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Scarborough & District Kidney Support Group

Monthly informal meetings supporting pre-dialysis, dialysing and kidney transplant patients together with their carers, friends and family. The group covers Scarborough town and surrounding villages, Pickering, Whitby, Bridlington and Driffield.


Meetings, providing the opportunity for a chat and light refreshments, take place in the Howarth Unit, Scarborough Hospital on the third Tuesday of each month, between 7pm and 9pm. New members are always welcome.

Scarborough & District Welcome Ear (Hard of Hearing) Association

The charity's aims are the relief and advancement of education of hearing impaired people of all ages in the Scarborough district and Ryedale area, through the promotion of lip reading and other activities to enable hearing impaired people to communicate more effectively, the provision of up-to-date information on technical aids, literature, demonstrations, meetings and seminars. Monthly meeting held at Westborough Methodist Church Meeting Rooms, Scarborough, 2pm, on the last Thursday of every month. A loop system is provided

Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource Carers Support Group

Carers Support Group is for anyone who is involved in helping or supporting a friend or relative with some kind of mental health problem. This could be an adult or young person with Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety or Dementia. The group provides a listening ear, an informal setting to chat, exchange information and share experiences. Speakers have covered topics such as Aromatherapy and Relaxation. Other speakers have included a worker from Crisis Call, a Mental Health Nurse and a Psychiatrist.


The group meets at Whitby InterActive, The Archway, Skinner Street, Whitby.

Scarborough Disablement Action Group

Scarborough DAG provides a benefits advice service, run by volunteers, based at Yorkshire Coast Homes offices in Scarborough.

Scarborough Survivors

Scarborough Survivors offers support, practical help and information to people with mental health needs, or to those who want to learn more about being mentally healthy. Contact the office for details.

Scarborough Talking News

Free service where news from the local press is made available in cassette form and distributed to visually impaired readers every week. 90 minute magazine cassette produced six times a year. Library of 450 books on cassette.


Catchment area is from Whitby to Bridlington along the coast and inland to Malton, Pickering and Helmsley. Available to anyone with sight problems who cannot read a newspaper, or anyone who has difficulty holding a newspaper e.g. stroke patients and people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Primary Care Trust Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

PALS is designed to help patients, their carers and families by providing information to help you make contact with your GP, hospital or any NHS service as easy and as beneficial as possible; providing information about treatments or local support groups, carers and advocacy groups.


You can contact PALS to give a comment, suggestion or idea to make the service better, or to tell them if the care or service you have received has been good. PALS can also help if you have a concern about your treatment or any aspect of the services provided by the Primary Care Trust and aims to help resolve any concerns quickly.

Scarborough Women's Aid

Free confidential information, emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Services include emergency accommodation, outreach support, aftercare support, and floating support.

Emergency refuge accommodation – Tel: 01723 365058 during office hours. Out of office hours, contact the Police on 999 who will contact the on-call worker

Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale Cancer Information & Support Service

The Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale Information & Support Service offers a free, confidential service to anyone affected by cancer. This includes those who have cancer, their families, friends and health professionals caring for them.


The service offers drop in sessions in Malton, Whitby, Pickering and Scarborough, and provide the opportunity for people to meet like minded individuals with the support of a team of experienced cancer nurses.


The service offers high quality up to date information on all aspects of cancer. They also provide financial information and benefits advice, details of local services and organisations and can signpost people to self-help and support groups.

Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale MIND

Drop-in for support & information from trained staff & volunteers if you would like information about mental health either for yourself or someone else.


Queen Street Methodist Church, Queen Street, Scarborough. Fridays 12.30-3.30pm

Whitby Evangelical Church, Skinner Street, Whitby. Mondays (except bank holidays), 12.30-3.30pm

Ryedale – a worker can meet you, by appointment, at a variety of venues. Tel: 01723 588008