Bringing meals on wheels to Thirsk for over 20 years

Meals on wheels

Did you know that Thirsk is one of the few places in Hambleton to offer a meals on wheels delivery service 5 days a week? The meals on wheels service has been running in Thirsk for over 20 years and Thirsk Community Care took over managing the scheme when North Yorkshire County Council were no longer able to provide the service. We believe it is a lifeline for people because not only do they  get a hot nutritious meal but the friendly face who delivers that meal may be the only person they see that day.

Residents in Thirsk and Sowerby can receive a two course hot meal delivered to their door for just £6.00. The meals are freshly prepared each day by The Gavel Café & Bar and delivered with a smile by our fantastic team of volunteers. You can choose how many days a week you have them delivered and your first meal is free. If you know anyone who could benefit please contact Alison on 01845 523115 or

Meals on Wheels is a also great introduction to volunteering as it only takes an hour once or twice a month but you get a real buzz from helping lots of people in that hour. If you would be interested in volunteering please contact Alison as detailed above.



Get your copy of the Carers Poetry Book

Poetry From The Heart

Poetry From The Heart is a book written by volunteers and clients of Thirsk Community Care, about the role of the carer in their lives. This wonderful anthology has a foreword from local poet Kate Fox. To buy your copy for £5, pop into our office at 14a Marketplace.

We have a waiting list of people who need someone to sit with them so their carer can have a short break once a month. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help, please contact Gill at the office, on 01845 523 115 or email

Announcing the launch of Food and Friendship

Food and friendship

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Food and Friendship sessions, for older people in the Thirsk area.

The sessions will be running fortnightly at the following venues:

The Pantry, Millgate, Thirsk starting Wednesday 9 May 4pm – 6pm

Come along and enjoy a cup of tea, some activities and a hot two course meal for £7.50.

The Gavel Café, Thirsk Auction Mart starting Wednesday 16 May 12 noon – 2pm

Come along and enjoy a cup of tea, some activities and a hot two course meal for £7.50.

If you need transport then please book through the Community Car Scheme which is open 10am – 12noon each day on 01845 574707.

If you would like to attend please contact Mandy on or by telephone on 01845 523115.

For more information about the service we provide to older people in Thirsk and the surrounding area, click here.

Exciting New Activities At Our Catalyst Group

Catalyst Spring Activities

The Catalyst project never stands still as we see new members coming and others leaving to begin their new lives. We have several new activities coming up throughout the Spring, including a variety of taster sessions from Adult Education such as peer mentor training, reflexology and art classes. We are always open to welcoming new people who wish to join our supportive group or those who simply want to volunteer.

Learn more about the Catalyst project here.

Special Announcement: We’re Launching Thirsk Memory Cafe

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Memory Cafe, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care. Each month, Thirsk Memory Cafe will welcome local people living with dementia, along with their carers, friends or family. A light lunch and refreshments will be served, and trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to run activities, as well as offering support and advice. Carers will also be offered peer support and advice.
Thirsk Memory Cafe will run on the third Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday 15th March, from 12noon to 2pm. The cost for each session is £5 per person. Transport to the Memory Cafe can be arranged – please mention when you book if you require this service.
Book early to avoid disappointment. Call Mandy Parkes here at the Thirsk Community Care office on 01845 523 115.

Befriending gives the gift of confidence


As I come to the end of my third year coordinating the Befriending project it still delights and amazes me the difference the gift of a few hours time can make to someone’s life.

Last year I was contacted by North Yorkshire County Council and asked to help a recently bereaved lady gain some confidence. Anne lived in an isolated community and her husband had passed away very suddenly. Anne has struggled with literacy problems all her life which severely impacted her confidence and so her husband used to do everything for her. I introduced a volunteer, Chris, to help Anne learn to shop by herself. Chris took Anne to the bank and helped her to food shop. At first Anne was shaky and tearful but with the gentle encouragement she began to enjoy the trips and looked forward to going out. After a few months Anne was rehoused to more suitable accommodation in Northallerton and her support was transferred to Broadacres staff.

In January Chris was browsing the sales in Northallerton when she was suddenly enveloped in a hug and of course it was Anne who was now so happy and settled in her new home she was out clothes shopping on her own. This would have been unimaginable when Chris first met Anne four months earlier.  Chris gave Anne about 16 hours of her time over the space of a few months but the impact of that support far surpasses those hours.

If you would like to volunteer for our befriending scheme, or you know someone who could benefit from this service, please don’t hesitate to email me at or call 01845 523 115.

By Alison Ballard, Older People Services Coordinator at Thirsk Community Care.

A fantastic achievement for Thirsk Social Car Scheme

Bob from the Car Scheme

At Thirsk Community Care, we love to hear how our services, like the social car scheme, are helping local people. In this story, we hear about how the social car scheme is not only changing the lives of our clients, but also their families too.

Annie’s father had become confused and his wife, an older person herself, found supporting him exhausting. The day service was in Northallerton and they had no way of getting him there, until they contacted Thirsk Social Car Scheme.

Annie shared with us:

“I can’t begin to say what a difference your support has made, not only to my dad, but all the family.

My mother gets a much needed rest. She can truely chill for the day – Wednesdays are really important to her. Please pass on a massive thank you to the volunteer, his care and support are truely invaluable.

Thanks to you too and all at Thirsk Community Care for providing an excellent service to the people of Thirsk”.

If you think you could be part of our team of drivers and you have your own car, please contact Helen on 01845 574707 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday before 2pm. We pay all expenses including mileage of 45p per mile.