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Harrogate Community House tenants honoured to meet High Sheriff

Harrogate Community House tenants honoured to meet High Sheriff of North Yorkshire

On 10 July, we had the pleasure and honour of hosting a visit from Clare Granger, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, at Harrogate Community House. 

Clare enjoyed a short tour of our community hub and met our charity tenants. 

Thank you to Clare who was so enthusiastic and supportive, and interested to hear about the fantastic work our tenants do, the difference they make and the challenges they face.  

There were many connections and common themes, especially the way in which charities work so hard to meet the needs of all the people who turn to them and the joy they give by bringing people together. 

Clare said: 'It was so interesting meeting the charity tenants. Each one had an inspiring tale to tell about what they do and it was fascinating to see the parallels between them. It is clearly such a valuable thing for them all to be part of the community at Community House'. 

Clare also presented special High Sheriff’s awards for great and valuable services to the community to volunteers with tenants Open Arms Malawi and Harrogate Town AFC Community Foundation

The Open Arms team were thrilled that one their trustees, Janette Peak, was recognised for going above and beyond in her contribution to the charity. 

Over the past 20 years, Janette has given endless support to Open Arms through visiting schools, volunteering in Malawi, helping at events, organising her own fundraising events, making beautiful merchandise for the shop, providing endless administration and governance support, as well as always being there with a smile and encouragement. 

Unfortunately Janette was unable to receive the award in person but a presentation will take place very soon. 

Suzie from Open Arms Malawi said: 'It was lovely to be able share our work and feel part of the lovely community in Community House.'  

Harrogate Town volunteers Tom, Bernie and Rod received awards for their work with the Foundation’s Walking Football teams and their contribution to enhancing the life of our community. As well as helping to promote a sense of well-being and developing new friendships amongst players, there are also a number of health benefits to playing walking football. Players travel from outside the district for the camaraderie and the opportunity for a good chat, as well as for a bit of competition!  

Thank you to all of our fantastic charity tenants who took time to tell Clare about their work: Dancing for Well-Being; Ewing Foundation; Harrogate Deaf Society;  Open Country; Supporting Older People; IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services); Lifeline Harrogate