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A Spring Concert at Rudding Park

February 17, 2020

Two Ridings Community Foundations has brought together local volunteer choirs for our first concert, kindly hosted by Rudding Park, on Thursday 2 April 2020 6.15 for 6.30pm at the Rudding Park Chapel HG1 1JH, tickets are £30 each and proceeds will be split between the choirs performing and THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District. Please purchase your ticket via Eventbrite: https://springconcertruddingpark.eventbrite.co.uk. Volunteer Choirs: Musical Memories CIC, In Harmony, Emerging Voices & The Rudding Park \'Super Singers\' Choir ...

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A Spring Concert at Rudding Park

Harrogate Street Aid launches grant making to support people affected by homelessness in Harrogate District

February 3, 2020

Following its successful launch in October, Harrogate Street Aid is delighted to announce the commencement of grant making which will be administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of local residents and visitors, the Harrogate Street Aid Fund stands at over £2000 which will now be used to provide small grants to individuals referred by one of the local services that works with those affected by rough sleeping and street homelessness in the Harrogate District. The fund was launched in October by Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and Cllr Mike Chambers, Harrogate Borough Council, with a contactless giving terminal (tap point) situated in the window of Marks & Spencer Foodhall in Oxford Street, Harrogate. Generous shoppers have been tapping their credit and debit cards to donate £3 a tap to Harrogate Street Aid. Donations are also being received online. Jan Garrill of Two Ridings Community Foundation said ‘We are delighted to be working with Harrogate Street Aid and look forward to receiving applications for grants that will provide the long term help that will support people to move away from the streets. By working with the local homelessness services we can ensure that grants are used to the very best effect and as part of a longer term plan for individual applicants referred to the scheme.’ Liz Hancock, CEO Harrogate Homeless Project, said ‘We are really looking forward to supporting clients in a unique personalised way with this fund which provides targeted funding to support lasting change, with the aim of preventing a return to the streets. Having been involved with Harrogate Street Aid from its inception it is great to be in a position to make applications on behalf of individuals we support across our services, helping them secure permanent accommodation, support with job application needs, training and many other ideas to make real change to their lives.’ Helen Richardson of Harrogate Borough Council Community Safety Team said           ‘People instinctively want to help those affected by rough sleeping but giving money directly to those on the street may only help to keep them on the streets. By giving to Harrogate Street Aid, donations can be pooled into a meaningful amount that will make a real difference to someone’s life’. To find out more about Harrogate Street Aid and how to donate or to apply for support, please visit www.harrogatestreetaid.co.uk   ...

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Harrogate Street Aid launches grant making to support people affected by homelessness in Harrogate District

Flooding in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale July 2019

January 20, 2020

Two Ridings Community Foundation has asked the Secretaries of State for Housing Communities and Local Government and Environment Food and Rural Affairs to consider extending the financial support offered to communities affected by the November 2019 flooding to those affected by the July 2019 floods. The Government have made available £300,000 through the Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme for communities affected in November as well as pledged to match charitable funds up to £1m. However, we would ask that this also be available to the people and communities of Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale, who experienced equally devastating flooding. This request is on behalf of the people and communities of the Dales. The floods in this region were devastating, with extreme levels of flash flooding on 30th July 2019. More than 300 homes and businesses and 50 farms were flooded and many of these people and their communities are still struggling to recover from this devastation. Although roads and bridges are being repaired, and dry stone walls are starting to be rebuilt, what is less evident is the ongoing impact on people’s lives as they struggle to cope with the financial and emotional impact. Many of those affected were on low wages, low fixed pension incomes, are tenant hill farmers or small businesses, and therefore have little financial resilience.  As an area that relies on farming and tourism with much of the employment typified by low wages, and many people having to work several part time jobs to make ends meet, this lack of financial resilience is likely to have long term impacts. The communities affected are extremely grateful for the financial support already offered to address the impact on infrastructure and farmers’ uninsurable losses, however we are requesting that people and businesses affected by the July 2019 floods can also access the Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme. This resilience funding is available via local authorities to allow flood-hit homes and businesses to receive up to £5,000 (including VAT) to make changes on properties and reduce damage levels should flooding reoccur. We are also requesting that the Government similarly match fund the donations raised for the Flood Recovery Fund administered by the Two Ridings Community Foundation to support people, businesses and farms experiencing ongoing financial hardship as a result of the floods. Although nearly £300,000 has been raised to support financial hardship our current projections suggest that there is still significant unmet need. So far Two Ridings has helped 146 homes, 7 businesses, 5 parish councils and 27 farms but know that financial hardship will continue as a result of the time taken for people to get back on their feet. In the meantime, farmers and businesses struggle with bills over the quiet period of winter and households are struggling to cope. Our request for this support is endorsed by the local partners who have been involved in the flood response since July 2019. They are: North Yorkshire County Council, Richmondshire District Council, the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Farmers Union, Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire, Richmondshire Council for Voluntary Services and the Farming Communities Network..   ...

