Community Cafés

The North Yorkshire Youth Cafes Project aimed to improve the social opportunities and life chances of young people in North West Craven by providing an opportunity for them to be involved in developing micro businesses as volunteers and to improve the facilities and access and services within their area. 

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A Rural Action Yorkshire event

The latest meeting of our Hambleton + Village Halls Network. Our Village Hall Networks are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together.

You don't need to be a member of Rural Action Yorkshire to attend, and you're welcome to come along from outside the District if the date and venue happen to be convenient for you.

Join our umbrella organisation Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) for the re-launch of the widely-succesful Village SOS project, a £1.4m campaign to inspire people who want to make a real difference in their communities.

This is an all-day event on Saturday 28th February, jampacked with workshops, training and case studies to inspire and teach communities and budding volunteers how to tackle new projects, social enterprises, and innovative ideas.

You can book by calling Chris Cowcher at ACRE on 01285 653477.

The Home Office has published its proposals to create a new licensing category which will enable community groups and low-risk businesses to sell or give away limited quantities of alcohol as part of their general activities without the need to apply for a full Premises License. Views on the creation of the Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice (CAN) are sought in a consultation that closes on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

Over recent years and months the Charity Commission's role has changed from being an organisation able to offer in-depth advice and guidance to being a purely regulatory body. Several of our members who are registered charities, or who are exploring becoming a charity, have let us know that they have had trouble getting advice from the Commission beyond the resources available on their website.

Rural charity the Plunkett Foundation has published its latest Community Shops report which shows that 2013 has been another good year for the community shop sector in the UK.

The Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Charity Regulator have launched a consultation on its new draft Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). The SORP provides a comprehensive framework for charity accounting and reporting.

A report has been published which shows that more villages than ever now have a community-owned shop, and that community-owned shops are increasingly successful.

A new website has been launched aimed at helping charities and other non-profit organisations recruit Trustees and other volunteers with specialist skills.

David Cameron used the G8 Social Impact Investment conference last week to announce £250m of funding to help communities buy local assets such as pubs, shops, community centres, sports facilities and affordable housing. The funding is to be made available through Big Society Capital and the Big Lottery Fund.

The Plunkett Foundation is inviting rural community enterprises, such as community-owned pubs and shops, to attend its Networking Event and AGM in June 2013.

The Duke of York's Community Initiatives Award for community projects in Yorkshire is open for nominations until the 30th June 2013.

HMRC have launched their new Charities Online service, intended to make the process of reclaiming Gift Aid quicker and easier. At the same time, new rules making it possible to claim Gift Aid on small cash donations have come into force.

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership has announced that it will be running a free training session for community organisations interested in finding out more about the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. The training will take place on Friday 10th May in Harrogate.

The 12th century church of St Michael and All Angels church, Spennithorne, near Leyburn has found itself at the centre of village life during the week as well as on Sundays following a £65k redevelopment project.

Hellifield carried out community consultation and discovered there was a real need for new youth facilities.
Working with RAY and other partners, they developed a Youth Cafe and are continuing to develop new ideas, including a Community Cafe and interest groups.