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Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Young Carers Project

Organised in conjunction with NCH, the aim of the project is to offer support and ensure a full range of services to meet the needs of young carers/ young people involved in the care of disabled family members.


The disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is that disabled people achieve equality in a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.

Scope has a Community Team in your area. It can offer information, advice and support to disabled people and their families. We also work with local groups to encourage the development of new and existing services which meet needs identified locally.

For details of your local contacts, please email cphelpline@scope.org.uk or phone us on Tel: 0808 800 3333.

Sensory and Physical Support Services, The Specialist Teaching Service

We are a service of specialist teachers and support staff working together with schools, parents and other agencies to raise achievements and aspirations of our target groups who are children and young people with physical, visual or hearing difficulties.

Shopmobility Schemes

Harrogate 01423 500666

Hartlepool 01429 861777

Hull 01482 225686

Leeds 0113 246 0125

Leeds, White Rose Shopping Centre 0113 277 3636

Middlesbrough 01642 254545

Redcar 01642 498894

Scarborough 01723 369910

Stockton 01642 605676

York 01904 679222

Social Care

Joint scheme by Department of Health, Defra, The Pension Service, Help the Aged, Age Concern, and WRVS, providing advice on keeping warm and healthy, home improvement grants, heating your home and help with bills. Interpreters available to provide advice in languages other then English.


For people aged 60 or over, contact the Winter Fuel Payments Helpline Tel: 08459 15 15 15 for enquiries on financial help towards the cost of keeping your home warm.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

National charity which helps serving and ex-service men and women, Reserves personnel, and their families, including widows and widowers, in need. Confidential helpline provided on behalf of the MoD for  many issues including loneliness, drugs, bullying, equal opportunities, racial and sexual harassment.


North Yorkshire Branch – Building 48, Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, York, YO32 5SW. Tel: 01904 492 562. Monday 1 - 4.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am – 4pm.


Cleveland Branch, SSAFA Forces Help Office, TA Centre, Stockton Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4AD. Tel: 01642 217 440. Monday to Friday 10am - 12 noon.

Talking Newspaper Whitby

Monthly talking newspaper produced using the Whitby Gazette as a source for news items. Also includes updates on benefits, coming events etc. The newspaper is recorded onto standard cassette tapes which can be played on any domestic cassette player. The tapes are delivered free of charge by the Royal Mail. Talking newspaper is available to visually impaired people (whether or not they are registered), people with Parkinson’s Disease and anyone to whom reading is a problem. The service is free and is supported by local charities. Apply in writing, by e-mailing or phone to Keith Sleightholme.

Teenage Drop-in Centre

Drop-in service is staffed by a doctor and nurses and gives confidential service for contraception, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception (morning after pill), and condoms. Gives help, support and advice on smoking and health concerns, sexually transmitted infections, relationships, alcohol and drugs.

The ADAPT Trust

ADAPT (Access for Disabled people to Arts Premises Today) is a charitable trust established in 1989 and registered as an independent charity in 1992.


The Trust operates throughout the UK and its goal is to improve access by advising and assisting arts and heritage venues to create effective access for everyone. ADAPT provides awareness training, awards for excellence and a consultancy service.


Please note that all ADAPT grant schemes are permanently closed. No further applications will be accepted.

The Cancer Information and Support Service

Drop-in, 10.30am to 12.30pm:-

Pickering Memorial Hall, Potter Hill - 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month; Scarborough Library, Vernon Road - 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month;

Ryedale Community House, Malton - 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month;

Whitby Library, Windsor Terrace - 2nd and 4th Thursday every month.


Local information and support drop-in service for anyone affected by cancer (those who have cancer, family, friends, professionals) in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. No appointment necessary.


Support from experienced nurses; Information leaflets and booklets; Library; Benefits advice; place to meet others in similar circumstances, Complimentary therapies; Signposting to other voluntary and statutory agencies.