Digital Neighbour Workshops

Over 50% of Europeans use the internet daily – but 30% have never used it at all! Moreover, disabled persons face particular difficulties in benefiting fully from new electronic content and services. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, everyone needs enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society. The Digital Agenda tackles the digital divide.

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Session title: Digital Neighbours

(Your “Neighbour” could be a person you are supporting through volunteering in the local library, supporting community groups or your next door neighbour)

Length of session

2 hour session plus one follow up session of 2 hours

Course aims

The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to support others in your community with digital inclusion. The session will provide a hands on approach to supporting others in using ICT and having the confidence with digital technologies as a means of saving money and combat isolation.

Session outcomes

By the end of the session participants will have the skills to:

  • use basic trainer skills to support people in your community
  • support your “neighbours” in the use of, for example Skype, price comparison websites, online shopping, etc.
  • have a bank of resources to use when supporting others
  • Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for those who are fairly experienced in using IT and wish to develop skills to support others in a practical way. It is aimed at those wishing to pursue voluntary work and community support.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

IT experience is required.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Participation Certificate will be issued but no formal accreditation will be gained.

How will I learn?

All learners will have access to a computer for individual practice. There will be some small group work and one-to-one tuition as required. Worksheets and hand-outs will be used.

What could this session lead to?

It is hoped that you will agree a commitment to supporting your “neighbours” and will be offered the opportunity of a further session to build on what you have done following the first training session. You will also be given the opportunity to feedback and give anecdotal evidence on how you have worked with individuals or groups following the first session.

On successful completion of this session you could progress into voluntary work.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

Notepad, pen or pencil and a folder to keep your work in.

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Parish Council Elections

Parish Council elections will be held on 7th May 2015. The number of Parish Councillors for Melsonby has been revised by Richmondshire District Council and will be increasing from six to seven. Anyone who has been a resident of the Parish or on the Electoral Register of the Parish for at least 12 months is eligible to apply to become a Parish Councillor. Nomination packs are available from Richmondshire District Council (RDC) or from the Clerk. The deadline for nominations to be returned to RDC is 4pm on 9th April 2015. For further information please contact the clerk – Jill Welham on 01325 718666 or by email:

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Little White Bus Service for the North Richmondshire Area

RDC logoLWB x 2The Little White Bus service will be expanding its provision to the communities in the North Richmondshire area. A new £60,000 16 seater minibus has been funded through the Department of Transport’s Community Transport Minibus Fund for North Richmondshire and it is hopeful that this will be delivered sometime in June.

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April Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wed 1 April at 7.30pm in the school.

All welcome!

Click here for the agenda

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Streetlife: A new local community website for Richmondshire

Streetlife, the local social network, has a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours.

The website provides a free and easy place to share local news, views, recommendations and resources, enabling people with busy routines or reduced mobility to keep in touch with their community.

Conversations started on Streetlife have helped unite lost pets with owners, expose doorstep scammers, save threatened public services and recall local history.  The site is also encouraging real-world friendships, with neighbours sharing gardening equipment, IT advice and dentist recommendations, organising craft groups, street parties and book clubs.

Streetlife has just launched across Richmondshire, and everyone – residents, groups, local government representatives and businesses – is invited to share their knowledge, discuss the local issues they care about, and help build a stronger, better connected community.

Get involved!

  • Sign up at with your postcode and email address
  • You’ll automatically be linked to the people and conversations where you live
  • You can post messages, events, polls and pictures, and locals will be able to respond
  • You can customise your account so you control how often you receive local updates

Sign up and join the local conversation on

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Richmondshire Carers Sitting Service

Do you or someone you know care for a dependant relative or friend?  Do you find it difficult to get time to go out to shop, meet friends or just have some time for yourself?  If yes then maybe the Sitting Service can help by sending a friendly volunteer to sit with the person you care for so you can have some time for yourself.

For more information please contact:

Michelle Cardwell, Outreach Services Manager

St John’s Community Centre

Phone:   01748 832271

or email

Richmondshire – Sitting Service Volunteer

Do you have time to spare, a few hours a week, or fortnight or month?  Would you like to make a real difference here in your local community by supporting a Carer?  Want to find out more then please contact:

Linda Curran, Volunteering & Information Officer

Volunteering Richmondshire

Richmondshire Community & Voluntary Action

Phone:    01748 822335

or email

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NEW INDEPENDENT PANEL MEMBERS NEEDED for Richmondshire District Council

The Independent Remuneration Panel that monitors Richmondshire District Council’s ‘Members Allowance’ scheme is looking for at least three new members.

To be considered for the voluntary four year positions – which start in May 2015 – members must be independent of the council and:

  • have an interest in the work of the council and how it operates
  • understand the role of a councillor
  • not be disqualified from being a councillor
  • have not been a member or officer of the council within the last five years or be a relative or close friend of such persons
  • able to communicate effectively

Meetings normally take place one or twice a year at Mercury House in Richmond with full  training provided.  All expenses will be reimbursed.

Anyone interested in applying – or wanting more information on the role – should contact Michael Dowson, Democratic Services Manager on 01748 901011

Applications should be returned by February 27 and interviews will be held in March.


Aly Thompson (Communications Manager) on 01609 767063; or

Michael Dowson on 01748 901011

February 9, 2015

Communications Manager: Aly Thompson

Phone: 01609 767063




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