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Eighty five per cent of North Yorkshire is classed as super-sparse with population density five times below the national average. The county has rich culture and heritage, high standards of education provision and strong local economies. It has resilient and self-reliant communities. But like rural communities across the country, North Yorkshire faces unprecedented challenges linked to economic and financial pressures, connectivity, climate change, a growing aging population, its geography and Brexit.

We have established an independent Rural Commission to give a fresh perspective on these challenges and to find new ways to create opportunities in the fight to save some of the county’s most rural communities from decline.

Here, we speak to a North Yorkshire business owner who is encouraging people to leave the city for rural life.

Peel Entertainment is a group of creative and tech companies working hard to persuade people in the industry to swap city life for the North Yorkshire countryside.

The companies are targeting talented graduates who may otherwise move from North Yorkshire to London and families looking to move out of the capital and bring up children in a rural location.

Peel Entertainment specialises in live performances, including theatre, guest acts, role playing training and speakers, while their technology arm provides digital interactive experiences for museums and visitors centres, including virtual reality products. They employ 50 people full-time and commission more than 300 performers, as well as other freelance creatives.

The company’s headquarters are a 900-year-old country estate in Broughton, which hosts more than 50 companies in a range of refurbished coach houses, barns and stable buildings. The Broughton Hall Estate, just outside Skipton, is designed to provide inspiring modern facilities for businesses.

 

Peel Entertainment’s Managing Director, Susannah Daley, said they chose Broughton Hall specifically for its stunning, rural location. She said as well as offering a tranquil space to work in, the facilities are “fantastic” with an onsite nursery, modern, flexible workspaces, a bistro, large conference areas and meeting rooms.

She said the estate went to great lengths to get broadband services into the estate and they lease a line that meets their needs.

Susannah said among the main challenges for creative industries wanting to thrive in rural areas were recruiting people to the area and transport links within the North of England.

“The challenge we face mainly is actually recruiting creative artists to come and work in this area, because they’re very used to work in city environments,” she said.

“We do get people working in Manchester or Leeds, but it can be challenging for them making the commute, because if they don’t have a car, the train service isn’t adequate enough to get them here.

“If I want to get to Manchester I can drive in just over one hour, but if I have to get the train it’s just over two hours, generally.

“It’s interesting we can get to the south of England very quickly – we have good train links between Leeds and London and good train links between Skipton and Leeds – but anywhere around the top of the country we really, really struggle. These are the two main challenges we face as a business: trying to recruit people – allowing them the flexibility to locate – and trying to move jobs and services round the North of England.”

In a bid to attract more people from creative industries used to everything city life had to offer, Susannah decided to invest in creating a new bar and restaurant in Skipton. Alexander’s Bar and Restaurant has just opened on the High Street.

She said: “One of the benefits of living in a rural community is the peace and quiet and sense you’re not in a busy city.

“That can add to the creativity of the place, but it can also be a distraction for people in that it can be a bit too quiet and they’re looking for more life.

“We like the community we have around here – we’ve been based here for 20 years – so we decided to invest in a bar and restaurant in our local town.

“We spent quite a bit of time and money trying to make a place that would create a buzz and atmosphere and a city vibe in the area.

“We have fantastic links with the local colleges, but we know people tend to want to leave rural areas once they get to their late teens.

“What we’re trying to do is attract them back. So we try and create good quality apprenticeship jobs so people come back and start their training.

“And we also try and create really good packages for families so people thinking of coming back out of the city for somewhere to set up a family life can come and have good, flexible working conditions.

“The schools round here are very, very good. We’re very lucky that the site we also have a nursery so people wanting to drop off their children can do so. Generally, we find people feel quite challenged and worried about whether the infrastructure is going to be solid enough and strong enough to make that move.

“I think it’s very important that rural communities don’t cover themselves in a shroud and see themselves as unchanging, because every community needs to change.

“Cities change constantly and regularly and rural communities need to change as well, otherwise there’s a danger they’re in aspic; beautiful and picturesque but otherwise not a lot of use to people.”

Call for evidence

Farming, food and the environment will be the first topics put under the spotlight by the Rural Commission. The commission is keen to hear from farmers, local residents and businesses on those issues they believe the commission needs to consider. The commissioners will hear some evidence in person but will also examine submissions made via email to RuralCommission@northyorks.gov.uk

Nearly 3,000 pint-sized woollen cycling jerseys used to welcome the UCI Road World Championships are being transported around the world for use as baby jumpers and blankets.

