Now Open!
Dear Friends and Family of The Harrogate Hub,
Thank you for supporting our Hub January 2017 launch!New friendships were made as we opened our doors on Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Saturday 28thJanuary.The photographs speak of new friendships forged. Faces show joy and agreement, sharing the vision of the Hub:
  • No one in Harrogate should feel left out, unloved or uncared for
  • No one should feel life is hopeless or purposeless
  • No one should be lonely or socially isolated

Pastoral Carers are available at the Hub to give time to listen and signpost to appropriate specialists. Recruited from amongst the Christian Churches in Harrogate the pastoral carers choose to serve their community showing compassion, love and support fuelled by their faith in God.

The trustees wish to give special thanks to Councilor Nick Brown, Mayor of Harrogate for attending the Launch event. Mayor Nick Brown praised the Hub vision offering his support and blessings for its success. Bishop James called in on Saturday giving his blessing too. We were very pleased to see many partners and friends in the fight to end isolation and loneliness.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the event possible: Mrs. Elaine Rogers, Mrs. Chris Holland, Mrs. Kay Kendall and Mr. Malcolm Peters.

Huge thanks also go to our neighbours who sponsored the events: Tesco’s, Jamie Oliver’s, The Revolucion de Cuban, Deano’s Graze and Grill, Mama Doreen’s Emporium, Betty’s, Four Seasons Flowers, Mrs. Chris Rogers for baking the cakes and Mr. Steve Rogers for the Buck’s Fizz!

We are greatly blessed by their generosity. Thank you!

Jesus came to serve and not to be served.
At the Hub, we can give time to listen and respond. If you would like to serve your community in this way we are currently seeking volunteers to serve in pastoral care. We have a second group in training and are looking to train a third group in March.

I would also love to hear from anyone who can write funding bids; we have to raise funds to keep going!

Matthew 20:28
“… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The more people who come forward to serve through the Hub, the more hours the Hub can be opened to people seeking support.

If you would like to be a welcomer or a cleaner we would welcome you!

Please get in touch at
or ring 01423 369393 for an appointment.



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You will also be able to donate through the Hub website soon! And please don’t forget to pray for the Hub and its mission!

Blessings and love.
Jo-Ann Hughes

Harrogate Hub Executive Director

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Autumn Newsletter

Harrogate Hub Newsletter Autumn 2016

Dear Friends and Family of The Harrogate Hub,

Many of you are asking, ‘When is the Hub opening?’

The Hub Building - Giving Thanks!

It is a year since Lord Carey spoke of the Hub at the AGM of Churches Together. 
At that stage the building was being purchased and the registration for charity status
was being completed. One woman’s efforts saw these things completed by January this
year and in February the Executive Director was appointed to make the vision a

We have moved the vision forward as we now have:
* a warm, comfortable and inviting building in the centre of town
* a building equipped with full disability access to the ground and first floors
* a fully functioning office or ‘power room’ in which to create the business model –
‘it feels so good to get out of my kitchen!’ says the Director.
* recruited and trained our first team of 8 pastoral carers and appointed Chris
Holland as the Pastoral Care Coordinator
* an Operations Team who help with the administration of the Hub, the finance and
funding applications
* a cleaner – Mary – who keeps our building clean and tidy – Huge blessings Mary! Mary
has asked for someone to help her with the cleaning as a three story building really
needs a team!
* new Trustees who strengthen the Hub with their business experience. We welcomed
Martin Woodroofe an experienced trustee of a national charity and recently retired HR
executive, Rev. Andy Patrick, vicar of St Luke’s and Andrew Grey a solicitor in the
town centre
* a worship team in place who meet twice a week for study and intercession. 
Scripture and prayer have formed the foundations of the Hub from the very beginning
* Pastor Vernon Roosevelt has graciously accepted the role of Pastor of the Hub
helping to support the Director and her team of volunteers who are generously giving
of their time and expertise on a regular basis
* a vibrant website for you to engage with us more proactively. Huge thank you to the
Website/Publicity Manager, Janet who now has a professional freelance photographer
join the team. Phil will journal the journey of the Hub through visual imagery. Such a
blessing to have professionals leading on visual media! And a relief…

If you would like to share your expertise in developing the movement of
mission at the Hub please look on the website for opportunities to get involved. We
would love to hear from you.

