Organisations based at the Priory Street Centre

The following voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations are based with us here at the Priory Street Centre. For more information about the Priory Street Centre, please visit our dedicated website or email:

Age UK York supports people over the age of 60 within the York area and their families. The team at the Priory Street Centre includes: Bridge the Gap – providing home care support; OOH Escorted Transport – providing transport home from York Hospital; Keep Your Pet – providing animal fostering and walking services for owners in crisis; The Day Club Scheme – providing regular day centres for older people; and Feather Duster Cleaning and Home Help Service – supporting people who are struggling with domestic tasks..

Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshops is a registered charity based in Bishopthorpe, York, which provides a safe and stimulating environment for people with learning difficulty to work in. Their social club for the workers at Brunswick Organic Nursery who have learning difficulties is based at the Priory Street Centre.

Independent Care Group (ICG) is the recognised representative body for independent care providers (private and voluntary) in York and North Yorkshire.They work on behalf of care providers for all client groups including care homes, domiciliary care agencies, supported living and extra care housing providers, and day care centres in the private and voluntary parts of the independent sector.

United Nations Association International Service (International Service) believe in a world where people living in any form of poverty have the tools to challenge injustice and change their lives for the better. They do this by working alongside change-makers to end poverty and discrimination in communities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Volunteering is key to how International Service deliver projects and they strive to deliver effective, inclusive volunteering programmes to promote active citizenship and leverage the impact of their development projects.

Jessie’s Fund was established as a registered charity in 1995 and helps children with serious illness, complex needs, and communication difficulties through the therapeutic use of music. Music can provide a powerful and profound way in which children can express themselves and connect with the world around them. Their work covers all areas of the UK.

Mainstay is a York based registered charity offering support to people who have a broad variety of mental health concerns. They provide a safe environment to access support and help to reduce isolation through a range of individual or group support packages. Their person-centred approach places the individual at the heart of their own recovery journey, which is underpinned by a service model that incorporates elements of social care, education and practical support.

Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY) is an independent charity providing 1-2-1 advocacy to help those older members of the community in York to speak up about the issues that matter to them. They also provide drop-ins and training opportunities to encourage self-advocacy and advocacy-awareness.

Salvere is a community interest company which helps people to organise care and support. They provide specialist advice and support services so that people can employ their own care teams and purchase care solutions. They also offer payroll and managed account services.

Survive is a registered charity offering emotional support and counselling to survivors (aged 18+) of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, ritual abuse and any other forms of sexual violence. They also provide support for survivors’ partners and family members, as well as healthcare professionals seeking guidance on working safely with sexual trauma.

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales. The purpose of VS is to provide specialist help to support people to cope and recover to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives.


Welfare Benefits Unit offers specialist welfare benefits advice to those who work with members of the public. Please note they do not provide advice to members of the public. The WBU also delivers an extensive training programme throughout the year consisting of our 3-day Introduction to Benefits course along with a range of one day courses.

York Carers Centre aims to support unpaid carers of all ages throughout York. They provide a range of information, advice and support and enable carers views and experience to be heard, influencing local and national policies and practice. They aim to improve carers’ quality of life and ability to fulfil their own goals alongside supporting their caring role.

York Women’s Counselling Service (YWCS) is an independent charity which aims to provide vital face to face counselling support for women with limited financial means who are experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.