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Come and Visit us at our Allotment on Dog Meadow, Settle.


We are open to visitors on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, from 12.30pm to 3pm.

Steve and Ruth who have done so much work there, will show you round.

If you have any small containers that we could use to put cuttings etc in, please feel free to stop by and drop them off.


little hats, big difference

these little hats change lives

Innocent started putting little hats on smoothies back in 2003, donating 25p to Age UK for every behatted bottle sold.

For more KNITTING PATTERNS click here

These woolly masterpieces are knitted and crocheted by thousands of legendary volunteers. They sent Age UK a whopping 1.5 million little hats for last year’s Big Knit, bringing the total raised, over the years to just under £3 million. Jaw dropping stuff?

Hats will be back on bottles in 2022, and we’d love to raise more for Age UK North Craven.  Anyone can get involved, whether you’re a pro or a novice. 

CLICK HERE for further information

Please bring in or drop off your
Cheapside Shop
and we will  DO THE REST 

Knit different Hat Patterns 

The Strong and Steady Classes

are to start again in St John’s Methodist Church Hall on Fridays, but places will be available for Monday sessions if there is enough demand.

If you wish to have a referral to the scheme please come to a taster session, or contact Jill on 07955 342344 or email jilleccleston@hotmail.co.uk

You can also contact Sarah Robinson for a referral at Age UK North Craven (01729 823066).

Exercising to help mobility in later life is vitally important, particularly when longer periods are spent at home because of pandemic advice.

All Covid safety issues are covered for small groups of participants, who can enjoy the 45-minute exercise classes designed to improve core strength, balance and confidence.

Initial referral is required for the Yorkshire Sport-supported classes and covers a 12-week programme.  There is a £5 per class charge, payable for the programme in advance.


EVER wish you had a friendly person to offer you advice about things in life that seem to be getting beyond your grasp?

Here at Age UK North Craven we have approachable, understanding staff who can personalise a service to suit you, face-to face or on the telephone.

They will take you step-by-step through issues such as attendance allowance, benefit checks, energy switching, blue badges and ease your mind with problem-solving advice and information.

And the good news is the service is free.

Making that first contact can open up a wide range of options you maybe had not thought about.

During the current pandemic we have services up and running such as Telephone Befriending, Independence Support, ‘Strong and Steady’ Exercise and Fish and Chip Fridays for the vulnerable among us, etc.

We can give you more information about what services are available locally to enable you to find the right support to meet your needs.

Factsheets and information guides are also available, for example: Avoiding Scams, Home Safety Checker, Care Home Checklist, In the Driving Seat, Staying Steady, Looking After Your Money and Dealing with Debt

Always remember we are here to help and our offices are open as normal, so get in touch. You can call the office on 01729 823066 and ask for Sara Robinson our Information and Advice manager or email   srobinson@ageuknorthcraven.org


The following are Links to helpful sites on how to :keep safe or what to do if you may have contracted the virus.




LISTEN to our Dales Radio Podcast

from our Chief Officer JONATHAN KERR

ur AUTUMN NEWSLETTER is out .... full of local information and news. 

and if you missed our last ones, click below to read ....




Movement to Music With

Gillian Walton

A relaxing chair based exercise group focused on stretching and
movement– Important at any age!
Half an hour chair based exercises followed by refreshments and
time to socialise with others.


£3.00 per session.
 at The Place, Settle (Opposite the Ruchee)
On the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

Commencing : 13th October 2021

For more information or to express
your interest in joining please contact
Caroline Wilson on 01729 823066 or

Changes to Landlines

You may have heard that the UK’s telephone network is being upgraded, which means that landline services are changing. You’ll still be able to have a landline in your home, but the technology that powers it will be a bit different and you may need to upgrade some of your equipment. Age UK has produced a handy information guide to what is changing, when and has some reassurance and handy tips about how to prepare. Click on the link below to find out more:

Changes to Landline Telephones

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We have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus. 

The scams take several forms which include (so far):

  • Messages claiming to be from HMRC offering a tax refund due to changes in the law around Covid-19, recipients have to click a link which takes them to a fraudulent website.
  • Messages claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control or from the World Health Organisation. These messages offer the recipient the chance to view a list of confirmed cases within their local area by clicking on a link and making a Bitcoin payment.
  • Emails claiming to be from a virologist sending an attached document with instructions on how to avoid the Coronavirus. The attachment is malicious.
  • Fraudulent online sales of masks and hand sanitiser which never materialise. If an online shopping offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a legitimate source. Please be aware that fraudsters go to great lengths to make their communications with you look genuine.  

As Covid-19 continues to spread, fraudsters are likely to continue using the anxiety it generates to trick people out of their personal data and hard -earned money. You can find more information about the scams listed above online. The BBC have summarised these scams in this article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51838468

More than ever, as a community you need to be aware of those in your locality who are elderly, live alone and who are vulnerable. Please look after and support each other.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk




More older people are likely to be targeted by fraudsters from next June when they have to buy a TV licence, prompting Age UK to issue a warning for older people and their families and friends to be extra vigilant if the rule change comes to pass. 

With 3.7 million more older households requiring a TV licence from next June following the BBC’s decision to introduce means-testing, and assuming the current rate of fraudulent activity and reporting, Age UK is estimating that fraudsters could see a 13 per cent increase in the number of successful scams, and could make off with a further £320,000 from the over-75s alone resulting in yet more chaos and distress for many of the very oldest in society.

Statistics obtained by the Charity show that over the past year alone, there have been almost 18,000 reports of people [of all ages] receiving fraudulent TV licence emails and hundreds of crime reports in which the victim has lost out financially. Figures from Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, show the average financial loss per victim in 2018/19 was nearly £8,000, with the total reported financial loss coming in at over £2.2 million.