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Current Community Projects

Current Community Projects

Aged Veterans 2017/20

Supported by the Aged Veterans Fund, Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire is rolling out a range of services aimed at raising awareness of the issues faced by older and ex-members of the armed forces, and enabling them to lead fuller lives. Ex-Forces Support offer a wide range of advice, guidance and hands-on support to past members of the armed forces over 65. 

Rural Arts has partnered with Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire to provide art workshops to veterans of communities in the region. The workshops will allow veterans to learn new activities or revisit old hobbies and interests.

Art on your doorstep, Celebrating Age 2017/19

A good day celebrating age is a 2-year action research project using innovative ways to increase the participation rates of people aged over 75 in both our ‘ON Tour’ and Courthouse creative programmes. Activity will take place at the Courthouse in Thirsk, North Yorkshire and within a 10-mile rural catchment area in Hambleton District. We will work from the grassroots up, testing and delivering a range of creative interventions. The outcomes of this project will be used to influence commissioners to develop a model of delivering ‘Arts and Culture - On Prescription’ by embedding it in clinical healthcare plans.

Innovation 2017

Our exciting pilot project will work in partnership with Age UK and research staff from Leeds Beckett University. We will be collecting and analysing evidence of the impact that participatory arts activities have on the well being of a group of older adults who attend a weekly session at Kirk House day care centre in Northallerton, by using electro-dermal activity tracking wristbands we will be able to measure participants’ responses to arts based activities delivered over a 6-month period.

The wristbands will be worn by 5 people chosen randomly from a group of 30 and will directly measure emotional responses, which will be interpreted via observation and post-activity discussion. The results will identify and guide development of arts activities, which provide the greatest benefit and enhance the social well being of older adults creating a valuable community resource. 

Resident Voice 2017 

North Yorkshire County Council have commissioned Rural Arts to provide a programme of arts and activities for the 18 extra care housing schemes across North Yorkshire between January and July 2017.   The project aims to improve emotional wellbeing and combat isolation and loneliness through arts activities that promote socialising and self-expression. 

North Yorkshire County Council Community Learning 2016/17

Community Learning project is funded by NYCC and is enabling Rural Arts to deliver a 12-hour creative learning programme across North Yorkshire. The aim of the fund is to encourage adults in North Yorkshire to keep learning.

This year, Rural Arts is offering art workshops that introduce museum and heritage volunteers to new arts and crafts or up skill these volunteers, who then deliver their own creative sessions for visitors to the museums and heritage sites.

Stitched Together 2016/17

Stitched Together is a two-year textiles project funded by Arts Council England, North Yorkshire County Council’s - Stronger Communities and Community Covenant. We are working on partnership with the Army Welfare Service where we support four local military groups at Catterick Garrison, Dishforth and Topcliffe. The project employs two textile artists to work with the groups. The lead artist is Dionne Swift and new to the project this year is textile artist Carolann Allan.

The key aims of the project are to give the participants transferable skills and increase their confidence, self-esteem and links to the local community.

Stitched Together Website

Stitched Together Facebook Page


For more information about our work in the community, or if you would like us to organise a workshop for you, please contact Sue Dalton or Jayne Rawlins, Telephone 01845 526356; e-mail

We will be able to tell you if you are eligible for free workshops.