 noon at Lidgett Lane Community Centre. Book here

Free courses for volunteers

ALSS are offering free courses on awareness of mental health, autism, customer service, first aid, food safety, safeguarding, working in retail and many more. Call 01609 780780 and ask for Adult Learning or see the Facebook page.

Training and events: March

We offer training and support events for community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

Topcliffe: Be Tender Ready 8 Mar

Pre-school and childcare providers Free training Feb-Mar
Adapt to 30-hours free childcare: Scarborough, Selby, Harrogate, Skipton & Catterick.

Community Buildings Networks

A networking and opportunities sharing event for committees who run community buildings and village halls.

Harrogate (Kirk Hammerton) Community Buildings Network 8 March
Selby (North Duffield) Community Buildings Network 13 March

GDPR training

Our voluntary sector training programme on the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come into force in May.

Richmond 13 March
Ryedale (Hovingham) 17 March
Selby 28 March

VCS Networks

Hear guest speakers, share good practice and discuss local issues with other voluntary and community organisations. In partnership with NYCC Stronger Communities.

Settle Craven District VCS Network event 15 March

VCSE training

Our training series to support and build voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

Ripon Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees 14 March
Skipton How to Write a Good Funding Application 22 March

Volunteering North Yorkshire

Looking to develop your skills and meet people?

Our free Hands Up for Trustees service can match your skills and interests with voluntary organisations and community projects looking for trustees across North Yorkshire. Register here to find the latest vacancies or talk to us t: 01904 704177.

Volunteering vacancies

If you want to volunteer or you have a vacancy, we can help. We circulate information about opportunities, and offer advice on volunteer and trustee recruitment and management.

Our advisors are just a phone call away: 01904 704 177 or email
Here is a sample of the latest vacancies:

North Yorks/Darlington: Trustee opportunities, Age UK

Richmond & Harrogate: Volunteer Fundraiser, Foundation

Harrogate: Marshalls & Stewards, Sports Relief

Selby: Treasurer, Barlby Library

Thirsk: Volunteer Sitter, Thirsk Community Care

See more vacancies on our website.

Services provided by ‘Volunteering North Yorkshire’ are funded by North Yorkshire County Council and NHS North Yorkshire.

Having your say

Having a strong collective voice helps to raise the profile of rural and voluntary sector issues. Community First Yorkshire helps to represent you at a policy and decision-making level in North Yorkshire.

Rural transport campaign

Rural people are being asked to write to their MPs calling for a review of non-emergency patient transport services following warnings by Age UK that older people are facing huge difficulties getting to routine hospital appointments. More

Improving access to GP services survey

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is seeking views about GPs providing evening and weekend appointments in the area, to help improve services. Take part in the survey here.

Rural communities

Harrogate: Help farmers take the strain

If you work regularly with farmer customers then a free practical half-day conference organised by NFU, Barclays and RABI, can help you spot the signs of someone struggling, learn how to speak to them about it, and signpost them to the right help. 22 Mar: The Pavilions, Harrogate. More

The Community Business Success Guide to Room Hire

What prices are community businesses charging for room hire? This success guide can help community businesses learn from others and make decisions about how best to use their space to earn money from room hire.

Children & young people

Ripon: Lego autism event

BrickTime® are running free 1 hour taster sessions at Ripon Library on 28 March 2018 as part of World Autism Awareness Week. Find out more about how Lego® can develop social skills for children and young people in your setting. Email or t: 07891 769473.

Quiz to keep children safe online

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day launches North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Boards CSE Awareness Week. A campaign toolkit is available including a parent and carer quiz designed to help keep children safe online and help parents and carers to identify any online risks. Find out more

Health & social care

NYCC care rates consultation

Providers can access short surveys on proposed rates changes to social care fees. Closing date 22 March. Email NYCC Social Services for a copy of the Provider Bulletin on social care fees.


HLF small grants

HLF are offering groups in Yorkshire and the Humber small grants of £3,000 to £10,000 to support heritage projects that explore, share, and celebrate stories that have shaped our communities. More

Calor Rural Community Fund opens

This year’s Calor Rural Community Fund opens on 20 March with £50,000 and 21 individual prize pots for projects improving local life and demonstrating impact and reach, sustainability and originality. Deadline: 30 April. Read more

Connect Fund launches website

The Connect Fund’ have launched a new resources website. The fund provide grants to advance enterprise-driven funding through partnerships with voluntary sector infrastructure, community foundations or membership bodies.

Voluntary sector jobs

The latest vacancies we are advertising on behalf of the voluntary sector include:

Scarborough: Chief Executive Officer, Age UK

Ryedale: Advise Session Supervisor, Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire

Selby: Advice Session Supervisor, Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire

Leeds: Specialist & Generalist Advice Team Leaders, Better Leeds Communities

Scarborough: Relevant Person’s Representative, Cloverleaf Advocacy

York: Financial Inclusion Services Coordinator, Citizens Advice York

Barnsley: Volunteering Engagement Coordinator, Voluntary Action Barnsley

See more jobs on our website.

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