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Arriva in Yorkshire

Connecting Communities in Yorkshire

Yorkshire may be the country’s largest county, but we’re keen to help local people stay connected. Our Connecting Communities campaign helps to highlight the great work done by regional charities, services, activity centres and more.

Here we showcase the great work done by two fantastic projects in Yorkshire - providing an array of activities, workshops and classes for local people to enjoy and benefit from. These are some of the community hubs which make a real difference to local life.

This below information highlights the wonderful work done by community groups and services, complete with website details and even the Arriva bus you should catch if you fancy attending.

We really hope that this guide to the great charities, activity centres and community groups of Yorkshire helps you find the service you need. So, please explore the Yorkshire groups below, and discover just a few of the great services available in the area.


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Eastmoor Community Project

For more than 20 years, the Eastmoor Community Project in Wakefield has been proudly encouraging local people to get involved with their local community and help those less fortunate. The project provides a series of services including adult education, job club, volunteer opportunities and more. These have been designed to help all members of the Eastmoor community improve their current situation and develop their personal skill set.

The project offers a great space for local people to come together: the community café is ideal for people to get together for a natter and a cup of tea, whilst the nursery helps young parents have an hour or so to themselves.The Eastmoor Community Project has made a great effort to ensure that no one in the local area feels alone or isolated, helping to bring the wider community together.

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Stay and Play at Project Hope - Leeds

This Stay and Play group for mums, babies and toddlers is run by Project Hope, a charity that is all about giving members of their community a better chance at success. A weekly group meeting on Wednesdays from 9:30am – 11am (during term time only), it features a soft play area, arts and crafts, stories and songs as well as refreshments.

Bringing together a network of parents, this group is a busy one but new mums and babies are welcome to come and try it out, with spaces becoming available regularly. Only costing 50p per person (so for mum and baby, it’s only £1 per session), parents are able to connect and make friends within their community whilst kids have a ball taking part in a range of fun activities provided by Project Hope.



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Wakefield Libraries

Wakefield’s history with libraries goes back to the turn of the century. The first ‘free’ public library in Pontefract was built with money donated by the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and was opened on 21st September 1905. The Art Nouveau building is now the Pontefract museum.

Today, Wakefield has a whole host of libraries across the city that are integral to the lives of the local people. Not only can people of all ages get access to a wide range of books, but they can even research into their local or family history. There are also children’s areas catering for the needs of all youngsters, from toddlers to teenagers. As well as this, the libraries offer a large network of computers with access to Wi-Fi, printing and scanning facilities.

There is so much more to do at Wakefield libraries than just read books. There are programmes of weekly activities designed to suit everyone and school or group visits are more than welcome. These varied activities and groups are designed to bring the communities of Wakefield together and are perfect for people wanting to interact with like-minded people.

You can find out more about Wakefield Libraries here:




Arriva Bus Route


Airedale Library – The Airedale Centre, The Square, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JJ


156/159 Castleford to Castleford


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Castleford Forum Library and Museum – Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB


156/159 Castleford to Castleford


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Featherstone Library and Community Centre – Victoria Street, off Station Lane, Featherstone, Pontefract, WF7 5BB

Frequenta 148/148A/149 Wakefield to Knottingley

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Hemsworth Library – Market Street, Hemsworth, Pontefract, WF9 4JY 197 Ryhill to South Elmsall Find on Google Maps
Horbury Library – Westfield Road, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 6HP MAX 126/127 Dewsbury to Wakefield Find on Google Maps
Normanton Library and Community Centre – Market Street, Normaton, WF6 2AR  187/188 Wakefield to Pontefract/Knottingley Find on Google Maps
Ossett Library – Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, WF5 8EB  MAX 126/127 Dewsbury to Wakefield Find on Google Maps
Pontefract Library – Shoemarket, Pontefract, WF8 1BD 187/188 Wakefield to Pontefract/Knottingley Find on Google Maps
Sandal Library – Sparable Lane, Sandal, Wakefield, WF1 5LJ
SAPPHIRE 110 Hall Green to Leeds

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South Elmsall Library – Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, Pontefract, WF9 2AA  197 Ryhill to South Elmsall  Find on Google Maps
Stanley Library and Community Centre – Lake Lock Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4HU  446 Wakefield to Leeds Find on Google Maps
Wakefield Library and Museum – Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DA  MAX 126/127 Dewsbury to Wakefield  Find on Google Maps



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U3A (The University of the Third Age)

The U3A (The University of the Third Age) provides groups from a number of sites in Yorkshire. Aimed at people of retirement age, the varied selection of activity groups provide great opportunities for people to learn new skills, enhance their knowledge and meet new people. Check the table below to discover if you’re local to a bus route taking you to a nearby U3A group*.


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Arriva Bus Route


Sherburn & Villages U3A


402/3 Selby to Leeds; 493 Sherburn Industrial Estate to Pontefract


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Selby U3A


402/3 Selby to Leeds


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*The locations for different U3A activity groups in Yorkshire may vary, so we’d recommend checking the website for the group you wish to join for up-to-date information on place and time, and attendance requirements.

We hope that you have been able to find the group, class or service you require in Yorkshire. If you know of any great groups and community services in Yorkshire which should be on our list, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch on [email protected].

For more information about Arriva’s services throughout Yorkshire, and a full bus timetable finder, please visit our homepage. Or, for more information on loneliness and social isolation, head back to our main feature page, here.