New initiative to combat loneliness and isolation in Harrogate

We’re excited to be launching a new Friendship & Social Group at Bilton Community Centre in Harrogate, aimed at bringing people together to combat isolation and loneliness.

The group will run on the last Friday of each month, starting on February 28th. Attendance is free and open to anyone who would like to enjoy a coffee, cake and a chat with a friendly group of people.

The meetings will also feature regular events and presentations, including a visit from a therapy dog, a mindfulness session and a seated exercise class. A special VE Day celebration is also planned for later in the year.

We’ve organised the group to give people in the local community the chance to meet old and new friends and to learn something new.

Iona Novak, Acting Care Service Manager at Continued Care, said: “As a social care provider based in Harrogate for over 25 years, we have seen first-hand the value that being part of the community brings to the people we work with. It’s a vital part of combating loneliness and isolation and improving wellbeing. That’s because it not only brings people together but it also offers them opportunities to get involved in activities and access useful services.

 “We already work extensively with local charities and organisations to offer services and social opportunities for our clients. This community-focused approach to improving people’s wellbeing and combating loneliness is so important that we wanted to offer it for free to everyone.”

The sessions run from 2pm to 4pm and are wheelchair accessible. If you would like to attend but would have difficulty getting to Bilton Community Centre, please call Iona who will try to arrange transport.

For more information, contact Iona on 01423 871 003.


  • Yvonne Posted February 11, 2020 9:03 am

    Great initiative!
    Fingers crossed this will go a long way to bring others together.

    • The Continued Care Team Posted February 11, 2020 2:43 pm

      Thanks Yvonne, we hope so too!

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