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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Related stories

Village halls and other community buildings across rural North Yorkshire are being invited to send representatives to an event showcasing the experiences of seven groups which have been supported by Rural Action Yorkshire in turning their community building into a Community Hub where all aspects of community life take place. The event will be held on Saturday 23 November at Pannal Village Hall near Harrogate.

The Dalton and Gayles Community Hub is an example of one community building working even harder to offer services and facilities for a group of local villages.  

Becky and Julie are part of the committee at Cold Kirby’s Community Hub.  Here's their story so far.

Cold Kirby is a small village, with 33 houses and 100 residents.  It’s a farming community on the Cleveland Way with several isolated and outlying farms.

Community Hub volunteers launch Community Cafes, book swaps, film clubs, IT workshops, craft classes, history talks, zumba and exercise classes.  They all welcome people from their local communities and surrounding areas.

Film clubs, community lunches, book swaps, local history groups.....just a few of the things starting to happen at some of the Community Hubs. Watch this space as dates and locations start to appear over Spring and Summer.

Well done to the voluntary groups who have been successful in their applications to be part of Rural Action Yorkshire’s Community Hubs for North Yorkshire project.

Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it has received funding from North Yorkshire County Council to undertake an exciting new project.