Month: June 2021

Extra help available if you are on a low income and are required to self-isolate

Extra financial help is available if you are on a low income, cannot work from home and are required to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus test result, or, because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.Help is also available if you are on a low income and are having to …

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme available for rural households with slow broadband speeds

The government is providing help for people experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas. As part of the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme, grants of up to £1,500 for households and up to £3,500 for businesses, are available for some of the hardest to reach rural areas to support the cost of installing a new …

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Enjoy some proper shopping at a local market–we can transport you there!

Why not experience the buzz of your local outdoor market, now that COVID restrictions are easing and the weather is good, and buy from local independent traders? From gifts, household items, fashion and food, there’s plenty of high quality products and produce at great prices. And don’t forget, we can take you there in our …

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Grants are now available to create new woodlands

The Forestry Commission has opened a new multimillion tree planting grant scheme – the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) – to provide greater financial incentives for landowners and farmers to plant and manage trees. With £15.9 million available in its first year, the grant scheme, now open to applications, will provide enhanced payments rates. It …

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Are you eligible for a “Home Upgrade Grant”?

Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) funds insulation for households who own or rent their homes from a private landlord (subject to landlord permission). The following types of insulation are available: Loft Insulation and Draft Proofing Cavity Wall Insulation  To be eligible ALL of the following criteria apply: the total household income must be less than £30,000* …

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Online gaming advice and free webinars for parents

Online gaming has seen a massive increase in popularity with children over the COVID-19 pandemic, as result of more time spent at home and restrictions on physical social contact. As grandparents, parents or guardians of children under the age of 18, your parenting community is very welcome to join one of these free Gaming4Good webinars where they …

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‘Please be patient and choose the right care’: doctors ask for support as demand for GP appointments increases

Doctors’ leaders in North Yorkshire and York are asking patients to “keep calm and be kind” when they call their GP practice. Surgeries are facing an “unprecedented rise in demand” for services as the country emerges from lockdown restrictions. With practice phone lines exceptionally busy and the number of face-to-face appointments still limited because of COVID …

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Thanking all our volunteers during National Volunteers Week

We are delighted this week to celebrate all the amazing work of our volunteers—and volunteers around the country.  Volunteers’ Week is a national event that runs from 1-7 June, and this year is more significant than ever owing to the small legion of volunteers that has become mobilised since the pandemic hit in March 2020. …

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