Redcentric scale Scafell Pike to raise money for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

Redcentric have been supporting Children’s Heart Surgery Fund since 2022 when they took on their first Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. They have raised over £20,000 in the last few years, which is an incredible achievement and has helped the charity to support every baby and child born with a heart problem in Yorkshire. This year…

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Leeds charity partners with university to stop refugees and asylum seekers being ‘treated like objects’ 

Give a Gift and York St John University researchers aim to change the blueprint for support service design.   York St John University and Give a Gift are proud to launch the findings of a 10-month study aimed at improving the lives of refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK. The work was launched after…

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Azets takes Pride in diversity

Top 10 UK accountancy firm Azets in Yorkshire has strengthened its support for the LGBT+ community with backing for this June’s Pride celebrations. The company has a longstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity for its 3,000 staff in 70 offices and the clients they serve. Azets’ Yorkshire region has led the way by backing…

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Bradford College receives £2.6m grant to help tackle climate change

Bradford College has been awarded a £2.6 million grant for energy-efficiency works that will contribute to ambitious national net-zero targets. Delivered by Salix and run by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, the Phase 3c Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) aims to slash energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. The Scheme targets public…

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Drax Foundation gives £500k to boost stem education, support communities and reduce energy poverty

New funding will go to seven projects that are sited near to where Drax Group operates in England and Scotland Latest donation of over £500k will support 3,600 vulnerable people with their energy bills, enable 3,100 children to access STEM education, and help 240 schools become more energy efficient. The Drax Foundation, the charitable entity…

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Yorkshire Building Society joins network helping less advantaged progress

Yorkshire Building Society has joined a network of organisations aimed at making sure colleagues can progress in their financial services careers, regardless of their background. The announcement comes ahead of Social Mobility Day, on 13 June, which aims to promote opportunities at work for all and show people from less advantaged backgrounds they can progress….

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AAB raises over £100k at second AABIE charity ball

FPM, an AAB Group Company, hosted over 450 guests at the AABIE Charity Ball, held for the first time in Newry on Saturday night (June 8) Held in the city’s Canal Court, the Ball raised a remarkable  £100,369 for the AABIE Charitable Initiative (known as ‘AABIE’) with all funds going directly to the charity. Feargal…

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‘Tree of Pride’ set to return to White Rose this month

In celebration of Pride Month, White Rose Shopping Centre is once again hosting its ‘Tree of Pride’ on 8th and 9th June, inviting visitors to decorate the tree with their pledges to work toward a more inclusive and caring future. Following a successful debut in 2023, the community art piece will be touring the country gathering the…

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Leeds Beckett experts leading new project to reduce carbon footprint of Leeds manufacturers

Business and computing experts at Leeds Beckett University are joining forces with Leeds-based Quality Bearings Online Ltd (QBOL) to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, by creating an innovative new business model for the net zero era. The project is a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), part-funded by the Government through Innovate UK. The academics and QBOL will create…

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Yorkshire Building Society colleagues clock up 6,500 hours for good causes

Colleagues at Yorkshire Building Society gave over 6,500 hours of their time to good causes in 2023 and the Society hopes that even more will get involved with community activities this year, the mutual has said ahead of Volunteers’ Week (3-9 June). Yorkshire Building Society allows each employee up to 31 hours of volunteering time…

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Council support for struggling households

Ahead of Government financial support ending in September 2024 for households battling the cost of living crisis, residents are urged to claim all they are eligible for and see where they can get discounts and lower their bills. The reduced Household Support Funding for York of £1,037,906 is available until 30 September, and will provide…

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The Belfrey awards Simpson contract for its major building project

St Michael le Belfrey, a thriving Grade I listed church in York city centre, has awarded the Contract for Impact – its major repair and reordering project – to Simpson, a York based construction company with significant expertise in restoration and conservation. The rigorous tender exercise was overseen by cost consultants Morham & Brotchie and…

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York Children’s Services’ worker receives national award

