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Ukrainian Families

This post is aimed at our new Ukrainian friends & their host families living in the Easingwold & Villages area. EDCCA – (our Easingwold District Community Care Association), would like to create a contact list of all the host families & Ukrainians in the area so that they can make them aware of each other and assist them in settling here.
This will help EDCCA to find out what support and activities are wanted or needed in the immediate or longer term.
For example they are hoping to start up beginners English lessons in Easingwold for those would like to improve their skills.
They also propose setting up regular get together events in Easingwold (or the villages) for families to get to know one another better.
EDCCA is also liaising with the vicar of Easingwold Parish Church who is organising a get together event for the Ukrainian children and their families on the 20th August at the Vicarage.
EDCCA has full confidentially policies and procedures in place and all its volunteers are DBS checked.
EDCCA would very much like all the hosting families as well as the Ukrainian families that stay with them to contact them and find out more of what is involved.
If you know of any families who are not on Facebook or won’t be aware of this, please let them know and ask them to contact EDCCA.
As indicated above, all information and details will be kept in the strictest confidence unless permission is given otherwise.
Easingwold District
Community Care Association
Police House, Church Hill, Easingwold,
York, YO61 3JX
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
9.30am to 12.30pm
Tel: 01347 822875

 Tuesday Tea and Tarts – 2nd August 2022


Hub Club in Easingwold for people with Dementia

Do you know or care for someone who has Dementia? If so come along to our next open morning on Fridays throughout August between 10am and 12 noon at the Football club on Stillington Road in Easingwold.
You will be able to meet staff and volunteers at the Hub Club and see if it would suit you.
This invitation is for people with dementia and their carers/ relatives only. Thank you

Tea and Tarts on the 28th June

Tea and Tarts this week was another roaring success with our usual crowd plus lots of new faces which is always good to see. Helen joined us once again with gentle piano music although she had to stop play when the star of the show, a lovely miniature pony called Monet with his owner Katy arrived! Once again a wonderful morning enjoyed by all. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a success.

Jubilee Tea and Tarts

Join us for Jubilee Tea and Tarts on the 31st May between 9.30 and 12.30 in The Galtres Centre.

EDCCA Charity Boutique

What a fantastic opening day we had on Thursday 12th May at the new EDCCA Boutique on Long Street.

BBC Radio York’s Julia Lewis cut the ribbon on the front door to let the crowd flock in to cheering an applause. She stayed all morning and worked with us on the till and steaming garments upstairs. She even did some shopping!

There was a brilliant vibe all day with everyone saying how lovely the shop looked and what a fabulous array of items we had.

Our thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us and help us raise a massive amount for our charity on our first day! A big thank you to all our volunteers for making this an amazing first day!

Come and see what beautiful donations we have received from our wonderful donors in our community. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!

We are now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am – 4pm and Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm (closed on Wednesdays). Donations can be brought in during our opening hours.

Pop in to see us, say hi, browse, shop, enjoy the atmosphere or join us as a volunteer. Hope to see you soon!




The CAB bus will be in Easingwold Market Place again on the 17th August and 30th September  between 9.30 and 11.30am. Do come and say hello.



Minibus Outings with Easingwold District Community Care Association for March 2022

Thursday 28th April 2022

Seaside trip to beautiful Bridlington! £15

Thursday 5th May 2022

A glorious Spring day to the Tulip Festival* at Burnby Hall near Pocklington £10 (*entry not included. Subsidised ticket £5)

Thursday 12th May 2022

National Trust Manor House Ormesby Hall (very discounted entry) & Lunch stop off in Yarm £10

 Thursday 19th May 2022

Historic Elsecar Victorian Village, Heritage Centre & Vintage Railway £15

 Friday 27th May 2022

The Friday hustle & bustle of Northallerton & Food/ Craft Fayre/ Indoor Market £10

Wednesday 1st June 2022

The eternal seaside joys of Scarborough! £15

Friday 10th June 2022

The bustle of Stokesley & Great Ayton with its riverside tranquillity & Captain Cook fame £12

 Thursday 23rd June 2022

Drive over the moody Moor for a day in wonderful Ilkley! £12

Thursday 30th June 2022

A morning coffee stop in Hovingham then on to historic Scampston Hall and its Walled Garden £10

Tuesday 5th July 2022

Fab Filey & Tea Time Surprise! £15

 Saturday 9th July 2022

Pontefract Liquorice Festival – a super-fun day out for anyone! £15


Please note that for your comfort and protection, we are currently restricting passenger numbers to 10 per trip. Face coverings are required unless you have a medical exemption.


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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Christmas Market in Easingwold

EDCCA stall at the Galtres Christmas Fair Saturday 4th December

The day was very cold but bright and we had two tables booked inside the Lounge area. One table was full of hand crafted goods, beautifully knitted and crotched. There were knitted stocking fillers in the shape of Christmas Puddings and Santa hats complete with a treat inside. Four Chocolate Oranges were kitted out in a Christmas Pud covering and were extremely popular. To keep you warm in the winter months we had head warmers, hats, fingerless gloves and lap blankets. Cute crocheted teddies, a squirrel, caterpillar and dollies found new homes and created smiles on the faces of their new owners.

Leading up to the event we had put a message out to our volunteers asking if they would kindly be able to donate a bottle for our bottle tombola stall. On Thursday and Friday the doorbell rang many times with people kindly bringing us donations.

Di our Chief Officer, Sam one of the EDCCA staff and Kate one of our Trustees set up the stall with a cheery Christmassy design cloth on plus our EDCCA overlay cloth. The bottles had been ticketed and were lined up filling the table. Our borrowed tombola drum looked cheery and festive in bright red.

Our EDCCA calendars with photographs taken by young aspiring photographer Thomas King were hanging behind the stall to give a glimpse of the lovely photos. Many people came along to purchase one to keep for themselves or send as a gift to friends and family.

A very big thank you to our volunteers Cassandra and Jane who supported us during the day plus our Trustees Kate and Linda. We would not be able to manage these events without the help of our volunteers, whether it is helping on the day or delivering us a bottle or two before the event.

We hope everyone who came along to the stall enjoyed their time whether they browsed the goods on offer or tried their luck on the bottle tombola.

Thank you all for your support, the money raised goes towards us providing services to help the local community.


The show must go on! 

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 – 2nd August 2022


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


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.