• Handpicked Harrogate

Resources for our Community

With the CoronaVirus precautions requiring those over the age of 70 to stay indoors, we will have a number of people who are feeling isolated and who will have issues getting to the shops, necessary medical, dental and other appointments, collecting prescriptions, and many other things.

We also have a business community that is suffering from reduced footfall.

There has been panic buying which has led to temporary shortages of some goods. We also have vulnerable people in our community such as those in food poverty. These people will not be able to afford to stock up on food and will have to shop more frequently or rely on food banks and the generosity of others. We also have those who are homeless, who will also struggle.

Let’s see what we can do about helping our wider community and our business community.

This blog and the article that will also appear in the Handpicked Magazine, lists the initiatives that are available to people in the local area. Some are provided by our local independent businesses for example, delivering food to those who are in isolation. Others are provided by our lovely local community who are providing their assistance for free. Finally, we have the initiatives that are larger and more organised; food banks and charities that are working to help our most vulnerable people in a more formally organised way.

If you have an initiative, and it does not appear on this list, please email jenni@handpickedharrogate.co.uk with the details of what you are doing, and, if appropriate, who people should contact if they feel they want to help you with your initiative. In this way we can let our community know where to go if they are struggling, who to contact if they want to help, and ensure that no one feels they are abandoned or forgotten.

I will be updating the list on a daily basis so keep checking back to keep up to date with what’s available to you and how you can help support your community. (As people send in more information the resources listed will increase).


Most supermarkets now have caps on the number of multiple items that can be purchased by one person. These range from two to four items depending on scarcity and popularity.

To allow them to restock shelves to ensure better availability most have now brought in restricted opening times and are not open 24 hours.

Aldi 8am - 8pm Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm Sun

Asda 6am - Midnight

Lidl 8am - 10pm Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm Sun

Sainsburys 8am - 8pm Mon - Sat. Sun TBC

Tesco - 6am - 10pm


No change to opening hours but they are restricting purchases to two per customer on some products, including hand sanitiser, soap, tinned goods, pasta, rice, long-life milk, sugar, baby food and nappies.


No change to opening hours but offering extended service to the elderly and vulnerable, including free deliveries.

Supermarkets are setting aside special times for the vulnerable and key workers to shop. These are listed below. PLEASE DO NOT attempt to shop during these times if you are NOT in the categories listed.

Special timings for Vulnerable people / NHS /Care Workers


Open 30 minutes early on Sundays for NHS, Police and Fire Service

Asda Harrogate Each Friday 8am - 9am


Priority Hours for NHS Staff 8am - 9am Monday to Saturday. 10am - 11am Sunday.


Final hour of trading Monday to Saturday for NHS staff.

Marks and Spencer

First hour of Tuesday and Friday morning trading for NHS and emergency services workers.


Open an hour early Monday to Saturday for NHS staff.


Elderly, disabled and carers. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 8am - 9am. NHS and social care workers are also allowed to shop during this period.

Priority is being given for home delivery slots for the elderly and vulnerable.

NHS Workers 7.30 - 8am Monday to Saturday. All stores. You need to show your NHS ID


Open an hour early on Sundays for NHS Staff


Setting aside essential products for NHS Staff.

Other Support for Critical / Key Workforce


50% off collected orders with location specific discounts for online orders.

National Car Parking (NCP)

Free parking during the period of lockdown for NHS and Key workers.

Headspace App

Free Headspace Plus subscription for NHS Staff.


20% discount with a Superdrug card and NHS ID until 16th June 2020.


Free Uber rides to and from work and free meals from UberEats.

WH Smith

20% discount on food and drink in hospital locations (normally 10%)

Delivery of Food for the Vulnerable and those in need

Food Angels

Daily hot meal delivery by volunteers for older people, with the option of a main course, with or without pudding and a sandwich, cake and crisp tea. Call 01423 888777.

Palm Court Café

Palm Court Cafe in Harrogate are offering home made ready meals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please order by emailing palmcourtcafe@hotmail.co.uk or by calling 01423 566220

St Peter's Church

Providing food for those in need. Monday to Saturday 8.20 - 8.45 am - Breakfast takeaway. 4pm - 5pm Hot Meal takeaway adn Tins (and other supplies as available). Sundays 1-2pm Hot Lunch takeaway.

Supporting Older People

Teamed up with Waitrose and Partners and the Harrogate Round Table to offer essential food parcel deliveries. Phone 07535 508043 weekdays 10am - 4pm to place your request.

St Mark's Resurrected Bites

Will be delivering food packages and cooked meals to the most vulnerable in our area. If you feel you need this, please call and leave a message on 01423 593937.

Delivery of Food - General

Last fully checked and updated 8/4/20

Many of the take outs in the area are on Just Eat or Deliveroo. In addition, we have a variety of local businesses who have moved from cafe service to delivery or take out service for the duration.

Aakash Balti, Knaresborough

Takeaway curry, burgers, kebabs, pizzas etc.