A City of York Council staff member working with children and young people in care has won a national award for her work. Annie Whitley, a Corporate Parenting and Co Production Advisor, was nominated at the national Frontline Awards, which Celebrate amazing social workers and young people with lived experience of social work. Frontline described Annie’s…

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Council launches Buzz About York

City of York Council is launching the ‘Buzz About York’ campaign to promote biodiversity and help wildlife flourish across the city. We are trialling sustainable planting in flowerbeds with long-lasting, perennial plants that will provide a good source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This will: increase biodiversity; provide habitats for insects and…

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City of York Council celebrates the life-changing impact of its amazing foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight (13-26 May)

City of York Council is celebrating the life changing impact its foster carers have on the lives of local children and young people. The council cares for over 200 children and young people in York and local foster carers provide safe, loving homes if they can’t live with their own families. Ordinary people doing the…

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Yorkshire Children’s Charity is named garden centre group’s charity of the year

The Yorkshire Garden Centres (YGC) group has announced that Yorkshire Children’s Charity will be its Charity of the Year for 2024 following a unanimous team vote. Through a series of fund-raising events and collection boxes at the tills, the teams at Yorkshire Garden Centres’ four sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley, and Bingley plus Dean’s of…

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Access consultation delivers five new bays for Blue Badge holders and businesses

Following the Council’s consultation on making York city centre more accessible, five new experimental bays open today (21 May) for Blue Badge holder parking and business loading. Disabled people, residents and business have been consulting with the Council since November 2023 in a number of different ways, including drop-in sessions, online and in-person workshops. They…

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Castle Howard raises record-breaking £25,000 for GOSH Charity

Castle Howard have achieved an extraordinary milestone by raising an amazing £25,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). This is the largest charitable sum raised in the North Yorkshire stately home’s recent history. Castle Howard fundraised for the charity as part of their Peter Pan-themed Christmas in Neverland event, which ran from…

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New report delivers blueprint for colleges to enhance West Yorkshire’s finance and professional services sector

A new report sets out how colleges can play a leading role in supporting West Yorkshire’s flourishing finance and professional services (FPS) industry. Commissioned by Luminate Education Group, the research builds on the work of the Yorkshire and Humber Financial and Professional Services Skills Commission, and highlights how colleges are currently an untapped resource for…

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City of York Council hits tree planting milestone

Almost 2,500 new trees have been planted as part of the council’s Green Streets© project. Working with local schools, parish councils and other stakeholders, trees have been planted along Malton Road and at Melrosegate Park, Huntington Environment Park, Carr Infants School, Lakeside Primary Academy, Burton Green Primary and seven other school sites. This first year of…

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Painting students fix up farm with volunteer makeover

A group of Leeds College of Building students brushed up on their skills after volunteering to redecorate facilities at Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre. Painting & Decorating and Multi-Skills students from the College spent several weeks on site, prepping walls and woodwork before painting two office rooms, a reception area, and the staff kitchen….

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Oscrete lays “foundations for play” at Bradford primary schools

Employees at Bradford concrete admixture manufacturer Oscrete went back to school this month to improve the grounds at a local primary where two of the staff started their education. Oscrete’s concrete technicians and brothers Michael and Keiron Todd attended Lower Fields Primary School in Bradford between 2001 and 2011 and returned with colleagues this month…

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Yorkshire bus firm Transdev’s new drive to better mental health

New training mission launches to boost care for customers and colleagues as UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev is launching a new drive to boost care for its customers and staff as the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Campaigning charity The Mental Health Foundation is leading a nationwide week of…

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White Rose marks Mental Health Awareness Week

White Rose Shopping Centre is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week’s 2024 theme of Movement with a wellbeing walk on Wednesday 15th May. The event has been arranged with the centre’s long-established group of mall walkers as well as a number of White Rose brands including JD, Footasylum, M&S, McDonald’s, Wetherspoon, Superdrug, Flying Tiger, Lush, and Office….

