Plans for warm welcome space announced in Hawes

The Market House in Hawes.

Plans have been announced for a warm welcome space to be opened in Hawes.

The Upper Dales Community Partnership Ltd and Hawes Market House trustees are working together to provide a facility within the Market Hall.

Starting on February 7, the committee room will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm for anyone to go and sit, chat, read, do jigsaws, knit, use the free wifi or just be with company in a warm and safe environment.

“Thanks to Richmondshire District Council’s warm and welcome spaces award, we are able to extend our existing monthly, Good Life Community Drop-In sessions to a three-day a week provision throughout February and March,” said Abbie Rhodes, general manager of UDCP Ltd and current chair of Hawes Market House trustees.”

Many rural businesses and community organisations are struggling in the current climate, but the teams at UDCP Ltd and Hawes Market House have been working together for over a year.

Julie Greenslade co-ordinates the A Good Life Community Support work that has been providing support since before the start of the pandemic, and Laura Dunn and Alison Wade are the team at the Market Hall.

“Collaboration means we can share spaces and resources that will ultimately benefit anyone within the community who needs a little support right now,” said Abbie.

The sessions are free for everyone and will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, with soup and a pud on Tuesdays, which is also free.

Some days will have coordinated activities, some sessions will host support services such as Citizens Advice, Dementia Friends, Living Well and Carers Plus.

Alternatively, if you work from home but are struggling with heating costs, the Market House provides free wifi thanks to support from Community First Yorkshire’s Digital Hub program.

All are welcome.

Founded in 1997, UDCP Ltd is a not-for-profit serving the residents of communities in the Upper Dales, Richmondshire. Hawes Market House was first registered as a charity in 1894 and its work includes the furtherance of any charitable purpose for the benefits of the inhabitants of Hawes.