01423 866888

Acorn dairy deliver eggs milk, butter, cheese, yogurts and orange juice and more! 01325 466999, they are getting a lot of enquiries at the moment, please leave a message and they will get back to you!

Addymans Butchers

Open all week as usual plus Good Friday 8am - 5.30 pm. Easter Saturday 8am - 5.30 pm. Call on 01423 568744

Ake and Humphris

Wine and Spirits as well as a range of beers from local independent breweries. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed for details.

Order via the website or by phone.

Plus, if you are NHS STAFF they are offering 10% off individual bottles of wine 15% off mixed cases of 6 20% off mixed cases of 12 To order please call: 01423 566009

Andy Wills


01423 889407 and willsmilk@aol.com

Artichoke Cafe, Harrogate


Curries are cooked with fresh produce and authentic spicing. Available via Deliveroo, Harrogate Thrusday to Sunday. 5pm - 11pm. Alternatives to curry are being offered. Keep checking the Facebook page for details. https://www.facebook.com/ArtichokeCafeHarrogate/

Bakeri Baltzerson

Bread and baked goods delivered to your door. Check out their Facebook page for details of current availability and delivery arrangements. https://www.facebook.com/bakeribaltzersen/

Bettys Cafe and Tearooms

Their order online service continues to operate. All the usual treats are available.

Contact them at: https://www.bettys.co.uk/gifts-hampers

They are also offering freshly baked artisan bread boxes with 5 different types of bread in. The boxes cost £14.95 with next day delivery at £3.95. Call 01423 814008

Burgers & More

Food delivery available between 5 pm - 9 pm - just call 01423 523796 http://burgersandmore.co.uk

Café Divine, King’s Road

Will deliver takeaway meals and buy-to-freeze products.

Please call 01423 567792.

Cardamon Black

Thursday-Sunday from 5pm {orderlines open at 3pm} DELIVERY Full a la Carte menu, Vegan Menu, Seafood Specials, delectable Desserts.

6 Chicken Curries & 6 Rices (chilled) for £45, to stock your freezer.

25% off all drinks + alcohol inc. Wines [off license]

50% off for NHS and key workers

Please call 01423 31-31-36 from 5pm.

Cook Food

Delicious frozen ready meals which can be purchased online for delivery. There is also a store on West Park where frozen meals can be purchased if you have someone who can bring them in to you. They are delivering locally to their more elderly and isolated customers.

Store: 01423 705263

Website: www.cookfood.net

Cold Bath Road Deli

The deli offers delivery of healthy food from soup and salads to homemade savoury items plus eggs, bacon and cheese. 01423 503815

Cooking Fantastic

Tanya Umpleby at Cooking Fantastic, Killinghall is selling dairy, fruit & veg, Kendall’s meats & pies, homemade soups etc.

Please call 01423 565855 to organise delivery.

Country Butchers of Harrogate Country Butchers of Harrogate , Offering free delivery service in and around the Harrogate area during the Corona Virus Outbreak ,Tuesday/Friday. Pay on delivery or over the phone . Tel: 01423 502582

Dales Stores, Birstwith

Can arrange for delivery of groceries or a click and collect service to people within the local area. Online at www.dalestores.co.uk or by calling 01423 770271

Deli Santar

Delivery of bread, deli food and soft drinks. Delivery is free.

Check out their delivery/take out list on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/santardelishop/

Order via Facebook or call 07950667996 / 07507631621


The doughnut shop on Bower Street has now closed its shop but is offering postal delivery services. See the website for details. There's a postal discount code for Harrogate people.

Order online here: https://www.doefoods.com/

DOE has not been in business a year. They will get NO government support. Their doughnuts are utterly delicious so if you are looking for a pick me up, and want to support local, you know where to go. You will need to check out the website and Facebook to see what's available. No custom orders but postal boxes are available.

Drakes Fish and Chips

Knaresborough Road, Harrogate.

Open for Takeaway

01423 883507

Elite Meat

Order via the website www.elite-meat.co.uk or by emailing enquiries@elite-meat.co.uk or call 01423 883194 for delivery within a 6 mile radius of their shop in Starbeck. Free delivery on orders over £20.

Farmhouse, Harrogate

From Wednesday 8th April they will be offering take out via Deliveroo and Uber.

Fish With A Twist

VE/V/GF Independent fishmongers in Pateley Bridge. Free local delivery for elderly and vulnerable at this time. Plenty of fresh food to go round. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free deli too.

Open 7am - 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone:01423 711728



Address:40 High Street Pateley Bridge Harrogate HG3 5JU


Free click and collect service or they can deliver for £5 on orders over £25.

Have a home delivery service in Harrogate and Knaresborough. Orders can be placed online or by phone: 01423 546111



Fish and Chips. Deliveries as well as Click and Collect will be available Wednesday and Saturday from 11.30am to 8pm. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The menu features a range of favourites, including fish and chips with all the trimmings.

