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 

Latest Events

Previous events

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.

 CFB project funders 

Project Background

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

 
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A Rural Action Yorkshire event

The second meeting of our new Richmondshire+ 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.

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.

This is a free networking meeting and the morning will start with light refreshments at 9.30am followed by the meeting at 10.00am, finishing around 12.

This meeting is for village hall management committee members and volunteers and provides the opportunity to get together to exchange ideas and best practice, listen to what others are doing and how, obtain updates on new & relevant legislation and receive information on aspects of running a village or community hall.

Making activities and services more accessible to local people
Planning for sustainability beyond the end of the Community Friendly Buildings project

Wednesday 22nd July, Danby Wiske Village Hall, 4 - 6.30pm

Community Resilience training teaches you everything you need to know about emergency planning in your neighbourhood and how to keep your community safe and aware.

Topics that will be covered on the day:

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.

A warm welcome to volunteers with responsibility for community buildings in the areas of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby, Scarborough, Ryedale and Harrogate.

Agenda:

    10:00 - Registration, drinks, stalls

    10:30 - Introduction to Community Friendly Buildings

    Event organised by Rural Action Yorkshire

    Come and find out more about our Community Friendly Buildings Project, which aims to support rural community buildings in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas to become more responsive to the needs of people in their local community.

    A new online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls has been launched by Rural Action Yorkshire's parent organisation, the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a reference group enabling the grass roots expertise of knowledgeable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, Government departments and Consultation responses.

    A closer look at how the team at Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall in Hambleton went about improving and expanding their community building.

    Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it is working with Ruth and Neil Hannah of Musical Memories to offer free social singing sessions in community buildings across the Ryedale district. Musical Memories sessions provide local residents, especially older people, the opportunity to get together in a social setting, make new friends, reminisce about past times, and even get some exercise! They also provide those who care for an older person a great chance either for a break or to take part in an activity with the person they care for outside of the home.

    The National Village Halls Forum, which has provided a voice to around 90,000 volunteers running village and community halls throughout the country, is to fold after almost 35 years. Its annual meeting, which was to be hosted by Damien Green MP at Millbank in London last week, was cancelled at short notice.

    UPDATE 27/10: This event is now fully booked

    An Invitation from Wallace Sampson, Richard Webb & Amanda Bloor of the Harrogate District Public Services Leadership Board to a relaxed and informal sharing of experiences and ideas for all to have their say in a safe environment. We want to work together to progress our shared vision to make Harrogate & Rural District Dementia Friendly.

    Training organised by Alzheimer's Society Harrogate

    This course is open to all who care for someone living with dementia but is especially aimed at those who support someone still living at home, and priority will be given to people in this group if necessary.

    The course covers a variety of subjects over four weekly sessions, every Tuesday in November from 10 November, and then on Wednesday 2 December. Ideally you should be able to attend all four sessions, but it may be possible to book certain sessions of particular interest.

    Training organised by Alzheimer's Society Harrogate

    This course is open to all who care for someone living with dementia but is especially aimed at those who support someone still living at home, and priority will be given to people in this group if necessary.

    The course covers a variety of subjects over four weekly sessions, every Tuesday in November from 10 November, and then on Wednesday 2 December. Ideally you should be able to attend all four sessions, but it may be possible to book certain sessions of particular interest.

    The final event of our Community Friendly Buildings project was held on Saturday 15 August 2015 at Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall in Ryedale. Its aim was to bring community buildings who had taken part in the CFB project together to share their experiences and to find out further sources of support to keep their new activity going beyond the end of the CFB project. Community Buildings who had not been part of the CFB project were also welcome to attend to get some ideas about activity that they could try.

    AN EVENT taking place this month will consider the vital role that community buildings have in providing services to their community.

    Forthcoming events as part of Rural Action Yorkshire's Community Friendly Buildings Project are taking place later in June. The events will help those buildings who have signed up or expressed an interest in the project learn more, find out what other sources of help are available, and get one-to-one support completing grant application and monitoring forms. The events will take place on Thursday 18 June at Newby and Scalby Community Hall near Scarborough and on Tuesday 23 June at Almscliffe Hall in Huby, near Harrogate.

    AS VOLUNTEERS are relied on more and more across the country to provide services for their community, villagers in North Yorkshire are pulling together in an effort to raise vital funds to keep services alive.

    NATIONAL Dementia Awareness Week takes place across the UK this week, and the public are being urged to try something new as part of the campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma.

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