Key Messages for Schools

Chief Executive’s Key Messages for Schools - 16th July 2018

Message from Richard Flinton, Chief Executive

Please see attached.


Calling all mischief makers!

This year’s summer reading challenge has launched in NYCC libraries. The Summer Reading Challenge asks children aged between four and 11 to borrow 6 library books over the summer holiday period; they can collect stickers, medals and other freebies as they go and it’s all free. The theme this year is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's comic, Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. For more information visit:  


Make Care Matter - ambitious Angie helps promote careers in care

The Make Care Matter recruitment campaign is one of our top priorities, with a number of vacancies across the sector and an ever growing demand. We talked to County Council employee Angie Austin about how she climbed the ladder from care and support worker to quality and improvement manager, and we’re confident that Angie’s story will help inspire others to pursue a career in care. To watch a short film in which Angie reflects on her impressive 16 year career, visit:


Chief Executive’s Key Messages for Schools - 22nd June 2018

Message from Richard Flinton, Chief Executive

Please see attached.


Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Barry Dodd CBE

Details of the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Barry Dodd CBE have now been posted on the Lieutenancy website, please follow this link It is Mrs Dodd’s express wish that the Service will be open to everyone. There will be no ticketing, nor is it necessary to advise on your attendance.  However, in order to help with arrangements on the day we ask that you read the notes included on the website (particularly relating to seating) and contact the appropriate office if necessary.


Safeguarding week 25-29 June

It’s safeguarding week in North Yorkshire next week and the theme this year is ‘safeguarding is everybody’s business’. Many partners work together to support the week, which is led by the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board (NYSCB), North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adult Board (NYSAB), the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership. The aim is to raise awareness of the many different forms abuse can take and there will be information displays, drop in sessions and safeguarding awareness sessions across the county. For more information go to  and look out for case studies every day next week on twitter #nysw2018


Volunteers sought to help young readers meet the challenge

North Yorkshire County Council library service is looking for enthusiastic young people aged between 13 and 24 to get involved in Mischief Makers, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. More than 10,000 children between the ages of 4 and 11 are expected to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge in North Yorkshire this year and the library service needs volunteers to help. Volunteers are needed to register children onto the challenge, help them to choose books, talk to them about the books they have read and assist with library events. It is a great opportunity for people who may be considering a career working with children to gain valuable experience to add to their CV. Volunteers will receive a volunteer pack, which will include a T-shirt and certificate. If you know someone who would be interested in this volunteering opportunity please ask them to contact their local library for more information. Applications should be made by 14th July 2018.


Chief Executive’s Key Messages for Schools - 1st June 2018

Messages from the chief executive

Please read the attached message from the chief executive.

Mr Barry Dodd CBE – Memorial Service.
Many thanks for the many messages of support that have come in to the office in the last few days.  This is really appreciated. At the request of Mrs Dodd we have agreed to collate all the messages together.  Rest assured that all the messages that have come into the County Council through various contact will be passed on to her.


Many Councillors and staff who worked with Barry over the years have enquired about the  funeral arrangements.  It has just been confirmed that this will be a strictly private funeral for close family only.

However there will be a Memorial Service on Friday 20th July in York Minster which will celebrate Barry’s life.   More information about this will appear on the Lord-Lieutenants website – the most likely start time is 11am. 

Make Care Matter

With hundreds of vacant positions in the adult social care sector due to growing demand, our resourcing solutions team is continuing to promote the Make Care Matter campaign. There are currently over 50 County Council vacancies for care and support workers, 20 specifically in reablement, and many more within our provider service partners. To find out more about Make Care Matter go to


New chair of North Yorkshire County Council

Cllr Robert Windass has been elected as the new chair of North Yorkshire County Council. He represents the Boroughbridge division on the authority and has been a county councillor since 2013. For more information read the press release



Messages for 23rd March 2018

Message from Richard Flinton, Chief Executive

Click here to be taken to Richard Flinton's key message for 23rd March 2018


Childcare Voucher Scheme – extended deadline

Following a parliamentary debate, the planned closure date of childcare vouchers for new joiners has been extended for a further six months.  This means employees can continue to join the Childcare Voucher Scheme up until 5 October 2018.  So orders would need to be in place by the close of payroll processing (10 September 2018) to ensure a payroll reduction has been taken before the scheme closes to new entrants.   Further information about Childcare Vouchers is available through contacting the customer team at Sodexo on 0800 328 7411 or email Sodexo at .  To place an order and register, simply log on to Everybody Benefits via


Centenary Concert marking the end of World War

Tickets for the Centenary Concert marking the end of World War 1 on Thursday March 29th are available from the Harrogate Royal Hall Box Office or can be purchased on their website on the following link -

The event will feature schools from around the county, as well as the Band of The Royal Armoured Corps, and will be a truly memorable experience.


Totem wedding event

Totem has been developed by the Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) team and hires out tipis for events ranging from weddings to garden parties to festivals.  All proceeds from Totem are fed back into the work that CYC delivers. Working in partnership with New Close Farm, Durham, Totem is putting on a joint event to show what an actual tipi wedding would look like on Saturday 21 April, 11am-4pm, at New Close Farm. Wedding suppliers will also be at the event. For more details visit


Northern Rail Industrial Action – Monday 26 March & Thursday 29 March

Northern in North Yorkshire run a number of services across the County. During the planned industrial action, across the whole Northern network, they are aiming to run trains across the North between 7am and 7pm. Some routes may have replacement bus services. Northern have created a web link for customers to find out the latest information and planned timetables at:


Tour de Yorkshire

The fourth Tour de Yorkshire cycle race is getting ready to roll and people in the county are being urged to plan ahead to make sure they have a great time watching it. The action starts in early May and work is well under way to make sure the race offers maximum entertainment with the minimum of disruption. The four stages of the race are being held from Thursday 3 May until Sunday 6 May. For more information visit:


Scarborough’s annual books by the beach festival

There’s just 4 weeks to go to Scarborough’s annual BOOKS BY THE BEACH festival. The varied programme includes celebrities RUTH JONES, JEREMY VINE & MARTY JOPSON. There’s a topical Harry & Meghan event and Orange Prize winner LIONEL SHRIVER topping the bill. But there’s so much more so check it out at

Tickets at Stephen Joseph Theatre Box Office 01723 370541 or online. Contact Heather French, director on Titan 6125.


The Library Shop

The Library Shop, in Northallerton Library, is being relaunched following a refurbishment and relocation of the shop.  As a special introductory offer to all NYCC staff, we are offering 10% discount on purchases (limited time only – until the end of March, some items are excluded from the offer).  Please come along and browse the lovely gifts, cards, Fairtrade coffee and tea; there is something for everyone!  Many of the gifts have been reduced, so come along and pick up a bargain. All profits from the shop go back into the library budget, which is a great way of generating income for the libraries. We need the support of the local community, so please spread the word.  Also, remember to join the library when you visit, it’s free and brings many advantages too. To check the library opening times please visit: