Below are some links you may find useful.
Non U3A Groups & Events within our area
Please note that all Groups, Activity and Events featured within Community Focus are regarded as 'NON U3A' and therefore operate outside our U3A Constitution & Guiding Principles and that your attendance of any Community Focus Groups, Activity or Events is NOT covered by U3A Public Liability insurance. Our U3A does not accept any responsibility re your membership of Community Focus Groups or for any Activity or Event that is featured within Community Focus.
Dogs for Good Since 1988, Dogs for Good has been making life-changing differences for people with disabilities. We support people with a range of needs including physical disabilities, autism, dementia and learning disabilities enabling them to lead more independent lives through the help of trained dogs.
Our assistance dogs support both children and adults to provide practical support, enrich daily life and overcome specific challenges. Our community dogs work alongside a specialist handler in schools and colleges, hospitals and in social care. Over their lifetime, a community dog helps dozens of people to overcome challenges, supporting them to achieve goals such as development of life-skills, overcoming anxiety or engaging with physiotherapy, using techniques known as animal assisted intervention (AAI). Our Family Dog service offers training, guidance and ongoing support to parents of children on the autism spectrum enabling the whole family to benefit from the unique support a well-trained dog can bring.
We believe dogs are good for us and through a deeper understanding about them we can improve and enhance the lives of both dog and owner.
To find out more about the work we do and how you can help us create more life changing partnerships you can do any of the following:
- Book one of our registered speakers to give a talk to your group – this can be delivered virtually or in person when the time is right and it is safe to do so
- Sponsor one of our puppies to follow their progress via regular updates from as little as £5 a month and you are also able to select a free gift - www.dogsforgood.org/donate/puppy/ this could be a perfect gift for your loved ones
- Visit our website to find out how you can get involved in one of our fundraising events - www.dogsforgood.org/get-involved/
- Get in touch with Vicky who is a Regional Fundraiser for the charity via E-mail to find out more about what we have been doing during lockdown and how you can help.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a National Charity that trains dogs to help deaf people leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life. The dogs do this through constant companionship and emotional support, giving the deaf person the confidence to reconnect with their family, friends, and community around them.
Equally as importantly they help by alerting their deaf partner to important and lifesaving sounds like the smoke alarm, alarm clock, doorbell and oven timers.
Their burgundy coats also signal to the public that their partner is deaf making an invisible disability visible.
This combination of practical assistance and lifelong friendship can be completely life-changing.
To find out more about our life-changing work you may wish to:
- book one of our inspirational speakers to come and talk to your group, virtually or in person;
- or get involved by supporting Hearing Dogs through one of their fundraising activities.
For more details on any of the above please visit our website www.hearingdogs.org.uk or get in touch via E-mail.
Preparing for Funerals - A booklet has been prepared wiith useful information. Please contact Mervyn Buckingham either by Tel 07949 893088 or E-mail for further detail.
A co-ordinated local group has recently set up to provide Community Support to those self-isolating at home in the Pocklington area. Pocklington Covid-19 Community Support Group Tel 01759 740844 Follow us on Facebook
Zoe Hodgkin, a North Yorkshire Police staff member, has brought together 80 volunteers and co-ordinators to provide a free service for those who cannot get out and thus need help.
"Pocklington and District U3A support this initiative"
Save the Children shop in Pocklington are asking for volunteers on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. If you can help, please pop into the shop or contact Hannah Ellis on 07471-215421 or E-Mail.
Greener Pocklington - GardenTree Planting & Community Cleanup.
Do you have room in your garden for a small tree? Greener Pocklington are working with the Woodland Trust and are happy to give you a free tree and all the help you need with placing and planting. If you would like to donate, then £2 will cover costs and help the work. The scheme covers a 10 mile radius around Pocklington. Read the Garden Tree Planting Flyer.
Would you like to help keep your town tidy? Pocklington Town Council and Greener Pocklington invite you join them for litter picks, they have all the right equipment just need your help. Read the Community Cleanup Flyer
For further Information contact Greener Pocklington by E-mail or follow them on Facebook.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Whether you attend a face-to-face Information Session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. For further information visit our website www.dementiafriends.org.uk
Pocklington Fairtrade and Local produce Action Group (FLAG) Globally, unjust trading arrangements deny producers in developing countries sufficient money to buy food and access health care and education for their children. The ultimate aim of the Fairtrade movement is for them to receive a fair price for goods sold in our supermarkets and shops. Pocklington achieved Fairtrade Town status ten years ago. FLAG encourages the Town Council to continue to uphold fair trading principles, for example by using Fairtrade tea and coffee, and local businesses to sell Fairtrade goods. It also runs stalls selling Fairtrade food and crafts at church and community events and provides information about Fairtrade.
