Stronger communities

Stronger communities is our programme to support communities to play a greater role in the delivery of services in the county.

The stronger communities team supports communities to help themselves and create local solutions for service provision at a time of significant financial challenge for the authority. Our aim is to encourage communities to work with us, identifying local solutions and actions in order for all communities in North Yorkshire to have greater collective control of their own wellbeing.

Working with local residents, community groups and other partners from the public and private sectors across North Yorkshire, the stronger communities team will identify opportunities to co-produce a range of local support and services aimed at reducing inequalities, and improving the wellbeing and social connectedness of people of all ages.

Priorities for the programme include:

  • community libraries
  • services for children, young people and families
  • community transport
  • services for adults and older people

Further information about stronger communities

Community activities and additional support options toolkit – based on the Rockwood frailty scale

This resource aims to assist practitioners in a range of settings, including primary and secondary health care, social care, and the community and voluntary sector, to provide information about relevant community resources to individuals living with frailty and their families and carers.

Find out more on our community activities and additional support toolkit based on the Rockwood frailty scale page.

Inspire and Achieve Together

Inspire Fund

Resident groups or community organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help fund local projects and events. Find out how to apply for the Inspire Fund grant here.

Achieve together programme

In addition to the Inspire Fund, stronger communities also work with communities on a smaller number of targeted and longer term projects to achieve one or more key community outcomes. These projects must be evidence-based, clearly identifying needs and focused on longer-term sustainability and impact at scale.

This is not an open grants scheme as we are looking to form strategic partnerships with organisations working together to achieve shared ambitions. If you wish to discuss a project you think would be suitable for the achieve programme, please contact your local delivery manager.

The programme can offer different levels of support and expert advice appropriate to the needs of community organisations and the project proposed.

Specialist support: Postvention enhancement and Self-harm services

Specialist Postvention Support Pilot

We are currently working with a not for-profit organisation based in North Yorkshire to deliver a 12 month pilot specialist postvention support service.

Funding in the sum of £25,000 has been made available from NHS partners to enhance the county’s existing service by developing and delivering a pilot specialist postvention support for individuals and families across six districts in North Yorkshire (delivery in Craven is excluded from the scope of this funding opportunity as alternative provision is already in place).

For more information or updates on this project please contact us.

Self-harm Service Co-design 

We – on behalf of the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (HCV HCP) – are working with a not for-profit Provider, to help us design and develop a specification for a new non-clinical self-harm support service as part of the wider suicide prevention programme.

We are keen that the design of the specification for the new service is co-produced with people with lived experience of self-harm and support services, and that it reflects the needs and views of people affected in the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (HCV HCP) area.

The grant for this project is £5000.

For more information or updates on this project, please contact us.


The stronger communities team have annual reports available for 2015/16, 2016/17, as well as Shaping the Future reports for 2017/18 and 2018/19. If you would like more information, or a copy of one of our reports, please contact us.

Contact the Stronger Communities team

Please contact us if you would like further information about the Stronger Communities programme.