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Community groups across Hambleton can once again bid for up to £25,000 in grant aid.

The district council’s ‘Making a Difference’ grants programme is about to open with another £125,000 in the pot.  It will bring the total allocated since its launch six years ago to £625,000.

Since the programme started in 2015, 132 organisations have received help for a wide range of projects - including schemes to develop village halls, sports clubs or play areas as well as those that support people with mental health, loneliness and isolation and young people with disabilities.

“These grants are helping local groups across Hambleton to bring forward projects that they cannot afford to fund themselves,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“The amounts may be small but the difference to the community can be massive.”

Each market town and its surrounding area – Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk – receives £25,000.  Grant applications are considered by the local ward councillors, with Cabinet Members giving the final approval for accepted schemes. 

Successful applications need to be high quality bids that demonstrate how the project will meet a clearly defined need and make a real difference to the community as well as addressing one of the council’s priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment or providing a special place to live.  

The deadline for applications is 13 January 2020, with a decision on which applications have been successful expected in April 2020.

For more information – or to apply for a grant – contact communities@hambleton.gov.uk or visit hambleton.gov.uk/grants


Aly Thompson (communications officer) on 01609 767063

November 15, 2019

Appeal for volunteers to bring the Lambert Hospital back into use as a hospice

Residents of Thirsk are being urged to get involved in bringing the Lambert Hospital back into use as a hospice care community hub.

Herriot Hospice Homecare is keen to hear from anyone in Thirsk and the surrounding areas who would be interested in helping it move into its new permanent home.

This call comes after the charity was gifted the building thanks to the generosity and support of the local community and Hambleton District Council.

Chief executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare Tony Collins said: “It is very important to us that the community identified a need for palliative/hospice care in their area and that they thought of us to provide such a vital service.

“We are also delighted that the council backed this wish and we thank them for their generous contribution to the project, which will significantly increase the availability of hospice care services for local people.

“Now the hard work begins to realise this vision and we want the community to be involved and informed every step of the way.”

Tony added that the hospice will need the support of lots of different people including fundraisers, donors and volunteers to bring the building, which was closed to patients three year ago, back into use as a community asset, serving families across the Hambleton and Richmondshire district.

Therefore they are keen to hear from people interested in getting involved in supporting the project as it takes shape over the coming year.

The move will enable the charity to extend its well-loved home service, sitting and befriending and driving services.

Plans are also taking shape for new services including a community hub, outpatient service and a four bedded inpatient unit.

This comes after Hambleton District Council formally agreed to gift the former Lambert Hospital in Thirsk to Herriot Hospice Homecare in October, alongside a contribution of £90,000 towards the project.

Herriot Hospice has identified £600,000 of the £1.3m needed to convert the building and expect to secure the remainder over the coming months.

To register your interest in getting involved, visit www.herriothh.org.uk or call (01609) 777 413.


Contact information:

Jonny Page

Herriot Hospice Homecare

Email: communications@saintmichaelshospice.org

Tel: (01423) 878 637