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Future Meetings and Forums

Community Engagement Forum public meetings, Partnership Boards and funding remain suspended due to Covid-19.

Recent projects supported by the Eastern CEF


Pension Credits

Did you know that in the Selby and Ainsty Constituency, according to a report produced by Independent Age, there are an estimated 1,401 households not claiming pension credits to which they are entitled? The average weekly payment is £49.21, and it's thought that around £3.1 million pounds' worth of pensions credits are going unclaimed. For more information, the full study is available to view online here.

If you think this applies to yourself or someone you know, you can get further advice online from the government on how to claim pension credits here.

Historical project in Cawood will bring history to life

An archaeological dig was funded last summer to bring history directly to both old and young people in the village of Cawood.

The Cawood Castle Garth Group’s ‘Changing our Perception of Roman Britain through Cawood’ archaeological dig involved local families and school children to help them experience the past. The archaeologist involved in the dig also visited local residential care homes and share the artefacts found with residents.

The project has been part funded by the Eastern CEF with a grant of £2,500.

Volunteers join the archaeological digLots of people join the archaeological dig

Some of the finds:

examples of the artefacts discovered

Life-saving defibrillator training delivered

Potentially life-saving defibrillator training has been delivered to residents of Stillingfleet following a funding grant from the Eastern area Community Engagement Forum (CEF).

PlayStillingfleet approached the Eastern CEF for funding for a defibrillator which has now been installed with 40 residents completing the training to use the machine.

Earlier this year, the CEF agreed the funding of £1,157 towards the installation of the machine at Stillingfleet Village Hall.

School children benefit from eyesight workshop from Selby District Vision

More than 200 children have benefited from a unique workshop looking at eyesight issues, funded by the Eastern area Community Engagement Forum.

Selby District Vision received £2,100 funding and delivered their educational project to 266 primary school children that looked at eye health, sight loss prevention and visual awareness.

The local charity provided 10 hands-on sessions for children from reception up to year 5.

Escrick & Deighton Social Club's new kitchen following grant from Eastern CEF

The Eastern CEF gave a £9,750 grant to replace the dated existing kitchen at the Escrick & Deighton Social Club. This has helped increase the club capacity and adhere to the latest catering standards.


Message from the Chair of the Eastern CEF - Bob Procter

I am delighted to have been appointed to Chair of the Eastern CEF. 

I wish to see this group become more pro-active in the area, and to that end, would want Partnership Board members to become more involved in the projects we support with funding. Many groups come to us with projects which need our support, not only financial support but also to draw on the experience of the CEF members. I believe that site visits to relevant projects would be beneficial to all concerned. The Partnership Board has a wealth of talent and can help and assist applicants.

In terms of CEF Forums, I want to ensure that we engage relevant speakers who will benefit community groups in practical ways. I am aware that groups just starting out often have a need for straight and simple advice on how to progress, the pitfalls to avoid and their legal and social responsibilities. In some cases it may be that efforts are being duplicated and there may be merits in joining or amalgamating with other similar groups to achieve economics of scale and 'synergy'.

Let's make community engagement truly engaging with the community.

Bob Procter