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The Queen's Award Ceremony at Birdsal House, Malton on Thursday 22nd September 2016 with the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire

Our Citation for The Queen's Award

Ryedale Carers Support is a local voluntary organisation and registered charity based in Kirbymoorside providing practical and emotional help for Carers and the people they care for, as well as older people living on their own. The service relies on volunteers who visit weekly, fortnightly or monthly for a couple of hours or so. Funding comes mainly from North Yorkshire County Council Health & Adult Services and also NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups; but the organisation operates independently of other agencies.The group’s activities address the problems of loneliness and isolation that are prevalent in an ageing population, and help to relieve the pressures that bear upon those who care for them. Benefits are real and, on the evidence of a recent survey, the recipients value them very highly.At the time of the assessment, Ryedale Carers were looking-after 209 beneficiaries, comprising 112 carers in need of respite and support, and 97 elderly people living alone. The demand for Ryedale Carers’ services has almost doubled in the past 5 years, from 115 clients in 2010 to 209 in 2015.This outstanding voluntary organisation provides invaluable support to elderly and isolated people and those that care for them in a sparsely populated rural area. Ryedale is one of the largest rural districts in England and has the second lowest population density at 90 persons per square mile. Many of the inhabitants live in villages and isolated agricultural hamlets with poor facilities, public transport and employment opportunities. Ryedale’s population is also 5 years older than the UK average. Together these factors distort social structures and diminish family support of the elderly and those who care for them, leading to loneliness, isolation and stress. The wide dispersion of those needing support in the outlying areas of Ryedale poses severe challenges that publicly funded care services have difficulty in meeting outside the towns and larger villages. Ryedale Carers’ Support came into existence in 1995 to fill that gap and it remains the only organisation of its type in the area.The role demands much of the volunteers, who drive long distances on country lanes, day and night and in all weathers. Despite those demands they demonstrate admirable commitment and length of service. Not only do the volunteers deliver a direct benefit to those in need, but their work provides the community with exemplars of selfless service, as well as saving substantial public resources which can be applied to other care needs.The Assessors found that the group were providing all the services described, and were doing so to a very high standard. Currently the demand for the group’s services outstrips their ability to recruit, screen and train volunteers, and to raise the necessary funds to support and expand their activities.Ryedale Carers’ volunteers are the heart of an outstanding organisation that meets a substantial community requirement by delivering an exemplary service, which merits public recognition. Their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is richly deserved.

Ryedale Carers Support has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2016

I wanted to share with you the good news that Ryedale Carers Support has been honoured with the Queens Award for Voluntary Services, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. We  are one of three groups to get the award in North Yorkshire and 193 groups nationally. Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP said: “I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”

 I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to our volunteers and trustees both past and present for their tireless work in supporting carers and older people in Ryedale. Every one of them, no matter how large or small their contribution, should feel equally proud of this amazing achievement. Ryedale Carers Support will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire later this summer.


Ryedale Carers Support had another successful raffle in May and June which raised £982. Many thanks to The Forest and Vale Hotel, Flamingoland, The Queens Head in Amotherby, Eden Camp, Wolds Way Lavender, Ryedale Folk Museum, the Palace Cinema at Malton, Essential Health and Beauty by Nicola Atkinson, Castle Howard, Scampston Walled Garden, Dalby Forest, The National Trust at Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace, North York Moors Railway, Beck Isle Museum, The White Swan in Pickering, Helmsley Arts Centre and Deventio Wine in Malton. Thanks also to Morrisons in Malton and the Co-op in Pickering who let us sell raffle tickets and to the carers and volunteers who helped make it such a successful event.  The lucky winners were John Hurd, Sheila Miller, Pat Hanby, A Thompson, Mrs Harkness, Mrs V Howard, Alex Steele, Olive Birkett, Sam Williams, Liz Wilkinson, Michelle Parker, Joanne Peel, Jean Kershaw, Mrs Mynot, Mrs Hutchinson, Alan Hume, Mr Craven, Mr R Rushworth, Rona Ashworth and Martyn Steele.

200 Club Draw

Ryedale Carers Support are very pleased to announce the winners of the 200 club draw on the 1st March 2017. The club currently has 115 participants so if you are interested in joining let us know and we can enter your name for the next draw on the 3rd April 2017.

The winners for March are:

FIRST PRIZE - RH who won £28.50

SECOND PRIZE - WO who won £17.10

THIRD PRIZE - EW who won £11.40


The Silver Line is a national confidential and free helpine for older peole open every day and night of the year. No question too big, no question too small, no need to be alone. Call the helpline on 0800 4 70 80 90

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