Partner Organisations

Stokesley and District U3A

 Stokesley and District University of the Third Age (U3A) is a  member of the Third Age Trust, and a registered charity (No. 1117650).  It offers retired and semi-retired people a stimulating and active programme of events.  Go to the Stokesley and District U3A website for further information.

Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support in Hambleton and Richmondshire (MHS) is a charitable organisation which offers support to people who, for whatever reason, are experiencing a mental health problem. This could range from difficulty in coping with life experiences and the anxiety this brings, to more serious problems such as depression or schizophrenia.  Visit the  Mental Health Support website for further information.

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is an organisation of 20, 000 members, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  There is a Local Service office for Hambleton & Richmondshire, in Richmond. For further details, go to the Alzheimer’s Society website.

Rotary Club of Stokesley

Rotary International is made up of over 1.2 million Rotary members – known as Rotarians – in 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world. It forms a network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world.

The Rotary Club of Stokesley received its Charter in 1980.  It quickly established itself in the community of Stokesley and nearby villages, with an annual Easter bookshop in the High Street, which is now a regular event. Go to the Rotary Club of Stokesley website for more information.

Stokesley Pride-in-our-Town Association

The Objects of the Stokesley Pride-in-our-Town Association (S.P.I.O.T.A) are:-

  • To initiate events or projects for the benefit of the people of the community.
  • To initiate events or projects for the benefit of the physical environment of the town.
  • To encourage organisations and townsfolk to participate in the activities of the Association.
  • To liaise with statutory authorities, civic organisations and voluntary bodies in whatever way necessary to advance the Aims of the Association.
  • To encourage and assist, wherever necessary, organisations or people to take over events or projects initiated by the Association when and wherever their aptitudes are particularly appropriate.

For further information, visit the Stokesley Pride-in-our-town Association website.


Independus provides practical help, useful advice and reliable information on a wide range of issues to support people to live independently, including Direct Payments, Housing, Benefits. Go to the Independus website for further information.

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The Employment Advice Service

The Employment Advice Service (EAS) provides free one-to-one human resources and employment advice to managers and trustees from the voluntary and community sector in North Yorkshire and York.

Funded by the BIG Lottery the EAS project was set up in July 2009 in partnership with the Local Support and Development Organisations within York and North Yorkshire. The team work closely with Stokesley and District Community Care Association to provide support and advice to organisations.

Who are they?

Based at the North Yorkshire and York Forum in Easingwold, the EAS team (Bob Curry, Jane Hudson, Maggie Lawton and Abby Popely) has considerable knowledge and experience of HR practice and employment law and its application in the voluntary and community sector.

What do they do?

They understand the challenges faced by voluntary and community organisations in employing people and provide impartial advice on good HR practice and employment law to managers and trustees.

Over 280 organisations have accessed the service since the project started and from January to May 2011 23 trustees have worked with the advisors.

They have access to a very wide range of resources and have created many model guides, policies and procedures, together with template letters and forms on a wide range of topics such as employment contracts, equality, discipline, grievance and absence management. These are user-friendly, sector specific and can be easily adapted to suit your organisation.

Examples of how they’ve helped local voluntary organisations include:

  • Giving specific advice on how to handle a disciplinary meeting providing bespoke letters and face to face detailed instructions to trustees to ensure they felt confident when dealing with the situation
  • Reviewing an organisation’s HR policies and providing model documents on any missing relevant paperwork
  • Guiding a manager through the process of managing a long term sick employee which included providing a letter to send to a GP along with advice on the type of contact to have with the employee
  • Advising Trustees on how to make changes to terms and conditions e.g. reducing sick pay entitlement, changing working hours.

What’s in it for you?

You can contact the team to discuss any specific problems or issues you might be experiencing regarding your employees and you will be provided with tailored advice to deal with this.

They can provide support on HR and employment issues such as recruitment, employment contracts, performance management and redundancy.

An advisor can visit your organisation and carry out an HR heath-check where a review of your current policies and procedures can be completed. This will give you peace of mind that you have everything you need in place to operate as an effective employer and to help avoid any costly employment tribunal claims.

The EAS provides low cost, high quality training courses, workshops and conferences across North Yorkshire and York. If you have a specific training need, they will try to meet it.

How can I contact them?

They can be contacted on 01347 825710 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday or by email to All telephone calls and emails are kept strictly confidential.

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