Ripon provided a flamboyant welcome for the global sporting event when it passed through the town in September, with decorations including strings of more than 2,000 knitted jerseys with the UCI rainbow stripes.

The jerseys were made by knitters with the Ripon Community Poppy Project, which decorates the town with woollen poppies every year. Two members – Carol Dunkley and Hazel Barker – instigated the project after Carol’s son, Neil Dunkley, told her about the cycling championships last year. Within hours of seeing the cycling jerseys she had knitted her first string of jersey bunting. Neil put a photo of the bunting on his website and they were soon receiving requests for the knitting pattern from around the UK.

Now the race is over, the bunting is finding a new lease of life and is being sent to projects and people in need in the UK and abroad. Some of the larger jumpers have been taken to Madagascar, where they have been given to new mothers who would struggle to afford clothing for their new-born babies.

They have been given to the charity, TASC Madagascar, which works on community projects, including building schools, renovating children’s homes, mental hospitals and reforestation projects.

Another 100 jumpers have been sent to Kenya, after the family of a local soldier stationed there saw the knitters were advertising for good homes for the jumpers. 

The military have added the jumpers to baby packs for new mothers, which have been put together to encourage women to give birth in local clinics where there is medical attention close at hand.

The smaller knitted jerseys have been stitched together to form blankets, which have gone to a range of charities and organisations, including local care homes in North Yorkshire.

Carol Dunkley said the bunting was also popular with visitors and the international cycling teams.

"One of the shops in Ripon had some of the cyclists come in during the race to see if they could buy the bunting hung at the back of their building, so Hazel and I thought it would be a good idea to take some to the hotels and give it to the cyclists as mementoes," she said.

"We met all the teams, we gave jerseys to the Spanish, Italian, Irish, Danish, Americans and Dutch. We saw some of the teams had put it in their support vehicles. It looked great."

The positive impact of the bunting project has not ended there.

The Sun Parlour Café, in Ripon’s Spa Gardens, has been giving away bunting in return for donations to the Dave Rayner Fund. The fund was set up after 25-year-old professional cyclist Dave Rayner died after being assaulted in a nightclub. The fund helps young cyclists to meet their living costs if training or competing abroad and can also provide advice, mentoring and mental health support.

Caroline Bentham, owner of the Sun Parlour Café, said the jumpers weren’t the only UCI decorations being re-used for a good cause. Wooden cut-outs of cyclists that decorated Ripon’s roundabouts during the race have been given to local schools, Scout and Brownie groups to decorate with Christmas jumpers. They will be included in an illuminated Winter Wonderland display, which is planned for the gardens this Christmas.

Caroline said: "The UCI championships aren’t going to come to Ripon again, so if the decorations go to good use, that’s fantastic. A lot of cyclists come into the café and have bought the bunting jerseys, which has helped raise more than £300 for the Dave Rayner Fund."

We are urging residents to give their views on how we should prioritise our ambitions.

The annual review of our council plan influences how our budget is managed. People can help to shape the plan by taking part in the Your Services, Your Say consultation.

For example, one of our ambitions is for all adults in North Yorkshire to live longer, healthier, more independent lives. We deliver prevention and reablement services and support older people to continue living in their own homes as well as residential and nursing care. We spend more money on adult social care and public health than any other area, £255m each year caring for and supporting adults of all ages with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental ill health.

Holly Walsh-Harrington is registered manager at Station View, in Starbeck, Harrogate, which the county council has recently fully redeveloped to provide innovative and flexible facilities to meet the needs of people who use day services or who need a short residential break from time to time, with 24-hour care and support on hand.

It gives people the care and support to continue to live independent lives within their communities as well as to provide respite for family carers. It offers short break stays in specially equipped units that have single bedrooms; easy-access bathrooms; lounge and dining areas and a central kitchen with additional small kitchens for serving meals and preparing snacks.

Holly says: “In the last six months here at Station View we’ve expanded our services. We now offer a dementia respite unit. That allows people to come to Station View and give their carers a break, allowing them to continue to live at home independently.

“We have also developed the short breaks service. This has a wider offer, so we provide services for people with a learning disability, autism, mental ill health and physical disability. This is also a respite unit, allowing people to come to us for a short break and giving their carer a rest.”

The council plan sets out our priorities and actions for the next four years and explains how we intend to deliver services that meet the needs of people in North Yorkshire.

