Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Community response update

25 Jun 2020 by Fiona Friday

We are developing a community recovery plan and would welcome your insights into what you think the key issues are for the residents living within your area so that these concerns can be considered as part of the recovery process.


What do you think are the key issues for residents in your community? Please complete this short survey and submit by 10th July.

Changes afoot for those who are shielding across our district

As you may be aware there have been further announcements from the Government on changes to the guidance for those who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. The details below explain the changes that will take affect over the next few weeks and the potential impact on those currently shielding. We are looking at what support will be provided locally to assist those who still feel that they need help and will be in touch with these concerned residents in advance of the changes taking affect.

From 6 July:

  • you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
  • you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household;
  • in line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other's homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance. This is a small advisory change that brings those affected a step nearer others in their communities. However, all the other current shielding advice will remain unchanged at this time. 

From 1 August the advice to ‘shield’ will be paused. From this date, the Government is advising you to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means you may wish to go out to more places and see more people but you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble.

In practice, this means from 1 August you are advised that you no longer need to shield and:

  • you can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-safe;
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers. Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancing;
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancing; and
  • you should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancing.

Support is still there for those who need it

For anyone who is self-isolating or still requires assistance the six community support hubs will continue to provide help for things like shopping, collecting prescriptions, looking after pets or simply keeping in touch with others. The key message remains that if you can, please contact family, friends or neighbours and ask for their support in the first instance. If you do need help, contact one of the six community support hubs across the district:

Harrogate and surrounding villages: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. 01423 813096 or help@harcvs.org.uk

Financial and wellbeing support

We have published a new information leaflet to signpost people to where they can get advice and support for financial and health & wellbeing services (see attached) or access at www.harrogate.gov.uk/covid19 and click on the residents advice area.

We are aware that financial and health & wellbeing issues are becoming more prevalent on a daily basis. In the first instance we have asked volunteers in the community and community food providers to circulate this information as they know the circumstances of the individuals that they are assisting are potentially more vulnerable. Please circulate this information to your residents. If you require any hard copies please contact either Ann Byrne (ann.byrne@harrogate.gov.uk) or Fiona Friday (Fiona.Friday@harrogate.gov.uk).

Digital assistance

Social Media for Beginners FREE 2 hour online course.
Tuesday 30 June 13:00 - 15:00
This course is suitable for those who have not used social media before.
You will learn:

  • about different social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • how to connect with people and share pictures, videos and messages online.
  • how to stay safe online and how to protect yourself when using social media.

To enrol and for more information on the 2 courses above please call 01609 532536 or email: north.adultlearning@northyorks.gov.uk

The GIGABIT broadband voucher scheme

Homes and businesses with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections when part of a group scheme.  

Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Single connections are not eligible for additional funding.

New connections should double your current speed but must be at least 30Mbps.

For more information go to: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/


Please contact myself or Ann Byrne  ann.byrne@harrogate.gov.uk  if you have any queries around the above or require any assistance.