Providing vital support in rural communities

Peter SowerbyThe Peter Sowerby Fund for North & East Yorkshire has been established by the Peter Sowerby Foundation.

Peter Sowerby was a GP who spent much of his working life at Egton Surgery in North Yorkshire. He created the software behind EMIS, now the largest supplier of clinical software to GPs across the UK, and from its success provided a generous endowment to the Foundation to fulfil his philanthropic vision and charitable priorities.

The Peter Sowerby Fund for North & East Yorkshire has been established to enable small local organisations to provide vital support in rural communities, carrying on Dr Sowerby’s long term vision in his home region.

Over the last three years the fund has provided 58 grants awarding a total of £226,346 to all corners of the region to meet issues close to the Foundation’s core value of supporting people in rural communities.

Funding was awarded:

  • Supporting community spaces, like village halls and sports facilities, so they can provide meaningful activities & enrich community life
  • Ensuring local grassroot groups have essential funds so they are able to operate & be sustainable
  • Enabling people to access services and activities through good quality transport and digital means
  • Reaching the most marginalised people in rural society

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings stated

“The Peter Sowerby Foundation recognise that through working with Two Ridings they can support local charitable organisations in rural North & East Yorkshire in recognition of their founders origins and love for Yorkshire. We are grateful for their support and differenced their fund can make for local rural charities.”

Learn more about the Peter Sowerby Foundation 

Supporting community spaces

Allerthorpe Village Hall – Funding to contribute towards renovation costs of Hall.  £2,000

Appleton Wiske Village Hall  – Replacing all the village hall lighting with LED versions.  £1,000

Coxwold Parish Council Funding to purchase a small generator set which will provide the village hall with emergency power.  £750

Easington Recreation and Sports Association  Funding to cover core overheads for a sports field that has lost fundraising income but has upkeep costs still to pay.  £1,200

Helmsley Bowling Club  Funding to contribute towards cost of new bowling green mower.  £2,000

Ensuring village halls and supporting facilities can enrich community life 

East Yorkshire Community Transport  Funding to host 2 events for elderly people to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.  £1,960

Romanby Scout Group Funding to purchase 10 tents to be used by the scout group.  £1,999

Snaith Cowick and Rawcliffe Volunteer Support Group  Funding to lease premises for 12 month to run a food bank and support service.  £9,981

Wold Newton Community Centre Funding to contribute towards overhead costs of the community centre.   £855

Withernsea Methodist Church  Funding to support a monthly lunch and activity club.   £500

Ensuring essential funds support grassroots organisations

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Replace Team Members PPE Clothing.  £1,000

Dancing for Well Being  Funding for equipment for dance activities for older people to improve mental health and wellbeing.   £730

Love Driffield  Funding towards capital expenditure to continue providing food bank.  £2,000

East Riding Association of Rural Community Buildings  Funding to continue to employ a village halls advisor to support and provide information throughout the crisis.   £1,000

MASH Funding for advertising and running costs of activities for younger armed forces veterans and their families.  £1,813

Middleham Town Twinning Association  Funding to continue their ‘Reach Out’ project which brings the community together.  £770

Settle Community and Business Hub  Funding to cover loss of income until the lockdown is lifted.   £9,540

Ripon YMCA  Funding to purchase 2 laptops and migrate their office system to Microsfot 365 to allow them to work more efficiently remotely during this crisis.  £2,000

Enabling groups to operate and be sustainable

Revival North Yorkshire  Funding will be used to increase the Managing Directors time so they can focus on organisational development to secure longer term financial security   £5,000

Skipton Step into Action  Funding to pay for a volunteer co-ordinator and a Project co-ordinator.   £5,000

Supporting Older People  Funding will be use to increase the administrators hours, to purchase 3 new computers and bring in a consultant for 5 days.   £5,000

Supporting Older People  Contribution towards the Director’s salary to enable her to focus on strategic, partnership and organisational development work to enhance the charities resilience and sustainability.  £2,000

Thunk-It Theatre Ltd  Funding to cover core organisational costs for 6 months.   £2,000

