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Easingwold and District Community Care Association (EDCCA) Vaccine Volunteers Saturday 27th November

Well what a day Saturday was, it was extremely cold and snowy but the best of British spirit came to the fore.

Our intrepid volunteers divided into the morning and afternoon shift braved the wintery conditions, and then came the power cut which affected large parts of Easingwold.

The EDCCA volunteers wearing their tabards calmly dealt with the situation, luckily we had purchased 6 slimline torches which were put to good use.

A generator and lighting was kindly obtained from Willis and set up the Galtres team. This helped ease the problem, the vaccinators and inputters could then see to carry out their vital duties.

It was a real team effort amongst the medical team, the EDCCA volunteers and the coffee shop who supplied hot drinks to warm everyone up.

A very big thank you to the public coming to receive their vaccinations for being so patient and to the kind person who gave us the tub of chocolates which we passed around amongst the vaccinators and volunteers.

Despite the lack of electricity there was a real camaraderie and pulling together spirit which was humbling to see.

Our wonderful volunteers not only help with the vaccine clinic but befriending and telephone befriending, become car drivers, deliver Meals on Wheels or help us promoting our services at local venues.

Thank you on behalf of the local community for the effort that you all put in, we all pulled together and made a success of an eventful and character building day.



Tuesday Tea and Tarts – 9th November 2021

Come and join us in the Galtres Centre on Tuesday 9th November between 10am and 12noon for free tea or coffee and cake and listen to piano music by Helen Smith. See the poster below for details


Schools Harvest Festival 

Sam Wilson from EDCCA and Frank Johnston-Banks Lead Volunteer for our Food bank project were delighted to collect and receive many donations from schools in our area for the Foodbank which helps many local people and families. Thank you everyone.

Volunteers wanted

As our services begin to return to pre-Covid times, we are in need of more volunteers to help our clients. This could be giving lifts to and from medical appointments, the hairdressers or to visit a relative in a care home. It could be befriending a client who doesn’t see many people and would like to have a chat with someone. We are also looking for people to be an assistant on our minibus trips. If you think you can help please get in touch. Thank you.

EDCCA Food Bank at Easingwold Park Run Saturday 18th September

Di Watkins our chief Officer had taken a call from Colin Fletcher letting us know that Easingwold Park Run was celebrating its 50th run. To mark this auspicious event it was suggested that the runners, their families and supporters were requested if they were able to, to donate items to the Easingwold and Villages Foodbank which now comes under the EDCCA umbrella.

Sam Wilson and Frank Johnston- Banks met Colin and some of the other members and volunteers to find a fully laden table of food stuffs waiting for them to collect. After some words of thanks to Colin and the chance for a photo opportunity we loaded up the trolley and pulled it back to the waiting car. The boot was crammed with lots of useful food stuffs that will be put to good use when we make up Food Bank parcels to those to those who need this support.

The month of August seemed an especially busy month, and kind donations of non-perishable items such as dried mashed potato, tinned fruit, granulated sugar, ketchup, gravy granules, tinned hot dogs & instant hot chocolate, marmalade, peanut butter & jam are items which we are shorter of and make up part of the package the recipient needs. These items are all welcomed by the Food Bank for their stores.

The items were loaded into the boot of the car and safely taken away to the store, ready for when we receive the next call.

Grateful thanks were extended not only to Colin but on behalf of everyone who gave to this request, the runners, their families and all supporters of the Park Run. Each and every item will be safely stored until we receive that call that a package is required.

Friday Frolics

We held our first Friday Frolics on the 3rd September in the Galtres Centre and everyone who came really enjoyed meeting the owls. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped.


The Leaping Hare Gallery and Millfield Surgery

We are both grateful and excited to be working in partnership with the newly refurbished and extended Millfield Surgery and The Leaping Hare Gallery. The surgery asked them to brighten up the bare walls with some of their artwork and they were more than happy to oblige.
All artworks are for sale and 10% of any sale of the displayed works will be donated to EDCCA.
Whilst patients are waiting for their appointment they can enjoy the work of Art 57, Linda Mellin Art, Yvonne Costello Art and Jane Kitching Contemporary Artist
Thank you all

Vaccination Clinics in Easingwold

Our fantastic volunteers have worked alongside an incredible team of vaccinators in The Galtres Centre to deliver over 10,000 vaccinations against Covid 19. The clinics started at the end of January when there was snow and ice on the ground to recent clinics which have seen temperatures exceed 27 degrees. Quite a contrast. We can say that our intrepid volunteers work in all weathers adapting and flexing as they go along. The Co-op have generously supplied liquid refreshments, whilst Friends of St Monica’s paid for lunches. The last clinic in this wave will be on the 19th August. We await news of Autumn Booster clinics, but our volunteers will be as enthusiastic as ever to get stuck in. Thanks to everyone involved.

