Handy Mag Review of 2020: York and Ryedale coming together

by Jared Smith
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Thank you to every person and organisation who supported our area in 2020. We know we haven’t been able to mention everyone, but we wish you all the very best for 2021. Here are some examples of how our amazing communities have come together…

Ryedale Volunteer Network Almost 600 volunteers came forward to help support vulnerable people across Ryedale.

Village Volunteers Over 85 volunteers from Sheriff Hutton and Lilling came together to set up an organisation to help during the crisis.

Hovingham Community Support Team Over 30 volunteers were recruited to help inform and protect the residents of Hovingham.

Community Smart CIC launched the Community Kitchen – a new service providing reasonably priced freshly cooked meals to vulnerable and elderly people across Ryedale.

Thornton le Dale Village Hub launched the ‘Buddy Bear Appeal’ with the aim of contributing towards Mental Health Awareness – encouraging people to knit a buddy bear and pass them onto friends and family as a gesture to show that they are not alone.

Haxby Helpers called for volunteers to help in Haxby and Wigginton as many of their volunteers were elderly and needed to stay at home.

Oxfam Books Petergate Oxfam on Low Petergate asked for people to consider volunteering with them to help fill roles left vacant due to the pandemic.

Call for volunteers Many charities and support organisations, requested volunteer help from the community in their bid to continue to help and support our local area.

Alzheimer’s Society The society provided local dementia support throughout the pandemic.

Dementia Forward The helpline was kept open and the support team worked from home taking calls to stay connected with their clients.

Marie Curie An emergency appeal was launched to help keep nurses on the frontline throughout the crisis.

Community First Yorkshire Support and advice continued with special help for funding and financial advice, staying active and tackling loneliness.

IDAS The team were on hand more than ever to support those affected by domestic abuse

Older Citizens Advocacy York Advice, support information and reassurance was available for older citizens in York.

Malton & Norton Rotary provided financial support to Ryedale Scrubs to help provide local key workers with PPE.

Pickering Rotary held a virtual art exhibition in aid of Rotary Charities.

Ryedale Lions and Malton & Norton Lions The Lions pulled out all the stops to make sure Santa could still make his way around Ryedale spreading the usual Christmas cheer!

Ryedale Free Fridge, Malton remained open throughout the lockdown and was pleased to welcome more younger helpers when many older volunteers were forced to stay at home.

Sight Support Ryedale operated a telephone support service, listening to concerns, answering questions and providing a friendly voice in what was a lonely time for many.

Ryedale Carers joined the Community Support Organisation co-ordinating shopping and prescription collections for those self-isolating or shielding.

Ryedale Food Support A range of projects across Ryedale continued to provide food to those in need and were overwhelmed by the number of donations from the local community.

Appleton Le Moors WI kept in touch with members online hosting meetings, quizzes, recipe sharing, Facebook updates and blogs.

Ryedale Community Support is a collaborative response mechanism to COVID-19 established by North Yorkshire County Council and Ryedale District Council, bringing together support from a number of organisations to help our local area.
Ryedale Dog Rescue launched their Virtual Auction throughout November hoping to raise funds to help care for the dogs in their care.

The Wilberforce Trust The Trust was delighted to receive a donation of 200 polycotton reusable face-masks, kindly donated by the Bath Theatrical Masketeers who made and distributed over 3,500 masks to health and care staff across the country.

York Mind The team were critical and on hand to help during the pandemic, offering a range of activities to support mental health and well being.

Haxby Food Share An amazing new project was set up to help anyone needing food which may have gone to waste from local community donations, businesses and other food collection services.

Rotary York Ainsty Community Face Mask Project Volunteers from the Yorkits team and associates made and distributed 3000 non-medical face masks for use of the public in the city and surrounding areas.

Local businesses Whether in towns or our smallest villages our independent businesses learnt to adapt to support and serve their local areas through delivery, click and collect, drive-through or online services. Other essential businesses that were able to remain open worked around the clock to continue to provide produce and services for the local community.