Go to their Facebook page to book. https://www.facebook.com/GraveleysHarrogate/

Green Ink Leeds

As the van/car is out and about in Harrogate much of the time, if you need something collected and delivered to you because you are isolated at home, get in touch. You do not have to be buying anything from Green Ink to take up the service. 01423 208033

Gridiron Meat

Delivery of meat and Charcuterie.

Call 01756 699212

Harrogate Fisheries

Fish and chips on Skipton Road is open for deliveries via Deliveroo Tuesday to a Saturday 4.30-8pm, as well as free deliveries to the elderly in Bilton arranged directly with the shop. Tuesday to Saturday 4.30-8pm. Call 01423 566092


Harrogate Food and Drink Company

Delivering a variety of food stuffs including fabulous fruit and veg boxes (several sizes available), meat, eggs, pasta, flour,large bags of potatoes and wine. Order online from this Ripon based company. Deliveries are Tuesday and Friday.


Harrogate Tipple

Harrogate's Very Own Independent Drive In. Support local Harrogate business whilst staying safe with our contactless click and collect and drive in service.  Open Monday - Friday 9 - 5 our availability is updated daily. We have a range of fresh produce, treats from local independent businesses and of course premium Harrogate Gin and other spirits. 


Harrogate Wines

Closed to passing trade but they are taking orders for delivery.

Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for upcoming details of their mixed six packs. They also have limited edition hampers of beer and gin available. See the Facebook page for details.

Call: 01423 522270

Huttons Butchers Knaresborough

Offer free home delivery to older and vulnerable people or those who are self-isolating on orders over £25. Please call 01423 863122.

Indulge Deli Bar

Free delivery of small and large grocery boxes (plus extras) to Harrogate and Knaresborough. Call 01423 851555 or go to their Facebook group to see the boxes and options. https://www.facebook.com/indulgedelibar.hornbeam/

JE Audsley Butchers

Delivery of meat to central Harrogate. Delivery is £1. Call 01423 883501

J G Bellerby

Deliveries to residential addresses. Milk, cream, cheese, bread, fruit and vegetables. Cash on delivery or payment over the phone Call today 01423 505 868

KD Fruits

We have fruit, veg and eggs, Non-Contact deliveries across Harrogate and Ripon. You can order easily via our website or by phone or text 07837 100009- www.kdfruits.co.uk

Kendall’s Butchers

Kendall’s are offering delivery to isolated people, please call the shop to place an order. 01423 501773

Mackenzie Smoke House Farm Shop

Based in Nidderdale. Home cooked food. Plus they have a farm shop and seem to be reasonably well stocked much of the time. Delivery plus order and collect and they will put it in the car for you. Open 7 days a week 9am - 5pm

Call: 01943 880369

Manna Bakery

Bread, milk, butter, fresh fruit and veg and coffee.

Open 8am to 1.30 pm Monday to Friday

Check out their Facebook page for the daily specials. https://www.facebook.com/mannabakeryharrogate/

Martinez Wine Merchants, Ilkley

www.martinez.co.uk - free delivery of wine in the local area. Minimum order is £50

01943 600000

McQueens Dairies

Deliver several types of milk, including for allergy sufferers as well as eggs and juice.

0330 20555 205588

Minskip Farm Shop


Fruit & Veg Boxes (3 sizes), Eggs, Baked Goods,Bread, Butter, Milk, Frozen meat, Potatoes

Order Online or phone: 01423329063 ext 1

Mother Shipton Inn

Sam & Tony from Mother Shipton Inn in Knaresborough are providing bundle boxes for those that really need them in the Knaresborough area.

Tel: 01423 865638

Mykonos Bar and Grill TAKEAWAY & DELIVERY here at Mykonos Bar & Grill on 01423565151.

Olivers Fish and Chips

Delivery service available for customers who are self-isolating.

Call 01423 567441 or 077510140468

Takeaway timings:

Mon - Wed 1130am - 1.45 and 5pm - 9.30pm

Thu 1130am - 1.45 pm and 5pm - 10pm

Fri - Sat 1130 am - 10pm

Sun 4pm - 8.30pm

Option Ve


Delivering food, juices and smoothies within Harrogate. Check out the menu, which changes regularly, here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optionve/

We can possibly deliver further afield for a delivery charge. 07494 111374

Oregano Harrogate

Are open 7 days a week Mon-Sat 5-11 and Sun 5-10

Pizza Social

Pizza Social has now developed a takeaway kit for you to make at home. This kit will make 2 awesome pizzas and take no time at all to cook, using just a frying pan and grill.

Cost of kit is £ 7.50

Order online on their website www.pizzasocial.co.uk

R and J Butchers

Free meat delivery direct to your door on orders over £50.