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Flooding in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale July 2019

Women and Girls projects in North and East Yorkshire recieve major funding boost

January 15, 2020

Grassroots groups working across North and East Yorkshire will get much-needed grants worth £69,862 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges. 9 projects will receive grants of between £5,000 - £10,000. This is the second time Two Ridings Community Foundation has awarded groups money from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help women and girls experiencing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health. Collectively as a network, UK Community Foundations is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products through its network of community foundations. A total of £6.9 million has been awarded nationally to grassroots groups in the two rounds of funding. Jan Garrill, Chief Executive Officer of Two Ridings Community Foundation: “This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.” The projects being that have been funded: The Hinge Centre in Bridlington has been awarded £6965 to run weekly sessions for young girls aged 12-18 aimed at building skills and increasing their confidence. Hull Sisters has been awarded £10,000 to provide a 6-month programme aimed at developing the skills of women from the BAMER communities. Hull Lighthouse has been awarded a grant of £5132 to enable them to continue to support women affected by sexual exploitation, including those who have worked in street prostitution or exited. Rooted in Hull has been awarded a grant of £8481 to run sessions for a year for women who are vulnerable. SELFA in Craven has been awarded £7570 to run sessions focused at reducing social isolation in girls living in a rural area. Horizon Life Training in Harrogate has been awarded a grant of £9348 to provide a programme of activity to support former addicts. York Womens Counselling Service has been awarded a grant of £5357 to enable them to expand their coaching and mentoring for vulnerable women. Home Start York has been awarded a grant of £7510 to support mums with complex needs to build their confidence and skills and create a peer support network. York LGBT Forum has been awarded a grant of £9463 to provide 1-to-1 support for trans men and trans women. Community Foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes. ...

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Women and Girls projects in North and East Yorkshire recieve major funding boost

Two Ridings CF joins Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coalition