Local libraries ensured the annual Summer Reading Challenge was held digitally so children could still take part over the summer months.

Local Vets offered advice for looking after your pets during the crisis.

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge, in aid of Ryedale Special Families, went ‘virtual’ for the first time ever!

St Leonards Hospice launched their #uniteandprotect campaign to let the community know that they were ready to support them where needed.

Saint Catherine’s Hospice launched its Sunflower Appeal, encouraging the community to rally round and support patient care.

Malton Delivers was set up as a community initiative to promote and provide a central hub for local businesses who offered a delivery service of their own.

Technology came to rescue for some local gym owners, personal trainers, pilates teachers and counsellors.

Local pianist Vanessa Simmons performed free lunchtime concerts every weekday from her Facebook page.

Friends at Kirkham Henry set up a crowdfunding page to help raise money to replace windows in the centre to provide more ventilation.

Local Malton entertainer, Ryan Swaine, won The People’s Choice Award, entertaining thousands of people throughout lockdown by hosting interactive online children’s shows, game shows, live streaming his popular DJ sets and helped to raise over £20,000 for NHS Charities.

Helmsley Walled Garden reached their fundraising target of £50,000 in just two months to help ensure their survival.

Yorkshire Arboretum launched their fundraising appeal to raise £150,000 to continue to run the Arboretum and complete the Tree Health development.

York author Karen Langtree posted a daily recording on youtube of a chapter of her best selling book, ‘Knights of the Wobbly Table’, and held regular zoom lessons to teach piano and sing with her students.

Haxby Runners The running group set up during lockdown raised over £1500 for charity with a socially distanced £5k run in September in honour of Race For Life.

Smaller support groups Many groups found inventive ways to keep in touch with members via zoom, quizzes, competitions, social media, telephone.

City of York Council The council has offered support to businesses and has regularly kept in touch with residents via mailings, emails and social media.

Local libraries The annual Summer Reading Challenge was held digitally so children could still take part over the summer months.

York Theatre Royal The theatre announced Collective Arts, a programme of creative community engagement taking place while the building was closed due to the pandemic. The theatre is planning a series of digital activities and events aimed at bringing together York’s creative community of all ages until the theatre reopens.

Travelling Panto York Theatre also announced ‘The Travelling Pantomine’ in December – a socially-distanced, 70-minute extravaganza, that travelled around our City!

Joseph Rowntree Theatre The theatre opened its doors again to the public in December after financial help from both the Theatres Trust and the City of York Council, meaning they could put measures in place to make sure that it is a COVID-secure venue.

Helmsley Arts Centre raised more than their £50,000 target in their #LightUpHAC fundraiser to help the art centre survive the crisis.

Ryedale Voices and The York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir held a ‘Virtual’ Concert in July which was free to anyone to watch with any monies raised to go to local charities.

Musical Memories Ruth and Neil Hannah live-streamed their happy singing sessions every day to help their regular singers stay in touch and beat loneliness.

The Salvation Army Toy Appeal was launched in December to help bring a smile to the faces of children at Christmas.

GP Practices across Ryedale and York worked together to deliver a huge flu vaccinations programme – with Ryedale Community Transport running a transport Flu clinic bus to help patients who were unable to use public transport.

Churches Services at many of our local Churches were streamed online or via zoom.

Keep Your Pet Managed by Age UK York in collaboration with the RSPCA, Keep Your Pet continued to support older and vulnerable people with the care of their pets during times of illness or health emergencies.

Handy Mag Fundraising Local advertisers in the Handy Mag supported St Leonards Hospice with a fundraising feature in October.

COVID-19 Guides We continue to support our communities online as well as in print. Please visit our ‘COVID-19 guides’ on our website at www.thehandymag.com. Please let us know if there is any news or local services you would like us to add.

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