Harrogate Community Research

The Hub engaged consultants (through a Stronger Communities NYCC grant) to research
into the areas of unmet need in Harrogate; needs that were highlighted in the Minding
the Gaps Report 2014.


Mental ill health - Around 6000 people in Harrogate are struggling with issues of
mental ill health. The Hub is invited to find a place within the community to support
public and charitable services seeking to help alleviate some of the suffering due to
mental illness.

Young people - 6,800 young
people under 19’s in Harrogate area are estimated to currently need some support from
a professional other than a trained mental health worker, e.g. school nurse, teacher,
youth worker. Source: NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG Transformation Plan for
Children and Young People’s Emotional and Mental Health 2015-2020

According to local youth workers issues of low self-esteem face 2/3rds of our young 
people. Youth pastors across the town are coming together at the Hub to plan 
strategically how to pool resources and engage more proactively with young people. 
Please get involved.

The Hub is looking to train a team of pastoral carers to specialize in young people’s 

Loneliness and social isolation
We only have to read the Harrogate Advertiser to see the needs within our town and the 
services that are joining together to help address the issues of social isolation and 
loneliness. The Hub is investigating how it can get involved with this campaign.

But remember the Hub can only be as effective as the people who are willing to come 
together to make a difference.

Your church needs you! 
Your community needs you! Your town needs you! Your Hub needs you!

So when is the Hub opening? I hear you cry!
With a fully equipped building, a smashing team of people and hearts full of the love 
of God we open our doors in January 2017.

It is important to realise that we will be open at certain times of the week depending 
on the availability of the volunteers. With Pastoral Care Team 1 we will be open for a 
few sessions per week until Team 2 are trained and we can open for a few more hours. 
Over the year, as we recruit and train more teams, we will be open more until we are 
fully staffed and our doors remain open all week! This can only happen if you come 
forward and join in.

Thank you for journeying with us during 2016. We hope that you will want to engage 
with us more proactively in 2017 as we see people in our community given a safe space 
to share their stories and receive the grace and compassion they need.

As one trustee wrote:

The Hub is:

- a place of HOPE for our community
- a place of healing and forgiveness
- gives itself to works of Justice
- offers a place of safety and restoration
- Church unity in action
- The blessings of Jesus poured out for all
- to witness God's love through the healing action of others
- a KEY STONE of our town

Please forward this newsletter to your network of family and friends. Thank you.
Peace be with you.
Jo-Ann Hughes
Harrogate Hub Executive Director
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April 2016

It has been an exciting few weeks into my appointment as Harrogate Hub Coordinator. The journey so far has been quite extraordinary – but why am I so surprised when we have such an amazing God who wants to bless this vision so much?

The Building
39 Oxford Street is being made ready for its purpose. Builders and engineers are redesigning the space to comply with regulations and make the Harrogate Hub a
place of welcome for everyone. Work begins in April and hopefully concludes by the end of May.

The Branding
In the meantime branding and marketing take over; reaching out into our churches and local community for support, raising awareness, seeking volunteers and fundraising.

The Befriending Service

We are looking for some wonderful people with pastoral hearts who are called to being a Harrogate Hub pastoral carer/befriender. We will provide accredited training and ongoing support, looking after our volunteers.

Please contact me if you feel you would like to volunteer as a pastoral carer/befriender, as interview conversations will take place in May so that training can begin in June. If your heart is for your struggling neighbour battling with issues of loneliness, isolation, injustice, poverty, loss and grief, domestic violence, addictions … the list goes on, then please get in touch! ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’ The needs in our community are great!

Can you give between 3 and 6 hours a week to seek out and support those who are suffering in our neighbourhood?

The Call

“Our aim is to serve our neighbours even though their language is different and they don’t believe what we believe. It is to be sacrificially loving. It is to win influence in society through service rather than power and control.” 
Timothy Keller.

We are uniting as one church across Harrogate, sharing resources because we can only be better together!
The Harrogate Hub will open soon. In the meantime please invite me to your church, group or gathering to share the vision and work of Harrogate Hub.

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