Regal Fruiterers on Kings Road

Deliver fresh produce from their shop, including fruit and vegetables, eggs, cheese, bacon, jams etc. They will also deliver supplies from Santar Deli shop. 01423 509609


Tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets. Delivery is £3.50 or Free on orders over £40

0800 0522440

Robert Orton Milkman

Robert will delivery to the Harrogate area. Please call to book. 07896 462712

Roosters Tap Room

Rooster’s beers can be ordered through Rooster’s online shop.


Roots and Fruits

Offering non-contact deliveries in the local area. They have fruit, vegetables, soup, cheese, eggs and some dried ingredient such as oats, lentils etc. 01423 538445



Santar Deli Shop.

Bread, pasta, flour and a range of goods (check out their delivery menu on Facebook). Not all items will be in stock at any given time. Please call for availability on 07950 667996, check out their Facebook page for what is available and you can also message them on Facebook to enquire. https://www.facebook.com/santardelishop/

Sandwich Deli

On Just Eat and they do deliver.

1 West Lea Avenue, Harrogate

01423 562288

Scran / Fat Badger

Scran restaurant and the Fat Badger are offering takeaway and delivery services based out of the Fat Badger.

01423  505681

20% discount for collection


Shoulder of Mutton Kirkby Overblow

Take away service available Friday, Saturday and Sunday or delivery within a 3 mile radius. 01423 871205

Spofforth Deli and Post Office

Can arrange delivery of groceries to people in the village through its network of volunteers. 01937 591358

Sowa Polish Shop

https://www.facebook.com/Sowa.harrogate/ Happy to help - delivery only after 6.30 pm

If someone is in isolation, forced quarantine or works until late hours as a Key worker - drop us a message or call us 07401925959 - if possible we will deliver the goods in Harrogate

Steenbergs in Ripon

Mail order groceries, mainly organic but includes great staples such as beans, pulses, rice and pasta, noodles and store cupboard ingredients. You can find them here:


The Cheeseboard

The Cheeseboard on Commercial Street Is offering free deliveries in the local area on orders over £20. Please call on 01423 508837

The Local Pantry, Pool In Wharfedale

Wide variety of produce and dry goods. Delivery available but the shop is open (only two people in the shop at one time). Check out their Facebook page for details of latest stock.


The Secret Bakery

The Secret Bakery Harrogate are opening again on Thursday 9th April and offering free delivery in the Harrogate area (on orders of £6 or more) plus non contact collections. Open 9am - 2pm Tuesday to Saturday. Call 01423 206880 or visitwww.secretbakeryharrogate.co.uk

Freshly baked breads, cakes, pastries, sandwiches available plus eggs, milk and cheese.

The Wine Shop

Local independent wine and spirit merchant. Competitive pricing with real customer service. Free delivery for a £50 order within Harrogate and Knaresborough. Call 01423 869940

Vanillis Gelato

Icecream delivered to your door. Not just any icecream either. Possibly the best icecream in Harrogate. Lots of flavours available including a wide range of Vegan/Dairy-Free icecream.

Delivery and ordering details are on the website here: http://www.vanillis.co.uk/

Check out Twitter here, for the latest flavours. https://twitter.com/vanillisgelato

Vivido Italian Restaurant, Harrogate

Both delivery and call and collect are available on their lovely food. Available direct from Vivido on 01423 566453 or you can also order on deliveroo! 5pm - 9pm Mon - Sat and 3pm - 9pm Sunday. All direct orders MUST be done via telephone on 01423 566453. All hand overs for collection will be done contactless. Payments can be made via card or cash. Price reduction if you purchase direct with Vivido and not via Deliveroo.

The delivery/collection menu is available on their Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/Vividobarrestaurant/


Offering a delivery service. Please call the shop on 01423 506100

William and Victoria

The Will and Vic takeaway is back! Available Thursday to Saturday evening and Sunday 12-6pm. Call 01423 506883 (from midday) to order and book your collection/delivery time.

Yorkshire Lean Meat

Home delivery of meat and no delivery charge. The Stables, Home Farm, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 8BW 01937 326004

53 Bo' Grove

Working together with The Refilling Station for delivery of buddha bowls and pasta pots as well as dried goods, cakes and coffee. Call 07384 275186 Also open 7 days a week for takeaway.

Delivery - Other


Horticap Harrogate

Horticap are now delivering plants (perennial and bedding plants) and also compost. Call Carol to place your order. 01423 522876

Moorland Nurseries

From Sunday 26th April, we will be offering delivery of our bedding plants, hanging baskets, compost and roses. View the plants on the website then phone your order to them on 07847 667235 between 11am and 3pm only please. This will allow you to discuss products, payment and delivery. Collection service is not available.

​They are also delivering to the local area through Knaresborough Delivers (see below). Products available via Knaresborough Delivers include early spring bedding, tomatoes, seed potatoes, sweet peas, herbs and alpines all in small packs with some other essentials.


Dreamy Pet Products

Offering a delivery service for any pet products that you might require. Call 07749 886115 to order.

Posh Paws

Delivering pet supplies. Call them on 01423 530343 

Ripon Pets

Free local delivery service within Ripon for pet supplies. Phone: 01765 602242 


French Soaps

French Soaps do mail order and have anti-bacterial soaps in stock.



