Community First Yorkshire Membership and Resources
Becoming a member is the best way to get help from Community First Yorkshire, but you can also attend our free networking events to bring your community’s concerns to the table and rub shoulders with other community buildings and organisations from across Yorkshire. Find out how to become a member here.
When you join Community First Yorkshire as a Member, you have access to our information sheets and resources. You will need to register and log in here to access our downloads.
We also have a range of public resources which you can access for free on our Community Gateway.
Rural Community Building Resources | Information for Village Halls and other community venues
Community First Yorkshire Community Building members have access to a comprehensive suite of 40 information sheets on subjects as varied as dealing with asbestos, managing VAT on building projects, running a bingo night, managing car parking and many others. We also have model documents to provide you with templates if you want to put in place new policies on anything from the Environment to Safeguarding Children, or if you want to make sure that your community building’s governing documents are up to scratch. Information sheets and model documents are free to members or can be purchased individually. Call us to find out more.
Support for Community Buildings | Helping halls be the centre of their community
As well as our Information Sheets and Model Documents, we offer a range of support for village halls and other community run buildings. Our telephone and email support service offers a free initial consultation to non-members, but Community First Yorkshire Community Building members can access more in-depth research and support for those complex issues. Our regular Community Building Network meetings and online discussion forum give community building volunteers the chance to get together with one another to share ideas and experiences, problems and solutions.
Oil-buying cooperatives | Helping rural areas lower their fuel costs
Many isolated rural areas of Yorkshire are not connected to mains gas and rely on oil for household heating, which can be significantly more expensive. A great way to reduce the cost is to set up an oil-buying cooperative in your community, benefiting from economies of scale to negotiate lower costs and more convenient delivery schedules. We can point you in the direction of your local cooperative or, if there is not one in your area, we have a toolkit which can help you get started in setting up your own.
Rural Evidence | Providing the evidence you need to support rural projects
Having evidence about your community and how it compares to others can be vital when planning or seeking funding for a new project or activity. Our Rural Evidence reports were developed by the national umbrella organisation for rural community councils, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), and Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI). The reports cover a range of topics such as deprivation, the economy, transport, health and many others, at geographical levels from Parish upwards. Initial reports are free to Community First Yorkshire members, or can be purchased by non-members. Contact us to discuss your requirements.
Energy Switch | Getting you the best deal for your community energy supplies
Community First Yorkshire has appointed LSI Energy as our preferred Energy Partner. Energy costs are a major issue for community groups and charities with their own premises, absorbing funds that could otherwise be spent on your services and activities. Energy Switch is a completely independent service that helps you get the best deals using the power of bulk buying to secure prices not available on the open market, as well as useful advice and tips on how to reduce your energy consumption. The process begins with a free no-obligation assessment of your current contracts and the switching process will be handled for you by a named account manager. Contact us for a referral and more details. UPDATE: The market for non-residential water supplies has now been opened up to competition – LSI can now get you the best deal for water as well as energy supplies!
For all other events offered by Community First Yorkshire or our partners, our events calendar is updated regularly with the latest forthcoming training, events and network meetings. You can also keep an eye on our Twitterfeed .
The Stronger Together Toolkit
People, of all ages and from all walks of life in North Yorkshire experience loneliness. A study by the Co-op Foundation and the British Red Cross reveals that over nine million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely.
The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire aims to raise awareness of the many activities provided by voluntary and community organisations across the region. We want to create a strategic framework which encourages people, communities, public bodies and employers to think about, talk about and act on loneliness.
Find out more about The Stronger Together Toolkit here.