Support for older people

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Food and Friendship

The service brings older people together once a week to enjoy food and some time together. The sessions run fortnightly at each venue.

  • The Pantry, Millgate, Thirsk starting Wednesday 9 May 2.30pm – 4.30pm. 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 would like to attend please contact Gill on or by telephone on 01845 523115.


The service helps people who live in a rural setting and/or are socially isolated, living on their own, or who have no close family in the area. Clients are matched with a volunteer who will spend time with them on a regular or ad hoc basis. The volunteer can make home visits or take the client out of their home for a cup of tea or a visit to the shops.

Meals on Wheels

Individuals can access a two course hot meal delivered to their door by a volunteer. This service enables clients to have access to a healthy and nutritious meal, as well as regular contact with the volunteer. The service runs from Monday to Friday; additional meals can be provided on the Friday for the weekend. The service costs £6 for a two-course meal.

Supported shopping schemes

The shopping scheme supports older people to access the local shops. Volunteers pick clients up from their home in a minibus and support them to read labels and carry their shopping.

Social car scheme

Individuals who do not have access to transport are able to access support from a volunteer driver, who can take them to health appointments, social events, or the shops when required.

To make a booking, call 01845 574707 on Mon-Fri between 10am and 12noon or email

Thirsk Memory Cafe

Thirsk Memory Cafe welcomes local people living with dementia, along with their carers, friends or family. A light lunch is served, and trained staff and volunteers are on hand to run activities, as well as offering support and advice. Carers are also be offered peer support and advice.
Thirsk Memory Cafe runs on the third Thursday of every month, from 12noon to 2pm. The cost for each session is £5 per person.

Support for carers

Unpaid family carers can access respite support through our Respite Sitting Service. The cared for person is matched to a full trained volunteer who can stay with them in their own home whilst the carer leaves the house or has a rest.

Support for Older People Leaflet Download

Social Car Scheme Leaflet Download