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Testimonials

YORSwitch customer: I just wanted to thank you again for your speed and efficiency in enabling me to join the scheme so quickly and take advantage of the 'reduced' rate. I have been very anxious about refilling the oil tank but this scheme has eased some of that concern. Many thanks
Fiona - Electric Tricycle User, Age 51. 'I purchased an electric tricycle as I have Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer ride a bicycle due to poor balance and mobility issues. I have found that being out on my tricycle that my fitness has improved and it has had an impact on weight loss. With the pedal assist I am still able to pedal and use my legs which is important to keep my muscles active, reduce numbness and I am also able to cycle further including hills and this also helps with fatigue as I tire easily. I have enjoyed being able to access local rural areas which has had a positive impact on my mental health and wellbeing, especially during this difficult time due to Covid-19 and being isolated as a clinically vulnerable person. This has meant that I have been able to get out of the house and feel safe whilst exercising. There are a lot of support groups on social media where I have met other like minded cyclists who have offered invaluable support and advice and I have met up with another lady tricycle rider as a riding companion.'
Mrs Surfleet a registered customer of the car scheme thanked HWRA for an excellent service and also to personally thank the driver, Terry for his help and assitance in providing transport to her medical appointment.
Wheels to Work North Lincolnshire Scheme - John from Grimsby ‘I joined the scheme in 2021 after hearing about it from a family member. I was in need of transport to get to and from work as I had my motorbike stolen and was not able to replace it. As a short-term arrangement I was relying on a family member to take and pick me up from work. For me the key benefit of the wheels to work scheme was that it provided me with a scooter that enabled me to get to and from work, it also gave me back independence and freedom. I would definitely recommend the scheme and I have done so to friends who are need of transport to get to work. Don’t’ underestimate the scooters as they are extremely reliable . My experience of the scheme was great, and I was glad that I was successful in receiving a scooter via the scheme’.
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Village Halls Advisory Service

There are 10,000 village halls in England which represents the largest network of community-owned facilities in rural Britain. At the heart of rural community life, they provide a hub for social activities, classes and services such as post offices, doctors’ surgeries and shops. The term ‘village hall’ covers a range of rural buildings, including church halls and community centres, in which a variety of activities take place – from pantomimes to playgroups.

Village halls often provide the only place to meet within a rural community, providing vital and diverse support to improve quality of life, particularly for those who are least able to travel to more distant centres of activity.

The key to the continuing survival of village halls is the volunteer management committees who have to deal with an increasing burden of legislation yet manage to keep their halls financially sustainable mostly by earning their own income and local fundraising.

Supported by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the HWRA Village Halls adviser helps community volunteers to manage their buildings by:

  •  Having local knowledge and an understanding of the issues in the area
  •  Providing information, training and advice, by telephone, electronically and   through a range of publications
  •  Building relationships with parish councils and public service partners
  •  Carrying out research that provides detailed data on issues affecting halls
  •  Promoting and raising the profile of village halls at local, regional and national   levels

On the national stage, ACRE speaks up for village halls, ensuring Government policymakers are aware of the challenges faced by volunteers who are often struggling with red-tape and the demands of managing a community building. ACRE works with the Charity Commission as one of four partners, to provide advice and guidance on land and property issues.

ACRE developed and manages Hallmark, a quality standard scheme for village halls to reward and recognise good practice. Achievement of the quality standards – level 1, 2 and 3 also attracts reductions in insurance costs with some suppliers.

To find out more please contact Carole Foster on 01652 637700 or email villagehallsadvisor@hwrcc.org.uk .

The Village Halls Advisor works closely with the two Village Halls Networks that cover the Humber & Wolds area: East Riding Village Halls Network (ERVHN) and northern Lincolnshire Village Halls Network. To find out more about the support in your area please click on the links below:

East Riding Association of Rural Community Buildings

Page under review. If you would like to find out more about the support provided to village halls, please contact the Village Halls Advisor at : villagehallsadvisor@hwrcc.org.uk or telephone: 01652 637700.

Register your Community Building on the Rural Community Building website

22nd June 2018

www.ruralcommunitybuildings.org.uk The only web site advertising the facilities and activities taking place at community buildings across the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire.

Digital Venue Toolkit

A reminder that this toolkit is really useful for Village and Community Halls considering installing Broadband. It was developed by Plymouth University with input from Cornwall RCC.

Barbecues and BBQ Safety

When the weather is pleasant, there is no better way to spend time with your friends and family than hosting a barbecue. Whether you will be caravanning, camping, or simply firing up your barbecue in your backyard, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, many injuries involving barbecues and outdoor cooking occur each year, but by keeping the following tips in mind, you’ll be prepared to enjoy your barbecue safely.

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North Lincolnshire Council would like your views on being a carer.

A carer is someone who gives support to another person; a family member, friend or neighbour, who would otherwise not manage without their support. You are not paid to give this support. Many people don't see themselves as carers, even though they provide vital support for the people they are caring for. North Lincolnshire Council would like to understand your experiences and what your future support needs might be if you are or have been a carer. This will help inform the future commissioning of services for carers. The survey will ask you about any challenges faced as well as what support is important to carers. The survey closes 1st September 2022

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Tree Planting and Food Production: A joined-up approach

The England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) is one of a number of ongoing payments that can support farmers to manage their land in an environmentally sustainable way while continuing to produce food. We're offering the opportunity to create woodland of various types and sizes in a flexible way that works for both land managers and farmers. We are inviting eligible farmers and land managers to apply for a share of £25 million available this financial year to support woodland creation in England. Land areas as small as 1 hectare and up can enter a EWCO agreement to access this funding. There is no reason to delay planting trees on your land. The England Woodland Creation Offer will, from 2025, become part of Local Nature Recovery – one of our new environmental land management schemes.

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