Knaresborough Delivers

Knaresborough Businesses have banded together to offer a range of options, delivered to your door. Coordinated by the team at Six Poor Folk, you can order a range of products from food to plants, via this site, which is supported by the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade.



Best Kept Secret

Keep an eye on the website here: https://www.bestkeptsecretclothing.co.uk/

Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/BestKeptSecretClothing/

If you see something you love, give Fiona a call and she will add it to the website so you can purchase it and she will send it out to you.

Contact Fiona on 07711 026761

Victoria Lane, Cold Bath Road

Vicki is still providing clothes to brighten up your day, all available for home delivery. For something to lift your spirits, call Vicki on 01423 709267

Public Transport

The Harrogate Bus Company is now running to a Saturday timetable on most of its services from Monday to Saturday, and normal Sunday timetables on Sundays. North Yorkshire County Council has made changes to its National Concessionary Travel Scheme so pass holders can use services before 9am. Usually, passes cannot be used between 6am and 9am. Bus travel is also free if you are a volunteer supporting those who are in isolation.

As at 24th March, the amended bus timetables for some of the services are as follows:

36 - Reduced to every 30 minutes between #Leeds and #Ripon.

7 - Reduced to hourly between #Leeds, #Wetherby & #Harrogate.

8 - Saturday service between Harrogate & Wetherby via #Knaresborough

Education and Information

For Children:

Premier League Primary Stars

Maths, English and PE based on National Curriculum.


Messy Play and Homework Help

Our lovely member, Emma, from Splat Messy Play in Harrogate is a trained teacher. Whilst the Messy Play sessions are not currently taking place, Emma has offered to answer any queries you may have while you are home-schooling/remotely/digitally educating your children. If you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child, or if you need more resources, just give Emma a shout. She is trained in Early Years all the way to 11 years old.

Message her on Facebook for anything you may need however small it may feel to you. Here is the link you need.

Emma is also hiring out the tuff trays, tubs and some of the toys as well as preparing Play Dough so your children can experience messy play in their own home (or garden perhaps)

Maths for Children aged 4-11 from Carol Vorderman

Free during the school closures. usually £2 a week.


Grove Road School

This local school has it's own YouTube channel to help students stay on top of their schoolwork and anyone can join in. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDXStqWOqIGyfhvahV0giw/videos

Steve Backshall

Wildlife Chat on Steve's YouTube channel teaching children about wildlife and ecology.


PE For Kids via YouTube

The body coach is running PE sessions for kids every day. Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

PE for Kids from Fiit Like A Girl

Local company Fiit Like A Girl run by Vicky Little are offering low cost fitness classes you can do at home. Suitable for the whole family and includes mindfulness too.

Find out more here:


PE and education from Total Sports

PE and other educational and fun activities for kids. Available on Facebook.


There's an App for That

There truly is an app for most things. It really isn't possible to give an exhaustive list but notable apps that we came across in our research include:

Epic - for children's learning

Kahoot - free for kids and teachers - allows you to set and answer tests.

Khan Academy - kids learning

For Adults:

TED Talks

Available on may subjects and can be fascinating.

Always wanted to read a particular business or self help book? There are precis on line of many of the most popular books.


Available on just about every subject imaginable. These are a great way to learn new things and keep your mind active at the same time.


Wide range of training and development courses, most at a reasonable cost. Why not learn that skill or tech package you've been meaning to master? You can sometimes find coupons for money off the courses if you look on line.


Things to do when you are in isolation

Chat and Banter

The fabulous Paul Fogarty, alias @AperitifGuy on Twitter is holding a virtual neighbourhood social on Twitter for anyone who fancies a bit of company. The socials will take place from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday. Just use the hashtag #AperoTime to join in. If you aren't sure how to take part but want to do so, check out the Handpicked blog "Tips for Twitter Hour Success" here: https://www.handpickedharrogate.co.uk/post/2019/05/31/tips-for-twitter-hour-success

The blog is written for business networkers but the principles are the same for a social event. Paul's event is NOT a networking hour. Just a social so people can talk and feel connected. No pressure just join in as much or as little as you want to.


Our lovely local bookseller, Imagined Things, is offering mail order.

01423 391301


Destination Venus are selling comics which they can post to you for free within the Harrogate/Knaresborough area. Contact: 07399 703891


Virtual Church Services will be launched on the BBC Local Radio on Sundays.

Crafts and Activities Handpicked Member, Glasshouse Studio in Knaresborough offers take away glass kits so you can make your own beautiful glass at home. You can find out more and order the kits here:


Fine Fabrics of Harrogate

Mail order of fabric is available via the website so you can keep sewing throughout.

If you are local and would like to collect from the shop on a Thursday please place your order via the website press the collect button and your order will be prepared and passed over the threshold on Thursday morning. If you need it delivering send a message via the website. Deliveries on Thursday afternoons. Please give a mobile number and address. Your order will be dropped on your doorstep you will be texted so you can retrieve it.

