Memory Café in Knaresborough

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A dementia café in Knaresborough has proved so popular for people with dementia and their carers that it is now set to run twice weekly. The café at Gracious Street Church will now run on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 1:00 til 3:00. Currently around 8 people people attend the existing group. Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager for ...

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Disability Action Yorkshire open new retail outlet

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A Harrogate charity which runs a thriving second hand furniture enterprise has opened a new outlet for its growing collection of “up-cycled” pieces. Disability Action Yorkshire has taken a unit at the popular Crimple Hall, on the A61 near Pannal, where it is displaying – and more importantly selling – items of furniture which have been repaired and renovated by ...

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Charity bridge day makes record amount

Harrogate Bridge

CThe Harrogate and Ilkley-based charity, Acorn, held its 5th annual Bridge Day at Pannal Golf Club attracting 84 bridge enthusiasts. The event was once again organised by Steve and Ruth Vollar. The event raised £1,600 for Acorn’s chosen charities – people with dementia and their carers in the Harrogate, Ripon and Wetherby area and for research into scleroderma disease at ...

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Saint Michael’s Hospice receives boost from Harrogate School

Rosie Palmer, Emily Isherwood from St Michael’s Hospice, Clare Whitaker, and Erin Bland

Adults and young people living with terminal illness and bereavement in the Harrogate district will be given a boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents, staff and friends at a Harrogate independent prep school. Members of Belmont Grosvenor School’s Parent Teacher Association handed over a cheque for £5,500 to St Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate after organizing a ball in ...

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Win a free boiler service and stay warm this winter


As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the team from local heating experts, Safegas, has joined with The Harrogate Informer to offer one lucky Harrogate or Leeds* resident a free gas boiler service this winter. Before entering this prize draw please click here for full terms and conditions. For your chance to win a free gas boiler service ...

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Triple awards success for Harrogate charity

L-R Avalon CEO Larry Hollando with Directors Julia Oxtoby, Martyn Miller, Julie Colley and Tony Hind

Harrogate social care charity The Avalon Group have been announced as finalists in three categories of the prestigious Great British Care Awards, which take place on 31 October 2014 in York. The awards, which recognise best practice and extraordinary effort across the care industry see Avalon short-listed as Care Employer of the Year, Registered Homecare Manager of the year and in ...

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Charity million pound ball raises £60,000

The Acorn Committee

The Acorn Charity celebrated raising one million pounds since its inception in 1999 by holding a Ball for 565 guests at Rudding Park, Harrogate raising £60,000. The guests were treated to a champagne reception, dinner and dancing to the Urban Soul Orchestra. Auctions held on the night raised over £35,000 and a car, kindly donated by Dr Stanley Sills, raised ...

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Blueprint for bright future

Students Victoria Moore (left) and Amy Astley hard at work on a new design

Producing mugs for a major political party is just one of the ways that a Yorkshire college is going the extra mile to make sure its students have skills to offer employers. Students at Henshaws College in Harrogate have a wide range of disabilities and additional support needs. They are given the opportunity to learn in a range of work ...

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Harrogate charity marks 20th anniversary with Lightwater Valley family fun day

Avalon Group chief executive Larry Hollando  with the Chair of Trustees, Louise Drake.

A Harrogate charity has celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding a family fun day at a North Yorkshire theme park. More than 300 employees and service users, together with friends and family, descended on Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, as The Avalon Group marked two decades providing social care to individuals throughout Yorkshire, The North East and The Wirral. The charity, ...

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