We encourage people to share their views on the areas on which they think we should focus our resources. It is important that people take part in this consultation and we hear what they think.

Have your say at Your Services Your Say. The deadline for taking part is Monday, 18 November. Comments will be included when the council plan is discussed at the council meeting in February.

Thirty percent of people aged over 65 and half of those over 80 are at risk of falling at least once a year.

Strong and Steady helps people who are at risk of trips and falls to gain strength and balance and become more active through a programme of chair-based exercises.

Delivered by North Yorkshire Sport with County Council funding, the weekly sessions also help boost confidence, increase independence and reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation.

Strong and Steady client Keith said: “When I first started here I couldn’t walk very far at all. I had to have my stick. But now my balance is very much better. I’ve got a good bunch of friends, as well.”

 

Strong and Steady is one of more than 7,000 listings on North Yorkshire Connect, which helps people to find things to do in their local area and access information about advice and support. It’s also a valuable tool for professionals who are signposting to local services.

 

Instructor Andrew Newton said: “We use the North Yorkshire Connect site to allow people to access these programmes, to go onto the site to see what’s available in their local area. I’d encourage any other community groups to also get a listing on North Yorkshire Connect. The more there is on there the more choice people have and it really gives people in North Yorkshire the chance to see what’s happening.”

If you’re involved with a community group, club, service or voluntary organisation, you can add a listing on North Yorkshire Connect for free.

We’ve been celebrating North Yorkshire’s inspiring volunteers with the presentation of our annual community awards.

The awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate and showcase voluntary work by individuals and organisations that make their neighbourhoods better places to live. This year, there were 55 nominations for 41 groups and individuals.

The winner of each of the four categories receives £1,000 for the project, group or nominated relevant local charity in the case of the individual awards, and two runners-up in each category receive £250.

Tony Jameson-Allen, co-founder of the Sporting Memories Foundation, which won the best community group award, said: “Winning the award is absolute testament to the volunteers that run it. There are five who have been running the club week in week out, making sure that everyone gets everything they possibly can from the sessions. This prize money will help us to continue to support the volunteers, but also buy some more equipment for the club and hopefully have a celebration event as well.”

Lucy Short, of SELFA, which won best community project for its SMILE project, said: “SELFA is a local children’s charity based in Skipton. We support disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 4 to 19 throughout Craven. We have recently been working on a project that is bringing some of our youngest children to one of our care homes in Skipton to meet some of their residents.

“The SMILE project is a weekly project where we meet with the residents and do fun activities to help the generations to build friendships. We’d really like to spend our prize money on perhaps extending the project and opening it up to our older children at SELFA for some of our teenagers to get on board, visit some of the other care homes throughout the community and make it bigger, more positive and energising.”

County Council Chair Councillor Jim Clark, who co-presented the awards at the North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference at The Pavilions, Harrogate, said: “It is a privilege to be able to say thank you with these awards to some of the thousands of volunteers across North Yorkshire who give their time and skills so generously to help others. I’d like to extend that thanks to every volunteer in North Yorkshire who gives their time so freely. Without the tens of thousands of hours of support they give each year, life in North Yorkshire would be poorer for many people.”

The winners

Best community project

Winners: The SMILE project, Skipton

 

Runners-up: Mosaics for Schools, Harrogate; Weaponness Window, Scarborough

Best community group

Winners: Sporting Memories Foundation

 

Runners-up: Grassington Hub; Parents of Special Children, Hambleton/Richmondshire.
Highly commended: Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust Volunteers

Volunteer of the year

Winner: Natalie Davies, volunteer Commanding Officer for Scarborough Sea Cadets.

 

Runners-up: Emily Towers; Glennis Hobbs.
Highly commended: Linda Moore

Young people volunteering award

Winner: Six-year-old Amirah Stones, who helped to organise a community Christmas dinner in Northallerton.

 

Runners-up: Oliver Webster; Young People’s Council

 

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From pumpkins to pirates, monsters to mermaids, a new, affordable costume exchange is encouraging children to be inspired and become their favourite figure. 

Last year Tadcaster Community Library launched its own fancy dress section where people can borrow nearly-new outfits for a couple of pounds. Now, as the costume exchange celebrates its first anniversary, the initiative is proving popular in the town.

The collection includes costumes for all ages; from babies to adults. For just £2.50 people can borrow an outfit for two weeks and then return it to the library.

The costumes are on display in the library and separated into categories such as Halloween, Christmas and other events.