October 15, 2019

Thirteen foundations based in the UK, including Two Ridings Community Foundation, have made an unprecedented commitment to tackle issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the Foundation sector. By forming a coalition and working together, they are determined to face and address many of the systemic inequalities which currently exist in the way Foundations operate. The newly named ‘DEI coalition’ will provide a forum for the implementation of frameworks, processes and procedures within foundations and is focussed on building a body of practice for themselves and others in the UK sector to learn from. Each foundation has made an explicit dedication to prioritising this work, moving from merely talking about the issues to wanting to take practical action and set change in motion. Fozia Irfan, CEO of Beds and Luton Community Foundation, who is leading the initiative described the impact, they are hoping to achieve. “We have seen DEI frameworks being implemented in foundations across the globe but it is an area which is new to the UK – what we hope to do is to critically analyse the way we work and how we distribute funding, to make sure that we are reaching the communities most in need. Given the current political context, it is imperative that as foundations we are equitable, transparent and representative, otherwise we are simply not effective’. The DEI coalition will start meeting in January 2020 and each foundation has committed to working on this initiative for at least three years, to ensure that there is systematic progress and it remains a key priority. The 13 foundations include the National Lottery Community Fund, Children in Need, Barrow Cadbury, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Friends Provident and the following community foundations – Essex, Milton Keynes, Quartet, Wiltshire, Two Ridings, Leeds and Surrey. Dawn Austwick, the CEO of the National Lottery Community Fund explained why the coalition is important; “We are delighted to be a part of this vital coalition of funders. We all have so much to learn as we journey towards greater inclusion - from each other and from others across the communities we support. We look forward to sharing ideas, developing practice, and urgently accelerating the pace at which we all work so that our funding helps build a society for everyone.” Paul Streets from the Lloyds Bank Foundation also stated: “As funders we often support work that seeks to change the world but it is imperative for us to address inequalities and commit to greater diversity, equality and inclusion within our own organisations. This ensures we are more representative of the diverse communities we seek to serve, we better understand the structural inequalities that too often hold them back and we are more open to new and different experiences and views in our decision making. We know we have a long way to go so we are proud to join with all the foundations of the DEI coalition to learn, collaborate and advance the cause within the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and our sector as a whole.” The aim is for the DEI coalition to provide a vehicle to share best practice and learn together in a supportive environment but also to set a precedent for the sector to follow. Carol Mack the CEO of the Association of Charitable Foundations stated; “Addressing issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a pressing issue for the foundation sector and the positive response to our report DEI: The pillars of stronger foundation practice, shows there is enthusiasm and energy for action. I was delighted to learn about this inspiring collaboration involving so many ACF members and wholeheartedly welcome the initiative. This is a significant step for the foundation community and we look forward to seeing how it develops and to share learning with our wider membership. For further information please contact fozia.irfan@blcf.org.uk or 01582 522422 ...

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Two Ridings CF joins Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coalition

Two months on from flooding, the latest update from the Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund

October 3, 2019

Just over two months ago flash flooding caused major devastation across parts of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale. In response and thanks to generous donations from across the UK, Two Ridings Community Foundation opened the Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund to provide assistance to people affected by this flooding. In addition to the contribution of £82,000 made by Two Ridings to start the fund, additional donations of over £140,000 means that the fund has £222,000 to distribute with more donations still coming in. To date the fund has made 128 payments of £300 to people affected by the flooding, with a further 18 in the pipeline. As a result of the case worker team visiting people affected by the flooding 11 further awards of £1000 plus have been made to help people in significant hardship, including 2 awards to small businesses. A further 14 similar awards are in progress and more will be made in the next few months as people come to terms with the financial impact of the floods. Awards have also been made to Arkengarthdale and Grinton Parish Councils with other parish council awards in progress. These awards are to assist with immediate repair work on severely damaged land or becks to protect properties and businesses. The money held in The Swaledale and Wensleydale Recovery Fund will be used to ensure that the families, farms and small businesses affected in Swaledale,  Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale have long-term support to help them recover from the effects of flooding. This includes awards to the Parish Councils as well as payments to residents to help them with the costs of temporary accommodation, running dehumidifiers or replacing items such as white goods and essential furniture. In addition, Two Ridings, with the help of Richmondshire Community Voluntary Action have regular drop ins with a range of other support organisations (The Farming Community Network, Richmondshire District Council, NFU) attending. Next drop dates are: Bellerby Memorial Hall 7th, 14th, 21st October 9.30am – 12noon Reeth Memorial Hall 4th, 18th, October, 1st, 15th, 29th November 9.30am – 12.30pm Jan Garrill Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: “Thank you to everyone who has donated or pledged support. Every penny will be spent on supporting local people affected by the flooding in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale.” To make a request for support or to find out more please contact the Two Ridings Community Foundation office on 01904 929 500 or email grants@tworidingscf.org.uk. There are also two major fundraising events organised by local residents and generously supported by local businesses and networks planned in the next month: Bids, Bands & a Big Night Out – Tennants, Leyburn on Saturday 19th October Grand Day Gala Dinner Dance – Tennants, Leyburn on Saturday 2nd November ...

