Community Hubs

The Community Hubs project involved seven communities across North Yorkshire who developed new activities which addressed local needs and encouraged new people to get involved.

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Meet the Community Hubs and read their stories.

Inspired to start your own?

Watch our video with Development Worker, Tess McMahon.  
Tess says: “I think it is so important, when you live in a village, to have somewhere local to go to, somewhere a short walk from home.  When buses are infrequent and stop at 5.00 in the evening, getting into  town for activities or events can be so difficult that you give up. And when you go to an event at your local village hall, you meet neighbours and may even make new friends.”


The Community Hubs project

Rural Action Yorkshire received funding from North Yorkshire County Council for a 2 year project.  The aim of the project was to develop 7 community hubs across North Yorkshire offering preventative social care and early intervention whilst meeting local need. 

A variety of activities were developed including community cafes/lunches, film clubs, IT worshops, book swaps, local history talks, craft classes, dance/exercise classes and table tennis - all welcoming and with time to socialise. The community hubs were set up and run by volunteers from the local community supported by a RAY Development Officer.
The project aimed to encourage and inspire volunteers to have the confidence to make the scheme sustainable and to continue with the project once the Development Officer role comes to an end.
A small grants fund was also available to projects to help with start up costs.

This project ran from May 2012 until February  2014.

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Read their stories to discover how they got their new initiatives off the ground, got a team together and started to make things happen.

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The Community Hub scheme and monies have worked really well for us. The hall has been used regularly for the first time in recent years; has provided opportunities for social interaction; mental stimulus and physical health. We have been pleased to welcome new people to the hall and that they have expressed an interest in returning in the future.  Thank you Tess and the RAY team.

In September 2012, Rural Action Yorkshire began the search for active communities who could develop hubs across North Yorkshire, offering preventative social care and early intervention whilst meeting local need.  The seven communities who have been taking part are a source of inspiration for others wishing to try something similar.  Get in touch if you want to know more about setting one up in your village.