The group is not itself a fund-raising body but any profits made are directed to the promotion of fair trade. For further information visit our website www.pocklingtonflag.wordpress.com
Phishing is a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers. It occurs when an attacker, masquerading as a trusted entity, dupes a victim into opening an email, instant message, or text message. The recipient is then tricked into clicking a malicious link, which can lead to the installation of malware, the freezing of the system as part of a ransomware attack or the revealing of sensitive information. Find out more about Phishing - 'Don't Get Hooked'.
Hull & East Yorkshire Mind are here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support, we currently support around 5000 people every year to achieve a range of outcomes that improve their mental health.
If you would like any further information or would like to volunteer to help, please contact us either by Tel 01482 240200, E-mail or visit our website www.HEYMind.org.uk
Mires Beck Nursery is urgently looking for volunteers to help enhance the care given to their service users who are adults with learning difficulties. It doesn't matter how old you are, whether or not you have horticultural knowledge or experience of working with adults with learning difficulties. You just need a little patience and understanding. Please consider helping, even if it is just for half a day a week.
Mires Beck Nursery is a Registered Charity with the primary aim of providing horticultural training and work experience for people who have a learning difficulty or disability. It has been in operation since 1994. The nursery is on a 14 acre site just south of the village of North Cave.
Horticulture has long been recognised as an excellent form of activity for people with learning difficulties or other special needs. Experience has shown that people who are involved in the wide range of activities undertaken at Mires Beck Nursery develop practical and social skills and grow in confidence and self esteem. To volunteer or find out more information, please Tel 01430 421543, E-mail or visit our website www.miresbeck.co.uk
York and Selby IAPT Service IAPT is a national NHS programme designed to increase the availability of talking therapy treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Here at York & Selby IAPT we offer a range of talking therapies including one to one, group and online therapy. We treat common mental health problems such as anxiety / depression / stress / sleep disturbance / phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People from all backgrounds can struggle at times in their lives with issues such as bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationships, abuse and low self-esteem and confidence etc, leading to depression/anxiety. As a service we aim to reach out to as many people as possible. Currently we are trying to reach out to those groups who have been identified as under-represented in accessing Psychological services. The older adult population is one such group, and we are reaching out to encourage people who may benefit from our service.
If you feel you are struggling from any of the above please contact us via the details below and we can arrange a routine assessment to see if we can offer you a service. You can call, write or self-refer direct through our website. Alternatively you can discuss your concerns with your GP who can also refer you to IAPT if appropriate.
Contact York & Selby IAPT Service, Huntington House, Jockey Lane, York YO32 9XW - Tel 01904 556820 or visit our website www.yorkandselbyiapt.co.uk.
Friends of Pocklington Amigo Group This group welcome those who would prefer to attend cinema and live performance events along with others rather than alone… we’re a friendly local group who enjoy what’s on at the Pocklington Arts Centre and recognize that some members would appreciate some company when attending events. For more information please E-mail or visit our website www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is the Marie Curie annual appeal where we ask for donations in exchange for a Daffodil Pin Badge. It is an opportunity for us to raise the profile of the charity and let the general public know about the different services we offer across the country to care and support people living with a terminal illness.
For further information visit our website www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/collecting or contact Katie Grinter, Tel 07884180517 or E-mail.
The Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre, a registered charity who welcome new members to support the venue in a wide variety of ways.
Join the Friends and receive annual benefits (see below) whilst attending a fantastic year-round programme of events.
- Discounted rates on cinema tickets and select live events
- Regular Newsletters keeping you up to date with Friends' social events and fundraising activities
- Invitations to preview evenings of Art Exhibitions and other special events
- Being involved in Friends' Projects helping to raise vital funds for the Arts Centre
- 7.5% Discount in the venue's bar
You can also join the Friends and volunteer within the venue - from working on the box office, assisting in the auditorium during film screenings or live events, fundraising and social events, delivering leaflets etc. With over 400 members, our aims are to promote the Arts for all, to actively support the Pocklington Arts Centre, and have a bit of fun along the way!