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Building a smokefree generation in York

City of York Council is helping to create a smokefree generation in York. The council has been allocated £195k government funding to help expand its existing offer to residents and provide even more support to help people quit for good over the next five years – as new figures from Action on Smoking and Health…

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Yorkshire garden centre group smashes its fundraising target for its Charity of the Year

The team at Yorkshire Garden Centres is celebrating after raising over £24,000 for its 2023 Charity of the Year, Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The teams at Yorkshire Garden Centres’ four sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley had aimed to raise £19,000 for the independent charity that relies solely on donations to provide its lifesaving rapid…

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White Rose celebrates Leeds community champions

White Rose Shopping Centre has honoured heroes from South Leeds and beyond at its annual Community Awards this week (2nd May), with recipients including charity leaders, landscaping specialists, and campaigning centre visitors. The Community Awards celebrate the incredible local people working hard to benefit their local community. 2024 winners include:  Lyn Morgan, a regular White…

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Yorkshire Building Society welcomes new Chair at Annual General Meeting and donates £25,000 to Fareshare

Yorkshire Building Society welcomed new chair Annemarie Durbin at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Met Hotel in Leeds last week. Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of all resolutions, including the appointment of board members, and in so doing raised £25,000 for FareShare, the mutual’s charity partner. The Society donated 20p for every vote…

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York businesses help support local young people leaving care

Young care leavers in York have been able to learn new skills, increase their independence and get life-enriching experiences thanks to the support of local businesses. City of York Council has been working with local businesses to help care leavers gain access to work experience, training and employment opportunities. The partnership has included GMI’s bespoke ‘Construction…

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New initiative launched to boost girls’ participation in sports and elevate female coaches across Europe

With girls in Europe four times less likely than boys to engage in organised sport1, the new initiative ICOACHGIRLS (ICG), led by researchers from Leeds Beckett University, aims to promote physical activity and sport amongst primary school-age girls. Co-funded by the European Union, with Leeds Beckett University’s Dr. Ruth Brazier managing the programme, ICG is…

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Leeds Beckett University using AI to support autism and ADHD diagnosis and services

Leeds Beckett University is leading a new project to develop ways of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the diagnosis of ADHD and autism in adults, and to help with prioritisation of services. In partnership with South-West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT), computing experts at Leeds Beckett aim to digitise the Trust’s adult ADHD…

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University’s All About Respect project secures Home Office funding to tackle sexual harm and hate crime among teenagers

Project to address harassment and unwanted sexual behaviour expands to include schools and colleges in York. York St John University is pleased to announce the expansion of its ground-breaking All About Respect (AAR) project to tackle gender-based violence and harassment. All About Respect in Education has already caught the attention of the Home Office as…

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Ebor Lecture: Professor Rupert Read explores climate change emergency

Spiritual orientation, climate chaos and reconnecting with nature will all be under the microscope in the first Ebor Lecture of 2024 Professor Rupert Read, Co-Director of the Climate Majority Project and Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, will share his thoughts on eco-spirituality in his Ebor Spring lecture, Earth-Hope, at York St John…

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TPE on track to break taboos around women’s health

TransPennine Express (TPE) has signed up to become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer, helping to drive positive change in the workplace. By joining this scheme, the train operator pledges its commitment to colleagues with endometriosis, promising to raise awareness and break taboos surrounding women’s health issues. One in ten women suffer from endometriosis, a painful and…

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City of York Council Executive approves new Equalities approach

City of York Council’s Executive has endorsed its new ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2024-27’, pending the outcome of public consultation. Equality objectives are required as part of meeting the council’s Public Sector Equality Duty and are a core commitment in the approved Council Plan, ‘One City, for all.’ The Executive has also approved that…

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£750,000 funding secured to extend and improve Acomb Explore Library

£250,000 has been secured to add to the Council’s committed £500,000 capital investment to extend and redevelop Acomb Explore Library. The additional £250k is the result of a successful application to the Arts Council’s Libraries Improvement Fund. It will support significant upgrades to the popular library learning centre in Acomb to ensure it continues to…