If you do not see what you require on the website, message to see if they have it. Not everything is on the website. The Great British Sewing Bee is on our screens, so if you are planning to do the challenge, why not consider getting your fabric from this lovely local store.

Games Crusade

Local games retailer who offer mail order. They stock jigsaw puzzles, toys and arts and crafts supplies including decoupage and foam clay. Perfect to ensure kids have fun whilst learning during their time away from school. You can find them online here


It's a great time to get that garden whipped into shape and a number of local garden centres and nurseries are starting to deliver plants and compost. See the "Delivery - Other" section above.


For those on a really restricted budget for whom purchasing books is not feasible, you can download a wide range of E-books for free on most platforms (Kindle, and iBooks in particular). You don't need a Kindle to read them. You can download the app onto your smart phone or tablet and read them from there.

Audio Books

Whilst the schools are closed, Audible are making lots of their audio books free to download. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.


Library Books - Remotely

You can use your North Yorkshire County Council library card details to access magazines, comics, e-books and audio books for all different ages and interests FREE online on the library website, all you need is your library card and PIN number to register.

Newspapers are also available to read online via the library, plus children's reading books, comics, audio books and more.



There are thousands of brilliant videos on YouTube ranging from the educational to the more amusing. Some ideas include:

Learn a new craft - you can learn to knit or crochet, and Yarn Etc can supply the yarn and needles/hooks by mail order.

Work out. There are simply thousands of work out videos available on YouTube including those that use no equipment; think Pilates or yoga (lie on a rug if you haven't got a mat) for more gentle exercise, all the way up to really hard workouts that will tone every bit of you.

Fitness for Adults

There are lots of workouts available on YouTube and plenty of apps available too.

Learn a new skill

Whether you want to gain more experience with social media so you can market your business better, learn something that you've meant to get a grasp on for ages, or learn something like drawing, painting, playing the guitar (assuming you have one that you bought but never quite mastered). You can learn cookery and cocktail making too. I'd recommend the Aperitif Guy who is new to YouTube but showcases some fabulous cocktails that are easy to make.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles.

This is a favourite of Handpicked Senior. Try Jigsaw Planet as they have puzzles suited to kids and adults.


This really old game is surprisingly addictive and there are many variants. You need one pack of playing cards for most variants. (other card games are available).

Board Games

So many to choose from, but family favourites include Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo.

Make a Den

Push the sofa toward the radiator or another similar height piece of furniture. Balance the clothes airer over the two securely so it can't fall on your child. Throw the blanket over the top leaving a "flap/door" at the back and front. The children can then have tea parties in the den.

Help around the House

Particularly useful for older children and a good way for them to earn some money for doing chores such as vacuuming, dusting, car washing or the dreaded washing up. Possibly a bit of light cooking too. Perfect if you are working from home and a great way for them to learn new skills.

Colouring books -for adults and kids

These can be very calming if you are feeling stressed. There are many available online. Try Etsy for some really lovely ones with a range of themes including mindfulness, mythical creatures, animals and mandalas.

Etsy is a site used by small businesses and there are lots of great ideas for things to do on the site. Puls, I am sure these small businesses will appreciate the support right now.


There's an App for That

There truly is an app for most things. It really isn't possible to give an exhaustive list but notable apps that we came across in our research include:

Epic - for children's learning

Kahoot - free for kids and teachers - allows you to set and answer tests.

Khan Academy - kids learning

Houseparty - play games by video for up to 8 players.

Pet Rescue Saga - rather addictive game. Also available, a range of other sagas and games from King, including Farm Heroes Saga. Just make sure you've disabled in app purchases if you let your kids play with these.

Business Support

ACAS Advice for Employers

ACAS have published a useful guide for employers which you can access

Deep Blue Telecom

Our lovely members, Deep Blue Telecom are experts in all things communication and have a wide range of ways to facilitate easy communications with your team during this difficult time. They are offering existing customers update training on their Horizon and InBound platforms and offer a range of options for new clients to start to home work too. You can contact them by phone, 0333 240 9100 or sign up to their newsletter where they are giving useful hints and tips about home working. You can sign up to that on their website here. Just scroll to the bottom to sign up.

Green Ink

Delivering ink cartridges to home or office to ensure you can continue to work efficiently whether your staff are working at home or in the office. It's a great service and very responsive. They are the Handpicked Ink provider of choice.


Harrogate telecoms business Xi Comms has responded to the threat of coronavirus by offering a free conference call number to local businesses making it easier for workers to base themselves at home during the outbreak. The company is offering the facility to local businesses for three months so that they can continue to hold meetings when staff are working remotely or self-isolating.

Tony Mellor of Xi Comms said the aim was to support Harrogate’s business community through the coronavirus crisis and that companies did not need to be a client to qualify. Contact XiComms on 0330 333920

Advice on how to successfully participate in a video call.

