Services & Activities

Advice and Assistance

We provide a One-Stop Centre for members of the public seeking information, advice and assistance from local charities. We can put you in touch with charities based on the premises and signpost you to others where appropriate.
Through Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service we provide information and leaflets on a wide range of local charities and a well equipped Resource Centre.
The Resource Centre provides comprehensive reference information and material for the use of the public and local charities and voluntary organisations.

Resource centre


Harrogate Community House has 2 meeting rooms and there are a number of regular meetings and classes that take place here; these include:

Harrogate Craftwork Group

Harrogate craftwork group is a friendly, social group who meet twice a month to work on our projects. We meet on the first and third Thursday of the month between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

If you want to know more contact Kim on or via our facebook group:

Harrogate U3A Painting and Drawing 

A friendly and relaxed self-teaching group (no tutor) that meets on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Own choice of media for selected themes.

Contact details

Harrogate U3A Reading Group 3

Harrogate U3A Reading Group 3 meets ten times a year on the third Wednesday of the month from 2.30-4.30 to discuss a book (usually fiction) chosen by members of the group.

The first meeting of 2017/18 will be on Wednesday 20th September.

The reading list for this year is:
September 20 Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame
October 18 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
November 15 The Fateful Year England 1914 by Mark Bostridge
January 17 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
February 21 Eileen by Ottesa Mossfegh
March 21 The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
April 18 The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
May 16 Time for a Tiger by Anthony Burgess
June 20 Restless by William Boyd
July 18 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

New members are welcome.

For more information, please contact Peter Hirschmann, Email:;    Telephone: 01423-506243

Harrogate Writers’ Circle

We are a long established writing group that meet at Community House twice a month on a Wednesday from
7. 30 pm to 9.30 pm. Please see our website for dates of meetings and more information at
Anyone interested in writing is welcome to come along and meet us-please ring 01423 861263 for details.


Lipreading classes are held on Thursdays 10.30am until 12.30pm and Fridays 11.30am until 1.30pm with a break for tea and coffee.
Each course is 30 weeks split into 3 terms and fees are £40 a term.

The course is for adults with acquired hearing loss whether it be mild, moderate or more severe. Students will learn how to lipread and develop strategies for coping with hearing loss.

Contact details – Margaret Knight (Tutor) Email: or write to Community House marking your envelope LIPREADING.


Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) Classes

The WEA, a registered charity, is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education and delivers over 9,500 part-time courses for over 74,000 people each year in England and Scotland. Here in Harrogate we have a branch that has been active for over 40 years and continues to offer interesting and diverse courses. We welcome new volunteers and course ideas from those interested in learning.

You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses; only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.

Find a course with us at or pick up a brochure in Community House or at your local library.

To book a place enrol on line at or by phone (Mon-Fri  9am-5pm) on 0113 245 3304

WEA Philosophy

This course runs on Wednesday mornings 10.00 – 12.00 term time. It covers Epistemology – Theory of knowledge; Ethics; Philosophy of Mind; Aesthetics; Philosophies of Religion, Science, Politics and Language We concentrate on social/scientific issues and ethics.  An enquiring mind is all that is required.

For more information go to WEA Philosophy or contact as above.

WEA Film Class

WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) hold a Film class at Community House that meets once a week during term times.

For more information contact Stephen Brown: Tel: 01423 359142 / 07521 705350 or email:

Please note that all the above are independent groups that use our meeting rooms here at Harrogate Community House, so please contact them directly for more information.

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