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Drax Community fund donates nearly £20k to Yorkshire organisations

First round of funding from the Drax Community Fund will see donations given to 33 organisations across the UK. This includes donations to more than 20 organisations in the Yorkshire area, which deliver STEM education and skills development, enhance green spaces or improve communities. Renewable energy leader, Drax Group has announced the support it will…

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New advertising rules to support children’s health

City of York Council is proposing to introduce new advertising rules across York to support children and families with healthy eating. The new advertising policy will be taken to an Executive meeting next week, and aims to restrict high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) adverts being displayed across the city. The council is following in…

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Bradford Bulls Foundation empowers local community clubs and the development of rugby

The Bradford Bulls Foundation continues its mission to revolutionise the landscape of rugby league development, proudly welcoming 19 local Community Clubs for the 2024 season. This initiative underscores the Foundation’s unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots rugby and fostering strong ties within the community. “At the Bradford Bulls Foundation, we believe in the power of rugby…

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One In A Million charity launches CHANGE campaign

One In A Million charity is delighted to have been chosen as Mark Cowgill Bradford Chamber of Commerce president’s chosen charity during his two year tenure.  Mark invites you to support him with his ‘CHANGE’ campaign. As a local business, we are asking you to join us by signing up today to support our CHANGE…

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Bradford Bulls are delighted to become the 1st Rugby League club in the UK to sign up as Muslim Friendly Employers

The Bradford Bulls believe in the power of diversity and the importance of creating environments where everyone feels valued, respected and appreciated. We have received support and guidance from Muslim Friendly Employers’ CEO Humayun Islam BEM BCAc in recent weeks, with a number of exciting developments still to come from this partnership. Humayun Islam BEM…

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St Gemma’s Hospice to stage innovative fundraising appeal

The precious time appeal will see donors get their support instantly doubled On Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April, St Gemma’s Hospice will stage a first for Leeds – an online fundraising appeal using the CharityExtra platform, where donors will have their support instantly doubled. To enable this, the charity has persuaded a group of…

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Yorkshire Building Society supports customers and colleagues with hidden disabilities

Yorkshire Building Society has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network, showing its support for customers and colleagues with non-visible disabilities. It is estimated that around 80% of disabilities are non-visible, including physical, mental, sensory and chronic conditions. Branches and offices will display “We Support the Sunflower” stickers and colleagues have taken part in training. Colleagues…

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Candlelighters receive donation of 50 Easter eggs from local housebuilder

Local housebuilder Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has donated Easter eggs to children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters, after hosting a 24-hour Easter egg collection challenge. The housebuilder received generous donations throughout the collection from their employees. The donation to Candlelighters allowed the charity to distribute Easter eggs to patients on the paediatric oncology ward at Leeds General…

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New Yorkshire Building Society mortgage helps first-time buyers get on the housing ladder earlier, for just £5k

Yorkshire Building Society is today launching its new and innovative £5k Deposit Mortgage to help tackle one of the biggest issues preventing people from achieving their homeownership dreams. The new mortgage is available directly to customers and via brokers through Accord Mortgages – the lender’s intermediary-only arm. This new and innovative product, believed to be…

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Council commits additional £100k to York’s free school meals pilots

An ambitious scheme to run pilots providing free school meals in primary schools in York has received a £100k boost, thanks to a commitment from City of York Council. The authority agreed to allocate a further £100,000 towards the scheme in 2024/25, in addition to the £100,000 provided in 2023/24, at its recent budget meeting….

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With video: RISE programme is transforming lives in York

A groundbreaking programme is proving to be life changing for adults who face barriers to employment. RISE (Reducing Inequalities, Supporting Employment) is a support programme that offers one-to-one advice and employability support, empowering those involved to overcome both personal and professional challenges. These include; unemployment, mental health issues, physical health challenges, autism and neurodivergence, financial…

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