Citizen Groups

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HARP (Housing Advice Resource Project)

HARP North Yorkshire and York is a Key House Project. A team of experienced, expert housing advisors give advice and assistance on any area of housing law and practice. HARP is a registered charity which gives free, confidential advice.


Core training courses are also provided for individuals and organisations and include:- Introduction to Housing Advice; Homelessness – Law and Practice; Housing Possession Process. Fees payable for training courses.

North Yorkshire County Council

County-wide authority responsible for a range of services including Adult and Community Services, Planning, Highways, Trading Standards, Education, Transport Policy, Waste Management, Environment, Libraries and Information Services.


Contact the main switchboard or visit the website for further information.

North Yorkshire County Council Adult and Community Services

Contact the Customer Services Centre with any enquiries about all of the services provided by North Yorkshire County Council Adult and Community Services Department such as: fostering or adoption for children who cannot live with their own families; investigating situations where children may be at risk; Community Occupational Therapists; equipment or adaptations to help people with disabilities lives as independently as possible; Blue Badge parking scheme for people with disabilities ; personal care for frail or elderly people; placement in residential care and nursing homes; support for those who care for a relative or friend; support and services for people with mental health problems; Day Services, services for hearing impaired people.


The Customer Services Centre will also have information on other registered agencies and organisations such as childminders, residential care and nursing homes. Staff will discuss your enquiry with you and help you decide the type of information or service to may require and if necessary pass on your enquiry to specialist staff. The Customer Services Centre will also provide a list of domiciliary/ home support service providers.

Safer Ryedale - Ryedale Community Safety Partnership

In 1998 the Government gave local authorities and other bodies a mandate to tackle crime and disorder issues in their communities, with new powers to make a difference in each district. SAFER RYEDALE is the body formed to draw agencies together to address crime and anti social activity locally. This community partnership has to look at local crime and disorder figures to monitor trends and identify local problems. It also has to keep in touch with what local people want to see happen in their street, village and town. To ensure local needs and concerns are addressed, the partnership has completed extensive consultation to pull together the key aims for its strategy up to April 2008. Safer Ryedale combines the resources, support and vision of more than 25 agencies and local groups, ranging from the Police and Ryedale District Council to bodies from the voluntary sector. This gives it an excellent over-view of what Ryedale people want and the expertise to provide solutions to local problems. Safer Ryedale is already working towards sustaining and building welcoming neighbourhoods, where community spirit is vibrant and mutual trust exists between residents and the bodies that exist to support and serve them. For more news and information please click on the website belo

Scarborough Borough Council

For information on all Council services   

Scarborough Town Hall, Tel: 01723 232323, 8.30am to 5.00pm,

Whitby (Northern Area Office) Tel: 01723 232323, 8.30am to 5.00pm

Filey (Southern Area Office) Tel: 01723 518013: 8.30am to 5pm



Cleansing and Refuse Tel: 01723 351558

Dog Warden Tel: 01723 351558

Environmental Health Officer Tel: 01723 351558

Highways, Works and Street Cleansing Tel: 01723 363865

Homelessness Enquiries Tel: 01723 351558

Housing Officer Tel: 01723 351558

Mobile Warden Control Tel: 01723 351558

Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale Green Party

Local branch of the Green Party. Monthly meetings in Scarborough, occasional in Ryedale, would like to form group in Whitby. Discussions and campaigning. Two members on the Borough Council.