This great blog from Lynda Fussell at Dales Consulting gives tips and techniques if it is something you aren't very familiar with.


Federation of Small Business

Have an On Demand webinar available for any business owner to watch. It covers

Staff protection

Keeping your employees safe

Finance: Access to funding and credit

Business continuity: what you can do immediately to secure your firm

Check it out here:


Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber have published a survival guide for business which is given below.

  • Take urgent action to look at all your costs for the month. Identify those that you don’t need – Usually the nice things in life sadly. Arrange to stop these fast, this reduces the outgoings and when you find yourself going to a Bank or other for a loan you will at least be able to show financial prudence.

  • Ask your staff, if you have any, for help – help is what we all need to go forwards. Let them understand that a negotiated reduction in hours may help you save your business and, ultimately, their jobs

  • Ask for time to pay things like rent, mortgage etc perhaps a three-month period where by they can be put on hold.

  • Look at what you can do to make your business more approachable or appealing to the customers who are out there

  • If you really can’t see a way through or feel it would be better to close for the duration or forever, Please get advice from – your accountant, bank or any other professional person associated with your business

  • Don’t go to Facebook or social media and ask for advice – remember they don’t know any more than you do

  • If you decide to take a break as your customers cant get to you, but are going to come back stronger than ever

  • Take the time now to plan and do those things you never seemed to have time for

  • Marketing plan, paint the office, design a new website, develop a new product…. What ever it may be to ensure you are ready and waiting to strike when the time comes

Cooking on a Bootstrap

Jack Monroe, food campaigner, ex-foodbank user and generally amazing human being, has written five recipe books which provide nutritious and varied meals using basic ingredients, with notes suggesting substitutions where ingredients cannot be sourced.

For those genuinely in need, she provides recipes for free on her website here:


For those who can afford the books, they can be purchased on the website but are also available to order through Imagined Things bookshop and via Amazon. But please consider supporting Jack herself and Imagined Things if you can possibly afford to do so.


The Money Advice Service:

Free and impartial money advice


Money Saving Expert - Regularly Updated resource relating to most financial questions


Government Support for Businesses affected by the Coronavirus

This is the latest fact sheet from the Government information service as at 20 March 2020 1524 hours.


A dedicated helpline has been set up to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities.

Call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Agriculture and Farming

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is farming’s oldest and largest charity and offers financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages.

For help and advice call their freephone helpline on 0808 281 9490

or visit: https://rabi.org.uk


0808 808 4000

NHS Advice

Practical help and handling the feelings that money worries will bring.


StepChange Debt Charity


How you can help your community

Food Banks

The local food banks will become increasingly important. If you can spare food and get it to the food bank, or someone can take it there for you, this would be very much appreciated. Our local food banks are:

The Trussell Trust. Westmoreland Street. 01423 553812

Mowbray Community Church 01423 501821 I believe this food bank is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays but do call to check in case they are opening at different times during the crisis.

Granary Investment Partners. 12 Granby Road. 01423 531869

You can also donate food at the following locations:

Waitrose and Partners - they have a basket near the door

Asda. They have a trolley near to the door also.

Coop on Jennyfields - basket

Life Destiny Church, Starbeck, behind the Methodist Church

Christ Church near Empress Roundabout has a collection basket.

Harrogate Homeless Project

For the foreseeable future they are restricting the donations they can accept, so as not to put our vulnerable service users at any extra risk, and further prevent the spread of the virus.

They DO need: - sealed food (both fresh and nonperishable). - long-life milk - sealed toilet roll - cleaning products - hand sanitiser - hand wash They cannot accept ANY other donations and this includes: Furniture, clothing, bedding, opened or uncovered food. Reduced staffing levels mean they cannot collect donations and can only accept donations at the doorstep at Bower Street. There is an intercom. Please press the bell and step away if you wish to donate any of the accepted list of items.

Help The Frontline NHS Staff

Facebook Group: Supplies For Key Workers In and Around Harrogate

This group is coordinating efforts to support hard pressed staff. You can find out more, and find out how to help, here:


They are working with Harrogate Hospital and community Charity (see below) to ensure donations get to the right place. Our own lovely members, Vivido, are involved with the group.

How you can donate to Harrogate hospital

Statement from Sammy Lambert, Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity Manager: "While the Trust is extremely grateful for all the kind donations it is receiving from the community and individuals, we must stress the importance of following the donation procedure to allow us to properly co-ordinate where donations are sent.

"All donations, from individuals and businesses, must be directed to the Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity Fundraising Team, who will coordinate their distribution to acute and community locations, and ensure proper thanks can be given.

"This will allow us to be sure the donations are given to areas most in need at the given time across the hospital and wider community. It is also important in controlling the spread of infection as we can monitor who is coming into the Trust and what is being distributed.

"The HHCC Team can be contacted on 01423 557408 or hdft.hhcc@nhs.net. Please do not donate direct to wards, acute locations, departments, etc. If you or anyone you know wishes to make a donation to any part of the Trust please get in touch using the above details.