Veterans Woodcraft  Funding for core overheads to support isolated veterans through woodwork.  £5,000

Weighton Young Players  Funding towards the annual running costs of the Weighton Young players drama group.   £2,000

Whitby, Scarborough & Ryedale Disability Action Group Covering salary and office costs to continue a range of services disabled beneficiaries rely on.   £2,000


Essential funds to keep groups running their crucial services 

Community Counselling (North Yorkshire) Ltd Funding to cover both the cost of maintaining the service for a year and the recruiting volunteers for free counselling service.  £1,000

Dementia Forward Funding to purchase laptops and printers so staff can work from home.  £3,507

Endeavour Fun Club Supporting running costs.  £2,000

Everwitch Theatre Covering staff and operational costs of non-profit theatre supporting older people.  £8,420

Home-Start Craven Employing a part-time coordinator to deliver sessions, overseeing caseload and distributing food parcels.   £9,000

Next Steps – Mental Health Resource Centre Hiring a wellbeing coordinator to support volunteers and get beneficiaries the right support.  £10,000

North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre Covering core costs to deliver face to face sessions.  £10,000

Pioneer Projects To retain staff team keeping older isolated beneficiaries connected and supported   £9,000

Enabling access to services and activities 

Eggborough Methodist Church  Funding to run a monthly afternoon tea for isolated and lonely people in and around Eggborough.  £2,000

Hornsea Chill and Chat Cafe Funding for volunteer training and premises hire.   £1,400

Shiptonthorpe Village Hall  Funding for facilities that will benefit our participants in Drama, Dance, Music and enhance the audience experience.   £1,600

Sight Support Ryedale Funding for overheads for a telephone befriending service and shopping/prescription delivery service.  £10,000

Northallerton Business Network  Funding for training sessions in digital skills for older people, in a rurally isolated area.   £2,000

Whitby & District Community Transport  Funding to support the organisation with a prescription and food delivery service for vulnerable and isolated people.   £5,000

Whitby Hidden Impairments Support & Help  Funding to help with core costs  to continue to develop their programme of activities for parents and children.   £5,000

Reaching the most marginalised people

Centre for Health & Pastoral Care  Funding for expenses, communications and staff to help support people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.  £2,000

Clean Slate Solutions  Funding for a volunteer co-ordinator who will support mentors providing direct support to young ex-offenders.  £5,000

Community Counselling Funding for training, support and ICT to offer remote counselling to people facing barriers to NHS psychological support.   £10,000

Second Chance Ostomy Yorkshire  Funding to provide much-needed to help Ostomy users through their processes before, during and after surgery.   £2,000

New Beginnings Peer Support Funding will be used to rent new premises that will have a multi-use space. This will allow the organisation to run face-to-face appointments, meet in person and be acentral hub for the organisation.  £5,000

Ryedale Community Foodbank – Funding will be used for rent and to help them secure a more appropriate location  £5,000

Ryedale Community Foodbank  The funding will give us the opportunity to set up 3 bases where food can be collected, stored, packed and distributed to people who are in need.   £5,000

Ensuring nobody gets left behind

Colburn Youth Project Staff, overheads and capital costs to run a youth project over summer holidays to engage children and improve mental health and wellbeing.  £5,000

Community Works CIO Funding to support clients to adjust back into society once lockdown relaxes.  £10,000

Hambleton Community Action Funding to encourage volunteering and remove barriers around volunteering.   £10,000

Kingstrust Network CIO Staff and core costs to respond to Withernsea families and older residents in crisis.  £6,600

Wellspring Thearapy & Training   Funding to cover the cost of more hours of counselling for vulnerable people with increased mental health issues.  £7,473

Spirit of Christmas Funding to purchase items for boxes provided to young vulnerable people.  £500

Strive Yorkshire  Funding to cover rent and insurance costs to keep providing counselling services for free to those people who need help most.   £1,958

The Sandcastle Trust  The grant funding will pay for a contribution towards a bespoke package of respite for six families affected by a rare genetic condition.   £1,950