Interested? Why not pop into the Arts Centre and have a chat or contact us:- Tel 01759-301547 or E-mail or visit our website www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk/friends-of-pac
The Pocklington Repair Café is a non-profit series of events run in order to repair household items. This helps to reduce waste and resources.
We have a team of volunteers who between them can usually repair a wide variety of items including clothing and household fabrics, electrical items such as kettles and lamps, bigger things like lawnmowers and vacuum cleaners … all sorts.
The enterprise is funded by donations for the repairs and for tea, coffee and cake which are available throughout the sessions. Events are held at the Scout Hut on Burnby Lane in Pocklington
For further Information contact Ron Tel 07399 822491 or E-mail or follow us on Facebook.
Pocklington District Lions “We Serve” To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.
Pocklington Lions meet on the second Monday of each month as we have done since 1962. Our principle purpose is to assist those in need, support local and national charities through various fundraising events and lastly …to have fun when we meet up regularly at social gatherings. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for local charities and we continue to strive for new ideas and approaches for ways to raise funds for deserving charities, community groups and even some families, in our community that are in need.
Pocklington District Lions continues to grow in membership and works hard to encourage new volunteers to join our Club and help us “make a difference”. For more information visit our website www.lions105c.org.uk or call Club Membership Officer Richard Knill on 07970 697317 or 0845833 8539.
Western Wolds Men in Sheds We, at the newly formed Western Wolds Men in Sheds, have re-opened what was once a fully operational youth training facility just South of Holme upon Spalding Moor. It is purpose built and fully equipped with lots of potential for new ideas and expansion
For some, the ‘shed’ could become a place of occupation following redundancy, a place of distraction from illness or bereavement, somewhere to share skills and knowledge with others or simply a place to meet, make new friends and chat over a tea or coffee and it’s for men of all ages not just retirees.
Contact: Gordon on 07783 205299 or E-mail
Find us also on Facebook www.facebook.com/westernwoldsmis
Pocklington Group Practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) is made up of a group of volunteer patients, who work with key members of the Practice, on various projects including those relating to communications, patient self-care and promotion of the Practice.
Pocklington Group Practice’s vision is to provide high quality medical services for the care of its patients and the PPG supports this aim by acting as a critical friend to the Practice.
The PPG is always looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the group and share their ideas on how services could be improved. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please E-mail.
Age UK volunteer recruitment - The Age UK shop in Pocklington would like to invite people who have any free time to join our friendly team.
You are welcome to come in for a coffee and have a chat with us. Any questions - please just pop in and ask.
For further information please E-mail.
Ebor Vale RDA Volunteers - Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled Group is based at Thornton House Farm near Barmby Moor in East Yorkshire. The group has been established now for over thirty years and we offer riding and carriage driving sessions to children and adults with a variety of disabilities.
We have great facilities at our venue, these include: a spacious indoor and outdoor arena and a dedicated and enclosed tacking up area. We are also lucky enough to have permission to ride and carriage drive throughout the picturesque Allerthorpe Woods which are adjacent to the centre.
We are home to 9 fantastic horses and ponies, two carriages and very experienced and enthusiastic coaches and volunteers. We are able to offer both standard and therapeutic riding.
If you’re interested in getting involved with Ebor Vale Riding for the Disabled Group or maybe can spare some time to become a volunteer please do not hesitate to get in touch.
For further information Tel 07954 520176 or Email or visit our website www.eborvalerda.org.uk
Beverley Community Lift - Car Service We are a community transport charity, serving East Yorkshire for nearly 50 years. We offer a caring, voluntary service for people who cannot easily use other forms of transport, e.g. the elderly, people who have disabilities or anyone who in rural isolation. Our role is to help both individuals and community groups get out and about, improving their quality of life.
Our caring, volunteer drivers will take you where you want to go, look after you and bring you home again. Most people use this service for medical appointments but you could also use it to visit a friend. We can even fit your folding wheelchair into the boot if you need! We rely on volunteers and donations to keep us on the road. Can you help?
To book a car Tel 01482 868082. For further Information, visit our website www.bclift.org.uk