Visit by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire

Venetia said : “On Monday I went to visit the Community Care Association in Easingwold. The door was opened by Di Watkins, (pictured on the right), a true dynamo leading a multi talented team who are behind all the brilliant community minded initiatives going on in the area.

Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, they have never missed a beat. Meals On Wheels have continued, organised by Helen Beck who is not only in charge of sourcing the food and making sure it is correctly packaged but also all the volunteer drivers who deliver it across a vast area. There is a car scheme that gets people as far as Hull for hospital appointments as well as collecting prescriptions and doing shopping. The CCA runs a befriending scheme, a mini bus with a driver, a wheelchair hire service, a support network for those caring for a friend or relative… and these are just a few of their initiatives.

As the lockdown restrictions are lifted there are plans afoot to get the Knit and Natter group, the Weekly Crossword Club and Woven Branches (a day care for those with a diagnosis of dementia) going as soon as possible. As Di says, it’s all about connectivity and making sure that the elderly and vulnerable in the community know they are not alone.

These ladies are awesome – they are completely in touch with their community and they are seeing a shift by NYCC to using their services more and more. This has given then all a great lift as it shows that the Council are recognising what they are doing for the community and that their funding is being well spent.

Very sadly Helen Lambert, who has been working for the Community Care Association for a long time, has decided to retire at the end of August. It gave me HUGE pleasure to present her with a High Sheriff’s Award – as you will see from the photo – she had no idea it was going to happen! A very special moment for everyone there.”


Citizens Advice Bus

The CAB Advice bus is coming to Easingwold Market Place on the 29th November They will be joined by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and EDCCA staff. Do come and see us.

Hambleton Heroes

We are delighted to have been nominated as a Hambleton Hero “ for your staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond, supporting those who have been shielding during the COVID pandemic” This initiative was set up to provide the opportunity for members of the Community to nominate local heroes who had ‘gone that extra mile’ to make a real difference to the lives of residents during 2020. It has been a great pleasure to help as many people as we have especially more recently with our volunteers helping with the Vaccination Clinics. We are tremendously lucky to have such dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Thank you to all of them and the kind lady who nominated us.

Stillington Scarecrows

What a great weekend! Stillington Scarecrow Festival was fantastic!  Huge congratulations to Emily Howarth and Josh Benson for organising and running the event! And a huge thank you to the local (and extended) community for coming along! The festival sold over 300 scarecrow trail maps, and together with Café At The Mill’s BBQ Special sales, we’ve had an amazing couple of days raising funds for Easingwold District Community Care Association! Looking forward to seeing how long the excellent scarecrow creations hang about!

There are some photographs on our Facebook page


DEPART EASINGWOLD MARKET PLACE 10:30am (unless otherwise stated)

Minibus Journeys with EDCCA


Please call us on 01347 822598 for more information about any of these trips

Wednesday 10th November  – Pateley Bridge £12
Thursday 18th November  – Harrogate/RHS Harlow Carr £10 (spend the day in town or at RHS Gardens Harlow Carr (Entry not included)
Friday 1st December – historic Hutton le Hole/ guided tour at St Mary’s Lastingham/ lunch at the Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge -£10 (lunch cost not included)
Sunday 5th December  – Knaresborough Christmas Market £10
Wednesday 8th December  – Northallerton Market Day  £10
Monday 13th December – Invigorating Scarborough – £12
Friday 17th December – Nunnington Hall dressed for Christmas through the ages Fare £10
(house entry extra at the concessionary rate of £7.60)


The minibus is also available for hire to non-profit making organisations.

Please call us for more information

TO BOOK A PLACE on the MINIBUS CALL 01347 822598 or
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Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to continue to carry on throughout the pandemic delivering shopping, meals on wheels, prescriptions and telephone befriending.
Thanks to the Government for making this possible

Friends of St Monica’s have agreed to fund two projects which will be run and administered by EDCCA.

One – to provide car scheme assistance in the form of pre-arranged daily journeys to and from the York Against Cancer minibus which transports patients to and from the Bexley Unit at St James hospital in Leeds for radiotherapy. This will benefit people in the Easingwold and District Area who find it difficult to make the journey alone. Indeed using the minibus has helped people share their journey with people who are undergoing similar treatments and can support each other. Passengers in our area  will be referred to us by various means including the hospital.

Two – A scheme which will support patients being discharged from St Monica’s in the form of up to 6 visits where we will offer practical support whilst the patient is settling back into their home. This will akin to a sitting or befriending type of service and will be tailored according to individual needs. It will complement any health care support and will be very much client led.

“EDCCA is delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Friends of St Monica’s in this way and look forward to sharing positive news about making a difference in people’s lives over the coming year”. 

Winter Fuel Allowance

Someone has offered to donate their winter fuel payment to EDCCA as they do not need it. If you are in a similar position please consider donating it to us and we will use the money to support people in our community that do need help. Furthermore, we are now registered for Gift Aid and this can make any donation worth far more.