The library’s volunteer coordinator, Katherine Wells, came up with the idea.

She said: “We put some appeals out for costumes and people started bringing things in straight away.

“We have children and adult costumes. It’s just £2.50 for a couple of weeks.

“If you have more than one child, then an event like World Book Day or Christmas plays can cost a lot of money, especially, if like me, you can’t sew for toffee. We have a great range of costumes; we have superhero outfits, mermaid costumes, adult outfits and cute nativity costumes. We’ve also got a huge range of hats and wigs.”

Katherine said as well as helping families save money, the costume library was also reducing waste locally and encouraging recycling.

She said: “Dressing-up clothes can be one-use items if your child has used it for one event and then doesn’t want to dress up as that any more, or grows out of it. They’re not always particularly sustainable.

“You can also use the costume library for a children’s party and borrow a range of clothes in that age range for the day and everyone dresses up at the party. It’s fun and it don’t cost much.

“Anyone can donate items as well by just dropping them off at the library. All we ask is that they’re clean and don’t have any holes in them and we wash them when they get dropped off.”

One mother, Lauren Bullock, said she thought it was a great idea.

She said: “You can pay £20 for an outfit and they don’t always use it for long. This is a great idea. It would be really good for parties too.”

Jacob Hinchliffe, aged seven, visited the library with his mum and sister, Abigail, to borrow a Captain America outfit, while Abigail chose a pumpkin costume. Jacob said: “I just like the whole costume library. I might borrow a Captain America outfit again, or I might be something different next time.”

Photographs of all the costumes are posted on Facebook at Tadcaster Costume Exchange, where people can browse and reserve outfits, or just turn up to the library and select a costume. Anyone with outfits in good condition which they want to donate can drop them off at the library on Station Road, in the building adjoining St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Tadcaster. 

Katherine said: “People can just turn up when they want and look through the costume rail. All the costumes are on Facebook. You just need a library card, which is free to join and the £2.50 hire charge all goes straight back into Tadcaster Community Library!”

Our highways gritting teams are geared up for the challenge of the coming winter on the county’s 5,800 miles of roads.

The £7m winter maintenance budget will see more than half of the roads gritted on one of   England’s largest and in places most remote networks. The fleet of 85 gritters will be supported by 107 farm contractors, five road snowblowers and seven footpath snowblowers.

We have 55,000 tons of salt stocks in our barns and 8,000 grit heaps and bins. The gritters are on call 24 hours a day. Last year, 6,287 routes were treated.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We place the highest priority on our winter maintenance budget, because this is a service that is vital to everyone who lives and works in the county.”

The County Council uses the latest weather forecasting technology in planning its gritting operations. This includes ice prediction weather stations, a 24-hour weather forecast and road temperature sensor data.

Find out about our winter gritting service in North Yorkshire.

 

Find out how we prepare for winter in North Yorkshire.

 

Find out how we decide whether to salt or not to salt.

 

Find out what it's like out on the road with our gritting teams.

 

Find out how our gritting teams keep you safe on our roads during winter.

 

Find out how we keep you informed about our gritting plans. View our routes online, see our live weather cameras to plan your journey and see our gritting plans on twitter.

We’re stepping up support and urging EU citizens living and working in the county to apply for pre-settled or settled status – ideally before 31 October.

Our Registration Service has launched a scanning service to help people with the application process.

“We want our EU citizens and their families to know that they are very welcome in North Yorkshire and are a very important part of the cultural and economic vitality of our region; valued members of our workforce and communities," said County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Customer Engagement.

“There are hundreds of EU citizens working across North Yorkshire across all sectors, and particularly in care, the NHS, farming and our leisure and tourism industries. They are a crucially important part of our collective workforce and will continue to be so post-Brexit.

“Applying for pre-settled or settled status is free and easy to do; nationally more than one million people have already successfully applied and secured their future and we encourage others to do so.”

Zuzana McGeever is deputy manager at Station View, Starbeck, a county council day and short break residential care centre, applied for settled status earlier this year.

She came to the UK 14 years ago from Slovakia where she had qualified as a social worker and has worked in the care sector ever since. She is now married to an English man and has two children born in the UK. 

She said: “My children were really anxious about what would happen to me after Brexit and in any case I wanted to ensure that I would be OK, so I was one of the first to apply for settled status back in the spring.  I went online, downloaded the app, took a photo and made the application.

