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Making a difference in Harrogate

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The Harrogate Advertiser series’ campaign to raise awareness around the district’s hidden problem of elderly loneliness and social isolation has received a huge thank you from charities working with those directly affected.

Running from March 2014 and continuing through April and May, the campaign focused on groups, organisations, and people making a difference to older people across the Harrogate district, highlighting their work and providing information on the help and support available to older people feeling lonely or isolated.

Following the elderly loneliness campaign, the charities featured said they have received positive feedback, an increase in referalls, and an acknowledgement of the important work they are doing in their local community.

As part of Local Newspaper Week, which launches today, the Harrogate Advertiser series is asking what it has done to make a difference.

Another of the newspaper’s campaigns, drawing attention to the difficulties facing homeless people in the district, has been named as one of the best in Britain.

The list of campaigns was unveiled as part of Local Newspaper Week, and readers can vote online for the best campaign, with the winner announced at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards in London on May 16.

The homelessness campaign which ran in October and November 2013 aimed to raise awareness of the issue of rough sleeping in the town, which charity workers say is often overlooked.

Follow the link to vote: http://www.localnewspaperweek.co.uk/voting

Support us on Twitter using the hashtag #MakingaDifference.

 

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