Community Friendly Buildings
Community Friendly Buildings is a project aimed at rural community buildings in North Yorkshire. The project will help rural community buildings become hubs for new activities, projects or services and to become more accessible to all members of their communities, particularly the older and most vulnerable.
UPDATE! THE PROJECT AND SMALL GRANTS SCHEME ARE NOW CLOSED. FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE POSTED HERE SOON.
Our Community Friendly Building small grants are now available in all areas of North Yorkshire. The grants of up to £250 are intended to support the introduction of a new project or activity, or the development and expansion of an existing one, to help community buildings become more accessible to local people, particularly those who are older, vulnerable, at risk of social isolation, or living with dementia.
If you're interested in getting a small grant, you will need to have a project idea that can start by the end of August, so you'll need to be quick! Download an application form from the link at the bottom of the page, or get in touch to discuss your idea.
“A Community Friendly Building is a People Friendly Building. A few small changes can make a big difference to people being able to attend events or activities at a community building. Being Community Friendly is about being welcoming to all as much as it is about being aware of specific issues.”
- Project co-ordinator James Russell
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- small grants available (update! small grants are now available in all areas of North Yorkshire)
- discuss and share ideas with others
- training on funding, dementia awareness, and project development
- resources and support from RAY
- welcome more vulnerable people to your buildings
- set up exciting new activities
Thanks to all who attended our most recent - and final - Community Friendly Buildings event on Saturday 15 August at Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall near Pickering. The event was well attended, with a mixture of community buildings, some of which had taken part in the CFB project, and some of which had not, getting together to share their ideas and experiences and hear about sources of support and advice to help them continue and develop the project ideas which they have started as a result of the CFB project. Click hear to read a full report on the event and to download copies of the resources shared there.
Loneliness and social isolation are increasingly seen as major concerns for healthcare providers. Loneliness and isolation can be a direct cause of health problems, or make existing health problems worse. Physical and mental health problems in turn are often causes of increasing loneliness or isolation. For many people, improving health can only be achieved at the same time as reducing their social isolation or sense of loneliness. This is why the Clinical Commissioning Group and Innovation Fund are funding this work - reducing loneliness and isolation is a great investment in improving people's health, and in reducing future healthcare costs.
The project in fact consists of two separately funded projects: Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG are funding Rural Action Yorkshire to support community buildings in their geographical area; while the North Yorkshire Innovation Fund, via Your Consortium, is funding us to support community buildings in the districts of Harrogate, Ryedale and Scarborough (although grant applications will be considered from halls outside these districts and in particular from the area of Hambleton outside the CCG-funded project area).
The former project is particularly concerned with helping Community Buildings establish new activity which will attract older people to use the hall. Funding for support in this area runs until the end of June 2015.
The latter project (now available in all areas of North Yorkshire) includes funding for small grants to help community buildings who sign up develop a new project or service. If you are unsure what area your community building is in, or if you would like to find out more, just get in touch! Funding for support in this area runs until the end of August 2015. The final deadline for small grant applications has been extended to the end of June. The application form can be downloaded using the link at the bottom of the page.
If you are involved in running a community building in Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG area or in Harrogate, Scarborough and Ryedale Districts and would like to know more about how to get involved in the project, please give our Community Friendly Buildings Officer, James Russell, a call on 0845 3130270 or get in touch via email.
You can read more about the project by taking a look at our leaflet below
|CFB Small Grant Application Form.docx||99.87 KB|
|Community Friendly Buildings presentation.pptx||630.65 KB|
|Community Friendly Buildings Leaflet.pdf||1.42 MB|
|Fit for Funding Presentation.pdf||394.87 KB|
|Making Space Dementia presentation 1.ppt||1.92 MB|
|Making Space Dementia presentation 2.ppt||1.24 MB|
|Dementia Action Alliance Presentation.pptx||1.17 MB|
|Harrogate Stronger Communities Presentation.pptx||2.52 MB|