"I had a response from the Home Office within a couple of days to confirm I had been granted settled status and had “indefinite leave to remain” in the UK.  It was very easy and it has given me and my family peace of mind.

“I would recommend to anybody from the EU, who lives and works in the UK and wants to remain in this country, to apply for settled status.  

“It’s a simple process, I did it in one evening, and there is help on hand if you need it. I don’t have to worry anymore what is going to happen, I can continue working and living my life as usual no matter what the Brexit outcome is going to be.”

The county council is contacting and encouraging employers across the health and social care sector to do everything possible to engage with their current EU workers and provide reassurance of the stability of working in the UK post-Brexit. We are working with employers to urge their employees to apply as soon as possible and ideally prior to 31 October to secure settled status.

Cllr White added: “Alongside other employers, the county council is supporting its own EU employees to apply for settled status. We are giving them clear assurances about their ability to continue to work for us now and into the future.”

Our Registration Service is providing a scanning service designed for those who need help with the application process, which requires the use of a compatible Android phone or tablet to scan identity documents and take photographs.

The scanning service is for people who do not have access to a compatible device to scan and verify their documents. This is available by appointment, initially at the Harrogate, Northallerton and Scarborough and Harrogate registration offices.

EU citizens and their families are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for free, to enable them to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

North Yorkshire has been chosen to lead an £84 million Government roll out to councils across the UK which includes the council’s ground-breaking programme to support children and young people at risk of entering care.

North Yorkshire is one of only three councils in the country (the other two are Leeds and Hertfordshire) to share £84 million in a landmark initiative called the Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme, to work with other councils and develop their services to become more successful in supporting young people on the edge of care to reconnect with their families and reduce risky behaviour.

Already North Yorkshire has been supporting Middlesbrough as a trailblazer to adopt its ground-breaking No Wrong Door programme and over the next five years will also support Rochdale, Redcar and Cleveland, Norfolk, Warrington and Leicester City.

The No Wrong Door scheme which is lauded nationally for its innovation and effectiveness, has improved radically the life chances of some of the county’s most vulnerable and troubled young people, reducing the numbers ending up either homeless or in the criminal system. This is ‘Louise’s story:

No Wrong Door has helped to reduce North Yorkshire’s looked-after population by 18 per cent in five years and has led to a £2m year-on-year saving. The vast majority of young people (86 per cent) referred to No Wrong Door remain out of the care system and the use of residential placements has fallen by half.

The vast majority of young people supported by No Wrong Door also remain in education, employment or training and levels of criminal activity have reduced by almost 40 per cent.

No Wrong Door avoids the high costs of placement breakdown, of having to use out-of-authority care and preventing young people’s descent into the very expensive criminal justice system. North Yorkshire now makes no out-of-county placements which, given that it costs upwards of £250,000 a year and can go up to several hundred thousand to place a young person in care outside the area of the council, this improvement delivers substantial savings. 

Speaking on a visit in the area, the Education Secretary paid tribute to the work done by both North Yorkshire’s social services and schools. Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, who was born in Scarborough, said on particular that the level of support for vulnerable children was the best in the region: “North Yorkshire has been a real exemplar of actually how to do it and how to do it incredibly well and I know that local authorities right across the country look to North Yorkshire and say how can we do it like North Yorkshire do? And I think that’s a real credit to the people who are delivering this really important service to children.”

County Councillor Janet Sanderson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “We are immensely proud to be doing this work and extending the No Wrong Door model to councils across the UK. 

“Here in North Yorkshire we are passionately committed to helping young people turn their back on risky behaviour and to keeping them close to us and their communities with therapeutic, wrap-around, 24/7 support.  We are building an international reputation for this ground-breaking work and this Government funding, announced today, will help us to develop the programme further.”

No Wrong Door addresses the chronic problems the care system faces of lack of mental health support for vulnerable young people and foster placements, which frequently break down because of the young people’s behaviour.

The service is centred on two hubs in the county, one in Scarborough, the other in Harrogate which replace traditional council run children’s homes with a range of integrated provision. This includes residential care home beds; emergency residential beds; community foster family placements; supported accommodation and supported lodgings and outreach support. All professionals working in the hubs are trained and work in common with a restorative and solutions-focused approach.

Each hub also has a dedicated and embedded team with a life coach who is a clinical psychologist, a speech and communications therapist and a police intelligence role.

