Alan Takes To The Skies And Raises £1000

Thirsk Community Care was delighted to receive a cheque from support Alan Garside, after he raised money from a skydive.

Alan kindly donated £1,000 to support our Memory Cafe for local people living with dementia, following his own wife’s diagnosis with Frontotemporal Dementia at the age of just 57.

Here is a small selection of the pictures from the day.

Alan skydive waving

Alan gives us a wave

Alan with certificate

Alan shares the certificate from his jump

Alan ready to jump

Ready to jump

If you or someone you know has a fundraising idea and you’d like to share the proceeds with Thirsk Community Care, let us know and we’ll help you spread the word.

Celebrating Carers Week With A Whodunnit

Carers Week whodunnit

Carers Week every year gives us a chance to celebrate all that is good in our community and raise awareness of the work we do.  This year, I was delighted to welcome Rob Gee to perform his “Alzheimers whodunnit” for something rather different.

Rob was inspirational in his portrayal of a variety of characters, drawing from his experience some years ago when he worked as a student in a phychiatric hospital. Volunteers, carers and staff from organisations working with people with dementia came together to enjoy the show. It was educational, amusing, and thought-provoking – the perfect way to celebrate Carers Week.

Enjoy our exclusive interview with Rob Gee about the performance in the short video below:

By Gill Burn, Carers Support Coordinator at Thirsk Community Care

Dave Wood is Running The Great North Run for Thirsk Community Care

Great North Run

We’re so grateful to local fundraiser Dave Wood, who has bravely signed up to run the 2018 Great North Run to raise money for our Memory Cafe.

Take a look at Dave’s Local Giving page to read more about his story, and why he’s decided to make this impressive commitment.

If you or someone you know has a fundraising idea and you’d like to share the proceeds with Thirsk Community Care, let us know and we’ll help you spread the word.

Our new privacy policy and data protection policy

With data protection regulations changing on 25th May 2018, we’ve updated our policies to ensure we’re taking care of your data.

Here is a link to our new privacy policy.

Here is a link to view our confidentiality and data protection policy.

If you have any questions or concerns about either of these policies, or you have a general enquiry about how we handle data at Thirsk Community Care, please call our Chief Officer on 01845 523 115.

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.