The Forum exists for the benefit of its members. We are constantly seeking to provide useful information to ensure our members are kept up to date and able to contact the service providers that they need.

We are a member of Ryedale Charities Together.


This long established group of seven local charities deliver a diverse range of essential services to people in need within the largely rural Ryedale area.


Please contact The Forum on 01944 758758 for a leaflet and full details of the members and services provided or visit:

Click the links below to contact the individual charities:

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A hidden disability is a disability that may not be immediately obvious.
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Hidden disabilities don't have physical signs and include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include asthma, COPD, other lung conditions and other chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders when those diseases significantly impact day-to-day life.

Living with these conditions can make daily life more demanding for many people.

They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it is frequently difficult for others to acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower for people with hidden disabilities.
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Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they may need additional support, help or a little more time. Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.

Ryedale Forum 50+ are a sponsor of the Sunflower Scheme in Ryedale and can supply, free of charge, Sunflower cards and lanyards for the use of members.

If you would like to know more about the scheme, or to order a card and lanyard, please contact us at: 01944 758758 or

Personal Information Record

As an organisation for the elderly we frequently hear of the difficulties which arise following the loss of a loved one and the distress this can cause at an already difficult time.

We have learned that, with a little careful planning, it is possible to save your family and friends this anguish and ensure that your affairs are dealt with in accordance with your wishes.

We have produced a booklet which enables you to record important details, known only to you, but which will greatly assist those remaining to sort out and finalise your affairs.

We suggest that, once you have entered the relevant details so far as you are able, you hand the booklet to a family member, friend or trusted advisor to hold on your behalf.

You may wish to advise close family who is holding the booklet so that it can be readily found when needed.

Copies are available, free, from The Forum.


Respite Care

Do you or a loved one need a little Extra Care?


Ryedale Forum 50+ have a long-standing relationship with Bransdale View Extra Care Retirement Village in Helmsley. We now have 20 members living in apartments in the development.

In response to demand, Respite Breaks have been introduced at Bransdale View, whether covering a carer’s holiday or illness, providing a much-needed short break, helping with early discharge from hospital, or because alterations are needed in the home.

To find out more, or for a brochure:

Call: 0345 608 4021



Tel: 0344 411 1444


Main offices are now open and are offering face-to-face sessions by appointment. The Ryedale Office at Stanley Harrison House, Norton Road, Malton, YO17 9RD is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Thursdays.


Emergency assistance, including food vouchers is available on 01748 767555.

For help with flight and holiday refunds enquiries, call 0808 223 1133.

For assistance with energy bills or keeping you home warm call Warm and Well in North Yorkshire on 01609 767555.


Advice and "Help to Claim" assistance on Universal Credit, call 0800 1448 444.


In August 2020, the BBC introduced a new scheme that offers some over 75 households a free TV Licence.


You can get a free TV Licence if:

You, as the licence holder, are 75 years or older AND you, or your partner living at the same address, receive Pension Credit.

Free over 75 TV Licences are only available to households that receive Pension Credit.

Applying for a free over 75 TV Licence before you reach 75:


“If you already receive Pension Credit, you can apply for your free over 75 TV Licence when you are 74 years old. We’ll update your payments to cover you until your 75th birthday, when you’ll be covered by your free licence. We’ll confirm this in writing. To request an application form, please call 0300 790 6117 and speak to one of our advisors. If you are over 75 and don’t receive Pension Credit you must now pay for your TV Licence, even if you previously had a free one.”


Ways to Pay

  • One payment of £157.50 every 12 months by cheque, postal order or BACS

  • Pay monthly by direct debit from £13.13

  • Pay Quarterly by direct debit from £40.62

  • Use a payment card to pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly from £6.00

  • You can make payment card payments online, at any Paypoint, by phone or by text.

  • You can contact TV Licensing UK customer services on 0300 790 6071.

  • To visit the website, click here


Beware of Licensing Scams

  • The official company will use

  • Genuine TV Licensing e-mails will always use your title and last name

  • Scammers may simply use your e-mail address, or say ‘Dear Customer’

  • Do NOT click on links or attachments

Contact the Forum:

Telephone: 01944 758758


Ryedale Forum 50+, Dovetail House, Wintringham, YO17 8HX

Registered Charity No: 1121417