About Grassington Hub
Founded in 2009 because our local communities were losing valued resources, Grassington Hub is an award-winning, volunteer led community hub situated in the heart of Grassington.
We support the people that need help, creating new visions for our bit of the Dales and helping to make our communities strong and cohesive. Working from Hetton to Cracoe, and Appletreewick to Arncliffe, 2000 residents plus 1000 visitors use our services each year. Our services are run by our 60+ volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them. Their support helps make sure our activities are affordable.
Our work falls into three main areas:
Community Hub and Library
Grassington Hub & Community Library provides a focal point for community-led activities. It’s used by 800 people a year on over 10,500 occasions, and offers a place for both residents and visitors to access help, support and information, photocopying and office services, or just have a chat. We support local groups with an events box office, and local press liaison, provide community meeting spaces, work with Grassington Chamber of Trade to manage the Discover Grassington website, organise coffee mornings, and a monthly community cinema.
Support to Vulnerable People
This growing area of work supports frail or elderly people, those with mental ill-health, dementia or disability, and their carers. Our open access and targeted well-being activities include monthly community lunches, community shopping or leisure trips, knit and natter groups, men’s shed, book clubs, and a home library service for housebound and other users.
Community Support Organisation (Covid-19)
We have been contracted by North Yorkshire County Council since April 2020 as Community Support Organisation for Grassington, and the Upper Wharfedale villages from Hetton to Yockenthwaite and everywhere in between. From April 2020 – March 2021 200 people volunteered with us to support our community. We received 2,743 requests for advice and support. Our volunteers shopped for people 200 times, delivered 468 prescriptions and almost 100 food parcels, made 1746 phone calls to people who were vulnerable or shielding, and delivered over 500 book, craft and activity packs. We supported people 4,800 times, around 92 people every week. We continue to provide these new services whilst working to recover our pre-pandemic activities
The Hub provides a wide range of services to residents, local organisations, and visitors to Grassington and the communities of Upper Wharfedale.