News from Nidderdale……

Here’s an article that appeared recently in the Nidderdale Herald – in our new monthly update to our local paper:

As the school summer holidays fast approach, we’re looking forward to our first ‘summer reading challenge’ in our new library premises in Pateley Bridge, supporting children aged 4-11 with reading skills and confidence throughout the summer holidays. The challenge runs from 16 July to 10 September and it’s free to take part – children can sign up at the library and receive a free collector folder. Each time they read 2 books they receive a set of picture cards to encourage them to keep reading and fill in the gaps in their folder. There are other incentives too – a door hanger, a fold-out game and some dazzling rainbow glasses. When they have read six books children receive a ‘Big Friendly Read’ medal and a certificate. The only rule is that the books they read are borrowed from the library, but they can choose whatever they like, including audio-books.

We will also be hosting a themed event during the summer holidays to encourage children to take part in the challenge – on Wednesday 10 August, 10.30- 11.30 – called ‘Phizz–Whizzing Fun!’ with stories, games and crafts – book your place by ringing the Nidderdale Plus office (01423 714953).

Our meeting room is now being used by a variety of organisations and businesses, each offering information and services to local residents and visitors.

Colette Coleman will be running more pop-up travel clinics throughout the summer – drop in to see her next on Monday 25 July (1-6pm).
Andrew Gray from Truth Legal (Harrogate) is also offering free drop in services for legal advice to any local resident or business – his law firm offers specialist services in relation to personal injury, medical negligence, employment or general disputes – why not pop in on Wednesday 20 July (10am-4pm) to seek his advice?

Natalie Smith will be using our offices every first Thursday of the month (starting 7 July, 10-11am) to promote the new White Rose Credit Union, a financial cooperative regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, that, as a mutual and member organisation, has the interest of its members at heart – offering affordable lending, regular savings and banking and budgetting services at highly competitive rates. This Credit Union has been working alongside Harrogate Borough Council for some time now and has secured many council employees as members, providing a great way of regular saving and loans. Find out more about membership and benefits from Natalie or pick up some of their leaflets anytime from the Nidderdale Plus office.

We are also discussing the opportunity for the Citizens Advice Bureau to offer regular drop in sessions at our offices as well – subscribe to our website (www.nidderdaleplus.org) or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with this new venture.

We are keen to facilitate and provide services from the Nidderdale Plus office that are needed by our local communities – do get in touch with me – email katy@nidderdaleplus.org – if you have further suggestions and ideas as we’d be delighted to hear from you. Nidderdale Plus has always aimed to ‘keep services local’ so that residents in our rural area are not disadvantaged by lack of access to advice, information and support. For this reason, our office also acts as an information point for council services (both for North Yorkshire County Council and for Harrogate Borough Council) – we’ve recently helped residents with bus pass renewals, information about domestic waste services, reporting of highways and rights of way issues and sale of garden and trade waste bags.

If you would be interested in joining our office as a volunteer (working in the library/tourist information/general office or as a driver of our community transport), do get in touch – we would always welcome new volunteers to join our team. Phone 01423 714953 and speak to Sandra or Katy for further details.

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