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: enquiries@yorkcvs.org.uk.

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.

Coterminous is a printing project operated by Good Organisation (Social Ventures) CIC. It brings artists and designers together with homeless people, ex-offenders, and those affected by drug or alcohol addiction to create a range of distinctive t-shirts and other products. The project seeks to maximise an ethical supply chain, where organic fairtrade garments are printed ‘in-house’ by individuals with multiple complex needs, and as well as providing employment and training opportunities, profits are used to offer additional levels of support that are specific to the individual needs and personal circumstances of those supported by the project. 

Good Organisation is a critically acclaimed Community Interest Company (Reg No 11555159) which supports disadvantaged people to share in the positive benefits of tourism within York. The organisation runs a number of local initiatives, including ‘Invisible York’, which provides ongoing training and support to enable local homeless people to act as walking tour guides, Audible York (a GPS based tour guide app) and ‘Postcards from the Edge’ where rough sleepers are provided with cameras to capture images of outlying heritage attractions that tourists rarely get see. The resulting photographs are used to create postcards, calendars and books and revenue from those trading activities help individuals who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness.

Health Navigators is a healthcare company that delivers AI guided case finding, Clinical Coaching, remote monitoring and virtual ward solutions to the NHS. Through remote one-to-one coaching sessions with a qualified healthcare professional, our patients receive a holistic health assessment and a personalised healthcare plan, empowering and encouraging the patient to engage in their selfcare and make positive lifestyle choices.

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.

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.

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 Multiple Complex Needs Network is a place to start the conversation about how to do things differently. We are made up of people from all walks of life, coming together to create social and cultural change. We seek to improve the lives of those experiencing multiple complex needs by changing the systems which sustains and prolongs the disadvantage they face.

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.