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Making Harrogate District Happier for Everyone 

Thank you to everyone who joined us to look back over the last year and to look ahead at the challenges we face together.

This year we worked hard  

  • to support the local voluntary and community sector to be viable, valued and visible
  • to ensure the sector is “at the table” as an equal partner in working to achieve happiness in our area
  • for recognition of the value of the sector  in health & wellbeing plans (e.g. working to  reduce the number of people in hospital, reducing loneliness & isolation in our communities)  

Our Chief Executive, Karen Weaver, looked ahead at how HARCVS can contribute to happiness in our area.  Read Karen’s presentation here.

We were joined by our speakers who looked at ways we can improve the quality of life for people in Harrogate District.   

Driving Force
The new voluntary car driver service for Harrogate, Knaresborough and the surrounding villages helps people to get to appointments and supports them to remain living independently. People who are socially isolated get to know volunteer drivers and are able to participate in community based events. Read Driving Force's Presentation here.

White Rose Credit Union 
The new Credit union for our district will bring improved financial wellbeing and resilience for residents and help with better budgeting. Read White Rose Credit Union's Presentation here.

Our guest speaker, Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive, Harrogate Borough Council 
Wallace spoke about the key issues facing the area and how we can work together to make Harrogate district a happier place for everyone.  Wallace said the voluntary and community sector is pivotal to successful partnerships, working hand in hand with the public sector to ensure community needs are met.

Action For Happiness
Everyone's path to happiness is different. But Action For Happiness reviewed the latest research and found Ten Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make people's lives happier and more fulfilling.