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Two months on from flooding, the latest update from the Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund

Ard Rock make major donation to flood recovery fund

September 16, 2019

[caption id=\"attachment_1721\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"542\"] Joe Rafferty of Ard Rock[/caption] [caption id=\"attachment_1719\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"600\"] Crowds enjoying the Ard Rock event 2018[/caption] [caption id=\"attachment_1720\" align=\"alignnone\" width=\"600\"] Ard Rock crew helpng deal with the devastation of the July 2019 flooding[/caption] Following devastating flash flooding across parts of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale, Two Ridings Community Foundation got a major boost to its fundraising efforts to assist residents affected by the floods when it received a donation of £48,655 from the organisers of the Ard Rock. Ard Rock is the UK\'s biggest mountain bike race and festival and it attracts some of the World\'s highest profile racers, with the 2019 event expected to host four previous mountain bike world Champions. The racing takes place in the Swaledale and Arkengratdale Valleys and, the festival has an expo area with bike brands from around the world, live music and activities for adults and children. The event, due to be held on 2-3 August 2019, had to be cancelled at short notice following the devastating flash flooding which damaged roads, homes and infrastructure close to the event site on 31st July 2019. Immediately after cancelling the event, the team led by Joe and Kelly Rafferty turned their efforts to fund raising to help the local community get back on its feet. As well as raffling of a high end Santa Cruz mountain bike they set up a donation page and asked their participants to support the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale communities. The donation to The Swaledale and Wensleydale Recovery Fund, which is being managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, will be used to ensure that the families, farms and small businesses affected in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale have long-term support to help them recover from the effects of flooding. This includes awards to the Parish Councils as well as payments to residents to help them with the costs of temporary accommodation, running dehumidifiers or replacing items such as white goods and essential furniture. The Fund will also support local farm businesses in hardship. £30,000 of the money raised by Ard Rock has already been pledged to Akrengarthdale, Reeth and Grinton Parish Councils to assist them with immediate repair work on severely damaged land to protect properties and businesses. Joe Rafferty from Ard Rock said: \"Swaledale and Arkengarthdale have been the host of Ard Rock for seven years now, and the valleys and beautiful scenery have given us all so many good times and special memories. On behalf of all the Ard Rock participants and the mountain bike community, we are delighted that the funds we raised will help the local community recover. We would also like to thank the Two Ridings Community Foundation for managing our donation and their hard work so far, we have full confidence that they will ensure that it is used in the best possible way. Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: “The donation from Ard Rock reflects the special place this community has for all the people involved in the Ard Rock event. We will ensure that the Fund’s donation is used to help people in the affected area get back on their feet again. But in the meantime, the Dales are open for business as usual, so do continue to visit and support our amazing community”. Donations are welcome from individuals, businesses or others who want to use Two Ridings Community Foundation’s local expertise to ensure the funds make a difference. To donate please visit: https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/nyorks-recovery-fund/ To date the fund has made 124 Stage one payments of £300 to people affected by the flooding and 6 stage two payments of £1000 plus to help people in financial hardship. Many more stage two payments will be made in the next few months as people come to terms with the financial impact of the floods. To make a request for support please contact the Two Ridings Community Foundation office on 01904 929 500 or email grants@tworidingscf.org.uk. There are 46 Community Foundations in the UK, each has an in-depth local knowledge and they are often called upon to mobilise donations to help victims of natural disasters. If you would like any further information about the work of the Foundation, how to support us or grants awarded in your area, please do not hesitate to contact the office.             ...

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Ard Rock make major donation to flood recovery fund

The High Sheriff’s Dragons’ Den 2019 event – purchase your tickets!

September 4, 2019

Join us for this years The High Sheriff of North Yorkshires DRAGONS DEN Date: Thursday 3rd October 2019 Time: 5.30 for 6pm Location: Rudding Park, Harrogate HG3 1JH Ticket cost: £25, includes drinks and canapes, ticket sales go directly to the pitching charities on the night. Please purchase your tickets before 23 September, online at: www.dragonsden2019.eventbrite.co.uk This year, the High Sheriffs Dragons Den has teamed up with THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District (another Two Ridings Community Foundation fund) to focus on mental health and wellbeing in the Harrogate District. Like the television programme, selected local charitable organisations will \'pitch\' for funding to the audience and a panel of Dragons. The audience will have a chance to ask questions and vote. Disability Action Yorkshire is up-cycling chairs for the Dragons, available for purchase at the event. We hope you can join us. Dragons\' Den Invitation ...

