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Popular Dales days out return for clients of Ilkley charity

Ilkley Good Neighbours has resumed its popular scenic Yorkshire Dales excursions followed by an afternoon tea for local residents.

The lifting of covid restrictions has meant that the charity is once again able to use the services of Ilkley and District Community Transport to take clients on trips around the countryside helping them meet up and socialise with others.

“We’ve had two trips so far when our guests enjoyed the beautiful Yorkshire countryside along with an afternoon tea at the Cavendish Pavilion on the Bolton Abbey estate,” said organiser and charity trustee Anita Dunford.

“Many of the people who went on the trips live alone and some had been shielding during the lockdown and missed the social events that Ilkley Good Neighbours. We are so pleased that once again we can help bring people in our area together in a pleasant setting that can help reduce feelings of isolation.

“The clients on the trips had a good day out and I would like to thank the staff at the Cavendish Pavilion for providing a lovely afternoon tea experience which was much appreciated by everyone.

One of the people on a trip was Jean Hawley, who said: “What a wonderful afternoon along with an incredible tea to round it off. I really appreciate all that was done for us. It was lovely to see the countryside and the calves in the fields. Many thanks to Ilkley Good Neighbours for arranging it.”

The final Dales Day out will take place on September 19th and there are still places available to the charity’s clients.

Forthcoming popular social events include the annual Xmas lunch in December and a visit to the Pantomime in January.

Ilkley and District Good Neighbours operates a range of social and practical schemes aimed at improving the lives of older and more vulnerable people in the area, playing an important role through projects such as Shop Assist, one to one Befriending, and its regular weekly Moving On Friendship Group at the Clarke Foley Centre.

“We’re very lucky to have a great team of volunteers working with us,” added Anita. “And if anyone would like further information please visit our website at or give us a call on 01943 603348.”


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