£30,000 in grants given to community groups across the Harrogate district

Nigel McClea and Moira Start of Wellspring Therapy and Training, with the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, at Wellspring's new site.
Nigel McClea and Moira Start of Wellspring Therapy and Training, with the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, at Wellspring's new site.

Community groups from across the Harrogate district have been awarded over £30,000 in grants from Harrogate Borough Council.

From nature groups, to rotary clubs and mental health charities, the small grants fund has boosted a wide range of local causes in its tenth anniversary year.

Among the 13 groups benefiting from the money is the Starbeck-based mental health charity, Wellspring Therapy and Training, which has been awarded £3,000 towards the renovation of its new centre.

The life-changing charity is relocating from Prospect Road to nearby St Andrew’s Vicarage, which was bought by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

The Executive Director of Wellspring Therapy and Training, Emily Fullarton, said: “There is a growing demand for mental health support for adults and young people in Harrogate and the surrounding areas, and it is encouraging to know the council understands the importance in supporting that need.

"Moving into larger premises will allow us to increase our services, reaching more individuals suffering from emotional distress."

Using a £1,915 grant to continue their protection of endangered species, the hardworking volunteers from the Rossett Local Nature Reserve Group are delighted at the news.

The treasurer of the Rossett Local Nature Reserve Group, Sandra Jowett, said: "The Rossett Local Nature site is habitat for an endangered species, the great crested newt. The volunteers strive to protect the site for the habitat as well as ensuring the local community can access and enjoy the site.

“To have a grant from Harrogate Borough Council means that we can repair and replace the well used cinder path making it suitable for all users and replace the internal fencing which protects newt habitat.”

At the heart of the Pateley Bridge community, the Friends of St Cuthbert's School have been awarded £3,000 to continue running projects bringing the town together.

The Executive Headteacher of St Cuthbert's CE Primary School, Lynette Brammah, said: “Friends of St Cuthbert's School are over the moon to receive a grant from Harrogate Borough Council.

“Our project, Bike and Bloom in Nidderdale, will bring local artists, heritage and the community together with the children. This would not have been possible without this additional funding, and we are most grateful.”

The leader of Harrogate Borough Council, Coun Richard Cooper, said: “Community and voluntary organisations contribute immeasurably to the vitality of our district. That’s why an important priority for the council is supporting their work through grants like these.

“The Small Grants Fund helps organisations provide projects and activities that hugely benefit local communities and their residents. This year’s awards go to groups right across the district working on a diverse range of initiatives, and I’m pleased that we are able to support them in their endeavours.”

The full list of groups awarded grants:

Asenby Institute, Boroughbridge - £3000

Charity of William Hardcastle, Pateley Bridge - £2907

Friends of Follifoot Wildlife Recreation & Play - £1705

Friends of St Cuthbert’s School, Pateley Bridge - £3000

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre - £2000

High Batts Nature Reserve, Ripon - £2750

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group, Harrogate - £1675

Pannal Sports Junior Football Club, Harrogate - £3000

Scotton Scorchers Junior Football Club, Knaresborough - £2000

Sharow Village Hall and Sports Ground - £1500

Rossett Local Nature Reserve Group, Harrogate - £1915

The Rotary Club Harrogate Brigantes - £2000

Wellspring Therapy and Training - £3000