Issue 44

May 2013

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Harrogate Easier Living Project

Harrogate Easier Living Project supports older or vulnerable people and those with a disability to remain independent in their own home.


Help at Home is a gardening, decorating and basic repair service. All tasks are carried out by volunteers with support from one of our supervisors. Priority is given to older people and people with disabilities who can no longer manage to carry out the tasks themselves, have no family help and can not afford a professional service. Our volunteers are not necessarily professionally trained in gardening and decorating but enjoy practical work and come from a variety of backgrounds and from a wide age range.


Opening Doors operates within a 5 mile radius of Harrogate and aims to promote maximum independence for people with a sensory impairment or physical disability. We do this by enabling individuals to get out and about and enjoy social and leisure activities with the assistance of a volunteer. The volunteer accompanies the service user on a one to one basis whenever and wherever the client wishes to go and outings usually last between two and three hours. The scheme currently supports over 70 clients with the help of 21 very active and supportive volunteers and demand for the service is huge with an increasing number of referrals. Around 500 outings are arranged each year. Volunteers, particularly car drivers and wheelchair pushers, are needed to support these outings, which provide a lifeline for many of our clients.


Carers Time Off is a carer relief service covering Harrogate, Knaresborough and the surrounding villages. The service arranges for volunteer sitters to spend time in the home of an adult being cared for by a friend or relative to enable their carer to have some time to themselves. Volunteers usually sit with someone for between 2-4 hours on a regular or occasional basis either during the day or evening and weekends where possible. Carers may use this break to perhaps meet with friends, pursue a hobby, go shopping or for a walk etc or to catch up on sleep. The service is always in demand and volunteers are urgently required to support our carers.


HELP has been chosen as the beneficiary charity of one of St Paul’s United Reformed Church’s popular coffee mornings on Saturday 18 May.

Come along and join us for a cuppa and cake and help raise much needed funds to support our services. We will be holding a cake stall so any donations of cake, biscuits or scones would be much appreciated.


The coffee morning will take place between 10.30am and noon.


St Paul’s is opposite the library on Victoria Avenue and the entrance is around  the side on Belford Road.  or visit www.harrogatecvs.org.uk/help