Each young person is given one key worker who sticks with them through thick and thin to access the right services at the right time and in the right place to meet their need. It’s a tough love approach for those who have had a lifetime of experiencing rejection and failure.

We will receive this significant Strengthening Families Government funding over 5 years to support the implementation of the No Wrong Door model into the six other councils. They will be expected to make significant savings, similar to those realised in North Yorkshire through reduced number of young people who are remanded to custody; involved in criminal behaviour; in out of authority placements; missing; experiencing placement breakdown; and involved in crisis presentations to mental health and emergency hospital services.

Janice Nicholson, strategic lead for North Yorkshire’s new Strengthening Families Delivery Team, is responsible for rolling out No Wrong Door to other councils and was instrumental in developing the No Wrong Door model from the very beginning.

She is determined not to dilute the No Wrong Door model with other authorities. She said: “Through No Wrong Door we always work with families – strengthening networks, reconnecting young people with their families. Teenagers will often drift back to their families anyway after leaving care so better to strengthen that relationship and make it safe. Because if you don’t create these networks when they reach 18 they fall off the cliff edge”

Staff who have improved people’s lives when they are struggling with health issues, isolation, crisis or disability have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

A support worker who managed a serious incident; a reablement worker who enables people to cope with day-to-day living at home and a team who have halved the number of patients delayed in being discharged from hospital, are all among council staff who have been honoured in the Health and Adult Services Awards.

This year’s awards featured more than a dozen categories for individuals and teams working for North Yorkshire County Council, from Achievement of the Year to Innovation and Improvement.

The awards ceremony took place in Northallerton and was hosted by Amy Oakden and Neil Green of BBC Radio Tees.

The awards recognised some of the extraordinary lengths staff have gone to in ensuring the health and wellbeing of people during times of need. The winners included:

  • Dot Hope, winner of the Customer Excellence award following a 48-year career caring for others. Dot, a Care and Support Reablement worker for the Harrogate North team, began working for social services in 1971 as a home help. For more than 40 years she undertook ‘deep clean’ duties at homes that had become neglected, dirty or untidy, often due to occupants no longer being able to cope, typically because of illness or the loss of a partner. Dot has now brought her skills and positive ‘can do’ attitude to Reablement, enabling people to remain independent in their own homes.
  • Angela Webb, who won Achievement of the Year for the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area for her work in preventing a man being evicted from his home. Angela, a member of Scarborough Central’s Reablement Team, supported someone who was facing eviction because his home was so cluttered. She supported the man to sort through his items and worked with the housing company to prevent his impending eviction. She also identified other actions needed so that he could continue to live independently and keep on top of day-to-day living.
  • Claire Robinson, winner of Public Health Practitioner of the Year for her “proactive, engaging and tenacious” work in preventing self-harm and suicide. The Health Improvement Manager’s work has included undertaking annual audits of suicides in North Yorkshire using Coroner’s records, reviewing witness statements and messages, as well as working with families, clinicians, analysts and other experts. Her ground-breaking work in staging county-wide events on self-harm in children and young people is now being shared nationally.

The other winners were;

  • Julie Lambert, disability support worker at Jubilee Lodge, Skipton
  • Claire Deaton, benefits assessment and charging officer, Harrogate/Craven
  • Holly Walsh-Harrington, registered manager, Station View,  Harrogate
  • Valerie Wainman, domestic assistant, Neville House Residential Care Home, Craven
  • Caitlyn Divers, mental health social worker, Hambleton
  • Social Care Assessors in the Sensory Team, Harrogate/Craven
  • Cheryl Dale, care and support worker, Larpool Lane Residential Care Home, Whitby
  • Deborah Foss, social care assessor, Hambleton North Planned Care team
  • Customer Response and Feedback Team
  • Gina Stott, service manager, Selby.
  • Emma Lonsdale, Commissioning Manager, Health, Children and Young People’s Service
  • Rebekah Wallbank, Social Care Assessor, Selby

Friday’s awards come at a time when health and social care nationally is acutely stretched. Despite the challenges this poses, the council continues to develop frontline and prevention services, tackling social isolation and helping people to stay independent in their own communities for as long as possible.

“These awards demonstrate the deep commitment shown to other people’s wellbeing by those working in adult social care and public health in North Yorkshire,” said County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for adult social care and health integration. “It’s one of the main reasons why these services are so appreciated.

“The county continues to invest in improving adult social care and public health services, but we could not achieve excellence without the commitment of our staff who constantly look for better ways of improving people’s lives.”

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