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Harrogate charity seeks volunteers to help disabled adults

A Harrogate charity is calling on gardeners, IT experts and musicians with time on their hands to help improve the lives of disabled people.

Disability Action Yorkshire, which has its headquarters and a training centre on the town’s Hornbeam Park, is looking for volunteers to work with residents at its Claro Road care home.

Care Home Manager Steven Taylor said: We are specifically looking for people who can come to our home and work with the residents in the garden.

Whilst we have a professional company that cuts the grass and does general maintenance and weeding, we are hoping to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables we grow in the beds.

This year we have planted and harvested runner beans, rhubarb, cabbages, onions and fennel. We have also planted a small orchard.

The residents love the garden and, naturally, eating the fruits of their labour!
We are also looking for musicians to bring their instruments along to play for the residents and those who are IT-savvy to help with computers, tablets and software issues.

We are just looking for individuals who can spare some time to work with our residents. Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

Disability Action Yorkshire’s care home has two identical wings, each containing 10 en-suite bedrooms, communal lounge and kitchen and dining areas and was opened by the Countess of Wessex in 2007.

The residents, aged between 18 and 65, are given training and support to help them lead as independent lives as possible, with the ultimate aim of them moving to their own homes within two years.

Those who would like to find out more details should contact Mr Taylor on 01423 561911 or email him at
Further information about Disability Action Yorkshire is available from its website

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