Why is the Hub needed in Harrogate?

Harrogate has a reputation for being a very happy, wealthy town, but we are aware that there are many people who are suffering behind closed doors.

“If you are not coping financially, if you are lonely, or if you have physical or mental health issues, the issues can seem much worse, because there is the perception that others are leading perfect lives.”

Minding the Gaps report, 2014

  • Three quarters of people in Yorkshire and the Humber say that they have suffered with loneliness. (Yorkshire Post in partnership with the Campaign to End Loneliness, 2017 )
  • In December last year, it emerged Yorkshire had the highest suicide rates for the whole of the country. (2017, Yorkshire Post)
  • 26% of adults in Harrogate district are binge drinkers compared with national average of 20%. (Vital Signs Report, 2017)
  • 1 in 4 neighbourhoods in the Harrogate district are within the most deprived 20% in England in terms of living in houses of poor condition or without central heating. (Vital Signs Report, 2017)
  • About 150-200 people per month seek support for domestic abuse in Harrogate. (IDAS, 2017)

Since the opening of the Hub in January 2017, we have come face to face with the suffering within our town. We are raising awareness of some of the key issues faced by people in Harrogate through our social media channels, our blog, and our events and encouraging those facing difficulties to seek our support. Join the conversation on twitter, facebook or instagram or come to one of our monthly events.

You can help us tell people about the services we offer by taking one of our posters to your workplace or local community news board. Just call into the Hub and pick one up.