Helping communities

Welcoming places, food banks, local charities, and community services that offer the opportunity to get involved.

Welcoming places

East Riding libraries are offering warm welcoming places, with comfy seating, books, games and jigsaws. At your local library you can get:

  • free wifi access
  • health and wellbeing support
  • help to get you online.

Some of our libraries have cafe facilities or vending machines, or both, so you can enjoy a warm drink in comfort too.

Other venues across the East Riding are also opening welcoming places, offering warm social spaces, and a range of refreshments and activities:

Welcoming places - more information and venue information

Visitors to our mobile libraries can also enjoy a welcoming place.

If you have a suitable community space you can find out more about getting help to fund a welcoming place.

Food banks

Food banks work with the local authority and other services, such as Citizens Advice, health services, or community charities, to provide food parcels for those most in need, in exchange for vouchers. Vouchers are issued after a referral from one of the services. Each food parcel contains a minimum of 3 days' worth of tinned and dried food.

Your local Children's Centre can help you with a lot of financial and family needs. As part of their support, they can arrange for the most vulnerable families to access services such as food banks:

Find your local Children's Centre

You can find your nearest food bank using the East Riding Food Poverty Alliance (ERFPA) map:

Find your nearest food bank on the ERFPA website

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice provides comprehensive unbiased help and advice about a wide range of life situations and problems. They have specialist debt advisors who can provide free, specialist debt advice:

Citizens Advice - help with debt

Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice

HEY Credit Union

Credit unions are a not-for-profit financial service, owned by the people who use their services. Members chose the governing directors and have a say in the way the credit union operates. HEY Credit Union aim to improve the financial well-being of their member-owners by providing fair and affordable money services for East Riding (and Northern Lincolnshire) residents. Some of their services include:

  • Christmas savings loan
  • home improvement loan
  • car loan
  • instant access savings account
  • Christmas saver account
  • junior saver account
  • a members' lottery
  • community group accounts
  • financial wellbeing support

To find out more including how to become a member, visit the HEY Credit Union website:

HEY Credit Union

Walk-in branches of HEY Credit Union are available across the East Riding (Bridlington, Goole, Withernsea, Driffield, and Beverley) and in Hull city centre:

HEY Credit Union branch locations - online map

You can call HEY Credit Union on (01482) 778753.

Welcoming Place Community Grant

Communities and organisations can apply for grants between £1,500 and £5,000 to help with opening up their venues as welcoming places.

If you manage or run a venue such as a village hall, community centre, food bank, or a community group venue, and you provide activities or resources such as a lunch club or exercise sessions, you can apply for a grant payment to go towards energy costs to help your welcoming place remain open and available to the community. The funding cannot be used for venue hire or staff costs to run this type of activity.

More information on who is eligible to apply for a grant for a welcoming place, and what type of activity can be funded, can be found on the Do it for East Yorkshire website:

Do it for East Yorkshire Community Grant for welcoming places

You can also contact the council's local growth team for more information:

Email: localgrowth@eastriding.gov.uk


Time2Volunteer provides access to volunteering opportunities. Their aim is for volunteering to be as accessible and as fulfilling as possible, by connecting volunteers to opportunities. Volunteers can register to find out about a wide range of volunteer organisations and volunteer roles they may not have considered.

Time2Volunteer is managed by Hull CVS and HEY Smile Foundation and has been developed with the support of local public, private and voluntary sector partners, including East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council:

Time2Volunteer - register via the website

East Riding queries:

Tel: 01482 590270

Email: volunteering@heysmilefoundation.org

The Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre

The Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre aim to support the needs of the local community, offering free advice on:

  • welfare benefits
  • housing
  • debts
  • employment
  • legal issues

They also run a youth club, a pre-school nusery, and the Cherry Tree Pantry. You can visit The Pantry once a week, pay £4, and select 10 items from a choice of food (fresh and tinned) and household goods.

Tel: 01482 871 993

Email: manager@ctca.org.uk

The Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre website

The Hinge Centre (Bridlington residents)

The Hinge Centre is a charity based in the Bridlington area. They provide support, guidance, services and opportunities to those facing social and financial deprivation. They can:

  • help individuals who are homeless or at risk of becomming homeless
  • provide benefit and welfare support
  • offer emergency food parcels based on a family's needs
  • provide activities and after school clubs for children and young people

Tel: 01262 679671

Email: info@thehinge.org.uk

The Hinge Centre - more information

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion (RBL) provides lifelong support for ex-Armed Forces personnel and their families. As well as providing physical and mental wellbeing services, they can help with financial issues and provide employment support.

Tel: 0808 802 8080

Royal British Legion - financial and employment support

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