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; and
  • services for adults and older people.

Grants available for suicide prevention work

Local organisations committed to promoting good mental health and reducing the numbers of people taking their own lives are being encouraged to bid for funding to help them in their work. The grants are available to organisations based in both the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby and Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group areas. Find out more below and access the application forms. 


About the grants

They follow a successful bid by North Yorkshire County Council and partner organisations in the Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for funding from NHS England.

The aim is to support a national initiative to reduce suicide rates in England by 10% by 2020-21. The funding will be used to build on the work already underway in North Yorkshire and Darlington - through the locality Suicide Action Plans - to improve the access to, and quality of, mental health services in general to help to prevent suicides.

Statistics show that, at some point in their lives, one in four people will experience mental health issues. 

The new grant funding programme will play an important part in the work that supports the aims and objectives of both the North Yorkshire mental health strategy - called Hope, Control and Choice - and the mental health Crisis Care Concordat work that NYCC is carrying out with its partners. In Darlington it will support the work of Darlington Suicide Prevention Group (DSP) in the delivery of the Darlington Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2022.

Organisations will be able to bid for between £500 and £5,000 for funding up to the end of March 2019 and will focus on the development of a range of targeted support that strengthens and builds resilience and makes a positive contribution to one, or more, of the following: 

  • reducing stigma and discrimination;
  • developing mentally healthy communities and workplaces;
  • reducing loneliness and social and emotional isolation and;
  • reducing suicides.

Guidance and application forms are available to download here. The closing date for applications is midnight on 24th February 2019.

Please ensure you use the correct application forms for the geographic area you will be working in.

Application forms - Darlington area

Application forms - Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby area

Further information about stronger communities

On 1 July 2017 a new investment prospectus was launched by the stronger communities programme, revising the grants scheme in place since April 2015 and re-focusing the way that investment will be targeted in communities. 

You can  see the full prospectus here (pdf / 3 MB).

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

Inspire fund

We want to see vibrant and active communities throughout North Yorkshire adding to the richness of local life and improving the wellbeing of people of all ages.

If you have an idea for a project or event in your community whether you’re a new group of interested residents or an existing community organisation, and it meets at least one of our key outcomes and priorities, then we would love to help. Grants up to a maximum of £1,000 are available to support eligible projects to help meet essential or start up costs.

If you would like to apply for a grant, check that your idea or project meets our eligibility criteria here.

Achieve together programme

In addition to the inspire fund, stronger communities will also be working with communities to work 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 will focus on longer term sustainability and impact at scale.

This is not an open grant 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 first read the prospectus including the eligibility criteria before contacting your local delivery manager.

Below you will find a link to see all the projects that have received investment from the inspire fund, an interactive map of projects supported under the original grants programme, and a case study video highlighting some of the projects the stronger communities programme has supported.

Inspire awards

View the data on projects that have received investment from the inspire fund here.

    Interactive map

    Launch map of grants awarded

    Case studies video

    Projects included in the video are:

    • Upper Wensleydale Community Office, Hawes;
    • The Chapel Hub, Hutton Rudby;
    • Osmotherley Community Group; and
    • Musical Memories.

    If you would like further information about the programme, please contact your local stronger communities delivery manager using the details below.

    Head of stronger communities (for county-wide projects)
    Marie-Ann Jackson
    Tel: 01609 532925
    Email: marie-ann.jackson@northyorks.gov.uk

    General enquiries 
    Mark Taylor

    Tel: 01609 533914
    Email: stronger.communities@northyorks.gov.uk

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Craven)
    Marion Tweed-Rycroft
    Tel: 01609 532236
    Email: marion.tweed-rycroft@northyorks.gov.uk

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Hambleton)
    Adele Wilson-Hope

    Tel: 01609 532223
    Email: adele.wilson-hope@northyorks.gov.uk

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Harrogate and district)
    Liz Meade

    Tel: 01609 798930
    Email: liz.meade@northyorks.gov.uk

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Richmondshire)
    Lucy Moss-Blundell

    Tel: 01609 533579
    Email: lucy.moss-blundell@northyorks.gov.uk

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Ryedale)
    Paddy Chandler

    Tel: 01609 532265
    Email: paddy.chandler@northyorks.gov.uk 

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Scarborough and district)
    Karen Atkinson

    Tel: 01609 534061
    Email: karen.atkinson@northyorks.gov.uk

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Selby and district)
    Tom Jenkinson

    Tel: 01609 533808
    Email: tom.jenkinson@northyorks.gov.uk