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The High Sheriff’s Dragons’ Den 2019 event – purchase your tickets!

Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund Update

September 2, 2019

Its hard to believe its exactly one month since the Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund opened to support people and their lives affected by the flash flooding in July 2019. The attached North York Flood Appeal FAQs 2 September 2019 gives the latest information about the fund and helps people decide whether or not to apply to the fund. To request a phase two award please get in touch with the team: Telephone 01904 929 500 Email grants@tworidingscf.org.uk Write to us: Two Ridings Community Foundation, Pavilion 2000, Amy Johnson Way, York YO30 4XT ...

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Swaledale & Wensleydale Recovery Fund Update

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund to support people and businesses affected by flash floods in the Dales

August 14, 2019

Following devastating flash flooding across parts of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale, Two Ridings Community Foundation got a major boost to its fundraising efforts to assist families affected by the floods when it received a donation from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. The donation to The Swaledale and Wensleydale Recovery Fund, which is being managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, will be used to ensure that the families and small businesses affected have long-term support to help them recover from the effects of flooding. Immediate payments of £300 will be paid to residents to help them with the costs of temporary accommodation, running dehumidifiers or replacing items such as white goods and essential furniture. The Fund will also support local businesses in hardship by replacing lost tools and equipment. On receiving a £300 payment, Ian Dawson, a resident of Reeth said: “On behalf of my family and all the other people affected by the flooding I would like to thank The Prince of Wale’s Charitable Fund, local businesses and the innumerable individuals who have donated to the Two Ridings Community Foundation fund. Experiencing the devastation from flooding tests us all but knowing that others are there for the long term to help, to empathise and to make the rebuilding of our homes and communities something that will happen is both humbling and heart-warming.” Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: “The donation from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund reflects The Prince of Wales’s love for the area and deep understanding of the potential impact of flooding on our community. We will ensure that the Fund’s donation is used to help people in the affected area get back on their feet again. But in the meantime, the Dales are open for business as usual, so do continue to visit and support our amazing community”. Donations are welcome from individuals, businesses or others who want to use Two Ridings Community Foundation’s local expertise to ensure the funds make a difference. To donate please visit: https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/nyorks-recovery-fund/   To make a request for support please contact the Two Ridings Community Foundation office on 01904 929 500 or email grants@tworidingscf.org.uk. There are 46 Community Foundations in the UK, each has an in-depth local knowledge and they are often called upon to mobilise donations to help victims of natural disasters. ...

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The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund to support people and businesses affected by flash floods in the Dales

Could you be our Partnerships Manager?

July 26, 2019

We are recruiting and its a cracker of a role...supporting leaders in the voluntary and cultural sector in Hull and East Riding to be well connected, collaborative, generous leaders and act as advocates for this approach within their own organisations, the wider social and cultural sector and beyond. The HEY Confident Futures Programme, funded to March 2022 by Rank Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund and others, aims to support the development of a collaborative, confident cohort of leaders within the social and cultural sector in Hull & East Yorkshire. This programme originated from the longstanding work of Rank Foundation in Hull (especially the development of the Hull Community Development Network & Hull Activity Grants) and the HEY100 leadership programme in 2018. And the Partnership Manager will be the linchpin behind all of this. We are looking for a person with strong connections to the area who can engage and enthuse, network & collaborate and lead and share. Interested? Visit our vacancies page or get in touch with Jan Garrill, our CEO to find out more. ...

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Could you be our Partnerships Manager?

IWD2019

March 19, 2019

As part of IWD2019 celebrations Two Ridings CEO, Jan Garrill, joined Hull Sisters for a celebration lunch & to drop off items donated at IWD2019 lunches. Thanks to our friends at York Rotary & Next Up for providing essential items to Hull Sisters and other women\'s groups in our region. ...

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IWD2019