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York Festival of Ideas 2024

Enjoy an inspiring programme of in-person and online events at York Festival of Ideas 2024.
Taking place from 1 to 14 June at venues across the city, the mostly FREE events include talks from world-class speakers, exhibitions, performances, guided tours and family-friendly activities. And with topics ranging from animals to art, history to health and politics to psychology, the Festival promises something for all ages and interests.
Headline speakers include double Olympic champion Dame Kelly...

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Beetle Bank Social Farm

Beetle Bank Social Farm supports people with dementia and other long term health conditions to take an active role in the running of a farm in Murton, York. We help the farmer with jobs around the farm and organise our own projects. We help support the interests, skills and abilities of our group members and enable them to be involved in ways they can and enjoy.

The types of jobs we do include:

Looking after the farm animals - enjoying time with them
Growing vegetables, fruit and flow...

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Taxi Licence Policy Consultation

The council are seeking views on a revised policy which details how we licence taxis and private hire vehicles, operators and drivers. The consultation is in two parts, we are consulting on the draft Taxi Licensing Policy, and we also have a survey of 10 questions asking your views on proposed changes within draft policy. We’d welcome your views to both parts.
This is the first major review of our taxi policy for some years and will incorporate revised statutory guidance together with in...

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New Legislastion on Flexible Working

We know that the number one workplace practice that people over aged 50 themselves say would help them to work longer is flexible working. This is from Centre for Ageing better research as well as local findings through Age Friendly York.From 6th April, new legislation has come into force and all employees now have the right to request flexible working.Read the Cenre for Ageing Better article on new workers rights for more information....

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The way we communicate is changing.
Our old telephone lines are being replaced with a digital network. This means a more reliable, future proof service that will support the UK and its residents for years to come. It will affect anything that sends a signal through the old line from personal alarm buttons to old-style home telephones.This could could include:

a personal telecare product?
a lifeline or community alarm?
a personal alarm button?
a portable ECG or oxygen monitor?
a fall alar...

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York Community Consulting

Help Us Improve Community Volunteering!Are you interested in making a difference in your community? We’re reaching out to gather insights on community volunteering – what drives people to take part, and what discourages them. Your perspective is crucial, whether you’ve volunteered in the past, are considering it, or have ideas on how to improve it. Through a short survey, we aim to understand the motivations and barriers related to community volunteering. Your input will help...

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The Great British Spring Clean

Each year City of York Council support Keep Britain Tidy's campaign, The Great British Spring Clean. This year, the message is simple - we want to show that the environment belongs to everyone and encourage everybody to take pride in their area by pledging to pick a bag (or more) of litter. You can help in your neighbourhood by helping with a litter pick, leaf clearing, or clean up.
The official 2024 campaign will run from Friday 15 March to Sunday 31 March, but you can get involved before, dur...

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Primary Care Survey

We want to hear what you think about your local GP practice. What is working and what you would like to change?
This short survey is the start of a wider Healthwatch York project about primary care services across our city. Your answers will help us understand the situation and prioritise topics for further investigation and discussion. https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/F7MZ4B/We know not everyone wants to respond to an online survey. If you would prefer, you can call Healthwatch York on 01904 6...

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