Issue 41

March 2012





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Around Harrogate

NHS Seminar

Golden opportunity or unholy mess; is the Harrogate District prepared for the biggest changes to the NHS and social care in recent times?

On Tuesday 27 March 2012 Harrogate and Area CVS is hosting an event at the Cairn Hotel in Harrogate to bring together key players from the voluntary & community sector, NYCC, NHS NYY and local GPs involved in the NHS reforms and social care in our area. The desired outcome of the event is to improve understanding of what different partners can offer to each other and strengthen partnerships between local voluntary and community organisations and emerging Health & Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Event details:

·         Time: 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

·         Refreshments and sandwich lunch provided

·         No charge

·         Ample parking


·         Keynote presentations, workshop discussions and recommendations on the next steps to ensure that Harrogate District residents are in the best position to access good quality health and social care

If you are interested in attending please e mail to reserve your place and further details will be issued once the programme is finalised.

If you would like to contribute a paper, help run a workshop or have suggestions about how the event should be facilitated please contact Karen Weaver at HACVS

This event is supported by the National Association of Voluntary and Community Action (navca)

Do older people have a big enough say in the decisions that affect their life?

One way of getting older people’s voices heard is through a local Forum.  Forums are independent, run by older people for older people and give members a chance to have their say. Forums can influence decision makers on matters that are important to every day lives and campaign on issues that members feel strongly about. There are several Forums in other Parts of North Yorkshire but nothing currently in the Harrogate District.

Harrogate & Area Council for Voluntary Service have been asking people in the Harrogate District who are aged over 55 about the best way to have a say on the issues which affect their lives.  They wanted to find out from older people themselves whether they would be interested in having a forum and produced a short survey that could be accessed online.

Lots of people took part in the survey and the results are currently being analysed so watch this space!

If you are interested to find out more or would like to register your interest in being part of a new older people’s voice group contact Christine Boxall at or call her on 01423 561061

New venue for table tennis players!

The Harrogate Racquets Club (Firs Road, Harrogate, HG2 8HA) is now operating a club afternoon for recreational play on Thursdays 2-4.30 pm.  Anyone is welcome to join us at any age or ability level!  A visitor’s fee of £2 per session  will be charged for non-members for the first three sessions.  Please wear trainers and, if possible, bring a bat.  For further information contact Sarah Jackson on 01423 540466 or Janet Carby-Hall on 01423 879304.

A New U3A for Ripon

The Ripon U3A started last month and already has a committee. Those of us living in the north of the Harrogate area may well find activities closer to home in future.

The Chairman, Dorothy Taylor, said that they were embarking on an exciting voyage of discovery, where older people could pursue a wide variety of educational and leisure activities just for fun. 20 interest groups have already been set up ranging from table tennis, singing, languages, book groups, history, theatre visits, and photography.

There will be regular monthly meetings at the Spa hotel in Ripon, the first of which will be at 10 30am on the 13th March when the speaker will be Roger Watkins a countryside Ranger from Swaledale who will give a Photo lecture on his work.

There will also be details of where and when interest groups meet and an opportunity to join them.

More details available from Sybil Whiting on: 01765 698565.

Concessionary Bus Passes

The following applies only to first time application. If you already hold a concessionary bus pass a renewal notification will be received prior to expiry date.

The existing issuing office at Victoria Car Park closed in December 2011. The service is now available from Harrogate library from Monday to Saturday during library opening hours.

See the links (bus pass - older people) or (bus pass - disabled people) for more information about concessionary passes. The older people page also includes an eligibility checker.