Harrogate Scrubbers

This group are over 700 strong and are sewing scrubs for the Harrogate District Hospital. With a target of over 2000 scrubs to make, their volunteers have created and delivered 880 sets in the first three weeks of their campaign.

To find out more and to volunteer to sew, drive or cut fabric, please go to their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/harrogatescrubbers/

Emotional Wellbeing

Just ‘B’, part of Saint Michael’s, has launched the Hear to Help helpline to provide support and advice to those who are feeling anxious or struggling with their emotional well-being. Hear to Help will be available to everyone between 8am-8pm, seven days a week, and will be staffed by specialist support workers. The service starts on Monday March 23 at 8am, by calling (01423) 856 799.

Headspace App. Helping you to practice mindfulness.

Meditation practice via YouTube

Guided meditations are available via YouTube allowing you to choose the area you want to focus upon, and the type of voice you want to hear.

Support in an anxious time

Jane Keogh, Positive Mind and Success Coach is providing videos and positive messages to help people through the current situation. You can find them here on Facebook.


Pensioners buddy line

01423 531490 / 0753 5508043 (from 23rd March)

Supporting Older People

Telephone befriending and practical support in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area to any older people who are self isolating. If you know anybody who would benefit from this service please telephone us on 01423 531490 or 07535508043. If you would like to volunteer please get in touch! A regular phone call from a friendly, trustworthy person can make a huge difference to someone who is feeling isolated and lonely.

Chat and Banter

The fabulous Paul Fogarty, alias @AperitifGuy on Twitter is holding a virtual neighbourhood social on Twitter for anyone who fancies a bit of company. The socials will take place from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday. Just use the hashtag #AperoTime to join in. If you aren't sure how to take part but want to do so, check out the Handpicked blog "Tips for Twitter Hour Success" here: https://www.handpickedharrogate.co.uk/post/2019/05/31/tips-for-twitter-hour-success

The blog is written for business networkers but the principles are the same for a social event. Paul's event is NOT a networking hour. Just a social so people can talk and feel connected. No pressure just join in as much or as little as you want to.


Hearing Aids/Repairs

From Monday 23 March all Hearing Aid Repair Clinics will be closed. There is a postal service for batteries and/or tubing replacements and they can send out information on how to replace tubing and slim tubes if required.

Please call 01423 553320 or email hdft.audiology.dept@nhs.net.

NHS Information regarding Coronavirus



Pharmacy 2 U provides an online prescription ordering service via your doctor. You do need to register for this but your prescription will then be sent by post.

Prevention of Infection Spread

Clean your hands often. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Keep 2 metres away from others when possible. If you feel unwell, stay at home when you can. Listen for orders from your local government to stay at home. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow.

Organisations that can help

Resurrected Bites has had to close it's pay what you feel cafe but is in the process of setting up a system of food parcels. We don't have the details yet but will bring them to you when we do.

Other sources of Information

Other Blogs

This great blog post from The Harrogate Girl lists a number of resources that are available locally including many not listed above. Well worth a read.


Covid Cooperation Harrogate Group on Facebook


You can volunteer, offer support and they are compiling a list of those who are in need to ensure they get what is needed whilst they are in isolation.

Stray FM

Have a list of essential services, with essential being defined in terms of the Government Guidelines. Currently this is:

  • Supermarkets and other food shops

  • Pharmacies

  • Post offices

  • Banks

  • Health shops

  • Petrol stations

  • Pet shops

  • Newsagents

  • Bicycle shops

  • Home and hardware shops

  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners

  • Garages

  • Car rentals

Any service that is not able to shut down and is deemed absolutely essential. If you can't find what you need here on the blog , then try this link.


National Telephone Support Lines

In addition to those listed on the Handpicked Useful Numbers page these numbers may also be of use. Most are Freephone numbers:

Age Concern: 0800 009966

Macmillan Cancer Support: 0808 808 00 00

CAP (Christians Against Poverty) - Help with debt and addiction. 0800 328 0006

Carers Line (Carers UK) 0808 808 777

NHS 111 - staffed by nurses and able to provide healthcare advice and support

Parentline Plus - Practical information and support for parenting. 0808 808 2222

Samaritans - confidential emotional support for anyone in crisis. 08457 90 90 90 local call rate

Saneline - Advice for those facing mental health problems. 0845 767 8000

Scope - Network of disability information and advice. 0808 808 3333

Shelterline - advice and support for those facing housing problems. 0808 800 4444


Competitions and Markets Authority

If you see a shop or online retailer that has inflated prices to take advantage of the current crisis (profiteering) or a company making misleading claims about protection products, please report this to the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) you can find the details here:

Email general.enquiries@cma.gov.uk

General enquiries 020 3738 6000

You should also note that private individuals who buy up stocks of products that are in demand and re-sell these at inflated prices can also be investigated by the CMA.

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